WineCountry Staff: February 2007 Archives

Braised Beef Short Ribs With Gremolata

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beefshortribs.jpgSubmitted by Topelo Winery

LOCALS website has great recipes and food pairing tips. This month, they are featuring Topel Winery from Mendocino Wine Country who submitted the recipe Braised Beef Short Ribs with Gremolata that pairs nicely with their 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Top Napa Valley Bakeries

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The basic doughnut has been elevated to an art form at many of Napa Valley’s bakeries. In fact, all manner of pastries, including the undecorated croissant becomes the stuff of dreams. But it is the cakes that push your senses into the realm of fantasy. If you don’t believe us, you just have to drop by one of the places on’s top bakery list. But hold on to your wallet and your diet, once you stand enthralled before the pastry case, you will throw common sense to the wind. Starting south, and heading north:
Sweetie Pies: Located in the Hatt building off south Main Street in Napa, this sensuous little bakery has a wide array of cakes for all occasions, cookies, and other baked delicacies. If you go for lunch (between 11 and 2 all days, except Sunday) try their Caprese panini. This pesto, tomato, and mozzarella sandwich is delicious, fresh, and leaves you room for a little something more. 520 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559 (707) 257.8817
ABC: In business for more than a decade, ABC, or Alexis Baking Company, practically started the gourmet bakery craze in Napa Valley. On Sunday morning, it is still the place to see and be seen for the up-and-coming crowd. And if you haven’t had one of their Pistachio cakes, you don’t know baking in Napa Valley. 1517 Third St., Napa, CA 94559 (707) 258.1827
Butter Cream Bakery: If it looks like Butter Cream is straight out of the 1950’s, it is. Pink vinyl banquets, an old-fashioned grill and counter, waitresses dressed in uniforms and a price list for doughnuts that still leave change in your pocket. 2297 Jefferson Street , Napa, CA 94559 (707) 255.6700
Bouchon Bakery: Superstar chef of Yountville and world, Thomas Keller, opened this tight little bakery right next to his Bouchon restaurant. If you can pass up the breads that this wonderfully aromatic place turns out, you have enough will power to conquer the world. 6528 Washington Street, Yountville, California (707) 944-2253
Model Bakery: The open glass windows of St. Helena’s main street bakery give you a birds-eye view of both the shopping action outside, and the pastry cases inside. If you love people watching with your tarts, coffee, and newspaper, this is a great place and on any given morning you are bound to see an upvalley vintner or two. 1357 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574 (707) 963.8192

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