Foodies from all over the world flock 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 own 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 breath and depth of knowledge of Master Sommelier Paul Roberts, whose recommendations are as tasteful as they are informative. A table at the French Laundry is a heavily coveted prize, so make sure to reserve far in advance.
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.
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.
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.
The citizens of Santa Rosa have reason to be in a continually celebratory mood as their microbrewery of choice takes top honors nearly every year at Denver's Great American Beer Festival. Since its inception in 1997, it has won such accolades as “Small Brewing Company of the Year,” “Innovation in Craft Brewing” and "Large Brewpub Champion Brewmaster." Indeed, gold medal winners include such eloquently named brews as Damnation, Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder. Many of them can be found in pubs throughout the Bay Area, but the headquarters is a must-see destination. Russian River Brewing Company is also credited with inventing the Double India Pale Ale. The entire list of ales is fascinating, each of them unique in blend, texture and flavor. At the tap room, live music entertains crowds as they savor pizzas made thin, crisp and fresh.
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.
It is hard not to notice the Mayan paintings and petite wooden tables. The Yucatan menu with European and Caribbean influences is sometimes spicy but can be modified to suit your taste. Prawns Diablo, rib eye steak and Maya carnitas are interesting entree choices. While Lime tortilla soup and Maya house salad are innovative culinary treats that tease your palate. Margaritas can be sipped at the Temple of Tequila which is an aptly named bar. Mayan memorabilia is also available at the restaurant.
Steiners Tavern is your friendly and casual neighborhood bar and restaurant. During the day it servers snacks and local delights including tasty pizzas but as the evening sets in, the space is transformed into a cool bar. Karaoke nights, DJ sessions on weekends and unlimited fun attracts younger crowd to this outlet. You can also rent the place for your private celebrations. Call for details.
Visit Murphy's Irish Pub for a true pub experience. You can listen to live music or watch plays or take part in literary events held at the pub. An interesting feature of this place is that it is also open for kids. The back room is a good venue for small family gatherings or parties. The menu offers a wide variety of cocktails, beer and wine, and delicious sandwiches. Various quiz competitions and games make this a lively place for you to drink, enjoy and hangout.
Kamen Estate Wines is a great place for wine connoisseurs in Sonoma. Owned by the Hollywood screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, it is located in historic downtown Sonoma Plaza. They offer a great selection of estate wines and aged vintage varieties from their beautiful vineyards in the mountains. Select from a Signature Flight or Premier Flight that features the likes of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah as well as Syrah. The contemporary decor at this tasting room include chalkboard-style art on the ceiling and a chic bar. They also organize appointment-only private tours and tasting to the estate.
Sojourn believes in delivering a rewarding experience not just wine. They have a tiny tasting salon with seating, where one can first enjoy the flawless tastes of the wines available. A well known winery, their Pinot Noir wins rave reviews.
Hopmonk Tavern is all about live music, great food and alluring spirits. You can visit here and relax in their outdoor space or enjoy the upbeat indoor atmosphere. Theme nights, live performances and other events keep the guests entertained throughout the evening. Their outdoor venue along with their delicious food and craft beers making it an ideal location to celebrate special occasions.