PRESS Restaurant Highlights the very best of Napa Valley
PRESS Wine Director Vincent Morrow in journalism Cellar. Picture by Bonjwing Lee
With 10,000+ bottles of white wine in its collection, almost all Napa Valley obtained, PRESS Restaurant is a perfectly stunning representation of its red wine nation environ. The collection – nicely stacked within 3 glass-walled wine rack – consists of popular labels along with the more odd, in both present and years old vintages that welcome expedition. You will not discover as fantastic a Napa Valley assemblage anywhere. PRESS is where you’ll find both old and brand-new favorites, skillfully chosen by the educated sommeliers to combine completely with your cooking options. Even for the most white wine savvy, PRESS constantly uses a couple of surprises.
But those surprises are not relegated just to red wine discovery. Partner and executive chef Philip Tessier, previously of Michelin-starred Le Bernardin, Per Se in New York, and The French Laundry in Yountville, guarantees that PRESS’s food shares similarly in the dining establishment’s kudos. Tessier (the very first American chef to medal at the worldwide renowned Bocuse d’Or) makes every effort to develop a menu that exposes a dynamic representation of the area. He partners with similar purveyors to craft seasonal and differed menus that are contemporary, refined, and on par with the commanding quality of the red wines in the cellar. He and his cooking group draw motivation from around the world while remaining rooted in the design and active ingredients that make the Napa Valley so unique.
PRESS Executive Chef Philip Tessier. Image by Bonjwing Lee
Stand-out offerings consist of delicately complex fruits de mer influenced appetisers, such as Golden Osetra Caviar served atop a shrimp blini enrobed in Jamon Mangalista, Smoked Sea Scallop served with Chinese broccoli, fried chestnut, and Shinko pear, and Braised Abalone with marinaded cucumber and ponzu. 2nd course stars consist of the Instagram-worthy Seeded Pretzel Epi with whipped fromage blanc, Lobster-Kuri Bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds and a bite of poached lobster, and the ethereal, melt-in-your-mouth Ricotta Gnudi. For mains, PRESS has actually long been popular for its beef program, and the 3 present beef alternatives keep the dining establishment’s status because regard. A tender American Wagyu Ribeye Cap, a 35- day New York Strip, and a 60- day Tomahawk will please any steak lover. Similarly fascinating are the seafood alternatives: Yellowfin Tuna with Sea Buckthorn butter, Steelhead Trout with butternut squash and smoked lovage cream, and Brown-Butter Lobster with herbed pasta and creamed spinach. Whatever your option, do not miss out on the White Truffle Risotto with Parmigiano Reggiano, truffle mousse, and a generous tableside shaving of the treasured, fragrant fungis.
Fruits de Mer Inspired Appetizers. Image by John Troxell
White Truffle Risotto. Image by John Troxell
Wine director Vincent Morrow matches his white wine list to set effortlessly with Tessier’s lively meals. While his white wine program stays a reflection of Napa Valley and the conservation of its Cabernet-rich heritage, Morrow makes every effort to take on the ‘other’ classification– unique, older red wines from distinct vineyards, fastidiously protected by multi-generational households. For all of the red wines represented in his program, Morrow’s focus is to comprehend the vineyard, the growers, the wine maker, and the vintage behind each, and he and his group aspire to share that understanding with consumers.
PRESS Bar. Image by Fran Miller
PRESS Outdoor Dining. Picture by Eric Wolfinger
Located in captivating St. Helena with views of the Mayacamas Mountains, PRESS was created by the prominent Howard Backen in his signature farmhouse-chic design. Designer of a lot of Napa Valley’s many sensational homes, Backen framed the vine-covered hillside by means of big photo windows that light up the area with natural light. A big brick hearth, above which a historical turn-of-the-century glazed terracotta clock is set down, anchors and lights up the dining-room. A twinkle-lit, fireplace-warmed outside garden and patio area accommodate al fresco dining.
For the residents, visitors, wine makers, vintners, and gourmands that continue to put PRESS on its rightful pedestal, the dining establishment is a common event area– one that continues to exhibit creator Leslie Rudd’s vision of providing the very best of Napa Valley. PRESS is a perfect area in which to taste one’s method through the abundant history of this fascinating red wine nation area.
587 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA