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2023 Best of Napa Valley Awards – Readers Choice
Published On: February 10, 2023

The results are in! Napa Valley Life is pleased to present our annual Best of Napa Valley Readers’ Choice Awards. The voting process launched in September with an aggressive digital campaign soliciting our readers to vote for their favorite people, places, and things in Napa Valley. When we tally the votes at the beginning of December, we are always impressed with the thousands of responses we receive, including the input we collect in the write-in section. We consider nominations that were not on our list and requests for groupings to consider. This year, thanks to your suggestions, we separated the Best Tasting Room classifications into two and added three new categories: Best Coffee Shop/Bar, Best Brewery, and Best Food Truck. And for that, we thank you. Your participation and thoughtful input make this your list, and we are honored to have the opportunity to share the results.

So please join us in congratulating all the winners, as well as the many nominees from which you had to choose. Most of them are there because of you.


BEST Wine Collective

Best Wine Collective // Photo courtesy of Vintners Collective

Vintners Collective – WINNER

707-255-7150 // 1245 Main St., Napa

Vintners Collective is the bonded tasting room for a select group of small, family-owned Napa wineries. Located on Main Street in a renovated historic building, originally a saloon and brothel dating back to 1875, VC is a favorite place to stop, sip and check out some wines only found in Napa Valley. Their wine club is rated as one of Napa Valley’s most popular, and so is their tasting room, where visitors gather for laughter and fun while sampling some of wine country’s most phenomenal wines.

The Studio by Feast it Forward  2nd

707-819-2403 // 1031 McKinstry St., Napa

The Saint • 3rd

707-302-5130 // 1351 Main St., St. Helena


BEST Estate Winery Tasting Room

Best Estate Winery Tasting Room // Photo courtesy of Sequoia Grove

Sequoia Grove Winery – WINNER

707-944-2945 // 8338 St. Helena Hwy., Napa

Located in the heart of wine country in the Rutherford AVA, Sequoia Grove crafts a wide range of elegant and approachable wines from which they’ve developed curated tasting experiences. Visitors can hang out in their lively tasting room or relax on their shady patios surrounded by majestic redwoods while their friendly staff presents current releases, a Single-Vineyard tasting, which focuses on their world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, or for a more intimate experience, a food and wine pairing which showcases limited production wines and a creative menu prepared by Winery Chef, Britny Maureze.

Frank Family Vineyards • 2nd

707-942-0859 // 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga

Domaine Carneros • tied for 3rd

707-257-0101 // 1240 Duhig Road, Napa

Castello di Amorosa • tied for 3rd

707-967-6272 // 4045 St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga


BEST Wine Tour 

Platypus Wine Tours WINNER

707-253-2723 // 182 Camino Oruga, Napa

Platypus Wine Tours is best known for its fun, interesting small-group wine tours (approx. 12 guests) of Napa and Sonoma wine country. The curated tours include stops at several wineries where guests learn local history, culture, and winemaking, along with a picnic lunch. Platypus also offers customized private and group tours for corporate outings and events such as birthday parties, wedding guest groups, and more.

Beau Wine Tours  2nd

Napa: 707-257-0887 // Sonoma: 707-938-8001
21707 Eighth St., E, Suite A, Sonoma

Napa Private Tours • 3rd

707-815-9256 // 1052 Shetler Ave., Napa


BEST Local Winemaker

Best Local Winemaker, Julien Fayard // Photo by Suzanne Becker Bronk

Julien Fayard – WINNER

190 Camino Oruga, Napa //

Originally from Provence, Julien Fayard’s two-decade history as one of Napa Valley’s most respected winemakers has earned him recognition for producing some of California’s most sought-after, award-winning wines. With a heritage in Bordeaux’s Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte and working alongside Philippe Melka in Napa Valley, the excellence of his craft can be experienced among more than two dozen brands, which include Le Pich, Purlieu, Patel, Taplin Cellars, to name a few, as well as his own labels which include among others, Julien Fayard Wines and Covert Estate. Fayard manages all of his winemaking operations at Fayard Winemaking, a production and management operation in South Napa.

Tracey Reichow • 2nd

707-321-0866 // 1352 4th Ave., Napa

Heidi Barrett • 3rd

707-942-1105 // PO Box 441, Calistoga


BEST Boutique Winery

Best Boutique Winery // Photo courtesy of Viader

Viader Winery – WINNER

707-963-3816 // 1120 Deer Park Rd., Deer Park

Located on a beautiful estate in the hills of Howell Mountain, Viader is best known for its limited production Bordeaux varietals and blends, all of which exude complexity and elegance. Visitors are invited to tour the beautiful mountain property, vineyard and caves, followed by a curated selection of current offerings while seated overlooking one of the most breathtaking views in Napa Valley.

