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Napa/Sonoma shops

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

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Photo by Eric Wolfinger / Courtesy of Oxbow Public Market

750 Wines

  • St. Helena, Food and Wine, $$$$ $$
  • 1224 Adams St.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-707-963-0750
  • Website

Make an appointment with owners David and Monica Stevens for an excellent lesson on wines, tips on navigating the ever-increasing options, and tasting lesser-known labels. They'll ask you questions and help you pick some bottles to bring home.

American Indian Trading Company

  • Calistoga, Boutique, $$$$ $$$$
  • 1407 Lincoln Ave.
  • Calistoga, CA, 94515
  • +1-707-942-9330

Native American tribes have been hanging out in Napa Valley since, oh, around 8000 b.c. Turquoise and silver jewelry and beads make for non-kitschy souvenirs that are little pieces of history.

Back Room Wines

  • Napa, Food and Wine, $$$$ $$
  • 1000 Main St., Shop No. 120
  • Napa, CA, 94559
  • +1-707-226-1378
  • Website

Along with champagne and international selections, a nearly encyclopedic presentation of Napa reds with special attention on Cabernet. Go off the grid and try the flights of local wines without tasting rooms.

The Barlow

  • Sonoma, Market, $$$$ $$
  • 6780 Depot St., #110
  • Sebastopol, CA, 95472
  • +1-707-824-5600
  • Website

In a former apple cannery, Sonoma County's best chefs, vintners, and artists come together to hawk their wares and share their skills. Pick up moisturizing handmade bars from Soap Cauldron, an original ceramic vase from The Passdoor, and snacks for the road from the community market.

Castello di Amorosa Gift Shop

  • Calistoga, Gifts and Souvenirs, $$$$ $$
  • 4045 N. St. Helena Hwy.
  • Calistoga, CA, 94515
  • +1-707-942-8200
  • Website

This place is bananas. It's a winery in a 13th-century Tuscan castle, as in castle like in the fairy tales. The gift shop, located down in the catacombs (yes, the catacombs), is where the treasures are. Shop owner Beverly is a woman of endless taste, and her divine store is worth pillaging.

Martin Showroom

  • St. Helena, Antiques, Gallery, $$$$ $$$$
  • 1350 Main St.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-707-967-8787
  • Website

Leave wishing you were as brilliant as the brain behind the curiosities and large-format antiques that fill the showroom. Curated by Napa designer Erin Martin, you can also find the pieces online, but it won't be nearly as fun.  

The Mercantile Shop

  • Healdsburg, Boutique
  • 333 Center St.
  • California, 95448
  • +1-707-473-0617
  • Website | Email

A capsule of style for apres-vineyards. Applying NYC off-duty sensibility to Sonoma life, the bffs who run this little-bit-of-everything shop stock California designers (Levi’s Vintage, Lna, Wren) and essential extras from the locals (belt buckles, cutting boards, apple chutney, pinot noir jam).

Napa Valley Olive Oil Manufacturing Company

  • St. Helena, Food and Wine, $$$$ $$
  • 835 Charter Oak Ave.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-707-963-4173
  • Website

The Particelli family has been running this little-changed gem since 1962. Tucked away off Main Street, the old white barn is home to an Italian salumi market with loads of fantastic local olive oil that isn't overpriced.

Oakville Grocery

  • Oakville, Grocer, $$$$ $$
  • 7856 St. Helena Hwy.
  • Oakville, CA, 94562
  • +1-707-944-8802
  • Website

Sundries and supplies from up-and-coming talent and established artisan makers about town fill the shelves of what is one of the oldest businesses around. May through October, the farm stand overflows with produce from nearby Rudd farms.

Oxbow Public Market

  • Napa, Market, $$$$ $$
  • 610 & 644 First St.
  • Napa, CA, 94559
  • +1-707-226-6529
  • Website

This is the food hall that dreams are made of. Stalls are filled by small fine food purveyors, big name cooks from San Francisco, and makers of kitchen accessories galore. Come for ritual coffee or fresh pressed juice in the morning, belly up to the bar for Arepas or Hog Island oysters around lunch, then break to shop for all the ingredients needed for dinner that night or back home.

Patina Jewelry

  • St. Helena, Specialty, $$$$ $$$$
  • 1342 Main St.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-707-963-5445
  • Website

Drool over Wayne and Markus' superb collection of antique and fine estate jewelry. Consider dropping a few grand on that golden 1920s snake necklace.

St. Helena Olive Oil Co.

  • St. Helena, Food and Wine, $$$$ $$$
  • 1351 Main St.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-707-968-9260
  • Website

All the best kept secrets wind up in the vault. In this case, these small-batch olive oils and vinegars are safe and sound inside what was originally the bank of Italy in 1890. Nab any Olio Nuovo on the shelf.

Steed Fine Hoarding and Tack

  • St. Helena, Boutique
  • 1020 Barn Fulton Ln.
  • California, 94574
  • +1-707-738-6969
  • Website

First a braid. Then a pair of cowboy boots. Next up: full-blown equestrian style. Saunter over to the old barn to find a trove of vintage Western ephemera, accessories, and home decor.

Wild Flour Bread Bakery

  • Napa, Food and Wine, $$$$ $
  • 140 Bohemian Hwy.
  • Freestone, CA, 95472
  • +1-707-874-2938
  • Website

Sonoma's warmer, groovier, older, less pretentious answer to Napa's Bouchon Bakery. Grab a loaf (there are plenty of varieties to choose from), pick up some cheese from the shop next door, and you've got yourself a picnic.

Woodhouse Chocolate

  • St. Helena, Food and Wine, $$$$ $$
  • 1367 Main St.
  • St. Helena, CA, 94574
  • +1-707-963-8413
  • Website

Once you've bought all the wine, think about pairing it with chocolate. Follow your nose down Main Street into the historic stone and brick building filled with truffles, ganache, bon bons, cocoa nibs, s'mores, whole bars, and more. We dare you to leave empty handed.

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