Yao Family Wines in St. Helena – It’s Not Just a Name.

I was excited to get a chance to check out the fairly new Yao Family Wines tasting room located off Highway 29 in Saint Helena. If you are or aren’t a basketball fan, you would recognize Yao Ming. Standing a staggering 7ft 6in, Yao Ming played for the Houston Rockets for almost a decade, retiring…

Schramsberg Vineyards – Méthode Champenoise in Napa Valley

When friends come to town, I am always looking for a unique place to start the day; and three million hand stacked bottles of sparkling wine in a 2-1/2 mile cave is an excellent choice. Last Saturday was my second time at Schramsberg Vineyards. About 3-1/2 years ago, before I lived in the Napa Valley,…

Gourmet Buffalo & Asian-Inspired Wings in Napa Valley

As I was going from restaurant to restaurant in search of the perfect chicken wing, I found out not all wings are created equal or even remotely the same. And because like everything here, Napa Valley, finds a way to elevate its wings to a whole new level. I know what you are thinking, who…

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…

Two Birds One Stone – New Restaurant ‘Killing it’ in Napa Valley

Spent a late Friday afternoon at Two Birds/One Stone, the latest hotspot celebrating asian inspired dishes and exclusive wines from local winemakers. I’ve been anticipating my visit to Two Birds/One Stone since it opened a few months ago. Growing up in Hawaii, I came to love asian inspired cuisine and it was exciting to find out we…

Lunch at Bistro Jeanty – French Cuisine in Napa Valley

In the heart of Yountville, lies the quaint french eatery, Bistro Jeanty. Bistro Jeanty is my go-to place in Yountville, California. In a town that Thomas Keller made famous with Bouchon Bakery and The French Laundry, lies a plethora of dining options to choose from. Bistro Jeanty gives you a true french feel, with a large patio…

Twomey Harvest Celebration – 2014 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine & Food Pairing

On Saturday, Twomey Cellars rolled out the 2014 Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. They held a harvest celebration which let the wine club members taste new releases. Membership has its benefits. Twomey unveiled four new single vineyard pinots for 2014. Among them were, The Monument Tree, Last Stop, Soberanes and Bien Nacido.  Gourmet appetizers were prepared by…