Handwritten Wines • 2nd

707-944-8524 // 6494 Washington St., Yountville

Sill Family Vineyards • 3rd

707-259-2929 // 2929 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa


BEST Downtown Tasting Room

Be Bubbly – WINNER

707-637-4532 // 1407 2nd St., Napa

Located in the heart of downtown Napa, Be Bubbly is a Champagne and sparkling wine lounge with the mantra to “live life to its bubbliest.” The lively bar on 2nd Street is always percolating with guests and members (fondly referred to as “Bubbleheads”) enjoying the special selections of the day accompanied by small bites. Be Bubbly is also known for its fun events and entertainment, whether it be live music, a local DJ, or comedians who perform most nights of the week.

Ackerman Family Vineyards • 2nd

855-238-9463 // 608 Randolph St., Napa

Alpha Omega Collective • 3rd

707-294-6960 // 1245 1st St., Napa


BEST Wine Bar

Be Bubbly – WINNER

707-637-4532 // 1407 2nd St., Napa

Located on 2nd St, right off the main drag in downtown Napa, Be Bubbly is the first and only dedicated Champagne & Sparkling wine lounge in Napa Valley. However, Be Bubbly offers much more than just Champagne. They hand-select the best sparkling wines from both home and abroad to bring their followers the most eclectic options, promising fun in every flute.

Market St. Helena • 2nd

707-963-3799 // 1347 Main St., St. Helena

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant • tied for 3rd

707-257-5200 // 610 1st St., Napa

Cadet Wine & Beer Bar • tied for 3rd

707-224-4400 // 930 Franklin St., Napa


BEST Outdoor Wine Tasting

Best Outdoor Wine Tasting // Photo courtesy of Domaine Carneros

Domaine Carneros – WINNER

707-257-0101 // 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa

Founded by the noble family behind Champagne Taittinger, Domaine Carneros is best known as a small grower-producer of Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wine and Pinot Noir from their estate vineyards and their breathtakingly beautiful Chateau. They are also very well known for their expansive outdoor terrace, which overlooks the rolling hills of Carneros, providing an idyllic setting for a sampling of sparkling wines or one of their elevated experiences, which include wine and food pairing options from chips and dip to caviar.

Alpha Omega Winery  2nd

707-963-9999 // 1155 Mee Ln., St. Helena

Tres Sabores 3rd

707-967-8027 // 1620 S. Whitehall Lane, St. Helena


BEST Hidden Gem Winery

Black Cat Vineyard WINNER

707-321-0866 // 1352 4th Ave., Napa

Black Cat Vineyard is owned and managed by Tracey Reichow, also the winemaker, well known for the passion and perfection she puts into Black Cat’s handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon series, Cab Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay. The limited-edition wines are sourced from their Estate vineyards in Coombsville, Rutherford, and Howell Mountain and are offered to guests to experience by private appointment.

Piña Napa Valley • 2nd

707-738-9328 // 8060 Silverado Trail., Napa

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards • tied for 3rd

707-963-8600 // 680 Rossi Rd., St. Helena

Krupp Brothers • tied for 3rd

707-225-2276 // 1094 Hardman Lane., Napa


BEST Bar/Cocktails

Auberge du Soleil WINNER

707-963-1211 // 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford

Enjoy a leisurely lunch, drinks, and something to share at Auberge de Soleil’s Bistro and Bar. A hot spot at sunset, the venue offers breathtaking views of Napa Valley from the outdoor terrace while enjoying a respite from a day of wine tasting. Along with handcrafted cocktails, local wines are available by the bottle or glass, along with small bites, plates to share, or main course sandwiches, salads, and entrees.

Goose and Gander • 2nd

707-967-8779 // 1245 Spring St., St. Helena

Andaz Hotel Roof Bar • 3rd

707-687-1234 // 1450 First St., Napa


BEST Brewery

Best Brewery // Photo courtesy of Calistoga Brewery

Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery WINNER

707-942-4101 // 1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga

Headed up by Brewmaster Tim Campos, the Napa Valley Brewing Company was the first commercial brewery in Napa since the end of prohibition in 1933. Producing approximately 450 barrels a year in their 7-barrel gas-fired brewhouse, the brewery makes five principal beers with seasonal beers released throughout the year. The beers are served in 16 oz. cans or 64 oz. Growlers can be enjoyed on-site in the Calistoga Inn & Restaurant at the pub, on the patio, or in the beer garden—or packed to go.

