Y is for Yountville

This week’s letter assignment is the letter Y.

I thought I’d bring you along with me to Yountville, Ca. where we visited in April.

“The Town of Yountville, renowned for its world-class restaurants and award winning chefs, has earned the unofficial title of ‘Culinary Capital of the Napa Valley’. From French, Italian, Pacific Rim, Bistro and California Cuisine to down-home comfort food, an array of fine dining and unmatched ambiance are yours to discover in Yountville. Located within walking distance of the Town’s well-appointed hotels, small luxury inns, premium wineries, activities and shopping one can indulge oneself with a romantic quiet dinner for two, casual patio dining, a leisurely lunch overlooking a vineyard or a cappuccino and croissant curbside. It’s your choice as you discover the culinary magic in Yountville.”


In 1831, George Calvert Yount saw the Napa Valley and declared, “In such a place I should love to clear the land and make my home. In such a place I should love to live and die.”


 I say~  Amen!  (I keeping my fingers crossed that we can make a return trip next year :-)



“As the first non-native settler in the Valley, Yount enlisted local Wappo Native Americans to help him build a Kentucky blockhouse and a mill. In 1855, he commissioned a surveyor to lay out the city. The new community was christened Sebastopol, even though there was a town with the same name in nearby Sonoma County. George Yount planted the first grape vine cutting into the fertile soil of the Valley. In 1867, two years after Yount’s death, the town was renamed Yountville in honor of its founder.”

Yountville has  managed to retain its rural charm and residential character.


 Let’s start with a cappuccino and croissant, curbside on our visit~

  Bouchon Bakery: 


“Baked goods. That is all. Yet they are a marvel of ingenuity and simplicity. All of our recipes are based on traditional French baking techniques – beautiful to behold, but even better to eat!”  


You can feast your eyes on these baked goodshere. Warning:  Have a napkin ready…the Drool-Factor is extremely high.

 Brix Restaurant and Gardens:   “An entirely new incarnation of the wine country classic, with a renewed focus on farm-to-table dining.”

“Just a stone’s throw from the restaurant, diners find the crown jewels of the grounds at Brix: Our flower and vegetable gardens and our orchard. Comprised of raised boxed beds and in-ground beds, it grows crops year-round. Tiny salad greens, fava beans and strawberries in the spring; French beans, eggplant, tomatoes, berries and melons in the summer, apples and pears, hard squash, potatoes and fresh onions in the fall, and Meyer lemons and sweet limes, sweet peas, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower Romenesco and butter lettuce in the winter. It’s not unusual to see our chefs out in the garden, gathering bunches of fruits, vegetables and herbs for the day’s specials.”


The restaurant’s vineyard produces grapes for an award-winning wine, Kelleher Family Vineyard “Brix Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, which is served in the restaurant.

For more views of their private dining spaces, look here.

After lunch, visit the tasting salon at Hope & Grace. . .


   You may run into this handsome guy, Romeo~ appropriately named, and our greeter/ambassador while we were there.

 If you’re looking for a recipe to pair with your Hope & Grace Pinot Noir 

try Bacon and Wild Mushroom Risotto with Baby Spinach~  recipe courtesy Cooking Light,  here.

  If you’d like to see more photos, pairings, and canine ambassadors, click here 

You may want to dine at Bottega.  At the very least, enjoy the Outdoor Lounge.  I highly recommend the Truffle-Parmiggiano Fries (you have to keep your strength up for additional wine tastings :-)


    AND, If Polenta Heaven is your kind of Heavenwatch a video of Chef Michael Chiarello preparing Polenta Under Glass .

Bistro Jeanty

“In every day French life, it is the Bistro that is woven into the daily pattern of meals and celebrations. The Bistro is that little neighborhood restaurant where they know who you are, greet you warmly, and serve you satisfying foods that change with the seasons and define regional homey French cuisine.”

 You can experience Bistro Jeanty’s culinary magic in your own kitchen by downloading their world-famous Cream of Tomato Soup in Puff Pastry, here.

