The window alone draws you inside. Each piece of chocolate is a work of mouth watering art. The intense flavors of dark chocolate ganaches to the most delicate fresh creams are waiting to be savored. This is a family business that took the time and dedication to produce the finest confections for your discerning palate.
The Anderson Family with Tracy Wood Anderson as the Chocolatiere, create the unique flavors and inventive expression of their confections. Everything from solid chocolate bars to chocolate sea turtles is offered. If you crave, no, love chocolate, then you must visit WOODHOUSE chocolate to have the best. You can even order on line.
What to buy: With so many choices for immediate consumption, my favorite is the Fiori di Sicilia. Milk chocolate ganache, orange scented marzipan and Fiori di Sicilia-infused fresh cream fill a dark and milk chocolate cup that melts in your mouth as smooth ecstasy. A 12 piece box of assorted chocolates is the way to taste exotic flavors that make you feel guilty of extreme decadent pleasure.
Dean & Deluca is a gourmet shop with all sorts of fresh foods. Sandwiches, cheese, fruit, meats, olives, sauces, bread, crackers - they have it all. Plus, they also have a great selection of wines in case you forgot to pick up a bottle while touring through the valley.
What to buy: We always get some cheese, sausage, bread and olives to take back to the room for an evening treat. Prices are decent, selection is terrific and the hours are perfect.
Napa Valley is well known for all the wineries up and down Hwy 29 from Napa to Calistoga. What about olive oil.?. Tucked in-between is St. Helena with a few blocks of boutique shops. One of the unique shops is Olivier. The retail store was opened in 1999.
Fine gourmet olive oils are available to taste, some are stored in giant copper vats with pill cups and bread for sampling. Besides the fine olive oils, Olivier specializes in hand-crafted tableware from Provence as well as many epicurean delights. They invite you to stop by when in the Napa Valley at their location in St. Helena.
What to buy: The gourmet olive oils are superb and with the large selection of flavors, one is bound to make you say, "ah,yes."
This is the all in one shopping store for your needs in Napa Valley. Restaurants, wine tasting, cheese tasting, fruits, vegetables, meats, sea foods, coffees, teas, olive oils, ice cream, and gifts. 24 or more stores to shop for the goodies you are looking for.
It was a stroke of luck I found the Oxbow Public Market Cheese Merchant. I had tried a truffle cheese at a restaurant and asked the chef if it was purchased locally. He said that it was and gave me the address. When I arrived at the Market I was surprised to see it looking much like a European style market. I loved it. I was distracted from the Oxbow Cheese Merchant by all the other specialty stores. I did arrive at the Oxbow Cheese merchant located within the Wine Merchant store. Whoa! I have seen cheese displays before but not one so complete and with cheeses from around the world.
I was also lucky in having two very knowledgeable and friendly cheese experts who staffed the store. Francis and Ibon both were helping me out with selections of cheese when I hit them with the 64 dollar question. Do you have truffle cheese? They both asked if I was from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in St. Helena. I asked why and they replied that truffle cheese was one of the top choices with the learning chefs. I felt flattered that I was in such good company. They gave me a taste and um-umm. It was that good. Double that order. I can feed 80 with that amount? Say hello to them from travelgourmet if you go for the cheese. Do you think that might be a little cheesy?
What to buy: If you have craved a cheese that you can't find at a grocery store or even a cheese store, I can almost bet that the Oxbow Cheese Merchant has it. Many of the chefs at the restaurants in Napa Valley buy their cheese here.
The shop carries nothing but the finest in cooking tools and equipment. Where else can you get the CIA chef coats and CIA baseball hats?! The shop is right in the main Greystone Building of the CIA. You can shop online and I have included the webaddress below
What to buy: Knives, china, aprons, books, posters, software,unique kitchen tools
What to pay: Comparable with Williams-Sonoma or other high end shops.
JV Wine Shop at 426 First Street is a long established bottle shop with the largest collection in the Napa Valley. It has a tasting bar and a great collection of wines from not only Napa Valley but also from all other regions in California. It also has a good collection of foreign wines, spirits, and beer, as the locals like to try everything on the planet. Prices are good, and the advice of staff neutral to equal representation of all wineries. I you are riding the Wine Train, staying at a B&B in Napa, or visiting COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts, then JV is an easy stop. But, otherwise the shop is a little off the beaten path of most wine country tours. The shop is open 365 days of the year from 2-7pm. There's a $5- tasting bar, a fee that's refunded with purchase. Also, on Friday nights, there are $2- winemaker tastings. Check the website below for further details.
What to buy: To make the most of his shop, buy at least a case of wine.
What to pay: Prices here will be lower than at the winery, but then again many wineries offer wines sold nowhere else.
