Perched among the hills above Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail is Auberge du Soleil, one of the region’s best-known hotels and restaurants. Founded in 1981, the restaurant’s success kickstarted the expansion of the property into a resort. Whether you’re in the market for a lengthy getaway or just a brief respite during a day of winery hopping, Auberge du Soleil offers refined cuisine paired with a Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list.
Keeping with tradition, executive chef Robert Curry crafts seasonally focused set menus inspired by French cuisine. The three- and four-course menus include dishes like sautéed foie gras French toast with poached pears, locally farmed duck with roasted artichokes and comforts like gnocchi served with wild mushrooms and pea shoots.
Kris Margerum manages the 12,000-bottle cellar, a Restaurant Award winner since 1996. While the list is dynamic and international in scope, fans of classic varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon have plenty to choose from. Local wines from Napa and Sonoma are front and center on the 1,300-selection wine list, including the restaurant’s private labels, but international favorites like Bordeaux and Burgundy are also well-represented. Can’t pick just one? You’re in luck: Nearly 40 wines are available by the glass.