Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards and Ghost Horse Vineyards, St. Helena, CA

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards and Ghost Horse Vineyards

http://www.connvalleyvineyards.com/
http://www.ghosthorseworld.com/
680 Rossi Road
St. Helena, CA 94574

Toll-free (800) 946-3497
Phone (707) 963-8600
Fax (707) 963-7818

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards/Ghost Horse Vineyards is located about 30 minutes north of Napa near the beautiful town of St. Helena.  If traveling by car, I suggest using a GPS device as finding this hidden jewel can be tricky. When I visited the winery in March, I was greeted warmly by winemaker Todd Anderson and his Director of Hospitality and Direct Sales, Dave Bryant, and graciously welcomed into the very home-like tasting area.

Tastings of Anderson’s Conn Valley wines are $25, while Ghost Horse tastings are $250. All are well worth the price and the fees can be applied towards a wine purchase. The red, white, and Late Harvest wines I tasted each possessed a unique depth of character and complexity that I had never experienced before. My favorites were the 2005 and 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2004 Ghost Horse Cabernet Sauvignon. I also enjoyed listening to Todd speak passionately about how to make and taste good wines, as well as the personalized tour of the caves, where I was able to see and learn about wines in various stages of oak barrel fermentation.

While there, I also learned that the winery has an annual Cave Dweller party each September for its wine club members.  Other wine club membership plans in the works include a possible film festival, barrel parties that include dinner and bottling a case of wine from a specific barrel, and monthly barrel tastings.

The winery strives to make each visit unique and tailored to its guests. There aren’t many wineries where you can sit down with the winemaker and really get to know him.

To schedule a tasting/tour or for more information about upcoming events, contact Dave Bryant at the winery.

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Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, St. Helena, California

Cindy’s Backsteet Kitchen
http://www.cindysbackstreetkitchen.com/
Menu: http://www.cindysbackstreetkitchen.com/eats.php
1327 Railroad Ave
St. Helena, CA
Phone (707) 963-1200
Fax (707) 963-1207

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.