The Napa town center has been undergoing a complete renovation making it a fun place to hang during lunch or dinner. The Napa General Store is one of the great new additions.
What to buy: The General Store offers quite an experience for browsing or shopping for gifts, wines or items for the home. It also has a deli and casual cafe with an outside patio. Shop for soaps, unique items for the home and kitchen, sauces, salad dressings, cheese, cookbooks, etc.
Most of you get your olive oil from a market. I really didn't put that much thought into olive oil except that extra virgin first cold press was considered the creme de la creme. But....the thing is that olives are treated much the same way as grapes, here at St. Helena Olive Oil Co. in St. Helena. Where olives are grown, where they are picked and how they are pressed makes a big difference in texture, taste, and color. Many different spices and condiments are added to make the different tastes and you can sample them all.
St. Helena Olive Oil Co. has all the answers to your questions about olive oil and the many types. Sitting in the middle of Napa Valley wine country, makes the visit even more enjoyable. There are many estates from which the olives are harvested and each has their own bottling, no blending, so that you get the taste of that varietal grown in that terrior in the Napa Valley. Like I said, olives are treated much the same way as grapes. Stop by next time you are in the Napa Valley area and "olive" your questions will be answered.
What to buy: Ahem, ahh.....Extra Virgin Olive Oil. They also have vinegars and a lot of lotions and soaps that have a soothing effect on the body.
Many of your more popular wineries have their wines available in your local supermarket. You should definitely ask, what is NOT available and those are the wines you want to buy while you are there in Napa. Reason they may not be available is due to the limited amount of wine yielded for that particular varietal. There is NO price break here. So, keep that in mind. No reason to haul cases of wines home to find you can actually buy it for less at home if you take advantage of the supermarket's purchase discount when buying 6 bottles or more.
The Robert Mondavi Winery also has a large Shop inside the complex that sells assorted items such as wine related accesories like Cork Opener, Wine Glasses, Decanter, Cheese Cutleries, Assorted Souvenir items like refrigerator magnets or shot glasses or Napa Valley Maps or T-Shirt plus their very extensive collection of Robert Mondavi Red Wines, White Wines, Rose Wines, Reserved Wines, Single Origin Wines plus assorted food stuffs like many kinds of cheese and more.
The Shop is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
The winery is located at the Saint Helena Highway on oakville and you can see the large welcoming statue from the Highway. They offer the customary wine tasting tours.
What to buy: Assorted Robert Mondavi Wines with prices range from $ 20 to $ 80, depending on the grape variety and the vintage year and if it is a reserved wine or not plus the size, they come in limited 375 ml bottles for the reserved lists and 750 ml bottles for the regular wines like the Chardonnay or the Sauvignon Blanc.
What to pay: not much a dent on your wallet
This is a neat chocolate/candy shop with some pricey, but nce stuff. Some of it is a little different from what you'll normally find and it's very well-made and tasty. There's a Rocky Moutnain Chocolate chain store in the nearby downtown shopping mall, but forget it and come here.
What to pay: It's pricey, but worth it even you're just buying a small bit.
St. Helena is a short drive north on highway 29 from Napa.
The shops and boutiques there can easily provide entertainment for a day.
But do make sure to take your credit card. These are definitely resort prices!
This winery even surpasses the main wine making and the Italian Style Castle of Dario Sattui's Castello DI Amorosa, where all of the wines sold in V. Sattui Winery comes from, plus where most of the grapes are harvested. Besides the wine taasting and the Italian Market Place, the V. Satui Winery also has a gift shop where you can buy the assorted red and white and rose wines they made plus the assorted wine related items like cork opener or wine glasses and my favorite of them all, the souvenirs like the refrigerator magnets and the shot glases.
The V. Sattui Winery, just beside the Saint Helena Highway is a destination by itself. This wine store, Italian market place and mini foot stall cum wine tasting and souvernir store plus picnic garden and wedding destination, is a brainchild of the 5th generation vitner Dario Sattui (he also owns the bigger Castello Di Amorosa in Calistoga, a few miles north of the V. Sattui Winery, see my tips there). This is easily one of the more popular destinations in the whole Napa Valler Area since it is packed full of people everyday.
What to buy: if you will buy the wine, prices vary but for a bottle of the red Zinfandel or the Cabernet Sauvignon, prices are $ 18 and up. For the White Wines like the Sauvignon Blanc or the Reisling, prices are $ 20 and up. Sparkling Wines (Champagne to you guys since the eminent domain of the intellectual property rights of a region prevents Napa from naming a bubbly wine Champagne) is $ 25 and more. Souvenirs like the refrigerator magnets at $ 4.99 and more and the shot glasses at $ 5.99 and more.
What to pay: not a dent on your wallet
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