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