Napa Valley’s reputation as one of the world’s finest wine and culinary destinations has made it one of the most desirous places to visit, and its local charms have also made it one of America’s best small towns in which to live. Besides the year-round, Mediterranean climate, the award-winning wineries, restaurants, and local purveyors offer visitors and locals the perfect haven to experience some of the most unique and memorable places, people, and things to do.

Each year, Napa Valley Life pauses to recognize and celebrate the area’s bounties by asking our readers to weigh in on their favorite places to eat, drink, shop, and play, and we have the privilege to present them in our annual Best of Napa Valley-Readers Choice Awards. Well, folks, the results are in! After calculating thousands of votes and write-in entries, we are pleased to share and congratulate this year’s winners in each polling category.

We hope you enjoy reading the results and take the time to congratulate the ones you know and make a point to discover the ones you don’t.

BEST Winery Tasting Room

Frank Family Winery
1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga

Nestled in the shade of centuries-old Elm trees, Frank Family’s iconic tasting room has been a part of Napa Valley’s landscape for nearly 30 years. Both classic and contemporary, their home for guests embodies the spirit of family that drives everything they do. Frank Family offers a range of intimate, seated experiences inside their yellow 1930s craftsman house and throughout their park-like property. Each unique guest room reflects a part of their history, inviting visitors to sit and enjoy estate sparkling and vineyard-designated still wines under the guidance of Napa’s most hospitable wine education team.

Sequoia Grove • 2nd
8338 St. Helena Hwy., Napa
Peju Winery • 3rd
8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford

BEST Bar/Cocktails

Goose and Gander
1245 Spring St., St. Helena

Located in the historic Martini House, Goose & Gander remains the king as one of Napa Valley’s favorite places for fun and libations. The craftsman-style bungalow setting situated on a charming neighborhood block offers patrons a great place to gather outside in the beer garden or inside at the cozy Whiskey Bar, where a great selection of award-winning wines, beer, and retro-fresh, handcrafted cocktails are served up alongside a fantastic rustic American pub and bar bites menu.

Auberge du Soleil • 2nd
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford
Bistro Don Giovanni • 3rd
4110 Howard Lane, Napa

BEST Wine Collective

Vintners Collective
1245 Main St., Napa

Vintners Collective is the bonded tasting room for a select group of small, family-owned Napa wineries that produce 300 cases or less. Located on Main Street in a renovated historic building, originally a saloon and brothel dating back to 1875, VC is a favorite place to stop, sip and check out some wines only found in Napa Valley. Their wine club is rated as one of Napa Valley’s most popular and was voted in the Top 10 Best in USA Today’s Readers Choice in 2020.

Brasswood Cellars • 2nd
3111 St. Helena Hwy. N., St. Helena
The Wine Thief • 3rd
708 1st St., Napa

BEST Hidden Gem Winery

Flora Springs Winery
677 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena

Founded in 1978 by John and Julie Komes and named after their free-spirited mother, Flora, Flora Springs’s history dates back to the late 1800s when grapes were first planted on the estate. Lauded as one of Napa Valley’s local hidden gems, the St. Helena winery and tasting room offer visitors a relaxing respite to learn some of Napa’s unique history and experience some of the region’s top-rated Cabernet, Chardonnay, single varietal, and Bordeaux blends, including their award-winning Trilogy.

Jarvis Estate Winery • 2nd
2970 Monticello Rd., Napa
Kris Todd Vineyards • 3rd

BEST Wine Bar

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant
610 1st St., Napa

Launched in 2008, the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is a flagship attraction within the Oxbow Public Market. Known for its extensive collection of artisanal cheeses from all around the world and its boutique assortment of wines, the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is a popular place to shop or hang out. The wine bar is renowned for its impressive list of hand-selected wines by the bottle, flight, or glass, handcrafted beers, and a delectable assortment of cheese and charcuterie or “whatever else whets your appetite.” Their wine club, which focuses on fantastic producers, terrific values, and a wide range of styles, has also been met with critical acclaim.

