A Northern California Blog

Menu & Search

A Day in the NAPA Valley | Archetype, Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley Coffee, Pizzeria Tra Vigne and Vineyard Wandering!

November 10, 2015
st helena travel

    Archetype, formerly known as French Blue is one of my favorite restaurants in St. Helena. I may have had a slight heart palpitation when I heard the restaurant had “closed” but instead was just getting  new owners-and I was thrilled to learn that not much had changed when they took over! The food is still delicious, the atmosphere is warm and inviting, the service is always exceptional and the decor is open and airy. This was my first stop on a perfect day in the Napa Valley, come along with me…

archetype restaurant street view

archetype restaurant street view

archetype restaurant street view

This is the “outdoor” seating area. I’ve eaten out here a few times-it’s perfect.

archetype restaurant patio seating

archetype restaurant patio seating

And here we are in the main dining area. My photo’s don’t do it justice.

inside archetype napa

inside archetype napa

inside archetype napa

I love a restaurant with an open kitchen–watching the chefs in action! Executive Chef Ryder Zetts graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and went on to work at other famous restaurants such at the Bouchon Bistro in Yountville and Solbar at the Solage in Calistoga–just to name a couple!

chefs in kitchen at archetype restaurant

chefs in kitchen at archetype restaurant

chefs in kitchen at archetype restaurant

chefs in kitchen at archetype restaurant

  We were there for Brunch-my favorite! The menu comes to you on a clip board.

archetype logo

archetype wine brunch menu

brunch menu at archetype

    While being seated I saw these donut holes being served to almost every table–so obviously that was the first thing I ordered-ha! They are the Maple Sugared Donut Holes with Butter Pecan Sauce and they did not disappoint!

Maple Sugared Donut Holes with Butter Pecan Sauce archetype

I was trying to be a little healthier after ordering the donut holes so I opted for the Potato & Leek Omelet. It was good–not amazing like every other meal I have had here before. Only order it if you are trying to be healthy, otherwise I don’t recommend it. Especially after tasting the amazing Norwegian Eggs with Smoked Salmon across the table that were OUT OF THIS WORLD! Their smoked salmon is always perfect (never slimy, always fresh), the dill was so pungent, the eggs poached to perfection and the hollandaise sauce was heaven. Archetype now serves Hobbs Applewood Smoked Bacon–made famous from being The French Laundry Chef’s favorite-Thomas Keller.

brunch at archetype napa

Norwegian Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Poached Eggs, English Muffin, Dill and Hollandaise.

norwegian eggs at archetype

Potato & Leek Omelet with goat cheese and mixed greens.

potato leek omelette at archetype

brunch at archetype

Here is the side of Anson Mills Cheddar Grits. I had never had cheddar grits before, so I wanted to try them, they were just what they seemed. cheddar and grits! I enjoyed them.

cheddar grits archetype

All in all it was another memorable brunch at this unpretentious and welcoming restaurant!

Archetype is open for Brunch: Wed-Sun 9:00am to 2:30pm
Dinner: Wed-Sun 5:30pm to 9:00pm, Happy Hour: Wed-FRI 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Address: 1429 Main Street
St. Helena, California 94574

Phone: (707) 968-9200

E-mail: info@archetypenapa.com

archetype interior

After brunch we decided to take a stroll down the street before going vineyard wandering. This is the cutest little Olive Oil store-Olivier!

olivier napa

They’ve got it all-body products, cookware, books, herbs and spices, linens, the list goes on and on.

inside olivier napa

Unique to this store is their Olive Oil Tasting–you can try before you buy!

They are located at:

1375 Main Street
Saint Helena

 Phone: 707-967-8777

olive oil tasting at olivier napa

Don’t miss Woodhouse Chocolate if you are in the area! This beautiful chocolate store is so fun and they have a lot of other options for the non-chocolate lover (me).

woodhouse chocolate napa

woodhouse chocolate napa interior

woodhouse chocolate napa chocolate assortment

woodhouse chocolate napa chocolate assortment

woodhouse chocolate napa chocolate assortment

chandelier at woodhouse chocolate

How cute would a chocolate turkey be for the Thanksgiving Hostess in your life! They come in large array of sizes too.

chocolate turkeys at woodhouse chocolate napa

chocolate turkeys at woodhouse chocolate napa

chocolate turkeys at woodhouse chocolate napa

I got a 12 piece box for $30. You can choose your candies or just grab a pre-assorted box. How cute are their bags! I’m a sucker for packaging–that yellow striped tissue paper was right up my alley. Woodhouse  Chocolate is located at:
1367 Main St.
Saint Helena, CA 94574

woodhouse chocolate packaging

woodhouse chocolate napa 12 piece box

My next stop was St. Helena Antiques–I love a good antique store. This one has some very interesting finds!

st. helena antique store

The associate let me know that this horse head was used by butchers long ago in Europe to let people know horse meat was available-yuck!! Cool Horse antique though.

st. helena antiques horse head

st. helena antiques

  I always pop into Fideaux if  I see one. I love these stores! They have the cutest dog outfits!

fideaux napa

All the Christmas gear is in but I restrained myself!

fideaux napa book selection

I love the Underwater Dogs book–so much! The pictures are hilarious. I didn’t know there was Underwater Puppies now–the photo’s were too cute, I couldn’t take it!

