Napa Valley Life Magazine – Summer 2023

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SUMMER 2023 Napa’s Interesting White Wines PLUS+ OLE Health Helping Those in Need Petaluma Pure Americana the annual issue PHILANTHROPY

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Contents Cover Story OLE Health: Helping Those in Need Fourth Annual Philanthropy Issue Honoring Napa’s Community Leaders Breaking Tradition Napa’s Interesting White Wines Side Trip Petaluma: Pure Americana 34 38 SUMMER 2023 NAPA VALLEY LIFE MAGAZINE SUMMER 2023 Napa’s WhiteInterestingWines PLUS+ OLE HealthHelping Those in Need Petaluma Pure Americana the annual issue PHILANTHROPY 72 90 FEATURES // SUMMER 2023 // THE PHILANTHROPY ISSUE

Like a meal bursting with flavor, Summer is best paired with a blend of family and friends. Napa Valley days are bright, nights are cool, vines are abundant, and plans are serendipitous. Sip, savor, and discover Summer here.

For more information on the best things to do this Summer in Napa Valley, go to or stop by our Napa Valley Welcome Center in the heart of downtown Napa.

6 NAPAVALLEYLIFE.COM NV Scene • 12 What’s Been Happening Around Town Things To Do • 18 18 Calendar of Events 19 Inside Track: What the Locals are Doing 20 A Weekend in St. Helena 26 Picnic Party: Best Wineries for a Picnic What’s Hot • 30 Community • 56 56 Share the Care Napa Valley 57 Frank Family Vineyards Partners with K9 for Warriors Wine • 58 60 Conn Creek Turns 50 64 Hertelendy Vineyards 71 Barrett & Barrett Spotlights 58 Dakota Shy 62 V. Sattui Winery 66 Winemaker Profile: Priest Ranch 68 The Robert Keenan Winery 70 Azur Wines Special Feature • 80 80 Exploring the Mystique of the Mocktail Food • 84 84 Chill Out with Napa's Best Ice Cream 88 Cooking with Karen Crouse Beyond the Valley • 76 76 Wine Region: The Exotic Wines of Greece Real Estate • 96 96 Napa Tracy Style: A Million Reasons to Invest in Real Estate People, Art & Design • 98 98 Meet Artist Ivan Mclean Wealth & Finance • 94 94 Local Business Spotlight: 5T Wealth, LLC 100 Merrill Lynch: Retirement Homework: Decide Where You Want to Live Dining Guide • 102 20 80 84 26 76 DEPARTMENTS // SUMMER 2023 // THE PHILANTHROPY ISSUE NVL contents



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Summer Giving Back

Summer is a beautiful time of the year in Napa Valley. The weather is warm, the days are long, and the valley’s virtues embrace the senses with verdant vineyards, clear blue skies, and rich bounties from last year’s harvest. It’s also the time of the year we dedicate a section of our magazine to recognize and bring awareness to some of the Napa community’s remarkable people and nonprofit organizations committed to helping make life better for those less fortunate. We thought it would be a one-time special feature when we launched the Philanthropy section four years ago. However, we continue to be humbled by the outpouring of generosity by so many organizations and community leaders, we’ve made it a staple feature every June. Please join us in thanking these folks and the organizations they support for their passion and generosity in helping those in need.

Our cover story featuring OLE Health is the epitome of what defines philanthropy. Founded by a group of farm workers frustrated by the lack of medical resources available to the Spanish-speaking community in Napa Valley, OLE Health has become a vital source of healthcare for many. It now has five health centers in Napa County. OLE cares for one out of every four Napa residents and one in three children and provides care for more than seventy percent of the Medi-Cal population in Napa County. The Foundation’s board members are dedicated to the nonprofit’s mission: their belief that healthcare is a fundamental human right and that everyone deserves access to high-quality care, regardless of income or background. Without the vision and hard work of the organization’s Foundation, many in the community may not have access to the quality healthcare they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Summer in wine country offers both locals and visitors a variety of things to do. We suggest a weekend in St Helena enjoying its juxtaposition of small-town charm and luxury hotels, restaurants, and boutiques, or taking a drive over to check out Petaluma, a small city embedded in Americana and quirkiness with something for everyone– fun shops, vibrant galleries, unique restaurants, and award-winning restaurants and wineries.

Our varietal series caters to the adventure drinker searching for white wines that offer an alternative to traditional Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Discover the unique taste of Napa Valley’s interesting white wines being produced, such as Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Albariño, Viognier, Picpoul, and Riesling, many with a rich history in the region.

Happy summer!

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Our chefs pull inspiration from nature’s bounty, sourcing ingredients from local growers and nearby farms. With five dining venues to choose from, you can decide whether to relax by the fire pit for an evening alfresco, or settle in for a multi-course gourmet dinner. A glass of wine from one of Napa’s local wineries or one of the many craft beers on hand is sure to punctuate unforgettable culinary experiences.

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NV Scene

What’s Been Happening Around Town


On April 7, Appellation St. Helena hosted its 12th annual bASH in the historic CIA at Greystone’s barrel room. One of wine country’s most popular wine and food pairing competitions, 22 ASH member wineries partnered up with rising star CIA students and competed for the best food bites and wine combinations. The interactive event is judged by both industry pros and attendees, who get to pick their top three favorites. First-place winners included St. Helena Winery’s 2017 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a Steak Tartare Fritoli (selected by the pros) and Charles Krug Winery’s 2022 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc alongside a Savory Stack (People’s Choice). //

First Place Pairing Charles Krug Chef Lars Kronmark Chef- Instructor CIA at Greystone St. Helena Winery Team: Morgan Plew, Alex Xouris and Paolo Alegrado 2023 bASH at CIA Greystone First Place Pairing St Helena Winery Master of Ceremonies, Lee Miller Charles Krug Winery Team: Lucas Macleod, Nicole Hernandez and Antonio Lipari


Live In The Vineyard Goes Country (LITVGC), presented by Visit Napa Valley, returned to Napa Valley April 25-27. Over three days, a select group of music supervisors and programmers, VIPs, and partners were treated to exceptional performances from some of country music's biggest stars. Intimate performances were held across Napa Valley at local establishments and wineries, starting with a welcome reception at Nickel & Nickel on the evening of April 25. The concerts continued at Robert Mondavi, Feast it Forward, Regusci Winery, and the Uptown Theater, to name a few. This year, Verge recording artist Jay Allen took a lift in a hot air balloon provided by Napa Valley Aloft. Allen performed snippets of his music while the balloon soared across Napa Valley, showcasing the beauty of the valley. //

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Jimmie Allen brought his infectious energy to the stage at the Send-Off Brunch held at Regusci Winery // Photo by Alec Savig - Jet Black Jake Owen shines at Feast It Forward Photo by Alec Savig Lauren Alaina performed at the Uptown Photo by Ryan Waneka - Jet Black Country singer and The Voice Season 22 contestant Jay Allen took in LITVC hot air balloon ride // Photo by Ryan Waneka - Jet Black Solo artist, Kimberly Perry, the former frontrunner of The Band Perry appeared at Nickel & Nickel Winery // Photo by Ryan Waneka Warren Zeiders performs at Nickel & Nickel Photo by Alec Savig - Jet Black Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark performed at the Send-Off Brunch held at Regusci Winery Photo by Alec Savig-Jet Black


Kerrin Laz, K.LAZ WINE COLLECTION Proprietor and Founder of Inspire Napa Valley, pulled out all the stops May 5-7 to host the 4th annual Inspire Napa Valley, raising over $1M to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The three-day wine country event and online auction brought together wine enthusiasts and industry leaders to raise funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s and to support families dealing with the debilitating disease. The weekend events were hosted and co-sponsored by a formidable collection of wineries and local chefs, who generously donated the best food and wines Napa can offer. Since 2018, Inspire events have raised over $5.5 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association. //

L-R Top: Elizabeth Vianello, Niccole Gould, Josh Phelps, Scott Sneed, Kristi Sneed, Meagan Flynn L-R Bottom: Chuck Bennett, Andrew Flynn, Scott Gould Master Of Ceremonies and Founder of Inspire Napa Valley, Kerrin Laz Saturday Wine Seminar at Round Pond Estate Sow Belly Trio performs at the Friday VIP event VIP Dinner at Chappellet on Prichard Hill # PHOTOS BY BOB MCCLENAHAN


Songwriters in Paradise (SIP) Napa 2023 was one for the books. The April event spanned four evenings, each at a different winery–Frank Family Vineyards, Alpha Omega, Charles Krug, and Brasswood Cellars–where attendees enjoyed world-class wine, beautiful Napa weather, and intimate musical performances from some of the world's most accomplished & talented singer-songwriters who pulled back the curtain to share the stories behind the songs they wrote– many of which have been recorded by A-List artists. Featured performances included GRAMMY- award-winning Tom Nichols, ACM Nominee Jedd Hughes, Lauren Jenkins, and Wyatt Durrette, to name a few. //

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Songwriter and actor Charles Esten at Brasswood Cellars R-L: Songwriters Matraca Berg, Charles Esten, and Tim Nichols at Brasswood Cellars Alpha Omega Riana Mondavi and winemaker Angelina Mondavi at Charles Krug Winery Singer/Songwriter James Otto L-R: James Slater, Matraca Berg, Wyatt Durette, Chris Gelbuda performing at Alpha Omega // Photo by Zach Sinclair Brasswood Cellars Songwriter Chris Gelbuda and Jedd Hughes at Charles Krug Winery Songwriter Lauren Jenkins


The annual Stags Leap District Winegrowers Vineyard to Vintner Weekend returned on April 28-30, bringing wine enthusiasts and collectors together with vintners, winemakers, and principals for an exclusive weekend of limited wines, fine dining, and immersive experiences celebrating the people and wines of the Stags Leap District. Award-winning chefs from Charter Oak, Southside Napa, Moss & Vine, Bottega, and La Toque prepared multicourse feasts to pair with hosted by vintners and winemakers featuring Stags Leap District wines. The Stags Leap District Winegrowers is a nonprofit association of vintners and growers whose mission is to work together to grow the reputation of the appellation and its Cabernet Sauvignon and share its quality with the wine-loving world. //

