One important aspect of wine tasting is keeping some food in your belly, too much wine and too little food makes for an unpleasant day.
Most visitors don’t want to cut their wine tasting day short with a sit down lunch that could eat up a couple hours of precious daylight. Instead, they want to enjoy a picnic, preferably at one of the wineries that allow picnics, enjoying the beautiful setting Napa Valley provides.
To help with provisions, we’ve assembled this list of our go to places for picnic food.
Velo Deli & PizzeriaView Menu
This used to be the Yountville Deli and hasn’t changed owners, they just added pizza and integrated with their Napa location. Aside from the great food here, we really love that their website has online ordering. So, you can place your order and pay right from your phone or tablet. Skip the line and just pop in to grab your order. We like the “Red, White & Blu” roast beef, blue cheese & horseradish spread… what’s not to like about that?
Soda Canyon StoreView Menu
Located two miles north of Napa on the Silverado Trail, this is the only place to get some food on the Trail before you get to Calistoga. One of our favorites here is literally called “The Best Sandwich” and it lives up to its name.
Sunshine FoodsView Menu
Sunshine Foods is located in St. Helena and if you ask any local they’ll tell you it’s a great spot, hence the line that always seems to be there. Here’s a tip, look at the menu and call your order in, you’ll be glad you did. We like “The Kicken’ Kelley” but be advised, it’s a bit spicy.
Cal MartView Menu
When you’re upvalley, this Calistoga mainstay is your place to go. Located right on Lincoln Avenue, Cal Mart is a quick in and out and though some folks may feel deli stranded all the way up in Calistoga, their deli is quite amazing and will quickly erase that feeling. We love the “Italian Sub Panini” even on a warm day.
Oakville GroceryView Menu
As the name implies, this is located in Oakville. Since it right on Highway 29 near the southern end of the valley, it’s a great place to grab some food before heading further up Napa Valley. It’s also the oldest continuously operating grocery store in California and opened in 1861. The food here is great but it can get very busy, especially on weekends. So, if you plan on grabbing food on a Saturday you better order the day before.