There are a few jewelry stores along the way–I love to look! Some Buccellati Jewels below.

buccelati jewelry in napa

Hello heart shaped Diamond! Be lonely no more, come stay at my house.

engagement rings in napa

Acres Home & Garden is one of my favorite stores to wander in while in St. Helena. It’s a popular place–always packed but they have some of the cutest home decor and they had Christmas in already!!

acres napa fall window

acres napa fall window

acres home and garden interior

acres home and garden christmas selection

acres home and garden christmas selection

These flowers aren’t real…they fooled me!

Acres is located at:

1219 Main St, St Helena

acres home and garden silk flowers

Right next door is Jan de Luz–a French Linen store. The Embroidery Machine at work below. How cute would monogrammed kitchen towels be for a newlywed gift.

embroidery in napa

They have a large array of colors and fonts. They can even do custom logos. Located at:

1219 Main Street
Saint Helena

jan de luz napa embroidery

saint helena highway stores

There are quite a few art galleries for the art lover in your life to see.  CaldwellSnyder has been around since 1983 and showcases contemporary artist work. Located at 1328 Main Street. The exhibits change monthly.caldwellsnyder napa

caldwellsnyder napa

caldwellsnyder napa

If you are in the area you have to go into Berlin artist and designer, Michael Dute’s store front! The designs are so interesting and the associate’s are always very friendly and welcoming. The day I came, the associate had his 10 year old Black Lab greeting people–he was adorable! For more info Email: michaeldute@yahoo.com

michael dute store front st helena

michael dute store front st helena

michael dute interior

michael dute interior

Here is the ring that caught my eye. Apparently it’s from a LA designer they had just got in that day–the rings were so cool! They are gold plated and going for $198. I was good again and skipped the purchase but I still have them on my mind!! Oh dear, I may be going back to pick these up soon!

michael dute interior jewelry selection

michael dute interior napa

michael dute interior napa

Before heading to some vineyards I decided to grab a little pick-me-up at the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company. Their brews never disappoint and the Maple Latte was AMAZING, healthy? no. Delicious? Yes! A more appropriate name would be the “Elf” Latte though!

napa valley coffee roasting company

Located at 1400 Oak Ave, St Helena, CA 94574

napa valley coffee roasting company interior

napa valley coffee roasting company menu

napa valley coffee roasting company pastries and bagels

  I grabbed a few photos of the Vineyards on my Way to the Castella di Amarosa.

vineyards in napa

vineyards in napa

vineyards in napa in the fall

vineyards in napa in the fall

vineyards in napa in the fall

fall vineyards in st helena

fall vineyards in st helena

fall vineyards in st helena

fall vineyards in st helena

IMG_0890

fall vineyards in st helena

fall vineyards in st helena

fall vineyards in st helena

fall vineyards in st helena

fall vineyards in st helena

fall vineyards in st helena

fall vineyards in st helena

   And here we are at Dario Sattui’s Castello di Amorosa (Castle of Love)–A must see if you are going to be in the area! You can’t miss this Italian medieval Castle!  It is one of the most interesting Winery’s I have ever been too. This 121,000 square feet, 8 level (4 of which are underground) castle has 107 rooms!

According to Sattui, more than 200 containers came from Europe filled with old furnishings and materials to keep with the authentic theme in building this architectural masterpiece. Not to mention the 8,000 hand-chiseled stone and 1 million antique, handmade bricks from Europe that were used while authenticly constructing this while only using methods that would have been employed 700-800 years ago!

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa entrance

     I have driven up here time and time again, saw that it was packed and drove away but this day I was determined to park and get in there! Be prepared for a lot of people and parking attendants directing you.

castello di amorosa entrance

Here is the lucky wine Club Member’s parking spot.

castello di amorosa wine club member parking

castello di amorosa

Upon arriving on the property you will find farm animals roaming about. This is so great if you have kids that need some entertaining! Yes, apparently people bring kids to wineries–this one even offers them grape juice tastings! –why don’t they offer that to the non-drinkers! Ha! However they do not allow strollers

castello di amorosa goats

castello di amorosa sheep

This is something that I have never seen before–there is admission to get inside the castle–even if you aren’t tasting or getting a guided tour. It was $25 a person just to get in–no discounts even if you aren’t tasting, which I think they need to change.  I can see why they do it though–probably to regulate the crowds.

castello di amorosa admission

olive trees at castello di amorosa

 castello di amorosa napa

vineyards at castle in napa

livestock at castillo di amorosa

animals castillo di amorosa

animals castillo di amorosa

castle in napa

 castillo di amorosa

handicap access at castello di amorosa

I could have stared at this place for hours. It is just mesmerizing!