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A beautiful evening for dining in Steltzner Vineyards under the trees Photo by Erica Cole Photography An intimate al fresco porch dinner at Stags’ Leap Winery’s Manor House with view of the vineyards // Photo by Bob McClenahan An intimate dinner within the confines of the striking tank room at Cliff Lede Vineyards // Photo by Bob McClenahan Bottles of the rare, soon-to-be-collectible Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association Photo by Bob McClenahan Buds begin to come out of their winter’s slumber at Clos du Val during Vineyard to Vintner’s morning seminars Photo by Erica Cole Photography Dinner in the round in the wine caves at Pine Ridge Vineyards Photo by Bob McClenahan Guests enjoy dinner with music in the chandelier draped barrel room at Chimney Rock Winery Photo by Erica Cole Photography Members of the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association gather to celebrate this year’s successful Vineyard to Vintner // Photo by Bob McClenahan The Stags Leap District grows more than just wine grapes; the organic bounty of Regusci Winery in all its glory during Vineyard to Vintner // Photo by Bob McClenahan

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Upcoming Parties, Concerts, Celebrations and Events

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

May- October


The Blue Note summer concert series kicks off the summer season at the Meritage Resort and Spa. Hosted on the Village Lawn, the series will feature charttopping rock and country musicians, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriters, comedy heavyweights, Bay Area legends, and, of course, some of the top jazz, blues, and funk performers in the country—such as Les Claypool and his Fearless Flying Frog, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Belinda Carlisle, Don McClean, Chris Botti, Brian Culbertson, Three Dog Night, and many others. An upgraded overall culinary experience will also be available for fans, offering star-rated restaurants, bars, and tasting rooms within Meritage’s award-winning resort. //


July 8-23


Over two weeks in July, the Festival Napa Valley returns for its 17th season. Breathtaking performances in iconic

wine country settings, paired with Napa Valley’s unparalleled food, wine, and hospitality will uplift and inspire, attracting artists and audiences worldwide. Carrie Underwood, Matteo Bocelli, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Lucas Meachem, and Time for Three will headline. Other exciting performances include Reunited in Dance with soloists displaced by the war in Ukraine, Gordon Getty’s Annie Laurie, Lera Auerbach’s Vessels of Light, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and more than 60 concerts and events at iconic venues. //

July 15


Savor a day of exceptional food, wine, and music at Taste of Napa, the annual celebration of the bounties and splendor of Napa Valley. This year’s festivities again occur on The Meritage Resort’s central piazza. Taste of Napa guests can wander the grounds, sampling fare from more than 70 local wineries, restaurants, and culinary artisans. In addition, the

Reserve Tasting Salon offers exclusive premium wine tastings in a private setting. Live music throughout the afternoon completes this effortless getaway. // taste-of-napa-at-the-Meritage-resort/

July 28-30


Back for its second year, the Blue Note Jazz Festival returns at a new venue, the iconic landmark, and AAA Four Diamond Silverado Resort located in the heart of Napa Valley. Curated by five-time Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper and hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle, the event boasts an impressive line-up of cultural icons to celebrate jazz’s influence during the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. With headliners Mary J. Blige, Nas, and Chance the Rapper, with jazz at its vibrant core, the Blue Note Jazz Festival brings the biggest names in music and culture to the most intimate, wine country setting, offering guests an up-close and personal experience with the artists. // jazz-festival-napa/

Mary J. Blige scheduled to perform at Blue Note Jazz Festival // Photo courtesy of MJB Press Taste of Napa // Photo by David Ortega, courtesy of Festival Napa Valley Mike (Coach K) Krzyzewski Photo courtesy of the V Foundation Wine Celebration

July 28-August 20


The 29th Annual Music in the Vineyards welcomes musicians from around the world to convene in Napa Valley barrel rooms and caves to present the much anticipated annual chamber music festival featuring internationally acclaimed artists and musicians at multiple venues throughout Napa Valley. In addition, this year’s events will take place over four weekends instead of three, allowing the opportunity to add special events such as the first-ever Concert for the Community. //

July 30


Napa’s favorite neighborhood festival returns on the porches of over 60 homes around Fuller Park in downtown Napa. Hosted every year on the last Sunday in July, the streets are closed to traffic, and local musical talent performs with diverse styles attracting thousands of music lovers who enjoy the afternoon strolling the streets to catch their favorite bands. Bring a picnic or check out the line of gourmet food trucks on hand to provide food and beverages. The event is free of charge, but no pets or alcohol are allowed. //

August 3-6



Now in its 25th year, the annual V Foundation Wine Celebration will take place Aug. 3-6 in Napa Valley. The four-day celebration, hosted by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, former head coach of Duke University men’s basketball, includes a cancer awareness symposium, premiere wine, and culinary events, concluding with a silver anniversary dinner, auction, and gala hosted at various wine country locations such as JCB, Nickel and Nickel, Hall, Spottswood Estate, Hotel Yountville, and The Estate Yountville—all to raise funds and awareness for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Since 1999, the V Foundation Wine Celebration has raised more than $137M for cancer research. //

Inside Track

What the Locals are Doing

The Original Burgerdog

The Original Burgerdog is nothing short of an institution in Napa Valley. Having been in business and operating at Silverado Resort and Spa for almost 50 years, most have heard of them, if not tried one of their delicious hamburgers on a hot dog. Just this year, they have added a food truck to their fleet and now serve the Burgerdog, among other things, to the general public. //


SAVOR After Hours

From June 3 – September 3 JaM Cellars Ballroom hosts SAVOR After Hours starring Maks & Val from Dancing with the Stars! Enjoy a wine-tasting cabaret in an entirely new and dynamic way. Each of the performances immerses audiences in the way wines make us feel through an electrifying blend of dance, music, close-up magic, illusions, and more. Locals save 25% on tickets for all performances during the month of June. Use code LOCALS to save // WWW.SAVORAFTERHOURS.COM

Napa Farmers Market Open Tuesdays

Napa Farmers Market is open Tuesdays in addition to their usual Saturday schedule now through December 19. In addition to farmers, food makers, and artisan vendors, the St. Helena Hospital Foundation Mobile Health Clinic will be at the market on the second Tuesday of the month with free preventative health screenings, health education, and vaccines. Market hours: 8am – 12pm // 1100 WEST ST, NAPA • WWW.NAPAFARMERSMARKET.ORG

Java Hut

A locals’ favorite for over two decades, Java Hut serves some of Napa’s best coffee, cappuccino, tea, smoothies, shakes, and specialty drinks—easily accessible through two-way drive-up windows. Best known for their eclectic flavor combinations and popular chinis (blended coffee drinks), including the Mocha, Raspberry, or Frosted Cinnamon Roll, the Lavender Latte, and their choice of fresh pastries. Don’t forget to ask for a doggie cookie for those with pup passengers. Open 5am – 7pm // 1037 SILVERADO TRAIL, NAPA

Bay Grape Wine Industry Day

Don’t miss the fun on Tuesday nights at Bay Grape Wine. From 5:30 – 9:30pm enjoy Arancini and aperitivi and Sidewalk Bocce. Wine industry professionals get free corkage on any bottle opened in the shop. //

Bay Grape Photo by Emma K. Morris


 BY CHARLENE PETERS Photo by Mike Larson, courtesy of St Helena Chamber of Commerce

St. Helena's charms include more casual stomping grounds such as Ana’s Cantina and the affordable El Bonita Motel. Its community-based Cameo Cinema is a legendary stop for visitors who want to relax between wine tastings and dining to take in a show, and it’s where

One of Napa Valley’s most exclusive resorts is off the Silverado Trail leading to Meadowood, a Relais and Chateaux property. This is where A-list celebrities and resort members escape for golf, tennis, spa time, or to relax at the pool or on the deck at one of 36 suites and rooms

amidst the wooded estate. The rooms offer state-of-the-art touches, such as a desk with a hidden television that rises with a touch of a remote control, and its cozy home comforts include a gas fireplace and a soaking tub. A wine education class with Kelli White, author of Napa Valley Then & Now, is meant to inform guests to better appreciate wine-tasting experiences and to feel less intimidated. Sessions conclude with a blind tasting as the final test. //

The Ink House, recently restored by Jean-Charles Boisset and his wife, Gina Gallo-Boisset, unveils a new style of luxury accommodation that exemplifies the couple’s personal touch and charm. Guests at the historic inn are treated to exquisitely appointed ensuite bedrooms, bespoke wine tastings, spectacular meals prepared by a private chef, and relaxed evenings in the library or the speakeasy while playing a game of billiards or grooving to the piano once played by Elvis. //


In a spot perfect for meditative retreats, Harvest Inn sits nestled amid 300 redwood trees from its Highway 29 entrance. It’s hard to imagine 81 rooms behind that turn off the highway, but vineyard and botanical visual treats are everywhere for guests to enjoy from sunrise to sunset. Spiral brick pillars mark the sign of an inspired brick mason; it’s easy to understand why this property won first place as “Best Boutique Hotel” in Napa Valley Life Magazine’s Best of Napa issue. //

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Considered the Beverly Hills of Northern California, St. Helena offers a potpourri of experiences on and beyond its long stretch of Highway 29. The small city is sandwiched between Rutherford and Calistoga and touts some of wine country’s ultra-luxurious shops, wineries, and restaurants.
Photo courtesy of The Harvest Inn The Ink House // Photo by Alexander Rubin Francis Ford-Coppola may drop by for a post-Coppola film Q&A with the audience.


