In addition to being the one of the world’s premier wine regions, the Napa Valley’s culinary scene is thriving, with more than 125 restaurants serving creative dishes that express the area’s focus on country-lane-fresh ingredients. Legendary chefs include Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Bouchon, Ad Hoc), Christopher Kostow (The Restaurant at Meadowood), Michael Chiarello (Bottega and Napa Style), Robert Curry (Auberge du Soleil), Ken Frank (La Toque), Tyler Florence (Rotisserie and Wine), Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Napa), and Brandon Sharp (Solbar). The 2012 Michelin Restaurant Guide has awarded 14 stars to the region’s eateries, the most of any of the world’s wine destinations, per capita.
Dining in the Napa Valley offers culinary adventurers ample opportunities for extended exploration any time of the year, and during January 2012’s Napa Valley Restaurant Month, more than 55 of the area’s restaurants offer special menus, wine pairings, and winemaker dinners that make it an especially compelling time to indulge. And the area’s gracious hotels, resorts and Inns make it easy to stay longer with special lodging offers.You may also be interested in the NEW Food Network Napa Valley Tour.