May 23, 2018


Throwing the Perfect Spring Picnic in Napa
Nothing quite captures the Napa lifestyle like celebrating the arrival of spring with a gourmet picnic, complete with a bottle (or two!) of local vino, all while soaking in the beautiful vineyard landscape. Here is a list of the Napa destinations that we think have the most scenic and wellappointed outdoor picnic areas. Keep in mind, some of the following locations don’t allow you to bring in outside food, but trust us, you’re probably better off enjoying the local victuals any way.

V. Sattui:
The V. Sattui Winery has over two acres of picturesque picnic grounds that are shaded by old-growth oaks and overlook their wildfloweradorned vineyards. Better yet, Sattui has an artisan deli complete with house-made charcuterie and over 200 different cheeses, along with sandwiches, salads, and anything else you may need to complete the gourmet Napa picnic experience.

Nichelini Winery:
Dating back to 1844, the Nichelini Winery is the oldest family-owned winery in Napa Valley, making it a local historical fixture. Feel free to bing your own picnic spread, but a purchase of a bottle or a tasting flight is required to use the Nichelini picnic grounds, and it is well worth it. Situated below the winery and its cellars, the Nichelini picnic area is complete with bocce ball and is in view of the original 1886 homestead cabin — the last remaining homestead cabin in Napa County.

Napa Cellars:
Located in the heart of Napa and surrounded in all directions by the coastal mountains, the rolling grassy lawns at Napa Cellars are another ideal locale for spring picnic. Although no outside wine is permitted, feel free to bring you own picnic lunch, roll out your blanket, fill up your GOVINO glasses, and sit back to enjoy the view.

Rutherford Hill:
Situated high above the valley floor, the Rutherford Hill Winery boasts some of the best panoramic views in Napa. Tables in the Oak Grove picnic area are only available by reservation, so plan ahead. There is a $75 fee per table, but the fee is waived for wine club members or through a comparable wine purchase. Feel free to bring your own picnic fare to accompany some of the best wines and most breathtaking views Napa has to offer.

If you’re like us, you’re huge fans of Thomas Keller and are probably dying to score a reservation at his world-renown French Laundry. But if it’s completely booked months in advance (as it always is), consider trying Addendum. True to its name, Addendum is a self-described “footnote” to Ad Hoc, Keller’s casual dining venue in Yountville. Addendum is a no-frills food window serving elevated American comfort food classics boxed up and and ready to take on the go. For $17.50, guests have their choice of fried chicken, bbq pork ribs, or a pulled pork sandwich accompanied by two house-made sides — a small price to pay to be able to say your picnic was catered by Thomas Keller.