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n this issue of Where Wine Country you’ll find inspiration for creating your own itinerary to explore California’s most famous winegrowing region. Imagine yourself taking a scenic walk by the vineyards, sipping wine surrounded by contemporary art or splurging on a once-in-alifetime experience like a private hot air balloon ride or tickets for an international film festival with visiting A-listers. The area is booming, with new restaurants, attractions, shops and entertainment venues opening right and left (read more on p. 12). Still, the main draw is still of course the world-class wines, grown in the prestigious appellations found in Napa, Sonoma and the Tri-Valley.

But oenophiles aren’t the only ones making the trip to Wine Country. It’s the perfect getaway for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. You can catch a show, peruse an art gallery, take a train ride, dip in a mud bath or eat at a Michelin-star restaurant. And today, even a winery visit can be an all-day affair, with tasting experiences that incorporate picnics, yoga, cave tours, gondola rides, cooking classes and other activities (read more on p. 14). We’ll cheers to that!

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CALENDAR

The top Wine Country events.

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WINE COUNTRY NOW

Scenic walks, a regional bucket list, art destinations and a winemaker's perspective.

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ELEVATED TASTING EXPERIENCES

Wineries invite guests to linger with elaborate tastings.

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THE BEST OF THE NEW

Thirteen fresh destinations worth adding to your itinerary.

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The region's wineries, restaurants, attractions and shops.

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MAP

Navigating Wine Country, from north to south and A to Z.

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MY WINE COUNTRY Artist Gordon Huether’s guide to his Northern California home.

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numerous varietals, including the rare Primitivo and Alicante Bouschet. Tickets $45 at lvwine.org. ALL APRIL ARTS IN APRIL Area wineries host dozens of wine and arts-related events throughout the month, including pop-up exhibitions, art installations, live performances, tours, discussions and exclusive tastings. visitnapavalley.com APRIL 1 APPELLATION ST. HELENA BASH Held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greyhound, this annual food and wine pairing competition allows guests to taste wines from 25-30 St. Helena Appellation wineries with pairings from the region’s best chefs and CIA students and then vote for their favorites. appellationsthelena.com

This weekend-long music, food and wine festival brings together cuisine from local and nationally celebrated chefs, Napa Valley wines and big-name performers. The annual Taste of Yountville event is now a part of Yountville LIVE, featuring four tasting pavilions throughout town from March 17-18. yountvillelive.com

THROUGH FEBRUARY 5 CALISTOGA’S WINTER IN THE WINERIES PASSPORT SERIES Sample wines, meet the winemakers and tour 15 of Calistoga’s celebrated wineries, both large and small, for a fraction of the price. visitcalistoga.com FEBRUARY 14 VALENTINE’S DAY ON THE NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN Celebrate the international day of romance in classic, charming style aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Journey through Napa’s picturesque scenery, tour idyllic wineries, and on dinner trains, enjoy a strolling violinist who serenades guests. Tickets start at $129. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, 707.253.2111, winetrain.com 6 W H E R E W I N E CO U N T R Y I 2017

MARCH 5 NAPA VALLEY MARATHON Known as the “biggest little marathon in the West,” this picturesque point-on-point course is relatively flat and meanders through the rolling hills of one of the most beautiful regions in the world. napavalleymarathon.org MARCH 612 SONOMA COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK Many of Sonoma’s top restaurants offer two-course prix-fixe lunch options as well as three-course prix-fixe dinners. Reservations are recommended. Check the website for participating restaurants. sonomacounty.com

MARCH 2226 FLAVOR! NAPA VALLEY This Cabernet season celebration of farm-to-table cuisine and local wines features local and celebrity chef demos, winemaking workshops and the Grand Tasting at CIA at Greystone, offering VIP access to library wines. flavornapavalley.com MARCH 2526 BARRELS, BOTTLE & BREWS Formerly Livermore Barrel Tasting Weekend, this event has expanded to include Livermore Valley distilleries and breweries in addition to wineries. Concannon Vineyard, Murrieta’s Well and McGrail Vineyards are just a few of the featured wineries, and the winemakers will pour samples of

APRIL 79 RAVI COLTRANE AT BLUE NOTE The son of jazz legend John Coltrane, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has produced six acclaimed albums, including his latest, “Spirit Fiction.” Coltrane will perform three nights in the intimate, 150-seat Blue Note jazz club, which is located within the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., 707.880.2300, bluenotenapa.com APRIL 14 ARLO GUTHRIE AT THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER The songwriter, activist and social commentator brings his “Running Down the Road Tour” to Sonoma’s Green Music Center, where he’ll perform cuts from his albums “Arlo,” “Running Down the Road, “Washington County” and more. Tickets start at $35, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040, gmc.sonoma.edu

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WINE COUNTRY NOW stage one of the new 47-mile-long hiking and biking trail system that will connect the entire valley from Vallejo to Calistoga. vinetrail.org

• One of the California’s best and oldest producers, Beaulieu Vineyards offers tours of its original 1885 winery building and its first vineyard, aptly named by founder Fernande de Latour as “beautiful place.” These signature Cabernet Sauvignon vines produce private and reserve quality. 1960 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, 707.967.5233, bvwines.com • Splash into the basics of California winemaking. Bring the family to wander along creeks and among rows of grapevines to have a look at sustainable farming practices at Francis Ford Coppola Winery before taking a refreshing swim in the estate’s outdoor pool. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, 707.857.1471, franciscfordcoppolawinery.com

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• Follow the Vine Trail starting at Cru @ The Annex, the newest, most stylish wine tasting venue in downtown Napa, ideally located beside the popular Oxbow Public Market. If you’re up to walking or biking 4 miles, follow the trail to Whetstone Wine Cellars, a renovated authentic 19th-century stone chateau nestled under ancient cedar and oak trees. 1046 McKinstry St., Napa, 707.927.2409, cruattheannex.com; 1075 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa, 707.254.0600, whetstonewinecellars.com

orld famous wines, gorgeous landscapes, sunny days... getting to know Sonoma County and Napa Valley Wine Country is a highlight of any Bay Area visit. You’ll find opportunities to get up close and personal with the grapevines—the real stars of the show. Step right • Walk beside more stunning vineyards along the next 8 miles into the vineyards on these walks that provide of the Napa Valley Vine Trail from wine lovers with an appreciation of the source of south Napa to Yountville. This section of trail is now complete as Mother Nature’s gift. 8 W H E R E W I N E CO U N T R Y I 2017

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• As a biodynamic certified winery, visiting Quivira Vineyards is like exploring a cheerful mini farm. Your guided property tour explains how clucking chickens, munching cows, spawning Coho salmon, Steelhead trout, a greenhouse, beehives and a small lake contribute to the natural balance. Reserve ahead. 4900 W Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, 707.431.8333, quivirawine.com


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• Circle your calendar for all five days of the 20th Sonoma International Film Festival (March 29-April 2, 2017). This is the stuff of dreams: mingling with filmmakers, actors and directors on the red carpet; tent receptions and parties with flowing Champagne; and exclusive film screenings and celebrity panels. Soirée Pass VIP access is $675 per person. Downtown Sonoma, 707.933.2600, sonomafilmfest.org

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restaurants? The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Screaming Eagle is a cool $50,000. 6640 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.2380, thomaskeller.com

• Bump into the Oakland Raiders during their 13 days of summer training camp in Napa. Closed to the general public, only season ticket holders and invited guests can gain access to the practice field. Request accommodation at the Napa Valley Marriott to hang out where the team stays through most of August. 3425 Solano Ave., Napa, 707.253.8600, napavalleymarriott.com

• Birds know the best way to appreciate wine country. Rise before dawn for a VIP pick-up. Witness the spectacle of balloon inflation and be first to float up in the morning sky for a private sunrise hot air balloon ride for two, with your own bottle of Napa’s sparkling wine to celebrate. Price on request. 800.253.2224, napavalleyballoons.com • World-famous entertainers perform at Wente Estates in East Bay Wine Country. American treasure Diana Ross graced the stage at last year’s 30th annual summer concert series. Watch for the 2017 lineup to snag a front row seat in the amphitheater at America’s oldest continually operating family winery. The $300 ticket includes a four-course dinner. 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925.456.2475, wentevineyards.com —Laurie Jo Miller Farr

As relaxing as a spa day may be, blissful Wine Country experiences go beyond mud baths. Explore treats that are guaranteed to surprise and delight someone special. (And that person could be you!) Because every day should be a red letter day, right?

