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…

Wine Aroma Training – Fun With Le Nez Du Vin

As another attempt to better myself at the art of wine tasting, I decided to purchase a training tool called, Le Nez Du Vin, to help me identify particular wine aromas in different wines that I taste everyday in and around Napa Valley. Here in Napa Valley, wine tasting is a fun and enjoyable way…

The Charter Oak Restaurant Part Deux – Brunch in the Napa Valley

In a land where Eggs Benedict rules the brunch world, The Charter Oak restaurant in Saint Helena is striving to bring a different approach to one of the most gratifying meals of the weekend. I wanted to do this follow-up to my Charter Oak Restaurant dinner post because I had heard great things about this brunch….

VGS Chateau Potelle Tasting House & Gardens – Food & Wine Pairing

Last week I was invited to do one of my favorite things, a food and wine pairing. What could be better on a post-election Wednesday than some exquisite food bites from a Michelin-starred restaurant paired with elegant wines? After a rough week of political rants and a nation on edge, I was certainly looking forward…

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,…