7 Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2016 Michelin Guide

Napa Valley Michelin StarsNapa Valley is recognized around the world for its amazing wine–what many don’t know is that it consistently produces world class food to match. Following the release of its 2016 Bib Gourmand picks for the Bay Area, Michelin has released its broader list of the top restaurants in our area. All told, 14 Napa Valley restaurants were included in the 2016 guide (7 stars and 7 bib gourmand), the same number as last year. Here are the local establishments recently recognized with Michelin’s coveted ‘stars’ for 2016: Three Stars “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”
The French Laundry in Yountville
The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena One Star “A very good restaurant in its category”
Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford
Bouchon in Yountville
La Toque in Napa
Solbar Wine in Calistoga
Terra in St. Helena

7 Napa Valley restaurants make Michelin’s 2016 Bib Gourmand list

Bib Gourmand BLOGEarlier this week, Michelin released its annual list of top local eateries–starting first with its 2016 Bib Gourmand honorees. As a reminder, the Bib Gourmand includes “…eateries that offer excellent food at a reasonable price.” The San Francisco Bay Area saw 74 total establishments make the cut–4 fewer than last year. So, how did Napa Valley fare? Last year Napa had seven eateries on the Bib Gourmand list and 2016 is no different. The only change to the Napa Valley list was the removal of C Casa (Napa) and the addition of Farmstead (St. Helena). In order to receive a Bib Gourmand designation, restaurants must serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Here are the 2016 lucky seven: Bistro Jeanty (Yountville)
Cook St. Helena (St. Helena)
Farmstead (St. Helena)
Grace’s Table (Napa)
Oenotri (Napa)
Redd Wood (Yountville)
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2015 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is underway

Harvest 2015With more than a week left in the month of July, the 2015 Napa Valley wine grape harvest is underway. On Monday, sparkling wine producer Schramsberg began bringing in fruit from the Carneros AVA in the southern part of the Napa Valley. On Wednesday, Mumm Napa saw the first fruit from its Game Farm Vineyard come in, in what marks the earliest harvest on record for the winery.
If the past several years are any indication, harvest 2015 promises to be another ...

16 majestic winter photos from Napa Valley

Hess PondWinter is officially here and around these parts that means it’s time for a bit of rest and relaxation. If you’re planning a trip, here are some suggestions on how to enjoy Napa Valley without the wine and here’s the definitive guide on where to eat. We’d also highly recommend spending some time to soak in the amazing winter views. Here is some inspiration.

Falls above the Soda Hole. #napavalley #sodacanyoncreek

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#HowellMountain in the clouds today… #NapaValley #WineCountry #Cabernet

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A #California #Christmas #Sunset @chandonusa #napavalley

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Seven Napa Valley restaurants earn stars in 2015 Michelin Guide

French LaundryFollowing last week’s release of its 2015 Bib Gourmand picks for the Bay Area, Michelin today released its broader list of the top restaurants in our area. All told, 14 Napa Valley restaurants were included in the 2015 guide (7 stars and 7 bib gourmand), up from 12 in 2014.

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Here are the local establishments recognized with 2015 Michelin stars: Three Stars “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”
The French Laundry in Yountville
The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena One Star “A very good restaurant in its category”
Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford
Bouchon in Yountville
La Toque in Napa
Solbar in Calistoga
Terra in St. Helena

7 Napa Valley restaurants make Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list

FoodieIt’s that time of year again–time for the release of Michelin’s annual list of top local eateries. Today, we got the 2015 Bib Gourmand list, which includes “…eateries that offer excellent food at a reasonable price.” The San Francisco Bay Area saw 78 total establishments make the cut. So, how did Napa Valley fare? As a reminder, the 2014 list included five Napa Valley restaurants. The 2015 Bib Gourmand list released today saw a total of seven Napa Valley eateries make the cut. In order to receive a Bib Gourmand designation, restaurants must serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Here are the lucky seven: Bistro Jeanty (Yountville)
C Casa (Napa)
Cook St. Helena (St. Helena)
Grace’s Table (Napa) **New for 2015
Oenotri (Napa)
Redd Wood (Yountville)
The Farmer & The Fox (St. Helena) **New for 2015 Do you have a favorite among these?

17 breathtaking Napa Valley harvest photos

Harvest has been underway for nearly eight full weeks now in Napa Valley. In order to give you a sense for what harvest is like and to provide a small glimpse into the work that goes into creating the delicious juice we all know and love, we’ve collected a few of our favorite harvest images from around the valley.