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Goose & Gander – Napa Valley


dsc_7427Goose & Gander is a wine country public house- a gathering place for locals and visitors to celebrate Napa Valley’s abundant bounty (or embarrassment of riches). Chef Kelly McCown creates amazing rustic American food and mouthwatering bar bites served in our pub-like dining room, cherished basement bar or lush patio. The seasonally driven menu perfectly complements Scott Beattie’s retro-fresh libations or a bottle of wine from our unique and exciting wine list.

Must try highlights on the menu include: Spicy Skillet Roasted Whole Prawns with Shallot-Garlic Butter, Rosemary, Chilis, and Polenta, the Roasted Bone Marrow with Parsley-Caper Salad, Tarragon Mustard Vinaigrette, and Rustic Bread and a definite must try is the Grilled California Sturgeon with Shaved Artichokes, Green Garlic, Piccolo Farro, Oyster Mushrooms, and Roasted Lemon.

Goose & Gander
1245 Spring St,
St Helena, CA 94574, United States
+1 707-967-8779

Stag’s Leap – Cabernet and Petite Sirah


Located at the very heart of the Stags Leap District, the original Stags’ Leap Winery (established in 1893) continues a proud winemaking heritage in the prestigious appellation that bears the winery name. An intimate valley within the greater Napa Valley, Stags’ Leap is a place of natural beauty, storied buildings, a lively history, and a reputation for elegant wines showing finesse and intensity. Framed by the dramatic palisades to the east, the 240 acre property is planted to 90 acres of vineyards. Erosion from the palisades is the source of the estate’s volcanic and alluvial soils, acknowledged as a contributing factor to the region’s reputation for Cabernet Sauvignon. Paying attention to this gift, understanding and working with its potential, lies at the heart of winemaking on this historic estate.

Leap Estate Cabernet 2008

The expectation is high from the Stag’s Leap vineyards and with it comes a high degree of anticipation. This is a deep-colored, rich wine that invites a tryst with the bouquet. One’s olfactory senses are immediately aroused by an array of vivid aromas of red and black fruit characteristic of the Stag’s Leap terrior. Freshly picked strawberries followed by hints of blackberry and blueberry mingles with notes of vanilla, clove and a strong background of anise. The total impression is multi-layered and complex prodding the desire to experience the wine. The palate is not disappointed as it is greeted by a very balanced mixture of silky tannins and a variety of intimations of leather, chocolate and espresso. Its full flavor and tannin does not come at the expense of the natural acidity. This wine lives up to expectations and is a truly rewarding experience.

Stag’s Leap Petite Sirah

This wine’s bouquet is impressive as it exhibits rich aromatics of blueberry, blackberry and cocoa. All in all a wonderful introduction for what is to come. The palate welcomes a creamy blend of black fruit, espresso and spice. It is an exquisite balance of tannins and berry flavors and just a hint of oak suggesting aging in the cask. Big and bold taste yet very structured. Very smooth and silky to the last drop. This Petite Sirah is truly a delightful wine suitable for everyday consumption or for serving to company with discriminating taste in wine.


Meadowood – Napa Valley


Though most of us aren’t so fortunate as to own a sprawling private estate in California’s famous wine country, a stay at Meadowood Napa Valley is the next best thing. Whether you’re a big wine lover, or just want to spend a few days devoted to fine dining, spa treatments, or poolside lounging, this magnificent retreat will leave you beaming with satisfaction.  Meadowood Napa Valley is a luxury estate on a wooded private acreage in Napa Valley. Wine tours, splendid dining, golf, and hiking are just a few of the diversions sure to tempt.

Surrounding the hotel is a forested valley, peppered with vegetable gardens, sun-drenched lawns, hiking trails, tennis courts, and even a nine-hole golf course. But more importantly, there are vineyards to visit. Lots and lots of vineyards. In fact, the house wine you’ll enjoy at the hotel is grown nearby.

But it’s not just grapes that are native to the region at Meadowood Napa Valley. The Restaurant will dazzle you with its innovative cuisine, as will its mounting accolades, including a Michelin Three Star rating! Each meal here is an exercise in local produce conducted with world-renowned flair and precision. The Restaurant, the Grill, and even chef-packed picnics elevate Napa ingredients to dizzying heights.

Accommodations are varied, though all very cozy and ranging from treetop studios to hillside cottages.

900 Meadowood Lane
Saint Helena, CA 94574,