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Contents Cover Story New Frontier Wine Co.— Raising the Bar on Luxury Annual Best of Napa Valley Readers’ Choice Awards Bordeaux Varieties: Looking to the Future Side Trip: West Sonoma Coast: Edgy and Dramatic 32 36 NEW FRONTIER WINE CO. Raising the Bar on Luxury Bordeaux Varieties: Looking to the Future West Sonoma Coast: Edgy and Dramatic PLUS+ BEST OF 2023 NAPA VALLEY LIFE MAGAZINE BEST OF 2023 66 85 FEATURES 2023 // THE BEST OF NAPA VALLEY ISSUE
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Hill’s Kitchen Memories Collection 58 Clif Family Winery 60 Stark Advantage 64 Anderson’s Conn Valley Winery Spotlights 56 Newton Vineyard 62 Kenefick Ranch Winery Food 74 Napa Valley’s Best Appetizers 78 Cooking with Karen Crouse Special Features 70 Wine Region: Colorado: Adventures for the Wine Seeker Community 80 Sotheby’s Jennifer Klingbeil: Helping Ukrainian Students 82 Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley 84 Napa Valley Country Club: An Unexpected Tennis Destination Real Estate 88 Napa Tracy Style: Confused about Today’s Real Estate Market? Lean on a Local Professional 90 Gary Prince People & Art 92 Artist Isabelle Maynard Local Business Spotlight 94 Best Friend Facial Club 96 Hello Garage of Napa Valley 98 Bespoke Winery Solutions Wealth & Finance 100 Merrill Lynch: Inflation, One of Retirement’s Biggest Risks, Is Back Dining Guide • 102 20 74 70 92 DEPARTMENTS 2023 // THE BEST OF NAPA VALLEY ISSUE NVL contents
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Tourism is an integral part of Napa Valley, but this time of year, Cabernet Season, the valley is all ours. Be a tourist in your own backyard and explore the good life.

The Best of Napa Valley

Happy New Year! In our first issue of 2023, we are pleased to present the winners of our annual Readers’ Choice Best of Napa Valley awards. Each year we poll our readers (both near and far) to vote for their favorite places to eat, drink, shop, and play. After tallying thousands of entries, we publish a short list of the top three winners in each category, a formidable group who stand out among many world-class choices. And the results are in! We invite you to join us in congratulating this year’s all-stars, even stopping by to see them in person to see what all the hoopla is about.

Our cover story features New Frontier Wine Co., one of downtown Napa’s exciting new winery collectives raising the bar on luxury. The new lounge, located on Main Street, offers guests a range of premium wines from the renowned vineyards of Napa Valley as well as international wine regions. The NFWCo. family of brands, which includes 100-point-scoring Lithology, along with Waypoint, Pursuit, and Justice, fall under the guidance of global humanitarian and farmer Alejandro Bulgheroni. Inspired by the infinite permutations of terroir, the NFWCo. umbrella invites visitors to its plush tasting lounge to experience 44 wines in a single space—customizing each experience to the tastes of every guest.

Our Varietal Series focuses on the resurgence of Bordeaux varieties in the shadow of climate change and how California vintners and growers are adapting their agricultural and winemaking strategies to optimize the current and future landscape of California’s ‘king,’ Cabernet Sauvignon. Blends look to be the path of the future, along with some exciting new wines.

Check out California’s newest AVA in our Side Trip story, the West Sonoma Coast. Recently crowned in May 2022, it’s edgy and dramatic, spanning 76 miles from east of the Pacific to south of the Mendocino County border. Cool maritime breezes and creeping fog embrace the grapevines along the jagged coastline, producing complex wines with fresh coastal minerality. Enjoy spectacular Pacific views and cool breezes along the coast, and don’t forget to stop in Bodega Bay or Jenner for a hike, picnic, or to fly a kite on the beach.

Thank you, dear readers, for being our followers and for your thoughtful participation in our annual Best of Napa Valley survey. We and our local businesses appreciate your endorsements and support. Cheers to 2023 and the best that it can be!


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What’s Been Happening Around Town


Presented by Visit Napa Valley, Live in the Vineyard celebrated its 15th anniversary among Napa Valley’s local establishments and premier winery partners on November 1-3. The three-day exclusive festival showcased some of music’s most influential songwriters and performers spanning genres, including Latin, Pop, Hot AC, and more in a uniquely intimate, expertly curated experience with Napa Valley’s most revered winemakers and world-renowned chefs. In addition to the musical festivities, LITV partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a nonprofit organization that treats the toughest childhood cancers and pediatric diseases. St. Jude provided artists with t-shirts on-site and generated content to include them in their “This Shirt Saves Lives” campaign. //

L to R: Dean Lewis, Aloe Blacc, and Sean Douglass performed an in-the-round set to conclude the event at a Send Off Brunch. Photo by Ryan Waneka, JETBLACK JAX performs on the Welcome Reception stage at Robert Mondavi Winery. // Photo by Ryan Waneka, JETBLACK American Authors (L to R: Dave Rublin, Matt Sanchez, Zac Barnett, and Zac Taylor Van Bellman) close out the Welcome Reception stage at Robert Mondavi Winery. Julian Lennon speaks to Matt Pinfield at the Welcome Reception at Robert Mondavi Winery. Photo by Alec Savig, JETBLACK Jake Wesley Rogers performs on the Mainstage event at The Uptown Theatre. Photo by Alec Savig, JETBLACK Latin Billboard chart topper, Arthur Hanlon, participates in St. Jude’s 'This Shirt Saves Lives' campaign to raise awareness at the alent House at Whetstone Wine Cellars. Photo by Alec Savig, JETBLACK


More than 200 guests gathered at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone to attend wine industry tastemaker Kerrin Laz’s fourth annual Winter Wine & Food Fête on December 10. Part of Laz’s Inspire Napa Valley series, which features events in the spring and winter to raise funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Attendees enjoyed a worldclass VIP lunch and auction, curated by Laz, founder and proprietor of K. LAZ WINE COLLECTION and highlighted current and library offerings from Abreu Vineyards, Bryant Estate, Dalla Valle Vineyards, LAZ Wine, Round Pond Estate, Rudd Estate, and Screaming Eagle, followed by a walk-around wine tasting from 29 of California’s most exceptional vintners and winemakers. The event raised $300,000, bringing the grand total to more than $1.9 million the Inspire series has raised for Alzheimer’s research in 2022. //

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Dan Petroski, Proprietor Massican Wine Guests during VIP Lunch Shae Kinsman, Proprietor Kinsman Eades Winner of Screaming Eagle Auction Kerrin & Sommelier team - (Left) Ubaldo Vela, Brian Kulich, Eduardo Dingler, Amanda McCrossin, Laura Koffer, Kerrin Laz, Mary Maher, Isabelle Straka, Francoise Peschon, Barrett Corrigan Nick Gislason, Winemaker Screaming Eagle Auctioneer Ursula Hemacinski


The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) hosted its NVFF 2022 Film, Food and Wine Showcase programming on November 10-13 at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia featuring a curated group of 2022 films and honoree tributes that celebrated artistic achievement and some of this year’s most talked about films and performances. The event marked the NVFF’s post-COVID return to an in-person program and served as a prelude to the 2023 Napa Valley Film Festival. Awards were presented to Laura Dern (Legend Award), Frank Grillo (Spotlight Award), Luis Guzmán and Janelle Monáe (Trailblazer Award), Regina Hall (Maverick Award), Stephanie Hsu and Cooper Raiff (Rising Star Award). //

Spotlight Award recipient Frank Grillo, Legend Award Recipient Laura Dern and Trailblazer Award Recipent Luis Guzman Rising Star Award Honoree Stephanie Hsu VIP Dinner Maverick Award Nominee Regina Hall and Trailblazer Award Honoree Janelle Monae Frank Grillo Rick Gerber with Writer-Director Cooper Raiff Luis Guzman Legend Award Recipient Laura Dern and Lauren Ackerman of Ackerman Family Vineyards


On November 5th wine connoisseurs came together at Napa Valley’s Opus One to celebrate camaraderie and dedication to doing good. Three-Michelin-starred chef, Christopher Kostow, created a menu based upon his own American upbringing and the singular beauty and bounty of the Napa Valley. Proceeds from the 2022 Vintage Celebration are dedicated to protecting the entire Napa community by meaningfully addressing the most urgent wildfire and environmental stewardship efforts: Fire Prevention, Mitigation & Restoration. The monies raised support the Napa County Firewise Foundation and Napa County Resource Conservation District with a commitment to establish and maintain protective firebreaks over approximately 100 miles and restore forest health and resiliency by planting the right trees in the right places through the Million Trees Napa program. //

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Max and Jacki Guinn and Sunder and Annette Subbaroyan gather together at the Collective Napa Valley Vintage Celebration at Opus One. Vintners Cyril Chappellet of Chappellet Vineyards, Daphne Araujo of Accendo Cellars and Robin Baggett of Alpha Omega enjoy the Vintage Celebration Special wines were shared among the vintners at The Winemaker Tasting at Inglenook. Inglenook hosted The Winemakers Tasting and vintner lunch on a beautiful fall day. Guests of the Vintage Celebration dinner at Opus One enjoy the best wines that Napa Valley has to offer. Chef Christopher Kostow featured delicious food from his new Loveski restaurant inspired menu Jamie Richie auctioneer from Sotheby’s presents a magnum of Colgin Cellars to winning bidders Kristine Calderon and Don Dady



An Evening with Andrea Bocelli & Family was held at the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, CA on December 2 benefitting the educational programs of Festival Napa Valley and the international work of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. Honored guests included Festival Napa Valley Arts for All supporters as well as artists Andrea Bocelli, Virginia Bocelli, Larisa Martínez, and Eugene Kohn. Dinner, paired with Tusk Estate Napa Valley wine, was hosted by Michael and Tara Uytengsu. The evening was made possible by the generous support of Olivia Decker, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. The event was part of Festival Napa Valley’s 2022 Arts for All Gala auction, which raised a record-breaking $3.9 million in July. // www.

Karen and Rick Walker, Eva Zanetti, Andrea Bocelli, Maur Zanetti, Olivia Hsu Decker Paul Pelosi, Larisa Martinez and Nancy Pelosi Tara and Michael Uytengsu Rich and Leslie Frank, Michael Uytengsu SF Mayor London Breed, Andrea Bocelli, Virginia Berti Bocelli Virginia Berti Bocelli and Andrea Bocelli

Celebrating Together. Enjoying Wine. Doing Good.

In Napa Valley, we understand the importance of the greater community, a community of wine enthusiasts who share in our love of Napa Valley wines.

Collective Napa Valley is for all of us. There is a place at our proverbial table for anyone who enjoys wine and believes in doing good.

Join us in 2023

March: Open the Cellar Wine Sale

June 2-3: Signature Weekend in Napa Valley

November: Napa Valley’s Vintage Celebration

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Upcoming Parties, Concerts, Celebrations and Events

Event dates subject to change. Please check event websites for current schedules.

January 21 – February 19


The Napa Lighted Art Festival returns in 2023 for an eight-week celebration of creative arts, technology, and lights, showcasing innovative techniques using light and light technologies as a growing art medium. This walkable outdoor experience is free in downtown Napa featuring eight lighted art sculptures. So, bring the family and experience the magic! //

February 1 – March 31


Celebrate the bloom. Immerse yourself in the magic of Mustard Season as wine country’s restaurants, wineries, hotels, tour companies, galleries, and shops come alive with mustard-themed special offers and events to celebrate the annual explosion of yellow blossoms. Whether it be wine and food pairings, weekend hotel packages, mustard-themed spa treatments, guided hikes and tours, art exhibits, or painting classes, it is a special time of the year to build your itinerary. //

Weekends: February 11 – March 23


Referred to as the heart of Napa Valley, Yountville is hosting a fun event during Mustard Season. Each weekend, beautiful glass hearts that are individually created, signed and numbered by Napa Valley glass artist Patti Wessman will be placed along Washington Street for all to find. Stroll through Town enjoying the Art Walk and find these lovely treasures hidden in plain site by the town’s Arts Commissioners. On the February 23-26 weekend, find the large yellow heart and bring it to the Community Center for a special gift (Both yours to keep). //

March 5


Run, Sip and Savor! Established in 1979, the Napa Valley Marathon has always been dedicated to fostering and promoting quality road racing in an inspiring setting. The marathon has earned a reputation for outstanding runner support, attention to detail, and a beautiful point-to-point course along the Silverado Trail. The marathon starts in Calistoga

at Brannon Road and the Half Marathon starts at Conn Creek, both ending at Vintage High School. The addition of the half marathon and 5K to the catalog of events makes the race weekend experience available for more runners to enjoy the Napa Valley. The marathon is a nonprofit, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years back into the local community of the Napa Valley. //

March 9 – 12


The 2nd Annual Sonoma Epicurean Weekend kicks off in style on Thursday, March 9 with four exclusive Winery Dinners featuring antioxidant-rich food prepared by the region’s finest chefs. The signature series of events are focused on lifestyle, wellness and sustainability and feature curated, hands-on experiences with award-winning chefs, local artisans and world-class vintners. Participating wineries include Benovia, Bricoleur, Chalk Hill and Vérité partnered with renowned chefs such as Chef Dustin Vallette of Valette Healdsburg, Chef Thomas Bellac,

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Chef Jason Pringle and Chef Charlie Palmer. Proceeds from the event will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research to fund game-changing cancer research and related programs. //

March 17 – 18


Renown Wine Country Chef Charlie Palmer hosts the 16th Annual Celebration of Pigs & Pinot at Hotel Healdsburg. The celebratory weekend offers a series of intimate dining and educational events hosted by Chef Palmer. A cast of Master Sommeliers and international celebrity chefs will showcase some of the world’s greatest Pinots Noirs with perfect pork pairings. The weekend lineup includes a series of events beginning with the Taste of Pigs & Pinot on Friday evening, followed by the Tournament of the Pig, Ultimate Pinot Smackdown, Dry Creek Kitchen’s Gala Dinner and Spoonbar’s Swine & Wine Dinner. //

April 1


It’s back! bASH 2023, Appellation St. Helena’s annual food and wine pairing competition, will be held in the barrel room at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. No ordinary wine tasting, bASH pairs an ASH member’s wine with a savory bite prepared by CIA student chefs or esteemed local restaurant chefs in a competition where the guests are the judges. Throughout the event, attendees will taste all the pairings and vote for their favorites, and winners will be presented with awards at the end. //

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Four Seasons Resort & Residences

Napa Valley and the Calistoga Wine Growers celebrate spring by offering a chance to taste exceptional Calistoga AVA wines from some of the regions premier wines produced from the rich, volcanic soils of the Calistoga wine region. Guests will also enjoy sampling gourmet fare from Calistoga’s finest restaurants. //

Inside Track

What the Locals are Doing

JAX White Mule Diner Happiest of Hours

Join the fun every day from 6- 9 pm at JAX Diner and enjoy discounts on bar snacks, $7 house cocktails and $6 -$7 deals on select beers and wine. Don’t miss the entertainment on Monday for live music and Thursday, which is Trivia Night (all during happy hour.) //

La Hacienda Bar & Grill

Napa insiders know La Hacienda has been a cornerstone in the community known for its outstanding Mexican cuisine made with high quality fresh ingredients. Located in the up-and-coming Food Mill shopping center in South Napa, the restaurant has both dine in and carry out options as well as a nice selection of Mexican beer and tequila. //

Charlie Palmer Steak Happy Hour

Pop over to Charlie Palmer’s bar and lounge in the Archer Hotel between 4pm and 7pm Thursday through Monday and enjoy great deals at happy hour. Cocktails and house wines are available for $10 and draft beer is only $5 as well as a handful of small plates from the appetizer menu for $10. Don’t miss the Weekly Happenings: ½ off burgers on Mondays, $5 Lobster Corn Dogs on Thursdays and Fridays, the Baked Oysters are only $2.50. //

Napa Palisades Saloon

Kids Eat Free Wednesdays

Enjoy one of Napa’s most family-friendly restaurants on Wednesday nights when kids can eat for free! For any adult entrée ordered, kids 12 or under can order any item off the kids’ menu for no charge. Favorites include the cheeseburger, chicken tenders, mac and cheese and the root beer float. //

St. Clair Brown Locals Night

It’s back! Every third Thursday of the month locals and visitors alike gather in the garden at St. Clair Brown Winery and Brewery and enjoy wine by the glass for half price, and all beer on tap for $5. 6pm-8pm. //


LET THE GAMES BEGIN Bring Wine Country Fun Indoors

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Baby, it's cold outside. When the temperatures drop in wine country, it's a chance to cozy up inside, perhaps next to the fire with a favored glass of wine. Or maybe, it's an opportunity to brush up on your wine knowledge by playing a game like wine trivia or even something a little simpler like bingo. Whether seeking healthy competition among family members or stimulating conversation among friends who love and appreciate wine, there's a game for everyone on this list.


Wine Bingo is a simple yet addictively fun option that doesn't take too much commitment. Big Dot of Happiness compiles a set with Wine Bingo cards and markers–18 game cards, 18 perforated market sheets, and one perforated call sheet. The cards feature wine-related words, like wine rack, wine cellar, and wine varieties like port and Shiraz, instead of numbers and follow the traditional rules of bingo.

Pairing Suggestion: Sip on a Blanc de Blanc from Sonoma or Lambrusco; the bubbles match the nature of the simple, easy-going game.


There may not be much physical real estate left on the market in Napa Valley, but thanks to Monopoly's limited-edition Napa Valley board that was launched in conjunction with manufacturer, Top Trumps USA at Napa Valley's Frank Family Vineyards in Fall 2022, there's now a chance to at least pretend to buy up some of the most iconic property in this region. The board features cultural sites, historical landmarks, and of course, famous wineries, including Frank Family Vineyards, Beringer Vineyards, and Sterling Vineyards, to name a few. The rules are the same, but there are regional twists, like the wine tax and Napa mortgage fines.

Pairing suggestion: A classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay from one of the formerly listed historic vineyards is an appropriate way to get into the spirit of the game.


From Uncorked Games comes what they describe as "the party game of wine, wit, and wordplay." Step one, get a lively group together. Step two, pour up a flight of wine (four samples are recommended per game). Next, sample the wine, pick one of the 54 themes from the game cards, then write down your description. Once everyone has written their thoughts on the wine, which can be silly or serious, every player gets a vote to pick their favorite description. At the end of the game, the person with the most votes (i.e., points) wins bragging rights.

Pairing Suggestion: Since this game involves tasting wines, choose various wine styles from different regions to keep things interesting, like a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Malbec from Argentina, white Burgundy, and a Bordeaux blend.


For a more meditative indoor activity, this 1000-piece wine jigsaw puzzle will entertain players of all ages. When assembled, the puzzle is 27 x 20 inches showcasing a mirage of labels from Tierra Vieja Rioja to Malbec and Zinfandel. The pieces are colorful and will certainly provide a challenge to the most successful puzzle solver.