Bounty Hunter • 2nd
975 1st St., Napa
Cadet Wine & Beer Bar • 3rd
930 Franklin St., Napa

BEST Local Winemaker

Todd Graff
1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga

Todd Graff has just embarked on his 20th year as the Winemaker for Frank Family Vineyards, where he has developed a reputation for producing world-class Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Méthode Champenoise sparkling wines. Before joining Frank Family Vineyards, this Petaluma native began his career across the globe, where he worked with top producers in Australia, France, and Germany. Todd has played an essential role in Frank Family’s steady growth over the past 19 vintages, including their recognition as “Winery of the Year” by the Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine in 2012 and 2017. In addition, in 2020, Todd was named “Napa Winemaker of the Year” by the North Bay Business Journal due to his positive contributions to the wine industry.

Molly Hill • 2nd 
8338 St. Helena Hwy., Napa
Sarah Fowler • 3rd (tie)
707- 963-3600
8466 St Helena Hwy., Rutherford
Heidi Barrett • 3rd (tie)
PO Box 441, Calistoga

BEST Boutique Winery

Ehlers Estate
3222 Ehlers Lane, St. Helena

Founded in the late 1800s by Bernard Ehlers and acquired by philanthropists Jean and Sylviane Leducq a century later, Ehlers Estate is the closest thing one will experience to a French Chateau. The 42-acre vineyards and winery produce handcrafted quality wines that present the balance and structure of the finest Bordeaux bottlings the Leducq’s knew and loved. The wines are available primarily direct to consumers, and tastings are hosted in Bernard Ehler’s original stone barn, renovated to showcase local artists, or in the olive grove on the property.

Goosecross Cellars • 2nd (tie)
1119 State Lane, Yountville
Prager Winery & Port Works • 2nd (tie)
1281 Lewelling Lane, St. Helena
St. Clair Brown Winery and Brewery • 3rd
816 Vallejo St., Napa

BEST Wine Tour

Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry St., Napa

Napa Valley’s Wine Train is an experience like no other. It’s much more than a tour or excursion; it’s an unforgettable adventure. The luxuriously vintage setting brings back a bygone era with plushly appointed cars that offer polished, personalized service, multiple courses of gourmet California cuisine, and premier local wines — all accompanied by rolling views of Napa Valley’s lush vineyards and landscapes. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, romance, mystery, or exclusive private tours, every itinerary offers a memorable wine country experience.

Beau Wine Tours • 2nd
21707 Eighth St., E Suite A, Sonoma
Napa Valley Tours & Transportation • 3rd
933 Water St., Napa

BEST Outdoor Wine Tasting

The Terraces
1450 Silverado Trail, Rutherford

The Terraces winery is a family-owned operation that “strives to create epic wines that capture a sense of place and time, and that brings joy.” Tasting experiences on the property are unique and often hosted by proprietors Timm and Sharon Crull, who are also the estate’s farmers/growers/winemakers. The duo has transformed the 113 acres of land into 25 acres of vineyards and a sustainable farm that produces wine grapes, cider, balsamic vinegar, orchards, honeybees, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. As part of the winetasting experience, guests are taken on an immersive property tour either on foot or via ATV. The property is peppered with the Crull’s whimsical art collection (including a life-sized pink and green potted cow sculpture) with ad hoc stops to visit the chickens, the bee apiaries, the apple orchards, the restored historic buildings, and even to experience a taste of their 20-year harvest of balsamic traditionale. A visit to the Terraces is one of Napa Valley’s genuine treasures.

Domaine Carneros • 2nd
1240 Duhig Rd., Napa
Joseph Phelps Vineyards • 3rd (tie)
200 Taplin Rd., St. Helena
Alpha Omega Winery • 3rd (tie)
1155 Mee Ln., St. Helena

BEST Family Restaurant

Gotts Roadside-Napa
707-224-6900 • 644 1st St., Napa
707-963-3486 • 933 Main St., St. Helena

Gotts Roadside has been around since it was introduced in St. Helena as Taylor’s Refresher as a car-hop restaurant back in 1999. Its popularity prompted its expansion to the Ferry Building in San Francisco and then downtown in Napa’s Oxbow Public Market District in 2007. The retro-style restaurant has something for everyone with a menu that serves gourmet-style roadside classics such as inventive burgers, hot dogs, fries, handmade shakes, fresh seafood tacos, poke bowls, fresh salads, fried chicken, and chili, all accompanied by an impressive beer and local wine list.

