A Southerner’s Guide to Wine Country

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  • on JULY 31, 2017
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With their hospitality, tradition and culinary expertise we’re fixin’ to put together an inspired southern’s guide to Napa Valley to honor one of our favorite regions. While heading north to get a taste of the South might sound counter intuitive, join us in exploring some of our favorite spots for down home cooking, Southern hospitality and the best darn comfort food in wine country.

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Long Meadow Ranch
1796 Saint Helena Hwy S
St. Helena, CA 94574
P: 707-963-4555
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 97 Reviews

Just like grandma’s garden, Long Meadow Ranch is the perfect spot for visitors to sit back, relax and take in the sights and sounds of the valley. Their on site restaurant, Farmstead, serves up homestyle favorites like Heritage St. Louis Style Ribs; slow smoked and served with snappy green apple coleslaw as well as hand picked veggies from the garden. Need a little something sweet? Don’t miss the Big Easy Beignets with bourbon caramel. So order up a flight and arrive as the sun goes down for some easy summer sipping and live music on the patio.

Insider Tip: For a tasty souvenir, swing by the General Store and pick up a bottle of Long Meadow’s house made bloody mary mix or house made fig jam.

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Durant and Booth
7856 St. Helena Hwy
Durant House
Oakville, CA 94562
P: 707-947-3180
TripAdvisor: 5 Stars, 4 Reviews

Who doesn’t like a tasting with a bit of history? For 140 years the building Durant and Booth has stood as a monument in Napa Valley. Constructed in 1877, it’s nearly 150 years of history has seen it all. The structure even survived a catastrophic fire that took down much of Oakville in the turn of the century. With it’s big wrap around porch, gothic revival architecture and sweeping vineyard views there is no shortage of dramatic ambiance. It’s owners are known for their warm demeanor, tasty pours and old world style varietals.

Insider Tip: For a spooky thrill, ask the hosts about the house’s history, it’s feuding owners and the rumored presence of ghosts.

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Bounty Hunter BBQ
975 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559
P: 707-226-3976
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 1,021 Reviews

Located in the heart of downtown Napa, Bounty Hunter serves up favorites like beer-can chicken, pulled pork and delicious coleslaw. But don’t let their relaxed atmosphere fool you! They also boast an astounding lineup of over 400 bottled wine selections and over 40 available by the glass. From California to Europe their wide variety provides the perfect opportunity to taste around the world, while munching on some traditional Southern fare.

Insider Tip: Just a note, they don’t take reservations. So if you’re in the mood for some ‘Que be sure to head over early before the dinner rush or prepare to wait.

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Silverado Resort
1600 Atlas Peak Rd
Napa, CA 94558
P: 707-257-0200
TripAdvisor: 4 Stars, 3,573 Reviews

Dripping with Southern Charm this plantation style hotel is the embodiment of class and style. If you’re looking for a good pampering, manicured grounds and a spa menu that can’t be beat, this is the place for you. Silverado Resort also has a sprawling golf course, so hit up the grill for a mint julep, sit back and take in the slow, soothing pace of resort life from the comfort of your deck chair.

Insider Tip: Check out their very special deals only for WineCountry readers

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Regusci Winery
5584 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
P: 707-254-0403
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 135 Reviews

When you find out that a winery is run by the fifth generation of family members, you know it’s going to be good. Focusing on Bordeaux varieties and old world traditions, Regusci is a blast from the past that’s rooted in quality production that doesn’t cut corners. The grow on property and welcome visitors to tour, taste and enjoy.

Insider Tip: Make sure to call ahead for a reservation. Sundays can be packed, but there’s no better way to spend a lazy day than enjoying a glass of their “Mama” wine, their award winning Matrona, on the patio overlooking the vineyard.

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Oakville Grocery
7856 St. Helena Hwy
Oakville, CA 94562
P: 800-973-6324
TripAdvisor: 4 Stars, 320 Reviews

Located in a historical turn of the century building, Oakville Grocery stocks an excellent selection of wines, cheese, fruits and snacks perfect for your pairing adventures. This grocery is reminiscent of the old general stores of the past, with a very modern upgrades and to die for menu. Pick up supplies for a picnic, grab a made to order deli sandwich and hit the road.

Insider Tip: Lucky for you, Oakville Grocery is the sister property of Durant and Booth. If you ask nicely you might be able to score a coupon for complimentary tastings next door!

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Boonfly Cafe
4048 Sonoma Hwy
Napa, CA 94559
P: 707-299-4870
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 698 Reviews

For a real taste of Southern charm, swing by Boonfly for a weekend brunch. Their coffee and mimosas are fabulous as well as their selection of home-style offerings. From perfect drinks for front porch sippin’ to the good stuff – crispy fried chicken, they’ve got a little something for everyone. Be prepared for a bit of the wait, the locals aren’t the only ones who love Boonfly’s fare!

Insider Tip: Don’t miss their take on Burnt Ends – smoked crispy short ribs served with zesty bread and butter pickles.

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Evangeline Calistoga
1226 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
P: 707-341-3131
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 185 Reviews

Don’t let it’s small size fool you, Evangeline Calistoga’s well curated menu packs a punch. They focus on french creole cuisine and serve some the best fried green tomatoes you’ll find in the valley. Romantic and intimate, their cozy dining room or jasmine covered patio is the perfect place to celebrate or wind down after a day of exploration.

Insider Tip: Corkage is only $20 so bring a bottle of something you’ve tasted earlier in the day for a special dinner treat.

BIO: Nicole McLaughlin is a food and lifestyle writer from California. When she’s not in the kitchen testing her latest recipes, you can find her out exploring the wonders of fermentation in San Diego’s vibrant craft beer scene.


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