Pairing Suggestion: Open a bottle of Beaujolais and enjoy the juicy red cherry notes that make it perfect for sipping

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without food so players can keep their hands free for puzzling.


There's no game quite as simultaneously educational yet entertaining as trivia. Wine Wars tests wine enthusiasts and wine lovers with categories like Vine to Vino (growing grapes, making wine, and world production), Wine Cellar (selecting, storing, and tasting wine), and Cork Culture (wine people, business, arts and science, and trivia). Sample questions include: What is the world's most renowned grape for making top-quality red wine? Which wine is the most likely to complement spicy Asian and Indian food–Gewürztraminer or Chardonnay?

Pairing Suggestion: Since this game is more fun with a bigger crowd—maybe even in teams—having a few bottles on hand of an accessible, easy-to-drink variety like Pinot Noir makes sense to appease the masses.

meliers with the idea that anyone should be able to enjoy wine and to make learning how to taste wine like a professional more approachable, no matter how much wine knowledge one has. The game starts with a dedicated somm placing their bottle of wine in a bag that conceals the label; players then take turns guessing the mystery wine using the Sommify method of deductive tasting that includes country, grape, sight, aroma, acidity, tannin to name a few.

Pairing Suggestion: Every player must bring a bottle of their favorite wine from a list of approved wines in the Sommify instruction booklet; keep it a secret until it's time to reveal.


Who said the traditions of Friday night in college had to stay there after graduation? Prosecco Pong elevates the cult-favorite and supremely interactive game of beer pong with its coup glasses and the bubbly reward of a sip when an opponent makes a cup. Talking Tables makes a set equipped with 12 plastic Prosecco flutes and three ping pong balls which are perfect for livening up an afternoon or evening with friends. Place six Prosecco glasses on either end of the table and split into teams; take turns trying to land the ball into the glasses of the opposing team. If the ball lands, they drink (responsibly, of course).

Pairing Suggestion: Just because it's branded as Prosecco Pong doesn't necessarily mean Prosecco has to be used – any bubbles will do, from Cava to Crémant.

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Nap a’s Spa and Wellness Scene

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To state the obvious: Napa Valley is undoubtedly a wine enthusiast’s destination. It’s also an epicurean’s dream, buzzing with eateries that prioritize regional flavors presented in a world-class way. But there’s also an underrated reason to visit the Valley — one that, once realized, can’t be unseen — and that’s the region’s wellness offerings.

It all started in Calistoga more than 500 years ago when members of the Wappo tribe found natural volcanic hot springs at the base of Mount St. Helena; the warm water was revered for its healing powers that ultimately became an attraction that made the travel worthwhile. Then, about 160 years ago, in 1862, Calistoga saw its first Hot Springs Hotel, giving visitors, who

goat’s milk and rose bath, all luxurious ways to immerse in and absorb the bounty of natural wellness on the property. //


tended to be wealthy Bay area businessmen seeking solace in the natural springs, a place to stay awhile. Today, this hotel has been revamped and rebranded as Indian Springs, but its selling point remains the same: two restorative pools filled with natural thermal waters containing therapeutic and healing minerals.

Though Indian Springs is one of the most popular wellness facilities in Napa Valley, let alone the West Coast, there are now more options than ever to indulge in self-care and self-pampering that extend beyond the standard massage or soothing bath. Local resorts have adapted to the increasing demand for unique spa treatments and well-being initiatives, updating their wellness offerings for all guests, outof-towners, and locals alike to experience a slice of serenity here in the Valley. Here

are some of the best wellness offerings currently available.


This historic property captures volcanic ash and mineral water from its four onsite geysers to create its Iconic Mud Bath, a detoxifying and relaxing standalone treatment or a prelude to a massage. The treatment consists of easing into a mud tub with a mud attendant ensuring neck to toe is covered with the warm volcanic mud, a prelude to a mineral water soak, which encourages the minerals and salts to penetrate further into the skin. The session concludes with time in the infrared sauna and a cozy wrap and nap period. Various mineral baths are available to supplement this treatment, from the classic mineral bath to the elevated

Opened in 1952, Dr. Wilkinson’s is another storied destination retreat in the Valley that keeps its dedication to therapeutic wellness via the onsite geothermals alive today. Along with its traditional mud and mineral baths that aid with circulation and pain relief, it recently launched a “Better You” series, offering educational wellness classes running through March. The classes are a way for guests to partake in wellness treatments and better understand the benefits of specific therapies, how to prolong them, and how to make wellness a lifestyle. //


Located in the sprawling property’s Estate Cave underneath the estate vineyards, the 22,000-square-foot Spa Terra is Napa Valley’s only spa cave. The unique setting ensures immediate relaxation upon entry, furthered by its health and wellness offerings, from vineyard yoga hikes to meditation and relaxation workshops taught by community healers. For the fitness buff, book a personal trainer for a tailored 60-minute class. For spa-goers, each treatment focuses on a wellness approach, using aromatherapy and CBD treatments

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Photo Courtesy of the Meritage Resort & Spa Dr. Wilkinson’s Indoor Mineral Pool Photo by Mark Compton

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Spa Talisa is an ode to the "beautiful water" of the region, a direct Native American translation. Along with detoxifying mud massages, seed-toskin treatments incorporate the region’s prized grapes into therapies. napavalley

customized to each guests needs. The Aroma Wellness Journey is a popular treatment as the session includes a curated aromatherapy blend customized to each guest’s wellness needs, including wellness intention or Chakra gemstone oil, used throughout the relaxing 80- or 100-minute massage (gifted post-treatment.) The Rose Quartz Reversive Facial includes natural contouring and lymphatic drainage to focus on the regeneration of skin showing signs of tiredness for instant luminosity and radiance. //


New additions to this 68-room, adultsonly resort on Beringer Vineyards are the complimentary Alila Journeys, developed to encourage wellness throughout proprietary experiences. It includes Balance and Botanicals, an opportunity for guests to learn about the holistic benefits of estategrown herbs from which they can craft a personalized cocktail or mocktail. Brushes & Sip is a sip-and-paint class featuring artful, regional wines; Scents of the Valley is an interactive workshop that starts with a visit to the onsite chef’s garden and concludes with a take-home perfume or room spray handmade by the guest. Lastly, Sound Bath Healing is a guided crystal bowl sound bath meditation for relaxation and balance. For a more spiritual wellness offering, Alila Napa Valley recently introduced its’ In the Stars Astrology Reading, where guests can pay for a 90-minute individual or couples’ analysis of the stars’ alignment at the time of birth and what it reveals for one’s life journey. //


Built in and around nature, it’s no wonder that Bardessono’s spa menu emphasizes the benefits of natural ingredients. Their Bioactive Botanical Facial is a 50-minute multi-correctional adaptogenic facial therapy that uses a blend of 27 botanicals, peptides, and super bioactive metabolites extracted from reishi, shiitake, snow, and Chaga mushroom ferment. The exclusive blend penetrates deep into the skin to activate regeneration and stimulate brighter, tighter, more hydrated skin. The experience includes an immune-boosting neck and décolleté massage that provides anti-inflammatory and respiratory support. //


The 20,000 square-foot spa offers a three-part Mudslide treatment that involves an essential oil-enhanced mud slather, soaking in a tub filled with geothermal mineral waters and listening to harmonic music in sound chairs. solage/

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Its self-care treatment uses a full-body scrub of sea salts mixed with herbal extracts to exfoliate and nourish the skin.

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After one of the impressive spa treatments, guests can sip on an exclusive wellness tea blend crafted by Napa organic tea farm ERDA. The spearmint, lemon verbena blend tea is handpicked, dried, and packaged for a tranquil way to keep unwinding post-therapy. aubergedusoleil/

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Wine Girl

Husband and wife team Trevor Johnson and Amy Mason bring the delights of their popular Scottsdale wine bar to downtown Napa. Wine Girl reimagines the wine drinking experience creating a wonderful, light, bright and refreshing space for all to enjoy. They feature rotating wines on tap, a reserve bottle/by the glass list, locally crafted beers, spritzes and other libations along with an ever-changing array of food options served up in a delightfully chic, Insta-worthy interior. Open Tuesday – Sunday

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1321 First St., Suite A, Napa //

Nosh Napa

Vicky Acosta and Juan Carlos Acosta, acclaimed for their experience and high level of service in top Napa Valley resorts such as Meadowood, recently opened Nosh Napa in the Silverado Plaza Shopping Center. The Mexican-American themed menu comprises “things they enjoy at home,” such as pancakes, chilaquiles, tacos made with handmade tortillas, handmade empanadas, burgers and salads. Open daily for breakfast between 7am and 2pm and lunch 11am to 2pm.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 641 Trancas St., Napa

Morimoto Asia

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto opened his second restaurant, Morimoto Asia, in downtown Napa. Located around the corner from his award-winning sushi restaurant, Morimoto, the 170-seat restaurant provides an intimate dining experience and an eclectic menu that includes appetizers, soups, dim sum and signature dishes that showcase Chef Morimoto’s favorite Asian flavors, plus a diverse selection of beer, wine, whiskey and sake. Open for dinner Monday – Saturday and dim sum brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm.


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Scala Osteria

To much acclaim, Bistro Don Giovanni’s sister restaurant, Scala Osteria, is the newest addition to downtown Napa’s burgeoning restaurant scene. The bistro focuses on traditional Southern Italian seafood-centered recipes meant to be shared with family and friends. Guests are invited to relax in the warm and vibrant dining room, which includes a beautiful oyster bar and a delightful menu that has something for everyone, including fresh seafood, salads, housemade pasta, and Neapolitan-style pizzas. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30am to 10pm and late-night service from 10-11pm.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1141 First St., Napa //

TJ Dim Sum Food Truck

In partnership with Fion Wang, Restauranteur Thomas Megna (Empress M) and his wife Jing are on the move with the launch of their Napa food truck, TJ Dim Sum. The mobile feast offers a fresh and delicious menu combination of Chinese, Vietnam, Filipino, Korean and Thai food that includes something for everyone, including soups, salads, curries, bao, spring rolls, steamed pork buns, bulgogi, potstickers, and noodles. The truck can be found from 11am – 7:30pm Mon – Thurs at 3319 Jefferson St., Napa, and Fri – Sun at Feast it Forward, 728 First St., Napa. Pick-up orders may be placed online.


Backstage Winery

Backstage Winery is now located in the old Andretti Winery space on Big Ranch Road in north Napa. Tucked into a grove of poplar and cypress trees and just two miles from downtown Napa, the Tuscan-style estate touts gorgeous vineyard and mountain views. Under the guidance of winemaker Angelo Pera, the winery produces a selection of small lot, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay. Tastings (or picnics!) can be arranged by appointment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa //

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Photo by Amy Little Photo Courtesy of Backstage Winery Thomas Megna, Jing, and Fion Wang in front of the new TJ Dim Sum Food Truck
NFWCo. Winemaker Matt (L)Sands and Managing Director James Silver (R) // Photo by Bob McClenahan


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With its status as America’s top food and wine destination—and with well over 500 wineries to visit—calling any experience in Napa Valley “new” verges on hyperbole, but that is precisely what New Frontier Wine Company has created in downtown Napa. Combining bottles from legendary Napa Valley vineyards and international wines in a lounge-like space, New Frontier Wine Co. has launched a thoroughly novel tasting experience for visitors and locals alike.

Rather than showcasing the wines of a single estate, the relaxed lounge offers guests a range of wines—from standard-bearing regions like Bordeaux to boundary-pushing estates in Patagonia and Beckstoffer Heritage

vineyards. The family of brands, which includes 100-point-scoring Lithology in addition to Waypoint, Pursuit, and Justice, shares centralized ownership under the guidance of global humanitarian and farmer Alejandro Bulgheroni. Inspired by the infinite permutations of terroir, the NFWCo. umbrella allows visitors to the tasting lounge to experience 44 wines in a single space—customizing each experience to the tastes of every guest.

The expansive selection from the world’s top sites is reason enough to visit NFWCo., but its tasting lounge with plush leather chairs set amid a casual living-room-styled environment and hours that cater to after-work schedules takes visiting Napa up a notch.

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For wine connoisseurs especially, the impact of NFWCo.’s innovative offerings is massive: The vast array of wines available—and available to taste—means there’s no need to secure allocations or purchase top-rated wines overseas. With its range of prices, from approachable to the special occasion bottle, NFWCo.’s collection offers global flavors to all drinkers.

“You don’t come here by accident,” said Managing Director James Silver, who also serves as an importer in the company. “You come here specifically for the wine.”


The tasting lounge, centrally located in downtown Napa, offers multiple tasting options, including a by-the-glass pour, often starting at $10. For those who prefer a more formal tasting, there are menu options to select a flight with prices ranging from $25 to $100. Opening hours cater to local residents whose work schedules may prevent a visit to most wineries that close at 4 pm.

NFWCo. welcomes walk-ins and reservations by appointment until 6 pm or 7 pm, depending on the season, a schedule unheard of in most tasting rooms within California. Its 100-point wine-tasting experience, while seated in one of several coves and nooks designed with laid-back luxury in mind, confirms there’s no better place to sip top-rated wines of the world.

The collection of wines curated by Silver includes Lithology, Justice, Waypoint, Pursuit, Renwood, Alkina, Otronia, and Devoción. And NFWCo.’s domestic offerings include wines from undisputed top vineyards such as Beckstoffer’s To Kalon, Dr. Crane, Las Piedras, and Georges III vineyards, and Ritchie, to name a handful.


While the name “New Frontier” would be a fitting title—given the team’s tasting

lounge offerings alone, there’s more to New Frontier than an innovative tasting menu. The name is a nod to the 1960 nomination acceptance speech of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, in which he addressed the nation’s challenges and the opportunities that could be realized by confronting them. Kennedy’s description of “a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils— a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats” prophesied America’s future. The NFWCo. draws a parallel between these ideas, the challenges, and the opportunities confronting the wine industry today.

The collection strives to push the limits of premium viticulture and winemaking, thus exploring and exposing the “new frontiers” of wine—including extreme vineyards in Patagonia and Australia. Through the brand’s centralized ownership, the wineries can pool their collective

Combining diverse wines in a welcoming space at hours and prices that appeal to all, New Frontier Wine Co. thoughtfully reimagines the modern winetasting experience.

resources and expertise across continents, creating exceptional wines that deliciously present their unique terroirs.

NFWCo. approaches the challenges of a changing climate, sustainability, and new generations’ evolving attitudes toward wine with the same optimistic ethos as the then-presidential nominee Kennedy. These ideas include utilizing technology and teamwork to approach today's challenges facing the wine industry. By combining the expertise of world-renowned winemakers and farming experts around the globe, NFWCo. is confident in its

Valley icons Screaming Eagle and Bryant Estate. At Bryant Estate, Sands met the French-American winemaker Philippe Melka. The two stayed connected over the years, and in 2015, when Sands and his family moved to California full-time, Melka referred him to the Lithology project in St. Helena, where he’s been ever since.

Time spent with Melka at Lithology and NFWCo. offered Sands a valuable lesson in how vintages perform when blending more restrained wines. It also doesn’t hurt that Melka and Sands are often joined by French celebrity wine consultant Michel

2019 “Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard” and “Beckstoffer To Kalon” Cabernet Sauvignon are the result of access to unique terroirs.

“It’s not just the climate of To Kalon that’s good,” said Sands. “It’s the particular climate that, combined with the alluvial soil, gives an expression of Cabernet Sauvignon that is fruit forward and unique.”

Sands’ goal is to develop a brand identity that caters to those who seek sensory discovery through the adventure of wine tasting. Influenced by his

ability to continue to push the boundaries of winemaking into new frontiers.


The local team at NFWCo. includes some of California’s most awarded winemakers: Matt Sands, Michel Rolland, Philippe Melka, Maayan Koschitzky, Alberto Antonini, Joe Shebl, and Juan Pablo Murgia. The team blends each wine together, resulting in truly complex bottlings that impress on the table.

Matt Sands, the winemaker for Lithology who leads winemaking initiatives for all of New Frontier’s domestic wines, is a native of New Zealand’s tiny Waiheke Island. He received his education there at New Zealand’s Eastern Institute of Technology, and he learned winemaking locally and through internships at Napa

Rolland. Rolland’s expertise has helped craft Lithology wines, as does the expertise of Napa Valley star Maayan Koschitsky.

Sands and these esteemed wine industry greats collaborate to finalize the blending of premium-style wines. The intricate task of vinification is where Sands completes 80 percent of the winemaking before team blending sessions begin—a process that can include upwards of 48 lots of Cabernet Sauvignon.

“With Philippe on my left shoulder and Michel on my right, they’re like songwriters,” said Silver, with obvious reverence for Rolland’s ability to blend several lots into a composed release. Rolland assists in identifying missing components before handing over his picks to Melka. “Rolland's accuracy is intimidating. It's like watching a virtuoso."

Sands shared how Lithology's premium wines, such as the impressive

global experience, including training at Passage Rock, Man O’ War, and Stonyridge Vineyard, Sands crafts authentic expressions of each vineyard site.

At NFWCo.’s chic lounge, Sands’ wines are served side-by-side with international bottlings from the collection, including Australia’s Alkina, Argentina’s Otronia and Devoción labels, and Bordeaux estates Château de Bleyzac, Château Maubert, and Château de Langalerie.

Combining diverse wines in a welcoming space at hours and prices that appeal to all, New Frontier Wine Co. thoughtfully reimagines the modern wine-tasting experience. Despite their central location in a region dominated by tradition, NFWCo. is pushing the boundaries with its refreshing, original, and delicious experiences.

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The results are in! Napa Valley Life is pleased to present our annual Best of Napa Valley Readers’ Choice Awards. The voting process launched in September with an aggressive digital campaign soliciting our readers to vote for their favorite people, places, and things in Napa Valley. When we tally the votes at the beginning of December, we are always impressed with the thousands of responses we receive, including the input we collect in the write-in section. We consider nominations that were not on our list and requests for groupings

to consider. This year, thanks to your suggestions, we separated the Best Tasting Room classifications into two and added three new categories: Best Coffee Shop/Bar, Best Brewery, and Best Food Truck. And for that, we thank you. Your participation and thoughtful input make this your list, and we are honored to have the opportunity to share the results.

So please join us in congratulating all the winners, as well as the many nominees from which you had to choose. Most of them are there because of you.

Photo by Bob McClenahan

BEST Wine Collective

PVintners Collective


1245 Main St., Napa

Vintners Collective is the bonded tasting room for a select group of small, familyowned Napa wineries. Located on Main Street in a renovated historic building, originally a saloon and brothel dating back to 1875, VC is a favorite place to stop, sip and check out some wines only found in Napa Valley. Their wine club is rated as one of Napa Valley’s most popular, and so is their tasting room, where visitors gather for laughter and fun while sampling some of wine country’s most phenomenal wines.

