Wine Country Bakeries to Ring in the Holidays


With the hectic chaos swirling around during the holiday season, it can be hard to schedule that home-baked strudel. Here’s where to grab some crazy good bread and cake in Wine Country for those pressed for time.

Sweetie Pies, Napa

The glass display cases woo with more than 100 opulent confections, in a rainbow fantasy of coffeecakes, cheesecakes, cookies, and—the mother load—an elaborate tiered cakes enveloped in ganache, crowned in fondant flowers, layered with butter cream, and topped with chocolate-dipped cookies. // 520 Main St, Napa,

Basque Boulangerie Cafe, Sonoma

Featuring family recipes dating back to 1956, the sunny shop brims with sourdough breads, at least 17 flavors of croissants, magical Moon Pie danish, cranberry scones, apple strudel, and apricot buttercream coffee cake. The “Beehive” is cake perfection, made of sweet Danish sponge split with custard and caramel, topped with honey-almond praline and powdered sugar. // 460 1st St E, Sonoma,

Butterscots, St. Helena

Chef Joseph Humphrey rolls his stuffed croissants with chocolate, cheese, and butterscotch-lime, so flavor runs all the way through his pastry, not just stuck in the middle. And he takes the same care with specialties like artisanal sourdough striped with Mendocino seaweed, scones, Vadouvan brioche, cookies, and a good assortment of teacakes, filled doughnuts, trifle, bread pudding, tarts, and puddings. // 3111 St. Helena Hwy,

Wild Flour Bread, Freestone

Bread master Jed Wallach mans the wood-fired brick oven, churning out a dozen different kinds of organic, sourdough-based breads daily along with whipped cream scones, sticky buns, cheese fougasse, goat cheese flat bread, the Bohemian loaf layered with apricot, orange and pecan, the Egyptian loaf of pear, fig and candied ginger, and biscotti. Relax in the lovely organic garden next to the open fields and barns. // 140 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone,

Cate & Co., Napa

Mmm. Good ol' glazed doughnuts beckon alongside lemon-rosemary and a decadent cream-filled doughnut with chocolate glaze. Other temptations include aged cheddar-black pepper rolls, chewy gingerdoodles, pepita-topped frosted pumpkin bread, and cowboy cookies, a gluten-free oatmeal recipe jazzed up with coconut, pecans, and chocolate. // Oxbow Public Market, 610 1st St., Napa,


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