In the 1800s, Prussian immigrant Charles Krug opened California’s first public tasting room. By 1943, Robert and Peter Mondavi’s parents purchased the 147-acre

barrel-aging red wine in the Napa Valley. Bordeaux varietals were planted in 2008, and today, Charles Krug, a Peter Mondavi, Sr. Family Estate, is run by Peter Mondavi, Jr. and Marc C. Mondavi. Its production of outstanding wines includes a 2022 Napa Valley Sauvignon

Blanc— a quintessential expression of this grassy, citrusy St. Helena grape. //

Merryvale Vineyards celebrates 40 years this year through a national series of events outside its regular food partnerships with Pizzeria Tra Vigne and Gott’s. New to the scene is Winemaker Andrew Wright, whose experience hails from working with Bill Harlan at BOND and Promontory. His mission is to elevate the wines with a sharp focus on Bordeaux varietals. In response to the diverse vineyards sourced, Wright said, “It’s like a candy store in terms of soil assortment.” A visit to this St. Helena winery wouldn’t be complete without a glimpse inside its historic Cask Room and a taste of Profile, a proprietary red blend. //

Winemaker Matt Sands produces Lithology Wines on Meadowood Lane, including a rated 100-point 2018 Beckstoffer/To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery’s name is a nod to a term used to describe rock characteristics, an essential factor in determining vineyard sites that make standout wines, such as the 2019 Lithology Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon. French-American winemaker Philippe Melka and French celebrity wine consultant Michel Rolland work with Sands to create Lithology’s great blends. //

When Sarah Esther Chase married William Bowers Bourn, they purchased a vineyard off the beaten path at the foot of the Mayacamas. The year was 1872, and this is where CHASE Cellars and its Hayne vineyard remain. Thanks to its

Charles Krug Tasting Room Photo courtesy of St. Helena Chamber of Commerce
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Merryvale Winery //Photo courtesy of St. Helena Chamber of Commerce
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Considered the Beverly Hills of Northern California, St. Helena offers a potpourri of experiences on and beyond its long stretch of Highway 29. The small town is sandwiched between Rutherford and Calistoga and touts some of wine country’s ultra-luxurious shops, wineries, and restaurants.

gravelly soil, CHASE produces a small production of powerful yet balanced wines of elegance. By appointment, guests can take a casual seat by the olive groves to taste a flight of these remarkable wines, including a 2019 Bourn Gold Strike blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Zinfandel with complex characteristics made possible by

harvesting its heritage Zinfandel grapes. //

At Raymond Vineyards on Zinfandel Lane, guests experience a feast for the senses with an eclectic array of tasting experiences. After navigating the playful props on the grounds, guests may book a tasting in the opulent Crystal Cellar, the

evocative Red Room, or opt to channel their inner master blender for a day in the Blending Room— lab coat included for effect. Everyone who signs up for this winery experience leaves with a complimentary bottle or a purchased case of the blended masterpiece, custom labeled. //


Celebrate 80 Years of Mondavi Family Legacy

Celebrate 80 Years of Mondavi Family Legacy

Celebrate 80 Years of Mondavi Family Legacy

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Ch a rl es K r ug w iner y is home to Califor nia’s first tasting room and was purchase d b y the Mondavi Family i n 1943.

Ch a rl es K r ug w iner y is home to Califor nia’s first tasting room and was purchase d b y the Mondavi Family i n 1943.

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Hidden just beyond Harvest Inn’s lobby and bar is Harvest Table, a restaurant worthy of a seat at the table to taste Executive Chef Jeff Libunao’s creative cuisine. Be sure to order a breakfast of mixed mushrooms with black garlic aioli and soft herbed cheese topped with a poached egg and saba dressing. Dinner menu musts include a starter of burrata and roasted grapes with crushed pecans on top, followed by a beet and citrus salad with tres leches Manchego and roasted shallots. //

Forum is Meadowood’s luxury tented temporary restaurant and meeting place for guests to enjoy meals while the property is being rebuilt following the 2020 fire casualty, its Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood. Sit at the bar, outside on the patio, or inside to enjoy Old World and New World wine selections to pair with lobster bisque, scallops, fried chicken dishes, and more.

Breakfast is a full menu that includes a delicious Dungeness crab eggs benedict. //

For a casual lunch, dinner, or brunch, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch offers farm-to-table American farmhouse cuisine showcasing fresh ingredients

harvested from their farm ranch and vineyards. The property hosts a fullservice restaurant with seating inside and out, an outdoor café, and a general store. //


Enjoy a daylong excursion shopping for treasures amongst the myriad of shops along St. Helena’s Main Street. From unique clothing boutiques such as Pearl Wonderful Clothing, fine jewelry stores such as Padis Jewelry, home accessories from Acres Home & Garden or Carter and Co., or art from Gregory Lang Gallery, the choices are many. Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Gillwoods Café, or grab lunch at W. J. Guigni Grocery Co. and Deli or The Model Bakery

Shopping in St. Helena Photo by Mike Larson St Helena sidewalk // Photo by Mike Larson


Some Alfresco Experiences Are Better on a Blanket


Picnics possess the power to remind one of their youth, recalling days of bare feet, running free through tall grass while the grownups carried a straw basket packed to the brim with goodies to a pristinely groomed patch in the shade. As adults, though, there are a number of picnic experiences to choose from, including luxurious setups with towering charcuterie boards placed alongside canvas pillows for lounging or a backto-the-basics setup of a checkered blanket and a straw basket filled with only the essentials –and in Napa, those essentials no doubt include wine.

If planning a wine-fueled picnic seems daunting, don’t fret – there are a variety of wineries throughout the Valley that can help facilitate the perfect picnic and ensure the essentials are covered – glassware, expertly chilled wine, and some even prepare delectable snacks. Others offer a do-it-yourself experience for guests to bring their own provisions while they supply the wine, which allows guests to control the experience they want to have. From Carneros to Calistoga, here’s where to embrace the inner child in us all at a picnic setup this summer.


This brooding Victorian overlooks St. Helena’s vineyards, offering impeccable views and plenty of outdoor space, including a leafy courtyard where they offer their Haus Picnic + Tasting experience. For $100, guests can just show up and let Faust take care of the rest – a flight of estate wines with liberal

pairings like baguette sandwiches, charcuterie, and chips prepared by the onsite Haus kitchen. The experience is available Friday through Sunday, and reservations are recommended. //


This Carneros-based winery offers visitors the chance to tack on a picnic to their tour and tasting experience ($100 per person) for an additional $20 per person. There’s also the option to add on a scenic hike, which is about three miles and provides unparalleled

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Photo courtesy of Hudson Napa Valley Photo by Tubay Yabut courtesy of Frank Family Vineyards Photo courtesy of Faust Haus

and unexpected views of the Valley. It’s an ideal leisurely morning as guests can taste through a Hudson Ranch flight and discover their favorite wines to purchase for the picnic, then work up an appetite on the hike before settling in at a picnic table, which can be reserved for one hour. Guests must bring their own picnic supplies, but Hudson Ranch will provide glassware and water. //


Reserve Frank Family’s Picnic & Bottle Service for $25 per person (members

can reserve a table for no cost) and enjoy 90 minutes at a private picnic table under the property’s old elm trees amidst the park-like setting in Calistoga. This is another bring-your-own experience, so pack up that basket for aesthetics and choose from a selection of Frank Family’s estate-driven wines to pair with your snacks upon arrival. //


The Profile Estate Picnic is a signature experience at this St. Helena winery’s Profile Estate Vineyard, set atop a stunning ridge 800 feet above the valley. Available for groups of four to eight, guests can choose from a variety of lunch options, like gourmet sandwiches and cheese or charcuterie boards, to enjoy on the

deck while tasting through a flight of Profile Collection wines. The vertical flight includes their iconic Silhouette Chardonnay and four select vintages of Profile. Reservations are required. $295 per person (or $265 for wine club members). //


With more than two acres of lush picnic grounds, some shaded by giant oak trees, not to mention an onsite artisanal deli that serves up paninis, salad, pasta, and charcuterie made in-house, this

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If planning a winefueled picnic seems daunting, don’t fret –there are a variety of wineries throughout the Valley that can help facilitate the perfect picnic and ensure the essentials are covered.
Photo by Tubay Yabut courtesy of Frank Family Vineyards Photo courtesy of Laird Family Estate Photo by Joanna Salazar courtesy of V. Sattui Winery

St. Helena winery was built for picnics. Grounds are available to patrons daily with the purchase of wine and deli provisions (no outside food permitted), but when the winery even makes its own desserts, like tiramisu, seasonal fruit tarts, and Italian-style gelato, guests wouldn’t need to go anywhere else. And just in case they didn’t have everything covered already, on rainy days, V. Sattui brings the picnic inside, with tables in their underground barrel room. //


Return to the basics by booking Laird Family Estate’s Bottle & Blanket tasting. The endearing name sets the tone for a relaxed afternoon of lounging on the grass, with blankets available from the tasting room. Visitors can purchase a bottle of wine (or two) and must bring their own snacks, which they can enjoy as a personal picnic or during their winetasting experience. For guests who prefer a seated experience, there are also select tables assigned for picnicking on their patio. //


Designed with romance in mind, Clos Pegase’s picnic lunch at their Calistoga Tasting Room is priced per couple ($80 to $100). They collaborated with local Valley favorite, Tre Posti, to create local and seasonally inspired picnic boxes that serve two adults. The options are

gourmet, like BBQ spiced pork tenderloin or poached and grilled shrimp, accompanied by different salads and vegetables. The picnic boxes require 48 hours advance reservation. They come with wine pairing recommendations so visitors can arrive prepared to purchase their desired bottle and then head out to a picnic table or are encouraged to bring their picnic blanket for a more authentic experience. //


While not technically classified as a picnic but rather a bespoke tasting, Wheeler Farm’s patio setting portrays the aforementioned innocence of childhood, surrounded by heritage fruit trees and edible gardens. The J.H. Wheeler Wine Experience includes a seasonal selection of elevated canapés, prepared by estate chef Tom Harder, expertly paired with four J.H. Wheeler wines. Patrons will familiarize themselves with the grounds, walking through the orchards, before sitting down to enjoy the tasting, with views of the estate vineyards and unmistakeable Mount St. Helena. //

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Station Pizza

Joel Gott’s much anticipated Station Pizza has opened in the former That Pizza Place location next to the Sunshine Foods grocery in downtown St. Helena. The restaurant carries five different pizzas or customized from a plethora of toppings which can be ordered online, along with a nice selection of salads, desserts and sides. Open WedSunday from 4:30 until 8:30 pm -or until they sell out.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1149 Main St, St. Helena //

Deuces Market

Now Open! The new eatery announced their soft opening for Deuces Market in downtown Napa at the First Street promenade featuring a bevy of healthy refreshments, organic grab & go meals, and artisan foodstuffs. So whether its a morning espresso, quick lunch, picnic provisions or snacks, Deuces fits the bill. Offerings are locally sourced from the Valley and across the globe for various unique foodstuffs, including many vegan options. Deuces Market is from the same family behind The Dutch Door organic cafe.