• Napa Valley Wine Train takes a scenic route in a luxury vintage Pullman railcar. A 36-mile gourmet culinary and wine journey originates in historic downtown Napa, returning six hours later. Tours stop at four premier wineries—Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, Merryvale and V. Sattui—and include a guide and VIP tastings. From $249 per person. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, 707.253.2111, winetrain.com

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• Secure a table for the tasting menu (starting at $310 per person) at the French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s three-Michelinstar restaurant in a charming old stone cottage. Planning to pull out all the stops at one of the world’s most esteemed

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In Napa, boutique winery Quixote is known for its Petite Syrah and beautiful tile mosaics.

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The Donum Estate installed the “Circle of Animals” by artist Ai

Standout Art Installations and Destinations

Ramal Rd., Sonoma, 707.939.2290, thedonumestate.com

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World-class sculpture Weiwei, representing 12 bronze animal heads of the traditional Chinese zodiac. Other well known artists’ installations include Zhan Wang, Arturo Di Modica and Fernando Botero. 24500

Whimsical, eccentric, and fun Quixote Winery is a treasure, as the only Friedensreich

There’s the art of making wine and then there’s the winemak-

Hundertwasser-designed building in the United States. The

ers’ art collections. Throughout Napa and Sonoma, spec-

famed visionary 20th-century Austrian architect, philosopher,

tacular museum-quality art enhances stunning landscapes at

painter and environmental activist was not a fan of straight

several estates. Avid wine and art lovers, combine your passions and enjoy!

Q&A

Ask a Winemaker Head winemaker Mario Monticelli grew up in Northern California and studied viticulture and enology at the University of California Davis. He worked in Italy and then returned to work at several celebrated wineries before joining Trinchero Napa Valley in 2007. 10 W H E R E W I N E CO U N T R Y I 2017

lines or rigid edges. 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.944.2659, quixotewinery.com

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WINE COUNTRY NOW A welcoming giant shiny rabbit Artist Lawrence Argent’s leaping “Bunny Foo-Foo” is a landmark 35-foot rabbit sculpture in stainless steel located at Hall St. Helena Winery, home to an outstanding art collection. A tour of the estate unveils additional large-scale works that are sure to bring a smile, by internationally acclaimed artists such as John Baldessari, Jim Campbell, Nick Cave and Jaume Plensa. 401 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, 707.967.2626, hallwines.com

A stroll through a wonderful museum See the Hess Art Collection admission-free or follow a docent on a museum walk with a wine tasting experience to follow. Vintner Donald Hess has personally assembled the collection since 1966, obtaining prized works by acclaimed artists. Among those on

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Richter. 4411 Redwood Rd., Napa, 707.255.1144, hesscollection.com

Wander around a winery With more than 2,000 works of art by 800 artists collected over six decades and spread over 200 acres, di Rosa is both a winery and a museum. One of the Bay Area’s most significant permanent modern collections, it features works by Mark di Suvero, Deborah Butterfield, Paul Kos and Viola Frey. Explore on your own or take a guided tour. 5200 Carneros Hwy., Napa,

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707.226.5991, dirosaart.org

How did you get in the wine industry?

What do you like about working in Northern California Wine Country?

My father, who came over from Italy at a young age, always wanted to be a farmer. I grew up driving tractors and picking grapes. My grandfather was a winemaker; my greatgrandfather was a winemaker. I just always loved wine and it was a part of the family. I had an epiphany at 14 when I was enjoying a delicious, oaky, buttery Chardonnay at Easter with my family. I knew then that I wanted to go to UC Davis and become a winemaker.

The climate. The weather is awesome when it comes to food and wine. We have the best farm-to-table food. I travel a lot, and whether it’s to Dallas, New York or Chicago, I enjoy coming home to the best restaurants in the world!

What are some trends you’ve noticed in local winemaking? I think today it’s not as popular to try to mimic a specific style or capture a certain audience. People are going out and doing their own thing, trying different varietals.

Fifteen years ago it was a trend to use oak upright fermentation tanks, and now people are trying concrete fermentation tanks. Back in the day there were more trends, but if you look at the Charles Smiths of today, they’re following their own personalities.

Can you name a few of the region’s best vintages from the past decade or so? The year 2007 was really special. I started at Trinchero Napa Valley that year, and it really stands out to me. More recently, it’s 2013. I’ve been drinking a lot of 2013 wines, and they’re really good. 2017 I W H E R E W I N E CO U N T R Y 11


WHAT’S NEW IN NEW WINE COUNTRY

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HERE’S NEVER BEEN a better time to visit Wine Country. The list of great new restaurants, tasting rooms, attractions and wineries keeps growing. Here are some of the most exciting new additions to the region to consider adding to your itinerary.

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The biggest opening in downtown Napa this year is handsdown the Culinary Institute of America at Copia, a public-facing, 80,000 square-foot campus offering cooking classes, a high-end restaurant, a chef-driven shop and wine tasting stations. The massive center, which will also display Chuck Williams’ (of WilliamsSonoma fame) personal cookware collection, originally opened as a museum dreamt up by the Mondavi family and Julia Child but had been dormant since 2008. 500 1st St., Napa, 707.967.2500, enthusiasts.ciachef.edu

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You might not feel like you’re in Napa as you pass through the ornate hand-carved poplar entrance of Miminashi, a new stylish Japanese izakaya-style eatery that’s maintained steady local buzz. The homemade soft cream (Japanese soft serve) has proven so popular that it merits its own takeout window. 821 Coombs St., Napa, 707.254.9464, miminashi.com

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The rock ‘n’ roll themed Jam Cellars tasting room in downtown Napa feels like a lounge with its disco ball and the recording

studio tucked in the back. SInk into a leather couch and sip the approachable, crowd-pleasing wines (playfully named Butter, Jam and Toast) while listening to classic vinyl. 1460 1st St., Napa, 707.265.7577, Napa, jamcellars.com

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Blue Note Napa, a jazz club located in the historic Napa Valley Opera House, offers dinner and a show in its swanky, blue-lit dining room most nights. Performers range from local acts to nationally known artists. 1030 Main St., Napa, 707.880.2300, bluenotenapa.com

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Fine dining enthusiasts will want to make a reservation at the 27-seat restaurant Kenzo, where the Japanese chef, who has multiple Michelin stars under his

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belt, flies in the fish from the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo and the sushi and kaiseki-style tasting menus run $225. 1339 Pearl St., Napa, 707.254.7572, kenzoestate.com

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After five years of construction, you can now schedule an appointment at Davis Estates just off the Silverado Trail in Calistoga. Taste small production wines and take in sweeping vineyard views on the terrace of the new tasting room designed by local architect Howard Backen. 4060 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, 707.942.0700, davisestates.com

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You don’t have to be a guest at St. Helena’s new luxury hotel Las Alcobas to enjoy a seasondriven, California-style meal by “Top


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Chef Masters” alum Chris Cosentino (known for his knack with offal) at its Acacia House restaurant. 1915 Main St., 707.963.7000, lasalcobasnapavalley.com

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Don’t leave Yountville without stopping at the chic, familyrun Stewart Cellars tasting room and its adjacent Gather Café. The indoor/outdoor spaces, designed by local design star Ken Fulk, invite lingering with cushy furniture and luxe accents. Order a quick and healthful meal from the cafe to enjoy in the sun before or after your tasting. 6752 Washington St., Yountville, 707.963.9160, stewartcellars.com

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You missed your chance to dine at the classic Wine Country restaurant Tra Vigne (it closed last year), but you can have an upscale Cal-Italian meal at the new Brasswood, where nearly all the employees of the 28 year-old restaurant moved.

