USA Today 10Best Readers Choice Awards Wine

USA Today 10Best Readers Choice Awards Wine

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VGS Chateau Potelle – Trip of a Lifetime to Bordeaux

VGS Chateau Potelle – Trip of a Lifetime to Bordeaux

 “VGS Chateau PotelleTrip to Bordeaux”

For Jean-Noel, Chateau Potelle is his French tradition, VGS is his American education…. VGS: Good things speak for themselves.

They are now accepting reservations for the popular Once-in-a-Lifetime to Bordeaux!

Greetings friends & world travelers from Jean-Noel Fourmeaux!

“I am so excited to announce and invite you to the VGS Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip experience to Bordeaux. Due to the popularity of this special annual trip, we are adding a second trip in 2020. Having grown up in Bordeaux, and lived in the Napa Valley for over 30 years, words alone cannot express to you what an amazing and exclusively curated “insiders” trip this is. With me as your host, you will gain access to some of the world finest chateaux normally not open to the public, enjoy incredible cuisine, the accommodations pure sublime luxury and the wines, world-class! I hope you will join me!”

Cheers, Jean-Noel

The VGS Annual Chateau Potelle Once in a Lifetime to Bourdeaux 

September 6-12 and September 13-19 2020

The 2019 trip sold out so quickly, we are adding a second trip for 2020.
Each trip is limited to only 10 couples and will be sold out fast, so let them know your interest ASAP.

Tasting at Chateau Margaux

Vertical Tasting at Chateau Angelus

Here is the Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrive at the 5* Hotel Les Sources de Caudalie, your home for the next three nights at your leisure. We will meet at 4:45 PM in the lobby of the hotel to go visit Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.

https://www.smith-haut-lafitte.com/en/

Following the winery tour, Florence and Daniel Cathiard, my friends who own the Chateau, will welcome us in their house “La Chartreuse” for an aperitif!

Dinner will follow at La Table du Lavoir at Les Sources de Caudalie

Day 2

Ready…Set…GO! We will start our week off with special experience! A very rare and unique in-depth vertical tasting of one of Bordeaux’s most celebrated chateaux, Angelus followed by lunch! From Angelus, we will walk to Chateau Canon another celebrated estate in St. Emilion: supreme elegance! From Canon, we will drive to Pomerol, the land of Merlot and visit the boutique Chateau Le Gay.

Following our tasting at Le Gay, we will stroll through the ancient village of St. Emilion and finish our day at Clos Fourtet or Chateau de Pressac (trip 2) and their underground 30 acres of caves, and complete the day with a delicious dinner at the chateau.

https://www.angelus.com/en/

https://www.chateaucanon.com/

https://www.vignoblespereverge.com/vin/chateau-le-gay-pomerol/

http://www.closfourtet.com/en/

https://chateaudepressac.com/en/

Day 3

SPA TIME! We begin the day (8:30-12:30) by relaxation. Each of you will enjoy a “Ritual Initiation” at the world-renowned Caudalie Spa famous for their use of grape seeds in all their beauty products!

https://www.sources-caudalie.com/en/vinotherapie-spa/

After a morning of pampering, it’s back to business as we’re off to visit Eric Perrin’s beautiful Chateau Carbonnieux for a vintner lunch where the owners of Chateau Malartic Lagraviere and Chateau Guiraud will also join us.

Dinner tonight will at the venerable Chateau Haut Bailly, for a superb dinner or Chateau Guiraud (trip 2).

Day 3 Chateaux

https://carbonnieux.com/?lang=en

http://www.malartic-lagraviere.com/en/

https://www.chateauguiraud.com/

Day 4

Moving day…have your luggage ready as we head to the Left Bank where we will move into Chateau Beychevelle, our private chateau for the next 2 nights.

Our first stop, the negociant house Ulysse Cazabonne for an unforgettable tasting of very special vintage wines!

Lunch today will be at the esteemed Chateau Leoville Poyferre where Didier Cuvelier, the owner and my favorite cousin will host us!

Following lunch, we will head to Pauillac and visit Chateau Pontet Canet and learn about their amazing organic and biodynamic farming.

Dinner tonight is with the acclaimed Chef Claude Brossard at his Restaurant Le Saint Julien.

http://restaurant-le-saint-julien.com/

Day 4 Chateaux

https://www.ulysse-cazabonne.com/en/

http://www.leoville-poyferre.fr/en/

Day 5

Prepare yourselves for a wine lovers dream day!

Our first visit, the famed1st growth-Chateau Mouton Rothschild where we will enjoy a tasting of their three family estates to remember. Mouton, Clerc Milon & d’Armailhac.

Lunch today, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande or Chateau Phelan Segur (tbd).

We will continue this tough day with our next visit, another 1st growth, none other than Chateau Margaux!

Tonight, a spectacular dinner at your very “own” Chateau Beychevelle in their grand dining room!