1300 First Street Promenade # 222, Napa

Petit Soleil

Under new ownership, the little café on Clay, Petit Soleil, has launched a new breakfast menu and is now open for lunch! Owner Trena Madrigal and Chef Sonia Cuevas-Flores have created a sumptuous breakfast menu complete with pancakes, omelets, chicken with waffles, and freshly baked items daily. They are also now open for lunch from 12- 2 pm. The new “happy hour” menu includes hearty appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and great local beer and wine deals. The patio venue is popular with locals, visitors, and doggies too, who even have their own menu. Open Mon-Fri 8am –2pm and Sat-Sun 8am – 3pm. Also available to reserve for parties and private events.


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The Moonshine Theater

Enjoy watching movies under the stars! Located in the heart of downtown Calistoga, The Moonshine is a beautiful outdoor theater at the Mount View Hotel in Calistoga that features an array of live performances and films. It’s where musicians, actors, comedians, and local talent take center stage and create the perfect spot for people to gather and have a great time. With pop-up chef events and winemaker takeovers, the food and beverage options are a main attraction. The Moonshine is home to a regular movie line-up, complete with a wine country style snack bar – making it a very fun, easy night on the town. Also available for private parties of up to 50 guests.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1457 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga www.mountviewhotel/themoonshine/

Napa Pedal Crusher

What do you get when you partner up a tv correspondent, a photographer, a bike enthusiast, and a boy from Oaxaca? Napa’s first 16-passenger pedal craft. The Pedal Crusher, founded by Acme Recreation (Adam Housley, Chris Pulver, Carmelo Ortiz, and Eric Barnes), is a 16-person bicycle, manually powered by its passengers and operated by a “captain.” Ideal for just about every type of group outing/celebration, from bar-hopping with friends to team-building with colleagues, it’s a fun, easy and safe way to socialize while enjoying local sights and being outdoors. Public tours run on a set schedule every week. Private reservations are also available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1004 Clinton Street, Napa

Croccante Pizza

Second-generation Turkish baker Hakan, well known for his baking prowess at Napa Baking Company, has opened his own Pizza bistro on downtown Napa’s Pearl Street. Hakan’s specialty is his long-fermented pizza dough and 8x10 panstyle pizza creations, similar to the styles found in Detroit and Chicago. In addition to pizza, Croccante sells salads, sandwiches and appetizers, the most popular being the Croccante Wings, served with house-made blue cheese. Open 7 days from 11am – 9pm.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 976 Pearl St., Napa //

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 BY LAYNE RANDOLPH | PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAVID ORTEGA (L-R)Jessica Milde, Brenda Pedroza, Will Phelps, Suzanne Besu Truchard, Sarah Hansen, Alicia Hardy, Naoko Dalla Valle, Darioush Khaledi, Rick Jones, Sonia Tolbert, Claire Stull

Foundation Board Treasurer Rick Jones of Jones Family Vineyards was recently awarded the inaugural John Shafer Visionary Award recognizing an individual committed to furthering the mission of OLE Health to ensure that high-quality primary care is provided to everyone who lives and works in the communities it serves. Moreover, the award honors the legacy of Shafer.

Regarding the award, Jones shared, “Because John was such an influence in my life, it was simply one of the greatest honors I could have ever imagined.” He and his wife Elaine have also been exceedingly generous with their own money, giving OLE Health roughly $1 million over the years.

Founded by a group of farm worker advocates frustrated by the lack of medical resources available to the Spanish-speaking community in Napa Valley, OLE Health has become a vital source of healthcare for many. It now has five health centers in Napa County: One in St. Helena, one in Calistoga, two in Napa, and one in American Canyon. Seventy-four percent of OLE Health patients live at or below two hundred percent of the federal poverty level, and OLE cares for one out of every four Napa residents and one in three children. In addition, the organization provides care for more than seventy percent of the Medi-Cal population in Napa County. It might be surprising to learn that about thirty percent of Napa County residents rely on Medi-Cal for health coverage.

OLE Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), meaning it is a “safety net provider” primarily providing services typically furnished in a non-hospital setting. It is the only FQHC and nonprofit community health center in Napa County. OLE Health accepts

Medi-Cal, Medicare, and private insurance and offers a sliding fee scale. All patients are treated regardless of lack of insurance or inability to pay.

When asked how he became involved, current Foundation Chair Darioush Khaledi of Darioush Winery said, “John Shafer had a philosophy similar to mine, and it hit my heart: To help those in need and provide services they otherwise could not reach.”

In addition to Khaledi and Jones, the Foundation’s board comprises a group of individuals committed to supporting the organization’s mission of providing comprehensive healthcare to underserved communities. They work to raise funds and awareness for the organization and provide guidance and support to its leadership team. The overarching principle is that healthcare is a fundamental human right, and everyone deserves access to high-quality care, regardless of income or background. It’s a mission they plan to carry into the future.

Board member Naoko Dalla Valle of Dalla Valle Vineyards explained her reasons for becoming involved. “I loved the idea that they care for everybody, especially those in need; no one is turned away. People think they only care for vineyard workers, but a young woman joined my team who told me that she had gone to OLE Health when she wasn’t working and got excellent quality care.”

Sonia Tolbert, Chief Development Officer for OLE Health, works closely with the board on fundraising priorities and overall direction for the Foundation’s work. She has tremendous admiration and appreciation for their contributions. “We absolutely could not deliver on our mission without community support, and our Foundation Board leads that charge. We are incredibly fortunate to

In conversations with board members of the Foundation of OLE Health in Napa, California, one thing becomes clear: these people have a lot of heart, commitment, and good intentions. But it is also clear that Vintner, former OLE Health Foundation Board Chair and fierce OLE advocate, John Shafer, had an enormous impact on the nonprofit organization.

have their time, talent, and dedication - in addition to their generous financial support - and I’m honored to work with them every day.”

One of the unique features of OLE Health is its integrated approach to healthcare. The organization provides full-service primary care that includes medical, dental, behavioral health, nutrition, optometry, pharmacy, pediatric care, nutrition services, care coordination,

referral services, and enrollment services (helping uninsured individuals enroll in Medi-Cal and CalFresh). This approach allows patients to receive comprehensive care in one convenient location, making managing their health and wellness more accessible.

OLE Health could not provide all its vital work and services without community support. While OLE Health receives reimbursement from Medi-Cal and other healthcare payors, the reimbursed amounts fall short of the costs of treating its patients. Moreover, many services that make OLE Health special are not reimbursable, such as care coordination and enrollment services. As a result, there is a

gap between what each patient visit costs and what OLE Health can recoup, which is partially bridged by philanthropy. And this community support is unique. With OLE Health, there is a true partnership and symbiotic relationship with the community, and it’s a relationship that is being carried forward by the next generation of Napa Valley leaders.

Will Phelps, one of the younger board members, stated, “OLE Health has been a stalwart healthcare provider in Napa Valley for fifty years, and I envision my main role as cultivating the next generation’s awareness of all the good work that OLE is doing for our community to help ensure it is thriving for the next fifty years.”

In many ways, the Foundation Board of OLE Health is like Napa Valley pioneers who laid the groundwork for California’s world-renowned wine country. Both groups were driven by a sense of purpose and a desire to impact their communities positively. And just as the wine pioneers’ ingenuity and sacrifice have created a legacy, the Foundation Board of OLE Health is helping build a healthier and more equitable future for generations to come.

At OLE Health, the patient’s experience is a top priority. Patients are treated with respect and dignity when they walk in the door. Jones noted, “Without OLE,

Vintage House Lobby Photo by Will Pryce
“Healthcare is a fundamental human right, and everyone deserves access to high-quality care, regardless of income or background.”
Will Phelps

the patient population served would not get primary and preventive care. OLE Health’s services are available regardless of whether they can pay, and they are treated for free.”

The OLE Health staff are just as motivated as the Foundation. Jones said, “The staff’s commitment, from doctors to admissions to accounting, is to the patients.”

Dalla Valle also expressed her admiration for the medical staff at OLE. “I believe healthcare is a human right, and when I started meeting doctors and staff, I was amazed—they are so dedicated.”


OLE Health also serves the local homeless population with an on-site clinic at a shelter in Napa. OLE Health Dr. Jen Wilson provides services to individuals at the shelter twice a week. It is more than a job to her; it has become her passion.

“Working with an unsheltered population is very near and dear to me. Knowing how my presence builds trust and allows people who don’t trust a system to be able to engage in a system is what keeps me here. It’s what will make OLE Health my forever place.”


As well as playing a significant role in creating the Foundation, Shafer was especially concerned with services for field workers. Khaledi said, “OLE sees all patients, even without insurance or papers, and we support many farm workers. Everybody’s welcome in OLE Health, the only non-religious health service center in Napa Valley.”

Access to healthcare, regardless of documentation, is a crucial part of OLE Health’s mission. Jones shared, “One challenge we have is to get undocumented people to come in; they resist giving their information. We work hard to make it non-threatening and inform them how strictly we guard patient info and confidentiality.”


OLE’s Napa Valley Vintners South Napa Campus has a community garden to provide fresh produce to those in need but also to provide education on preparing healthy meals and planting a home garden. Darioush Khaledi was so committed to and instrumental in establishing the program, including fundraising and personal donations, that the garden

was named in his honor, “Darioush Community Garden.”

“I wanted to address health disparities and help end childhood obesity in the community, and the garden and nutrition services seemed like a perfect way to do that.” When asked how he has successfully raised funds for OLE Health, Khaledi explained, “Many people in Napa are happy with where they are today and happy to give back.”

In addition to programs in the garden, OLE Health provides monthly food distributions in Napa and Calistoga to help struggling families. And through its care coordination team, individuals are connected to other available programs that support transportation, housing, and citizenship.

OLE Health’s integrated approach to healthcare, commitment to patientcentered care, and dedication to serving the community make it a model for healthcare organizations nationwide. Without the vision and hard work of the organization’s Foundation, many in the community may not have access to the quality healthcare they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

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Rick Jones, Naoko Dalla Valle, Darioush Khaledi



In today's fast-paced world, losing sight of the importance of giving back to the community is easy. But it is essential to remember that we are all part of a larger network of people, many of whom are less fortunate and rely on the kind acts of others to contribute to their well-being.