Sonoma’s favorite microdistillery, Prohibition Spirits, now has a gem of a tasting room at Cornerstone Sonoma, where you can savor whiskey, rum, gin, the cult hit limoncello and more in the fruit-tree-laden cocktail garden. 23570 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 707.721.6390, prohibition-spirits.com

935 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol, 707.827.3744, handline.com

229 Water St. N., Petaluma, 707.981.8330, brewstersbeergarden.com

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This year’s buzziest newcomer to Sonoma is Single Thread, a Japanese-inspired restaurant, inn and farm in Healdsburg that’s four years in the making. A ticket for dinner ($295) gets you an extended, dining-as-art experience that begins at the rooftop garden, where along with the farm, many of the menu’s delicacies are grown. Your 11-course meal will be customized to your preferences.

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West Sonoma is home to one of Wine Country’s more interesting dining additions, Handline. The fast-casual eatery serves a menu anchored by local, sustainable seafood (in the form of tacos, ceviche, spicy fisherman’s stew and chicken and squid tostadas) and made-to-order corn tortillas. The eye-catching interior is already attracting accolades.

3111 St. Helena Hwy. N., St. Helena, 707.968.5434, brasswood.com

131 North St., Healdsburg, singlethreadfarms.com

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Downtown Petaluma has a new communal hot spot, Brewsters Beer Garden. The massive new establishment features the town’s first and only European style beer garden, with over 30 rotating local craft brews on tap. Join the locals who come for the kids’ play area, bocce ball courts, live music and hearty, southerntinged fare.

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN

WINE TASTING ADVENTURE Immersive wine tasting experiences go beyond the tasting room.

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T'S EASY TO ENJOY a lovely day in Wine Country tasting at different wineries, but there are some obstacles: crowded tasting rooms and lineups of California Cabs, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs that start melding together. And there are always the questions around navigating Wine Country and who's going to drive responsibly between tastings (unless you use those spittoons).

To avoid such tasting drags, wineries have stepped up their tastings to appeal to more senses, and many offer wine and food pairings. Because they are enhanced and extended, many of these tastings require reservations and some are seasonal, so plan ahead. What's more, many wineries are happy to assist in customizing your tasting further to make sure you have an experience you'll remember.


FOR OUTDOORSY TYPES Clos Pegase Winery in Calistoga offers a bento box picnic with a three-wine flight on their patio or garden surrounded by lush vineyards.

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1060 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga, 707.942.4981, clospegase.com Kunde Family Winery's Mountain Top Tastings begin with a private tour of their caves followed by a coach ride to a mountaintop tasting deck overlooking the family-ownedand-operated winery and the Sonoma Valley. Kunde's hiking program leads guests on a hike up 1,400 feet into the Mayacamas Mountain range then ends in the tasting room. Dog lovers and their furry friends can accompany the winery's dogs on the dog hike along the Sonoma Valley floor that concludes with a tasting and lunch. (A portion of the dog hike fee benefits local dog organizations.) 9825 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, 707.833.5501, kunde.com Liana Estates’ brunch and yoga experience includes a one-hour all levels morning class followed by a bento box lunch on the estate. Namaste. 2750 Las Amigas Rd., Napa, 707.302.1160, lianaestates.com Ram's Gate Winery offers a private picnic

that begins with a guided tasting of five wines, where you select your favorite for your picnic. Your bottle is tucked inside a wicker basket along with artisanal snacks, and a personal valet sets everything up between the vines and a relaxing pond with panoramic views of the countryside. 28700 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 707.721.8700, ramsgatewinery.com Viansa Sonoma's Private Outlook Tasting is a romantic tasting that’s best enjoyed inside the wooden gazebos. Sip wine paired with locally sourced cheeses while soaking up superb views of the Sonoma Valley, Mayacamas Mountains and the property's conservation wetlands. In the winter, they have an indoor fireside pairing for a cozier tasting. 25200 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 800.995.4740, viansa.com FOR FOODIES B.R. Cohn Winery's Wine and Chocolate Experience indulges chocoholics. Cabernets and Cabernet Port are paired with chocolate truffles. Another treat—Tomales Bay oysters—is sold on summer weekends, when you can enjoy them with rosé on the winery's lawn. The winery also hosts daily olive oil tastings. 15000 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen, 707.938.4064, brcohn.com

Cosentino Winery offers a private, seasonal farm-to-table food pairing with their small production wines in their beautiful barrel room.

Opposite page: Enjoy a picnic brunch after yoga at Liana Estates. This page clockwise from top left: Take an aerial gondola at Sterling Vineyards; Sign up for the Oenophile Tasting Experience in the salon at Swanson Vineyards; Clos Pegase Winery's Connoisseur Cave Tour & Tasting takes guests underground.

7415 Saint Helena Hwy., Napa, 707.921.2809, cosentinowinery.com Peju Province Winery's Interactive Culinary Experience offers up the winery's chef to show you and up to 20 guests how to cook in his kitchen or wood-fired brick oven in the vineyard. You pick the vegetables and herbs from the organic garden to take to the kitchen and cook. 8466 Saint Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 800.446.7358, peju.com Sonoma Coast Vineyards' Wine & Food Experience in the Edge Club Room pairs tapas with five wines and a Pacific coast view. 555 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay, 707.921.2860, sonomacoastvineyards.com

Swanson Vineyards will charm you and your palate with wines paired with chocolates, caviar and cheese during the Oenophile Tasting Experience in the salon. 1271 Manley Ln., Rutherford, 707.754.4018, swansonvineyards.com FOR PLAY B Cellars is all about outside tastings and exploration with their market garden, bumble bee aviary, henhouse and croquet. 703 Oakville Cross Rd., Oakville, 707.709.8787, bcellars.com Francis Ford Coppola Winery wins for wine tasting fun with two swimming pools and countless games, including bocce, backgammon, chess and checkers. Get daily

pool passes or rent a cabana and dive in. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyersville, 707.857.1471, francisfordcoppola winery.com Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards hosts croquet and tasting with a three-wine flight and access to their croquet court.

tour of the winery, chateau and grounds, including vineyards, vistas, lakes, the chef's garden and more, followed by a tasting with wine and food pairings from the resident chef. 1474 Alexander Valley Rd., Healdsburg, 707.431.5250, jordan winery.com

FOR FABULOUS TOURING Clos Pegase Winery's Connoisseur Cave Tour & Tasting includes a tour that ends with an intimate wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie in the dramatic Cave Theater.

Sterling Vineyards' self-guided tour begins with a glass of wine and a ride on the aerial gondola equipped with motion-activated screens that provide facts about the winery against a country backdrop. A seated wine tasting follows, where you can sip through the art gallery admiring Picasso and Chagall.

Jordan Winery's Estate Tour and Tasting includes an extensive

1111 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga, 800.726.6136, sterlingvineyards.com

4401 Slusser Rd., Windsor, 707.237.3489, sonomacutrer.com

To plan your tasting experience, go to wheretraveler.com/san-francisco

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WINE COUNTRY GUIDE

THE MANY WAYS TO SAVOR WINE COUNTRY

Right in San Francisco’s backyard, Northern California Wine Country is one of the world’s most prestigious growing regions, home to hundreds of wineries. Its idyllic landscape, award-winning wines, celebrity chefowned restaurants, outdoor activities and five-star hotels attract millions of visitors each year.