Fieldwork Brewing Company  2nd

707-927-3514 // 1046 McKinstry St., Napa

Mad Fritz Brewery and Malthouse  3rd

707-968-5058 // 393 La Fata St., St. Helena


BEST Family Restaurant

Gotts Roadside WINNER

707-224-6900 // 644 1st St., Napa
707-963-3486 // 933 Main St., St. Helena

Gotts Roadside continues its reign as our readers’ favorite family restaurant. The retro-style diner/restaurant is best known for its gourmet roadside classic menu that has something for everyone. The inventive burgers and shakes are most popular, along with hot dogs and fries, fresh seafood tacos, poke bowls, salads, fried chicken, and chili. Also a valley favorite for adults and singles, Gott’s menu includes an impressive beer and local wine list.

Pizzeria Tra Vigne • 2nd

707-967-9999 // 1016 Main St., St. Helena

Hop Creek Pub • tied for 3rd

707-257-7708 // 3253 Browns Valley Rd., Napa

Heritage Eats • tied for 3rd

707-226-3287 // 3824 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa


BEST Italian Restaurant

Best Italian // Photo courtesy of Don Giovanni

 Bistro Don Giovanni WINNER

707-224-3300 // 4110 Howard Lane, Napa

Bistro Don Giovanni has maintained its reputation as one of Napa Valley’s top destination restaurants for three decades. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the menu touts fresh interpretations of traditional Italian dishes, including hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta, and daily fish and meat specials that are sustainably farmed and organically sourced. Diners may eat inside the cozy restaurant or at the bar, but the recently expanded outdoor garden seating is the place to be seen. Whether it be the menu, the ambiance, or the consistently professional service, Bistro Don Giovanni’s always promises a memorable experience.

Bottega Napa Valley • 2nd

707-945-1050 // 6525 Washington St., Yountville

Oenotri • 3rd

707-252-1022 // 1425 1st St., Napa


BEST Mexican Food

Best Mexican Food // Photo by Valentin Atayde courtesy of La Cheve Bakery and Brews

Le Cheve Bakery & Brews WINNER

707-294-2142 // 376 Soscol Ave., Napa

Located in Napa Valley’s oldest building, the Old Adobe (circa 1845), Le Cheve owner and brewmaster Cinthya Cisneros serves up some of Napa Valley’s best Mexican food and, of course, her home-brewed beer. The restaurant is well known for its all-day Mexican breakfast menu, which features Mexican specialties such as pastries prepared fresh daily by her mother (the most popular being Mama Juana’s concha, a Mexican pan dulce.) Open for lunch and dinner, the innovative yet traditional menu includes burritos, quesadillas, tortas, tacos, and platos of ceviche, beef and/or vegetarian variations. Along with Cisneros brewed beer, Mexican cocktails, ciders, kombucha, hard seltzers and wine are also available.

Los Agaves • 2nd

707-266-1267 // 660 Main St., Napa

Fridas Mexican Grill • 3rd

707-252-3575 // 1533 Trancas St., Napa


BEST Sushi

Morimoto Napa WINNER

707-252-1600 // 610 Main St., Napa

Iron Chef Morimoto’s Napa restaurant bearing his name, has set the bar for high-end Japanese cuisine in the Bay Area. The creative menu offers a wide selection of Asian dishes, but the biggest draw is the inventive selection of sushi, sashimi, and maki preparations served in artful preparations. Each dish is a delight to the senses, made with the finest ingredients and served in an ultra-modern décor. So whether one is enjoying the show in a front-row seat at the sushi bar, inside at one of the sleek bistro tables, or outside on the patio, Morimoto promises an unforgettable culinary experience.

Eiko’s • 2nd

707-501-4444 // 1300 First St., Suite 385, Napa

R + D Kitchen • 3rd

707-945-0920 // 6795 Washington St., Yountville


BEST Place to Eat Seafood

Best Place for Seafood // Photo courtesy of Hog Island

Hog Island Oyster Co. WINNER

707-251-8113 // 610 1st St., Napa

Head down to Oxbow Public Market and snag a seat at the Hog Island Oyster Bar for fresh-farmed oysters, shucked on-demand, daily catch oysters, clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, and savory seafood entrées, organic salads, and small plates that showcase local fishermen, farmers, and artisan food producers in the local region. Hog Island prides itself on raising the best quality, sustainable shellfish on 160 acres of intertidal lands in Tomales Bay. Patrons can dine inside the market or overlooking the Napa River on the spacious patio.