When we give back to the community, there are several drivers, the first of which is showing gratitude for the opportunities and resources we have received. It is important to recognize that not everyone has had the same privileges or advantages in life, and giving back validates this fact and helps to bridge the gap. Acts of philanthropy also allow us to develop a sense of empathy and understanding for those who may be less fortunate. It can teach us the valuable lesson of humility and help us appreciate what we have.

Giving back also helps to build a stronger, more connected society. When we volunteer our

time or donate resources, we help to support local organizations and individuals who are our neighbors, friends, and colleagues. This shared sense of purpose can help improve the quality of life for the less fortunate and help build a more cohesive and supportive environment for everyone.

When asked what they appreciate most about their efforts to give back to the community, many say it's the personal fulfillment that is most rewarding. For some, it helps them find purpose and meaning in their lives, bringing a sense of satisfaction they don't always find within their personal pursuits.

For all these reasons, we're proud to present our annual list of local philanthropists and the organizations they work with to help improve the lives of others, help build stronger communities, and make the world a better place. Their contributions show that if we all do our part, we can make a real difference.

Going out of your way is the straightest path to giving back.



Tama Adelman’s one year as a US Army nurse in Vietnam changed her worldview. “I don’t see borders and countries; I see people,” said the 73-year-old retired nurse and yoga teacher who volunteers with Hands On Global, providing medical support to disadvantaged, underserved, and displaced people. She and the organization are currently in Ukraine. “I do this work in part because it forces me to go deeper with people,” said Adelman, who, in 2018, spent four months working in the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece as a nurse. “I give with no expectation of anything in return. It challenges me in new ways. I now live in a manner where reflection and the mantra of “Is it helpful” is always with me. I’m learning how to hold both the Ukranian’s pain and the joy of eating a fine meal.” Adelman’s activism came later in life. She admits that her comfortable lifestyle was not penetrated by world crises. “I was busy—working, raising a child, tending my garden—the justifications were endless to let me off the hook.” Then, she turned 70 and realized she did not want the last chapter of her life to be spent sitting on the sidelines. “I wanted to throw everything I had at helping those whose lives are filled with pain and uncertainty. I am grateful that I have so much ease in my life, but with that comfort and plenitude comes responsibility.” She knows that in Ukraine she cannot fix anything about the situation and admits to bouts of feeling helpless. But she relies on the “heart connection,” letting Ukrainians know they are not forgotten. “It is an honor to do this work,” said Adelman. “I receive so much more than I give.”



For as long as she can remember, Ashley Armstrong has participated in community causes. In high school, she volunteered at a food bank, providing food to those affected by HIV and AIDS. “It was just two days a week for a couple of hours after school, but I really felt like I was helping my community in a small way,” said Armstrong, a Sonoma County resident. After high school, she began fostering for a local animal shelter. “I jokingly suggested they offer me a job since I was there so often. The next day, I started as a kennel technician.” Now,

as the executive director of We Care Animal Rescue, Armstrong and her team provide a safe haven for last-chance animals, those who are elderly, sick, or behaviorally challenged. “We believe every animal deserves a safe haven.”

The organization recently expanded its mission to support housed animals and their owners with a pet food pantry, community wellness clinics, and grants paid to veterinarians to help owners during medical emergencies. “I don’t think people realize how important the human animal bond is,” said Armstrong,

whose happy, ‘never-a-dull-moment’ home is filled with a menagerie of pets, as well as seven children (three adopted, one from her previous marriage, and three from her fiancé’s previous marriage.)

“Many would be lost without their pets. So often, people must pick feeding and care for themselves over caring for their pets. We never want anyone to have to make that choice. By offering some support to owners, we hope to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter.”

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Having retired from a career in wine production, Chris Benz decided her next chapter was ‘to serve.’ Her science background and love of the outdoors have led to a focus on environmental and climate policy. “This has a huge overlap with agriculture, housing, transportation, economic development, and education in our community, so I’ve been able to meet with and partner with people working in these areas,” said Benz, a 35-year resident of Napa, who, in what little free time she has, enjoys hiking at Skyline Park with friends, volunteering for the Napa Land Trust, and hanging out with her grandkids. She initiated

her community service in 2013 when elected to the Napa Sierra Club Executive Committee. In 2015, she helped found Napa Climate NOW!, a non-profit that educates on and advocates for sciencebased climate actions. She currently serves as treasurer on the non-profit’s steering committee. Additionally, Benz writes the Climate Connection column for the Napa Valley Register, is involved in outreach for the upcoming City of Napa rebate program to help local yard service businesses purchase battery-powered leaf blowers, serves on the board of Napa Green, the non-profit that promotes and certifies environmentally sound wine production in the county, and serves

as executive committee secretary for the Sierra Club’s Napa Group. She also volunteers at Napa RISE, the Climate and Wine Symposium hosted by Napa Green, and serves as secretary for the Napa Working Families Coalition, consisting of labor, housing, environmental, and government representatives focused on expanding quality jobs and housing in the county. Said Benz, “I like to quote our Congressman Mike Thompson, who says, “If we don’t take action on climate change, nothing else matters.” I don’t want my grandkids and their kids to live in a world we’ve destroyed through lack of action.”




As the founder and owner of Sweetie Pies Bakery, Toni Chiappetta is accustomed to making people smile. Her delicious cookies, pies, and cakes have been fundamental to various Napa Valley celebrations since 1994. But the grins elicited from her participation in ‘Icing Smiles’ might be the most meaningful. The organization makes cakes for children who are ill and going through or coming out of treatment. “There are two styles of cakes that I make for Icing Smiles,” said Chiappetta, a Napa resident since 1992. “Either a fun cake (single-tiered cake with a theme that the child picks out) or a dream cake which is a 2-tiered or sculpted cake. I have been doing this since 2017. They send us a request, and we answer the call.” Chiappetta and Sweetie Pies Bakery have long supported many organizations, including the Napa Food Bank, Make a Wish Foundation, local schools, Napa Humane, Jamison Animal Rescue, and Red Cross. “Anything to do with children and animals,” said Chiappetta, who in her rare spare time is a vocalist with Sing Napa Valley, Bel Canto Choir, and The Sonoma Shakers. “Whenever there are fires or earthquakes, we give to the first responders, police, and firemen, and we work with the Salvation Army when they are doing meals.” For example, during the last fires, Chiappetta made and donated daily breakfast items for months. “I am a firm believer that I am blessed in my life, and I should pass on to others that need it,” said Chiappetta, who credits her mother for having set an example that it’s better to give than to receive. “My business is in this community; I count on locals to come into the bakery, and I would like to reciprocate. It makes me happy to give back to my friends and community. It’s just in my DNA, I guess.”



In 2001, Shelley Dombroski left a paralegal career when her sister-in-law Patt was diagnosed at age 53 with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. “At the time of Patt’s diagnosis, I knew nothing about Alzheimer’s,” said Dombroski. “But I quickly learned that the disease plays no favorites and knows no economic, social, or ethnic barriers.” She started volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association, and she now oversees the administration and management of the Chapter’s North Bay offices that serve Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, and Lake Counties in support of the organization’s mission to drive global research, reduction, and early detection, and to maximize quality care and support. “Alzheimer’s disease affects the entire family,” said Dombroski. “No one is fully prepared or ready after a dementia diagnosis on what the future will hold. When Patt was diagnosed, I reached out to the Alzheimer’s Association for guidance, and Patt and I both found the support we needed.” While her philanthropy journey with the Alzheimer’s Association began with volunteering at her local office, she soon turned to raising money to be part of the solution to ensure that no one faces Alzheimer’s disease alone. Over the last 15 years, Dombroski has raised more than $50,000 by participating in two fundraising walks and various other Alzheimer’s Association fundraisers. (She was part of the team that brought the Napa Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s to Napa in 2013. The walk is now in its 11th year.) “I encourage families to get involved in any way they can by attending an education program or support group, volunteering as a community educator or public policy committee member, or participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event,” said Dombroski. “My hope is that in my grandchildren’s lifetime, there will be a cure for Alzheimer’s, and they can experience the “first survivor” of Alzheimer’s.”



Adedicated community volunteer, Nancy Fireman’s involvement with Napa Valley CanDo began in 2009 as manager of CanDo’s Drug Take Back program, transporting unused/expired medicine to Napa Recycling and Waste. In 2013, she procured 501(c)3 status for CanDo, the mission of which is to connect, inspire, and empower the community to take positive action as volunteers. She has managed the CanDo Give!Guide since 2021. “All of CanDo’s efforts are designed to strengthen and enrich the lives of Napa Valley residents,” said Fireman, who moved to Napa in 2000 to care for her elderly father. “They create and implement dynamic projects when they recognize unmet community needs and collaborate with other local service organizations to further mutual goals.” Her interest in philanthropy began more than 20 years ago upon her retirement. In 2001, she created a non-profit, Tibetan Living Communities (TLC), raising funds for the health and education of children living in Tibetan settlements in India. “Spending time with the Tibetan monks made me realize how much I have and how much I could share—if not money, then my time and expertise,” said Fireman, whose passion for travel was ignited by having attended high school in India. Her other involvements included setting up non-profit status for the Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay, cooking and serving meals for those in need at the now defunct The Table, and volunteering with Friends of the Napa Library. “I am lucky in my life; not all are so,” said Fireman, who has visited nearly 100 countries. “I hope by giving back, I can better the lives of the people in my community. It’s also an opportunity for personal growth and helps me improve my skills. And it just feels good!”




Margaret Mead once stated, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” It’s one of Camille Gentry Kaijankoski’s favorite quotes. “It’s such a beautiful statement that rings true for me,” said Kaijankoski, president of Napa Valley CanDo and a Napa Valley resident for the past twenty years. Napa Valley CanDo is an all-volunteer service organization that connects, inspires, and empowers neighbors by making it easy to take positive community action. All of CanDo’s efforts are designed to strengthen and enrich the lives of Napa Valley residents by implementing dynamic projects addressing unmet community needs and collaborating with other local service organizations to further mutual goals. “I believe that if we can all work toward a shared goal, our community will thrive,” said Kaijankoski, who enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, listening to baseball, cooking, and traveling. “If we all pitch in, the world can be a better place. Pick up that piece of trash instead of walking by it and donate that $10 to a nonprofit to help our neighbors in need.” Kaijankoski’s involvement with Napa Valley CanDo began in 2011 during the plastic bag ban campaign. As an environmental advocate long inspired by her communityminded grandfather, she felt grateful to find CanDo and likeminded people. Since that initial connection, she has been most involved in river clean-ups and CanDo’s Napa Valley Give!Guide, a campaign to raise funds for local nonprofits. “What we do each day makes an impact.”