ACACIA VINEYARD Boasting stellar views of vineyards and the San Francisco Bay, Acacia takes advantage of its premium wine-growing territory in Napa Valley’s Carneros wine region, where the cool ocean breezes and summer fog create an ideal growing area for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. www.acaciavineyard.com. 2750 Las

the 16th century, this Carneros winery focuses

BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDSThis

on producing small, ultra-premium lots. Take

family-owned-and-operated premium boutique

time to admire the modern and sophisticated

winery is based in the historic Stags Leap

gallery-like space and the original works of

District of Napa and focuses on single vineyard,

sculpture, painting and mixed-media. Tasting

single varietal limited releases. It’s especially

room open daily; tours daily. www.artesawinery.

known for its Cabernets. www.baldaccivine-

com. 1345 Henry Rd., Napa, 707.224.1668.

yards.com. 6236 Silverado Trail, 707.944.9261.

B CELLARS Named for the first letter of the

BEAULIEU VINEYARD This more than

word brix, a wine term defining the optimal sug-

100-year-old winery is the longest continu-

ar/alcohol content in grape juice that produces

ally operating winery in Napa Valley and is

Award-winning wines here include Chardonnay,

great wine, B Cellars is a new winery and tasting

the production site for the flagship Cabernet

Pinot Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The tast-

lounge in Oakville. It uses a multi-vineyard wine-

Sauvignon. Beaulieu was founded on a four-acre

ing room is located in a charming New England-

making strategy, blending grapes grown on

ranch by a French winemaker who envisioned

style farmhouse. Tours by appointment. www.

nine Napa Valley vineyard sites to create unique

a company producing fine wine unparalleled

arrowoodvineyards.com. 14347 Sonoma Hwy.,

wines with distinct character, depth and layers

to his native France. Daily tastings feature

Glen Ellen, 707.935.2600.

of flavor. The sophisticated new tasting room

wines you can’t find anywhere else. www.

features food tastings to complement the wines

bvwines.com. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford.

and a scenic setting. Open daily, no appoint-

707.967.5200.

Amigas Rd., Napa, 707.226.9991.

ARROWOOD VINEYARDS & WINERY

ARTESA WINERY Art and wine blend at this winery, seamlessly built into the highest hill of its 350-acre estate. Founded by a Catalan family that has been hand-crafting wines since 16 W H E R E W I N E CO U N T R Y I 2017

ment necessary. www.bcellars.com. 703 Oakville Cross Rd., Oakville 877.229.9939.

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A beautiful, seven-room Victorian Inn located in downtown Healdsburg. Gourmet breakfasts and modern amenities make for a spectacular stay.

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25 W. Grant St. Healdsburg, CA


WINE COUNTRY GUIDE BERINGER VINEYARDS Napa Valley’s oldest

a 500-year-old fireplace, half-ton hand-hewn

continuously operating winery is also among its

doors, a drawbridge, a courtyard and even a

Napa winery whose Chardonnay earned Califor-

most accessible. Beringer is known for its Cab-

torture chamber. But the real treasure is inside:

nia wines international recognition at the 1976

ernet Sauvignons and bold, oaky Chardonnays.

an award-winning collection of wines, including

Tasting of Paris (portrayed in the movie “Bottle

The large facility includes a gift shop that offers

Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Shock”) is still producing great wines, like the

tableware, stemware and kitchen and home

Don’t miss the horsedrawn vineyard tours on

Estate Cabernet, Estate Zinfandel and the lim-

accessories. A variety of tours and seminars are

Saturdays. www.castellodiamorosa.com. 4045 N.

ited production Potter Valley Riesling. Can’t get

available. Daily 10 am–5 pm. www.beringer.com.

St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga, 707.967.6272.

up to wine country? Stop by the tasting room

2000 Main St., St. Helena, 707.302.7592.

CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERY The

CHARBAY WINERY & DISTILLERY Named

in the Westin St. Francis hotel in Union Square,

for its first drink—Chardonnay combined with

open five days a week (W-Su). No reservations

pany is the leading wine producer in Burgundy,

brandy—Charbay now produces much more

needed. www.montelena.com. 1429 Tubbs Ln.,

with a Franco-American collection of wineries

than just wine and brandy. Discover the artisan

Calistoga, 707.942.5105.

on two continents, a presence in 80 countries

world of distilling many spirits like whiskey,

and collection of unique, independent wineries

vodka and rum from a family in the distillery

Chateau St. Jean is inspired by the formal estate

and historical estates. Among the company’s

business for 13 generations. Taste Charbay’s

gardens in the south of France. The winery spe-

California wineries are Raymond Vineyards,

wines and ports, then enjoy a cigar in the rustic

cializes in white varietals, including Chardonnay,

DeLoach Vineyards, Amberhill Wines and Buena

setting of Spring Mountain. . www.charbay.

Fumé Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer, and is

Vista Winery, just to name a few. www.boisset-

com. 4001 Spring Mountain Rd., St. Helena,

the home of the iconic Cinq Cépages. Stroll the

collection.com. 849 Zinfandel Ln., 707.967.7667.

707.963.9327.

gardens or relax on the beautiful patio and take

BOISSET COLLECTIONThe Boisset com-

CASTELLO DI AMOROSA For a one-of-a-

CHARLES KRUG Since its opening in 1861,

CHATEAU ST. JEAN Founded in 1973,

in the perfect vista as you sip their acclaimed

kind experience in wine country, visit this 13th

Charles Krug winery has produced award-win-

reserve and single-vineyard wines. www.cha-

century Tuscan-style castle that took 15 years

ning Cabernets and renowned Sauvignon Blanc.

teaustjean.com. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood,

to build. Authentic features include hand-

Tasting room open daily. www.charleskrug.com.

707.257.5784.

forged Italian ironwork, hand-painted frescoes,

2800 Main St., St. Helena, 707.967.2200.

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WINE COUNTRY GUIDE CLIFF LEDE VINEYARDS Known best for

only six California cabs selected for the now-leg-

this is a California winery through and through.

its Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, this esteemed

endary 1976 Paris tasting. Tastings open to the

Organic and biodynamic farming techniques

Stags Leap District winery pours its latest re-

public; tours by appointment. www.closduval.

are used to produce a small portfolio of estate-

leases in an architecturally stunning craftsman-

com. 5330 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.261.5200.

grown wines. Tastings by appointment. www.

DEERFIELD RANCH WINERY In the heart

ehlersestate.com. 3222 Ehlers Ln., St. Helena,

style tasting room. The appointment-only Estate

707.963.5972.

Tasting includes a guided tour of the property,

of Sonoma Valley, Deerfield is best known for its

leading through the vineyards to the state-of-

23,000-square-foot wine caves where you can

the-art winery, where guests sip wines paired

swirl and sip 100 feet below ground. Deerfield

very finest Carneros and Napa Valley grapes into

with a selection of seasonal canapes. www.clif-

produces small-lot, handcrafted wine from

world-class wines sought out by the most dis-

fledevineyards.com. 1473 Yountville Cross Rd.,

more than 26 vineyards. www.deerfieldranch.

criminating wine lovers. In addition to its widely

Yountville, 707.944.8642.

com. 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood,

acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and legendary

707.833.5215.

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also

CLINE CELLARS This small-production winery produces Rhone varietals and Zinfandel

DOMAINE CARNEROS Champagne’s famed

ETUDE WINESThis winery transforms the

developed a loyal following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot. www.etudewines.com. 1250

from some of the oldest vines in California.

Tattinger family founded this winery in the

Owner Fred Cline started with an inheritance

1970s. The tasting room resembles a French

from his grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi (of hot-

chateau, with a deck providing sweeping views

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERY Cel-

tub fame). The 1850s farmhouse is surrounded

of the Carneros region. The famed Le Reve spar-

ebrate all the best things in life at this winery in

by warm mineral springs and dozens of rose

kling wine is compared to the top Cuvees from

the heart of picturesque Alexander Valley. Sip

bushes. Tastings and tours open to the public

Champagne, while the Chardonnays and Pinot

from more than 40 wines produced on site and

daily. www.clinecellars.com. 24737 Arnold Dr.,

Noirs hold their own, too. www.domainecarne-

eat Neapolitan-style pizzas and South American

Sonoma 800.546.2070.

ros.com. 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa, 707.257.0101.

wood-grilled meats at the full-service restaurant

CLOS DU VAL This winery is known for its

EHLERS ESTATE Featuring a unique fusion

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet

of outstanding wine-growing, environmental

Sauvignon. Its first vintage Cabernet was one of

consciousness and international philanthropy,

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Cuttings Wharf Rd., 707.257.5782.