 Inspired by the French atmosphere of Bistro Jeanty, I set a playful table for myself & my bowl of soup :-)

Complete with a French Waiter~ who is patiently trying to decipher my poor attempt to speak of his language. . .

Dinner Plate/ Home Goods
Soup Bowl/ marked Houston Harvest
Placemat & Napkin/ Bed Bath & Beyond
Flatware/ Target
Glass/ Home Goods
Wine  Bottle Candelabra/ similar style available from Amazon, here.

Thanks to my hostesses to this week’s parties I’m linking to:

 Jenny Matlock’s Aphabe-Thursday for Alphabet Fun

 Susan ~ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Michael Lee ~ Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday. . . the perfect little food corner in blogland.

  47 comments for “Yountville

  1. Kat
    July 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, this place looks like a slice of heaven on earth. What gorgeous scenery, and the food! Thanks for the beautiful tour. BTW, I just noticed “A Girl Named Zippy” on your sidebar – I LOVE that book!

  2. July 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    girl, you know i a smiling dontcha! yee haw, another fab tour de jour! so funny you have yountville, i told scott lets bike in napa for my food for thought food journeys of a lifetime, and then here you have it all, with the ease of a/c! your opening piece looks like an artist that used to live down the valley from us, he has scads of pieces all around the county, i adore his style. we ate at brix on new years day :-) how long were you in napa, you tapped into everything good!

    the puff pastry soup looks divine…

    such a cute table vignette…

    again, its always fun to see what you share, i was talking about you to a friend today, how talented you are~

  3. JDaniel4's Mom
    July 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Yearning to visit Yontville. The food and scenery is wonderful.

  4. July 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    What a lovely journey that was! Thank you for sharing! I do believe if I ever travel to CA I would hope to happen upon this quaint village.

  5. July 7, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I cannot imagine that you had a good time there;-) What a drag to be in Yountville…too much good food and wine and scenery is hard on a person…Fine post…Peace

  6. July 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Never heard of Yountville but I feel that I have now visited. Great photos and great post!

  7. July 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Looked like a great place to visit with some really wonderful food to try.

  8. July 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place to visit. I felt like I already did just looking at the pictures!

  9. Pat
    July 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    What a timely post! I’ll be traveling to Napa in August and Yountville is on my list of places to see.

    Fabulous “Y” post!

  10. July 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Oh wow. that is wonderful. thanks for sharing.

  11. July 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    What a wonderful post, this would be a place that I would visit when going to Napa! Thanks for all the info on the eateries. I would have to walk to the vinyards so I could continue to taste the food! the photos and recipes are great. Really want to try the tomato soup.

  12. July 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    It looks like a wonderful place to visit. The Chamber of Commerce should hire you! Beautful pictures.

  13. July 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I love that you set such a beautiful table for yourself. Great pictures too!

  14. July 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I am stopping by from Alphabe-Thursday. Wow, after viewing your wonderful pictures, now I’m HUNGRY! It’s the first time I’d ever heard of Yountville. Would love to visit someday. Thanks for sharing.

  15. July 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Oh, man! Thanks for the tour. The food in that part of the world is UNBELIEVABLE! You cannot get a bad meal there! Thanks for making me so hungry!

  16. July 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    each of the pictures were a feast for the eyes! The food looked so yummy!

  17. July 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    very wholesome and fun y post.

  18. July 8, 2010 at 12:09 am

    OMG …Tomato soup in puff pastry… I need to taste that! Looks like an amazing place!

  19. July 8, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I love Yountville live about 2 hours away, the food, the stores you summed it up perfectly with all your lovely photos…you having wanting to plan a day trip….bkm

  20. Jo
    July 8, 2010 at 12:19 am

    this looks like such a lovely spot to visit and wine and dine and just relax!

  21. July 8, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Lovely post. Great choice of Y-word ‘Yountville’. Looks like a very nice place to visit.
    Best wishes,

    Anna’s Y-words

  22. July 8, 2010 at 5:49 am

    THat certainly” looks like a place that I would love to live” and call home. Thanks for sharing the history and the pics. I love anything “FRENCH”…so the info was wonderful to read.