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Cristi Keith-Darling’s passion for community service began as a young girl when she volunteered to visit retirement community residents. That early passion has led to a life of service, and for more than 15 years, she has specialized in end-of-life care. As founder, president, and board chair of Anchor Health Foundation, a California nonprofit, she and her team support adult and pediatric hospice patients and their families who have extraordinary needs that extend beyond the borders of the traditional hospice benefit. Some of the funding interventions the foundation

has provided include fulfilling a final wish, covering travel expenses to bring family members together, special event tickets, anniversary celebrations, art classes, pediatric treatments, and other items that bring joy. In addition, the Anchor Health Foundation participates in several community outreach events to raise awareness of end-of-life care. “To support patients and families with a last dying wish can be a powerful way to make a positive difference in people’s lives, promote greater understanding and awareness about end-of-life care, and honor the memory of loved ones who have

passed away,” said Keith-Darling, whose desire to support families with chronic illnesses also led her to be an active board member of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association. “Giving back to my community truly feeds my soul. It fosters a sense of social responsibility and encourages individuals and organizations to be more engaged and invested in the welfare of their community. I hope to encourage young minds to begin giving of their time at early stages of life, as I really believe this type of practice will continue to make the world a better place.”

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Harold Kelly was often referred to as the “father of open space.” A leader, visionary, and slow-growth advocate, Kelly, who passed away in October 2022 at age 91, helped create and lead NABOR (Neighborhood Association Of Browns Valley Residents), which helped to establish the region’s quality of life. He was a founding member in 1974 of Napa Landmark and a 1976 founding board member of the Napa Land Trust. He served on the Napa Planning Commission from 1972-76 and was a Napa City Councilman from 1976-80, helping to establish Connolly Ranch for Children, for which he was the first chairman. Additionally, he was a founding father and first director of Ward 2 of the Open Space District and a leader of the 1990 Measure J campaign and with the “Get a Grip on Growth” movement. He was a key figure in establishing several parks, including Century Oaks, Alston Park, Buhman Park, and Westwood Hills, among many others. “My dad was very passionate about land use issues and protecting Napa Valley, its open spaces, and the agriculture of the Valley,” said his son Gene Kelly. “He did not want to see it paved over like Walnut Creek and Silicon Valley.”

Harold moved with his family in 1968 to Napa as a loan officer with Equitable Life Insurance’s agri-business investment division. “At that time, there were more prunes, chickens, and cattle in Napa than vineyards,” said Gene. “Yet he saw the potential in the wine industry and made loans to startup vineyard owners and wineries. He was very successful, and many of his clients became the iconic names of the Napa Valley.” Harold received many significant awards and recognitions from the California State Assembly and Senate, The U.S. Senate, the Napa Land Trust, and the Sierra Club. He was presented a key to the city of Napa, and fittingly, a bench at Lake Hennessy is dedicated to his memory.

“My dad felt that it was important to be a good steward of the land and to protect the quality of life we have been blessed with here in Napa,” said Gene.

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When Russia first attacked Ukraine, Jennifer Klingbeil created MISSION:UKRAINE with a desire to help the Ukrainian people in a tangible way. Of Ukrainian heritage herself, she felt strongly about getting involved. Her goal was two-fold: to rescue Ukrainian young people displaced by the war and to bring them to the safety of the Napa Valley to live and attend school, and to help Pacific Union College (PUC), an acclaimed liberal arts Christian college in Upper Napa Valley whose enrollment was decimated by Covid. “PUC jumped at the opportunity to join forces and graciously offered a 50% discount for students in our program,” said

Klingbeil, a Napa realtor who moved to the region 27 years ago. “Being a start-up foundation, my role requires me to wear many hats, from marketing, fundraising, public relations, speaking at local service groups, and setting up student dorm rooms when they arrive.” Klingbeil has long been involved in community efforts. She served in student government at every school she attended and was awarded the Board of Directors Award at De Anza College for serving that community. In addition, she has served on the Angwin Community Council as president and is an active member of the Soroptimist International of St. Helena. She also

donates a percentage of her real estate sales to local organizations and education. “We are so fortunate to live in an area that offers such a great sense of community,” said Klingbeil. “Our group of Napa Valley neighbors and friends stands together in good times and in the face of disasters. It’s such an honor and privilege to be part of this positive momentum by giving back to this community, which in turn, generates more positivity in town. When I think that I am helping others in need, it has often made me realize that I am the one blessed by the enrichment of the experience.”



Growing up, Erika Lubensky was keenly aware that not everyone came to the world with the same opportunities. Thus, her chosen professional focus has been contributing to early learning in the community. As executive director of Community Resources for Children, she works to provide adults who take care of children with the knowledge, tools, and resources so that the children in their care thrive and are ready to learn. “Our vision is for every child to have a path to a brighter future through a supportive network of parents, caregivers, and community partners,” said Lubensky, a Napa resident since 2014. “Before age five, 90% of a child’s brain is developed. Early experiences shape brain development, and positive experiences are critical for children to succeed in life. This makes the first five years of a child’s life critical, not only for that child but for our whole society.” Lubensky, who loves Napa for its open spaces and connection to nature, has long been dedicated to community service. She spent a year in Ecuador working for a micro-lending organization, providing loans to women who supported each other and used their funds to invest in their own businesses and communities. After receiving her graduate degree and working for a few years in the wine industry, she worked with Women for Women International, an organization that provides women survivors of war with resources and skills to rebuild their lives and their communities. “I find that giving back enriches society and enriches my own life. I love learning from others, especially those who think and experience life differently than me. Giving back, for me, is part of my values, and I’m driven by the hope of creating a world where opportunities are more equally distributed.”

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After two Napa teenagers died by suicide in 2016, Jeni Olsen closed her 20-year-old graphic design business and founded Teens Connect with a mission to equip teenagers with tools to manage their anxiety and depression, provide safe places and people with whom to connect, and give them a voice in their community. Shortly after founding Teens Connect, she partnered with Mentis, one of Napa’s oldest nonprofits, to design a full continuum of care for Napa’s youth, including prevention and wellness programs and mental health therapy with teen-centered clinicians. (In 2020, Teens Connect merged with Mentis, and Olsen started a new Prevention Division at the agency where she manages wellness programs.) “Our programs, including therapy, are free for students at Napa County middle and high schools,” said Olsen, a 27-year Napa resident, whose goal is ensuring that today’s youth are given opportunities she did not have as a teenager - adult mentorship, peer support, accessible mental health resources, and a sense of belonging. Her programs have served more than 12,000 youth; the collected data shows marked improvement in learned coping skills, willingness to ask for help, decreased isolation, depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation. Olsen started volunteering at age 19 when the company she worked for adopted a family and helped paint their home.

“I felt that I received more than I gave, and I was hooked on volunteering,” said Olsen, a new Board Trustee of Napa Valley College. “I continued to look for ways to give back, which was easy to do once I had kids and got involved in their schools. I feel that it’s not only important to give back, it’s our responsibility as community members. Volunteering with local organizations and like-minded people gives me an understanding of who lives in my community and what the most pressing needs are, which helps me in my work. Volunteering also gives me a sense of purpose and a feeling of belonging, something I’ve helped instill in the teens I work with.”

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As a college student during the presidency of John F. Kennedy, Vivian Pirchner was deeply moved by Kennedy’s speech about commitment to service. Upon hearing his famed quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” Pirchner vowed that she would find a way and a time to join the Peace Corps. The opportunity came after she had been working as a teacher in Oakland for five years. She was recruited, along with other graduates of UC Berkeley, to become a teacher trainer in Peru, and was later sent to Ecuador. Pirchner, a Napa Valley resident since 1977, who moved to the area when she was hired to start the Bilingual Kindergarten program at St Helena Elementary School, has continued her life of service. As current president of the UpValley Women’s Club (formerly known as the Federated Women of Upper Napa Valley and part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs), she serves the organization’s mission to enhance the lives of others through volunteer service. “Our mission is to sponsor community events such as fundraising activities for upvalley high school scholarships and other worthy causes,” said Pirchner, who enjoys reading in her spare time and singing with Craig Bond’s Chamber Singers. “I believe we have an obligation to do whatever we can to leave our little portion of the world a better place.  As a retired educator, I also believe in starting with the children.”


Annette Smith joined UpValley Women’s Club after retiring from 42 years of teaching in Napa primary and elementary schools. After serving two years as president and three as parliamentarian, she was recently elected first vice president. The third-generation St. Helena native began her community involvement as a child, modeling the good works of her parents, who were active community volunteers. “They made sure that my brothers and I understood it was our duty and privilege to give back,” said Smith, whose husband was also born and raised in St. Helena. “They involved us in volunteer activities with them in our church, schools, and community. It was simply a part of our life!” What first attracted Smith to UpValley Women’s Club was the Reading Is Fun (RIF) program. “Reading is my passion, and I believe in instilling a love for books in our children,” said Smith. “Each month, a group of us go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Helena, Calistoga, Howell Mountain, Stonebridge Apartments, and Hunts Grove to read to the children and let them pick out a new book. Another project in which Smith is involved is Purses of Hope. The group collects gently used purses to fill with toiletries and muchneeded items such as gloves, scarves, gift certificates, etc., and delivers them to women’s resource agencies in Napa County for distribution, intending to bring hope to women in need.