Pizzeria Tra Vigne • 2nd
1016 Main St., St. Helena
Hop Creek Pub • 3rd
3253 Browns Valley Rd., Napa

BEST Pizza

Pizzeria Tra Vigne
1016 Main St., St. Helena

Pizzeria Tra Vigne has been one of Napa Valley’s local treasures since its opening over 25 years ago. People come from all corners of wine country to hang out and eat pasta, pizza, or a fresh daily special at this vibrant, family restaurant. Their pizzas have always been lauded as the area’s best, hand-tossed with fresh ingredients. Favorites include “The Queen’s Pizza,” a fresh margarita-style pie with freshly made mozzarella, the “Funghi,” loaded with fresh mushrooms, fontina, and truffle oil, or “The Original Vespa” with chicken sausage, roasted onions, spinach, and fresh mozzarella. There’s plenty of seating outdoors on their beautiful patio, complete with Bocce Court, or inside at a table or booth with family and friends.

Bistro Don Giovanni • 2nd
4110 Howard Lane, Napa
Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca • 3rd
1260 Main St., Napa

BEST Mexican Food

Don Perico Mexican Restaurant
1106 1st St., Napa

Don Perico reigns as Napa’s favorite Mexican Restaurant. Around for over 20 years, locals and visitors flock to the popular restaurant for its crowd-pleasing Mexican food, generous margaritas, and all-day happy hour. Open for lunch and dinner, guests can dine inside the festive restaurant or relax on the expansive patio to enjoy a copious selection of appetizers and traditional Mexican dishes such as burritos, tortilla soup, fajitas, and enchiladas. The beverage program includes artisan mescals and tequila and an impressive wine list.

Villa Corona • 2nd
707-963-7812 • 1138 Main St., St. Helena
707-257-8685 • 3614 Bel Air Plaza, Napa
La Calenda • 3rd
6518 Washington St., Yountville

BEST Italian Restaurant

Bistro Don Giovanni
4110 Howard Lane, Napa

Since its opening in 1993, Bistro Don Giovanni, known to locals as “Don G’s,” has been a destination restaurant for locals and visitors alike. The menu is best known for its fresh interpretations of traditional Italian dishes, including hand-tossed, woodfired pizza, homemade pasta, and daily fish and meat specials that are sustainably farmed organically sourced. Whether dining outside in the garden, on the patio, or inside the cozy restaurant or bar, Don G’s menu, ambiance, and professional service always create a memorable experience.

Bottega Napa Valley • 2nd
6525 Washington St., Yountville
Ristorante Allegria • 3rd
1026 1st St., Napa

BEST Asian Food

Morimoto Napa
610 Main St., Napa

Iron Chef Morimoto’s signature restaurant on the Napa River maintains its status as one of the best Asian dining experiences in Napa Valley. The juxtaposed traditional and contemporary ambiance serves as the perfect muse for Morimoto’s inventive Japanese menu, which includes a wide variety of sushi, sashimi, maki, salads, soup, unique entrees, and desserts. With high ceilings and glass walls, guests enjoy an open-air dining experience whether seated indoors or outside on the patio overlooking the Napa River. The bar is popular with locals on weekends, and for sake lovers, the Momosan Lounge is the only one of its kind devoted to sake and Japanese whiskey.

Eiko’s Modern Japanese Cuisine • 2nd
1300 First St., Suite 385, Napa
Empress M • 3rd
221 Silverado Trail, Napa

BEST Barbeque

Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ
975 First St., Napa

Located on First and Main in the heart of downtown Napa and housed in a historic 1880’s building, the Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ is best known for its finger-lickin’ BBQ and impressive wine list. The old-West themed locale serves up some of the area’s local favorite BBQ with signature dishes such as their BH Beer Can Chicken, St. Louis Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork and Prime Rib- available by the sandwich or platter, along with a great selection of salads and sides.