The Waterfront Seafood Grill 2nd

707-699-2452 // 720 Main St., Napa

Morimoto Napa • 3rd

707-252-1600 // 610 Main St., Napa


BEST Asian Food

Best Asian Food // Photo courtesy of Morimoto

Morimoto Napa WINNER

707-252-1600 // 610 Main St., Napa

Iron Chef Morimoto’s signature restaurant on the Napa River serves an inventive Japanese menu, which includes a wide variety of sushi, sashimi, maki, salads, soup, unique entrees, and desserts. For those opting to dine indoors, the modern décor showcases high ceilings and glass walls, and outdoor patio seating overlooks the Napa River. The lively atmosphere makes it a locals favorite for happy hour and small bites, and the Momosan Lounge is the only one of its kind devoted to sake and Japanese whiskey.

Empress M • 2nd

707-927-5485 // 221 Silverado Trail, Napa

Eiko’s • 3rd

707-501-4444 // 1300 First St., Suite 385, Napa


BEST Pizza

 Bistro Don Giovanni WINNER

707-224-3300 // 4110 Howard Lane, Napa

Recognized as one of Napa’s best Italian restaurants, Bistro Don Giovanni’s pizzas are at the top of the list. Made fresh to order in the wood-fired oven, crowd favorites include the Margherita, Guanciale and Egg (mushroom with truffle and arugula) and the whimsical Bambini with pepperoni, tomato, mozzarella, and french fries on top. There’s plenty of seating to enjoy a fresh pie outdoors in their newly expanded garden patio, indoors in the cozy restaurant or lively bar, and are also available for takeout.

Pizzeria Tra Vigne  2nd

707-967-9999 // 1016 Main St., St. Helena

Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca • tied for 3rd

707-255-5552 // 1260 Main St., Napa

Oenotri • tied for 3rd

707-252-1022 // 1425 1st St., Napa


BEST Burger

Best Burger // Photo courtesy of Gotts Roadside

Gotts Roadside WINNER

707-224-6900 // 644 1st St., Napa
707-963-3486 // 933 Main St., St. Helena

Gotts Roadside is the best-known place to go to grab one of the best burgers in Napa Valley. Using locally sourced ingredients, the innovative burger menu is plentiful and something for everyone. Favorites include their 100% Niman Ranch Angus beef burger and cheese with secret sauce on a roll or lettuce wrap, the California Burger, with a fried egg, bacon, and balsamic onions, and a list of burgers with a myriad of options with toppings that include bacon, blue cheese, avocados, pickled jalapenos, BBQ sauce and Kimchi with spicy gochujang mayo. For the less carnivorous, Impossible meat or veggie patties are available with their own preparation or to substitute.

The Charter Oak Restaurant • 2nd

707-302-6996 // 1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena

Goose & Gander • tied for 3rd

707-967-8779 // 1245 Spring St., St. Helena

Hop Creek Pub • tied for 3rd

707-257-7708 // 3253 Browns Valley Rd., Napa


BEST Barbeque

Best Barbeque // Photo courtesy of Bounty Hunter

Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ WINNER

707-226-3976 // 975 First St., Napa

Located in the heart of downtown Napa, the Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ is best known for its finger-lickin’ BBQ and impressive wine list featuring wines from around the world. The vibe is fun and relaxing with a mouth-watering menu that includes their signature BH Beer Can Chicken, BBQ platters, and sandwiches chock full of pork, smoked beef brisket, and St. Louis ribs accompanied by a great selection of salads and sides.

Busters Southern BBQ  2nd

707-942-5605 // 1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga

Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch  3rd

707-963-4555 // 738 Main St., St. Helena


BEST Place for a Sandwich

Best Place for a Sandwich // Photo courtesy of Oakville Grocery

Oakville Grocery WINNER

707-944-8802 // 7856 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville

Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Oakville Grocery has been a wine country institution since its opening in 1881. The renovated and idyllic locale is a vibrant gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy a wide selection of gourmet food, wine, and wine-country delicacies. Popular among many are the freshly prepared foods and deli, where one may curate a lunch or culinary gathering to enjoy at one of the outdoor picnic tables or pack to-go to enjoy on a wine country itinerary. The menu includes a robust selection of freshly prepared hot and cold sandwiches served on artisan bread, gourmet salads, and sides. In addition, Oakville Grocery’s impressive selection of local wines offers an abundance of options for the perfect pairing.

Genova Delicatessen • 2nd

707-253-8686 // 1550 Trancas St., Napa

Browns Valley Market  3rd

707-253-2178 // 3263 Browns Valley Rd., Napa


BEST Vegetarian Menu Options

Best Vegetarian Menu // Photo courtesy of Heritage Eats

Heritage Eats WINNER

707-226-3287 // 3824 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa

Get a taste of one of Napa Valley’s most exciting, fresh food menus at Heritage Eats. The customer-driven operation offers patrons delectable items representing tastes from all over the world and showcasing flavors from exotic locations such as Southeast Asia, India, Mexico, and Egypt. Whether it be a bao bun, taco, wrap, salad or bowl, the orders are prepared in real-time from a pre-selected menu or customized to mix and match flavor combinations to satisfy any craving. Favorite vegetarian options include the Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Waffle Fries with a selection of vegetarian toppings.

