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Around Town with Robert and Margrit Mondavi

Wine Country’s “it” couple shares with Paul Franson their favorite spots to visit, dine, shop, and indulge themselves

Photo provided by the Mondavis: Carter Dow

If you ask residents of Napa Valley about their favorite places to go, most will probably reply, “Copia, Robert Mondavi Winery, the Napa Valley Opera House, and the Lincoln Theater.” Ask Margrit Biever Mondavi, however, and she is too modest to point out that all these venues exist largely due to the generosity of herself and her famous husband, Bob. So where does this iconic couple, whose name is virtually synonymous with Napa Valley, enjoy spending time? We recently sat down with Margrit to find out.

Favorite Cultural Venues


Winery Art, notably at the Hess Collection and Clos Pegase (in addition to the Mondavi Winery exhibits, of course).

I. Wolk in St. Helena.

“I especially like the art glass of Gordon Huether, as well as the works of Gail Chase-Bien, Robilee Frederick, and Kristi Rene,” says Margrit.

Favorite Spots for Dining Out


Best Markets for Specialty Foods


Favorite Secret Extravagance


Woodhouse Chocolate. Says Margrit: “They’re a luxurious indulgence.”Vallergas, Sunshine Market, Dean & DeLuca. Top Shopping spot St. Helena, for general shopping, gifts, and housewares.
The French Laundry, Bouchon, Redd, La Toque, Terra, Market, Cook, Auberge du Soleil, Bistro Don Giovanni, ZuZu—“There’s nothing like The French Laundry of course,” Margrit admits. “And it’s fun to sit on the deck at the bar at Auberge du Soleil in the evenings, too.”

Napa Valley Museum, di Rosa Preserve—“I go to the museum every time the exhibits change,” Margrit says, adding that the art at the di Rosa Preserve is unique and worth a visit.

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