If a walk in a vineyard is not on your 'to-do' list, add it immediately. Vintner's tours are amazing. Take a walk through Napa's fine vineyards, barrel-tasting sessions and exceptional views. 18 fantastic wineries charter space at Vintner's Collective, so don't miss their spring and summer tours. If you want to cut to the chase and just sip on wine, then go for their wine tasting sessions. And these sessions own names too—try The Pfeiffer Tasting, The Luxe Tasting or the Intermediate. With 18 wineries all around, this place will definitely leave you happy.
The Carpe Diem Wine Bar serves delicious local Californian cuisine paired with a variety of the finest wines from around the world. Established by three friends in June 2010, this venue has quickly become renowned as the go-to spot in Napa for local singles, friends, and anyone who enjoys a relaxed dining experience. Although the restaurant section of this establishment closes earlier, depending on the day, the bar remains open and active well into the night.
Foodies from all over the world flock to this romantic jewel in the Napa Valley, considered to be one of the most outstanding restaurants in the world. The exquisite American-French food defies description or convention. Chef Thomas Keller takes care to use as much produce from the restaurant's private garden as possible, as well as making sure no ingredient is repeated anywhere on the nine-course daily tasting menus. The French Laundry's extraordinary food is exceeded only by its excellent service. Patrons are always impressed by the knowledge of the head Sommelier and enjoy the tasteful recommendations. A table at the French Laundry is a heavily coveted prize, so make sure to reserve far in advance.
Locals and tourists alike flock to Brix Restaurant to watch the chef concoct his excellent dishes. With a panoramic view of the Napa hillside and a decor of warm Impressionist tones, the award-winning Brix Restaurant makes for an elegant night out. Featuring classic Californian delicacies with a twist of French-influence, the food severed here is always a delight to the palate. You can order a five-course tasting dinner that comes Japanese-style in a bento box. The on-site wine store offers an extensive and eclectic variety, running the gamut in price.
Enjoy nitrogen cocktails and lollipops that are truly bone chilling at Eikos. Essentially a Japanese restaurant, Eikos offers a range of signature dishes that attract the crowds. Spicy Edamame, House Made Gyozo, Dynamite Scallop Nigiri and Wagyu Steak Medallions are a must try at this venue. Locals love the classy ambience here, along with the late night dining on weekends. The sake list is extensive, attracting the diners. However, the star of the menu is the after-dinner list which features Duet Of Liquid Nitrogen Lollipop Ice Cream, Dragon Breath Popcorn and Mochi Ice Cream. Save some place for the Nitro Capirinha too.
Bottega is located in the food mecca of Yountville, in the heart of the Napa Valley. Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello puts together a seasonally changing menu featuring authentic Italian dishes (following the traditional Italian menu progression) made with local, organic and artisinal ingredients. Almost anything they can make themselves in house, they do. And then there's dessert, which is a whole different story featuring the popular sweet fritto misto with chocolate arancini and crispy fried cream. The ambiance is cozy and elegant, featuring warm colors, a fireplace and a covered outdoor lounge perfect for enjoying warm Napa nights. Bottega is truly one of the Napa Valley's culinary crowned jewels.
Flora Springs tasting room or usually referred to as 'The room' is the place where you sample the exquisite wines produced at the Flora Springs winery. Set in a modern and contemporary space, it is sure to impress you with the selection of wines it offers. You can sip on some fine wines while enjoying splendid views of the hills of Napa Valley from their rooftop lounge. Their courtyard picnic area fosters a festive vibe and is a great place to relax with your family and friends. Wine tasting for individuals as well as groups is offered.
The John Anthony Lounge has a friendly and trendy atmosphere that keeps customers and connoisseurs flocking back. A variety of foods are offered to compliment the finest local and international wines. Finally, rather than closing before dinner like most tasting lounges, this venue is open until 2a. It's a little on the expensive side, but the experience and tastes are worth every cent. -Sam Cooper