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Recommended Places to Visit
 
Part of being a great merchant of any type is to be a great ambassador for your neighborhood. This applies ten-fold when you live in a tourist destination such as Napa Valley.
For places to taste, drink and eat, here are our recommendations.
Check out their websites for more information and contact.
If it's listed in Downtown Napa then it's easy walking distance from Back Room Wines.
This list last updated January 2, 2015.

Wine Tour Transportation
We recommend KMA Limousine Service.
KMA has a variety of cars available to fit any size party.
Owner Gerry Brenner knows The Valley and the best places to take you.
Call KMA at (707) 249-4477 with questions and for reservations.


Our Recommended Restaurants


ad hoc
Yountville. Owned by Thomas Keller (French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon).
One meal a day: you eat what they serve!
707.944.2487

Alexis Baking Company
Downtown Napa. Great bakery and breakfast. Popular local hangout.
707.258.1827

Andie’s Café
West Napa. Casual. A tiny location (found at a carwash!) with one of the best burgers in town.
707.259.1107

Angèle
Downtown Napa. French country restaurant. Refined bistro fare, wine & cocktails on the Napa River.
707.252.8115

Azzurro Pizzeria & Enoteca
Downtown Napa. Thin crust, blistery pizzas, pastas, salad, antipasti.
707.255.5552

Bottega
Yountville. Michael Chiarello's restaurant, opened a couple of years ago.
It's like Tra Vigne in the "good ol' days." 
707.945.1050

C Casa
Oxbow District, Downtown Napa. Tacos but not just your ordinary tacos; buffalo, lamb.
707.226.7700

Cole’s Chophouse
Downtown Napa. Probably the best steak in the valley. Do NOT miss the hash browns!
Great cocktails and desserts.
707.224.6328

Cook
St. Helena. Tiny Italian joint swamped by locals, come by early to put your name in or cozy up to the bar.
707.963.7088

The Fremont Diner
Sonoma Carneros. If you are in the mood for great southern food then look no further!
Breakfast and lunch only.
707.938.7370

 Goose and Gander

St. Helena. Rustic American food and mouthwatering bar bites served in the pub-like dining room. Great cocktails!
707.967.8779

Gott’s Roadside
St. Helena/Oxbow Market, Downtown Napa. Founded as Taylor’s Refresher in 1949. Outdoor seating.
St. Helena 707.963.3486 / Napa 707.224.6900

Hog Island Oysters
Oxbow Public Market. Great selection of oysters and raw bar fare. Perfect for happy hour.
707.251.8113
JoLe
Calistoga. JoLe is a Contemporary American Restaurant owned and operated by husband-and-wife team.
707.942.5938

Kitchen Door
Oxbow District, Downtown Napa. A "one-one-of-a-kind social gathering place" with "multi-ethnic comfort food".
707.226.1560

La Condesa
St. Helena. La Condesa is an award-winning modern style Mexican restaurant. Check out Taco Tuesdays!
707.967.8111

La Toque
Downtown Napa. At the Westin Verasa Hotel. Napa Valley/French Haute Cuisine at its finest.
Chef Ken Frank is one of Napa's standard-bearers for fine dining.
La Toque's food and wine pairing menu is the best in Napa Valley by far.  707.257.5157

Mango on Main/Mini Mango

Downtown Napa. Mini mango is a small slice of Thailand in the wine country with a hint of a Californian accent.
707.252.1022

Morimoto
Downtown Napa. Best sushi in town, lively atmosphere!
707.252.1600

Norman Rose Tavern
Downtown Napa. Gastropub. Very good food, and hearty. Very good local wine and beer glass selections at both.
707.258.1516

Oenotri
Downtown Napa. Authentic Italian. Great food. Get the Salumi platter!
707.226.8884

The Q Restaurant and Bar
Northwest Napa. “Upscale” Tennessee style barbecue in north Napa town.
707.224.6600

Redd
Yountville. Influences from Asia, Europe, and Mexico in a relaxed yet elegant environment. Amazing cocktails!
707.944.2222

Redd Wood
Yountville. Perfectly blistered wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas with locally sourced ingredients.
707.299.5030

Squeeze Inn Hamburgers
Northwest Napa. Great casual joint known for their fried cheese cheeseburger.
707.257.6880

