I headed up to Napa Valley on my day off last week for a leisurely late lunch with a good friend of mine. We settled in with a glass of German Riesling at Farmstead of Long Meadow Ranch in Saint Helena. It’s a restaurant where the farm to table concept is celebrated each day under the direction of renoun chef, Stephen Barber, and the wood fire oven is put to good use. http://www.longmeadowranch.com/Farmstead/Restaurant
We started off with my favorite, beef tartar:
Feeling in a beef mood, I got their smoked roast beef sandwich with coleslaw:
My friend got the sole with wood roasted cauliflower, carrots, leeks and blood orange butter:
A classic dish I’ve had at many restaurants in the area, the blood orange butter was fantastic. The fish was perfectly cooked but overall, a very rich dish. So, we got some wood roasted brussels sprouts with apples and pancetta as a side:
And after all that, we still had room for dessert! After winding down with a cup of Stumptown coffee
we shared a slice of chocolate cream pie with a graham cracker crust:
Needless to say, after lunch, I needed to take a walk. So, I headed down highway 128 to my favorite winery in the area – V. Sattui.
The grounds here are beautiful. In the summer, these grounds are full of life with a bbq grill serving up some delicious meals but on this chilly January afternoon, it was so peaceful to just walk around and work off some of the calories I just ate. I also stocked up on a few of my favorite wines from here – their gamay rouge (a delicious rose), muscat, and riesling. 🙂 What a great day!