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Napa Travel: Top Wine Restaurants in Napa Valley


Posted: June 29, 2004

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Napa is America's favorite wine country destination, a food and wine lover's idyll for its bountiful vineyards and fresh local ingredients. Some of the restaurants reviewed in the preceding pages hold Wine Spectator awards for their wine lists; below is a comprehensive list of all the award-holders in the Napa Valley area.

Our Restaurant Awards program recognizes restaurants whose commitment to providing a quality dining experience includes excellence in their wine program. Awards are given on three levels. The basic and intermediate distinctions are, respectively, the Award of Excellence and the Best of Award of Excellence. Currently, there are no recipients of the Grand Award, our highest honor, in Napa Valley.

Wine list descriptions are based on the list's strengths/emphasis; menu prices given are for least and most expensive dinner entrée. (See the Aug. 31, 2004 issue for a complete list of winners worldwide. For information on how to enter next year's program, call (212) 481-8610 ext. 781 or e-mail restaurantawards@mshanken.com.)

Auberge du Soleil
180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford, CA 94573; (707) 963-1211
Wine list California, France
Wine prices Moderate
Corkage $30
Cuisine French/Mediterranean
Menu prices Prix fixe $79, $105
Best of Award of Excellence

Brix Restaurant
7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558; (707) 944-2749
Wine list California
Wine prices Moderate
Corkage $15
Cuisine FCalifornian
Menu prices $17-$31
Award of Excellence

Celadon
500 Main St., Napa, CA 94559; (707) 254-9690
Wine list California
Wine prices Inexpensive
Corkage $15
Cuisine International
Menu prices $14-$24
Award of Excellence

Cole's Chop House
1122 Main St., Napa, CA 94559; (707) 224-6328
Wine list California, France
Wine prices Moderate
Corkage $30
Cuisine Steak house
Menu prices $15-$42
Award of Excellence

The French Laundry
6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599; (707) 944-2380
Wine list California, Burgundye
Wine prices Expensive
Cuisine American/French
Menu prices Prix fixe $115, $135
Best of Award of Excellence

La Toque
Rancho Caymus Inn, 1140 Rutherford Cross Road, Rutherford, CA 94573; (707) 963-9770
Wine list California, France
Wine prices Moderate
Corkage $18
Cuisine French
Menu prices Prix fixe $98
Award of Excellence

Martini House
1245 Spring St., St. Helena, CA 94574; (707) 963-2233
Wine list California, France, Italy
Wine prices Moderate
Corkage $20
Cuisine Californian
Menu prices $14-$36
Best of Award of Excellence

Napa Valley Grille
6795 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599; (707) 944-8686
Wine list California
Wine prices Moderate
Corkage $15
Cuisine Californian
Menu prices $13-$24
Best of Award of Excellence

Pinot Blanc
641 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574; (707) 963-6191
Wine list California, France
Wine prices Moderate
Corkage No charge
Cuisine Californian/French
Menu prices $15-$26
Best of Award of Excellence

Restaurant at Domaine Chandon
1 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599; (800) 736-2892
Wine list California
Wine prices Moderate
Corkage $30
Cuisine French/Californian
Menu prices $24-$34; prix fixe $90
Award of Excellence

Restaurant at Meadowood
Meadowood Napa Valley, 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574; (800) 458-8080
Wine list California
Wine prices Moderate
Corkage $15
Cuisine Californian
Menu prices $29-$36
Award of Excellence

Wappo Bar Bistro
1226-B Washington St., Calistoga, CA 94515; (707) 942-4712
Wine list California
Wine prices Inexpensive
Corkage $10
Cuisine International
Menu prices $12-$18
Award of Excellence

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