Solbar
East Calistoga. Delicious food: fresh, intense flavors. Share "Lucky Pig" with a friend and thank me later.
707.226.0850

Terra Restaurant and Bar Terra
St. Helena. California-Mediterranean cuisine with a Japanese sensibility. Great spot for a romantic evening. 707.963.8931


The Thomas
Downtown Napa. Featuring locally produced ingredients is enlivened by a wood-fire grill. Best cocktails in Downtown!
707.226.7821

Uva Trattoria Italiana
Downtown Napa. Busy Italian restaurant popular with locals. Full bar, music on the weekends.
707.255.6646

Villa Corona
Northwest Napa. Great casual American Mexican food. Get the burrito wet with Enchilada Style.
707.257.8685  

Zuzu
Downtown Napa. Spanish Tapas Restaurant. Delicious small plates, solid California and Spanish wine list.
707.224.8555

Tasting Rooms

Napa tasting rooms to visit. All open for drop-in visits unless noted otherwise.

Mark Herold
Near Oxbow Market.
707.256.3111

Vintner’s Collective Tasting Room
Downtown Napa.
707.255.7150

Up Valley Vintners
Calistoga.
707.942.1004

Wineries

Napa & Sonoma wineries to visit. All open for drop-in visits unless noted otherwise.

Napa


Artesa Vineyards
Carneros. Walk ins welcome. Beautiful grounds. Check out the 'Artisan Series' wines.
707.254.2140

Baldacci Vineyards
Stags Leap District. By appointment. Fun big rich Cab Sauvs, pretty Pinot Noirs and Chards. A favorite!
707.944.9261

Behrens Family Winery
Napa. By appointment. Big, rich, intense red wines with eclectic labels.
707.963.1774

Bell Wine Cellars
Yountville. No appointment required. South of Yountville, look for their "Clone 6"!
707.944.1673

Cade Winery
Howell Mt. Visiting by appointment. Great new winery. Big, drinkable, Cab Sauvs and Sauv Blanc.
707.965.2746

Cain Vineyards
Spring Mt. Visiting by appointment. Very well built/thought out Bordeaux inspired wines.
707.963.1616

Chappellet Winery
Pritchard Hill. Visiting by appointment. Known for their Cab Sauvs and Cab Blends, pretty rich Chard.
707.286.4219

Cliff Lede Vineyards
Yountville. No appointment required.  Outstanding Sauv Blanc, Cabernet and, if lucky, "Poetry" to taste.
707.944.8642

Darioush Winery
Napa. Walk ins welcome. Exceptional Viognier, Cabernet, Merlot, and Shiraz. Great staff, cool building!
707.257.2345

Domaine Carneros Winery
Carneros, Napa. No appointment required. Beautiful view overlooking Carneros while sipping bubbles.
707.257.0101

Elyse Winery
Yountville. No appointment required. Small-production, bigger-styled, mostly red, wines.
707.944.2900

Failla Wines
St. Helena. Visiting by appointment. Many great Pinot Noirs, some Chards and Syrahs.
707.963.0530

Frank Family Vineyards
Calistoga. No appointment required. Big fruit! Known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Zin, and Chard.
707.942.0859

Keever Family Winery
Yountville. Tasting and tours by appointment. Great family-run winery with stellar wines.
707.944.0910

Kelly Fleming Wines
Calistoga. Visiting by appointment. Amazing Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Beautiful winery.
707.942.6849

Hall Winery
St. Helena. No appointment required. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a great value wine.
707.967.2626

HDV Wines
Napa. Visiting by appointment. Great Syrah, Chardonnay, and Merlot Blend. Amazing wines with restraint.
707.251.9121

Heitz Cellar
St. Helena. No appointment required. Classic styled Cabernet Sauvignon and Port. Age worthy wines.
707.963.3542

Hess Collection
Mt. Veeder. By appointment. Part art gallery, part winery, this historic location has some pleasant wines.
707.255.1144

Jessup Cellars
Yountville. Walk ins welcome. Easy going tasting room can be found in northern Yountville. Good cab!
707.944.8523