Day 5 Chateaux

https://www.chateau-mouton-rothschild.com/

http://www.pichon-comtesse.com/

https://www.phelansegur.com/en/

https://www.chateau-margaux.com/en

https://beychevelle.com/?lang=en

Day 6

Today we will discover the “magic” of French Oak barrels with an in-depth educational visit to Tonnellerie Radoux. ­This fascinating visit will be followed with a blind tasting of various wood-aged wines at lunch.

http://tonnellerieradoux.com/

After lunch, we drive to the city of Bordeaux to check into the Grand Hotel for our last night.

https://bordeaux.intercontinental.com/en/

Our farewell dinner tonight, we take over the entire Michelin starred Garopapilles Restaurant. With champagne, great wines and delicious food many have called “too beautiful to eat” we will celebrate the end of our trip together!

https://garopapilles.com/

The Details

­This memorable insider’s trip includes:

Six (6) nights in luxury accommodations. All meals (I plan every dish so we do not ever have the same meal twice), the wine (the wines we are going to taste and enjoy cost more than the food on this trip!), ground transportation with a luxury van, tips etc. all are included.

You are responsible only for your airfare and personal expenses. Fun, memories, unique experiences and…hangovers for 16,500 EUROS for two.

­This spectacular trip t Bordeaux is limited to 10 couples.

VGS Chateau Potelle Club Members have a special discount: Club VGS: 450 euros discount, Connoisseurs, Red and Collectors Club: 650 euros discount

If you’ve been a wine club member for 5 or more years. you will receive an extra 300 euros discount!!!

­Club Member discount will be applied to the payment of the balance.

To request a reservation, please contact Jean-Noel Fourmeaux directly BY CLICKING THE BUTTON BELOW

Request Reservation Form

VGS Chateau Potelle is located at 1200 Dowdell Lane in St. Helena

www.vgschateaupotelle.com

Check them out on Twitter @vgspotelle and Instagram @vgspotelle

 

VGS Chateau Potelle

VGS Chateau Potelle

“A Food and Wine Experience” & “VGS Chateau PotelleTrip to Bordeaux”

Visiting Napa Valley wineries has traditionally been all about sampling the wineries various varietals along with an occasional breadstick or cracker during brief stops at busy tasting rooms along the wine country corridor. The tasting experience has evolved to a new echelon. The VGS Chateau Potelle Food and Wine Experience takes you on a relaxed personalized sensory and flavor excursion with a selection of food and wine pairings at the Tasting House and Gardens at their Saint Helena location just off Hwy 29.

Chef Ken Franks Tasting Tray

The VGS Food and Wine Experience” is offered by appointment daily at the winery where guests taste a selection of 6 wines paired with food bites created from Chef Ken Frank’s Michelin Starred La Toque Restaurant. This 90-minute sensory journey takes you through a selection of VGS Chateau Potelle wines and is moderated in detail by one of their tasting room specialists, like Anthony who took us through our flight of flavors and the inception of the VGS name with Chateau Potelle. The story is lively and entertaining!

We were welcomed in their salon after a tour of their lovely gardens, with a glass of the Chateau Potelle Riviera Rose from the Kick Ranch Vineyard and a Smoked Salmon Rillette on a Cucumber with Crème Fraiche and Chives. The entry of the tasting room is surrounded with unique art pieces such as the large Crayon Wine Bottle Sculpture which welcomes you as you enter the vibrant reception area. After learning a bit about the winery’s, 30-year history in the Napa Valley, we were escorted to our beautifully set tasting table surrounded by colorful cascading hot air balloons. At Chateau Potelle the scattering of vibrant colors is everywhere which is exemplified by owner/winemaker Jean-Noel Fourmeaux’s humorous and colorful demeanor.

Jean-Noel invites his guests to “come to a place that reflects the style of our wines…elegant, restrained and extremely well done in all details. A place in which our attitude resonates throughout…fun, easy and sometimes irreverent but never pretentious.”

Our delicious sojourn continued with more stories about the winery’s history and evolution along with our colorful tasty bites prepared specifically with each of the selected VGS wines. We were presented with the VGS Chardonnay 2015, a classic VGS style Chardonnay from Mt. Veeder along with a local summer corn veloute’ with Maine Lobster salad. We then migrated to their 25th Anniversary VGS Zinfandel paired with a smoked Liberty Farms duck breast with grilled stone fruit salsa on Crostini. Anthony was very detailed on each of the wines explaining flavor descriptives and characteristics of the specific vineyard designates for the selected VGS varietals.

The Madrigal Vineyard VGS Petite Sirah 2015 was showcased along with a lovely pork and herb rillettes with dried fig compote on sourdough. The finale of the experience was the 2014 Mount Veeder VGS Cabernet Sauvignon which was tastefully paired with a grilled Niman Ranch beef loin with Fiscalini cheddar sauce & red onion jam on brioche. The food bite offerings do vary seasonally and are created with the freshest of Napa Valley ingredients to meld perfectly with each of the VGS Chateau Potelle wines.