 castello di amorosa

 castello di amorosa

vineyards at the castle in napa

IMG_0922

 

 

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa napa

castello di amorosa napa

castello di amorosa napa

castello di amorosa napa

castello di amorosa napacastello di amorosa napa

 

castello di amorosa napa california

castello di amorosa napa california

After heading up the stairs and through these doors, you will take the entrance on the left to purchase your admission tickets.

castello di amorosa napa california

  It looks like they have monthly special events. They seemed to be setting up for one while I was there. The Masquerade Ball looks like fun on New Years Eve!

events at castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

This is the cut off area–you won’t be able to get any farther with out purchasing tickets in the room shown above. The staff is super friendly and helpful with this.

castello di amorosa

events at castello di amorosa

 castello di amorosa

doors at castello di amorosa

The owner below.

dario sattui owner of castillo di amorosa

 castillo di amorosa

castillo di amorosa door

This is the Great Hall–they seemed to be setting up for an event at the moment. Notice the Hand painted Frescoes and stone floor from Luxemburg.

the great hall at castello di amorosa

I snapped this to show you what your private event might look like. Beautiful!

IMG_0949

fire wood at castello di amorosa

The Courtyard.

courtyard at castello di amorosa

courtyard at castello di amorosa

courtyard at castello di amorosa

courtyard at castello di amorosa

courtyard at castello di amorosa

courtyard at castello di amorosa

This is the way down to the tasting room and gift shops.

tunnel to tasting room

tasting room at castello di amorosa

tasting room at castello di amorosa

tasting room at castello di amorosa

A couple of Castello’s wines are on Amazon.

tasting room at castello di amorosa

tasting room at castello di amorosa

If you don’t drink there is still plenty to see and buy. I got their Olive Oil–it is delicious. I also ran across, tapenades, mustards, balsamic vinegars, grape seed oil and dressings just to name a few!

tasting room at castello di amorosa dressings and olive oil

tasting room at castello di amorosa

Doesn’t this look like the Medieval version of the Mad Hatter’s table!

kitchen wear at castello di amorosa

kitchen wear at castello di amorosa

I spent at least an hour just wandering around taking in the architecture. Next time I want to do the tour and get to see more of those under ground floors!

 castello di amorosa

I took a few more snaps before I left. I couldn’t help it!

kitchen wear at castello di amorosa

kitchen wear at castello di amorosa

I found the pig’s home–he seemed to be eating dinner and did not want to be disturbed!

pig at castello di amorosa

pig at castello di amorosa

 castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

 castello di amorosa

 castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa sheep

castello di amorosa goats

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

calistoga castle

calistoga castle

calistoga castle

 

calistoga castle

castello di amorosa

sheep at castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa wagon

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

We had to park in the employee parking because it was so packed but it gave us an upclose look at the huge stainless steel wine tanks!

castello di amorosa wine tanks

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosacastello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa


castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

castello di amorosa

Here are a couple of their upcoming events. Click the photo’s if you would like to book one. They also have Photography packages and Proposal packages available. They do not do weddings.

New Year's Eve Masquerade at castello di amorosa

castello di amorossa 2016 royal hearts valentines gala tickets

Too book a Trolley Wine Country Tour that makes a stop at the castle click here.

Address: 4045 Saint Helena highway Calistoga, California 94515

Phone: 707-967-6272

After the Castle we decided to try Tra Vigne’s Pizzeria. If you want a super casual atmosphere to grab a quick meal this is your place!

pizzeria tra vigne entrance

Margherita Pizza with arugula–fresh and delicious!

margherita pizza at pizzeria tra vigne

I wasn’t going to get any gelato until the waiter said he had Pumpkin Spice gelatto–must he know my weakness!! It was a perfect Fall dessert ending to a perfect Fall day in the Napa Valley!

pumpkin spice gelato at pizzeria tra vigne

Pizzeria Tra Vigne is located at

1016 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574

For take out call: (707) 967-9999

Thanks for coming on a day with me in the Napa Valley! If you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments!

XO,

Goldie+James

Goldie James

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog--if you enjoyed it please comment and subscribe for my latest post!

Related article
Testing the New DxO ONE 20.2 MP Digital Camera For iPhone and iPad at The California Science Center-San Francisco

Testing the New DxO ONE 20.2 MP Digital Camera For iPhone and iPad at The California Science Center-San Francisco

I ran across the DxO ONE 20.2 MP Digital Camera…

The USS Hornet–Featuring Apollo Mission Artifacts and WWII Flying Ace Dean Laird!

The USS Hornet–Featuring Apollo Mission Artifacts and WWII Flying Ace Dean Laird!

The USS Hornet–stationed in Alameda, CA. Of course this was…

Hamilton Field History Museum | Dating all the way back to the 1920’s!

Hamilton Field History Museum | Dating all the way back to the 1920’s!

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry I’ve been away for a…

Discussion about this post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Type your search keyword, and press enter to search