Busters Southern BBQ • 2nd
1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga
Red Rock Café • 3rd
1010 Lincoln Ave., Napa

BEST Sushi

Morimoto Napa
610 Main St., Napa

Since opening in 2010, Morimoto Napa has maintained its status as one of the Bay Area’s most popular places to eat and discover high-end Japanese cuisine. The creative menu includes an inventive selection of sushi, sashimi, and maki preparations made with the finest ingredients and served in artful presentations designed to delight the senses. Whether seated at the sushi bar, relaxed at a table indoors or out, a Morimoto experience is one to remember.

Eiko’s Modern Japanese Cuisine • 2nd
1300 First St., Suite 385, Napa
Sushi Mambo • 3rd
1631 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga

BEST Burger

Gotts Roadside
707-224-6900 • 644 1st St., Napa
707-963-3486 • 933 Main St. (Hwy. 29), St. Helena

Founded in 1999 by brothers Joel and Duncan Gott, Gotts Roadside is regaled as Napa Valley’s best place to go for its casual vibe and California-inspired roadside menu. Using locally-sourced ingredients, the burger menu is plentiful with something for everyone. Favorites include their 100% Niman Ranch Angus beef burger and cheese with secret sauce, the California Burger, with a fried egg, bacon, and balsamic onions, and the sushi-grade ahi burger. Every beef burger selection is also available with Impossible meat for the plant-based clientele.

Goose & Gander • 2nd
1245 Spring St., St. Helena
The Charter Oak Restaurant • 3rd
1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena

BEST Outdoor Dining

Bistro Don Giovanni
4110 Howard Lane, Napa

Avowed as one of Napa Valley’s favorite Italian and local restaurants, Bistro Don Giovanni never disappoints. The popular bistro presents fresh interpretations of traditional Italian dishes, all sustainably farmed and organically sourced. While scoring a table on the porch or patio is always preferred, the pandemic criteria for restaurants compelled a fantastic expansion of its outdoor seating options among the gardens and fountain, creating an alfresco dining experience like no other in Napa. Fans are hopeful it will be here to stay.

Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch • 2nd
738 Main St., St. Helena
Auberge du Soleil • 3rd
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford

BEST Vegetarian Menu Options

Heritage Eats
3824 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa

Ben and Ali Koenig take the prize for serving up some of Napa Valley’s exciting, fresh food presented in a unique menu that showcases world culture and flavors from exotic locations such as Southeast Asia, India, Mexico, and Egypt. To meet any craving or food preference, patrons can choose from their suggested menu items or mix and match their own flavor combinations for salads and rice bowls, tacos, bao buns, and wraps. Heritage Eats also offers a local catering program and recently launched a food truck- The Best Food Truck in Napa.

R + D Kitchen • 2nd
6795 Washington St., Yountville
The Dutch Door • 3rd
1245 1st St., Napa

BEST Place for Seafood

Hog Island Oyster Co.
610 1st St., Napa

Hog Island Oyster Bar at the Oxbow Public Market is Napa’s hot spot to slurp down fresh-farmed oysters, shucked on-demand or ordered by the bushel to go. Hog Island prides itself on raising the best quality, sustainable shellfish on 160 acres of intertidal lands in Tomales Bay. Patrons may gather at the seated bar or outside on the deck to enjoy Hog Island’s sumptuous oysters, clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp and savory seafood entrées, organic salads, and small plates that showcase local fishermen, farmers, and artisan food producers in the local region.

Morimoto Napa • 2nd
610 Main St., Napa
Eiko’s Modern Japanese Cuisine • 3rd
1300 First St., Suite 385, Napa

BEST Place for a Sandwich

Oakville Grocery
7856 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville

Oakville Grocery has been a wine country institution since its opening in 1881. Conveniently located on Hwy. 29 in the heart of Napa Valley, the idyllic locale is a vibrant gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy a gourmet lunch hanging at one of the outdoor picnic tables or packing to-go to enjoy on a wine country itinerary. The creative menu offers a robust selection of freshly prepared hot and cold sandwiches served on artisan breads along with gourmet salads and sides. Popular choices include the Muffaletta, Roast Turkey and Bacon, Roast Beef with olive tapenade, and the toasted Chicken Gruyere with balsamic onions. Oakville Grocery also carries an impressive selection of local wines, which avail the epicurean a bountiful dining experience.

