The Wine Ho’s Top Ten – Favorite Entrées in Napa Valley

Very often people will email me and ask, what restaurants should I go to when I visit Napa Valley. I always say, with so many options, that is almost impossible to answer. In response to that question, here are my top ten entrées, as diverse as is Napa Valley cuisine. 10. Crispy Petrale Sole Tacos –…

Charlie Palmer Steak – Napa Valley’s New Cosmopolitan Hot Spot

The long anticipated Archer Hotel, smack in the middle of a seemingly quiet downtown Napa, has only been open for a few weeks. But inside there is a restaurant breathing new life as a metropolitan vibe is evolving at the new Charlie Palmer Steak. A lot of long-time locals in the Napa Valley frown upon…

Sunday Brunch At 1313 Main – A Napa Valley Foodies Dream

Everyone that knows me makes fun of me taking pictures of my food, telling them what to order so I can take pictures of their food, and wanting to take pictures of strangers food. If this is something you struggle with on a daily basis, you may want to check out 1313 Main in downtown…

Acacia House Revived Into High-End Restaurant & Resort in Napa Valley

Las Alcobas, the controversial resort just north of Saint Helena has revived a piece of Napa Valley history by renovating the old Victorian Acacia House into a comfortable, friendly, fine dining restaurant ran by Top Chef Masters winner and The Next Iron Chef competitor Chris Cosentino. I have only lived in Saint Helena for four years, and…

What Wines are Winter Wines? Wine Pairing in a Winter Wonderland

What wines do you think go best on a blustery day or night, rain and snow falling like crazy? I feel like summer disappeared so quickly, I didn’t have time to pull out the jackets and sink into hibernation mode. One thing I do notice is that my palate changes through the seasons like clockwork….

Eiko’s – Great Sushi in the Heart of Downtown Napa

Located steps away from the future Archer Hotel Napa, Eiko’s offers up some great sushi, and generous portions without the high price tag. When people think Napa Valley and sushi, they automatically think Morimoto’s, a high-end sushi restaurant off the waterfront in downtown Napa owned by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. It’s a unique place to dine, but…

Ciccio – Cozy Italian Restaurant in Yountville – Napa Valley

Ciccio is a quaint little Italian place on the north end of Yountville. You won’t find it on Open Table and you can’t call up and make a reservation. Getting a table is half the battle.   Located in the old Italian grocery store built in 1916, Ciccio is an intimate dining experience with high…