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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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IN THIS ISSUE
The top Wine Country events.
WINE COUNTRY NOW
Scenic walks, a regional bucket list, art destinations and a winemaker's perspective.
ELEVATED TASTING EXPERIENCES
Wineries invite guests to linger with elaborate tastings.
THE BEST OF THE NEW
Thirteen fresh destinations worth adding to your itinerary.
The region's wineries, restaurants, attractions and shops.
Navigating Wine Country, from north to south and A to Z.
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 612 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 2226 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 2526 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 79 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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• 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.
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!
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
view are Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Andy Goldsworthy and Gerhard ©ISRAEL VALENCIA/COURTESY DI ROSA; COURTESY THE HESS COLLECTION
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,
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
13 DESTINATIONS WORTH SEEKING OUT
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 VINEYARDSThis
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-
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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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
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.
gardens or relax on the beautiful patio and take
BOISSET COLLECTIONThe 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.
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
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
com. 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood,
acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and legendary
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also
CLINE CELLARS This small-production winery produces Rhone varietals and Zinfandel
DOMAINE CARNEROS Champagne’s famed
ETUDE WINESThis 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
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-
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
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WINE COUNTRY GUIDE JAMIESON RANCH VINEYARDSHome of
Located on the high slopes of Mt. George, the
LIANA ESTATESLocated 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 ESTATEThis Napa Valley winery is
KIEU HOANG WINERYFormerly 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
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.
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.
ODETTE ESTATESet 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
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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
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
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-
owned winery gained international recognition
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guided tours at 11 am. www.sterlingvineyards. com. 1111 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga, 800.726.6136.
WINE COUNTRY GUIDE STONY HILL VINEYARDFounded 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,
www.frenchlaundry.com. 6640 Washington St.,
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. $$$
tinct culinary style, which seamlessly integrates
wine list highlights Southern Italian regions
LUCY RESTAURANT & BAR Located in the
Asian and Western ingredients with traditional
and cocktails–like the rest of the menu–are
swanky Bardessono hotel and spa in Napa’s
Japanese techniques. Don’t miss the uni carbon-
inspired by local seasonal produce. L (M-F), D
Yountville, Lucy is named after the property’s
ara or the foie gras chawan mushi—and if you’re
(nightly). www.oenotri.com. 1425 First St., Napa,
lush on-site garden, which drives most of the
feeling adventurous, try the omakase menu. L
menu at this comfortable wine country resort
(W-Su), D (nightly). www.morimotonapa.com.
restaurant. Guests can sit outside and soak in
610 Main St., Napa, 707.252.1600. $$$$
the sun, as well as the views, while dining on
MUSTARDS GRILL There’s no cooking
REDD WOOD Acclaimed chef Richard Reddington introduces his latest venture, Redd Wood. The industrial and funky yet cozy space
impeccably fresh, seasonal offerings from the
method quite as American as the grill, and that’s
boasts an open kitchen with a daily-changing
menu’s three sections: Garden, Ocean and
what this Napa eatery is all about. Named after
menu. Pair interesting local wines with wood-
Range. www.bardessono.com. 6528 Yount St.,
the wild mustard flowers that help nourish vine-
burning oven-baked pizzas, house-made pastas
Yountville, 707.204.6030. $$$$
yard soils every spring, Mustards serves up fish,
and seasonally-inspired side and main dishes,
chops, ribs and steaks with international flavors
featuring meats like oxtail and steak from their
this historic bakery has remained true to
hot off the grill. The eclectic wine list features
charcuterie room. Enjoy a meal in their casual
producing fresh and organic artisan treats
rare vintages from around the world, too. L, D
dining section, private room or bistro-style on
daily, ranging from signature breads, like Pain
(daily). www.mustardsgrill.com. 7399 St. Helena
their outdoor patio. www.redd-wood.com. 6755
Levain, to delicious morning cinnamon buns.
Hwy., Napa, 707.944.2424. $$
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
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 MARKETPLACEThis wine country destina-
SONOMA VALLEY MUSEUM OF ARTA 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 415With over 900 wineries between Napa
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 BARLOWA 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 COPIALocated 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 VINTNERSPlan 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 INNThis 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 INNThis 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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