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Small-town Inspiration: Napa Valley, California

  • Aug 10, 2015

This blog is a continuation of our big-city inspiration series, but on a smaller scale. Napa Valley, California, offers a lot more than just wineries—the region’s world-class bakeries and chocolatiers can provide creative inspiration to all of our bakers out there.

Located on Main Street in downtown Napa, Sweetie Pies is a must-visit venue when you’re in the wine country. This charming bakery and café serves up breakfast, lunch, coffee and dessert seven days a week and has garnered more than its fair share of awards and press coverage, from the LA Times to the New York Times. Find inspiration in the scope of muffin selections (including peach, vegan berry, and AM Glory with zucchini, apples and carrots); coffee cakes (including blueberry cream cheese and sour cream coffee cake with toasted pecan filling) and quick breads (including lemon pound cake and banana bread), all of which can be made in our bakeware.

Offering traditional French desserts as well handmade French pastries known as viennoiserie, macarons and muffins, Bouchon Bakery began as a way for Chef Thomas Keller to provide his artisanal breads to local restaurants and evolved into a French boulangerie whose pain au chocolates are legendary. The courtyard is the place to take your mouthwatering confections while you ponder ways to make them at home in our bakeware.

Speaking of, perhaps chocolate serves as your baking inspiration. The rolling hills of Napa are also home to Bark No. 72, specialty chocolate that is specially designed to pair with wine. Fittingly, it can be found in various tasting rooms in Napa Valley, as well as online and in specialty shops. Chocolatier Mariela Viader describes it this way: “The flavor in Bark No. 72 plays on the wine's strengths and builds a totally new chocolaty experience.”

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