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Family tragedy led to Nadina Riggsbee’s life purpose. Fortyfour years ago, her two-year-old daughter drowned in a backyard swimming pool, and her one-year-old son suffered irreversible brain damage due to prolonged water submission. Since then, to help keep innocent children from drowning, she has made water safety her mission. As founder and president of the Drowning Prevention Foundation (established in 1985), she was instrumental in getting the world’s first pool fencing law passed. In addition, she has worked with the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington, D.C. to help prevent bathtub drownings and child-related backyard pool entrapment. And she has partnered with the California Department of Health and other statewide organizations on child drowning prevention. Having developed and overseen various educational projects and materials, Riggsbee provides informative brochures to pediatrician offices, libraries, and preschool and elementary school parents and annually works with the State Department of Developmental Service and California’s Governor on Drowning Prevention Month (May). She also works tirelessly to raise funds from groups, such as the Valero Refinery in Benicia, that allow underprivileged children to participate in swimming lessons. “I know I’ve made a huge impact on preventing these drowning accidents over the years,” said Riggsbee, who long ago moved from Danville, the site of her family tragedy, and has been a Watermark of Napa Valley resident for two years now, enjoying the companionship of her fellow residents. “Drownings have been reduced from 150 a year to 50. Unfortunately, it’s still too many, but I continue to educate and legislate for stronger laws.”

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Expressions of Hope began in 2006 in Peggy Smith’s garage, the mission of which was and is for every child who enters foster care to feel loved and valued and every family caring for them to feel supported by someone who understands what they are going through. “Most kids who enter foster care come with very little, so I started providing backpacks filled with comfort items to each child that entered care regardless of age,” said Smith, a foster parent herself over the years to more than 90 infants/children and youth. The organization was incorporated in 2009, and Smith has been the executive director ever since. Having graduated from a garage, EOH now leases an office and

oversees a fully stocked Resource Center that supplies everything from clothing, shoes, diapers, and formula to beds, dressers, and more. The Center is open to any foster, adoptive, or at-risk family. “I never thought of fostering as a service but rather a calling,” said Smith. “Caring for a child with a trauma background is hard and messy, but it has been one of the most beautiful and purposeful ways I’ve done life.” Besides meeting practical needs, EOH offers mentoring, training, support groups, and family activities intending to build community and connection. EOH also works closely with Napa County Child Welfare and serves biological parents who are struggling to keep their children out

of foster care and those in the process of reunifying with their children who have been in care. “I believe there is always something that someone can do in their community,” said Smith. “It’s important to give back, especially when there are so many needs, but I also know that sometimes people don’t know how or where to help. EOH connects community members with genuine needs. Not everyone can foster, but anyone can provide an item for a backpack, provide a service, donate an item to the resource center, or volunteer for an event. EOH gives people an easy opportunity to make a difference in their community and a child’s life.”

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Though the 2020 fires destroyed 98% of St. Supéry’s harvest that year, CEO Emma Swain proposed to winery ownership that what little profit was made be donated to the community, and thus, the Everyday Heroes Project was founded. The winery donated $5 from each bottle of their iconic Sauvignon Blanc to the Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund in honor of the valor of its neighbors who stopped the fire from moving through the Rutherford property, preventing its spread into the community. The donation totaled $110,000. “We are so grateful to live in this place where people care. The strong sense of community here reinforces the desire to help each other in any way we can,” said Swain, a 30-year Napa resident who currently serves on the boards of Visit Napa Valley, The Wine Market Council, The Napa Valley Vintners, and The Collective Napa Valley. “I honestly don’t think there is an industry like the wine industry with charitable giving as central to its ethos. Wherever I travel around the world and at home, the wine industry is focused on significantly contributing to our communities.”

Swain, who has served as a Land Trust of Napa County trustee and board president, also initiated St. Supéry Giving Tuesdays every year during the month of November, in which customers are invited to donate to a number of organizations featured in the winery’s holiday catalog. “I have found that not only is the wine industry one of the most generous, but our customers are also amazingly philanthropic,” said Swain, whose volunteerism began in elementary school. “It was in 5th and 6th grade that I became extremely interested in science and math,” she said. “I loved reading Discover magazine and thought I would enter the medical field. I started volunteering as a candy striper at the local hospital and absolutely loved it. There is just something very joyful about being able to help someone else and put their comfort and care ahead of everything else.  When you think about it, it is a lot like great hospitality, where our primary role is to make people happy.”

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Cindy Wolfe worked as a teacher in the Napa Unified School District for 39 years. During that time, many of her school projects were supported by Community Projects, a nonprofit volunteer organization that engages in charitable and benevolent activities to benefit people and organizations in need within Napa Valley. Upon her retirement in 2017, Wolfe promptly joined Community Projects, serving as its president today. Through the years, she has also held the office of vice president, Thrift Shop officer, and Specialty Groups officer. The organization raises money through sales of

merchandise donated to the Thrift Shop and disburses the proceeds to worthy causes. “We have donated nearly $16M since 1941 to County Schools, student scholarships, and other Napa County organizations,” said Wolfe, a thirdgeneration Napan with deep roots in the community. Her family owned an Italian restaurant in town for nearly 65 years. “The good thing about Community Projects is that there is something for everyone to get involved in. One can join a specialty group such as kitchen collectibles, sort through the donations, be a cashier, or be a COD (clerk of the day). I love

spending time at the shop; the members are wonderful.” Wolfe’s community involvement began in high school when she joined the Soroptimist-sponsored “S” Club, volunteering in a class for deaf children and in an autistic ward at the State Hospital. In college, she volunteered at the California School for the Deaf, something she has continued for fifty years. “Today, there is such a large at-risk population in all aspects of life that need help,” said Wolfe. “I have had a good life and feel I need to pay it forward.”

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Share the Care Napa Valley


It's been nearly a decade since Yvonne Baginski formulated Napa's first peerto-peer volunteer program to connect older adults in Napa County with the resources and services they needed, from caregivers to food deliveries and technical support. Not to mention medical and dental advocacy — at that time, Baginski was collecting donations of durable medical equipment on her front porch. Her efforts quickly grew into what today is known as Share the Care Napa Valley (STCNV), a 501(c)(3) organization led by one Executive Director, four supporting staff members, and ten volunteers who have supported over 3,000 elderly community members.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve our aging community, as it has always held a special place in my heart,” shared Heather Luna, executive director at STCNV. Luna added that her passion for volunteering began at the age of ten when she first volunteered at the Veterans' Home. “I recall my mom being unsure of what to do with me outside of basketball season, but little did I know that her decision would profoundly impact my life.”

Luna pursued her dream job in sports after graduating with a master's degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco in 2015, but in 2020, she returned to her hometown of Napa to take care of her father, who had a bout of medical emergencies that led to Luna quitting her job and dedicating herself to him as a full-time caregiver. “From being

Hoyer lift-bound to gaining independence in a wheelchair and the ability to walk with a walker, my dad has been an inspiration to me and has enabled me to return to paid employment,” she shared.

Today, Luna champions STCNV's mission to provide Napa County's older adults and those who are disabled with resources for health, independence, and quality of life, through three programs.

The first is Yvonne's Front Porch Donation Center, a nod to STCNV's humble beginnings on Baginski's porch. The donation center saves and redistributes durable medical equipment, incontinence items, and nutritional supplements to ensure they get into the hands of those who really need them. Since 2020, when the official storefront opened on South Coombs, there have been over 20,000 items donated.

The Stop Falls program assesses and helps those who have fallen or are at risk of falling by utilizing professional, licensed Occupational Therapists to determine clients' needs to keep them safe and less fearful of falling in the comfort of their homes. Once the OT identifies risky areas in a client's home, STCNV deploys a licensed installer to complete the installation of grab bars, ramps, transfer poles, or other supportive items. To date, Stop Falls has provided 102 home safety assessments, 78 home installations/modifications, and over 375 assistive devices.

Lastly, the Declutter program helps those who live in unsafe home environments or

are battling extreme hoarding. STCNV assesses homes and offers many hours to eliminate debris, garbage, and unnecessary items alongside the client. Once the goals have been met, STCNV conducts a haul of unwanted items and, in most cases, a deep clean. There have been 46 cleanouts to date.

While Luna acknowledged how much the organization has grown, she realized how it's also opened new opportunities to meet the increased needs of the aging community each year. As a result, they plan to expand offerings to include transportation, enhanced information services, and caregiver support to continue to serve those who depend on them.

STCNV does depend on the monetary support of community members, foundations, and local grants. However, other ways to get involved include volunteering and donating old vessels or attending seasonal events like the Donor Appreciation Anniversary event in July and Annual Appeal and Give!Guide. Looking forward, their first annual fundraiser Gala will be held as a Golden Gala in April 2024.

“Sometimes, we don't understand why we're dealt certain cards until we use them in powerful ways,” shared Luna on her personal experience. “STCNV was there for me when I needed all the help I could get, and I want to be there for anyone else who may require our assistance as well.”

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A NEW LEASH ON LIFE Frank Family Vineyards Partners with K9s For Warriors

Helping American Military Veterans Heal Through Service Dogs

Napa Valley's acclaimed Frank Family Vineyards is proud to continue their support of K9s For Warriors through 2023 as part of the winery's ongoing Frank for a Cause charitable giving campaign. K9s For Warriors is the nation's largest provider of trained service dogs for military veterans. This cause speaks to Frank Family's inherent commitment and love for dogs and the American veteran community, and honors Founder Rich Frank's late father, Hy, who proudly served in World War II.

In 2022, Frank Family Vineyards raised $25,000 to support K9s For Warriors' mission to end veteran suicide through the healing power of service dogs – saving two lives at once, our American heroes and shelter dogs. This year, the winery is excited to be sponsoring its very own fourlegged hero, an adorable golden retriever named Frankie, who will soon be an essential element in a veteran's road to recovery. This sponsorship will provide Frankie with the veterinary care, equipment, and

wavering support of K9s For Warriors and enhancing their efforts in transforming the lives of veterans in need,” said Frank Family Founder, Leslie Frank. “We believe in the powerful healing service dogs can provide to our nation's heroes and are honored to sponsor our own service dog this year while helping raise awareness and funds for this important cause.”

To date, K9s For Warriors has graduated more than 875 K9/Warrior teams and rescued more than 2,000 dogs, saving them from a life of abandonment or euthanasia and giving them purpose by pairing them with a veteran in need. With most dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates a collective healing and recovery.

