POSTED ON March 7, 2007 | IN Deli's, Picnic Information | BY joe

In our last Blog Post, we wrote about our search for wineries in the Napa Valley with perfect picnic facilities. We continue on the same subject but with a list of Napa Valley Deli’s where you can purchase a delicious deli lunch. A delectable deli lunch is the last piece of the puzzle for the ultimate wine country picnic experience.

As one might expect, there are several good places to purchase a deli lunch in the Napa Valley. Here are our favorites.

Napa Valley Deli

Dean & DeLuca is probably the most well-known gourmet deli shop in the Valley. Dean & DeLuca can be very crowded and touristy. However, you cannot find a better selection of gourmet food items anywhere. Dean & DeLuca is located at 607 South St. Helena Highway, just before you hit the main downtown area of St. Helena driving north.

The Oakville Grocery in Oakville is another popular spot. We usually call ahead with our order otherwise the wait can be intolerable. They make both hot and cold deli sandwiches and they also have a great selection of gourmet items.

The Sunshine Market at 1115 Main Street in St. Helena is excellent for both deli items and food shopping.

If you are coming through the east side of Napa heading for wineries on the Silverado Trail, there are two good choices. On the corner of 1st and Silverado is the Vallergas Market. This market is top notch although from the outside it looks a bit worn. Don’t be fooled by its exterior; you will find excellent and healthy food here.

The Soda Canyon Store is at 4006 Silverado Trail, just before you find the first wineries and tasting rooms. Around lunchtime, it is popular with the locals.

This by all means is not a complete list of good deli spots. If you have suggestions, we would greatly appreciate your recommendations.

By the way, it is always a good idea to have an ice cooler in your car. Who knows how long it will be before you can eat, and what about those leftovers? Lastly, a good picnic kit is always helpful. We keep ours in the garage and always toss it in the car when we leave for the wine country.

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