The Studio by Feast it Forward • 2nd 707-819-2403

1031 McKinstry St., Napa

The Saint • 3rd 707-302-5130

1351 Main St., St. Helena

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BEST Estate Winery Tasting Room

PSequoia Grove Winery


8338 St. Helena Hwy., Napa

Located in the heart of wine country in the Rutherford AVA, Sequoia Grove crafts a wide range of elegant and approachable wines from which they’ve developed curated tasting experiences. Visitors can hang out in their lively tasting room or relax on their shady patios surrounded by majestic redwoods while their friendly staff presents current releases, a Single-Vineyard tasting, which focuses on their world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, or for a more intimate experience, a food and wine pairing which showcases limited production wines and a creative menu prepared by Winery Chef, Britny Maureze.

Frank Family Vineyards • 2nd


1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga

Domaine Carneros • 3rd


1240 Duhig Road, Napa

Castello di Amorosa • 3rd


4045 St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga

BEST Wine Tour

PPlatypus Wine Tours


182 Camino Oruga, Napa

Platypus Wine Tours is best known for its fun, interesting small-group wine tours (approx. 12 guests) of Napa and Sonoma wine country. The curated tours include stops at several wineries where guests learn local history, culture, and winemaking, along with a picnic lunch. Platypus also offers customized private and group tours for corporate outings and events such as birthday parties, wedding guest groups, and more.

Beau Wine Tours • 2nd Napa: 707-257-0887

Sonoma: 707-938-8001

21707 Eighth St., E, Suite A, Sonoma

Napa Private Tours • 3rd 707-815-9256

1052 Shetler Ave., Napa

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Julien Fayard

190 Camino Oruga, Napa

Originally from Provence, Julien Fayard’s two-decade history as one of Napa Valley’s most respected winemakers has earned him recognition for producing some of California’s most sought-after, award-winning wines. With a heritage in Bordeaux’s Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte and working alongside Philippe Melka in Napa Valley, the excellence of his craft can be experienced among more than two dozen brands, which include Le Pich, Purlieu, Patel, Taplin Cellars, to name a few, as well as his own labels which include among others, Julien Fayard Wines and Covert Estate. Fayard manages all of his winemaking operations at Fayard Winemaking, a production and management operation in South Napa.

Tracey Reichow • 2nd 707-321-0866

1352 4th Ave., Napa

Heidi Barrett • 3rd 707-942-1105

PO Box 441, Calistoga

Julien Fayard Photo by Suzanne Becker Bronk

Sequoia Grove

Sequoia Grove winery

Experience why Sequoia Grove has been recognized as “The Best Napa Valley Tasting Room” and “Best Estate Winery Tasting Room” for three years!

Experience why Sequoia Grove has been recognized as “The Best Napa Valley Tasting Room” and “Best Estate Winery Tasting Room” for three years!

To book your reservation, scan the QR code, visit, text or call 707-339-5757 or email

To book your reservation, scan the QR code, visit, text or call 707-339-5757 or email


BEST Boutique Winery PViader Winery

707-963-3816 • 1120 Deer Park Rd., Deer Park •

Located on a beautiful estate in the hills of Howell Mountain, Viader is best known for its limited production Bordeaux varietals and blends, all of which exude complexity and elegance. Visitors are invited to tour the beautiful mountain property, vineyard and caves, followed by a curated selection of current offerings while seated overlooking one of the most breathtaking views in Napa Valley.

Handwritten Wines • 2nd

6494 Washington St., Yountville

Sill Family Vineyards • 3rd 707-259-2929

2929 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa

BEST Bar/Cocktails PAuberge

du Soleil


180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford aubergedusoleil

Enjoy a leisurely lunch, drinks, and something to share at Auberge de Soleil’s Bistro and Bar. A hot spot at sunset, the venue offers breathtaking views of Napa Valley from the outdoor terrace while enjoying a respite from a day of wine tasting. Along with handcrafted cocktails, local wines are available by the bottle or glass, along with small bites, plates to share, or main course sandwiches, salads, and entrees.

Goose and Gander • 2nd 707-967-8779

1245 Spring St., St. Helena

Andaz Hotel Roof Bar • 3rd 707-687-1234

1450 First St., Napa



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1407 2nd St., Napa

Located in the heart of downtown Napa, Be Bubbly is a Champagne and sparkling wine lounge with the mantra to “live life to its bubbliest.” The lively bar on 2nd Street is always percolating with guests and members (fondly referred to as “Bubbleheads”) enjoying the special selections of the day accompanied by small bites. Be Bubbly is also known for its fun events and entertainment, whether it be live music, a local DJ, or comedians who perform most nights of the week.

Photo courtesy of Viader

Ackerman Family Vineyards • 2nd 855-238-9463

608 Randolph St., Napa

Alpha Omega Collective • 3rd 707-294-6960

1245 1st St., Napa

BEST Wine Bar

PBe Bubbly


1407 2nd St., Napa

Located on 2nd St, right off the main drag in downtown Napa, Be Bubbly is the first and only dedicated Champagne & Sparkling wine lounge in Napa Valley. However, Be Bubbly offers much more than just Champagne. They hand-select the best sparkling wines from both home and abroad to bring their

followers the most eclectic options, promising fun in every flute.

Market St. Helena • 2nd 707-963-3799

1347 Main St., St. Helena

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant • 3rd 707-257-5200 • 610 1st St., Napa

Cadet Wine & Beer Bar • 3rd 707-224-4400

930 Franklin St., Napa

BEST Brewery

PCalistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery


1250 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga

Headed up by Brewmaster Tim Campos, the Napa Valley Brewing Company was the first commercial brewery in Napa since the end of prohibition in 1933. Producing approximately 450 barrels a year in their 7-barrel gasfired brewhouse, the brewery makes five principal beers with seasonal beers released throughout the year. The beers are served in 16 oz. cans or 64 oz. Growlers can be enjoyed onsite in the Calistoga Inn & Restaurant at the pub, on the patio, or in the beer garden—or packed to go.

Fieldwork Brewing Company • 2nd 707-927-3514

1046 McKinstry St., Napa

Mad Fritz Brewery and Malthouse • 3rd


393 La Fata St., St. Helena

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PDomaine Carneros


1240 Duhig Rd., Napa

Founded by the noble family behind Champagne Taittinger, Domaine Carneros is best known as a small grower-producer of Méthode

Traditionelle sparkling wine and Pinot Noir from their estate vineyards and their breathtakingly beautiful Chateau. They are also very well known for their expansive outdoor terrace, which overlooks the rolling hills of Carneros, providing an idyllic setting for a sampling of sparkling wines or one of their elevated experiences, which include wine and food pairing options from chips and dip to caviar.

Alpha Omega Winery • 2nd 707-963-9999

1155 Mee Ln., St. Helena

Tres Sabores • 3rd 707-967-8027

1620 S. Whitehall Lane, St. Helena

BEST Hidden Gem Winery

PBlack Cat Vineyard


1352 4th Ave., Napa

Black Cat Vineyard is owned and managed by Tracey Reichow, also the winemaker, well known for the passion and perfection she puts into Black Cat’s handcrafted

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Cabernet Sauvignon series, Cab Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay. The limitededition wines are sourced from their Estate vineyards in Coombsville, Rutherford, and Howell Mountain and are offered to guests to experience by private appointment.

Piña Napa Valley • 2nd 707-738-9328

8060 Silverado Trail., Napa

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards • 3rd 707-963-8600

680 Rossi Rd., St. Helena

Krupp Brothers • 3rd 707-225-2276

1094 Hardman Lane., Napa



Two generations working side by side to create a legacy of over 25 years of excellence. Black Cat Vineyard, a multi-generational family winery, produces small lots of hand-grown and handcrafted wines from several of Napa Valley’s most acclaimed AVA’s.
Their Estate Vineyard in Coombsville has been best known for its elegant Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, Rutherford for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and Howell Mountain for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
10am to 5:30pm daily | Reservations required | 21 and over 800-716-2788 ext 150
1240 Duhig Road, Napa (o Hwy 12/121) 4 miles west of Napa, 5 miles east of Sonoma
you Napa Valley Life! Voted Best Outdoor Tasting Room
elegant seated tastings of world class Sparkling Wine and our award winning hospitality while taking in vineyard views from our expansive outdoor patio. BEST Outdoor

BEST Family Restaurant

PGotts Roadside


644 1st St., Napa


933 Main St., St. Helena

Gotts Roadside continues its reign as our readers’ favorite family restaurant. The retro-style diner/restaurant is best known for its gourmet roadside classic menu that has something for everyone. The inventive burgers and shakes are most popular, along with hot dogs and fries, fresh seafood tacos, poke bowls, salads, fried chicken, and chili. Also a valley favorite for adults and singles, Gott’s menu includes an impressive beer and local wine list.

Pizzeria Tra Vigne • 2nd


1016 Main St., St. Helena

Hop Creek Pub • 3rd


3253 Browns Valley Rd., Napa

Heritage Eats • 3rd 707-226-3287

3824 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa

BEST Mexican Food

P Le Cheve Bakery & Brews


376 Soscol Ave., Napa

Mexican breakfast menu, which features Mexican specialties such as pastries prepared fresh daily by her mother (the most popular being Mama Juana’s concha, a Mexican pan dulce.) Open for lunch and dinner, the innovative yet traditional menu includes burritos, quesadillas, tortas, tacos, and platos of ceviche, beef and/or vegetarian variations. Along with Cisneros brewed beer, Mexican cocktails, ciders, kombucha, hard seltzers and wine are also available.

Los Agaves • 2nd 707-266-1267

660 Main St., Napa

Fridas Mexican Grill • 3rd 707-252-3575

1533 Trancas St., Napa

BEST Sushi

PMorimoto Napa


610 Main St., Napa


Iron Chef Morimoto’s Napa restaurant bearing his name, has set the bar for high-end Japanese cuisine in the Bay Area. The creative menu offers a wide selection of Asian dishes, but the biggest draw is the inventive selection of sushi, sashimi, and maki preparations served in artful preparations. Each dish is a delight to the senses, made with the finest ingredients and served in an ultra-modern décor. So whether one is enjoying the show in a front-row seat at the sushi bar, inside at one of the sleek bistro tables, or outside on the patio, Morimoto promises an unforgettable culinary experience.

Eiko’s • 2nd


Located in Napa Valley’s oldest building, the Old Adobe (circa 1845), Le Cheve owner and brewmaster Cinthya Cisneros serves up some of Napa Valley’s best Mexican food and, of course, her home-brewed beer. The restaurant is well known for its all-day

1300 First St., Suite 385, Napa

R + D Kitchen • 3rd 707-945-0920

6795 Washington St., Yountville

BEST Italian Restaurant

PBistro Don Giovanni


4110 Howard Lane, Napa

Bistro Don Giovanni has maintained its reputation as one of Napa Valley’s top destination restaurants for three decades. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the menu touts fresh interpretations of traditional Italian dishes, including hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta, and daily fish and meat specials that are sustainably farmed and organically sourced. Diners may eat inside the cozy restaurant or at the bar, but the recently expanded outdoor garden seating is the place to be seen. Whether it be the menu, the ambiance, or the consistently professional service, Bistro Don Giovanni’s always promises a memorable experience.

Bottega Napa Valley • 2nd 707-945-1050

6525 Washington St., Yountville

Oenotri • 3rd

707-252-1022 • 1425 1st St., Napa

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Oakville Grocery


7856 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville

Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Oakville Grocery has been a wine country institution since its opening in 1881. The renovated and idyllic locale is a vibrant gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy a wide selection of gourmet food, wine, and wine-country delicacies. Popular among many are the freshly prepared foods and deli, where one may curate a lunch or culinary gathering to enjoy at one of the outdoor picnic tables or pack to-go to enjoy on a wine country itinerary. The menu includes a robust selection of freshly prepared hot and cold sandwiches served on artisan bread, gourmet salads, and sides. In addition, Oakville Grocery’s impressive selection of local wines offers an abundance of options for the perfect pairing.

Genova Delicatessen • 2nd 707-253-8686

1550 Trancas St., Napa

Browns Valley Market • 3rd 707-253-2178

3263 Browns Valley Rd., Napa

BEST Place to Eat Seafood

Hog Island Oyster Co.


610 1st St., Napa

Head down to Oxbow Public Market and snag a seat at the Hog Island Oyster Bar for fresh-farmed oysters, shucked on-demand, daily catch oysters, clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, and savory seafood entrées, organic salads, and small plates that showcase local fishermen, farmers, and artisan food producers in the local region. Hog Island prides itself on raising the best quality, sustainable shellfish on 160 acres of intertidal lands in Tomales Bay. Patrons can dine inside the market or overlooking the Napa River on the spacious patio.

The Waterfront Seafood Grill • 2nd


720 Main St., Napa

Morimoto Napa • 3rd


610 Main St., Napa

BEST Asian Food

PMorimoto Napa

707-252-1600 • 610 Main St., Napa

Iron Chef Morimoto’s signature restaurant on the Napa River serves an inventive Japanese menu, which includes a wide variety of sushi, sashimi, maki, salads, soup, unique entrees, and desserts. For those opting to dine indoors, the modern décor showcases high ceilings and glass walls, and outdoor patio seating overlooks the Napa River. The lively atmosphere makes it a locals favorite for happy hour and small bites, and the Momosan Lounge is the only one of its kind devoted to sake and Japanese whiskey.

Empress M • 2nd 707-927-5485

221 Silverado Trail, Napa

Eiko’s • 3rd 707-501-4444

1300 First St., Suite 385, Napa

BEST Pizza

PBistro Don Giovanni


4110 Howard Lane, Napa

Recognized as one of Napa’s best Italian restaurants, Bistro Don Giovanni’s pizzas are at the top of the list. Made fresh to order in the woodfired oven, crowd favorites include the Margherita, Guanciale and Egg (mushroom with truffle and arugula) and the whimsical Bambini with pepperoni, tomato, mozzarella, and french fries on top. There’s plenty of seating to enjoy a fresh pie outdoors in their newly expanded garden patio, indoors in the cozy restaurant or lively bar, and are also available for takeout.

Pizzeria Tra Vigne • 2nd 707-967-9999

1016 Main St., St. Helena

Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca • 3rd 707-255-5552

1260 Main St., Napa

Oenotri • 3rd

707-252-1022 • 1425 1st St., Napa

BEST Burger

PGotts Roadside

707-224-6900 • 644 1st St., Napa 707-963-3486 • 933 Main St., St. Helena • Gotts Roadside is the best-known place to go to grab one of the best burgers in Napa Valley. Using locally sourced ingredients, the innovative burger

Photo courtesy of Oakville Grocery

menu is plentiful and something for everyone. Favorites include their 100% Niman Ranch Angus beef burger and cheese with secret sauce on a roll or lettuce wrap, the California Burger, with a fried egg, bacon, and balsamic onions, and a list of burgers with a myriad of options with toppings that include bacon, blue cheese, avocados, pickled jalapenos, BBQ sauce and Kimchi with spicy gochujang mayo. For the less carnivorous, Impossible meat or veggie patties are available with their own preparation or to substitute.

The Charter Oak Restaurant • 2nd 707-302-6996

1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena

Goose & Gander • 3rd 707-967-8779

1245 Spring St., St. Helena

Hop Creek Pub • 3rd 707-257-7708

3253 Browns Valley Rd., Napa

BEST Barbeque

PBounty Hunter Wine Bar

& Smokin’ BBQ


975 First St., Napa

Located in the heart of downtown Napa, the Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ is best known for its finger-lickin’ BBQ and impressive wine list featuring wines from around the world. The vibe is fun and relaxing with a mouth-watering menu that includes their signature BH Beer Can Chicken, BBQ platters, and sandwiches chock full of pork, smoked beef brisket, and St. Louis ribs accompanied by a great selection of salads and sides.

Busters Southern BBQ • 2nd 707-942-5605

1207 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga

Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch • 3rd


738 Main St., St. Helena


Vegetarian Menu Options

PHeritage Eats


3824 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa

Get a taste of one of Napa Valley’s most exciting, fresh food menus at Heritage Eats. The customer-driven operation offers patrons delectable items representing tastes from all over the world and showcasing flavors from exotic locations such as Southeast Asia, India, Mexico, and Egypt. Whether it be a bao bun, taco, wrap, salad or bowl, the orders are prepared in realtime from a pre-selected menu or customized to mix and match flavor combinations to satisfy any craving. Favorite vegetarian

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options include the Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Waffle Fries with a selection of vegetarian toppings.

R + D Kitchen • 2nd


6795 Washington St., Yountville

Yak and Yeti • 3rd


3150B Jefferson St., Napa

BEST Upscale Restaurant

PThe French Laundry


6640 Washington St., Yountville

Known worldwide as one of the finest restaurants of all time, The French Laundry tops the list for Napa Valley in its ranking as one of North America’s top foodie destinations. Located in Yountville, the modest exterior of the restaurant overlooks its on-premise organic gardens from which much of the restaurant’s distinctive coursed lunch and dinner menus are sourced and curated daily. Consistently rated by Michelin with three stars, TFL has earned its reputation through a combination of Thomas Keller’s commitment to classic French cuisine meticulously crafted with the finest ingredients and an intense focus on impeccable guest service.

Coles Chophouse • 2nd

707-224-MEAT • 1122 Main St., Napa

La Toque • 3rd

707-257-5157 •

1314 McKinstry St., Napa

BEST Place for Breakfast/Brunch

PGillwoods Café


1313 Main St., St. Helena

Around for three decades, St. Helena’s Gillwoods Café is one of Napa Valley’s local treasures. For the past 30 years, owner Jennifer Fradelizio, her mother Debbie, and most of their staff have been serving up sumptuous breakfasts and lunches in their cozy diner on Main Street to patrons with no issue waiting patiently outside to score a coveted table. This small family business makes everyone feel at home. Favorite items include their house-baked cinnamon rolls, smoked salmon eggs benedict, bacon bloody Mary, and anything covered in their Country Gravy.

Boon Fly Café • 2nd


4048 Sonoma Hwy., Napa

Petit Soleil • 3rd

707-252-1408 • 1408 Clay St., Napa

BEST Bakery

PModel Bakery

St Helena: 707-963-8192

1357 Main St., St, Helena

Napa: 707-259-1128

644 1st St., Napa

6523 Washington St., Yountville

Part of Napa Valley’s culinary scene for close to 90 years, the original Model Bakery in St. Helena has provided Napa locals and visitors with the area’s best place to start the day. Today’s Model Bakery, now expanded into three locations up and down valley, specializes in artisan pastries, bread, sandwiches, cookies, desserts, and even their own coffee blend. Start your morning with a breakfast sandwich made on their world-famous English Muffins or other breakfast offerings such as house-made granola parfaits, freshly baked quiche, bread pudding, or a choice of any of their fresh-baked morning pastries. Then, for a midday break, don’t miss trying a freshly made sandwich on one of their artisan breads.