Rustic and take a dip in the swimming pools. www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, 707.857.1471.


WINE COUNTRY GUIDE GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS

course, Chardonnays. Tastings and tours open

Settle on the scenic Vista Terrace, where you

to the public. www.grgich.com. 1829 St. Helena

highway, the new Hamel Family Wines feels like

can sip a glass of sparkling wine that was aged

Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.2784.

a glamorous summer camp. Along with limited-

in Spanish-style caves or an elegant Pinot Noir,

GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU After more than

HAMEL FAMILY WINES Off Sonoma

production premium Bordeaux blends, it offers

paired with savory cheeses and other delicacies.

150 years, the sixth generation of this wine-

elegant boxed picnics, campfire concerts and

Gloria Ferrer produces some of California’s best

growing family still produces quality estate-

movies and art installations in its stunning wine

sparkling wines, as well as estate varietal still

grown-and-bottled Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

caves. www.hamelfamilywines.com. 15401

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from its 335-acre

and Cabernet Sauvignon, to name a few. Check

Sonoma Hwy., 707.996.5800.

estate. The visitor center is open 10 am-5 pm

online for the seasonal cave tour, vineyard

daily, with wine service available until 4:45 pm.

excursions and courtyard tasting availability.

Ford Coppola’s team produces five estate

Guided winery tours offered daily at 11 am, 1 pm

www.gunbun.com. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma,

wines, including the renowned Rubicon, on this

and 3 pm; $20 per person, includes two spar-

707.938.5277.

19th-century estate. The wines are made from

kling wine tastes and one estate varietal taste. www.gloriaferrer.com. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma, 707.933.1917.

GRGICH HILLS ESTATE Miljenko “Mike”

HALL WINES This winery plants twice as

INGLENOOK CHATEAU Filmmaker Francis

235 acres of certified organically grown grapes.

many vines per acre in comparison to traditional

The grounds include two tasting salons, a wine

practices, resulting in smaller vines that produce

bar where guests can enjoy wines by the glass

richer and more concentrated wines. It boasts

and a museum featuring antique zoetropes

Grgich, whose belongings were appropriated by

five estate vineyards planted with 500 acres of

and artifacts from the estate’s founder, Gustave

the Smithsonian, gained international recogni-

classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon,

Niebaum. Children can float small wooden

tion in 1976 when judges at the Paris Tasting

Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The monumental

boats in a courtyard reflecting pool free of

named his Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

new LEED-certified visitor center features wine

charge. Reservations recommended for tastings

the best white wine in the world. In 1977, he

tasting, food and wine education, tours, gardens

and tours. www.inglenook.com. 1991 St. Helena

partnered with Austin Hills (of the Hills Bros.

and an impressive contemporary art collection.

Hwy., Rutherford, 707.968.1100.

Coffee family). Their winery produces Cabernet

www.hallwines.com. 401 St. Helena Hwy. S., St.

Sauvignons, Zinfandels, Fume Blancs and, of

Helena, 707.967.2626.

Discover Napa in a whole new fashion. Experience the Napa Valley Wine Train and witness the beauty of Napa Valley while you sip and dine in style.

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WINE COUNTRY GUIDE JAMIESON RANCH VINEYARDSHome of

Located on the high slopes of Mt. George, the

LIANA ESTATESLocated among the rolling

“Double Lariat” Cabernet, Jamieson Ranch Vine-

winery produces beautiful varieties of Cabernet

hills of Carneros with breathtaking views of the

yards occupies 300 acres of gently rolling hills

Sauvignon inside intricate caves that you can

San Pablo Bay, this second-generation, family-

and terraced vineyards and is the southernmost

tour before relaxing with outstanding wine and

owned and operated winery specializes in Char-

winery in the Napa Valley. In addition to Caber-

food pairings. Tours and tastings by appoint-

donnay and Pinot Noir. Liana Estates also offers

nets, it’s known for award-winning Pinots and

ment. www.kenzoestate.com. 3200 Monticello

brunch and yoga overlooking the San Pablo

Chardonnays as well as wine pairing educational

Rd., Napa, 877.977.7704.

Bay, gourmet picnics in the vineyards, culinary

experiences. www.jamiesonranchvineyards. com. 1 Kirkland Ranch Rd., 707.254.8673.

JARVIS ESTATEThis Napa Valley winery is

KIEU HOANG WINERYFormerly owned by the Michael Mondavi Family, this 20-acre property in the coveted Carneros region was

experiences and more. www.lianaestates.com. 2750 Las Amigas Rd., Napa, 707.302.1160.

MERRYVALE VINEYARDS The first winery

known for its estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon,

purchased by American businessman Kieu

built in Napa Valley following the repeal of

Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit

Hoang in 2014. The newly renovated winery

Prohibition, Merryvale’s tasting room offers the

Verdot. Jarvis is home to a 45,000 square foot

makes Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnay, Pinot

opportunity to try unique, limited production

wine cave, making it the first winery built en-

Noir, Red Blends and Rose in vibrant packaged

wines. A newly renovated winemaking cellar

tirely underground. Tasting tours bring you into

shaped bottles. www.kieuhoangwinery.com.

showcases the latest equipment to craft its bou-

the parabola-shaped cave for a glimpse into the

1285 Dealy Lane, Napa, 707.253.1615.

tique wines. www.merryvale.com. 1000 Main St.,

winemaking process and end with samples of

KUNDE ESTATE WINERY & VINEYARDS

six Jarvis Estate and Reserve Collection wines.

Located in the Sonoma Valley, the family’s

www.jarviswines.com. 2970 Monticello Rd.,

scenic 1,850-acre sustainably farmed estate has

Napa, 707.255.5280.

been managed by five generations since 1904.

KENZO ESTATE Owned by a prominent Japanese businessman, Kenzo Estate is Napa’s only winery with a tasting menu from famed chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Restaurant.

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The winery specializes in Chardonnay, Cabernet, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. www. kunde.com. 9825 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood 707.833.5501.

St. Helena, 707.963.7777.

MUMM NAPA The famed Champagne house’s California winery produces top-of-theline cuvees, including its premium DVX label. The on-site art gallery showcases photography, including a collection of Ansel Adams prints and rotating exhibits. www.mummnapa.com. 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, 707.967.7700.


WINE COUNTRY GUIDE NAPA CELLARS Surrounded by picturesque

make an appointment for a private wine tast-

kitchen, a fireside lounge, a wine library, under-

Oakville vineyards and coastal mountains, Napa

ing 50 feet up in the French Provincial tasting

ground dining alcoves and floor-to-ceiling glass

Cellars is home to a comfortable tasting room

room tower. Tastings open to the public. www.

walls that open to sweeping vineyard and bay

that pours varietals from three sister wineries:

peju.com. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford,

views. www.ramsgatewinery.com. 28700 Arnold

Napa Cellars, Folie à Deux and Ménage à Trois.

707.963.3600.

Dr., Sonoma, 707.721.8700.

Kick back on the winery’s relaxing patio, bring

PROVENANCE VINEYARDS Provenance

RAVENSWOOD WINERY Acclaimed for its

a picnic lunch and enjoy one of Napa Cellar’s

produces fine Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes

Zinfandels and other big, bold red varietals,

award-winning varietals, the most popular of

grown in Rutherford, plus highly-regarded

the winery’s motto—um Vinum Flaccidum (“No

which is its Chardonnay. www.napacellars.com.

Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The winery hosts

Wimpy Wines”)—characterizes its approach to

7481 St. Helena Hwy., Napa, 800.535.6400.

a variety of tasting options and invites guests

winemaking. Picnic tables on-site. Tours daily at

to enjoy wine on the patio looking out over the

10:30 am and by appointment. www.raven-

der the dramatic palisades of the Stags Leap Dis-

Napa Valley. www.provenancevineyards.com.

swood-wine.com. 18701 Gehricke Rd., Sonoma

trict, this stylish new winery is known for its high

1695 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.968.3633.

707.938.1960.

ODETTE ESTATESet on 45 acres of land un-

caliber Cabernets and contemporary design

QUIXOTE WINERY The excellent Petite

RAYMOND VINEYARDS In the heart of the

features including a living roof. www.odettees-

Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags’

Napa Valley, nestled between Rutherford and

tate.com. 5998 Silverado Trail, 707.224.7533.

Leap Ranch is matched by the eclectic design of

St. Helena, Raymond Vineyards is one of the

PEJU PROVINCE WINERY Celebrating 30

Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Visits by appoint-

early pioneering producers in the valley. A visit

years in the Napa Valley, this winery is a garden

ment. www.quixotewinery.com. 6126 Silverado

to the 90-acre estate is to return to Napa’s roots,

oasis along Highway 29 in the famed Rutherford

Trail, Napa, 707.944.2659.

surrounded by the beauty of two mountain

appellation. Known for its legendary Cabernet

RAM’S GATE WINERY Just a 35-minute drive

Sauvignon, it produces many award-winning

from San Francisco, this winery uncorks the best

varietals, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc,

in wine, food, architecture and interior design.

Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

Its rustic yet elegant barn includes an open-air

and Fifty/Fifty, a Bordeaux blend. Guests can

reception courtyard, a tasting pavilion, an open

ranges amid vineyards planted to Napa’s classic varietals. A host of unique experiences await, from barrel tastings to food and wine pairings to the Theater of Nature—an excursion into the bounty of nature and an education on organic

Estate Grown Cave Fermented

At Jarvis We Are Unyielding in our passion for making world-class wine tasting tours by appointment

1-800-255-5280

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WINE COUNTRY GUIDE and biodynamic farming. www.raymondvine-

SIMI WINERY With vineyards in both the

in 1976, when its SLV Cabernet Sauvignon was

yards.com. 849 Zinfandel Way, St. Helena,

Alexander and Russian River valleys, Simi

judged the best red wine in the world at the

707.963.3141.

produces acclaimed Chardonnay, Cabernet

famed Paris Tasting. www.cask23.com. 5766

Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc at its charm-

Silverado Trail, Napa, 866.422.7523.

ROUND POND ESTATE WINERY The winery joins a fabulous olive mill and features a

ing winery. A picnic area is nestled in a scenic

stunning tasting room with dramatic views that

redwood grove. Tours daily at 11 am and 2 pm.

with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (the name and

complement the world-class Cabernet Sauvi-

www.simiwinery.com. 16275 Healdsburg Ave.,

placement of the apostrophe were the subject

gnons and Sauvignon Blancs. Tastings and tours

Healdsburg, 800.746.4880.

of a legal battle between Stags’ Leap and its

by appointment. www.roundpond.com. 875 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, 707.302.2575.

ST. FRANCIS WINERY Three tasting options

STAGS’ LEAP WINERY Not to be confused

neighbor, Stag’s Leap), the winery produces

include wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy breath-

Rhone varietals along with its Cabernet Sauvi-

taking views, small-lot wines, and gracious Wine

gnon, Chardonnay and Merlot in the growing

long-standing Italian family winery produces

Country hospitality. www.stfranciswinery.com.

district from which the winery takes its name.

top-notch Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Pinot Noir

100 Pythian Rd., Santa Rosa, 888.675.9463.

www.stagsleap.com. 6150 Silverado Trail, Napa,

SEGHESIO FAMILY VINEYARDS This

on 400 acres of the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys. www.seghesio.com. 700 Grove St., Healdsburg, 866.734.4374.

SIGNORELLO ESTATE This epicurean-minded boutique winery known for award-winning wines from its hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards also produces an estate Chardonnay called Hope’s Cuvee and offers one of the most

ST. SUPERY ESTATE VINEYARDS & WIN ERY Family-owned and sustainably farmed,

STERLING VINEYARDS Take in exceptional

this winery offers an art gallery, scenic grounds,

panoramic views of Napa Valley on a tram ride

tours and hands-on interactive wine experi-

to this winery’s visitors center, perched atop

ences (offered daily by appointment). Two types

a 300-foot-tall hillside overlooking the valley.

of tastings are available at the tasting bar daily

The winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon,

from 10 am-5 pm. www.stsupery.com. 8440 St.

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and more. Tast-

Helena Hwy., Napa, 707.963.4507.

ings and self-guided tours open to the public;

critically acclaimed food pairings in Napa Valley.

STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS Best known

www.signorelloestate.com. 4500 Silverado Trail,

for its estate Cabernet Sauvignons, this family-

Napa, 707.255.5990.

owned winery gained international recognition

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800.395.2441.

guided tours at 11 am. www.sterlingvineyards. com. 1111 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga, 800.726.6136.


WINE COUNTRY GUIDE STONY HILL VINEYARDFounded in the

educational workshops, an upscale restaurant

BARNDIVA The perfect combination of

1940s when white wine was a rarity in Napa

and a scenic 18-hole championship golf course.

barnyard and beauty, Barndiva serves delicious,

Valley, this small, family-run winery high on the

Visit the Vineyard Tasting Room to learn about

locally sourced food and drink in an exquisite

northeast slope of Spring Mountain continues

the rich history of California winemaking, book

modern barn setting. With an impressive wine

to produce elegant and balanced Chardonnay,

a class at the Winemakers Studio to blend

and cocktail list, the colorful barn- turned-

Gewürztraminer, Reisling and most recently,

your own bottle or make an appointment for a

restaurant attracts a lively crowd at night, a con-

Cabernet. Tours and tastings by appointment.

private group tasting in the historic wine caves.

trast with its picturesque daytime tranquility. L,

www.stonyhillvineyard.com. 3331 Saint Helena

The winery’s summer concert series features

D (W-Su), brunch (Su). www.barndiva.com. 231

Hwy. N, 707.963.2636.

musical performances on the beautiful outdoor

Center St., Healdsburg, 707.431.0100. $$$

TRINCHERO NAPA VALLEY The Trinchero family has been making wine in Napa Valley since 1948, and is best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting room is a unique and inviting space where visitors can taste small-lot, single-vineyard wines from Trinchero’s premiere Napa Valley estates, and sample delectable food and wine pairings. Discover the art of winemaking through behind-the-scenes barrel tastings in Trinchero’s wine cave. www.trincheronapavalley.com. 3070 N. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, 707.963.1160.

WENTE VINEYARDS The country’s oldest continuously operating family-owned winery

lawn. www.wentevineyards.com. 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 925.456.2300.

