This is one of my favorite wines so I searched them out when I arrived in wine country. It is a very modest winery with no signage at all of their location. They are wight on route 29 only minutes from Yountville. Wine tasting is by appointment. They only take 6 people at a time but our wine tasting had 8. They have a few different options to...more
Domaine Chandon offers a nice variety of wines, sparkling wines and champagne for tasting and purchasing. The grounds are very pretty, there are outdoor tables set up to enjoy your tastings. We enjoyed a glass of Pinot Noir out on the outdoor patio.This is a nice place to linger, they also do tours and there is a nice restaurant there called Etiole...more
Warm *props* were given to our lovely volunteer from France........as we were whisked back to the Napa Valley Grille to enjoy a wonderful "Welcome Back Brunch" our pilot/driver says to our Inspector:"Job well done, sir! I shall call ahead to have your cocktails served for you at brunch........would you like CHAMPAGNE or MIMOSAS with your...more
The wicker baskets are propped up and loaded onto the trucks then whisked away to its next destination.The Napa Valley Balloon Company usually do no more than 2 rides per day.As you can see, it is a whole entire process to get the balloons safely up and running.......then taking them down and preparing them for the next journey.more
After an hour journey through the skies over paradise, it was time for our descent.Some facts about balloon riding:How high do balloons fly?Most balloonists enjoy low level flight. The typical balloon flight would be anywhere from tree level to approximately 2,000 ft. The world record for altitude in a hot air balloon is 64,997 feet.Do passengers...more
Our pilot made it a point to show this particular home that was in the middle of a private orchard. He mentioned that these were the neighbors in Paradise konwn as "The Meanies." They were residents of this town that are in their element when they're COMPLAINING.Always complaining about the air traffic above them.......My question is, wouldn't it...more
I suppose there is such a thing as "Rush Hour on Cloud Highways....."The skies were painted with fellow balloon travelers. Our pilot has been guiding these balloons for decades. Piloting a balloon is an art and certainly requires a lot of skill and knowledge about the sky, the winds, the earth, and which neighbors down below are the most...more
As we are lifted off from the ground, you can feel the hot air pulsating on the tops of our heads.......as we stand cozily together in the wicker baskets.For someone like moi (who's afraid of heights!) there is none of that vertigo feeling; because you are moving with the wind drift, there is no wind blowing. The basket does not rock or sway, so...more
What are hot air balloons made of? A reinforced fabric called rip-stop nylon (some balloons are made of acron). The material is very lightweight, but is very strong. The fabric is coated on the inside to prevent leaks.The envelope is stretched out and attached to the basket. A powerful fan is used to cold inflate the envelope. When partially...more
When you take a "walk through the clouds" in a hot air balloon, the main advice that is mandatory for any ride is "KEEP IT LIGHT." You must come on the journey with as minimal as possible.No backpacks, no heavy camera bags........and layering is key. When you are on the ground on a crisp autumn morning, there could be a slight chill, but as the...more
6526 Yount Street, Yountville, California, 94599, United States
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2230 Madison St, Yountville, California, 94599, United States
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6541 Washington St, Yountville, California, 94599, United States
Good for: Couples
A small bakery with great pastries. They also have breakfast sandwiches as well as lunches. There is a busy to go line in the mornings. They have outdoor seating only. The chocolate filled croissant was amazing. I went here two days in a row and also got some for the road when we left.more
This was an excellent dining experience. There are two dining areas, one is a covered outdoor area and the other is indoor. We ate indoors. This place is very difficult to get a reservation. When we were waiting for our table I heard the hostess on the phone with someone trying to make a reservation for October. They only start taking reservations...more
The Wine Gardent Restaurant is a delightful place to dine. The menu has a variety of items to select from such as Shrimp Hush Puppies, Cover Crop Salad and Roasted Veggie Sandwishes. All dishes are prepared to share. Its small plate dinning at its best. They offer fun flights of wines to try from various local boutique wineries of the Napa Valley....more
This is Thomas Keller's latest venue in Yountville and it's here to stay, now accepting reservations also, which you will need here. The concept is one menu for everyone, which includes 4 yummy courses. Here's what I had:White Bean & Escarole Soup with sausage, capay leeks and del monaco extra virgin olive oil, this dish was very hearty and came in...more
Get ready to open your wallet. This is not your average restaurant. The service can be compared to no other. (Not that you would, but intentionally bump into a waiter and they blame themselves.) The winelist is filled with the finest wines imaginable. (But, if you bring your own, there is a bottling charge.) The tables are quaint and dressed with...more
Our lunch at REDD was amazing a couple of weeks ago. The dining room is very pretty with hardwood floors and very nicely appointed tables. I started with a Yellowfish Tuna & Hamachi Tartare appetizer that was very good. My husband and I shared the Shrimp Salad with Butter Lettuces, Avocado and Bacon this was served warm and very, very good. My...more
Located in the heart of historic Yountville, CA sits a relatively non-discript two story building, on Washington Street. Reservaions arre available only by telephone and only 2-months in advance - TOO THE DAY/DATE. Availability fills quickly so be on your toes as the hour tics by. As for price, er, if you have to ask, you will be shocked with the...more
Located just across the street from Yountville's 1870 shopping "mall" on Washington Street, Hurley's provides either formal or casual dining (inside or out). It may look small, but there are a number of rooms which make the size deceiving. I had chicken while my wife went for the steak. Both were prepared exactly as ordered and tasted wonderfulmore
Yountville has some great restaurants with some very nice bars. The main drag of Yountville is Washington Street.
On some of our thirstier summer nights, we've been known to walk to Piatti's at the south of "The Strip" then hit Bistro Jeanty, Hurley's, Pacific Blues Cafe, Bouchon's, Compadre's and wind up at Napa Valley Grille.
All is within walking (stumbling?) distance to "The Rail" or Bordeaux House.
Dress Code: Very casual but all sorts of dress.
The current shop will be no longer almost as this writing as the "city" has deemed the land must be developed. Yet the craft of Venika will live on as this is merely a showcase of their artistry.Furniture as and art form to a new dimention. Don't ask prices if you can't afford to buy, but many of the pieces are quite reasonably priced. Anything...more
Located on the second floor of the Vintage 1870 shopping "center" is a wonderful location to find just that perfect gift for the wine affectionardo on your list. Dru Montanelli, the Proprietress is quite pleasant and has just the suggestion for those who might be undecided. Fancy bottle openers; reusable and 1-use wine bottle tags (easier to find...more
Other than biking thru the rolling hills of Tuscany, Napa Valley is one of the best road rides around.
Yountville is a good starting and finishing point as there are a lot of "Crossing" roads that go through the vineyards.
And it's always nice to finish a long ride with a Guiness on the patio at Pacific Blues Cafe.
Equipment: A bicycle.
Just about any type. If you are in shape, you can get away with doing the Silverado Trail and Hwy 29 on an old Schwinn paperboy bike, but we suggest a good 18 speed bike.
Pretty decent shoulders on the roads but you always have to error on the side of caution when biking anywhere!
If you don't want to Drive to and from Napa Valley and Sonoma areas due to the high cost of gas and don;t want to rent a car, the best thing to do is to book a Napa Wine Tour. There are many tour companies that ply either a full Napa Tour with or without the Napa Wine Train or a combination of Napa and Sonoma Tours or a private car tour. You can...more
Yountville is a great central location to start and end a bike ride. You have access to the main highway but you can also use the fronatge roads and the "Crossings" that go back and forth thru the beautiful vineyards and to the Silverado Trail. Each year we try and go and ride in the "Tour of Napa Valley". Choose from the 30, 65 or 100 mile...more
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