Bouchon Bakery • 2nd


6528 Washington St., Yountville

La Paris Artisan & Gourmet Cafe • 3rd

707-255-6700 • 828 Brown St., Napa

BEST Local Coffee Shop/Bar PModel


St Helena: 707-963-8192

1357 Main St., St, Helena

Napa: 707-259-1128

644 1st St., Napa

6523 Washington St., Yountville

Recognized as one of Napa Valley’s favorite bakeries to locals and visitors, it is also acclaimed for serving up some of the best coffee– its proprietary blend of coffee beans custom-roasted by Seattlebased coffee company Caffe Vita. The Model Bakery proprietary blend offers a multi-layered combination of medium and dark-roasted coffees with toasted hazelnut, vanilla, and cocoa aromas with medium body and moderate acidity, presenting a smooth, buttery finish. Whether it be an Americano, an espresso, a café au lait, a latte, or a freshly ground bag of beans to go, Model Bakery’s coffee is the perfect accompaniment to their delectable pastry and dessert selection.

Barnhouse Napa Brews • 2nd 707-690-6272

1004 Clinton St., Napa

Napa Valley Roasting Co. • 3rd 707-224-2233 948 Main St., Napa

707-963-4491 1400 Oak Ave., #A, St. Helena, CA

BEST Local Food Truck

P Clif Family Bruschetteria

707-968-0625 •

709 Main St., St. Helena

Fueled by seasonal ingredients from the certified organic Clif Family Farm and trusted local purveyors, the Clif Family Bruschetteria serves a unique and ever-changing menu of bruschetta, porchetta, rotisserie chicken, fresh


farm salads, and seasonal sides. Chef John McConnell cooks up some amazing bites using the freshest ingredients possible from their farm and trusted local purveyors, offering patrons a memorable farmto-truck wine country experience.

Tacos La Esperanza • 2nd


1551 Soscol Ave., Napa

Best Food Truck Ever by Heritage Eats • 3rd


1805 Old Sonoma Road., Napa

BEST Outdoor Dining

PBistro Don Giovanni


4110 Howard Lane, Napa

Voted by readers as Napa’s favorite Italian restaurant, Bistro Don Giovanni’s expansive outdoor seating is always a top draw. Diners can enjoy Napa’s year-round mild temperatures from the deck, the side porch, or the newly expanded garden patio, surrounded by fragrant rosemary bushes, protective draping to thwart sun and inclement weather, and a lovely fountain to complement the al fresco experience. The popular bistro, open daily for lunch and dinner, presents fresh interpretations of traditional Italian dishes, all sustainably farmed and organically sourced.

Brix Napa Valley • 2nd


7377 St. Helena Hwy., Napa

Auberge du Soleil • 2nd


180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford

Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch • 3rd 707-963-4555

738 Main St., St. Helena


Dog-Friendly Hang Out

PAlston Park

2099 Dry Creek Road., Napa

On any day of the week, Alston Park’s 157 acres of rolling open hills on North Napa’s Dry Creek Road is the main attraction for pedestrians and their pups. Owned by the City of Napa, the park contains three miles of winding trails for walking, hiking, and dog walking. Conveniently located in the heart of several residential areas,

BEST Wine Country Event

PBottleRock Napa Valley Napa Valley Expo, Napa

vineyards, orchards, and meadows with sweeping views of Napa Valley surround the vast stretch of winding paths. Canine Commons is a dedicated area where dogs can roam and run off-leash and locals gather-- especially on weekends.

The Studio by Feast it Forward • 2nd


1031 McKinstry St., Napa

Gotts Roadside • 3rd

707-224-6900 • 644 1st St., Napa

Back in Napa for its 12th Season, BottleRock reigns as Napa Valley’s favorite event, attracting over 120,000 music lovers for a three-day music festival at downtown Napa’s Expo Center. The event headlines some of the world’s greatest bands and, over the years, has also become a favorite foodie attraction, with many of wine country’s top restaurants serving up some of Napa’s best dishes, along with a wide selection of local wines. In addition, the BottleRock Culinary stage is a show all its own with its one-of-a-kind culinary and celebrity mashups. Produced by Latitude 38 Entertainment and JaM Cellars, the sixstage event is recognized as the only major concert series that shares the best of music, wine, food, and beer with Napa Valley.

Music in the Vineyards • 2nd 707-258-5559

Oxbow RiverStage • 3rd 707-880-2300 • 1100 West St., Napa

Photo courtesy of BottleRock Napa Valley

Golf Course

PSilverado Resort


1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa

Designed by PGA Hall of Famer and owner Johnny Miller and surrounded by Napa Valley’s golden hills, Silverado Resort’s two championship PGA courses tout some of the nation’s best golfing experiences. It is recognized in golf circles for its many accolades, including the 2022 NGCOA Regional Golf Course of the Year, 2022 Best Golf Weekend Getaway -San Francisco Magazine, and 2021 Golf Week’s Top 200 Resort Golf Courses, to name a few. Limited to members and resort guests, a day on links promises an exclusive and all-time classic golf experience.

Napa Valley Country Club • 2nd


3385 Hagen Rd., Napa

Vintners Golf Club • 3rd 707-944-1992

7901 Solano Ave., Yountville

BEST Hotel/Resort

PAuberge du Soleil


180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford


Tucked into a terraced hillside surrounded by 33-acres of heritage olive and oak trees, Auberge de Soleil is often called the “Quintessential Napa Valley Adult Getaway.” The 50-room iconic property offers private maisons, classic and deluxe rooms, and suites touting exceptional service and unique guest experiences. In addition, its renowned fine dining restaurant and terrace patio promise guests some of the most spectacular views in Napa Valley.

Silverado Resort & Spa • 2nd 844-421-6474

1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa

Archer Hotel Napa • 3rd


1230 1st St., Napa

BEST Boutique Lodging

PHarvest Inn


1 Main St., St. Helena

Located in St. Helena among eight acres of vineyards, Harvest Inn mixes California contemporary living with storybook charm. Located within walking distance of downtown St. Helena, the relaxed, shady property offers an upscale lodging experience in a cozy setting. The country-chic rooms, suites, and cottages have many amenities including fireplaces, private decks, and whirlpool tubs with sweeping views of vineyards and the Mayacamas Mountains. Among the many amenities, Harvest Inn also houses one of wine country’s great dining experiences at the awardwinning Harvest Table restaurant.

The Inn on First • 2nd

707-253-1331 • 1938 1st St., Napa

North Block Hotel • 3rd


6757 Washington St., Yountville

BEST Day Spa/Salon

PThe Spa at Solage


755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga solage/spa/

Inspired by Calistoga’s natural hot springs, the Spa at Solage invites guests to detox, retox, and repeat in their awardwinning 20,000 square foot Spa. The

Spa showcases the renowned Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies that have attracted spa-goers to the northern stretch of Napa Valley since the 19th century. At the heart of Solage is The Bathhouse, which delivers the ultimate wellness experience, featuring exclusive geothermal pools with temperatures ranging from 98° to 103°. It is a sensational start or end to one of their many relaxing massages or wellness treatments.

Silverado Resort & Spa • 2nd 707-257-5474

1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa

Spa Terra at Meritage Resort • 3rd 707-251-3000

875 Bordeaux Way, Napa

BEST Art Collection & Galleries

P The Hess Collection at Hess Persson Estate


4411 Redwood Rd., Napa

The Hess Collection Art Gallery at the Hess Persson Estate winery offers a unique experience of wine and art in Napa Valley. Founded in 1966 by Donald Hess, the collection is curated to focus on lesser-known artists who often go on to become well-known in their disciplines. Guests who visit the Mt. Veeder winery are offered an exclusive opportunity to reserve a guided tour of the impressive Hess Art Collection, followed by a tasting of the winery’s equally impressive estate-exclusive wines.

Gordon Huether Studio • 2nd 707-255-5954

1821 Monticello Rd., Napa

Jessup Cellars Gallery • 3rd 707-944-5620

6740 Washington St., Yountville


High atop Mount Veeder, Hess Persson Estates welcomes you to the Napa Valley. Journey o the beaten path to discover beautifully crafted wine and food pairings from our culinary team, taste estate-exclusive wines and be inspired by the Hess Family’s private modern art collection housed within our historic winery.


Tastings, museum visits and experiences are by appointment only.

Installation by Andy Goldsworthy, one of over 20 artists represented at the Hess Art Museum

BEST Jewelry Store

PNapa Valley Jewelers


1300 1st St., Suite 365, Napa

Located in the heart of downtown Napa, Napa Valley Jewelers is well known for offering a wide selection of jewelry, unique gems, and spectacular art glass for over 25 years. The business prides

itself on exceptional personalized shopping experiences dedicated to helping each customer find the perfect pieces, its unparalleled customer service, and high-quality merchandise, which can be tailored to any taste or budget.

Creations Fine Jewelers • 2nd


3341 Solano Ave., Napa

Palladium Fine Jewelry • 3rd


1339 Main St., St. Helena

Located in the heart of downtown St. Helena, PEARL Wonderful clothing is designed to appeal to women who want “clothes for life, not the runway.” Catering to a clientele searching for clothing to fit a wine country chic lifestyle, PEARL carries an accoutrement of designer clothing, shoes, and accessories meticulously handpicked for the distinguished women who dress up (or down) to countless gracious fêtes and festivals in Napa Valley. Whether it be a flowy dress to wear to an alfresco lunch, boots for a vineyard wine tasting, or a cozy jacket to keep warm on a chilly evening, PEARL has something for every fashion need or fancy.

BoHo Lifestyle • 2nd


1012 1st St., Napa


BEST Boutique Shopping for Women P

Wonderful Clothing


1219C Main St., St. Helena

Honey Whiskey Boutique • 3rd


1300 1st St., #335, Napa



2023 Editor's Picks

Napa Valley presents many interesting people, places, and things to do, making it challenging to narrow down the voting categories in our Readers’ Choice Awards. So as a consolation, in this section, we supplement the readers’ picks to recognize a handful of noteworthy contenders that did not fall into the parameters of the designated categories but deserve an honorable mention.

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Photo courtesy of Napa Yard

MOST Unique Sweet Shop

PVintage Sweet Shoppe


530 Main St., Napa

A Napa institution for over 40 years, the Vintage Sweet Shop has always been a top contender in the write-in category in the NVL’s Readers’ Choice awards. The cozy old-fashioned shop makes handmade chocolates, fudge, and confections, along with ice cream and candies. However, what makes the shop truly unique is its wine-tasting bar. Owner Debbie Dever is also a grape grower, allowing her the insights to create perfect chocolate and wine pairings with her signature wine-infused truffles, a unique on-site experience for the wine and chocolate lover to indulge. The chocolatecoated wine bottles make the perfect wine country gift.

New Wine Shop/Bar Outer Space Wines

974 Franklin St., Napa

Outer Space Wines is the latest collaboration by Chuck Meyer (Napa Palisades Saloon, First & Franklin) and Dan Dawson (formerly Back Room Wines). Located next door to First & Franklin Market & Deli, the wine shop and bar focuses on promoting wines from small producers and providing consumers with background knowledge on every label. In addition, Dawson brings back his wine-tasting event program, hosting tastings

Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The space is also available to rent for private events.

New Gathering Spot

Napa Yard - Oxbow Gardens

707-815-0398 • 585 First St., Napa

Napa Yard offers an outdoor restaurant and bar featuring garden-to-table and

garden-to-glass menus located in the open 3.5-acre parcel across from CIA at Copia in Napa’s Oxbow District. The organic culinary gardens and orchards are family-friendly (dogs welcome!) and a hot new option for planning parties and events.

BEST Indian Food PAroma


3012 Jefferson St., Napa

Aroma Indian Cuisine is not only Napa’s Best place for Indian food, it is Napa’s only restaurant dedicated to Indian cuisine. Located on Jefferson Street, foodies who crave ethnic flavors enjoy Aroma’s authentic Indian cuisine prepared with high-quality ingredients based on traditional Ayurvedic concepts of ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ elements that are balanced for the best health. Popular as an indoor experience, Aroma has a great carryout business, specializing in curries, tika masala, vindaloo, tandoori dishes, biryanis, chutneys, and a delectable selection of naan. (Indian flatbread). Aroma also provides catering for events and large parties.

BEST Place to Hang Out

POx & The Fox


1331 1st St., Napa

Located in the First & Franklin Marketplace on 1st Street, the Ox and the Fox is a perfect spot to start or finish a night downtown. Well known by locals for its lively happy hours, Trivia Nights, bottomless mimosas on Sundays, and a great place to watch a game, the bar is also revered for its great wine list featuring local producers and fun bites.

Ox and the Fox // Photo by Lisa Fonville

BEST New Restaurant PMorimoto Asia

707-699-1737 • 790 Main St., Napa

To much acclaim, Morimoto Asia opened in late Fall, the second for Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in downtown Napa. The menu expands on his sushifocused Morimoto Restaurant, offering an eclectic menu with appetizers, soups, and signature dishes reflecting Chef Morimoto’s favorite Asian flavors prepared and served in an elaborate décor, making the dining experience a feast for the senses. The dim sum brunch is a sell-out on weekends.

BEST Local Winery Marketing Company

PWineGlass Marketing


531 Jefferson St., Napa

In its 10th year, WineGlass Marketing has been at the forefront of helping wineries and other businesses elevate their brands. The company’s core capabilities include a valuable mix of support on digital marketing, wholesale support, and traditional brand advertising. Founded by Napa local Susan De Matei, the full-service agency can do anything from POS window clings and sales sheets, social media content creation and ads, emails, and websites, to photography, SEO, ADA, and Google Ads. For the past two years, Inc. Magazine has recognized the business as the only Napa company listed in the top 250 hyper-growth tier of the “5000 Series California’s Top Companies.” WineGlass Marketing has also been recognized by the community, winning the North Bay Bohemian “Best Creative Agency” spot for 2021 and being honored by their clients in the North Bay Business Journal as Napa’s “Best Company to Do Business With.”

BEST Home-grown Dining Concept


707-224-3097 • 101 S. Coombs St., Y4, Napa

Suppertime has been around for three decades as one of Napa Valley’s home-grown meal delivery services. Suppertime’s catering and delivery service were launched in 2000, and the dinner program was launched eight years ago. Inspired by her mother’s original idea of having somewhere to order home-cooked food, Chef/Owner Maureen Savage develops the menus, shops, and cooks for all the meals ordered in advance on their website. (For some of their older clientele, they personally call to take their orders.) Suppertime recently moved downtown to the Tannery, where they have a beautiful kitchen and have added a new pillar to the business, the Soup and Salad Shop, which is available through Door Dash.


The Kathleen Thomas Hill Kitchen Memories Collection

At the far end of the small parking area next to the Elizabeth Spencer Winery, a sandwich board with the handwritten words “Kitchen Memories Collection” signals visitors to enter. There’s been a lot of excitement at the winery since the Boisset Collection acquired it in 2021. Legendary winemaker Heidi Barrett became Consulting Winemaker alongside long‐time Winemaker Sarah Vandendriessche. And although the winery's main tasting room is still in the 1872 renovated former post office at the front of the property, a new addition has added an unexpected but delightful twist to winetasting – the Kathleen Thomas Hill Kitchen Memories Collection.

Walk through the Kitchen Memories Collection's door and be transported to what seems like a vintage objects museum. It is among the largest collections of historical kitchen utensils on exhibit in the United States and the first of its kind at a California winery.

Among the artifacts on display are antique toasters, including a “Toast-O-Lator” from 1948—a vertical-bread holding conveyor‐belt toaster complete with a “Spy‐O‐Lator” window to watch your toasting bread as it passes through. The eclectic collection of

kitchen gadgets and paraphernalia includes antique ice cream scoops, mountains of tins splashed with brand logos from days gone by, and glass milk bottles in crates once used by milkmen to deliver milk to homes across America. It’s as if you stumbled into your great-grandma’s secret attic.

But this is just the warm-up. There’s an “I Love Lucy” display based on the chocolate factory episode and an homage to the iconic Julia Child, who brought French cuisine to the American public. All these beckon guests to browse awhile and reminisce with a glass of Elizabeth Spencer wine in hand.

“There will be a culinary element added to the tasting room, eventually,” Anna Miranda of The Boisset Collection shared. That makes perfect sense; the combination of the two (three, if you count the winery) will make this a one-of-a-kind, must-experience stop in Napa Valley.

Kathleen began acquiring culinary tools four decades ago while traveling through California with her husband. She had a $4 allowance, which only recently went up to $8. Over the years, her interest in vintage kitchen gadgets became known, and she began putting on exhibitions of Kitchen Memories. She met Jean-Charles Boisset

when he toured her collection at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in 2013. He is deeply passionate about food, wine, history, and preservation, so he was inspired to preserve and share the collection with others. Nearly a decade later, Jean-Charles bought Kitchen Memories and partnered with Kathleen to open the permanent exhibition of culinary relics at Elizabeth Spencer.

Kathleen expounds on the kitchen theme. “Cooking tools are essential to the kitchen, and the kitchen is not only where we gather to create the food that nourishes our bodies; we also feed our souls through the memories we make when we prepare a meal. Everyone has a kitchen memory.”

The exhibition of antiques is modernized with a fun interactive element—it comes alive by linking kitchen tool displays to video interviews of Kathleen describing each tool’s origin, use, and historical relevance.

She has some words of advice for touring the collection. “Enjoy some giggles and maybe even some nostalgic tears, and have a great time.”


NVL wine

Celebrate 80 Years of Mondavi Family Legacy

Charles Krug winer y is home t o Californi a ’ s f irst tasting room and was purc ha sed by the Mondavi Family in 1943.

Toda y , five gene rations late r , the family le g acy continu es as st e wards of t his historic estateno w the ultimat e w ine country destination, renowned for i t s exceptional wi nes, stunnin g d esign, and storied h eritage. W e off er curated tasti ngs, tours, an d ev ents. The Gr eat Lawn and historical C arriage House create an ex qui site location and private e ve nts.

J oin us at our i conic estate as we toast to 80 years of bring ing you an experience like no other .

Open Daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2800 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574 | FB + IG: @CharlesKrugWinery | 707.967.2229
©2023 Charles Krug Winery, St. Helena, CA

An Elevated Experience: NEWTON VINEYARD

In a valley defined by agricultural expression, Bordeaux varietals thrive as Mother Nature creates a sense of place, capturing quality and character from vineyard to bottle. For Newton Vineyard, craftsmanship, precision, and sustainability play an integral role in showcasing Napa Valley's extraordinary terroir. Fostering aromatics, mouthfeel, and texture, passion is the catapult for a vision dedicated to excellence.

An English lover of wine and nature, Peter Newton founded Newton Vineyard in 1977 atop Spring Mountain. With initial plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Newton Vineyard pioneered the Burgundian ‘unfiltered’ approach to winemaking, crafting natural wines full of expression and vitality. “Only 11% of the acreage proved plantable,” said Peter Newton, founder of Newton Vineyard. “The rest was too mountainous. There were some of the steepest slopes planted to vine in California. It was quite a project.”