Genova Delicatessen • 2nd
1550 Trancas St., Napa
W F Giugni & Son • 3rd
1227 Main St., St. Helena

BEST Upscale Restaurant

The French Laundry
6640 Washington St., Yountville

Renowned as one of the world’s finest restaurants, The French Laundry has served as the linchpin for Napa Valley’s reputation as one of North America’s top foodie destinations since its opening in 1994. Consistently a tough reservation to secure, the restaurants’ distinctive menu, curated daily with the finest quality ingredients and sourced from its on-premise organic gardens, and its commitment to serving classic French cuisine with an intense focus on impeccable guest service have earned it Michelin’s highest rating of three stars, a status it has maintained since 2007.

Coles Chophouse • 2nd
1122 Main St., Napa
The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil • 3rd
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford

BEST Bakery

Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St., Yountville

Since its opening in 2003, Bouchon Bakery has had a trove of sweet-toothed locals and visitors lined up along Yountville’s busy Washington Street, anxious to score some of the bakery’s fresh bakery creations – artisanal bread, traditional French desserts, handmade viennoiserie, confections, pastries, tarts, and cookies. Espresso drinks and coffee custom-blended by Equator Coffees & Teas are also offered year-round. In addition, the bakery serves goodies to enjoy on-site or to go and caters for weddings and special occasions.

Model Bakery • 2nd
707-259-1128 • 644 1st St., Napa
707-963-8192 • 1357 Main St., St Helena
Buttercream Bakery & Diner • 3rd
2297 Jefferson St., Napa

BEST Place for Breakfast/Brunch

Boon Fly Café
4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa

Boon Fly Café maintains its long-standing position as Napa’s favorite place for breakfast or brunch. Located in South Napa at the Carneros Resort, the cozy café serves modern-rustic cuisine in a contemporary roadhouse atmosphere where guests come from miles around for their famous homemade Boon Fly Donuts, Banana Bread with lemon curd and berries, avocado toast, griddle cakes, fried chicken and waffles, and green eggs and ham. Other brunch items include sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, burgers, and fish tacos.

Model Bakery • 2nd
707-259-1128 • 644 1st St., Napa
707-963-8192 • 1357 Main St., St Helena
Southside Café • 3rd
Carneros – 2770 Old Sonoma Rd.
Yountville – 6752 Washington St.
Century – 135 Gasser Dr., Suite B

BEST Boutique Lodging

Harvest Inn
1 Main St., St. Helena

Located in St. Helena among eight acres of vineyards, Harvest Inn “captures the charm of vineyard life, mixing California contemporary living with storybook charm.” Conveniently located about a mile from downtown St. Helena, the relaxed, shady property is upscale in experience and cozy in feel. Its country-chic rooms, suites, and cottages, some with fireplaces, private decks, and whirlpool tubs, offer sweeping views of vineyards and the Mayacamas Mountains. Guests enjoy additional amenities such as spa treatments, access to a golf club, a cigar program, and fine dining at the Harvest Table, an award-winning restaurant on site.

Napa River Inn • 2nd
500 Main St., Napa
Brannan Cottage Inn • 3rd
109 Wappo Ave., Calistoga

BEST Hotel/Resort

Auberge du Soleil
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford

Known as the “Quintessential Napa Valley Adult Getaway,” Auberge du Soleil’s 50-room contemporary resort “The Inn of the Sun,” tucked into a terraced hillside surrounded by 33-acres of heritage olive and oak trees, boasts some of the most spectacular views in Napa Valley. The resort was built five years after the successful launch of French Restaurateur Claude Rouas and partner Bob Harmon’s fine-dining restaurant, Auberge du Soleil, in 1981. The iconic luxury property offers private maisons, classic and deluxe rooms, and suites touting exceptional service and unique guest experiences.

