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Dining In Wine Country

Breakfast or brunch is a must before winery hopping. So begin your mornings with Villagio’s Champagne Breakfast—with everything from bagels to chef stations preparing your breakfast to order. Or grab a goodie from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery’s counter of pastries and breads.

For lunch or dinner, make reservations for Keller’s The French Laundry. The French Laundry serves dinner seven days a week and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are accepted two months in advance. The French Laundry offers two menus that change on a daily basis. The 9-course Chef’s Tasting Menu and the 9-course Vegetable Tasting Menu are designed by Chef Keller and his staff to showcase the best seasonal products available. Both menus are priced at $240.00 each (service charge included). Food and wine pairings are customized for guests and are served in Riedel’s Sommelier Series glassware.

Keller’s Bouchon also serves lunch and dinner. This French bistro— located in the historic Wells Fargo stagecoach stop built in the 1800s—is a personal favorite. From the mosaic floor, burgundy velvet banquettes and antique lights overhead, the ambience is vibrant and welcoming. If you arrive without a reservation you can typically get a seat at the French zinc bar, where you may brush elbows with famous winemakers. It is always my first stop after getting off the plane. Don’t miss the French Onion Soup, Roasted Chicken, Croque-Madame, and the signature dessert—Chocolate Bouchons.

Other neighborhood restaurants that can’t be missed during a honeymoon week in the Valley include Ad Hoc (Keller’s latest eatery), Bistro Jeanty, Hurley’s Restaurant and Bar, Napa Valley Grille, and Redd Napa Valley. Add them to your dining itinerary along with The French Laundry and Bouchon for a week of the finest of wine country dining.

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