For an even more intimate and specialized experience with VGS Chateau Potelle, they invite you to join them in their “Lunch Above the Clouds” experience at their Mount Veeder vineyard. You will experience an informational hike through the vineyards after which you arrive at the “Cloud Nine” gazebo over-looking the Napa Valley for a 5-course wine-paired lunch prepared by Chef Ken Frank of La Toque. This is available April to October and it is imperative to book in advance as seating is limited, and this popular Napa Valley experience books up very quickly.

Great News!!! VGS Chateau Potelle Sets New Barrel Record with the Inaugural Release of FOURMEAUX at 38th Annual Auction Napa Valley, the most Celebrated Charity Wine Event in the United States

The record-setting wine sold for $ 114,300, or $952.50 per bottle ($11,430 per case) surpassing the previous high set in 2017 by Harlan’s The Mascot by more than $40,000!

For Jean-Noel, Chateau Potelle is his French tradition, VGS is his American education…. VGS: Good things speak for themselves.

They are now accepting reservations for the popular Once-in-a-Lifetime to Bordeaux!

Greetings friends & world travelers from Jean-Noel Fourmeaux!

“I am so excited to announce and invite you to the VGS Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip experience to Bordeaux. Due to the popularity of this special annual trip, we are adding a second trip in 2020. Having grown up in Bordeaux, and lived in the Napa Valley for over 30 years, words alone cannot express to you what an amazing and exclusively curated “insiders” trip this is. With me as your host, you will gain access to some of the world finest chateaux normally not open to the public, enjoy incredible cuisine, the accommodations pure sublime luxury and the wines, world-class! I hope you will join me!”

Cheers, Jean-Noel

The VGS Annual Chateau Potelle Once in a Lifetime to Bourdeaux 

September 6-12 and September 13-19 2020

The 2019 trip sold out so quickly, we are adding a second trip for 2020.
Each trip is limited to only 10 couples and will be sold out fast, so let them know your interest ASAP.

Tasting at Ch. Margaux

Vertical Tasting at Ch. Angelus

Here is the Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrive at the 5* Hotel Les Sources de Caudalie, your home for the next three nights at your leisure. We will meet at 4:45 PM in the lobby of the hotel to go visit Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.

https://www.smith-haut-lafitte.com/en/

Following the winery tour, Florence and Daniel Cathiard, my friends who own the Chateau, will welcome us in their house “La Chartreuse” for an aperitif!

Dinner will follow at La Table du Lavoir at Les Sources de Caudalie

Day 2

Ready…Set…GO! We will start our week off with special experience! A very rare and unique in-depth vertical tasting of one of Bordeaux’s most celebrated chateaux, Angelus followed by lunch! From Angelus, we will walk to Chateau Canon another celebrated estate in St. Emilion: supreme elegance! From Canon, we will drive to Pomerol, the land of Merlot and visit the boutique Chateau Le Gay.

Following our tasting at Le Gay, we will stroll through the ancient village of St. Emilion and finish our day at Clos Fourtet or Chateau de Pressac (trip 2) and their underground 30 acres of caves, and complete the day with a delicious dinner at the chateau.

https://www.angelus.com/en/

https://www.chateaucanon.com/

https://www.vignoblespereverge.com/vin/chateau-le-gay-pomerol/

http://www.closfourtet.com/en/

https://chateaudepressac.com/en/

Day 3

SPA TIME! We begin the day (8:30-12:30) by relaxation. Each of you will enjoy a “Ritual Initiation” at the world-renowned Caudalie Spa famous for their use of grape seeds in all their beauty products!

https://www.sources-caudalie.com/en/vinotherapie-spa/

After a morning of pampering, it’s back to business as we’re off to visit Eric Perrin’s beautiful Chateau Carbonnieux for a vintner lunch where the owners of Chateau Malartic Lagraviere and Chateau Guiraud will also join us.

Dinner tonight will at the venerable Chateau Haut Bailly, for a superb dinner or Chateau Guiraud (trip 2).

Day 3 Chateaux

https://carbonnieux.com/?lang=en

http://www.malartic-lagraviere.com/en/

https://www.chateauguiraud.com/

Day 4

Moving day…have your luggage ready as we head to the Left Bank where we will move into Chateau Beychevelle, our private chateau for the next 2 nights.

Our first stop, the negociant house Ulysse Cazabonne for an unforgettable tasting of very special vintage wines!

Lunch today will be at the esteemed Chateau Leoville Poyferre where Didier Cuvelier, the owner and my favorite cousin will host us!

Following lunch, we will head to Pauillac and visit Chateau Pontet Canet and learn about their amazing organic and biodynamic farming.

Dinner tonight is with the acclaimed Chef Claude Brossard at his Restaurant Le Saint Julien.

http://restaurant-le-saint-julien.com/

Day 4 Chateaux

https://www.ulysse-cazabonne.com/en/

http://www.leoville-poyferre.fr/en/

Day 5

Prepare yourselves for a wine lovers dream day!

Our first visit, the famed1st growth-Chateau Mouton Rothschild where we will enjoy a tasting of their three family estates to remember. Mouton, Clerc Milon & d’Armailhac.

