Monday, January 17, 2011

All-in-One in St. Helena

Want to taste wine?  How about some olive oil?  Paired with cheese?  Maybe a little grass-fed beef?  Then Long Meadow Ranch's tasting room in St. Helena is for you.  The Ranch is located in the Mayacamas Mountains and produces wine, olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.  You can arrange a tour of the ranch but, if you just want to taste the ranch's food, visit Long Meadow's  tasting room in the historic Logan-Ives House, just south of the center of St. Helena

If you want more of Long Meadow Ranch's and other tasty food, visit Farmstead Restaurant - right next door.  The southern influenced cuisine is delicious.  On a recent visit, I enjoyed a tasty Rancho Ribellita soup full of kale, beans, other good veggies, and beef in a tomato stock.  I love dumplings and was not disappointed with Farmstead's buttermilk dumplings with chickens.  One friend had wood roasted winter squash as an appetizer and "brick cooked" chicken for her main course. She said both were yummy.  My other friend had the soup and potato gnocchi with grass-fed beef.  The serving was so big, he took much of it home for dinner.  The deserts looked terrific but we were all too stuffed.  I'll definitely be including Farmstead among my Napa Valley restaurant recommendations.

If you would like to take a private Napa Valley tour that includes a stop at Long Meadow Ranch and Farmstead Restaurant, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or

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