The next time you’re spending an evening wining and dining in Napa Valley, be sure to save some room for dessert at Anette’s Chocolates. There’s nothing like a delicious cabernet paired with a piece of rich chocolate. Except maybe a handmade wine-infused truffle or two, or a generous scoop of homemade ice cream, or a crunchy bite of peanut brittle! Anette’s Chocolates in downtown Napa Valley is where you will find all of these award-winning confections. With two locations in Napa within walking distance from Churchill Manor, Anette’s is a must on your itinerary. Be sure to check our packages and book your room to experience Napa Valley indulgence.
Learn About the Sister & Brother Team Behind Anette’s Chocolates
Sibling chocolatiers Anette Madsen Yazidi and Brent Madsen own Anette’s Chocolates two locations in Napa and have been working together for decades. They were featured on Travel & Leisure and the Food Network for their famous mouth-watering, sweet, and savory chocolates and sauces. Most recently, the duo’s confections were named by the Napa Valley Register as the 2018 Readers’ Choice chocolate shop.
Travelers make it a point to stop in one or both Anette’s locations during their stay. The main shop on First Street is the larger of the two. The second shop is inside the Oxbow Public Market. The chocolate scene in Napa is small but memorable, and this sweet shop is an exclusive experience you are going to want to add to your list of things to do in Napa Valley. Because who doesn’t like rich, carefully crafted chocolate married with Churchill Manor’s Cabernet? Here are five sweets you must try from Anette’s Chocolates.
“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” Except for at Anette’s Chocolates! You can choose from a wide selection of assorted milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and wine truffles that are filled with summer cabernet, winter cabernet, port, tart cherry cabernet, and many other flavors. You can even have them for breakfast with the champagne-infused mimosa truffle. Buy a box of 9,15, 24, or 33 for a loved one or yourself!
Anette’s brittles have won an award every year since 2004 for their perfect combination of salty and sweet. If that doesn’t convince you to try one, Anette and Brent make a specialty beer brittle that is certainly worth a taste! They first made it when the owners of a brewery asked them to create a dessert combining beer and candy. It is now one of their most sought out delicacies and can be found in both the main location and Oxbow Market Place! Since then, they have expanded their marrying of sweets and alcohol to crafting chardonnay and tequila brittles. This chocolate shop has something sweet for everyone’s drink of choice.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for … Anette’s homemade ice cream! What makes the main shop so special is that they carry many delicious flavors of homemade ice cream and espresso that you won’t find in the Oxbow Market Place. Go in for a cone, or two, and shop around for the perfect gift box of truffles to take home!
Now that you have your homemade ice cream, it’s time to try the perfect dessert topping. Anette’s Chocolate Wine Sauce comes in a variety of flavors, including chocolate cabernet, Belgian chocolate brandy, chocolate raspberry, and more! These sauces pair flawlessly with ice cream, cheesecake, fruit, and can even be used to concoct a lavish chocolate martini. They can be purchased by the bottle or as a gift pack of mini-bottles to sample each unique flavor.
Last, but definitely not least on the delicious list of confections to try are the nuts and chews. These candied almonds are crunchy, wholesome and lightly dusted with powdered cocoa and sugar. They are perfect to eat alone or as a topping for ice cream and salads.
Tip: These tastings complete the perfect date night experience after enjoying dinner at some of the best restaurants in Napa while staying at Churchill Manor.
Taste and Talk is a 10-minute tasting where you get to learn about the shop’s history and taste a sample of one of their chocolates, their famous chocolate sauce with ice-cream, and a piece of the beer brittle! There’s also a longer chocolate tasting and a class where you can create your own confection to take home.
If you find you didn’t leave time in your itinerary to stop in Anette’s Chocolates, don’t worry. We offer a box of custom truffles from Anette’s as an add-on to your reservation. Just let us know, and we can have a box of Anette’s truffles infused with Churchill Manor Estate Cabernet along with a chilled bottle of Napa Valley champagne awaiting your arrival. This “Sumptuous Sweets” special is just one of the many ways we ensure your stay in Napa is unforgettable! For the sweetest visit at Churchill Manor, we suggest booking our Rutherford Room, complete with a two-person soaking tub and fireplace.
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