A project defined by passion and ingenuity, Newton's success with its Cabernet-driven flagship wine, The Puzzle, led to an expansion of its wine portfolio. In 2016, Newton Vineyard released their single vineyard series. Introducing single vineyard

Estate Cabernets from Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder, and Yountville AVA’s, Newton Vineyard illustrates the diversity between elevation, soil type, and location.

“Our single vineyard wines embody the expression of singularities, one particular note, a detail, the unicity of the different vineyards at the highest possible qualitative level. In fact, it's work of utmost precision,” said winemaker Andrew Holve.

The Spring Mountain estate (before the fires of 2020) contained 71 vineyard blocks nestled into the terrain resulting in micro terroirs with an elevation of 500-1600 feet. Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, the Spring Mountain Cabernet is full-bodied with a mocha, red currant, and asphalt flavor profile.

The Mount Veeder estate is located in the southernmost region of the Mayacamas Mountains. With an Elevation of 800 to 1040 feet, the 100% Cabernet has aromas of cassis, cedar wood, and musk, displaying structure and complexity.

The Yountville estate rests on one of the few hillside vineyards in Yountville on the lower slopes and foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains. The 100% Cabernet is fullbodied with velvety tannins at an altitude of 150 and 350 feet.

A true representation of place, the single vineyard Cabernet series reveals each individual estate’s unique character and depth. Highlighting the passion behind the name, each Cabernet dives deeper into Newton Vineyard’s mountain credentials elevating the Cabernet experience.

FOR MORE INFORMATION // 707-204-7423 // 1171 Tubbs Ln., Calistoga, CA 94515
NVL winery spotlight

Wine Country Refuge at Clif Family

If imitation is the best form of flattery, Clif Family has proven so by its emulation of the Rifugios of the Italian Alps. Guests at their St. Helena tasting rooms typically arrive by automobile, but there are also bicyclists, motorcyclists, and visitors who take the stroll a bit further from the main downtown shopping area to stop for a food and wine tasting experience or lunch and a glass of wine from their Bruschetteria Food Truck (Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:30 am to 4 pm).

In true Rifugio style, Clif Family’s entrance leads to a welcoming and lively experience— with coffee service, small bites, and the opportunity to enjoy group conversations while sipping on a Rhone-style Bici red wine with a label depicting cyclist and co-owner Kit Crawford en route to the summit of Paso Giau in Dolomiti, Italy. The label itself is a conversation starter amongst tasters, especially once they learn the Clif Family brand began with a bicycle ride.

In 2004, Clif Bar & Company co-owners Kit Crawford and Gary Erickson brought their love of adventure to Napa Valley, creating wine-tasting experiences that highlighted their love of organic food and farming. At their tasting room, you can

experience wine and food pairings created by their culinary team that highlight their delicious and organic savory nut mixes, fruit preserves, and extra virgin olive oil. The newest offering of Solar Grown™ Honey products proves Clif Family’s forward-thinking in sustainability. Using honey gathered from partners with hives on solar farms creates a pollinator-friendly habitat proven favorable to help control stormwater, improve soil, and provide diverse food sources and nesting for surrounding wildlife. It’s also tasty as a spread or stirred in tea.


Since the most favorable time of day for the palate to appreciate a wine tasting is late morning, Clif Family offers a Rise & Wine brunch experience of lighter wines to taste with breakfast bites prepared using ingredients grown on the Clif Family organic farm. The farm harvests various fruits, citrus, olives, and seasonal vegetables to create bites prepared by Executive Chef John McConnell.


In lieu of the view of the Dolomites of Italy, tasting experiences in the Enoteca Tasting

Salon overlook the Mayacamas Mountain Range of Napa Valley. Seating in front of a roaring fireplace sets the stage for an elevated private tasting of some of the best Howell Mountain wines crafted by Winemaker Laura Barrett. The wines are paired with sweet and savory—and seasonal bites prepared by Executive Chef John McConnell.

“Winemaking begins in the vineyard,” said Barrett. “With thoughtful, organic farming and attention to detail… from Howell Mountain to the Oak Knoll valley floor, our wines have a sense of place and balance.”

Guests who sign up for the Pasto E Vino wine-pairing lunch are advised to arrive hungry. They’ll leave with a belly full of ecoconsciousness and, most likely, with a few bottles of wine made from Clif Family’s 90 acres of CCOF-certified vineyard land in the Howell Mountain and Oak Knoll Districts of Napa Valley.

At both tasting rooms, guests can opt for a plant-based tasting experience. In addition to using the Clif Family organic farm harvested ingredients, the winery has partnered with local plant-based food partners such as Miyoko’s Creamery.

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STARK ADVANTAGE The Best Way to Tour Napa Valley

Scotti Stark moved to Napa Valley from Texas shortly after Food & Wine Magazine bestowed the Best Sommelier award on his team at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Houston, Texas. He began his journey in Napa in 2004 as the Director of Sales at Revana Family Vineyard, and today he runs Stark Advantage, a concierge and wine sales business.

He explained, “I had a big Rolodex of clients from my days in Texas. They started coming out to see me, and I suggested wineries to visit.” He knew that people could get more from their trips with specialized guidance. “Most people come here blindly and set up their own itineraries or allow hotel concierges to assign them. I get to know the client more personally, which allows me to make every itinerary unique and customized.”

Branding himself the “Connector-inChief,” the business quickly evolved to a full-time gig with Scotti forging relationships with restaurants, hotels, drivers, and, most importantly, smaller, very high-end wineries, those that typically produce less than 500 cases a year.

“I work with wineries that depend on their mailing list and are only visited by invitation or referral. At these wineries, you’re often

hosted by one of the principals—the owner or the winemaker.”

If guests want to visit some of the bestknown wineries, Scotti doesn’t mind. “Of course, I’ll set them up wherever they want to go, but 99 percent of the time, after taking them to boutique wineries, they are delighted. ‘We’ve never been to a small winery like that before—we want all of our

experiences to be like that!’” For his curated services, pricing depends on the group size but is generally around $150 per person.

Stark Advantage has expanded its services over the years. “I also facilitate private wine dinners where I will take some of my brands to people’s homes, and they’ll have people over so I can advise and educate them on the wine. I hope to sell wine, and they hope to show their neighbors or other wine-buying friends what they don’t otherwise have access to.”

The pandemic certainly affected his person-to-person business, but he was able to rely on another skill: wine selection. “Fortunately, people drank a lot, and my phone rang off the hook, which was great. And that’s how I could stay in business because people were still ordering and having the wine shipped to them.”

When asked what sets Stark Advantage apart from its competition, Scotti said, “There’s some pretentiousness in this business, but I think that’s unfortunate. I think eventually, people’s palates evolve, and they start to enjoy more expensive, more sophisticated wines. It doesn’t matter where they are on their wine journey—as long as they support the wine industry and are willing to try new wines, I’m happy.”

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Explore Napa Valley through Frank Family’s Cabernets

Kenefick Ranch Winery

In 1970, a San Francisco neurosurgeon visited Napa Valley for the first time, and as happens with most introductory trips to wine country, he fell in love with it. Eight years later, Dr. Tom Kenefick discovered and purchased what would become Kenefick Ranch Winery – 250 acres of ranchland in the foothills of the Palisades. Though Dr. Kenefick came from a family of Irish farmers, he’s famously quoted on the winery’s website that he “didn’t know enough about viticulture at that point to make such a good decision.” Until he passed away in 2021, Dr. Kenefick credited the brand’s ultimate success to a “great guardian angel.”

Today, Kenefick Ranch Winery is helmed by Dr. Kenefick’s two children, Caitlin and Chris, who spent most of their childhood weekends in the vineyard. Caitlin remembers driving a tractor during her teenage years while her friends were all hanging out and Chris recounts exploring the hills and reservoirs as a kid, as well as how the first sips of his father’s wine defined his approach to the category. This includes the wine named after him, Cabernet Sauvignon Chris’s Cuvee, which was Kenefick’s first label and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2022.

“Growing up, we didn’t understand the region and our site specifically,” shared Chris. “As we grew older and started

comparing our wines to the rest of the region and other parts of the world, we started to understand what a truly special place it is.”

Before Chris’s Cab, Dr. Kenefick had been producing wine for 22 years – focusing on Bordeaux varieties for which he had a soft spot. After successfully launching the Kenefick label, Caitlin received her dedicated wine as a Cabernet Franc Select. Four more were released: a Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, as well as their two blends under the Pickett Road label.

As the winery looks to 2023, they are prioritizing sustainability, building on their existing certifications of Napa Green Vineyard and Fish Friendly Farming since 2017, Director of Consumer Sales & Marketing, Kristina King, shared, “We really take our responsibility as stewards of the land seriously; it's important we leave it better for future generations ”

King recognizes that sustainability contributes to the brand’s longevity and builds on the multigenerational engagement – instilling Dr. Kenefick’s founding principles on the third generation – as well as consumer experience, which will be furthered with the completion of the new tasting room. Until then, the winery remains closed for in-person tastings but encourages virtual tastings through its two quarterly wine clubs.

The Collector’s Club ships out three bottles in March, May, September, and November. The team suggests selections, but members can make changes to their orders to best suit their preferences and budget. For Case Club members, 12 bottles are shipped out in the same months with the same flexibility for adjustments before shipping.

For anyone seeking to familiarize themselves with the brand before committing to one of the clubs, Kenefick Ranch Winery offers two virtual tasting packages: Heart of Kenefick Ranch comes with three core wines to the Kenefick brand and Pickett Road contains six bottles. Both packages include a private virtual tasting appointment.


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Celebrates 40 Distinguished Years

Anderson’s Conn Valley began in 1983 when Todd, a geologist, purchased the property with his parents. Since their first vintage release in 1991, the team has remained small but mighty, with winery operations led by his wife, Sarah. Another key player is her father, George Lucas, who acts as their Vineyard Consultant and grill master during winery events. Said Sarah, “Dad does the barbequing, Todd handles the wine, and I make the food, desserts, and flower arrangements. It’s hands-on for all of us— and especially personal.”

This year marks the winery’s 40th groundbreaking anniversary, so there will likely be more special events than usual, including cave experiences on-site, intimate member gatherings, and bringing the party to club members. These Club-Only Pop-up Parties will be held across the U.S., catering to Anderson’s Conn Valley’s 950 and growing wine club members.

For a small winery, Todd’s work ethic is the key to its success and standing in the spotlight as one of the Best Hidden Gem Wineries in the Best of Napa Valley Readers’ Choice issue of Napa Valley Life Magazine

According to Sarah, her husband handles all the winemaking, farming, and “fixing.” The Anderson’s team of five offers an intimate atmosphere with no plans to increase the winery’s 5,000 case production sold almost entirely direct to consumers.

Looking back at the beginning of their first vintage, when he sold his grapes to other vintners, Todd recalls hanging out with the “old timers” who built Napa when less than 80 people made wine in the Valley. He learned what they were doing, and then he made a Cabernet Sauvignon listed in 1991 as one of the world’s top wines by Wine Spectator. Robert Parker learned about the vineyard and winery, making annual visits— something he didn’t typically practice; he referenced Todd as the Burgundy/Bordeaux producer of the New World.

On more than one occasion, Todd Anderson, owner/grower/winemaker at Anderson’s Conn Valley, has heard from customers, ‘This was amazing… and the best experience we’ve ever had wine tasting!’

The cave experience where Todd makes an appearance at nearly all tastings, if not as host on this 40-acre vineyard estate nestled at the base of Howell Mountain in Conn Valley, leaves quite a favorable impression— and raises the bar for the hundreds of other tasting experiences in Napa Valley.

“It’s an honor for us to hear that people notice and care that much,” said Todd, who prides himself on creating intimate, luxurious tasting experiences in the cave, overlooking his vineyard and winery, or on the deck behind the house he and his father built. Guests enjoy the authenticity of this special place tucked away three miles east of downtown St. Helena. Its stunning ambiance is where the whole family can enjoy the Bocce Ball court, and it’s where children plead for Todd to give them a tractor ride.

Said Todd, “Parker said he tasted secondary and tertiary flavors in my wines that young wines in Napa didn’t have” at the time.

Interesting to note is Todd has no degree in viticulture or oenology. He’s never worked in a winery other than Anderson’s Conn Valley, which he and his father grew from a plot of land that was only a hayfield.

“Bigger isn’t always better,” said Todd, who tastes through each barrel every month. “This can be the difference between a good and a great wine.” FOR MORE INFORMATION

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The Future of California’s


In recent years, since California has seen a surge of heatwaves and wildfires in winegrowing regions across the state, there has been talk of the future of California grape growing. In particular, writers and critics have questioned the longevity of Cabernet Sauvignon as king, and consumers have grown wearier of the impact of climate change on this beloved varietal.

Bordeaux grape varieties have always thrived in California, and wine enthusiasts agree that Napa has been the premier locale for growing these grape varieties. And in recent years, the quality of Bordeaux varietals from Paso Robles has surged to meet the expectations for balance and complexity that Napa Valley has set for California’s Bordeauxstyle wines. But how are these regions adapting to the effects of climate change?

Growing Grapes Today: Adaptation is Key

In Napa Valley and Paso Robles, education, research, and technology have been at the forefront of change. “There has been so much new research and technology to lean on in recent years that have allowed vintners to make more informed choices regarding rootstock, clones, irrigation requirements, and more,” said Sara Fowler, winemaker at PEJU in Napa. In fact, research and new technology have been vital for great grape growers and wise winemakers who are working against the strong effects of climate change.

“Today’s environment is challenging us to think a little differently,” said Rebekah Wineburg, winemaker at Quintessa in Napa. “We’re seeing weather events that require us to work with more precision and invest in infrastructure to mitigate certain impacts.”

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In addition to Wineburg, other winemakers in the Valley, such as Tor Kenward (TOR), Sara Fowler (PEJU), Jesse Fox (Sequoia Grove), and Andrew Delos (Far Niente), admit that it’s now more important than ever to focus on the right rootstock and clonal selection, row orientation, canopy management during the robust parts of the growing season, shade cloth for extreme heatwaves, and meticulous water management to withstand the effects of drought. “These measures are understood to be the backbone of successful grape growing in our new environment,” stated Andrew Delos, winemaker at Far Niente.

In Paso Robles, JUSTIN’s winemaker Scott Shirley is investing in the region’s winegrowing future with the help of climatologists. “We’re working with a climatologist

group that has developed a planning tool to predict our region’s forecasts for the next five, 10, 30+ years. We are collaborating on the modeling and thresholds for everything from extreme heat and extreme cold frosts,” Shirley said. “We hope to see success with our adaptations, ensuring we’re a part of the solution and not the problem.”

Similarly, in Napa Valley, local grape growers and winemakers have invested in the fight against wildfires and mitigation efforts in the face of drought. “Producers and growers are very focused and are putting resources and money into making Napa Valley safe from future devastating fires,” said Kenward. At PEJU, Fowler furthered, “there is more research on how to potentially prevent smoke taint if and when there

are fires and conversations around how to manage water stress in drought years.” Many agree that organic and biodynamic vineyard practices are helping them adapt quicker to the effects of climate change. “We are fortunate to have opportunities and techniques at our disposal to stay consistent through time,” Wineburg stated. And Delos agreed that quality hasn’t wavered: “As we lean on the viticultural advancement, our wine’s aromas, flavors, and structures continue to meet our expectations.”

Growing Grapes Tomorrow: Cabernet and Beyond

When speaking with grape growers and winemakers in Napa Valley and Paso Robles,

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it’s clear that producers are holding strong with Cabernet Sauvignon, though working more with other Bordeaux varieties to strike that balance between ripeness, acidity, and tannin—blending in small amounts of different Bordeaux varieties to find that quintessential complexity that makes California Cabernet Sauvignon so coveted.

For Cabernet Sauvignon purists, there is more emphasis on blending individual lots, blocks, and vineyards to uphold greatness. “Most every finished, bottled wine is a blend,” admitted Shirley, “whether a blend of grape varieties, vineyard blocks, or clones— even a ‘vineyard designated’ wine is likely to have been aged in a variety of barrel types.”

By law, California Cabernet Sauvignon needs to include 75% Cabernet Sauvignon to be labeled as such. In most cases, winemakers are working with other Bordeaux varieties behind the scenes, blending them into their Cabernet Sauvignon, curating the best expression of this varietal. And while this technique is not new in California, it has become more important to rely upon in the face of climate change.

“Cabernet is still king, despite some rumors that drift in and out of conversations,” stated Kenward. “Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot have gained in popularity. I’ve noticed a significant uptick in the quality of wines made from these grapes,” he admitted. Wineburg furthered, “Today, there is more interest in Cabernet Franc and Carménère, which has proven successful at our estate in Rutherford.”

In Paso Robles, Steve Peck, winemaker at J. Lohr, is looking to other lesser-known Bordeaux varieties, such as Gros Verdot and Saint-Macaire, to balance his wines. Saint-Macaire “is a real complement to our ‘dense but soft’ house style at J. Lohr, and we are cautiously optimistic about its future in the region.”

At Far Niente, Delos spoke of the resiliency of Bordeaux grape varieties: “Climate change has shown us that Bordeaux varietals deal well with heat, as long as we build the vineyards up and manage them correctly.” It’s clear that stronger focus and highly structured practices in the vineyards, coupled with talented vineyard management to implement the evolution of research and technology, will be the way forward in California grape growing. When tasting high-end bottles, wine enthusiasts can expect to hear more about lot, block, and vineyard blending. They should take note of the compositional makeup of wines labeled Cabernet Sauvignon. As producers look to the future, there should be a

noticeable balance of seamlessly blended Bordeaux varieties to uphold that classic California Cabernet style.

The Future

With the intense amount of passion and determination—coupled with the resiliency of agricultural communities who have grown up together—regions like Napa Valley

and Paso Robles are keeping their eye on the prize, despite the seemingly endless setbacks that climate change continues to pose. Remaining open to adaption to what works and continually striving to make the best wine possible without a rote recipe or style will determine producers’ future success—in Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and beyond in the great wine-growing state of California.

Shining 2019s from Napa & Paso

Far Niente 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, Napa Valley

This silky and seductive offering from this storied estate relies upon 4% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc to round out the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers brilliant structure with notes of blackberry and spice; it’s full-bodied with beautiful length on the finish.

J. Lohr 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaida District, Paso Robles

The Adelaida District has proven a stunning spot for Cabernet Sauvignon in Paso Robles. This Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 2% Merlot and boasts cocoa and espresso aromas with a spiced palate full of black raspberry and sweet tobacco leaf notes.

JUSTIN 2019 Isosceles, Paso Robles

The Isosceles is a Bordeaux-style blend comprised of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Merlot. It sports a deep ruby/purple color with cassis, vanilla, and licorice aromas and a palate with a sophisticated whirlwind of flavor with notes of blackberry, baking spice, cured meats, and cedar. It’s a balanced wine with unfolding layers of quality and complexity.