R + D Kitchen  2nd

707-945-0920 // 6795 Washington St., Yountville

Yak and Yeti  3rd

707-666-2475 // 3150B Jefferson St., Napa


BEST Upscale Restaurant

The French Laundry WINNER

707-944-2380 // 6640 Washington St., Yountville

Known worldwide as one of the finest restaurants of all time, The French Laundry tops the list for Napa Valley in its ranking as one of North America’s top foodie destinations. Located in Yountville, the modest exterior of the restaurant overlooks its on-premise organic gardens from which much of the restaurant’s distinctive coursed lunch and dinner menus are sourced and curated daily. Consistently rated by Michelin with three stars, TFL has earned its reputation through a combination of Thomas Keller’s commitment to classic French cuisine meticulously crafted with the finest ingredients and an intense focus on impeccable guest service.

Coles Chophouse • 2nd

707-224-MEAT // 1122 Main St., Napa

La Toque • 3rd

707-257-5157 // 1314 McKinstry St., Napa


BEST Place for Breakfast/Brunch

Best Place for Breakfast // Photo courtesy of Gillswoods Cafe

Gillwoods Café WINNER

707-963-1788 // 1313 Main St., St. Helena

Around for three decades, St. Helena’s Gillwoods Café is one of Napa Valley’s local treasures. For the past 30 years, owner Jennifer Fradelizio, her mother Debbie, and most of their staff have been serving up sumptuous breakfasts and lunches in their cozy diner on Main Street to patrons with no issue waiting patiently outside to score a coveted table. This small family business makes everyone feel at home. Favorite items include their house-baked cinnamon rolls, smoked salmon eggs benedict, bacon bloody Mary, and anything covered in their Country Gravy.

Boon Fly Café • 2nd

707-299-4870 // 4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa

Petit Soleil • 3rd

707-252-1408 // 1408 Clay St., Napa


BEST Bakery

Model Bakery WINNER

St Helena: 707-963-8192 // 1357 Main St., St, Helena
Napa: 707-259-1128 // 644 1st St., Napa
6523 Washington St., Yountville

Part of Napa Valley’s culinary scene for close to 90 years, the original Model Bakery in St. Helena has provided Napa locals and visitors with the area’s best place to start the day. Today’s Model Bakery, now expanded into three locations up and down valley, specializes in artisan pastries, bread, sandwiches, cookies, desserts, and even their own coffee blend. Start your morning with a breakfast sandwich made on their world-famous English Muffins or other breakfast offerings such as house-made granola parfaits, freshly baked quiche, bread pudding, or a choice of any of their fresh-baked morning pastries. Then, for a midday break, don’t miss trying a freshly made sandwich on one of their artisan breads.

Bouchon Bakery • 2nd

707-944-2253 // 6528 Washington St., Yountville

La Paris Artisan & Gourmet Cafe • 3rd

707-255-6700 // 828 Brown St., Napa


BEST Local Coffee Shop/Bar

Model Bakery WINNER

St Helena: 707-963-8192 // 1357 Main St., St, Helena
Napa: 707-259-1128 // 644 1st St., Napa
6523 Washington St., Yountville

Recognized as one of Napa Valley’s favorite bakeries to locals and visitors, it is also acclaimed for serving up some of the best coffee– its proprietary blend of coffee beans custom-roasted by Seattle-based coffee company Caffe Vita. The Model Bakery proprietary blend offers a multi-layered combination of medium and dark-roasted coffees with toasted hazelnut, vanilla, and cocoa aromas with medium body and moderate acidity, presenting a smooth, buttery finish. Whether it be an Americano, an espresso, a café au lait, a latte, or a freshly ground bag of beans to go, Model Bakery’s coffee is the perfect accompaniment to their delectable pastry and dessert selection.

Barnhouse Napa Brews • 2nd

707-690-6272 // 1004 Clinton St., Napa

Napa Valley Roasting Co. • 3rd

707-224-2233 // 948 Main St., Napa
707-963-4491 // 1400 Oak Ave., #A, St. Helena, CA


BEST Local Food Truck

Best Food Truck // Executive Chef John McConnell and the Clif Family Bruschetteria Food Truck

Clif Family Bruschetteria WINNER

707-968-0625 // 709 Main St., St. Helena

Fueled by seasonal ingredients from the certified organic Clif Family Farm and trusted local purveyors, the Clif Family Bruschetteria serves a unique and ever-changing menu of bruschetta, porchetta, rotisserie chicken, fresh farm salads, and seasonal sides. Chef John McConnell cooks up some amazing bites using the freshest ingredients possible from their farm and trusted local purveyors, offering patrons a memorable farm-to-truck wine country experience.

