Bell’s Wine Cellars is located in Yountville, CA, a 15-minute drive from Napa. The owner, Anthony Bell, a native South African, produces a varied selection of wines, such as the award-winning 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone 6, Rutherford), Sonnette, Claret, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and my favorite, a delightful 2006 South African Sauvignon Blanc. Tastings range from $15-$250 per person and the tasting room is open by appointment seven days a week from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm.
Hours: November 1st – April 30th
Sunday – Thursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
May 1st – October 31st
Open 7 days a week; 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
During a recent trip to Napa, my fiancé and I had lunch at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen after a nearby wine tasting. The restaurant offers a wide range of menu items, including “small plates,” salads, “large plates,” “from our wood burning oven,” and sandwiches. Both reservations and walk-ins are welcome.
My fiancé and I both ordered the Backstreet Fry (with calamari, red onions, fennel, okra, and lemon aioli) and the Chinatown Duck Burger with shiitake mushroom ketchup and French fries. It was one of the most unique and incredibly delicious meals we’ve ever had.
According to the website, “Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen combines a classy supper club with the flair of a speakeasy to create the perfect upscale eatery and neighborhood hang-out.” What a perfect description of this casual and friendly restaurant opened by Cindy Pawlcyn, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and chef/owner of Napa’s Mustards Grill.