Browns Valley Center, 3261 Browns Valley Rd, Napa
Chocolate worth beating a path to
UPDATE June 2022: La Forêt has closed.
La Forêt, est. in 2010 by French trained chocolatier Wendy Sherwood, is a little off the beaten path in wine country, but totally worth seeking out. While they do not sell truffles on site (they are only available online 4x a year), there is plenty of good chocolate in the rest of their line to make the trip worthwhile. Bars, caramel chocolates, orangettes and other dipped/enrobed confections, plus non-chocolate treats like flavored caramels and pâte de fruit — basically an assortment you would expect to find in a typical French chocolate shop. The chocolate used is exceptionally good: Wendy mixes her own coverture out of a blend of Valrhona and Guittard chocolates.
Don’t trust Google maps to find La Forêt. Instead look for Browns Valley Center on Browns Valley Rd. La Forêt is behind the yogurt shop in that complex.