Meritage Resort & Spa • 2nd
875 Bordeaux Way., Napa
Archer Hotel Napa • 3rd
1230 1st St., Napa

BEST Day Spa/Salon

Spa Terra at Meritage Resort
875 Bordeaux Way, Napa

Escape to the heart of the earth at the Meritage Resort’s Spa Terra. Located beneath the vineyards in the underground Estate Cave, Spa Terra offers guests a tranquil backdrop and peaceful serenity for their therapeutic treatments for total relaxation. The locally sourced menu of offerings includes a unique, “cave-inspired” stone massage or facial, aromatherapy, deep tissue and CBD massages for individuals or couples, and even an “Un-Wine’d Massage” featuring a glass of Trinitas wine. An expansive menu of facial, skincare, and body treatments are a perfect pairing for any wine country getaway.

Spa Solage • 2nd
755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga
Silverado Resort & Spa • 3rd
1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa

BEST Golf Course

Silverado Resort
1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa

Touted as one of Golfweek’s best resort courses, golfing at Silverado invites players to walk in the footsteps of some of golf’s greatest champions. Designed by PGA Hall of Famer and owner, Johnny Miller, and surrounded by Napa Valley’s golden hills, the two championship PGA courses offer some of the nation’s award-winning golf, winning such accolades as Trip Advisors’ 2101 Travelers Choice Award, Golfweek’s 2021 Best Courses You Can Play, and the 2020 CGCOA Course of the Year Award—to name a few. Limited to members and resort guests, a day on links promises an exclusive and all-time classic golf experience.

Napa Valley Country Club • 2nd
3385 Hagen Rd., Napa
Vintners Golf Club • 3rd
7901 Solano Ave., Yountville

BEST Art Collection & Galleries

The Hess Collection at Hess Persson Estate
4411 Redwood Rd., Napa

The Hess Collection Art Gallery at the Hess Persson Estate winery offers a unique experience of wine and art in Napa Valley. Founder Donald Hess began collecting art in 1966 and collects art “with an uncanny ability to identify lesser-known artists who often go on become well-known and highly respected in their disciplines.” Guests who visit the Mt. Veeder winery are offered an exclusive opportunity to reserve a guided tour of the impressive Hess Art Collection and partake in a menu of estate wine tasting experiences to polish off the day.

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art • 2nd
5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa
Yountville Art Walk • 3rd
6516 Washington St., Yountville

BEST Jewelry Store

Napa Valley Jewelers
1300 1st St., Suite 365, Napa

Napa Valley Jewelers has been providing the Napa Valley area with a personalized shopping experience offering a wide array of jewelry and unique pieces crafted from precious metals and gems for over 25 years. Since opening their new store on 1st Street, they introduced a curated collection of art glass created from the who’s who of artists worldwide. Napa Valley Jewelers prides itself on its commitment to bringing its customers exceptional, personalized customer service with jewelry that will fit anyone’s budget.

Padis Jewelry • 2nd
1400 1st. St., Napa
Creations Fine Jewelers • 3rd
3341 Solano Ave., Napa

BEST Wine Country Event

BottleRock Napa Valley
Napa Valley Expo, Napa

BottleRock, now in its 11th season, attracts over 120,000 concert-goers to wine country for a three-day music festival that headlines some of the world’s greatest bands and showcases Napa Valley’s best food and local wines. The BottleRock Culinary stage has also developed a cult following with its one-of-a-kind culinary and celebrity mashups. Produced by Latitude 38 Entertainment and JamCellars, the six-stage event is hosted on the grounds of the Napa Valley Expo and touts itself as the only major concert series that shares the best of music, wine, food, and beer with Napa Valley.

Napa Valley Porchfest • 2nd
Auction Napa Valley • 3rd

BEST Boutique Shopping for Women

BoHo Lifestyle
1012 1st St., Napa

Since its opening in 2013, Boho Lifestyle has instilled a playful spirit into its culture, as well as its clothing and accessories. Touting the tagline- “It’s not just a place to shop, it’s a lifestyle,” the all women-owned boutique on Napa’s busy 1st Street carries hip, affordable local clothing, shoes, hats, lots of gorgeous jewelry and accessories that are diverse, affordable, and appeal to all ages. In addition, Boho has established an extensive training course for their employees on how to best dress women based on trends, body shapes, and personality, making it a great place for shopping for all ages.