DINING AD HOC Opened by one of the most celebrated chefs in the country, Napa’s own Thomas Keller, Ad Hoc was first opened as a temporary experiment. However, diners were so excited about the four-course, family style menu, changing daily and inspired by the comfort food

BISTRO DON GIOVANNI This culinary institution near the southern end of the valley’s winery corridor offers the charm of a Mediterranean country bistro, with a shaded porch and such fare as house-made pasta entrees and delectable pizzas. L,D (daily). www.bistrodongiovanni.com. 4110 Howard Ln., Napa, 707.224.3300. $$

BISTRO JEANTY In everyday French life, it’s

of Keller’s childhood, that the restaurant soon

said that a bistro is more than a restaurant—it’s

became the beloved (and permanent) destina-

a culture. In this cozy yet elegant space, dig into

tion that it is today. D (Th-M), brunch (Su). www.

classic and hearty fare like cassoulet and coq

thomaskeller.com/adhoc. 6476 Washington St.,

au vin. L, D (daily). www.bistrojeanty.com. 6510

Yountville, 707.944.2487. $$$

Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.0103. $$$

offers wine tasting, vineyard and garden tours,

When shall we live

if not now? — m.f.k . f ish er —

Somewhere in the space between you and your soul…lie all the answers. sonomavalley.com

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WINE COUNTRY GUIDE BOTTEGA Literally meaning artist’s workshop,

in California certfied by the VPN association,

THE FRENCH LAUNDRY Chef Thomas

this romantic Yountville spot features a bounty

which assures pizza is crafted in strict adher-

Keller’s staff serves contemporary French

of homemade cheeses, salumi, pastas and cured

ence to the traditional Neapolitan recipes and

cuisine. Order one of two nine-course chef’s

olives. Don’t miss dishes like the warm percorino

methods. The menu also offers Italian dishes like

tasting menus, including a vegetarian option.

cheese pudding with wood-roasted rapini,

spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and bottarga or

Reservations are taken up to two months in ad-

or the house-made veal tortellini in brodo de

roasted Niman Ranch pork shank with fingerling

vance, but visitors can check for availability on

carne. L (T-Su), D (daily). www.botteganapa-

potatoes. www.camomiosteria.com. 1141 1st St.,

the day they wish to dine. L (F–Su), D (nightly).

valley.com. 6525 Washington St.,Yountville,

707.224.6664.

www.frenchlaundry.com. 6640 Washington St.,

707.945.1050. $$$

BOUCHON More relaxed than the French

DRY CREEK KITCHEN The first California venture for renowned restaurateur Charlie

Yountville, 707.944.2380. $$$$

GOTT’S ROADSIDE Formerly the famed

Laundry but stemming from the same culinary

Palmer showcases artisanal cheeses, regional

Taylor’s Refresher, Gott’s Roadside serves up the

tradition, Bouchon is the place to find quality

produce and meats with contemporary flair. The

same worth-waiting-in-line-for classic American

French meals. Bouchon takes its name from

space itself is airy and fresh-feeling; an extensive

food it has for the past decade. The burgers,

what are traditionally cozy French eateries, plac-

wine list offers more than 350 selections. L

fries and shakes are the best quick-eats around,

es where family style meals are served in small

(F–Su), D (nightly). www.charliepalmer.com. 317

and the gourmet salads, sandwiches, seafood

dining rooms, where patrons are greeted by the

Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg 707.431.0330. $$$

offerings and wine list add a touch of class to

wife and eat dishes prepared by the husband. L,

EL DORADO KITCHEN Enjoy the bright,

this renowned roadside diner. L, D (daily). www.

D (daily). www.bouchonbistro.com. 6534 Wash-

open-feeling interior of this restaurant on the

gottsroadside.com. 933 Main St., St. Helena,

ington St., Yountville, 707.944.8037. $$$

Sonoma Plaza, or slip outside to dine under a fig

707.963.3486.; 644 1st St., Napa, 707.224.6900.; 1

tree. Entrées such as Pacific salmon with white-

Ferry Building, 415.318.3423. $

CA’ MOMI OSTERIA Italian. This restaurant

JOHN ASH & CO. This restaurant was among

in downtown Napa features a full bar of Ca’

bean cassoulet showcase the California cuisine

Momi wines, house-made spirits and beer,

appeal. B, L, D (daily). www.eldoradosonoma.

the first to champion the area’s natural resourc-

and the celebrated Verace Pizza Napoletana

com. 405 First St. W., Sonoma, 707.996.3220. $$$

es, and today it continues that mission by using

(VPN). Ca’ Momi is one of only nine restaurants

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local produce, fish, and beef, as well as regional


WINE COUNTRY GUIDE cheeses and breads. The menu borrows from

MORIMOTO Food Network’s Iron Chef Amer-

Salumi is crafted in-house, pasta is made fresh

French, Spanish, and Asian traditions. Serves

ica’s star Masaharu Morimoto’s first West Coast

daily and a wood-burning oven imported from

L (M-F), D (daily), B (Su). www.vintnersinn.com.

restaurant showcases the renowned chef’s dis-

Naples turns out authentic, artisanal pizzas. The

4330 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa 707.527.7687. $$$

tinct culinary style, which seamlessly integrates

wine list highlights Southern Italian regions

LUCY RESTAURANT & BAR Located in the

Asian and Western ingredients with traditional

and cocktails–like the rest of the menu–are

swanky Bardessono hotel and spa in Napa’s

Japanese techniques. Don’t miss the uni carbon-

inspired by local seasonal produce. L (M-F), D

Yountville, Lucy is named after the property’s

ara or the foie gras chawan mushi—and if you’re

(nightly). www.oenotri.com. 1425 First St., Napa,

lush on-site garden, which drives most of the

feeling adventurous, try the omakase menu. L

707.252.1022. $$$

menu at this comfortable wine country resort

(W-Su), D (nightly). www.morimotonapa.com.

restaurant. Guests can sit outside and soak in

610 Main St., Napa, 707.252.1600. $$$$

the sun, as well as the views, while dining on

MUSTARDS GRILL There’s no cooking

REDD WOOD Acclaimed chef Richard Reddington introduces his latest venture, Redd Wood. The industrial and funky yet cozy space

impeccably fresh, seasonal offerings from the

method quite as American as the grill, and that’s

boasts an open kitchen with a daily-changing

menu’s three sections: Garden, Ocean and

what this Napa eatery is all about. Named after

menu. Pair interesting local wines with wood-

Range. www.bardessono.com. 6528 Yount St.,

the wild mustard flowers that help nourish vine-

burning oven-baked pizzas, house-made pastas

Yountville, 707.204.6030. $$$$

yard soils every spring, Mustards serves up fish,

and seasonally-inspired side and main dishes,

chops, ribs and steaks with international flavors

featuring meats like oxtail and steak from their

this historic bakery has remained true to

hot off the grill. The eclectic wine list features

charcuterie room. Enjoy a meal in their casual

producing fresh and organic artisan treats

rare vintages from around the world, too. L, D

dining section, private room or bistro-style on

daily, ranging from signature breads, like Pain

(daily). www.mustardsgrill.com. 7399 St. Helena

their outdoor patio. www.redd-wood.com. 6755

Levain, to delicious morning cinnamon buns.

Hwy., Napa, 707.944.2424. $$

Washington St., Yountville, 707.299.5030. $$

MODEL BAKERY For more than 90 years,

Stop here to stock up for the perfect picnic.

OENOTRI This unique restaurant in revitalized

SPOONBAR Named for “Spoonfall,” a dra-

www.themodelbakery.com. 644 1st St., Bldg.

downtown Napa combines the farm-to-table

matic and whimsical outdoor water sculpture of

B, Napa, 707.259.1128; 1357 Main St., St. Helena,

approach to food with the rarely seen cuisine of

3,500 espresso spoons positioned to the north

707.963.8192.

Italian regions like Sicily, Campania and Calabria.

of the establishment, this restaurant is located

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WINE COUNTRY GUIDE in the LEED Gold certified H2hotel. Expect excel-

a cafe with daily-changing menus inspired by

NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN Passengers

lent modern food and cocktails from an experi-

neighboring produce and farms; and a coffee

sip select Napa Valley wines and indulge in

enced culinary team. www.spoonbar.com. 219

bar with its own espresso, house-made pastries

gourmet cuisine as they ride past vineyards on

Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707.431.2202.

and ice creams. Shed also has the only fermen-

these three-hour lunch and dinner tours aboard

tation bar in the area, where local wines, beers,

restored Pullman coaches. Reservations recom-

kombuchas, natural sodas and hard ciders are all

mended. www.winetrain.com. 1275 McKinstry

available on tap. www.healdsburgshed.com. 25

St., Napa, 800.427.4124.

THE GIRL & THE FIG Country French cuisine showcasing fresh regional ingredients and a nice selection of artisanal cheeses and the “Rhone Alone” wine list make this a singularly pleasurable dining experience at Sonoma Plaza.

North St., Healdsburg, 707.431.7433.