Tacos La Esperanza  2nd

707-246-4908 // 1551 Soscol Ave., Napa

Best Food Truck Ever by Heritage Eats  3rd

707-231-6843 // 1805 Old Sonoma Road., Napa


BEST Outdoor Dining

Bistro Don Giovanni WINNER

707-224-3300 // 4110 Howard Lane, Napa

Voted by readers as Napa’s favorite Italian restaurant, Bistro Don Giovanni’s expansive outdoor seating is always a top draw. Diners can enjoy Napa’s year-round mild temperatures from the deck, the side porch, or the newly expanded garden patio, surrounded by fragrant rosemary bushes, protective draping to thwart sun and inclement weather, and a lovely fountain to complement the al fresco experience. The popular bistro, open daily for lunch and dinner, presents fresh interpretations of traditional Italian dishes, all sustainably farmed and organically sourced.

Brix Napa Valley • tied for 2nd

707-944-2749 // 7377 St. Helena Hwy., Napa

Auberge du Soleil • tied for 2nd

707-963-1211 // 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford

Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch 3rd

707-963-4555 // 738 Main St., St. Helena


BEST Dog-Friendly Hang Out

Alston Park WINNER

2099 Dry Creek Road., Napa

On any day of the week, Alston Park’s 157 acres of rolling open hills on North Napa’s Dry Creek Road is the main attraction for pedestrians and their pups. Owned by the City of Napa, the park contains three miles of winding trails for walking, hiking, and dog walking. Conveniently located in the heart of several residential areas, vineyards, orchards, and meadows with sweeping views of Napa Valley surround the vast stretch of winding paths. Canine Commons is a dedicated area where dogs can roam and run off-leash and locals gather– especially on weekends.

The Studio by Feast it Forward 2nd

707-819-2403 // 1031 McKinstry St., Napa

Gotts Roadside • 3rd

707-224-6900 // 644 1st St., Napa


BEST Wine Country Event

Best Wine Country Event // Photo courtesy of BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley WINNER

Napa Valley Expo, Napa

Back in Napa for its 12th Season, BottleRock reigns as Napa Valley’s favorite event, attracting over 120,000 music lovers for a three-day music festival at downtown Napa’s Expo Center. The event headlines some of the world’s greatest bands and, over the years, has also become a favorite foodie attraction, with many of wine country’s top restaurants serving up some of Napa’s best dishes, along with a wide selection of local wines. In addition, the BottleRock Culinary stage is a show all its own with its one-of-a-kind culinary and celebrity mashups. Produced by Latitude 38 Entertainment and JaM Cellars, the six-stage event is recognized as the only major concert series that shares the best of music, wine, food, and beer with Napa Valley.

Music in the Vineyards • 2nd


Oxbow RiverStage  3rd

707-880-2300 • 1100 West St., Napa


BEST Golf Course

Best Golf Course // Photo by Joann Dost courtesy of Silverado Resort

Silverado Resort WINNER

707-257-0200 // 1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa

Designed by PGA Hall of Famer and owner Johnny Miller and surrounded by Napa Valley’s golden hills, Silverado Resort’s two championship PGA courses tout some of the nation’s best golfing experiences. It is recognized in golf circles for its many accolades, including the 2022 NGCOA Regional Golf Course of the Year, 2022 Best Golf Weekend Getaway -San Francisco Magazine, and 2021 Golf Week’s Top 200 Resort Golf Courses, to name a few. Limited to members and resort guests, a day on links promises an exclusive and all-time classic golf experience.

Napa Valley Country Club  2nd

707-252-1111 // 3385 Hagen Rd., Napa

Vintners Golf Club  3rd

707-944-1992 // 7901 Solano Ave., Yountville


BEST Hotel/Resort

Auberge du Soleil WINNER

707-963-1211 // 180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford

Tucked into a terraced hillside surrounded by 33-acres of heritage olive and oak trees, Auberge de Soleil is often called the “Quintessential Napa Valley Adult Getaway.” The 50-room iconic property offers private maisons, classic and deluxe rooms, and suites touting exceptional service and unique guest experiences. In addition, its renowned fine dining restaurant and terrace patio promise guests some of the most spectacular views in Napa Valley.

