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Other local gems Model Bakery Steve Levecque HALL & WALT WINES Director of Winemaking Photo courtesy of Hall Wines Photo credit AK Sandhu Open for breakfast until 5 pm, this 1920’s building with everything baked in an old brick oven owned by Karen Mitchell has been providing locals and restaurants the best breads for almost 26 years now. With no hesitations, I will drive 60 miles in each direction to purchase a weeks’ worth of English Muffins for personal consumption. themodelbakery.com

Woodhouse Chocolates

THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Photo credit AK Sandhu John and Tracy Anderson’s sweet love child. This shop houses some of the most luxurious handcrafted chocolates I’ve ever tasted. Borne out of their desire for exceptional Belgian chocolates, these gourmet treats are not only eye candy but transports you to luscious bliss with each bite. From chocolates and caramels to truffle bars, Woodhouse Chocolates make the most delightful wine pairing!

What drew you to wine-making? I love this profession. Wine-making is a unique blend of science, I and the understandings of the intricacies in growing grapevines. I have always been analytical and tend to downplay its importance in winemaking. I prefer working collaboratively in the vineyard with my team and our many grower partners. Napa Valley has extra ordinary diversity and spending a career understanding how to properly utilize this to bring compelling, vineyard-driven wines to bottle and to peoples' tables continues to be a driving force for me.

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How would you describe your wine-making style?

V Sattui Winery

Photo courtesy of V Sattui A consistently welcoming, delicious and authentic Wine Country experience for guests, V. Sattui provides an impressively robust marketplace and cheese shop, gift store, multiple tasting rooms, and expansive picnic grounds, which make it a destination unlike any other in Wine Country. vsattui.com

Wine should at once be both delicious and compelling. I strive to make Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that is focused on mouth feel and texture. I try to honor the vineyard story, opting to make wines without manipulation and as honestly as possible. I let native yeast, residents of the Vineyard, ferment the juice. I employ techniques and strategies that are gentle and allow the expression of the Vineyard to take center stage such as long, native malolactic fermentations in barrel. Avoiding fining and filtration and not racking wine during its aging in barrel.

Besides your own, what are your other favorite wines? I am currently on a Sicilian wine-drinking kick. Also frequenting our table are Mendocino whites and Pinots. And of course, Burgundies of all stripes are always welcome at Chez Levecque.

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