Lunch today, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande or Chateau Phelan Segur (tbd).

We will continue this tough day with our next visit, another 1st growth, none other than Chateau Margaux!

Tonight, a spectacular dinner at your very “own” Chateau Beychevelle in their grand dining room!

Day 5 Chateaux

https://www.chateau-mouton-rothschild.com/

http://www.pichon-comtesse.com/

https://www.phelansegur.com/en/

https://www.chateau-margaux.com/en

https://beychevelle.com/?lang=en

Day 6

Today we will discover the “magic” of French Oak barrels with an in-depth educational visit to Tonnellerie Radoux. ­This fascinating visit will be followed with a blind tasting of various wood-aged wines at lunch.

http://tonnellerieradoux.com/

After lunch, we drive to the city of Bordeaux to check into the Grand Hotel for our last night.

https://bordeaux.intercontinental.com/en/

Our farewell dinner tonight, we take over the entire Michelin starred Garopapilles Restaurant. With champagne, great wines and delicious food many have called “too beautiful to eat” we will celebrate the end of our trip together!

https://garopapilles.com/

The Details

­This memorable insider’s trip includes:

Six (6) nights in luxury accommodations. All meals (I plan every dish so we do not ever have the same meal twice), the wine (the wines we are going to taste and enjoy cost more than the food on this trip!), ground transportation with a luxury van, tips etc. all are included.

You are responsible only for your airfare and personal expenses. Fun, memories, unique experiences and…hangovers for 16,500 EUROS for two.

­This spectacular trip t Bordeaux is limited to 10 couples.

VGS Chateau Potelle Club Members have a special discount: Club VGS: 450 euros discount, Connoisseurs, Red and Collectors Club: 650 euros discount

If you’ve been a wine club member for 5 or more years. you will receive an extra 300 euros discount!!!

­Club Member discount will be applied to the payment of the balance.

To request a reservation, please contact Jean-Noel Fourmeaux directly BY CLICKING THE BUTTON BELOW

Request Reservation Form

VGS Chateau Potelle is located at 1200 Dowdell Lane in St. Helena

www.vgschateaupotelle.com

Check them out on Twitter @vgspotelle and Instagram @vgspotelle

 

Calistoga’s Lincoln Avenue Downtown Eateries

Calistoga’s Lincoln Avenue Downtown Eateries

Photo Courtesy of Visit Calistoga – Downtown Calistoga’s Historic Lincoln Avenue

It’s natural to think of the Napa Valley as one ‘place.’ But the 30 north to south miles that comprise this verdant valley feature distinct towns, each with individual personalities. There’s Yountville with its chic tasting rooms and Michelin-starred cuisine, Rutherford with its concentration of Cabernet producers, and St. Helena with its quaint downtown shopping district. And to the north, Calistoga encourages its guests to slow down a bit and unwind. The small town’s official motto is ‘Relax, you’re in Calistoga,’ a directive easily followed, thanks to its famous mud baths, gracious inns and resorts, and variety of restaurants that promote a laidback vibe.

During the late 1700’s, the sole inhabitants of the area of Calistoga were populated by a large group of indigenous people called the Wappo Tribe during the Spanish colonial era. They were part of the now extinct Yukian language group who were the earlier settlers of this region. The Napa Valley name was actually derived from the word Napa meaning “plenty” in their native language.

California’s first Millionaire, Sam Brannan purchased 2000 acres in the Calistoga area in 1885 with plans to create a spa resort for the rich and famous, similar to the health and hot spring inspired retreats in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The main street in Calistoga premiered Brannan’s Hot Spring Resort which opened in 1862 and is now the current location of the Indian Springs Resort along Lincoln Avenue. In 1876 the Magnolia Hotel building burnt down and was later rebuilt as the Calistoga Hotel in 1902. In 1907, the Europa Hotel was built and then sold to Johnny Ghisolfo in 1912 which later became the Mount View Hotel. The Lincoln Avenue boom was followed by the opening of the Calistoga Inn, constructed originally in 1920 about the time when Lincoln Avenue was first paved, and more power lines were added to illuminate the bustling downtown. Brannan’s inspiration paved of the way for the growth of Calistoga to its popularity and charm today.

Many of the original buildings along historic Lincoln Avenue are now home to many of these popular downtown eateries along Calistoga’s food row.

All Season Restaurant

All Seasons

For the past 35 years, this favorite up valley restaurant has been offering creative seasonal dishes to their new and dedicated patrons both local and visitor alike. This charming bistro serves inspired food and wine, classic to contemporary. Their relaxed atmosphere, excellent service, and outstanding cuisine have made this iconic restaurant a mainstay to dine along Lincoln Avenue. Must try menu items: Ahi Tuna Carpaccio, Mary’s Organic Chicken Breast, Angus Rib Eye Steak, Seared Duck Breast.

Tuna Carpaccio

Butternut Squash Soup

1400 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga www.allseasonsnapavalley.com 707-942-9111 Open for lunch and dinner daily except Tuesdays.