Larkmead Vineyards
Calistoga (south of town). By appointment. Rich, earth-driven Cabernets, blends and Sauvignon Blanc.
707.942.0167

Madrigal Vineyards
Calistoga. Visiting by appointment. Great wines for amazing prices, very nice staff. South of Calistoga.
707.942.8619

Mumm Napa
Rutherford. No appointment required. Try sitting al fresco at Mumm with a glass of their sparkling. Silverado Trail.
800.686.6272

Paradigm Winery
Oakville. Visiting by appointment. Some of the best wines in Oakville for the $!
707.944.1683

Patz & Hall
Napa. Visiting by appointment. Looking to taste Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Napa? Look no further!
707.265.7700

Quintessa Winery
Rutherford. By appointment. Beautiful wines and architecture.
707.286.2730

Reynolds Family Winery
On Silverado Trail a little north of Napa. Walk-ins welcome. Bright fruit and big structured Cabernets.
707.258.2558

Robert Craig Winery
Napa. Walk in welcome, but best to call ahead. Chardonnay, Cab Sauv, Zin and red blend "Affinity."
707.265.9631

Round Pond Winery
Rutherford. Visiting by appointment. Fantastic sit-down tasting of Round Pond Cab Sauv and Sauv Blanc.
707.302.2575

Schramsberg Vineyards
Calistoga. By appointment. Some of the best bubbles found in Napa. Historical location. Cave tour.
707.942.4558

Shafer Vineyards
Stags Leap District. Visiting by appointment. Great, if not the best Cabs found in the Valley. Try Relentless Red!
707.944.2877

Signorello Winery
Napa. Walk ins welcome, but best to call ahead. Big, “heady” wines and great Chardonnay.
Ask about their food & wine pairings.
707.255.5990

Somerston Winery/Priest Ranch
Yountville. Walk-ins welcome. Big, bold wines, all well done.  Schedule a trip to their vineyard.
707.944.8200

Trahan Winery
Downtown Napa. Walk ins welcome. Two small wineries share the space. Good personality.
707.257.7477

Tres Sabores Winery
Rutherford. By appointment. Mostly reds, Cab Sauv, Zin, Petite Sirah, Sauv Blanc. Big and very drinkable!
707.967.8027

T-Vine Winery
Calistoga. Walk-ins welcome. Great selection of Rhone-style reds and more in a brand new spot off Highway 29.
707.942.1543

Viader Winery
St. Helena. By appointment. Powerful and elegant wines with a spectacular view.
707.963.3816

Whetstone Wine Cellars
Napa. By appointment. Chard, Viognier, several Pinot Noirs & Syrah. Mostly Sonoma Coast wines.
707.254.0600

White Rock Vineyards
Off Silverado Trail. By appointment. Sturdy, structured classic styled Napa Cab Sauv blends, nice Chard.
707.257.7922

ZD Wines
Rutherford. Walk ins welcome. Beautiful estate, top-notch hospitality and, of course, great wines.
800.487.7757

Sonoma


Enkidu Winery
Tasting Room in Kenwood, Sonoma Valley. No appointment required. We like all their wines.
707.939.3930

Hanzell Vineyards
Sonoma. By appointment. The best age worthy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Sonoma. Great Pinot.
707.996.3860

Scribe Winery
Sonoma. By appointment. Fantastic Cab Sauv, great other wines. Wonderful place to visit.
707.939.1858

Sojourn Cellars
Downtown Sonoma. By appointment. REALLY good Pinot Noirs and a big, Napa Valley Cabernet.
707.938.7212

Entertainment in Napa Valley


Silo's Jazz Club
In the Napa Mill, in Downtown Napa, just 3 1/2 blocks from Back Room Wines. Fine entertainment for a good price with shows Wednesday through Saturday and an occasional Sunday. Check out the calendar on their website.

UPTOWN THEATRE
Great room, really good shows, outstanding sound.


Wine Shop & Wine Bar:

BACK ROOM WINES, of course!
First & Main Streets, Downtown Napa. Great selection of rare California wines, strong import selection, professional service, wine shipping, wine flights and bottles served in the wine bar every day & all day, delicious cheese & charcuteries plates served, great tasting events, wine club. If you can’t come by, then definitely visit at www.backroomwines.com.

 
 
 



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