Quintessa 2019 Quintessa Rutherford, Napa Valley

The Quintessa is a true cinq cépages made up of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, 2% Carménère, and 1% Petit Verdot. With great nuance and depth, this wine shows off the best of Napa with deep

layers of tannin, dark ripe fruit, and a structure that’s immediately seductive while nodding to its ability to age.

PEJU 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

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This is another brilliant Bordeauxstyle blend with 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. The baking spice and floral-scented bouquet lead to a palate full of baking chocolate, blackberry, and wet earth. The firm tannins are framed by the wine’s full body and rounded texture.

Sequoia Grove 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

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This Cabernet Sauvignon offers a fruit-forward bouquet of blueberry and black cherry cola. The composition of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Syrah, and 1% Grenache shows silky tannins and lovely notes of cherry and burnt sugar.

TOR 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley

A genuinely inimitable wine from one of Napa’s most famed sites, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard from TOR includes the largest percentage of Cabernet Franc in the wine’s history. It’s a rich and complex wine with refined tannins and tantalizing freshness. Aromas of cassis with hints of graphite give way to flavors of black cherry, smoked meats, and a touch of olive on the full-bodied palate.

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Snow-capped peaks and rugged mountainous terrain aren’t exactly the first characteristics of terroir that come to mind when one thinks about an ideal wine-growing region—especially when looking at domestic wines. But in Colorado, grape growers have found their footing in the valleys of the Rocky Mountains, producing an eclectic and pleasant mix of varietals that prove the state has joined the American wine conversation with something to say.

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Despite the reputation for being an elite ski destination—and for good reason since the state sees roughly 67 inches of snow annually—Colorado also makes the top-ten list of sunniest states with 300 days of sunshine. A closer look at the sun-filled valleys, warm growing degree days, cold nights, and serious elevation, makes Colorado wine production promising—especially as producers get to know their vineyard sites, grape varieties, and winemaking styles.


Colorado’s elevation is, without a doubt, the single-most distinguishing factor of the state’s terroir. Vineyards are planted across the state at 4,500 to 7,000 feet above sea


The two official AVAs are located on the western edge of Colorado in a region most known for producing peaches, cherries, apples, pears, and apricots. In addition to the uptick in family-owned wineries, “the abundance of locally-grown produce within these regions has prompted a culinary surge,” said Jayme Henderson, co-founder and winemaker at The Storm Cellar. “Guests can expect world-class cuisine alongside a diverse array of wine styles from these emerging regions.”

level, making them the highest vineyards in North America and slightly lower than some Argentinian vineyards. Humidity is very low, and the soil composition ranges from alkaline to sandy loam to boulders. A benefit of the climate, owner of Bookcliff Vineyards Ulla Merz said, is that “the cold winters and arid climate keep out pests and fungi common in other grape growing areas. As a result, we hardly need to apply pesticides, and fungicide is very limited.”

The state has two official AVAs, Grand Valley and West Elks, but impressively grows grapes from the northeastern edge

down to the southwestern part of the state. “Colorado wine is all about community and creativity, with new varietals and winemaking styles flourishing throughout the state,” said Melanie Wick, a UC Davis Viticulture and Enology grad and co-owner of Whitewater Hill Vineyards. This exploratory inclination and expansive reach have led to the state-led denotation of five additional distinct regions. However, these are not officially approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)—the entity that approves the official status of winegrowing AVAs in America.

The Grand Valley AVA surrounds the larger city of Grand Junction, along the rushing Colorado river, with a total of 75,990 acres. Enormous canyons open up into verdant green valley floors that boast an impressive 4,000 to 4,500-foot elevation. This area was the first in the state to grow wine grapes in the 1880s; it continues to be the most well-known and one of the most quality-producing regions in the state. It surprisingly sees as many growing degree days as Napa, Tuscany, and Bordeaux—though in a more compressed timeframe. In Grand Valley, grape growers work with a range of grapes, most notably Bordeaux varieties, Syrah, Tempranillo, and a surprising Lemberger from producer Carlson Vineyards.

The West Elks AVA is 48,405 acres and surrounds the small, mountainous town of Paonia. The elevation is even higher here, starting at 5,400 feet and extending

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to 7,000 feet above sea level. The growing season is a bit milder and begins about two weeks later than Grand Valley, with 30% fewer days between spring and fall frosts— making the growing season short and ideal for cooler climate, bright-acid wines like Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir.

“Colorado shines with its large variety of wines and styles presented in a nonintimidating setting,” said Merz, and these are some of the primary reasons why the state has seen an uptick in wine tourism. And, of course, wine tourism in Colorado wouldn’t be what it is without the adventurism of the state. “Adventure is what Colorado wine country has to offer,” said Joe Buckel of Buckel Family Wines. “Exploring some obscure varieties, drinking wine crafted from high-altitude vineyards, dining at fantastic restaurants featuring our local farmers, and having the mountains, rivers, and canyons at the doorstep” is what Colorado wine country is all about.


Bookcliff Vineyards

Bookcliff Vineyards has a beautiful tasting room in Palisade and offers breathtaking views of estate vineyards surrounded by rocky mesas that are quintessential Colorado. The estate will soon provide a new vineyard tour and tasting experience in addition to its traditional wine tasting. The bold-flavored Reserve Syrah is a favorite here.

Buckel Family Wine

Family-owned and operated Buckel Family Wine embraces the unique and challenging terroir of Colorado in their Old World style collection of minimal-intervention wines. Their Pét Nat Rosé of Syrah is a testament to what this family can do with high-altitude

grapes. It’s well made in a refreshing style with a juicy strawberry flavor.

Carlson Vineyards

Carlson Vineyards is a family-owned winery focusing on unique varietals. The winery is located in Palisade and offers wines by the glass, bottle, or tasting flight. Their Tyrannosaurus Red Lemberger bottling is immediately intriguing with an earthy nose of dried leaves and mushrooms; the palate is easy-drinking and light in style with notes of tart cherry and pepper.

The Storm Cellar

The Storm Cellar is situated in the West Elks AVA and specializes in high-elevation

white and rosé wines crafted with minimal intervention and whole-cluster pressing. Their collection includes well-known French varietals such as Viognier and Chardonnay and more obscure offerings like a pleasant Rosé of St. Vincent—a cold-hardy grape thought to be a hybrid between Pinot Noir and Chambourcin.

Whitewater Hill Vineyards

Located in the heart of the Grand Valley AVA in Grand Junction, Whitewater Hill offers a wine tasting that can be upgraded with snacks and charcuterie, and summer often offers an onsite food truck. Don’t miss the unique Chambourcin—a FrenchAmerican interspecific hybrid grape variety—full of blackberry pie-like flavors.

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 BY JILLIAN DARA Charter Oak Raw Vegetables // Photo by Kelly Puleio

As the first taste of what’s to come, appetizers set the tone for the entire meal. Especially in Napa Valley, a region celebrated for its cuisine, appetizers must impress at first bite. Whether it’s a tried-and-true favorite like Pizzeria Travigne’s cult-famous Mozzarella Al Minuto, both aesthetically and palatally pleasing, or crispy and creamy coquettes at Napa Palisades Saloon, these appetizers are exquisite examples of what a starter should offer.


At this Napa institution, seasonal, Californian fare is front and center. The restaurant’s rustic interior, with brick-lined walls and wood with leather upholstered

furnishings, makes it feel like it should be located in the middle of a ranch instead of just off Main Street. Even though the menu rotates with the season, the Raw Vegetables—from The Charter Oak Farm (located a half mile from the restaurant) accompanied by fermented soy dip remains a permanent starter that embodies the family-style dining they encourage. //


At this waterfront restaurant along the Napa River, expect to find a menu that combines a taste of Northern California with the flavors of French country cuisine. The Franco-Californian dishes are both comforting but contemporary, which is exactly what is found in the “Pour Commencer” serving of Deviled Eggs. What may sound simple is immediately

elevated with a hefty topping of Regiis Ova caviar (Yountville’s Chef Thomas Keller’s line of caviar) and the eggs carefully sitting on the perfectly whipped mousse of their yolk. There are four halves to an order, and highly addictive, so plan to order a double. //


Artichokes have become synonymous with this favorite regional restaurant serving up elevated American comfort food. The Grilled Artichokes live under appetizers and are heirloom varieties that, when in season, are sourced exclusively from Castroville, California. “They are grown from rootstock passed down by Italian immigrants, known for their superior flavor and meatiness,” explained Allison Gottwalt, general manager at Rutherford Grill. “We steam them and then grill them to order

and serve with our homemade remoulade sauce.” //


Though this St. Helena restaurant considers itself a “casual spot” featuring Northern Italian favorites, their Mozzarella Al Minuto is a serious affair one needs to experience. Reflecting its name, the Mozzarella Al Minuto is served tableside, so it can be eaten right away, as that’s when executive chef and co-owner Anthony “Nash” Cognetti said it tastes best, something he learned during his time working and living in Italy. “When I first started making it, I realized that mozzarella that was 30 seconds old was one of the greatest things to come out of my kitchen,

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and I’m the only guy that gets to eat it 30 seconds after it’s made,” explained Cognetti of the warm cheese that’s perfectly “seepy” in the middle. “That’s when we decided to make mozzarella cheese to order and serve it tableside to our guests.” The antipasti is served as a hand-pulled fresh mozzarella ball with garlic and olive oil and grilled crostini on the side. //


Located in a Historic Landmark building from 1916, this elevated Northern Italian hotspot and beloved local restaurant offers an impressive ambiance to match its fusion of California-Italian cuisine. The West Coast influence takes center stage in Allegria’s Napa Cabbage Salad, listed under Zuppa e Insalata, or Soups and Salads. The crunchy cabbage is tossed with crispy pepper bacon, crumbled blue cheese, sweet mushrooms, garlic croutons, and a warm red wine vinaigrette. Make it a complete meal by adding

grilled free-range chicken or succulent prawns. //


Located off of Rt. 29 in St. Helena, Farmstead embraces its environs by focusing on farmto-table New American fare, all served in a renovated barn for added rustic appeal. It seems only natural, then, to place an order of steamy warm Cheddar Biscuits to start any meal, even though they’re technically listed under sides, diners will notice how these tend to come out first. And for good reason— smother one with honey butter and say no more. //


From dining al fresco in summer to fireside in the winter, this authentic Italian eatery, consistently rated as Napa’s best Italian Restaurant, is charming year-round. Though the baked-fresh-daily focaccia and ciabatta bread are always tempting with which to start a meal, the Fritto Misto has quickly become a fan favorite. The traditional antipasti is a fried mix of calamari, shrimp, fennel onions, and green beans served with spicy aioli, perfect for dipping and sharing with the whole table. //


Unlike many of its Yountville neighbors, R+D offers a more laid-back atmosphere for dining with large parties or family fun. This makes their Dip Duo appetizer of jalapeño queso and guacamole plated with hand-cut tortilla chips a great entry to their casual, American fare. Dig into the dips with a cocktail at the lively bar while watching the

game or, when weather permits, sitting in Adirondack chairs around the outdoor fire pits. //


“The Rueben Croquettes are a dish that exemplifies who we are and what we strive to offer at Napa Palisades Saloon—we are not stuffy or formal, but we take our food and drinks seriously,” explained Michael Olson, general manager at Napa Palisades about their most popular appetizer. Made with corned beef, shredded Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a touch of cream cheese for binding, the Rueben balls are rolled by hand in panko, fried crispy, and served with a homemade Thousand Island dressing for dipping. “We like to pair this dish with our Napa Palisades Amber Lager—this smooth yet deeply flavorful malty brew pairs perfectly with the savory, crunchy croquettes,” shared Olson. //


At the heart of downtown Napa, TORC is always buzzing. Celebrated for their approach to global farm-to-table cuisine, diners at this contemporary restaurant on Napa’s downtown Main Street revel in the amount of white truffle available to be shaved atop any dish at any given time, along with far-flung flavors from the East like yuzu and poha (flattened rice originating from India). The latter two ingredients can be found in their San Diego Big Eye Tuna Tartare, also spiced up with chilemiso, negi, and savory herbs. Diners who enjoy a little extra can supplement with a topping of 10 grams of Caspian sea osetra caviar. //

Reuben Croquettes // Photo courtesy of Napa Palisades Tuna Tartar Photo courtesy of TORC Frito Misto // Photo Courtesy of Bistro Don Giovanni


Bar Cava started out as a Spanish wine bar with tapas, but we evolved into a Craft Cocktail & Eatery over the past few years. We have stuck to our roots by having a wine list for the true wine lover, but we can also accommodate those who would like to experience an award-winning craft cocktail which utilizes a collection of fresh seasonal ingredients, house-made infusions, and hand-crafted syrups or one of our handpicked wines by the glass from around the world.


Cooking with KAREN CROUSE

For 14 years, I was honored to be guest chef at Hurley’s Restaurant in Yountville with my dear friend, Bob Hurley. These are my fondest memories of Mardi Gras. This tradition brought New Orleans cuisine loving people together over a 5-course menu of my authentic recipes (some of them secret). Being a N’awlins native, I made sure to include Po’ Boy sandwiches. This version features gulf

shrimp battered and fried to a golden crust, and ‘dressed’ with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.

The combination of the crispy battered shrimp, the sweet and spicy soft texture of the vegetables, and the flaky toasted French bread make this an iconic sandwich that tastes like nothing else. If you have had one, you know what I mean. If not, you must. Happy Mardi Gras and let the good times roll!






• heavy saucepan or deep fryer

• mixing bowl

• slotted spoon

• baking sheet

• serrated knife


• 2 cups Oil for frying (peanut, avocado)

• 4 French loaves (8’’ long), sliced & lightly toasted

• 2 tsp Kosher Salt

• 2 tsp paprika

• 1 tsp granulated garlic

• ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper

• ½ tsp black pepper

• 1.5 pounds medium Gulf Shrimp, peeled & deveined

• 1.5 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 cup yellow cornmeal

• 1.5 cup buttermilk

• 1 egg, beaten

• ¼ cup Hot sauce such as Tabasco


• Mayonnaise

• ½ head Iceberg lettuce shredded

• 1 cup Dill pickles slices

• 2 large tomatoes, sliced

TIP: Scoop out the center of the bread to make more room for the good stuff


Heat the oil to 350 degrees. Lightly toast the bread. Mix the salt, paprika, granulated garlic, cayenne pepper, and black pepper, then divide the spice mixture in half. Rinse the shrimp, pat dry, season with half of the spice mixture. Combine the rest of the spice mixture with the flour, and cornmeal in a shallow bowl. Mix the buttermilk with the beaten egg and hot sauce in a separate bowl.

Dredge the seasoned shrimp in the flour mixture. Dip it into the buttermilk, then dredge it in the flour mixture again. This gives a thicker coating and more crunch. Chill for 15 minutes.

Working in batches, fry the shrimp until golden brown about 2-3 minutes per batch. Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain.

Spread mayonnaise on both sides of the bread. Fill with a layer of shrimp and “dress” your sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and pickles.

Serve with the traditional Barq’s Root Beer or your favorite ice-cold beer and LOTS of napkins.


Napa Valley Non-Profit Brings Community Together

Local Realtor® Jennifer Klingbeil of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty has lived in the Napa Valley for 27 years. She is a native Californian, but her heritage is Ukrainian. Her mother was Adventina Shiwotenko, born in Ukraine and known for spearheading educational programs in her homeland. Jennifer accompanied her mother on trips to Ukraine and formed lasting connections with the people and culture.

When the war broke out in Ukraine, Jennifer needed to do something tangible to help. As ideas were forming, Kellie Lind of Pacific Union College reached out to offer help to Jennifer’s family. The two of them formulated a plan that would not only aid Ukrainian refugees, but also boost the enrollment at Pacific Union College (PUC) that was struggling due to COVID. PUC is a highly-renowned 4-year, liberal arts Christian college in Angwin, located at the North end of the Napa Valley. The Board of Directors at PUC quickly and graciously offered a 50% discount to Ukrainian Students from this program.

has been so generous, wanting to see these students succeed since they are now part of our community.”

Napa Valley Non-Profit Brings Community Together by Helping Ukrainian Students

Local Realtor® Jennifer Klingbeil of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty has lived in the Napa Valley for 27 years. She is a native Californian, but her heritage is Ukrainian. Her mother was Adventina Shiwotenko, born in Ukraine and known for spearheading educational programs in her homeland. Jennifer accompanied her mother on trips to Ukraine and formed lasting connections with the people and culture.

When the war broke out in Ukraine, Jennifer needed to do something tangible to help. As ideas were forming, Kellie Lind of Pacific Union College reached out to offer help to Jennifer’s family.

This organization has received local funding from Dunn Vineyards, Health Spa Napa Valley, Soroptimist International of St. Helena, Meadowood, Cameo Cinema, Phelan Development Company, Inc., Federated Women of Upper Napa Valley, KNDL Foundation, and Golden Gate Sotheby’s Int. Realty, to name a few.

renowned 4-year, liberal arts Christian college in Angwin, located at the North end of the Napa Valley. The Board of Directors at PUC quickly and graciously offered a 50% discount to Ukrainian Students from this program.

MISSION:UKRAINE set out on a mission to raise the balance. This nonprofit, non-denominational organization is bringing ten Ukrainian students, displaced by war, to the safety of the Napa Valley. These students will live and go to school at PUC.

MISSION:UKRAINE set out on a mission to raise the balance. This non-profit, nondenominational organization is bringing ten Ukrainian students, displaced by war, to the safety of the Napa Valley. These students will live and go to school at PUC.

St. Helena, Meadowood, Cameo Cinema, Phelan Development Company, Inc. Federated Women of Upper Napa Valley, KNDL Foundation and Golden Gate Sotheby’s Int. Realty, to name a few.

Two students arrived in fall of 2022. Darii is studying Data Science with hopes of working in the prosthetics field. Katya is studying graphic design and film. Her documentary will be shown at PUC’s student film festival at the Cameo Cinema this Spring— not to be missed! Dasha, a third student has just arrived for winter quarter.

“This cause seems to bring the community together.” Klingbeil said. “Everyone has been so generous, wanting to see these students succeed since they are now part of our community.”

The group eagerly awaits the seven more Ukrainian students, due to arrive this Spring.

“This cause seems to bring the community together,” Klingbeil said. “Everyone

The two of them formulated a plan that would not only aid Ukrainian refugees, but also boost the enrollment at Pacific Union College (PUC) that was struggling due to COVID. PUC is a highly-

Two students arrived in fall of 2022. Darii is studying Data Science with hopes of working in the prosthetics field. Katya is studying graphic design and film. Her documentary will be shown at PUC’s student film festival at the Cameo Cinema this Spring— not to be missed! Dasha, a third student has just arrived for winter quarter. The group eagerly awaits the seven more Ukrainian students, due to arrive this Spring.