Boskos Trattoria

Boskos Dining

Bosko’s Trattoria

Calistoga’s longest running restaurant for 36 years, continues to serve quality made fresh daily authentic Italian Cuisine offering house-made Pasta and wood-fired pizzas. Step into the old country of Italy with cuisine that brings you home-style Italian foods along with a generous selection of moderately priced California and Italian wines. Their sumptuous pastas are made from scratch daily offering you a wide variety to choose from. They also offer Antipasti, soups, and salads. Don’t miss out on their happy hour every day from 4:40 to 6:30 where all wines listed are $8 and all appetizers are half off.

Boskos Pizza

1364 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga www.boskos.com 707-942-9088 Open 11:30am to 9:30pm

Busters Barbecue

Busters Original Southern BBQ

Busters, showcased in National Geographic, has been referred to as the “Best BBQ West of the Mississippi” and voted “Best Barbeque” by the Bohemian year after year. Busters patio is the perfect stop for authentic Southern BBQ dishes with recipes from the heart of Louisiana with pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, BBQ chicken, savory baked beans and corn of the cob. Be sure to stop in for great jazz and blues on Sunday afternoons,

Busters BBQ

1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga www.busterssouthernbbq.com 707-942-6505 Dine in or take out. Open for Lunch or dinner 7 days a week.

Cafe Sarafornia

Café Sarafornia

The name of this restaurant was named after California’s first Millionaire Sam Brannan who claimed he was going to make the town the Calistoga of Sarafornia when he meant to say the Saratoga of California, hence the name of the town and the name of the diner. The owners, the Dierkhising family, have been in Napa Valley since 1976 and have owned the restaurant for nearly that long. This is a wonderful place for breakfast to start your day, offering dishes like their famed braised pork tostada, the Brannan Benedict, and the best in the valley – Huevos Rancheros. Lunch is impressive as well with classic burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Their popularity it tremendous, they serve over 91,000 people per year, that’s 250 per day. The line is worth the wait!

Cafe Sarafornia

1413 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga www.cafesarafornia.com 707-942-0555 Open Daily from 7am – 2:30pm

Calistoga Inn, Restaurant and Brewery

Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery

It’s a brewery, hotel, and restaurant on this stately historic property in the middle of downtown Calistoga. The restaurant has been one of the most popular outdoor dining venues in the Napa Valley with its patio stretching along the Napa River, and in the adjacent historic water tower, you will find their award winning micro-brewery, The Napa Valley Brewing company. It has become a popular place for sports enthusiasts as it boasts 5 large flat screen TV’s making it also the sports bar to hang out at in Calistoga during big sporting events. The weekend Brunch on their spacious patio is a must. Two lunch favorites are the Shrimp Louie Salad, the Heirloom Tomato, and Fig Salad and their Best Burger. Dinner highlights are the Country Paella or choose from one of their prime cut steaks.

Calistoga Inn Patio

Calistoga Inn

1250 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga www.calistogainn.com 707-942-4101 Open 11:30am to 9:30pm

Checkers

Checkers Interiors

Checkers Restaurant

This simple, understated café has been serving Italian classics and pizzas to Calistogan’s for several decades as an unpretentious neighborhood meeting place for a quick lunch, family dinner or a festive happy hour. The cuisine is Mediterranean inspired which includes a variety of pastas, pizzas, calzones as well as Chicken Marsala, Pan Seared Salmon and Braised Lamb Shank on their extensive menu. Don’t miss the House-Made Cheesecake with Chocolate Sauce for dessert.

1414 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga 707-942-9300 11:30am to 9:30pm

Evangeline

Evangeline

Evangeline Patio Dining

This now locally owned French Bistro with Creole Soul invites you to join them for dinner at Evangeline.  This popular eatery in Calistoga offers you fun versions of French bistro favorites such as Coq au Vin, Croque Madame Beef Tartare and Shrimp Etouffee. Their intimate polished interior and inviting patio dining on their charming covered terrace delivers a memorable dining experience. This Solbar spinoff offers an impressive menu of New Orleans style dishes to the table along with inventive cocktails, craft beers, and an extensive wine list. They are primarily an outdoor restaurant with limited indoor seating. Reservations are not available for inside seating.

1226 Washington Street, Calistoga www.evangelinenapa.com 707-341-3131 Dinner Daily from 5:30pm to 10pm Brunch on Saturday and Sunday 9am – 2pm

Hydro Bar and Grill

Hydro Bar & Grill

Located in downtown Calistoga, the restaurant’s building dates back to 1906, just after the 1901 fire which destroyed most of the original town of Calistoga. This historic building, originally a carriage house and stable, has been home to Hydro at this location since 1996. Their sister business, All Season’s Bistro has been a Calistoga favorite since 1983. Alex and Gayle and their two dining establishments have been serving quality food, inspired drinks, and great local hospitality for almost 40 years. It is the spot as they often refer to pop in grab a bite, share a drink and have a little HYDROTHERAPY!