Honey Whisky Boutique • 2nd
1300 1st St., #335, Napa
Sugar + Lemon • 3rd
1322 3rd St., Napa

BEST Dog-Friendly HangOut

Alston Park
2037 Dry Creek Road., Napa

Alston Park consists of 157 acres of rolling open hills on North Napa’s Dry Creek Road. Owned by the City of Napa, the park contains three miles of winding trails for walking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain-biking- and of course, dog walking. Surrounded by vineyards, an old plum orchard, and meadows, its elevations provide sweeping views of Napa Valley. The most popular spot is Canine Commons, where dogs can roam and run off-leash and locals gather– especially on weekends.

R + D Kitchen • 2nd
6795 Washington St., Yountville
Gotts Roadside • 3rd
644 1st St., Napa


Each year it is always a challenge to narrow down the voting categories to include the best of everything Napa Valley offers. In the Editor’s Choice section, we recognize some outlier businesses that didn’t fall into a designated category but were outstanding in their genre and deserved an honorable mention.

BEST New Place to Hang Out

Ox and the Fox
1331 1st St., Napa

Located in the First & Franklin Marketplace on 1st Street, the Ox and the Fox is a perfect spot to start or finish a night downtown. The open-air, farmhouse industrial design is welcoming, comfortable, and approachable for anyone, particularly the local crowd. The menu includes locally produced boutique wines and beers along with a fun menu offering small plates, bites, and desserts. Weekdays feature a great happy hour and bottomless mimosas on Sundays. Hours: Thursday to Monday from 3 p.m. – Midnight

BEST New Catering Company

Napa Valley Lobster Co.

Napa Valley Lobster Co. offers the region’s most authentic, southern-style lobster feeds right in the comfort of your own backyard. Sumptuous boils of Maine lobster, veggies, and all the accouterments are cooked fresh and whimsically poured out on the table for eating fun. Perfect for parties of 10 to 500.

BEST Place to Hear Live Music

Blue Note @ Charles Krug Concert Series
2800 Main St., St. Helena

During the summer of 2021, due to COVID restrictions for indoor concerts, The Blue Note collaborated with Charles Krug Winery to launch an outdoor summer concert series to appreciative crowds hungry for live music. The popular venue was hosted in an intimate setting and featured performances from Grammy-winning artists such as Los Lobos, Pink Martini, Damien Escobar, Kenny G, KT Tunstall, and Taj Mahal to name just a few.

BEST New Restaurant

Wilfred’s Lounge
967 First St., Napa

Located on the banks of the Napa River at 967 First Street in the heart of downtown Napa, Wilfred’s Lounge offers an authentic Tiki experience with Island-inspired cocktails, food, and surroundings. Wilfred’s Lounge appeals to locals looking for a fun, new hangout and visitors seeking a fresh scene after a day of wine exploration, featuring rooftop views of the Napa River.

BEST Local Favorite Annual Event

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

Napa Valley’s favorite family holiday event, now in its 25th year, returned to Calistoga to delight thousands of spectators from around the Bay Area. At this annual event, over 50 lighted tractors, trucks, busses, and other floats on wheels roll out all the stops as they parade down Lincoln Avenue, showcasing some of wine country’s most spectacular holiday displays. Local businesses take the competition seriously, including wineries, vineyards, schools, and local government agencies, and high-ticket prizes are awarded for the best-decorated float or theme.

BEST Innovative New Business

1758 Industrial Way, Ste. 107

Local Restauranter and Independent Real Estate Broker Mark Mazotti brought Hawaiian-themed fare to Napa online with his technology-driven ghost restaurant concept, iPOKEshack Pop-Ups. Operated 100 percent online, the dishes are modeled after the mom-and-pop shops throughout the Hawaiian Islands, where Poke is a staple food. The pop-up events are hosted at their Pop-Up pick-up location in their commercial kitchen in South Napa. Based on its success, Mazotti has expanded the pop-up events to include iRAMENshack on and iDIMSUMshack.

MOST Intriguing Dining Venue

Yurt Village @ Charter Oak
1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena

In partnership with American Express and RESY!, St. Helena’s popular Charter Oak Restaurant transformed its outdoor courtyard into a Yurt Village. The cozy, heated yurts offer diners private dining experiences with pre-fixe menus and are outfitted with unique botanical themes from The Charter Oak’s nearby 3.5-acre farm.