This organization has received local funding from Dunn Vineyards, Health Spa Napa Valley, Soroptimist International of

Photos: A few of MISSION:UKRAINE Board Members, Ukrainian Student Darii at PUC’s Newton Hall, Katya - receiving a digital camera from St. Helena Soroptimists
“This cause seems to bring the community together. Everyone has been so generous, wanting to see these students succeed since they are now part of our community.”
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Jennifer Klingbeil (center) with fellow MISSION:UKRAINE Board Members Ukranian Student Darii at PUC's Newton Hall Katya recieing a digital camera from St. Helena Soroptimists
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Greg Bouillerce is not only the executive director of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, he was also once a member, participating in Clubs across the country as his family moved from one location to the next. Bouillerce shares his personal story annually at the Club’s UnGala fundraiser, the lively and intimate invite-only event held at William Hill Estate Winery, featuring live music, sweeping views of the Napa Valley, and Club members who readily share with attendees their personal stories about how the Club has changed their lives. In 2022, the UnGala raised $500,000 via its auction

and fund-a-need paddle raise, providing a large portion of the funds necessary to keep the ever-expanding Club running smoothly.

This past year, the Club more than doubled in size, and the staff expanded from 80 to 180 full and part-time employees. Programs are staffed at a 20:1 ratio, and staff positions are filled by high-impact, passionate, and creative individuals from across the valley who help to foster kindness, relationship building, and social and emotional health. “Everything we do guides kids toward their best selves by embracing them for who they are and pushing them to be more,” said Bouillerce.

Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley (BGCNV) serves 2300 youth daily within its network, which includes the Napa Clubhouse, the American Canyon Clubhouse, Club 1515 Teen Center, and nine additional school-based locations. BGCNV’s mission is simple: “to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” The word “Club” is often associated with exclusivity, but here, the term is defined by inclusivity. Every child between the ages of 6 and 18, regardless of economic standing, is

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welcome. The general membership fee is $50, with 100% automatic scholarships applied to any child who qualifies.

Each Club is populated by children from all walks of life. “We serve the children of farm workers and winery owners,” said Amanda Frances Fisher, BGCNV’s Director of Resource Development. “We serve the children of hotel, winery, and restaurant workers, but we also serve the children of CEOS and Executive Directors. The Club is unique in this way, as no matter who you are or where you come from, there is a place for you here. We never turn any child away due to an inability to pay, thus the importance of local businesses and community support and involvement. The UnGala event is our premiere event, but our need to be able to serve the youth of Napa Valley extends beyond a single event. We provide a safe, enriching en-

Every day at the Club is a little different, but during the school year, the afternoons are typically divided into three main segments: Snack & Social Rec, Homework Time, and Enrichment. “After a long day of classwork, we find it’s important to make sure that kids have a healthy snack combined with an opportunity to run and jump and play,” said Fisher. “During Homework Time (internally called ‘Power Hour’), time is spent completing homework and reading, and when finished, we play games that reinforce academics like PBL (project-based learning) and SEL (social and emotional learning), etc. Enrichment is time dedicated to the real magic of our Club programs: fine art clubs, athletic clubs, dance clubs, STEM activities, leadership, and service clubs, etc.”

Anyone searching for Jazmin Valdonivos on a Friday night only needs

to look at one place. “You’ll always find me at Family Night Fridays at the Club,” said the Napa High School student of the program that offers everything from movie nights, game nights, relays in the gym, to field trips. “These nights might seem all fun and games, but the impact they have had on me is so meaningful. Friday night at the Club gave me a chance to be off the streets and to choose to do something positive. The Club allows my friends and me to put our problems aside and just be the big kids the for the night. The opportunities and the impact the Club has had on my life continue as the teen center has become my second home, and the people inside have become my family. This is where I’ve found my why in life, where I continue to stand up and fight for something bigger than myself.”

Teens like Jazmin and other youth need a safe and inspirational harbor that provides a positive after-school, holiday break and summer escape. With funds raised at The UnGala, sponsorships from local businesses, individual donations, and other fundraising, BGCNV continues to ensure Napa youth have that haven.

As the Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley continues to expand, so does its need for deeper levels of support. For volunteer, employment, sponsorship, associate board, or donor opportunities, visit

vironment in which teens and children can grow, while their parents work to create the magic and consistency of Napa Valley for our many tourists and visitors to enjoy. Simply put, BGCNV fits into the economic stability of Napa Valley.”

BGCNV proved a godsend for the Silver family, who moved to Napa during the pandemic without family support. “They saved us,” said Jed Silver, whose son quickly became a member of the club community. “My wife and I, both working, were in a tough bind; the stress they took off our shoulders is immeasurable. I cannot stress how amazing and nurturing the people and facilities are. This is not cheap daycare. My son was supported academically, spiritually, and socially. The staff was like family. I don’t know where we would be without the assistance, love, and nurturing provided by BGCNV.”

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“We never turn any child away due to an inability to pay, thus the importance of local businesses and community support and involvement.”

An Unexpected Tennis Destination in South Napa

One of Napa Valley’s “hidden gems” is the golf course at Napa Valley Country Club (NVCC). But the golf course is not the only NVCC amenity worth raving about. Perched on a hill above the clubhouse, with views to Mt. George and the surrounding Valley, are five Tennis Courts surrounded by serenity and tranquility. “The courts sit on the ideal part of the property,” said Ari Kreisler, General Manager of NVCC. “It is one the most picturesque settings I have ever seen for tennis.”

Sitting at the helm of the NVCC tennis program is Christopher Kubicka, the clubs’ Director of Tennis. Kubicka has been with the club for 13 years and, throughout his tenure, has helped grow the tennis program to be well-renowned throughout the North Bay.

“You can’t just rely on nice tennis courts and hope people get together and play,” said Kreisler. “Chris is a master at creating programming, resulting in the courts sometimes being more active than the golf course.”

Weekly, NVCC offers organized Tennis activities, from beginner Bootcamp to 4.0+ Advanced Clinics. NVCC also hosts monthly mixers, weekly drop in doubles clinics, USTA Adult and Mixed Doubles, and a women’s SNMWTL Day League team.

The Junior programs are typically booked far in advance throughout the year. But when it comes to Summer Junior Camps, the courts become the most active place on the property. “I have seen Junior camps at many clubs,” said Kreisler. “But they are nothing like what Chris offers at NVCC. Chris not only gives the kids a solid workout, but they also get valuable tennis training and life lessons. The difference is apparent when we do junior exchanges with other programs in the area.”

During his tenure at NVCC, Kubicka has had the pleasure of instructing juniors from their early stages through tournament play.

Two of his star students, Lucas Bollinger and Jamie Pope, recently received scholarships to play for UC Davis and St. Marys. “Chris’ talent at connecting with kids is off the charts. He gets so much satisfaction from watching them improve, and they adore

him back.” So much so they often return to work for Chris, teaching juniors during their college Summer breaks.

Last year, the NVCC “slip-sheeted” all five of their hard-surface courts, essentially making the surface like new. “They look great, and it’s been a huge attraction for our newer members. That and the lighting that provides for play up until 10 pm,” said Heather Vigil, Sales and Marketing Director at NVCC. The club also provides complimentary use of their new Playmate Ball machine for practice.

Although tennis is a major draw, Pickleball has become one of the fastest-growing sports over the past few years. NVCC had the foresight into the Pickle boom and installed four permanent pickleball courts five years ago. One of the NVCC Tennis Professionals, Drew Collin, is a Certified Pickleball Instructor and offers lessons and clinics throughout the year. In addition to the instructional play, drop-in Pickleball play is organized for members looking to meet other Picklers on Thursday evenings. The club is also planning to form a Pickleball league in 2023 to meet the demand.

If interested in membership at Napa Valley Country Club, contact Heather Vigil at


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 PHOTOS COURTESY OF NAPA VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB NVCC Tennis Pro, Drew Collin, teaching a lesson NVCC Tennis Director, Chris Kubicka

Edgy & DRamatic West Sonoma Coast Gets Its Own AVA

Following a decade-long conversation, all eyes turned to a beautiful and remote place when California’s newest AVA, West Sonoma Coast Vintners, was finally established in May 2022. One of the goals of Sonoma County's nineteenth AVA is to “define the West Sonoma Coast and differentiate its wines from those grown in other viticultural regions.” –


There’s nowhere else like West Sonoma Coast; it’s dramatic and edgy; it’s balanced on a famous tectonic plate. A long and slender region of 76 miles stretches from east of the Pacific to south of the Mendocino County border, north of Petaluma Gap, and west of the Russian River. Characterized by a jagged coastline, cool maritime breezes, creeping fog, and steep ridges along the San Andreas Fault, farming is challenging.

Nevertheless, stewards of this dramatic land assure that the wine is worth the effort. Due to its proximity to the ocean, these grapevines produce fine wines with complexity and fresh coastal minerality.

Some wineries are located within the newly created West Sonoma Coast AVA, others have vineyards, and others own or lease a vineyard in the region. Among the appellation’s 29 members are highly acclaimed vintners such as Hirsch, Failla, Flowers, Littorai, and Joseph Phelps, as well as boutique wineries focused on coolclimate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. “The West Sonoma Coast AVA creates distinctive wines showcasing a mesmerizing sense of place in the glass,” said Jamie Kutch of Kutch Wines, who works with several sites in the region.

Wineries to Visit

Some of the highly respected brands sourcing grapes within the new AVA host tastings at more accessible locations, such as Healdsburg and Sebastopol. However, nothing beats wine tasting where the

grapevines grow, so check out a few of the member vintners and others pouring within the AVA itself.

Five miles inland from the coastal Sea Ranch community in tiny Annapolis (population: 200), Alma Fria tastings are led by winemaker Carroll Kemp, an early advocate for the West Sonoma Coast AVA. //

Peay Vineyards hosts visitors in a tasting room beside the majestic coastal vineyard in Annapolis. Six varietals are grown on the 53-acre hilltop vineyard in the far northwestern corner of the AVA, four miles from the Pacific Ocean. //

Above the fog, take a seat at this stunning, rustic spot overlooking the

Pacific at Fort Ross Vineyard Tasting Room in Jenner. Four estate-grown wines are accompanied by small bites. Open by appointment, Friday through Tuesday. //

It’s all about Burgundian-style Pinot Noir at a project focused on unique sites on the headlands near Bodega in the Freestone-Occidental area. Steve Kistler founded Occidental Wines as a small family brand in 2011, operating from a newly built state-of-the-art winery overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests may request a visit via the mailing list. //

Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment is required at Bohème Wines Cellar

Door Tasting Room on Main Street in Occidental. Stop in on Thursday through Sunday, between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. for exceptional wines that are locally sourced. //

Binoculars, Kites, and Hiking Shoes

Cetaceans like hanging out in West Sonoma, too. During their January through May northbound migration, Whale Watch Public Education Program volunteers share their knowledge at Bodega Head, a prime observation point. Check out more locations to whale watching along the West Sonoma Coast at Gualala Point Regional Park, public access trails at The Sea Ranch,

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Stillwater Cove Regional Park, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, and Salt Point State Park, where the Pygmy Forest is a not-tomiss curiosity.

For dramatic Pacific views and a breeze off the ocean, it's hard to beat West Sonoma. It’s no coincidence that there are two kite shops in Bodega Bay — Second Wind and Candy & Kites. Let them fly at Doran Regional Park, 127 acres between Bodega Harbor and Bodega Bay, for picnics, walks on the beach, and watching surfers brave the cold water. Day-use parking is $7. //

Walk the driftwood-strewn beach at Jenner, where the Russian River empties

bonus, there’s a cozy fireplace and a chance of spotting migrating whales offshore. //

Halfway between Bodega and Occidental, warm up over breakfast at Freestone Artisan Cheese or stop in for picnic basket lunch goodies. Among the house wines on the shelves, find a vineyarddesignated Chardonnay from Freeman Vineyards, a member of the new AVA. //

Oysters and a glass of wine can be synchronized with the sunset on the patio at River’s End Inn & Restaurant in Jenner. Stay for dinner or stay for longer in one of the cozy cabins, a digital detox destination. //

Stay Awhile

Teak rocking chairs by the fire pit and an infinity-edge hot tub facing the bay are just a couple of reasons why The Lodge at Bodega Bay earns top marks from loyal guests. Explore eight acres perched on a Pacific bluff, dine at Drakes, and relax in an in-room Jacuzzi. Amenities include a heated pool, a signature spa, and fitness center at this 295-room retreat. // www.

Describing themselves as “One part modern hippie and two parts rustic modern,” Timber Cove Resort in Jenner presides over yet another craggy Pacific bluff. There’s live music on Wednesday; local wineries pour for guests on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Coast Kitchen serves indoors and outdoors. //

Casual elegance are keywords at The Stavrand, a newly renovated 1920s-style landmark in Guerneville, where the six-acre orchard, redwood setting, outdoor pool, and Dining Room have been grabbing attention. //

Given the drive time, the newly renovated guest rooms at The Sea Ranch Lodge are good news. Accommodation at the 53-acre resort is available from summer 2023. Meanwhile, there’s food and drink in The Café, The Bar + Lounge, and The Dining Room (open for dinner Thursday through Monday). Black Point Beach is just north of the property, one of five public beaches. // FOR

into the Pacific Ocean. Up in the Jenner Headlands, Sea to Sky Trail is a moderate hike of 4.4 miles out and back.

Where to Eat

In Bodega Bay, The Birds Café reflects the venue for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller with movie memorabilia lining the walls. The casual spot serves Sonoma wines to accompany fish tacos, oysters, clam chowder, and fish & chips and has a patio and porch overlooking the water. // www.

Also in Bodega Bay, Michelin-starred Terrapin Creek Café is a must-do stop for gourmands and seafood lovers. Enjoy immaculate white cloth service, and as a

The Lodge at Bodega Bay picnic Timber Cove Resort

Confused About What’s Going on in the Housing Market?


If you’re considering buying or selling property, you want to know what’s happening with home prices, mortgage rates, housing supply, etc. Unfortunately, that’s not easy, considering how sensationalized headlines are today.

When information in the media isn’t clear or relevant to your market, it can generate a lot of fear and uncertainty. Buying or selling a home is a big decision, and it should be one you feel confident making. To help you separate fact from fiction and get the answers you need, lean on a local real estate advisor.

As Jason Lewris, Cofounder and Chief Data Officer at Parcl says: “In the absence of trustworthy, up-to-date information, real estate decisions are increasingly driven by fear, uncertainty, and doubt.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way. A trusted expert is your best resource to understand what’s happening at the national and local levels. They’ll be able to debunk the headlines using data you can trust. And using their in-depth knowledge of the industry, they’ll provide context so you know how current trends compare to the normal ebbs and flows in the industry, historical data, and more.

From home sales to prices, the 2023 housing market will be defined

by mortgage rates, and where rates go depends on what happens with inflation. Home prices will always be determined by supply and demand. The more buyers and fewer homes there are on the market, the more home prices rise. And that’s precisely what we saw during the pandemic. Inflation is still something to watch in 2023. The FED has been making moves to slow the economy down, and real estate plays a big part in our economy. As inflation stays high, mortgage rates will remain high. And as history tells us, when inflation starts to ease, mortgage rates should too. So as people ask about what will happen going forward, the answer is to keep an eye on what’s happening with inflation.

Then there’s another piece of this, the dreaded “R” word: Recession. The biggest question is, if a recession is called, how will it impact the housing market? Unfortunately, most buyers and sellers think a recession means a full-on housing market collapse, like what happened in 2008. And in most instances, the truth couldn’t be further from that.

For example, a recession does not mean falling home prices. In the past six recessions, only two saw a decrease in home prices.

But bringing it back to mortgage rates, a recession may not always cause home prices to fall, but it usually means mortgage rates will.

Experts are factoring all of this into their mortgage rate forecasts for next year. And if we average those forecasts together, they say we can expect rates to stabilize more in 2023. Whether that’s between 5.5% and 6.5%, it’s hard to estimate where they’ll land. But based on the average of their projections, a more predictable rate is likely ahead:

If you’re considering buying or selling a home this year, let’s connect so you have expert insights and advice and understand where the housing market is headed in 2023.

My mother was a REALTOR®, I’m a REALTOR®, and my daughter is a REALTOR®, so you could say that real estate is in our blood. Having pursued this profession for more than 17 years, my passion for the Napa Valley began in 1985, when I bought my restaurant in Calistoga. While food and beverage hospitality allowed me to share my love of our Valley with visitors and locals, I have found that helping people sell and buy real property affords me the best opportunity to get more folks to fulfill their dreams experience their own Napa Valley passions

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Realtor Gary Prince Knows Napa

Gary Prince grew up observing his real estate agent father answering phones at night, on weekends, and family vacations. So when the time came for Prince to select a vocation, his apple fell far from the tree. Believing real estate to be too demanding, he settled into a 9 to 5 career that included assistant management at Mervyn’s department stores, a technical writer, MIS support, and product manager for Bank of America and ADP. Desiring to be his own boss within a more rewarding field, he left ADP after 17 years and realized that maybe his dad had it right all along.

“As I continued in my career, I came to realize the benefits of being a Realtor, and of being your own boss, and how working in a career that was fun and rewarding made the evening and weekend calls worthwhile,” said Prince, a third generation Napan who has held his real estate license since 2006.

Prince started assisting his dad with his real estate business in 2005 and is now a Realtor with Windmere Napa Valley Properties, specializing in Napa, where he has lived most of his life. He currently resides in the Bel Serra subdivision, across from Willow Elementary School. His backdoor neighbor is the Robert Biale vineyard.

He has bought and sold homes in nearly every residential neighborhood in Napa and is quick to promote the region’s small-town feel and its bounty of fine food, wine,

and live music venues. “There are so many things to do and enjoy here, but it is mostly about the people and community,” said Prince, a CSU Sacramento business major. He attended Bel Aire Elementary for Kindergarten, St. Apollinaris for 1st - 8th grade, and Justin-Siena for high school, where he has served as an assistant track coach for the past nine years. “You usually run into someone you know wherever you go. It just feels like home.”

Prince provides each of his clients with a lifetime of Napa knowledge. In his decade and a half of experience as a licensed real estate agent, he has witnessed the ups and downs of changing markets, and he’s overseen not only residential sales but also land, commercial, investment, and 1031 exchanges, estate sales, short sales, and foreclosures. He handles every transaction as if it were his own, offering every client personal attention. “I treat every client like they are a member of my own family,” said Prince. “Real estate is more than a business; it is about people and relationships. I work with everyone from first-time buyers to seasoned professionals. I will take them through every step of the buying or selling process, so they are confident that their decisions will bring them the best possible outcome in their transactions.”

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Isabelle Maynard’s art interest originated during her youth while living in the French countryside. Within her small village, she was constantly aware of nature, and as a young child with artistic talent, she started capturing her observations on paper. “Nature was my safe place,” said Maynard. “And painting suddenly became obvious to me when I discovered it. I found a way to express myself, and life gave me the rest.”