    Thanks for sharing with us in class today!

  23. PJ
    July 8, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Beautiful and charming! What a neat looking place! And who knew you could park a cool bike outside for advertising and it wouldn’t get stolen!!!

  24. July 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Thank you for the wonderful tour! So beautiful..loved the scenary!

  25. July 8, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Charming and fun! Thanks for sharing and have a happy Thursday!

  26. July 8, 2010 at 9:20 am

    What a wonderful time you must have had. The food looks great, and i love love love the metal sculpture.

  27. July 8, 2010 at 9:30 am

    This is another spot I need to put on my “don’t miss” list! It is beautiful out there! Your table is very nice. And I clicked on that pastry link and now I really want one! :) Come see me at my new blog>
    Linda (More Fun Less Laundry)

  28. July 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Super ‘Y’ post – a true slice of heaven!

    Happy Alphabe-Thursday!


    PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

  29. Pondside
    July 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I’ll have a bowl of that puff pastry soup, please.
    My one little trip to the San Luis Obispo area has given me a deep desire to explore other parts of California – I’ll add Yountville to the list!

  30. July 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I HAVE been to Yountville and I loved your version of it in photos! Joni

  31. July 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Looks like you had a beautiful trip. We were able to do some of the wine country North of San Francisco last fall and it is a gorgeous land. Have a wonderful week! Debbie

  32. July 8, 2010 at 11:30 am

    What a fun post! I enjoyed your photos. Your soup bowl is so pretty and looks lovely with your other things.

  33. July 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Beautiful “Y” post! Big Napa fan here too!!!

  34. July 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    What a lovely journey! Thanks for sharing! You set a very nice table for yourself and I love your candleholder.
    greetings, Johanna

  35. July 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Who knew I *needed* to visit Yountville? Such a beautiful spot, and I’d never heard of it. Thanks for sharing a great “Y” post!

  36. July 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I live only about 70 miles from the Napa Valley ( in the San Francisco suburb of Daly City ) and I’ve been so fortunate in my 33 years in this area to spend a great deal of time in Yountville and neighboring area, especially off season when I find it most delightful – and easier to get in some of the wonderful restaurants and wineries. Isn’t it a wonderful place? You did a terrific job with your description of everything. I loved revisiting some of my favorite haunts.

    At 65, I’ve done it! My poetry book – Life’s Journey by Carmen Henesy – is out on Amazon!
    ( Poems about the things that have been important to me in my journey through life, some humorous, some sad, some that may have meaning to you as well )

  37. July 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    What a beautiful place – thanks for sharing.

  38. H
    July 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    You put a great deal of thought and effort into this post. Thank you for bringing Yountville to life so beautifully.

  39. Kat
    July 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Gorgeous photos and looks like a great place to visit. Have a great day!

  40. July 8, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I am not sure I would have ever left the bakery. I am suddenly hungry on my Y journey and longing for a visit to wonderful new little town somewhere. thank you for that.

  41. July 9, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Your table is so pretty, I love your dishes! Mary

  42. July 9, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Nice images once again. I especially like the first one. Set me to giggling.

  43. July 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Bottega is one of the places we would take anyone who came into town for a weekend for a meal. Love this picture perfect little town and miss CA.

  44. July 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I think I need to move to Yountville. It looks so charming. I wonder if my husband might have a bazillion dollars stashed away somewhere secret so I could buy a modular home there?!?

    Lovely scenery, delicious looking food, gorgeous tablescape!


    This was a perfect stop on my little journey through Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “Y”!

    Thank you for linking!


  45. July 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    6 awards,
    please feel free to take any of them

    ignore if you dislike them.

  46. July 11, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Great great post love your pictures! Thanks for the travel log it puts me in a get-a-way kind of mood and I really could use one right now. Now I have got to go see about that wine bottle candleabra.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  47. July 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Oh my word! What a heavenly place! Wow. Thanks for sharing this tour (although now I’m starving even though I just finished a good breakfast!). I’d love to visit there.

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