Top Sips & Tips In and Around the Napa Valley

Posted: April 21, 2015

We love that you want to come see us here at the winery during your Napa Valley visit. Spend some time with us, for sure, and then head out to explore what else the area has to offer. We’ve put together a list of our faves – from coffee and food spots to tasting rooms that we love ourselves.

The Oyster Bar at Hog Island Oxbow Market: When we think of Sauvignon Blanc, our mind wanders naturally to oysters. Hog Island is a mainstay for Northern California, and the location at Oxbow in downtown Napa brings the farm and the coastline to wine country. When they can source them from British Columbia, the Kusshi oysters are a must-taste. The chowder is great too.

Sunset Cocktails at Auberge du Soleil: Known for exclusivity, this is actually a lovely and very approachable property, if you time it right. We know because we’ve done it ourselves. The perfect time to swing by is at sunset. They have a non reservation area adjacent to the restaurant where you can saunter in for a quick glass and drink in the gorgeous surroundings.

Frog’s Leap: A friend, neighbor and Napa Valley institution, we love the wines and the general, approachable family vibe, much like the experience you’ll have here at Turnbull. The organic veggie gardens are a learning experience and destination unto themselves. We especially love their commitment to sustainability and the environment. All around, just a beautiful spot.

Olabisi Wines: A hidden gem in the north part of the Valley, and a brand spanking new tasting space in downtown Calistoga. Score a private tasting by calling ahead or emailing – they’re by appt only for now. They craft a really great Cabernet that we think you’ll enjoy, and the space is right next door to the delicious and chic local restaurant Evangeline.

The Cafe at Long Meadow Ranch: Yes, we love Model Bakery in downtown St. Helena, but the lines are often long in the height of tourist season. A little known gem that goes mostly undetected but is a favorite for us is along Hwy 29. It’s just up the road from us, on the property alongside Long Meadow Ranch’s Farmstead restaurant. They serve Stumptown Coffee from Portland, OR (we love, love this brand!) and yummy fresh pastries. Check it out early morning before you start your day of tastings.

And don’t forget to sleep! We can personally recommend the serenity and luxury of Hotel Yountville just down the road. A great place to unwind.