Napa Food and Vine Review of 2016

This is our last post of 2016, so we thought that we would look back at some of the highlights on our blog this year. California Girl and I started the Napa Food and Vine blog back in March. We posted our first two articles on March 10. Before this article, we have published two-hundred posts.

Our most popular post on the blog was Off the Square, a restaurant in North Carolina. California Girl comments: My sister and brother-in-law treated me to a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. What a fantastic local foodie place! I can’t wait to go back and try the dark chocolate peanut butter pie.

Unsurprisingly, the country in which most of our readers reside is the United States; with the UK in second place.

We have visited nineteen new wineries since starting the blog; as well as revisiting many that we knew from before commencing writing.

Here are our awards from our new finds:

The Brit’s awards:


Favorite new winery: Keller Estates


Favourite white wine: Smith Madrone 2014 Riesling


Favourite red wine: Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon
Favourite sparkling wine: Keller Estates 2010 Sparkling Brut

Favourite bargain buy: 2012 Rutherford Hill Merlot

Favourite restaurant: La Mar, San Francisco

Favourite other experience: Napa Valley Distillery

California Girl awards:

Favorite North Carolina restaurant: Off The Square

 

Favorite Napa Valley gourmet restaurant: Angele

Favorite San Francisco restaurant: La Mar

 

Favorite newcomer restaurant: Preserve

Favorite hotel: Jeakes House Hotel, Rye, UK

Favorite UK restaurant: Tuscan Kitchen, Rye

Favorite European restaurant: Triton Restaurant, Prague, Czech Republic

Favorite new tasting experience: Wines on First – Jean Edwards Cellars/PureCru/J.McClellan


Favorite “Old School” tasting experience: Smith-Madrone Vineyards

Favorite “Concept” tasting room and experience: Silver Trident Winery


Award for consistent quality and excellence: Luna Vineyards and Rutherford Hill Winery

Award for beauty and overall atmosphere: Castello di Amorosa

Favorite wines of the year:


Chardonnay – Rombauer Chardonnay

Reisling – Smith Madrone


Sauvingnon Blanc – Vezer Family Winery


Sangiovese Rosé – Castillo di Amorosa Gioia


Sparkling wine – Domaine Carneros


Pinot Noir – Silver Trident


Malbec – Malbec blend – Keller Estate Processio


Cab Franc – Dracaena


Zinfandel – Rombauer El Dorado Old Vine Zinfandel


Merlot – Rutherford Hill

Sangiovese – Luna Vineyards


Red Blends – Rutherford Hill Peak Series

Special Super Award from us goes to The Napa Deli who feeds us the most. We love you all..

This wraps up our year. Thank you all so much for following us, liking us, retweeting us, and inspiring us to get out there and enjoy the amazing wine, food, and experiences.
Let’s hope 2017 is a better year for us all!

1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much for naming us your favorite Cab Franc. We appreciate your support and am thrilled you enjoy our wine. We pour our passion into every bottle. Happy New Year!

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