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Now a resident of both Toulouse, France, and Napa Valley, Maynard is an accomplished artist whose work is shown within several west coast galleries, such as 60SIX Gallery in San Francisco and Desta Gallery in Mill Valley. Her work is also displayed in various design showrooms, such as Kneedler Fauchère in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Jennifer West in Seattle. Additionally, corporate companies such as Toulouse-based Airbus have placed her artwork in their private jets. This spring, from March 30 to May 5, her new exhibition, “Trace Elements,” will be shown at the Yountville Community Center Gallery. “It will be a very special evening where guests will be totally immersed in my world and my work,” said Maynard, who is quick to convey her appreciation to the Yountville Art Board for their support and dedication to promoting public art.

Her artistic journey features many twists and turns of fate. She attended art school in her 20s with a dream of walking in the footsteps of her idols such as Cy Twombly, Willem De Kooning, Jay Defoe, Joan Mitchell, and other abstract expressionists.

“I wanted to discover America, its big cities, and get lost in the unknown without any

expectations, except to be in the present and enjoy every second of it,” said Maynard. Her dream came true when a fellow artist friend invited her to visit his Brooklyn atelier overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. She spent two glorious and inspirational months in New York before setting her sights on California, where some of her family resided. Her west coast journey started—and ended—within Napa Valley, the landscape of which reminded her of her Bordeaux childhood, and she never left.

“Napa’s grapevines remind me of Bordeaux, but the landscape here is so unique,” said Maynard, whose inspiration continues to derive from the great outdoors. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Napa’s parks and trails. “The immensity of the nature surrounding the Valley is incomparable, so raw. It is like you’re touching the infinite sometimes with its expansive skylines. When you look at the trees, the

sky, and the colors, everything is a constant inspiration. I love going for hikes as I need to feel close to nature. This is where I reset myself before going back to my paintings.”

Maynard’s abstract artworks are an extension of her life; each expresses her feelings, struggles, and joys. Her paintings range from dark and intense shades of greys to dreamy, airy whites. Each begins with a process that includes a thin layer of plaster applied to the canvas, giving her the sense and touch of a blank page. She then expresses herself through subtle, delicate, brutal, or primal brushwork, expressing her feelings while leaving a tangible trace of her passion. Every canvas conveys Maynard’s state of mind at the time of creation.

“I have to be true to myself and let everything go; then my body becomes the brush, the pencil, the reflection of my soul.”



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BEST FRIEND FACIAL CLUB Great Skin Has Never Been So Much Fun

When life tosses a problem, a first response is to call a friend for advice, whether or not there’s professional experience to back it up. But, in the case of skincare issues, there’s a special place in Napa Valley that can be that good friend with hands-on, expert advice: Best Friend Facial Club.

Coco Maloy is the owner and esthetician of the Best Friend Facial Club (BFFC), a unique salon with a 90s cheery vibe that makes clients feel like a girlfriend’s got her back. The pale-pink walls, adorned with quotes from iconic chick flicks, set the tone for a fun, helpful, and caring experience. It’s where “besties” can get self-care and “dish” on anything from relationship issues or outfit

conundrums. Of course, taking a moment for quiet is ok too. However, chances are pretty good a chat is in store because Coco is so endearing.

The breakaway from the traditional spa setting is a way to “stand out and encourage patrons to embrace a new generation of facial services,” said Coco.

BFFC is the fast-casual of skincare salons where clients can pop in each month for an hour-long, high-quality, affordable facial. Regular appointments are essential to maintaining beautiful, healthy-looking skin, much like going to the gym, but less often and, of course, more relaxing. Scheduling is easy as it can be slotted into a day of running errands or after a workout when

athleisure is the quintessential outfit of the day and a good choice for facials too. What Coco loves most about her profession is engaging and educating clients about their specific skin concerns. “Best Friend Facial Club (BFFC) is about approachable and informative skincare while utilizing clean, innovative products to give lasting results,” she explained. She selects products from the  Cosmedix skincare line, best known for superior formulations, clean ingredients, and luxurious aromas.

Coco believes knowledge is power, so she eagerly stays up to date on the latest innovations and techniques, passing that information on to her clients. With ten years in the field, her wisdom runs deep.

A favorite treatment is  The Bestie because it makes monthly facials fun and different with seasonal add-ons such as pumpkin spice in the fall and sugar plum fairy for the holidays.   Hydrafacial is one of the best options because it is comfortable and luxurious, delivering beautiful glowing results in just three easy steps. Exclusive rates are available to club members, making monthly facials all the more enticing.

BFFC’s tagline, “Like your best friend, great skin is forever,’ is what draws in locals and tourists for a happy and warm experience. All are welcome, gentlemen too; “They just have to be ok with pink,” quipped Coco.

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In March 2022, Hello Garage – a national garage renovator provider specializing in 100 percent polyaspartic floor coating – opened in Vacaville and began servicing dozens of homes in the Napa Valley area. In less than a year, they were commissioned to revamp the flooring throughout Anheuser-Busch headquarters in Fairfield and garnered attention from wineries for the easy-to-clean and slipresistant surfaces they install.

“We’re taking over the industry because polyaspartic is so durable,” said Dennis and Alisia Abramowicz, local owners of Hello Garage Napa. “It’s the strongest stuff on the market.”

The husband-and-wife owners moved to Fairfield when Dennis relocated to Travis AFB. After being stationed there for seven years, Dennis retired in 2014 and said the area “felt like home,” so they decided to plant permanent roots, which included starting a business of their own that could one day be handed down to their children. “In several military moves, the garage was often the most forgotten space of our homes. As if the unpacked boxes were stacked and ready to be shipped to the next garage only to be stored for the

next move,” said the couple. “Now, having an organized, usable family space in the garage helps our home feel settled and permanent. We love that our family can help change this for our customers too.”

Though polyaspartic coating is often added as a compound that gets mixed into other materials used in garage flooring, the Abramowicz’s explain that Hello Garage is unique because they use 100 percent polyaspartic, which no other provider in the area is using. “The polyaspartic floor coating becomes one with the concrete,” said Dennis, “which allows it to physically bond with it and form an extremely durable surface that sets after just 24 hours and is UV resistant so that it won’t fade or peel over time. Even better is that since the polyaspartic must seep into the concrete,

in many states that experience belowfreezing temperatures, the treatments cannot be performed in winter: However, because the weather is warmer here, we can do it year-round,” he said.

Hello Garage Napa is one of 50 locations throughout the country (franchisee location #8540), but with the Abramowiczs personal connection to the region and business, it makes it feel as if they’re a boutique agency catering to an individual client’s every need, which includes garage organization systems and the national promise of a lifetime warranty for residential garages (and one year for commercial because of higher traffic).

For Dennis, it’s more than just selling floor coatings and cabinets. He shared, “We love seeing our customers’ faces when they first see their transformed garages. That really makes it all worth it.”

Curious customers seeking to jumpstart their New Year’s resolutions around organization and home improvement can inquire for a free estimate before committing.

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The duo has some ambitious standards. For one, they meet every client jointly before deciding who will take the lead and primary responsibility. And then, once onboard, the client remains with that primary—they refuse to bring a client in the door to pass them off to someone else. The clients’ needs are carefully assessed before potential strategies and solutions are discussed and implemented.

A Napa native, Jessie was raised in Napa Valley and brings extensive knowledge of the region’s farming, grape-growing, and winery businesses. “I’ve seen the valley change so much,” she said. “Over the years, I’ve watched many smaller wineries get bought out by larger wineries. We want to give smaller wineries the assistance they need regarding business analysis, cash flow, and forecasting without hiring an in-house CFO or Controller.”

While both were involved with their young children’s elementary school activities, they found a friendship and eventually worked at the same firm. However, through the years, as the platforms and services provided became more online and “cookie cutter,” Jessie and Sarah wanted to combine their extensive financial experience and create a more curated client-focused approach that seemed to be lacking in the financial services industry.

Financial Services Tailor-Made for the Wine Industry

After spending a combined 15 years working for other bookkeeping firms in the Valley, Jessie Freeman and Sarah Feeley made the leap to establishing their bookkeeping and financial services business in September 2022. The business name they chose, Bespoke Winery Solutions, gives insight into their overall philosophy. “Bespoke” denotes a customized, tailored service emphasizing client needs.

“Everything we do is high touch. We spend a lot of time with the client upfront, getting to know their business and developing

the necessary trust,” Jessie said. “We will work with a business’ CPAs to streamline processes if needed. And we don’t just give clients data; we interpret it.”

Jessie and Sarah provide bookkeeping and accounting services to small and mid-size wine industry businesses and give clients easily understood and implementable goals and procedures. “It depends on what the client needs. Sometimes it is just reconciling; sometimes, it’s designing processes. It is an important process to figure out exactly what’s warranted.”

Sarah jokes, explaining that she is incredibly passionate about cost accounting, a process vital to the wine industry. Sarah obtained Wine Industry Finance & Accounting and Wine Business Management certificates from the Wine Business Institute School of Business & Economics at Sonoma State University. A Colorado transplant with a hands-on background in hospitality, Sarah adds additional depth to the customer servicefocused mentality of the team. “My experience in hospitality and restaurants taught me how to take care of people.”

Personalized service and responsiveness are the foundations of their business. “Our goal is to give winemakers and wine growers peace of mind, allowing them to return to the vineyard and cellar knowing their financials are being taken care of.” And taking care of people, small family winemakers, farmers, and wine businesses are at the core of the “Bespoke” approach that Jessie and Sarah aim to provide. FOR MORE

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Inflation is on the rise. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measured the increase in the average cost of goods and services at 6.2% for the 12-month period ending October 2021.1 That number can be shocking for folks used to a decade of inflation mostly below 2%.2

Many economists expect that this current bout of inflation will be temporary, driven largely by pandemic-related factors. Still, “it is a useful reminder of the importance of factoring inflation’s effects into your retirement



planning,” says Surya Kolluri, managing director of thought leadership for Bank of America’s Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions.

The risk to retirees

For retirees and those nearing retirement, inflation has more serious financial consequences than other groups: Over time, rising prices can significantly reduce your spending power when you are living on a fixed income. But even a small hike in inflation can have a sizable impact.

Retirees will get a 5.9% cost-ofliving adjustment (COLA) to their Social Security benefits in 20223 — the largest increase in 40 years — to help them cope. However, it is unlikely that will offset all rising costs.4 The price of healthcare, for example, is increasing even faster than the CPI, and you are likely to see a spike in Medicare premiums and deductibles as well.

“We need to be financially prepared to live 100 years,” says Kolluri. “When you consider how long your retirement is

likely to last, having a plan to help you deal with inflation’s effects is a must.”

Delay claiming Social Security benefits. Waiting until age 70 to start collecting Social Security could raise your lifetime monthly benefits by 76%.5 This is one way to hedge against the potential for inflation, but it is not a one-sizefits-all strategy. Considerations like your health and expected longevity, the age difference between you and your spouse, how much longer you may want to work, other sources of income

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Four strategies that could help you counter the effects of inflation as you head into and through retirement


income for life or a period specified in the contract.

Prepare for future long-term care costs. “If you look at the arc of human history, in spite of diseases, we have steadily increased longevity,” says Kolluri.

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“We need to be prepared for the costs associated with it.” In retirement, a 65-year-old couple with median drug expenses is likely to need $270,000 to cover their out-of-pocket healthcare costs.6 And considering that increases in the cost of healthcare tend to outpace inflation, advance planning is key.

and tax issues might all play a role in helping you determine the best approach, Kolluri says. Invest for growth and rebalance regularly. “Given today’s low interest rates, coupled with rising inflation, retirees may want to allocate more of their assets to equities in the near term to outpace inflation as we wait for higher yields and a steeper yield curve in fixed income markets,” suggests Joe Curtin, head of CIO Portfolio Management, Chief Investment Office, Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank. “Equities may offer an opportunity for the growth of your assets to exceed the rate of inflation as we wait for higher yields and a steeper yield curve in fixed income markets.” (The yield curve steepens when the difference between short-term and long-term rates increases.)

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position to provide it. Yet the “Finances in Retirement” survey found that few respondents budgeted to be able to help family members financially, despite giving an average of $6,500 annually to family. “We create budgets for such things as travel or shopping, so why not for family giving?” asks Bill Hunter, Retirement Client Experience, Director, Strategy & Solutions Bank of America.

• Start saving for retirement and take advantage of having longevity on your side. Contribute to an employersponsored savings plan such as a 401(k) at least at a level that meets any company match.

You may also want to consider more conservative investments that aim to counter the effects of inflation on your savings, such as Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities or Series I savings bonds.

One strategy to help offset rising healthcare costs is to contribute the most you can to your health savings account (HSA). HSAs let you carry over funds year to year and offer the triple benefit of pretax contributions, tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals for qualified expenses.

Hunter advises that you determine how much can commit to this purpose without disrupting your retirement planning and current living needs. When you have that figure, consider your other priorities. Are there any lifestyle changes you may need to make in order keep giving to family during tough times?

• Talk to your local Merrill advisor, who can assist with putting together a plan to help pursue your goals.

Consider the role of annuities. These contracts are long-term investments designed for retirement purposes and are issued by insurance companies; they can be indispensable in your retirement toolbox, says Kolluri. When you invest a portion of your retirement assets in an annuity, you are provided with a consistent stream of fixed

Another option to consider is a life insurance policy with a long-term care benefit rider, which could potentially cover some healthcare costs while providing a death benefit to your beneficiaries.

Most important, before you give, be sure to set aside an emergency fund for yourself to help ensure that you will have a comfortable cushion retirement.

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develop a basic philosophy that applies to everyone. Explain that this philosophy helped your family build its wealth and that any loan or gift decisions will be made based on your core values, such as a strong work ethic, pride and self-sufficiency. If you’re dreading the prospect of refusing a request, prepare your reasons beforehand so that you can explain them unemotionally. When you can’t afford to give, outline the reasons for your decision. When a family business is involved, notes Schmieder, it’s possible that your relatives don’t understand the company’s financial limitations. “Not everyone may be aware, for instance, that company owners have an obligation to reinvest their profits into their businesses to maintain growth,” he says. Use this opportunity to explain that the company’s profits aren’t a ready source for gifts or loans.

Inflation is not something we can control, says Kolluri. “But there are concrete steps we can take to lessen its impact on our retirement security.” Planning can help ensure that you will be able to afford the life you want in retirement, even when inflation boosts your cost of living.

Set firm guidelines for saying yes. Decide in advance under what circumstances you would feel comfortable giving or lending money. you’re going to make a gift of the money, think about using the occasion as a teaching moment,” suggests Hunter. Without sounding preachy or judgmental, try to explain to your relative how you’ve put yourself in a position to provide this assistance. Have you kept your debt under control, for instance, or lived within your means or avoided high-interest credit cards?

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As you consider each request, it’s always important to remember that gifts or loans to family members will have a direct impact on your retirement planning. There might be an unwritten fifth rule, says Hunter: “Beware of being overly generous, or you could end up needing financial help yourself.”

“For young adults in the family, this could be a valuable lesson,” he says.


1 Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

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you expect to be paid back, create a loan document,” recommends Joe C. Schmieder, principal consultant of the Family Business Consulting Group. This may include details on how frequently repayments will be made and whether interest will be charged. If the family member has asked you to invest in a business, request a business plan or other formal details how the money will be used. “It’s important that the recipient understands your terms,” Hunter says.

2 Age Wave/Merrill Lynch. “The Financial Journey of Parenting: Joy, Complexity and Sacrifice,” 2018.

to say no if family members turn to you for financial support. approximately retirement early cover debt. concerned wellbeing and financially. spent by children is billion annually. 2 bleak, as the percent) financial advice to early financial budget. Track expenses, and can make goals. high-interest, first (e.g., non-tax auto loan). as health

1 “Consumer Price Index - October 2021,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 10, 2021. 2 “Inflation, consumer prices for the United States,” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, May 26, 2021. 3 “Social Security benefits to jump 5.9% in 2022 in biggest increase in 40 years,” MarketWatch, October 13, 2021. 4 “Social Security recipients get 5.9% increase, but rising prices will offset the boost,” CNN, October 13, 2021. 5 Claiming Social Security, Chief Investment Office, Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank, 2020. 6 Employee Benefits Research Institute, June 2020.

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SOUTHSIDE CAFÉ Southside is a community-centered café and coffee bar with three locations: Carneros, Yountville, and Century in South Napa. They serve a chef-driven menu of authentic California cuisine with a Latin influence, specialty coffee from Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, and beer & wine from friends in the Napa Valley. Open for breakfast, lunch, and Century is also open for dinner.


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NAPA PALISADES SALOON Located in downtown Napa, Napa Palisades is a local gourmet grub pub serving American comfort food with a twist. Their full bar serves up their own Napa Palisades Beer Company house brews, over 30 local craft beers and many guest taps. They boast 16 big screen TV’s, weekend brunch and a popular happy hour.

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NAPA NOODLES Eiko’s sister restaurant, Napa Noodles, is an Asian Pacific Rim-style restaurant that fuses the delicious taste of Asian noodles with Napa Valley cuisine. Specialties include house-made noodles, savory soups, slow-roasted meats, seasonal salads, duck, flavorful rice dishes, Asian beers, Sake, and local wines.

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This 75+/- acre Kelseyville vineyard property features 52+/- acres of Kelsey Bench AVA Cabernet Sauvignon and approximately 7.5+/- acres of plantable land. Roughly 28+/- acres of good producing Cabernet is on a drip system, and 24+/- of old vines will need replacing in the near future. There are two high-capacity ag wells on site, one domestic well, a large pole barn, and a two-bedroom ranch manager house. There are two years left (Crop years 2022 and Crop year 2023) on the current Grape Purchase Contract for 130 tons of grapes. // Presented at $1,795,000


Crawford-Austin Ranch, centrally rooted between Ukiah and Hopland, encompasses 246+/- acres about 15 minutes north of Sonoma County, with easy access to Highway 101. Two large luxury homes grace the multi-family offering. Behind the residences is your own mountain to recreate on, with looped roads for the ATVs and rich with wildlife. The property has excellent water with two great wells. // Presented at $1,800,000


19 total acres with 17 vine acres of productive Sauvignon Blanc in the Big Valley AVA. Yield has averaged 7 tons per acre between the years 1998 and 2020. Planted in 1997, this vineyard likely has a solid 10 years of production left. 3 wells operate the frost protection and drip irrigation. Sauvignon Blanc is the hottest trending varietal on the market and wineries are actively purchasing fruit from the area. Small equipment shop located on the property. // Presented at $549,000

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The NorCal Vineyards Team, managed by 3rd generation grape grower Tony Ford, has represented buyers and sellers of vineyards, wineries, land and estates in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake County for over 19 years. Tony has transacted over $650 Million dollars in sales volume specializing in agricultural assets, vineyards, land and estates. Tony’s reputation is built on value-added services, ranging from assisting in the creation of wine brands, grower relations of wine grapes, and more. His main territory is in the North Coast but is known to branch out across the broader Bay Area region and the greater California landscape. Tony approaches with crucial area knowledge giving his clients a high degree of confidence and customer experience when they engage his services. Tony has spent the last two decades building ironclad relationships, and much of his business comes from word of mouth and referral.

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