We first visited the Ranch Market in Yountville before we did a tasting at Silver Trident Winery. We needed to grab a bottle of water as it was a very hot day and we were thirsty before going in to drink wine. Dehydration plus alcohol consumption leads to bad headaches so we try to avoid that.

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At first glance, it looks like most convenience grocery stores. They have a selection of freezer meals and smaller sized pantry items in a pretty nondescript building. But that is where the similarity ends.

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They have a wonderful wine section, stocked with wines from all over the valley. They also have fresh-baked bread from the famous Bouchon Bakery. There are all kinds of gourmet items like cheeses, specialty crackers, chocolate, and craft alcohols. I was amazed at the range and quality of items that they have.

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I then saw that they have a deli/sandwich shop attached to the market. It sells prepackaged salads, sandwiches, chips, and muffins. I thought the prepackaged salads looked really good with generous toppings on them. I made a note to try the food there when I got the chance.

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The other day my chance to visit the Ranch Market’s deli finally came. I was returning from a meeting in St. Helena about a new article from the blog and I was starving. It was lunch time and I needed to eat. As Yountville was right on my way home, The Yountville Deli seemed like a perfect choice.

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I ordered a “Mason” sandwich for me, and a “Hopper Creek” to take home to The Brit. The Mason includes roasted turkey, pesto, and Monterey jack cheese with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on a sweet roll. The “Hopper Creek” includes ham, Swiss cheese, and hot sweet mustard on a ciabatta roll. It comes with lettuce and tomato too but I excluded those as I was going to take it home and I didn’t want it to get soggy.

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Both sandwiches were tasty, fresh, and filling. The price was good, about $8.00 each. I bought one of the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that was sitting on the counter in the deli to go with it. I have to say that I am not a fan. After one bite, it ended up in the garbage. I didn’t need the calories anyway. Unlike the good quality sandwiches, it was dense, dry, and lacking in flavor.

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The Ranch Market is on our highly recommended places. Grab your picnic from them and head off to the beautiful wineries of Rombauer or Rutherford Hill.

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