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- Explore revitalized downtown Napa and learn about the history of the beautiful riverfront town
- Delight your taste buds with delicious food tastings anda wine sampling from 7 local proprietors and restaurants
There is more to Napa than just wine tasting! Welcome to the first culinary tour in Wine Country, for those who know that California cuisine is just as sought after as its wine.
This tour will delight your taste buds as you explore revitalized downtown Napa with fellow foodies. You'll learn the fascinating history of this beautiful riverfront town, one where celebrity chefs intermingle with organic farmers and boutique winemakers.
Your tour will begin at the new Oxbow Market, where a seasonal bounty of California specialty foods and produce awaits you. Your tour will cross the Napa River and visit 19th century historic buildings that weathered Prohibition to showcase the latest trends in California food and wine.
You'll leave your tour with a carefully curated list of Wine Country restaurant recommendations and recipes for your next meal.
Taste a wide variety of gourmet foods which may include (subject to change):
- A sublime, seasonal selection of the best Californian artisan cheeses
- Breakfast tacos from an innovative and sustainable tacqueria
- Artisan salumi from the "first couple of charcuterie" and organic bread
- Sought after tastes from a historic multi-winery tasting room
- Award-winning California extra-virgin olive oil
- Mediterranean appetizers and a local craft beer
- Wine infused chocolates, brittle and ice cream from local brother/sister chocolatiers
- Participants must be over 21 and have a valid ID to consume the wine tastings
- Participants are encouraged to bring water in a refillable bottle for the tour
- Gratuity for your tour guide is not included but is appreciated if you enjoy the tour
- Participants will be required to walk approximately 1 mile on a relatively flat route
- Tours require a minimum of 4 participants to run
You may be accompanied by up to 12 people on the tour.
This experience is only for those on the tour.
This experience is not weather dependent and is held rain or shine. It is recommended to bring an umbrella and dress appropriately for weather conditions. Always contact your experience provider with any questions regarding weather.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for walking and weather conditions.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final and no rescheduling or cancellations will be allowed.
Are the tours good for San Francisco natives?
Definitely! Locals have a great time on this tour and often attend when family or friends are in town, or when celebrating a special occasion. You'll visit off-beaten path shops and restaurants and learn new things about your city.
What if I have dietary restrictions, am vegitarian, vegan...?
Let us know at the time of booking and remind your tour guide again at the start of your tour. Best efforts will be made to make appropriate substitutions when available.
Are cameras allowed?
Absolutely! Guests are encouraged to take plenty of pictures!
How hard is the walk?
The tour will span roughly 1 mile, so participants should be comfortable walking at a leisurely pace. There are no major hills on the tour route.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Yes, please let us know when booking your tour if you will have a wheelchair.
What happens if it rains?
Tours are held rain or shine regardless of weather conditions. It is recommended to bring an umbrella and dress appropriately for weather conditions. And don't worry, you will stay cozy and dry inside the shops and restaurants.
Is gratuity included?
Gratuity is not included and is greatly appreciated. 15-20% is customary in the tourism industry.
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"This tour was just okay, mostly because our guide left a lot to be desired. I felt she could have been a lot more engaged. She seemed more like a shepherd than a guide, leading us around town and then kind of disconnecting when we got to places. She didn’t seem very knowledgeable about the places themselves, or the things we were eating. She interacted with people while walking from place to place, but I felt there were missed opportunities to talk about the food itself. For example, at the first stop she simply handed us a breakfast taco and didn’t tell us what was in it. At other stops there were people to speak to us directly, but at one point I had forgotten what one of the meats at the Fatted Calf was and asked if she remembered, and she simply said, “I don’t.” She didn’t make any move to find out or suggest we ask the man who told us about the meats, as he’d already gone back inside. It wasn’t a huge deal, but it stood out to me that she wasn’t really concerned with helping a client find the answer to a pretty simple question, which is a good indicator of the difference between average/below average and great customer service. She struck me as someone just trying to get through the three hours. The stops themselves varied. C Casa was a nice first stop because there was space to sit outside and meet one another and break the ice. The breakfast taco was pretty yummy, even if I didn’t know what was in it. The second stop was nice, too—the cheeses were all great, and I went back and bought one later. The olive oil place was my favorite—it was fun trying all the oils and balsamics, and the man working there was friendly and engaged and had good energy. (Our guide simply held the bag of bread for us.) The chocolate place was underwhelming but the ladies who spoke to us about the chocolate were nice and they seemed to enjoy what they did. The wine tasting could have been good but the woman serving the wines seemed to be really busy and took a LONG time to come back to serve each new wine. Ultimately the tour started out stronger than it ended, partly because it took a while to sink in that our guide wasn't that great, and partly because at some places it was clear that we were not really central customers but somewhat of a nuisance or afterthought because we were part of a tour, if that makes sense."
"Go hungry!!!! The walking is minimal but we checked out some great food places. Great way to get a little of Napa history too. Our Guide, Mary, was very nice and knowledgeable!"
"Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She knew a lot about Napa, and we went to parts of Napa we had never seen before. My husband loves to cook, so he was very intrigued by our guide and her knowledge of food and cooking. (He wants to take a cooking class! I am way more interested in eating!) I would definitely take another tour that Cloud 9 Living offers."