Hydro Bar and Grill

1403 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga www.hydrogrillnapavalley.com 707-942-9777 8:30am – 11pm Open Every day except Thursday morning until noon for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Chef James of Johnny’s

Johnny’s in Calistoga

Johnny’s Restaurant & Bar

Johnny’s initially opened in the Mount View Hotel in 1933 by Johnny Ghisolfo who served on the Calistoga city council and later became known as “Mr. Calistoga.” The original Johnny’s closed in 1984 and then in 2016 reopened in honor of former owner John Ghisolfo. This resurrected pub and bistro offers the perfect place to enjoy good times with friends and family whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour (which they claim to be one of the best in town.) Their house Mud City Brews are worth stopping in for a bit of Cheers.

For breakfast try the Huevos Montelenos, for Lunch the local Fish and Chips and for Dinner Oysters on the half shell and the Jagerschnitzel. Sunday special is always a hit with their Slow Roasted Prime Rib.

Johnny’s Egg Benedict

Johnny’s Cobb Salad

1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga www.johnnyscalistoga.com 707-942-5938 Brunch Daily 7:30a to 2pm; Dinner opens up at 4pm; Happy Hour 4pm to 6:30pm

Sam’s Social Club at Indian Springs

Sam’s Social Club

Sam’s named after famed resort founder Sam Brannan at the Indian Springs Resort offers a vibrant and inviting atmosphere. This new American Eatery & Bar is the place to meet for food that is seasonal, creative and thoughtfully prepared. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails at their stylish bar a spacious dining areas with both inside and outdoor seating. Sam’s has become a significant hangout in Calistoga offering innovative, delicious menus that are reasonably priced. Their unpretentious vibe extends to the plates such as grilled octopus endowed with a peppy Romesco sauce or a pan-seared duck. Their burgers on the homemade buns are a must try. Kids love it too, especially the mac & cheese!

Sam’s Social Club

Sam’s Social Club Specialty Drinks

1712 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga www.samssocialclub.com 707-942-4969 7:30am – 9pm

Veraison in Calistoga

Veraison

A relatively new addition to the Calistoga dining scene in late 2016, Veraison delivers French-inspired farm to table cuisine at this intimate dining establishment. As a recent recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2018, you can be assured that this is one to put on your list when visiting the Napa Valley. Owner Dan Kaiser and Executive Chef James Richmond took Calistoga by storm with the opening of Johnny’s in March 2016 and later transitioned Johnny’s Tableside to its own entity as Veraison. Both of Kaiser’s restaurants are a huge success.

Oysters at Veraison

Veraison Charcutterie

Must try menu items: Oysters from their Raw Bar, House-made Charcuterie & Artisan Cheeses, Chef’s Tasting Menu which changes daily with all freshly sourced ingredients.

French, Small Plates, Upscale, Cozy 1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga www.veraisoncalistoga.com  707-942-5938 Opens 5pm Every Day

 

 

 

Your Hearts Desire | Romantic Getaways Napa Valley

Your Hearts Desire | Romantic Getaways Napa Valley

Romance is in the Air Year ‘Round in the Napa Valley!

Valentines Day in Napa Valley is celebrated year around. Traditionally February is known as the month for romance with couples eager to celebrate their love and affections at an intimate romantic inn or hotel nestled in the backdrop of rolling vineyards and settling into chilly evenings by the fireside. No better romantic setting to celebrate love than the picturesque Napa Valley.

In Napa Valley, your romantic mini-vacation to the wine county is waiting for you every month and every day of the year. If February has passed you by, not to fret, you haven’t missed out on creating your own special weekend or weekday escape for cherishing your love.  Why not celebrate with your Valentine in May or September?

Farm Restaurant at Carneros Resort & Spa

Most hotels and inns offer special “Love Packages” during Valentines, though they tend to be a bit pricier than other times of the year or difficult to book due to limited availability. You will find that romance getaway packages are offered all year around here in the Napa Valley with a variety of romantic options to choose from or even customize your own.

Love is always in the air in wine country and each season presents its own unique portrait for your perfect romantic rendezvous with your special someone.  You may want to:

  • Come in early spring when the new budding vines are blanketing the valley and its time for a rejuvenating spa day.
  • Seek out the sun in the summertime when it is warmer to mix in some outdoor activities like golf, cycling, hiking or hot-air ballooning.
  • Head to the Napa Valley in the Fall for the perfume of crush during harvest and the brilliantly changing colors of the vineyards.
  • Get festive with the lighting of the Christmas Trees and Holiday Parades.
  • You may just keep coming back because you have a passion for the amazing cuisine offered in the Napa Valley, which is deliciously hard to resist.

These spectacular romantic resorts and inns offer a variety of dine/stay/spa packages, however, they are all very unique in their own way, with diverse amenities, design, decor, and location. Whatever your personals tastes, lovers are presented with a variety of romantic get-a-way options from small intimate inns to mega-luxurious resorts, all in an intoxicating setting. Dip in the pool, shower under the stars, bathe in the full moon, whatever your hearts desire, it’s all waiting for you. One thing’s for sure, pampering is always on the menu.

