When hunger strikes during a wine tasting jaunt to Napa, the area's delis are often your most low-maintenance option. Here are our picks for the best delis in the valley to grab a satisfying bite to stay or to go.
Napa's Bialla Vineyards makes only 500 cases of wine a year and they don't want to make more. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is a part of a group of so-called "cult wines," meaning high-quality, limited-production varietals that sell out extremely quickly. The high price point of Bialla Cabernets ($125 a bottle) makes sense when you consider the care taken in producing the wine. Bialla hand-destems each grape, in what proprietor Vito Bialla calls "the ultimate in quality control and tradition." Bialla is one of the only vineyards in the valley who hand destems their grapes.
When you put 10 food trucks together in a square in Napa, along with a BYOW (bring-your-own-wine) vibe, it's no surprise that a party ensues. Which is what goes down the first Friday of every month at Oxbow Public Market. Locals and visitors alike bring chairs, large, expensive Ridel wine glasses and get to eatin.' Here's a list of the 10 trucks that grace this lively gathering. (6 pm till midnight the first Friday of every month).
Everyone's always on the lookout for solid wines under $15. The next time you're snagging a last-minute bottle for a dinner party, try one of Toolbox's tasty varietals, which are all only $14 and benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Toolbox team donates $1 a case to Habitat's building projects.
Although tourism slows this time of year in Napa, the mustard is blooming and you’ll find great deals, winemakers in tasting rooms, and more easily-made reservations all over the valley. So use the upcoming long weekend to freely revisit your favorite spots and try some new ones. Here's a list of our recommendations for fully enjoying Presidents' Day weekend in the valley.
While Poem Cellars keeps things exciting by frequently changing names and blends, you can always count on their wines being big, red, and in short supply. And now the men behind these tasty wines are spicing things up yet again with a challenge for their enthusiasts (it involves a prize)...
Jericho Canyon is located at one of the northernmost points of Napa Valley and worth every minute of the extra drive time. Nestled in the volcanic foothills, where the palisades meet Mount St. Helena, this rocky vineyard is one of the most geographically beautiful wineries in California.
If you've been to the SF MOMA recently, you've probably come across JAQK Cellars' wines in the museum's groundbreaking How Wine Became Modern exhibit. The adulation is well-deserved, and it doesn't take a graduate of sommelier school to see why. You can taste their museum-worthy vino in their speakeasy-esque headquarters at 402 Jackson St. in San Francisco, and you might even want to bring a pack of cards to play poker with to match their cardshark-themed wines. Settle in for a bottle or two, or if you're a fickle drinker, get a wine flight that'll suit your tastebuds.
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