Postcard from Northern California


The first four days in California reminded us why we’ve been so passionate about some of the projects we’ve undertaken in the past 6 months, namely Gobbl and Barrel to Bottles.

We’re normally budget eaters and are wary of dropping large sums of money on lavish dinners. Even on vacation, we were careful to pick out sure winners (through Interweb research and word-of-mouth info collection). When we felt all was right, we decided to drop big dollars for big-time wines and dishes. We only wished that we could Gobbl these places (Northern Cal coming soon!) and feature them on Barrel to Bottles (Napa/Sonoma wines are pricey!).

If you’re headed to SF/Napa/Sonoma in the near future, here are three places we heartily recommend:

  • Fish & Farm ( – this small San Francisco restaurant has been open for a little over a month, but it’s already the talk of the town. Fish & Farm uses ingredients only from within a 100-mile radius, a clever and do-able concept since the Bay Area has most things you’d want in good, fresh cuisine. The service was above and beyond, and we could not have asked for a better combination of food and wines. Be sure to try their Boeckel Riesling, a Grand Cru for under $50 that will blow you away.
  • Mustards Grill ( – okay, so we’re not at the level where we can do French Laundry, but we were perfectly satisfied with a gorgeous lunch at Mustards Grill in Yountville. The wines we had at the bar were tremendous, the food (many of the ingredients sourced from its garden right outside) was fresh and delicious, and ending the meal with a 4-inch high brown sugar meringue lemon tart says it all.
  • Jordan Winery ( – too bad no Jordan wines will ever make it on to Barrel to Bottles since its least expensive wine is the $25 2005 Chardonnay. Located in Alexander Valley, Jordan Winery produces wonderful wines, notably its Cabernet Sauvignon, and sits atop rolling hills in a beautiful chateau that was built in the 1970s but closely mimics 18th century French structures. The $25 tour with tasting and small bites is a steal, and we highly recommend it.

Check out goofy photos of us having a good time in our Flickr collection, updated each day of our trip!

One Response to “Postcard from Northern California”

  1. Scott says:

    Mustards Grill is absolutely amazing! I went there last Sunday and had the most amazing dish of calamari! They got 6 thumbs up from the three of us!

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