The Best of 2016


Now that Hollywood's award season has begun, we wanted to join in and share our very own "Best Of" 2016 winners. After gathering all our blog page views, comments, and social shares, we have compiled a list of the Top 5 Features & Top 5 Recipes of 2016. We thank you for your support and feedback, and hope you enjoy visiting (or re-visiting) our most loved blog posts!

We cannot wait to show you what's in store for 2017!

OF 2016

1. Ryan's Best Blow-Out Dinners

In our most popular blog feature of the year, Round Pond's Owner Ryan MacDonnell gives the scoop on her 2016 favorite spots for blow-out dinners in the Napa Valley.  Dig in!

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2. Meadowood & Round Pond Wellness Experience

Combining luxury accommodations, delicious cuisine, relaxing spa experiences, and olive oil education, this blog feature highlights the truly unique "Harvest, Round (Pond) Two" - a collaboration between Meadowood Napa Valley Resort and Round Pond Estate. See the feature here.

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3. 15 of Our Favorite Appetizers

The holidays are behind us, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't continue to enjoy our favorite party hors d’oeuvres!  To keep the celebration going, this feature gives a list of our most beloved bite-size treats and how to make them.  See the feature here.

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4. Unexpected Cab Pairings

While delicious when paired with a juicy steak, Cabernet Sauvignon works well with so much more!  In this feature, we wanted to highlight this wine's versatility and offer our loyal followers an array of "unexpected" Cabernet pairings so you can enjoy this fantastic varietal all year round.  See the feature here.

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5. What Chefs Bring to Holiday Dinner

In our latest feature, we asked a few of our favorite Napa Valley chefs what they bring for the table when they visit friends & family.  We loved the recipes, and so did you!  See all the delicious options here.

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1. French Laundry's Blue Ribbon Pickles

This fantastic pickle recipe came to us courtesy of the world-renowned French Laundry & Bouchon Restaurants of the Thomas Keller group in Yountville, California.  These pickles have been used to accompany charcuterie, steak tartare, and fried to make crispy pickle chips.  Get this exclusive recipe here.


2. Crab a Choux

This deliciously easy crispy crab puff recipe was given to us by long-time Napa Valley Chef Marvin Martin. These are just as easy to make as they are delicious, and they pair wonderfully with any kind of wine or cocktail!  Get the recipe here.


3.Grilled Chicken with Italian Salsa Verde & Crispy Potatoes

Especially created by Chef Jamie Prouten, this amazing grilled chicken recipe with a show-stopping Italian herb verde pairs perfectly with our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.  This recipe first became popular at our Il Pranzo Lunch, and once we shared it on The FEED, the response has been fantastic! See this unexpected cab pairing recipe.

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4. S’mores Pot-Au-Crème

Another winning creation by Chef Jamie to pair with our sultry Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, these individual Pot-au-Crèmes with their salty-graham crusts, rich chocolate, and smoked brown sugar meringue are impressively decadent.  Get the recipe here.


5. Ribeye with Succotash & Chimichurri Sauce

Chef Jamie does it again!  He's created a recipe that is just perfect when paired with our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.  Vibrant succotash, verdant chimichurri sauce, and a classic crowd-pleasing ribeye makes for a trifecta of deliciousness.  Get the recipe.

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Did we miss your favorite feature or recipe?  Let us know in the comments below!


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