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New Eats

Big name restaurant talents are sweeping into Wine Country.



Gravenstein Grill: Bite into indulgent chicken wings.

Top to Bottom: Gravenstein Grill; courtesy of The Charter Oak, photography by Kelly Puleio; Donna Kopol Bonick

Compline

Co-owners Matt Stamp and Ryan Stetins are the force behind this high-style eatery, bar, and bottle shop next to the Archer Hotel, where chef Yancy Windsperger (La Taberna, Spago, and Morimoto Napa) whips up signatures like crispy salt-baked whole fish atop farm vegetables, or divine oyster-herb pesto-
smothered flank steak with Jimmy Nardello pepper succotash. 1300 First St., Ste. 312, Napa, (707) 492-8150, complinewine.com

The Charter Oak

This unique family-style eatery comes fresh from the three-Michelin-star Restaurant at Meadowood team of chef Christopher Kostow and restaurant director Nathaniel Dorn. Enjoy specialties like succulent beef rib hearth-grilled over Cabernet barrel wood with roasted beets bathed in the meat’s own rendered fat. 1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, (707) 302-6996, thecharteroak.comThe Charter Oak: Beef ribs and beets make swell company in this entrée.

Gravenstein Grill

The new garden, glass-framed patio, and cozy bar bring the best seats at this farm-to-table spot from chef Bob Simontacchi (Brick and Bottle). Anything with duck is particularly spectacular, like the crispy Sonoma County Poultry duck leg with braised red cabbage, heirloom apples, smoked bacon, herbed spaetzle, and plum gastrique. 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol, (707) 634-6142, gravensteingrill.com. 

256 North

Thank J.M. Rosen’s Cheesecakes owner Jan Rosen for this artsy bistro serving up some of the best wild king salmon you’ll ever enjoy, bathed in silky saffron cream sauce atop savory Bloomsdale spinach, artichoke hearts, Toy Box cherry tomatoes, and gnocchi. 256 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, (707) 766-0799, 256north.com

Napa Noodles

Rick Zaslove, owner of Eiko’s and Eiko’s at Oxbow, has us slurping ramen, pho, and yakisoba at this fast-casual pan-Asian eatery. Dig into delights like sticky pork ribs, roasted citrus duck, Japanese curry, and braised pork belly, too. 1124 First St., Napa, (707) 492-8079, napanoodles.com.The Charter Oak: Beef ribs and beets make swell company in this entrée.

Live Fire Pizza

A popular dining attraction at San Francisco International Airport’s Napa Farms Market, this California-style wood-fired pizza, Italian sandwich, and wine bar concept now makes its way to Oxbow Market. 610 First St., Napa, (707) 346-3993, livefireoxbow.com.

Mini Model

Model Bakery’s tiny little sister (set in a former train caboose, no less) tempts with Stumptown drip coffee, pastries, fresh-baked breads, and of course, those beloved English muffins—best when toasted and slathered in jam. 6523 Washington St., Yountville, (707) 415-5045, themodelbakery.com.

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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.

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