Travel & Adventure – Dean & Deluca Napa Valley ? ?

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Travel & Adventure – Dean & Deluca Napa Valley ? ?

Dean & Deluca

607 St. Helena Hwy S, Saint Helena, CA 94574 (Just off highway 29!)

After our wonderful tasting experience at Prager Winery & Port Works, we stopped into Dean & Deluca for a bit of epicurean perusing. Dean & DeLuca is a chain of fabulous gourmet grocery stores for foodies. The first store was established in New York City in September 1977, in the SoHo district, a rather upscale area in lower Manhattan.

Known for it’s unique selection of meats, cheese, freshly baked bread, and of course, the vast array of gourmet chocolate truffles, this is the perfect place to pick up all the fixins for a decadent picnic in between visiting wineries.

At Le Voov!, we appreciate businesses that access and support their local community for their inventory. We applaud Dean & Deluca for their unparalleled fresh, quality of products from farms, ranches, dairies, bakeries, wineries, and bee-keepers both locally as well as internationally.

I was introduced to Dean & Deluca over 25-years ago while visiting the Manhattan area. As I recall, it was like stepping into an epicurean paradise of amazingly fresh, high quality, healthy food, all displayed with absolute perfection.

This store is a ‘must’ for fellow foodies visiting the Napa area. The layout is open, spacious and airy with racks filled with everything from cooking utensils to oils/vinegars, handmade pastas, chocolate bars, honey, jams, nuts and a deli that cannot be beat. The meat and cheese sections are alluring in their own sense and I gravitate towards them every time, even if it is just to get a petite piece of cheese that must be eaten in the car on the way home.

We picked up some Chili Crunch after being provided a taste of this marvelous condiment atop a piece of rustic French bread. It has a brilliant, crunchy blend of chilies and roasted garlic with a subtle heat that engulfs the mouth just after you swallow. Yummm! If you are interested in experiencing Chili Crunch for yourself, you can find it at our Amazon Store.

Dean & Deluca’s takes some time to go through, so plan on being inside for a little while. (Hint: It’s a marvelous place to stop and escape the heat during the summer months!)

I wish we had the pleasure of a Dean and Deluca store in the San Francisco Bay Area, but until we do, it makes our trips to Napa that much more enjoyable!

Other U.S. locations include: New York City, Washington D.C., Kansas, and North Carolina.

To read the full story of our visit to the Napa Valley wine country, please click here.


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