During our second day of wine tasting in Napa Valley, we stumbled upon the very adorable Oakville Grocery. Located in the small village of Oakville, California on State Road 29 (the main drag through Wine Country.) The grocery looks almost just like it did when it was started in 1881, the building has vintage hand painted ads and signs and wooden benches underneath a front porch. The oldest continually operated grocery store in California, Oakville Grocery has been renovated over the years, but the charm of the original old grocery store is apparent despite the modern touches.
Oakville Grocery is a popular stop for tourists seeking provisions for a picnic and locals popping in for a quick bite. Entering the store you are overwhelmed by the shelves offering local goods, artisan cheeses, meats, jams, locally produced olive oils, specialty candies and other prepared goods. An extensive selection of local wines, microbrew beers, juices and sodas are stored at the back of the store on neat shelves and coolers. A coffee bar offered locally roasted beans and a full array of coffee types as well as fresh baked cookies and desserts. A large deli offering fresh artisinal meats, cheeses and salads where you can order by the pound or make a selection from their fresh made deli sandwiches. We spent a while looking around debating if we wanted to make our own picnic, but in the end we decided to order some sandwiches to go. The deli offers nine house made sandwiches featuring local produce and seasonal ingredients, all of which sounded delicious.
Mr. Nom choose the Fried Chicken Sandwich, which was chilled fried chicken, bacon remoulade, pickles, and lettuce on a soft roll. The chicken was crispy and nicely seasoned, while the smokey salty tang of the bacon remoulade complimented the richness of the fried chicken. The pickles gave a nice crisp crunch to each bite. The soft torpedo roll had a nice crust on the outside but was soft and tender inside.
I ordered the Turkey Panini, with organic local turkey, cheese, spinach, apple butter, pickled red onion, and aioli on a Bouchon herbed Ciabatta. The pickled red onion was delicious, sweet and tangy with a hint of the onion bite which paired nicely with the apple butter and the crunch of the spinach. The Bouchon ciabatta bun was a nice cap to a fantastic sandwich. We took our lunch and a bottle of fresh ginger ale outside to the picnic area behind the main building where they have a number of shaded picnic benches that overlook the surrounding vineyards including the famous Robert Mondavi and Opus One.
We highly recommend the Oakville Grocery. The friendly staff, fun and interesting selection of local and artisinal goods and some delicious sandwiches, all make the Oakville Grocery a must stop if you are in Wine Country!
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