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Gourmet Walks

#124 of 203 Tours in Napa
Napa, CA, USA
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chrisismithfleming wrote a review Jul 2018
Portola Valley, California1 contribution
Loved the artisanal salami of the Fat Calf after sampling five local cheeses from the Oxbow Market. Along the way Mary shared the amazing story of Napa's recovery after three major disasters explaining the impact that the Mondavi Family has made on their charming town protecting this flood zone with cement construction and elevation of the town. This tour was a delightful way to experience the cultural richness and gourmet specialties along with boutique shops. This overview day of fun made me want to return again soon with more friends so that I could focus on other fun places to try. Mary made the trip one to remember for our fun loving group of friends.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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pvfamily wrote a review Jul 2018
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I and a group of friends from the San Francisco Peninsula went to Napa specifically to take this tour for fun. And we had the BEST time. We met at the Oxbow Market (A perfect place as there was a coffee shop and a lot of other shops to visit while we waited for the tour). We met our guide who led us to an outdoor seating area behind the C-Casa shop where we were entertained with Napa history stories gratis Mary (our WONDERFUL guide) and ate positively the BEST breakfast taco I have ever eaten (ok – it was the first breakfast taco I have ever eaten, but I have eaten a LOT of tacos in California and in Mexico and this was up there in the number 1 or 2 spot – have to give room for Birria tacos in Puerto Vallarta – which we found on a FOOD TOUR there, by the way!) So … we go to either a food tour or a cooking class everywhere we travel and we travel a lot. And I really enjoyed this tour. After a bit of history on the area and that great taco, we sampled some cheeses from the markets premier cheese shop (and TRUE – given other reviews – there was no wine and it was served at picnic tables in the back as it is not a cheese restaurant – it is a cheese shop!) We sampled 5 or 6 cheeses and they were really, really good. We took notes and loved them all. We went to the Fatted Cow Charcuterie to sample their dried meets and sausages…yes…fabulous! From there we took a walking tour of Napa and stopped to see a lot of historical sites and hear a lot of the “special events” and “special personalities” from the area from our super guide, Mary! Ask about the last hanging in California, the 911 memorial, the Oxbow…the AMAZING murals about the history of Napa…you will not be disappointed! If you are disappointed…I can’t imagine where you got your expectations! We went to the most amazing Olive Oil company (Napa Valley Olive Company – I think- I have experienced. There must have been 100 oils infused with WONDERFUL things and vinegars as well. Yes – we all bought something there! Then there was Tarla –Mediterranean – not sure if everyone gets the same tour – but this place was absolutely the best in terms of (A) they make their own IPA beer and I LOVE IPA beers, and (B) the FOOD…the hummus with pita was to die for and we had, literally a 4-course meal of meatballs and vegetable cakes and way too much food and loved every bite! AND THEN…the chocolate! THE SWEET SHOP…this amazing candy maker served up 6 different chocolate candies with 5 different wines. How I made it home, I do not know. This was an amazing experience in taste! The LEMON Chocolate, the TRUFFLES, and all of it…hard to resist. So – if you agree with me the this is a good Gourmet Tour – go for it! If you expect Champaign at every stop – don’t go! It’s about Napa and Napa’s foods, history and people. We all LOVED it!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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VintagePR wrote a review Sep 2017
Helsinki, Finland328 contributions45 helpful votes
The gourmet walks I have enjoyed have been full of nice talking, stories and interest in the attending people besides the carefully chosen dishes. We felt that our guide had lost her appetite in the task she was supposed to handle with enthusiasm. A tour guide must take control and be prepared. Servings started well, though at the second stop for cheese without anything to drink in the middle of wine area was not gourmet. The stop called lunch was missing the main course and the cooking was not in balance. Tours delight was the chocolatier, the presentation was the best of all stops. The tour ended with wine tasting. I have never earlier been in a tasting were the host doesn't share knowledge of the wine yard and wine making. The wine was no good, except the last red. I am afraid that I cannot recommend this event to anyone. Napa is nice little town and definitely worth a stop. Go to Oxbow Public Market for the gourmet and enjoy!
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Date of experience: September 2017
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bagpackedletsgo wrote a review Jun 2016
Phoenix, Arizona118 contributions82 helpful votes
Mary gave us a great tour with lots of yummy food along the way. We started at Oxbow where we tasted 3 places, then walked to several other places including olive oil, chocolate, Mediterranean food, and finally a wine room. Great info and history shared along the way. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: June 2016
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hbksloss wrote a review Sep 2015
San Jose, California57 contributions6 helpful votes
Loved this tour, would do it again! The food was delicious and the tour guide fun. Since we were a group of 5, we had our own tour and that was great. We knew some of the places on the tour, but that was fine as we learned new things to eat at each place.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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