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Delicious news, from three Michelin stars to sports bars.



Lowell's: The spread at this trendy cafe boasts local ingredients.

Photo by Dawn Heumann

The French Laundry

After 24 years, the Michelin three-star restaurant has unveiled a $10 million renovation, which glitters with an updated interior and new wine cellar, private dining room, kitchen, and garden. The daily changing nine-course menu ($325 per person) highlights French techniques and the finest quality ingredients, as always. 6640 Washington St., Yountville, (707) 944-2380, thomaskeller.com/tfl.

NapaSport

NapaSport: Michael Gaylen successfully mixes a sports bar with elevated beef. Photo by Brent Miller.Combine a contemporary sports bar with a high-end steak house, and you’ve got the ultimate man cave from Morimoto’s Michael Galyen. Ladies love it as well, and why not—think elegant seared ahi soba alongside the luscious fried chicken and custom-cut 12-ounce New York strip. 145 Gasser Dr., Napa, (707) 927-5956, napasport.restaurant.

Lowell’s

Formerly known as Peter Lowell’s, this hip café has tweaked its name to celebrate its 10th anniversary and sports an updated “hyperlocal” menu—meaning ingredients sourced from surrounding Sebastopol and West County. It is oh-so-good, with soupy-savory beans and greens topped with two baked eggs, bread crumbs, and Parmigiano; or house-made ravioli stuffed with roast pork and ricotta under rich pork leg ragu and Pecorino Romano. 7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol, (707) 829-1077, lowellssebastopol.com.

The French Laundry: This stable's new kitchen allows visitors to peer inside. Photos by Michael Grimm photography.  

Perch and Plow

Mike Mullins worked at Michelin-starred Cavallo Point and the former Petite Syrah and Kenwood restaurants. His talents still shine at his more casual eatery. Small plates are big business at the popular spot, such as ahi poke with ponzu sauce, radish, sesame, avocado, and crispy rice chips. 90 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, (707) 541-6896, perchandplow.com.

Protéa Restaurant

Caribbean-inspired cuisine in Yountville? It’s true. Chef-owner Anita Cartagena has debuted a small fast-casual eatery featuring a daily changing menu of slow-roasted, braised, seared, and fried global street foods. Standout snacks include Puerto Rican picadillo empanadas, a citrus soy pork belly Bomba rice bowl, and marinated top sirloin and onions over rice and beans. 6488 Washington St., Yountville, (707) 415-5035, proteayv.com.

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Wine Country Itineraries: Getting to know the towns of Napa and Sonoma counties

You’re in Wine Country, and your performance doesn’t start for a while. You don’t feel like visiting a winery, and you don’t have time for dinner. All of a sudden you realize that you don’t really know Wine Country all that well. Here’s a selection of things to see and do in Petaluma and Yountville.

Around Sonoma County with Bruce Cohn

Vintner, entertainment guru, philanthropist, and very fun guy Bruce Cohn talks about what to see and do in Sonoma County.

10 Years Fresh

Celebrating the one decade anniversary of Oxbow Public Market, the business that helped put Napa on California's culinary map.

Claim Your Table

Several restaurants open their doors in time for summer.

Inside Single Thread

Healdsburg’s restaurant, inn, and farm is taking farm-to-table to the next level.

Flavor! Napa Valley

Flavor! Napa Valley is a celebration of wine, food, and fun.

What's New in the Oxbow District

Napa’s Oxbow District adds new stores and a park to the mix.

Foodie Destination Among the Vines

Ram’s Gate Winery Culinary Director Taylr Behnam Cuneo pairs food and wine for delicious—and unexpected—results.

Dine About Town

Whether you are yearning for Yountville or a newbie noshing in Napa, here are four fantastic new finds on the foodie map.

Extending the Olive Branch

A Sophisticate Palate

In this day and age of Iron Chef and Rachael Ray, everyone thinks they're a chef - or wants to learn to be one. Evolving with this culinary trend, the prestigious California Institute of America at Greystone is expanding its nonprofessional programs, offering a wide range of ways to introduce the amateur chef to the bounty of Wine Country.

New Eats

Big name restaurant talents are sweeping into Wine Country.
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