Sonoma and Napa Valley
Wine Country Delicatessen Favorites
Just south of St. Helena on Highway 29 is the famed V. Sattui Winery, with its glorious deli. Indeed everything at V. Sattui is offered with resounding Italian style, personality and tradition, a refreshing and popular voice in the Napa Valley. You might want to taste wines while you are here, be sure to check out their famed Madeira, produced Solera style, with unbelievable flavors of sweet luscious caramel and toffee, and including wine from as far back as 1882! Taste cheeses from their huge and wonderful selection, consider pâtés, olives and tasty olive oils in small containers to match with bread, all before making your deli selections. The Chicken Almond Salad and Pacific Seafood Salad are two great choices, along with their popular Panini and deli sandwiches. There is an abundance of tasty choices here to match the most ravenous palates. Open 8am to 5:30 pm daily.
In Santa Rosa a great stop is the legendary Traverso’s Gourmet Foods, Wines and Liquors. A Sonoma County tradition for generations, residents and travelers alike enjoy the tasty delights offered here. The locals loved this one so much that special dispensation was required to relocate Traverso’s years ago when the downtown mall was built. Sandwiches are made to order with terrific fresh rolls, a diverse selection of Italian cold cuts and 101 varieties of cheese…the quality is spectacular. Or take home a dinner special, a delicious cheese, or a unique wine, their specialty. Traverso’s is on the east side of the freeway as you head into downtown Santa Rosa, on the corner of 3rd and B Street adjacent to the Transit Terminal and across from Sears, with its own parking. Open 8am to 6pm, closed Sunday.
In California’s Gold Country
Nearly everyone has had a disappointing experience
with supermarket-bought summer berries. You're doing your weekly grocery
shopping and are tempted by the blueberry special – only $2.99! – so you
buy a package or two and bring them home. The hammer falls, however, when
you sprinkle them on your morning cereal the next day only to find that
the berries are moldy.