Whatever your passion, your ultimate date night or lovers retreat, Napa Valley welcomes you with a big heart!

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge Bar Terrace

“The Inn of the Sun” one of Napa Valley’s most iconic luxury properties is nestled on a hillside perch in Rutherford painted with breathtaking panoramic views of rolling vineyards. Dining at Auberge du Soleil’s Michelin Star Restaurant is a must experience to indulge in the signature cuisine along with the beauty of the valley views offered from their decks.

Auberge du Soleil is a long-standing member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, the international association of outstanding boutique properties known for their excellence in hospitality and culinary arts.  This Adults-Only resort is the only Forbes Five-Star Rated hotel in Napa Valley.  Auberge’s guest accommodations offer 5 amazing room variations from king view rooms to private maisons. Romantic packages are always available and in addition, they also offer spa packages at their award-winning spa. There are seasonal culinary, wine and music events. Auberge maintains a commitment to sustainable practices and native landscapes.

180 Rutherford Hill Road, Saint Helena www.aubergedusoleil.com

Bardessono

Bardessono

During the month of February, Bardessono offers romantics the opportunity to rediscover the pleasure of giving and receiving with their “Crush on You” package. You will indulge in an hour-long massage topped off with bubbles in a champagne bath. After unparalleled pampering, pop open a Sommelier selected wine with a decadent dessert, prepared by Bardessono’s Michelin Pastry Chef Mindy relaxing in your stunning guest room. What a more perfect way to start off your weekend of romance. This luxurious eco-friendly “Deep Green” Inn in the heart of Yountville in the midst of its own vineyard offers privacy and graciousness. The 62 guestrooms serve as a personal sanctuary also offering in-room spa treatments.

For the truly romantic get-a-way any time of year, Bardessono has created a unique selection of Romance Packages that will create memories to last forever. For adventurous couples, take in the best views Napa Valley has to offer aloft your majestic balloon ride and breakfast for two.

Shop, dine, and wine taste – all within walking distance in this charming eco- friendly inn nestled in the hamlet of Yountville.

6526 Yountville Street, Yountville www.bardessono.com

Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga Ranch

Nestled in a hidden canyon on 157 acres of lush foliage, ancient oaks, and majestic hills are the eco-luxury resort of Calistoga Ranch. Their freestanding wood cedar shingled luxury lodges are perfect for those desirous of dreaming in unspoiled nature. This 50-room luxury retreat in the hills of Napa Valley captures the rich culture of food, wine, and nature. Calistoga Ranch is part of the Auberge Resorts Collection and true to Auberge tradition; the Ranch offers culinary experiences inspired by culture. With their “Rekindle the Romance” package you will indulge in two memorable nights in a one-bedroom lodge, two intimate 60-minute in-lodge spa treatments, daily breakfast and a romantic candlelight dinner for two. There are also acres of scenic hiking trails and an on-site vineyard with a private wine label. You will also find sustainable practices throughout the resort.

580 Lommel Road, Calistoga www.calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com

Carneros Resort and Spa

Carneros Resort Cottage

Carneros Resort and Spa is a luxury romantic escape nestled in the Carneros vineyards on 28 lush acres. The resort offers 86 cottages, 10 suites, and private homes in this country setting. These charming cottages offer many wonderful amenities such as fireplaces, indoor-outdoor showers, private hot tubs, and landscaped garden patios. This wine country retreat also presents FARM, their signature restaurant with elegant wine country dining. Spend a day relaxing at the Spa at Carneros with treatments to mend the mind and spirit.

Sample Love is in the Air Package – Contact Resort for the latest packages!

  • One night stay in the cottage accommodation of your choice
  • Complimentary breakfast in bed
  • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • $100 Spa Credit towards a couple’s massage

Carneros Resort Outdoor Shower

Carneros Resort has recently premiered their specialty-dining event at Farm Restaurant, the Carneros Supper Club. Guests will join in at a welcome reception on the hilltop patio along with Sparkling wine and a raw bar of fresh from the sea tastes. Chef Aaron Meneghelli will partner with local winemakers and breweries in the region to create an evening of indulgent family style dining in an intimately elegant setting.

4048 Sonoma Hwy. Napa www.thecarnerosinn.com

Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer

You can celebrate romance in the wine country in one of Harvest Inn’s intimate and luxurious guests rooms where you will experience an unforgettable vacation of the heart in beautiful St. Helena. Sip a glass of Napa Valley sparking on your picturesque terrace overlooking the lush grounds. Indulge in a couples massage with a sensual blend of botanical essences that will surely rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Dine at Charlie Palmer’s wine country kitchen, the Harvest Table highlighting dishes created from a delicious array of locally sourced ingredients and the best of Napa Valley.