V MARKETPLACEThis wine country destina-

SONOMA VALLEY MUSEUM OF ARTA magnet of creative energy and cultural inspira-

French aperitifs and traditional cocktails are

tion is home to several boutiques, art galleries,

tion, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is the largest

served at an antique bar. L, D (daily), brunch (Su).

restaurants (including Michael Chiarello’s Bot-

visual arts organization in the North Bay region.

www.thegirlandthefig.com. 110 W. Spain St.,

tega) and gift shops where you can find gour-

Its exhibitions and educational programs

Sonoma 707.938.3634. $$$

met foods, jewelry, clothing and accessories for

engage the community in the art and ideas of

the home and garden. www.vmarketplace.com.

our time, encouraging curiosity and innovation.

6525 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.2451.

With increasing features of modern and con-

THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD With a menu designed to showcase Napa Valley

TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

temporary work, SVMA brings new perspective

rant at Meadowood is the place to go for the full taste of the wine country. Diners have their

BIN 415With over 900 wineries between Napa

Sonoma, 707.939.7862.

wines through Napa Valley foods, The Restau-

choice of 950 wines, as well as the expertise of

and Sonoma, deciding where to go can be

The Restaurant’s sommelier to heighten every

overwhelming. Bin 415 offers unique excursions

flavor on the plates and in the glasses. D (daily).

hosted by a certified sommelier to wineries

www.meadowood.com. 900 Meadowood Ln.,

offering the perfect combination of amazing

Saint Helena, 707.963.3646. $$$$

wines, warm hospitality and beautiful scenery.

SHOPPING THE BARLOWA sleek stretch of renovated warehouses (once part of an apple processing plant) in downtown Sebastopol is home to some of the best local food producers, wine-

Bin 415 also offers tours throughout San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods and the Pacific Coast Highway. www.bin415.com. 1616 Grove St., 415.571.9020. Map 2, G4

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AT COPIALocated in Napa’s Oxbow district, the

makers, brewers and artisans. This unique space

CIA at Copia offers daily cooking and beverage

is the first business community in the country to

classes, and is home to a lifestyle and home

connect customers not only with products and

goods store, an 80,000 square-foot indoor and

the people who make them, but also with the

outdoor event and theater space, and the Res-

production itself. www.thebarlow.net. McKinley

taurant at Copia, offering progressive American

St., Sebastopol, 707.824.5600.

cuisine and an extensive wine list. www.ciaatco-

DEAN & DELUCA The gourmet supplier’s store has separate deli, meat, and bakery counters, as well as an on-site wine shop to ensure

pia.com. 500 1st St., Napa, 707.967.2500.

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AT GREYSTONE The historic Napa Valley

one-stop picnic packing. www.deandeluca.com.

institute offers two-hour, hands-on cooking and

607 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena, 707.967.9980.

wine classes where you can create internation-

OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET Visit this gourmet mall for the freshest local ingredients for an afternoon picnic before wine tasting. Or stick around and order from the selection of independent eateries offering elevated takes on pizza, burgers and tacos plus oysters and rotisserie chicken and then grab a seat on the patio overlooking the Napa River. www.oxbowpublicmarket.com. 644 1st St., Napa, 707.226.6529.

SHED Wine, dine and shop at this glass-walled, 10,000-square-foot locavore’s paradise in Healdsburg. You’ll find a store selling high-end kitchen and gardening equipment, local foodstuffs (including grains milled onsite) and books;

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ally inspired dishes or discuss and taste wine in state-of-the-art wine tasting facilities to gain confidence for your next trip to a tasting room, restaurant or wine shop. Stop by to catch a cooking demo, visit the Vintners Hall of Fame, dine at The Gatehouse Restaurant or just take a stroll around campus. www.ciachef.edu/california. 2555 Main St., St. Helena, 707.967.1100.

NAPA VALLEY VINTNERSPlan your next Napa Valley visit with the Winery Map & Trip Planner. Locate wineries, create your itinerary, get directions and send them to your phone using the interactive, searchable map. The Winery Finder helps you search more than 500 wineries. www.napavintners.com.

to its environs. www.svma.org. 551 Broadway,

UPTOWN THEATRE This historic and recently renovated Art Deco entertainment palace opened in 1937 and was host to Hollywood legends such as Clarke Gable and Carole Lombard. Today, its 860 comfy theater seats afford patrons a truly unique experience whether they are laughing at Lewis Black or jammin’ out to BB King. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com. 1350 3rd St., Napa, 707.259.0123.

WEILL HALL AT THE GREEN MUSIC CEN TER Located on the Sonoma State University campus in wine country, this is a world-class indoor-outdoor music complex hosting performances by symphonies and renowned artists like Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Renée Fleming, Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma and many more. gmc. sonoma.edu. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.

ACCOMMODATION CALDERWOOD INNThis historic Queen Anne Victorian mansion is known on the California and Sonoma County Landmarks Registry as the John Miller House. The elegant rooms are furnished with antiques, original wainscotting and Victorian wallpapers. www.calderwoodinn. com. 25 W. Grant St., 707.431.1110.

GRAPE LEAF INNThis restored 1900 Queen Anne Victorian home features 12 romantic rooms, many with private fireplaces. The inn is situated just four blocks from downtown Healdsburg and minutes from more than 100 wineries. www.grapeleafinn.com. 539 Johnson St., 707.395.0929.


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MY WINE COUNTRY

What to sip and savor in wine country

Gordon Huether [Installation Ar tist]

Napa-based artist Gordon Huether is best known for his large-scale, site-specific installations marked by the use of glass, light, rich colors and found objects. In recent years, Huether has also become more visible in the local community, serving on the Napa City Planning Commission. He founded his wine country studio in 1987, and since then, he’s gone on to earn a stream of public and private art commissions from airports, corporations, hospitals and museums all over the world. Wine Country visitors can admire his work in public spaces around Napa as well as at a number of wineries, including Artesa Winery, where he’s served as the artist-in-residence for almost two decades, and the newly opened Blue Note jazz club in downtown Napa. His large, freshly renovated Napa studio, home to a gallery with a rotating selection of his own fine art as well as work by guest artists, is free and open to the public on weekdays. 1821 Monticello Rd., Napa, 707.255.5954, gordonheuther.com What are your favorite Wine Country restaurants? Angèle and Cole’s Chop House here in Napa are my favorites. These two restaurants are classic Napa and were the first restaurants to appear at the beginning of Napa’s renaissance more than a decade ago. The people, the service, the food and the ambiance are second to none.

What local wines have you been enjoying lately? There are just too many to name! I would recommend people visit the Bounty Hunter wine shop in downtown Napa for an incredible collection of hard to find wines.

How does Wine Country influence your art? I’m inspired by the natural beauty and the diverse and high quality architecture of this place.

"Reflections" in Napa

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Do you have a favorite vista point in the region?

My favorite views are from Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga. The only way to get up to their winery is by gondola. It’s a little adventure just getting to the top of their hill! What’s your favorite time of day in Wine Country? The perfect time of day depends on the time of year, but for me I love the early morning winters. It’s misty weather. Everything has a layer of moisture on it, and it simply feels magical. What’s your best advice for visitors planning a day trip to the area? I would start by visiting the

Napa Valley Welcome Center at 600 Main St. in downtown Napa. The staff there is friendly and very well informed on all things Napa Valley. They can help you put a customized itinerary together for your Wine Country adventure. Or visit their website at visitnapavalley.com. Where would you send art lovers visiting Wine Country? We have some amazing art venues here in Napa! The Hess Collection, the di Rosa art preserve and Hall Winery are my top three recommendations. All three are private collections that are open to the public for viewing and inspiration.

Fountain at Artesa Winery

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY GORDON HUETHER; ©ADRIÁN GREGORUTTI; ©MISHA BRUK

What do you love about living and working in Wine Country? I have lived in Napa most of my life and wouldn’t live anywhere else. The extraordinary presence of nature is inspiring for sure. I crisscross the country on a regular basis and am always so happy to come home to this place we call Napa Valley.


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