The Best Foods and Wines to Try In Napa Valley
Napa Valley is an American Viticulture Area (AVA) located in California’s Wine Country. It’s a beautiful place, with endless stretches of lush green vineyards and small forests, rich history and culture, and beautiful architecture, including our lovely luxury vacation homes.
If you happen to be visiting Napa Valley for a vacation, whether it’s in spring, summer, fall or winter, you’re in for a delight. All through the year, this region sees temperate, pleasant weather, offers a scenic view and plenty of activities for you to enjoy.
It’s one of the best destinations to explore if you’re looking for a staycation with your friends or family, or a romantic getaway full of incredible wine and food.
The Absolute Must-Have Wines and Foods in Napa Valley
What’s a vacation if not an excuse to treat yourself to some great food and drinks? After all, you’re never fully experiencing a place until you enjoy everything it offers in terms of these two categories.
Would you go to Italy and skip the pasta? Or go to Greece and miss out on seafood? Would you go to India and avoid spicy dishes? Of course not!
So, when you venture up to Napa Valley, be sure you help yourself to the following.
Made from different varieties and species of grape, the color of the wine can be very telling about its age, intensity, acidity and texture. There are several different types of red wine, but some of the most popular ones available in Napa Valley are:
Napa Valley is known for its production of this delicious red wine. If you visit and miss out on it, your trip is truly incomplete. Comparable to the Cabernets produced in Bordeaux, France, Napa’s Cabernets are truly world-class.
The region’s second most-produced variety, Merlot is often used for the purpose of blending, even though it can be consumed on its own as well. This wine is another delicious blend that derives its name from the French word for blackbird.
Grown in the coolest part of Napa Valley, Pinot Noir is another popular choice that’s offered in the valley. Enjoy sipping on this wine that smells like heaven, emanating earthy and fruity scents all at once. It’s a mix of incredible flavors and sensations for your taste buds.
Can’t get enough of that fantastic fruity flavor? Zinfandel is definitely a must-have! Bursting with berries and going off in smoke, it’s a delightful blend of various different tastes that come together for an explosive experience. You’ll be on cloud nine with this wine.
In addition to that, you can also enjoy White Zinfandel, which is generally produced in other regions of California. It’s a beautiful pink tint that’s equally delicious.
White wine is made from white grapes, attributing to its lighter color and often lighter taste. Another interesting commonality when it comes to white wine grapes is that the varieties are similar to those in Bordeaux.
Known as the winemaker’s grape, Chardonnay grapes make for an incredible wine that offers a wide variety of flavor in each sip. There are hints of apple, vanilla and much more, depending on where the grapes are grown, how the wine is made and what’s blended into it.
You must try this wine if you love citrus flavors. Bursting with hints of lime, nectarine, lemon and pear, Pinot Grigio is from the family of Pinot Noir. Enjoy the aromas and scents that are remnant of a walk through a garden as the flavors take you on a journey.
Depending on the technique and blend of the wine, the flavors can vary to a softer, sweeter kind or a zestier, tongue-teaser variety. One of the most incredible wines you’ll ever have, Sauvignon Blanc is absolutely unmissable.
The best way to go about enjoying all of these wines and plenty more varieties is through the extensive wine tours that The Wine Stay offers. Our in-house sommelier is trained to provide you with the ideal wine-tasting experience, mapping out the perfect tour for an incredible experience. You can reach out to them during your stay at one of our luxury vacation rentals Napa California.
Not just that, the wines are best paired with some incredible foods—and you’re in luck because Napa is chock-full of Michelin star restaurants and eateries that’ll often be a short walk or commute from your accommodation.
Here are our top picks and recommendations for food in Napa Valley.
Since there’s no better start to the day than some wholesome food, strong coffee and gorgeous views all around:
Enjoy a big breakfast before heading off to your wine tour, so you’re not heady, hungry or distracted from the task at hand: enjoying the variety of delicious wines coming your way.
A coffee brewery before heading off to a wine brewery? Bring it on! Help yourself to some classic breakfast items, a strong cup of coffee and wake up for a day full of adventure and excitement.
Bella Bakery and Café
Don’t want to waste time and want to get going as soon as you can? There’s no better place than here to head for a quick grab and go breakfast. Get a deliciously hot cup of strong coffee and some bakery items and journey on to the rest of your day.
For that mid-day hunger that needs urgent attention and fulfillment, our top picks are:
Delicious food, calm, relaxing atmosphere and some wine to complement the meal? Sounds perfect for that mid-day meal! Whether you’re on your way back or taking time to unwind and sit back, enjoy a variety of foods from their ever-evolving menu.
Gott’s Roadside/St. Helena
Hang around here, chilling in the sun, chomping on juicy burgers and delicious food that’ll satisfy you for hours! There’s nothing quite like a scrumptious burger, no matter what corner of the world you’re in; plus, it’s the perfect food for when you’re with family!
Oxbow Public Market
Authentic marketplace experiences should be an essential part of any trip where you’re exploring the region. Napa is no exception and you should definitely head here for some fun, food and shopping sprees.
Before the night ends, finish up with the perfect meal at one of these spots!
Budget-friendly, offering wholesome foods and a farm-to-table setup, Torc is one of our favorite places to eat after a long day.
Need some ramen and sushi? Head over to Miminashi. It’s also perfect for that date-night meal with your partner. Grab some delicious Japanese cuisine and pair it with some wine.
Are your kids tired of all the grown-up food they’ve had to eat on the trip? Solbar offers a kids’ menu as well as a wide variety of delicious food and snacks that you can enjoy in a relaxed ambiance.
There’s so much more that’s worth trying when you’re in Napa Valley, so hurry up, plan a trip and book your luxury vacation homes in Napa with The Wine Stay. All this and more that await you—your tummy and taste buds will thank you forever!