1 Main Street, Saint Helena www.harvestinn.com

Las Alcobas

A new Luxury Collection Hotel in the Napa Valley located next to world famous Beringer Vineyards and Estate.  The Hotel offers spacious accommodations with ultra-chic décor. In addition to the 68 guest rooms overlooking vineyards and or the winery, Las Alcobas offers a state of the art 3500sf spa, The Atrio, and wellness center, onsite restaurant and event barn. It is the perfect setting for couples seeking a romantic escape. Chef Chris Cosentino’s signature restaurant, the Acacia House, offers the perfect setting for romance. They will even prepare a gourmet lunch basket for your picnic in the vineyards. The resort’s vineyard view pool and cabanas and adjacent Grandview Bar have a tranquil vineyard setting.

1915 Main Street, Saint Helena www.lasalcobasnapavalley.com

Meritage Resort and Spa

When planning your romantic get-a-way to Napa, why not change it up a bit. In addition to your romantic escape, where you will stay two nights in one their Premier Tuscan inspired luxury hotel rooms with a unique private balcony overlooking the pool, Estate Cave, and vineyards why not join in on one of their Master Winemaker Dinners. These exquisite dinners in the Estate Cave offer dinner guests and guests of the resort and unforgettable evening of food and wine. Each dinner begins with a reception featuring wine and appetizers overlooking the estate vineyards then follows a multi-course dinner with featured wines from the guest winemaker. Each event is a little different, and all will delight in this remarkable dining experience. Topping the off the evening with a splash, is the “wow factor” dessert, an unforgettable interactive presentation. The 2017 Masters Winemaker Dinner Series lineup includes Napa Valley’s Top Wineries and Cult Favorites!

875 Bordeaux Way, Napa www.meritagecollection.com

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

Milliken Creek Inn

This charming inn on 3 secluded acres just off of Silverado Trail in Napa is rich in history and dates back to the mid-1850s when it served as a stagecoach stop for tired travelers during the Gold Rush in California. Now part of the prestigious Fours Sisters Inns luxury collection, Milliken Creek presents an intimate hideaway along the banks of the Napa Valley River. After spending a quiet, romantic evening by the fire in one of their 12-luxury spa guest rooms with plush king beds, you will wake up to delicious made-to-order breakfast brought to your room to enjoy in your room on, on your patio or deck or anywhere you would like on the beautiful grounds of this charming inn. You won’t want to miss enjoying a body treatment at their boutique spa on the property with a couples massage. Or indulge in the ultimately delicious pamper with the “wrap yourself in chocolate decadence” – a tasty treatment designed to detoxify the body and leave your skin kissably soft, after being wrapped in a cocoon of chocolate and mud and chocolate massage oil treatment. Oh so decadent!

Milliken Creek

1815 Silverado Trail, Napa www.Millikencreekinn.com

Silverado Resort and Spa

Silverado Resort

For the perfect hole in one, Silverado Resort is a golfers paradise with two 18-hole Championship Courses, a variety of fine dining options and a state of the art spa facility. For the “Golf Lover” this is the place to T-off to for an active romantic get-a-way of Dining, Spa Treatments, and Golf. The “Couples Escape” package offers a round of golf per night stay, 1 spa treatment per night stay and $50 food credit at any of the resorts food venues. Silverado is also located close to many renowned wineries to visit during your active stay in Napa, so you won’t have to miss out tasting some of your favorite vintages.

1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa www.silveradoresort.com

Solage

Solage

An Auberge Resort Collection Property located in Calistoga just off the Silverado Trail offers modern thoroughly appointed accommodations which all come with two complimentary cruiser bikes to explore. The Solage award-winning spa and mineral pool has been artfully designed and is ecologically conscious giving you the ultimate of a spa-get-away sprinkled with romance. Their distinguished renowned restaurant, the Solbar, offers an intimate dining experience and delivers new twists on California soul food recipes. They offer romantic retreats to active get-a-ways that will immerse you and your love and enhance your Napa Valley experience. Check out their Sugar and Spice package for a sultry two-night escape, which includes a massage and an intimacy kit. Along with that, you will partake in the Sol Spa’s most intimate treatment, the Couples Mudslide where you will paint your partner with mineral-enriched mud, then soak side-by-side in healing geothermal mineral waters.

Solage Dining

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga www.solage.aubergeresorts.com

Westin Verasa Napa

This exquisite hotel is perfectly located along the Napa River within walking distance of Oxbow, the Culinary Institute and historic eclectic downtown Napa. The Westin Verasa is part of the SPG group of hotels where not only will you make brownie points with the love of your life you will also build points towards future stays.

After a long day of wine tasting around the valley, the courtyard pool by the river presents the perfect place to chill with a refreshing beverage.

For the ultimate romantic evening, dining in the intimate Michelin Star restaurant, La Toque, named one of the “Best Restaurants In America” by Wine Spectator, is a glorious treat. Acclaimed Chef Ken Frank has created a menu of contemporary French-style cuisine with a cutting edge. An absolute must when in Napa Valley!

1314 McKinstry Street, Napa www.westinnapa.com