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Napa/Sonoma nightlife

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.
– Ernest Hemingway

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Photo courtesy of Goose & Gander


  • Napa, Wine Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 930 Franklin St.
  • Napa, CA, 94559
  • +1-707-224-4400
  • Website

A cozy neighborhood wine bar where owners Aubrey Bailey and Colleen Fleming share wines and beers from around the world. Every week, a winemaker or brewer gets tagged to work with the owners behind the bar. Before you order anything, check out the shelf of vinyl records at the back — anyone who buys a bottle of wine gets to play DJ.

Domaine Carneros Winery

  • Napa, Winery, $$$$ $$
  • 1240 Duhig Rd.
  • Napa, CA, 94559
  • +1-800-716-2788
  • Website

If a cork pops inside the tasting salon at this 19th-century-inspired chateau and there’s no one to hear it, does it make a sound? Considering the buzz around the new Kate Spade New York and Taittinger sparkling rose, it’s worth lolling about with caviar and cheese plate in tow to see what unfolds.

Goose & Gander

  • St. Helena, Wine Bar, $$$$ $$$
  • 1245 Spring St.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-707-967-8779
  • Website

While the somm is letting that full-bodied Cab breath back at the ornate, Italianate winery, sneak off for a rosemary pear shrub or Bali-spice old fashioned at the country public house bar. Pass the fried Castelvetrano olives.

La Taberna

  • Napa, Bar, $$$$ $$$
  • 815 Main St.
  • Napa, CA, 94559
  • +1-707-224-5551
  • Website

The San Sebestián-inspired pintxos bar — down the block from owner Mick Salyer's other beloved ZuZu restaurant — carries a huge selection of Spanish wines and a daily-changing menu of Basque tapas. The crispy pig ears and lamb tartare will go with anything on the drinks list. 


  • Yountville, Bar, $$$$ $
  • 6764 Washington St.
  • Yountville, CA, 94599
  • +1-707-944-2125
  • Website

Don’t go with your tourist hat on. A serious local dive bar that fills up with front-of-house and kitchen staff post-shift and French Laundry patrons who’ve wandered up the block and are not ready to throw in the towel. Bonus: everyone’s favorite taco truck, Tacos Garcia, is parked in the lot out front. 

Press St. Helena

  • St. Helena, Bar, $$$$ $$
  • 587 St. Helena Hwy.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-707-967-0550
  • Website | Reservations

It's all about the vineyard views, the outdoor fireplaces, the epic wine list-as-homage to the area. Bottles date back to the 1950s. Goes great with the bacon tasting.

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