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Although there is some of the best dining in the world in Napa Valley, most tourists enjoy picnicing during the day and fine dining at night. Here are some favorite spots to buy food and then enjoy it at a beautiful winery setting. Picnic areas are not offered at all wineries and many have reservation requirements for the picnic tables. Call ahead to reserve a table. It is a standard practice to buy a bottle of wine from the winery where you are picnicing. Some wineries require only their wine may be consumed at the winery picnic site. There are also public parks available where alcohol consumption is permitted. Make sure to double check signs at the park to see if it is prohibited.
If you are tasting along Highway 29. Stop at Ranch Market Too on Washington St in Yountville. The best sandwich in the valley is the Family Sandwich for $10.99. It is made with a whole loaf of fresh Sciambra French Bread. You can choose two meats, two cheeses and it comes with all the fixins. It easily feeds 4, and can feed up to 6 with other food. Head North on Hwy 29 turn left on Oakville Grade. Diamond Oaks has a beautiful picnic area above the valley. Another great to-go food spot is La Luna on Rutherford Crossroads. Go to the back of the little grocery store to the taco bar. Best Mexican food around. Try the Carnitas Burrito for only $5.
If you are tasting along Silverado Trail. Stop at Soda Canyon store for your deli selection. Soda Canyon store is at the intersection of Soda Canyon Rd and Silverado Trail. Head on up to Pine Ridge Winery for your picnic. You'll be surrounded by hillside grapevines as you enjoy your meal. Rutherford Hill also has a beautiful setting overlooking the valley. Rutherford Hill is North of Yountville off of Silverado Trail.
Picnicing at the local parks is also an option. If you have kids, the best playground is at Fuller Park in Downtown Napa. Fuller Park is at Jefferson and Oak St. This is a gorgeous old park with many century old trees. The park is surrounded by resotred Victorians. Yountville has a little park with vineyard views on Oak Circle. From Washington St head East on Oak Circle to the end of the road. A park and picnic tables are available with vineyard views. Also, a unique play area with equipment that looks like modern sculptures.