Silverado Resort & Spa • 2nd

844-421-6474 // 1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa

Archer Hotel Napa • 3rd

855-437-9100 // 1230 1st St., Napa


BEST Boutique Lodging

Harvest Inn WINNER

707-963-9463 // 1 Main St., St. Helena

Located in St. Helena among eight acres of vineyards, Harvest Inn mixes California contemporary living with storybook charm. Located within walking distance of downtown St. Helena, the relaxed, shady property offers an upscale lodging experience in a cozy setting. The country-chic rooms, suites, and cottages have many amenities including fireplaces, private decks, and whirlpool tubs with sweeping views of vineyards and the Mayacamas Mountains. Among the many amenities, Harvest Inn also houses one of wine country’s great dining experiences at the award-winning Harvest Table restaurant.

The Inn on First • 2nd

707-253-1331 // 1938 1st St., Napa

North Block Hotel • 3rd

707-944-8080 // 6757 Washington St., Yountville


BEST Day Spa/Salon

Best Day Spa // Photo courtesy of Spa Solage

The Spa at Solage WINNER

707-226-0800 // 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga

Inspired by Calistoga’s natural hot springs, the Spa at Solage invites guests to detox, retox, and repeat in their award-winning 20,000 square foot Spa. The Spa showcases the renowned Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies that have attracted spa-goers to the northern stretch of Napa Valley since the 19th century. At the heart of Solage is The Bathhouse, which delivers the ultimate wellness experience, featuring exclusive geothermal pools with temperatures ranging from 98° to 103°. It is a sensational start or end to one of their many relaxing massages or wellness treatments.

Silverado Resort & Spa • 2nd

707-257-5474 // 1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa

Spa Terra at Meritage Resort • 3rd

707-251-3000 // 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa


BEST Art Collection & Galleries

The Hess Collection at Hess Persson Estate WINNER

707-255-1144 // 4411 Redwood Rd., Napa

The Hess Collection Art Gallery at the Hess Persson Estate winery offers a unique experience of wine and art in Napa Valley. Founded in 1966 by Donald Hess, the collection is curated to focus on lesser-known artists who often go on to become well-known in their disciplines. Guests who visit the Mt. Veeder winery are offered an exclusive opportunity to reserve a guided tour of the impressive Hess Art Collection, followed by a tasting of the winery’s equally impressive estate-exclusive wines.

Gordon Huether Studio • 2nd

707-255-5954 // 1821 Monticello Rd., Napa

Jessup Cellars Gallery • 3rd

707-944-5620 // 6740 Washington St., Yountville


BEST Jewelry Store

Napa Valley Jewelers WINNER

707-224-0997 // 1300 1st St., Suite 365, Napa

Located in the heart of downtown Napa, Napa Valley Jewelers is well known for offering a wide selection of jewelry, unique gems, and spectacular art glass for over 25 years. The business prides itself on exceptional personalized shopping experiences dedicated to helping each customer find the perfect pieces, its unparalleled customer service, and high-quality merchandise, which can be tailored to any taste or budget.

Creations Fine Jewelers • 2nd

707-252-8131 // 3341 Solano Ave., Napa

Palladium Fine Jewelry • 3rd

707-963-5900 // 1339 Main St., St. Helena


BEST Boutique Shopping for Women

PEARL Wonderful Clothing WINNER

707-963-3236 // 1219C Main St., St. Helena

Located in the heart of downtown St. Helena, PEARL Wonderful clothing is designed to appeal to women who want “clothes for life, not the runway.” Catering to a clientele searching for clothing to fit a wine country chic lifestyle, PEARL carries an accoutrement of designer clothing, shoes, and accessories meticulously handpicked for the distinguished women who dress up (or down) to countless gracious fêtes and festivals in Napa Valley. Whether it be a flowy dress to wear to an alfresco lunch, boots for a vineyard wine tasting, or a cozy jacket to keep warm on a chilly evening, PEARL has something for every fashion need or fancy.

BoHo Lifestyle • 2nd

707-337-5870 // 1012 1st St., Napa

Honey Whiskey Boutique • 3rd

707-775-9233 // 1300 1st St., #335, Napa



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Napa Valley presents many interesting people, places, and things to do, making it challenging to narrow down the voting categories in our Readers’ Choice Awards. So as a consolation, in this section, we supplement the readers’ picks to recognize a handful of noteworthy contenders that did not fall into the parameters of the designated categories but deserve an honorable mention.


