We passed mustard blooms and rows and rows of vineyards before turning into the sunlit olive grove on the slopes of Rutherford Hill, into the Napa luxury resort on the eastern verge of the Napa Valley. Auberge du Soleil is synonymous with the Napa Valley where thirty-five years ago, when the valley was mostly farmland, and Michelin Star restaurants were were reserved for European destinations, French restaurateur Claude Rouas and business partner Bob Harmon opened the area’s first fine-dining restaurant. They then followed it with a casually yet elegant inn reminiscent of Provence. Today, the full-service Napa luxury resort is as fresh and forward-thinking as when it first opened, continuing to pioneer a new style of relaxed luxury. To stay at this Mediterranean inspired resort you would have to be over 16 years and have pretty deep pockets, so we opted for a brunch at their Restaurant.
The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil with 11 consecutive Michelin Stars, offers a fine dining experience. Executive Chef Robert Curry’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine reflects the natural diversity and rich seasonal produce available in the Napa Valley. Ingredients are sourced locally and features an inspiring wine country menus complemented by one of most extensive wine cellars in the valley, boasting more than 15,000 bottles of domestic and international wines. But what we love most about it is that it has one of the best vantage points in the valley. Go for the meal but savor the views…
Brunch included a drink, an appetizer, a main course and dessert. We started off with some Bellini and munched on house made pastries and artisan breads with lemon curd and butter enjoying the views. Mr Suburbia ordered the Maine Lobster Omelet with Tarragon, Leek, Ricotta and Crispy Potatoes, while Miss Teen had the Sonoma Chicken, Hericots Verts, Wax Beans, Fingerling Potatoes. I ordered the only vegetarian option – Potato Gnocchi, Wild Mushrooms, Pea Shoots, Parmesan Nage. D had the Buttermilk pancakes with the blueberries and bacon. Wish they had a couple of other options for vegetarians. The omelet was overwhelmingly loaded with lobster Mr Suburbia mentioned. The brunch included desserts as well, which in my opinion was worth the price of the meal which was about $70 person. They were a decadent finish – my chocolate cake with passion fruit sorbet and vanilla custard was absolutely divine, needless to say we licked our plates clean.
Auberge du Soleil is gorgeous property with an outdoor sculpture garden, olive grove and beautiful pools. It is designed for adults seeking a tranquil atmosphere and each of the beautiful decorated rooms have outdoor terrace and fireplaces. Guest rave about their modern yet warm rooms and spaces and excellent spa and food. While we there they were setting up for an intimate yet beautiful wedding. If you are travelling with young adults or on an couples trip, this would be the prefect property to get some rest and relaxation, wine country style. Auberge du Soleil is Forbes 5 star and a Relais & Châteaux property.
What is Relais & Châteaux you ask? It is a family of hoteliers and chefs from all over the world who share a passion for – and a personal commitment to – ensuring their guests enjoy moments of exceptional harmony. To experience Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. Each property within this group is privately owned and operated. Beyond that of quality, the common denominator is the passion with which every hotelier runs his or her establishment. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur, or ‘Road to Happiness‘ in a variety of destinations. Relais & Châteaux properties can be found all over the world. To explore all the Relais & Châteaux members worldwide, you can visit their website.
Auberge du Soleil
180 Rutherford Hill Rd.
Rutherford, CA 94573