14.05.2012 - 14.05.2012 25 °C
Oxbow Market was a good place to head for a nice coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters (and found French crepe for early morning tea). The market is like an indoor type market with individual shops around the edge including seafood, fresh veges, cupcakes, oysters, olives etc.
Napa Valley area has 13 Michelin star restaurants. French Laundry is one of those restaurants and we checked out the location. Lovely spot even if the name doesn't sound like it should be - Yountville. Thomas Keller owner and head chef also runs Bouchon and the Bouchon Bakery and it was a surprise to see him sitting outside chatting a few meters away, check out the surreptitious photo taken without looking like we were taking it.
Our picks around the wine areas would be Sonoma and Yountville - quite picturesque. Took the road up to Helena and there are some serious looking ornate out of this wold wineries along the way. The wine industry must be doing all right. Came back along the Silverado Trail to check out less busy highway.
Vacaville - stayed here as it meant we werent driving all day. If Wells Fargo pony express can stop here on the way to San Francisco so can we. Had lovely meal at a Mediterranean place Gourmet Exprezz. Divine. Polished off bottle number two Domaine Carneros which was even nicer than the first one we tried.