MOST Unique Sweet Shop

Vintage Sweet Shoppe WINNER

707-224-2986 // 530 Main St., Napa

A Napa institution for over 40 years, the Vintage Sweet Shop has always been a top contender in the write-in category in the NVL’s Readers’ Choice awards. The cozy old-fashioned shop makes handmade chocolates, fudge, and confections, along with ice cream and candies. However, what makes the shop truly unique is its wine-tasting bar. Owner Debbie Dever is also a grape grower, allowing her the insights to create perfect chocolate and wine pairings with her signature wine-infused truffles, a unique on-site experience for the wine and chocolate lover to indulge. The chocolate-coated wine bottles make the perfect wine country gift.


BEST New Wine Shop/Bar

Outer Space Wines WINNER

707-657-7401 // 974 Franklin St., Napa

Outer Space Wines is the latest collaboration by Chuck Meyer (Napa Palisades Saloon, First & Franklin) and Dan Dawson (formerly Back Room Wines). Located next door to First & Franklin Market & Deli, the wine shop and bar focuses on promoting wines from small producers and providing consumers with background knowledge on every label. In addition, Dawson brings back his wine-tasting event program, hosting tastings Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The space is also available to rent for private events.


BEST New Gathering Spot

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Napa Yard – Oxbow Gardens WINNER

707-815-0398 // 585 First St., Napa 

Napa Yard offers an outdoor restaurant and bar featuring garden-to-table and garden-to-glass menus located in the open 3.5-acre parcel across from CIA at Copia in Napa’s Oxbow District. The organic culinary gardens and orchards are family-friendly (dogs welcome!) and a hot new option for planning parties and events.


BEST Indian Food


707-927-3347 // 3012 Jefferson St., Napa

Aroma Indian Cuisine is not only Napa’s Best place for Indian food, it is Napa’s only restaurant dedicated to Indian cuisine. Located on Jefferson Street, foodies who crave ethnic flavors enjoy Aroma’s authentic Indian cuisine prepared with high-quality ingredients based on traditional Ayurvedic concepts of ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ elements that are balanced for the best health. Popular as an indoor experience, Aroma has a great carryout business, specializing in curries, tika masala, vindaloo, tandoori dishes, biryanis, chutneys, and a delectable selection of naan. (Indian flatbread). Aroma also provides catering for events and large parties.


BEST Local Winery Marketing Company

Wine Glass Marketing team

WineGlass Marketing WINNER

707-927-3334 // 531 Jefferson St., Napa

In its 10th year, WineGlass Marketing has been at the forefront of helping wineries and other businesses elevate their brands. The company’s core capabilities include a valuable mix of support on digital marketing, wholesale support, and traditional brand advertising. Founded by Napa local Susan De Matei, the full-service agency can do anything from POS window clings and sales sheets, social media content creation and ads, emails, and websites, to photography, SEO, ADA, and Google Ads. For the past two years, Inc. Magazine has recognized the business as the only Napa company listed in the top 250 hyper-growth tier of the “5000 Series California’s Top Companies.” WineGlass Marketing has also been recognized by the community, winning the North Bay Bohemian “Best Creative Agency” spot for 2021 and being honored by their clients in the North Bay Business Journal as Napa’s “Best Company to Do Business With.”


BEST Place to Hang Out

Photo by Lisa Fonville

Ox & The Fox WINNER

707-225-0003 // 1331 1st St., Napa

Located in the First & Franklin Marketplace on 1st Street, the Ox and the Fox is a perfect spot to start or finish a night downtown. Well known by locals for its lively happy hours, Trivia Nights, bottomless mimosas on Sundays, and a great place to watch a game, the bar is also revered for its great wine list featuring local producers and fun bites.


BEST New Restaurant

Morimoto Asia – WINNER

707-699-1737 // 790 Main St., Napa

To much acclaim, Morimoto Asia opened in late Fall, the second for Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in downtown Napa. The menu expands on his sushi-focused Morimoto Restaurant, offering an eclectic menu with appetizers, soups, and signature dishes reflecting Chef Morimoto’s favorite Asian flavors prepared and served in an elaborate décor, making the dining experience a feast for the senses. The dim sum brunch is a sell-out on weekends.


BEST Home-grown Dining Concept

Suppertime – WINNER

707-224-3097 // 101 S. Coombs St., Y4, Napa

Suppertime has been around for three decades as one of Napa Valley’s home-grown meal delivery services. Suppertime’s catering and delivery service were launched in 2000, and the dinner program was launched eight years ago. Inspired by her mother’s original idea of having somewhere to order home-cooked food, Chef/Owner Maureen Savage develops the menus, shops, and cooks for all the meals ordered in advance on their website. (For some of their older clientele, they personally call to take their orders.) Suppertime recently moved downtown to the Tannery, where they have a beautiful kitchen and have added a new pillar to the business, the Soup and Salad Shop, which is available through Door Dash.