The year-long initiative will continue with proceeds from Frank Family's 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Frank for a Cause gift packages supporting the organization's mission. The packages are available at the Frank Family tasting room and at and include one bottle of the 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a matching Cabernet bottle plush dog toy, and an exclusive Frank Family dog bandana. The winery will also implement nationwide involvement from its incredible network of retail and restaurant partners. Pop-ups in cities across the U.S.

and dinners featuring Frank Family's deli cious Napa Valley wines.

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support and generosity of Frank Family Vineyards,” said K9s For Warriors CEO Carl Cricco. “Their dedication to our mission has helped us provide life-changing service dogs to veterans suffering from invisible wounds of war, allowing them to return to a life of dignity and independence. We look forward to continuing our partnership and making a difference in the lives of our nation's heroes.”

In 2018 Frank Family Vineyards founded “Frank for a Cause,” an annual fundraiser that has raised funds to support local and national charities covering a variety of causes, from health research to hunger relief and animal welfare. To date, Frank for a Cause has supported seven national nonprofits and numerous local organizations, such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Feeding America, the V Foundation, and many more. For more information about Frank Family's partnership with K9s For Warriors, visit or follow @frankfamilyvineyards on Instagram for regular #pupdates from Frankie throughout the summer. FOR

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DAKOTA SHY and Founder Todd Newman are Anything But

Like most wineries during the COVID shut down, Dakota Shy, located at the base of Pritchard Hill, pivoted. But their pivot entailed more than Zoom calls with wine club members. Instead, founder Todd Newman and winemaker Tom Garrett took to the open road, traversing 15,000 cross-country miles in a branded mobile home, visiting loyal clients and

friends who welcomed the duo into their homes for wine-tasting meet and greets. Dubbed the ‘Shyway Tour,’ the excursion kept Newman and Garrett connected to fans during a trying time in the wine industry. “That pivot opened up such meaningful ways for us to engage with those who love our wines,” said the North Dakota-born and raised Newman, who plans to continue the

in-home tastings though the winery tasting room is back to pre-Covid form.

That personal, hands-on approach is part of the Dakota Shy appeal, and when paired with the elegance of the wines (the flagship Napa Valley Cabernet is a two-time Wine Spectator Top 100 designee), the combo is compelling. The name is a sly harbinger of the brand’s core values: Dakota is Newman’s longtime, folksy nickname and an evocation of his midwestern work ethic; the ‘shy’ label, satirically pinned on Newman in college, denotes a humble nature. “To know Todd, you know he’s anything but shy,” said Austin Johnson, the winery’s national sales and events director. “He’s purposeful and encourages humility.”

Newman first became interested in wine while working in restaurants during college. After college, he journeyed to Napa and landed a job at St. Helena’s Martini House, where he met, befriended, and regularly quizzed winemakers and local growers who frequented the popular spot. “I remember one night, waiting on a grower and a winemaker who were talking vineyards while drinking a super-star bottle of wine, and I realized that is what I wanted to do,” said Newman. He started working with Garrett in 2005 at Revana Family Vineyards, where Garrett served as assistant winemaker to Heidi Barrett. “That experience gave us the foundation to start a winery,” said Newman. “I started at the bottom and worked my way up. I knew I had the work ethic to make it happen, but I didn’t know if I belonged here or if this was a place for me. Small town kid in the epicenter of one of the world’s greatest wine-making regions was a big bite to chew through.”

Years later, he and Garrett launched Dakota Shy, capitalizing on the relationships he’d built over time at Martini House. These days, Dakota Shy can be found on the wine lists at lauded restaurants such as The French Laundry, Post Ranch Inn, and PRESS, among others. And though the Shyway Tour years were memorable, Newman is grateful to welcome fans back to the winery for by-appointment tastings of his award-winning Bordeaux varietals.

Said Newman, “Dakota Shy is a platform, an incubator of sorts, where people who are hungry in life, who want to chase after a dream, can come and be inspired to set the course of their own American Dream.”

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Bill and Kathleen Collins had a vision that they knew would require nearly flawless execution. Back in 1973, there were certainly people making wine in Napa Valley, but while the soil and climate of the area seemed ideal, the idea that a living could be scratched out in the California wine industry was far from a sure thing.

Recently retired from the Navy, the Collins’s selected a piece of land on the banks of the winding Conn Creek at the intersection of the Sage Canyon Road and the Silverado Trail in what would later become the Rutherford AVA. They released their first vintage in 1974, with wines made from grapes purchased from nearby Ehlers Estate. The wines were excellent, and Bill set about building a winery mostly by hand. It took years, but in 1979 he finished the winery and tasting room that still stand in the same location today.

Bill and Kathleen’s vision for their winery was to establish a Bordeaux house in Napa, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, and that vision persists to this day. Conn Creek does something perhaps no other

winery does, offering a litany of amazing terroir-driven 100% varietal Cabernet Sauvignons, fourteen in total, hailing from 14 of the 16 nested AVAs within the Napa Valley. Each of these powerful, age-worthy Cabernets has a genuine sense of place, and Conn Creek may be the only place in the valley where a person can truly taste through almost all of what Napa Valley has to offer in one sitting.

In 1986, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates of Washington State recognized the excellence of what was happening in Napa Valley and purchased Conn Creek from the Collins family. Since that time, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates also acquired Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Patz & Hall, a testament to their recognition of some of California’s very best producers.

Today, a visit to Conn Creek will involve tasting through some extraordinary expressions of Napa terroir and even blending them if one so chooses. In a special room lined with barrels full of single-AVA Cabernet Sauvignon, visitors can invest time making their own blend of Napa Cab, which can then be labeled, corked, and taken home. For the lover of Napa Cabernet and the die-hard Bordeauxphile alike, Conn Creek is a must-visit destination.

Much has changed in Napa in the fifty years since Bill and Kathleen Collins set out to execute their vision on the banks of Conn Creek. Though for all that has changed and all the time that has gone by, Conn Creek’s commitment to crafting extraordinary, terroir-driven Bordeaux varietals in Napa is as steadfast as ever. For all Conn Creek has to offer, it should be at the top of anyone’s list of wineries to visit the next time they’re tasting wine in Napa Valley. FOR

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V. SATTUI WINERY Bringing Community, Sustainability, and Award-Winning Wine Together in Napa Valley

The V. Sattui winery story is historic and inspiring. Vittorio Sattui immigrated to the United States from Genoa, Italy, in 1882 and settled in San Francisco. Just three years later, he established St. Helena Wine Cellars, named after the town from where he sourced his grapes. In 1899 he bought a winery in the San Francisco Mission district and renamed his enterprise V. Sattui Wine Company. Soon after, his sons Romeo and Mario joined him in the business.

V. Sattui Wine Company had enormous success and growth through the early 1900s. But, like so many other wineries in the United States, it closed in 1920 with the passage of prohibition. By the time the 21st amendment was repealed in 1933, Vittorio had retired, and the family wine business appeared over.

Determined to re-establish V. Sattui Winery in Napa, great grandson Dario Sattui returned in 1972 from traveling throughout Europe to the Napa Valley. He immersed himself in winemaking by apprenticing for three years at various wineries. In 1976 Dario reopened the doors to V. Sattui winery, becoming the 46th winery established in the valley after prohibition. It was made

possible in part with an investment, part of a Nobel prize purse, from a UCLA professor. To keep marketing costs down, Dario chose to sell wine directly to consumers. To do this, he made V. Sattui an inviting place to visit, building a beautiful stone edifice, lush gardens, and beautiful grounds for picnics and events

This business model continues today at V. Sattui, and their 70-plus award-winning wines are only available at the winery and online. President Tom Davies says, “Our focus is on inclusivity. It is like one big Italian family, where everyone is welcomed and has a great time enjoying wine, food, and friendship.” In addition to tasting wine, visitors can enjoy the artisan marketplace with over 200 cheeses, house-made foods,

salumi, bread, and gelato. For those who want a regular shipment of wines from V. Sattui, there are four levels of the wine club to join.

Acknowledging the changing climate and environmental threats, V. Sattui has committed to sustainable farming practices and is working towards all 300 acres becoming 100% certified organic in three years. Invested in being a good community partner, V. Sattui produces a Cabernet Sauvignon blend called Terra Forza, “strong earth.” For every bottle sold, they contribute $1.00 to the Napa Valley Grape Growers to support sustainable viticulture.

The commitment of V. Sattui to the industry’s future is evident in the words of founder Dario Sattui at his recent 80th birthday party, “As a historic family-owned business, caring for the environment, the community, and the next generation is both a privilege and a responsibility.”

To learn more about V. Sattui winery, plan a visit or event, or order wine visit their website

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While wineries worldwide recognize the value of social media (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) in their marketing campaigns, some ‘get it’ a little more than others. The occasional photo post of a dusky, sunset-illuminated vineyard might make for a pleasing IG feed, but Ralph Hertelendy of Hertelendy Vineyards has learned that to truly capture viewer (or customer) attention, it helps to kick things up a notch.

The former Hollywood actor—you might recognize him in the first ever episode of Glee—knows a thing or two about entertainment, and he infuses his Hertelendy brand with both his personality and the performative, from his ornate family coat of arms logo to wine labels that change color, glow in the dark, and seemingly come alive via augmented reality (AR) animation. He’s currently working on a label that will physically move within consumers’ hands. And for the past few years, he has doubled down on his social media accounts, creating imaginative “Marvel-themed” videos and a particularly whimsical St. Patrick’s Day

greeting featuring his baby boy bouncing joyously over a rainbow.

“I’m really trying to push the envelope of what’s cool and captivating,” said Hertelendy, who traded Tinsel Town for Howell Mountain in 2013 to follow his wine passion. He is very nearly a one-person operation, wearing every hat: winemaker, salesperson, and marketing exec. “I like to provide a total sensory experience.”

Those ‘experiences’ include strategized quick clips and reels, such as the IG post in which he pulls back the curtain on green screen technology as he flies through the air as Superman, a glass of Hertelendy wine in hand. He features videos of celebrities and stars at the Emmy and Oscar parties to which he was invited to feature his New World varietals that borrow heavily from his Hungarian family’s Old World traditions. And his expert use of graphics is well-illustrated in a recent IG post celebrating his first 100-point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, whose editor Joe Czerwinski described the 2021 Hertelendy Legend as “big and bold, welling with intensity.”

And lest the impression is that Hertelendy merely caters to social media-loving millennials and Gen-Zers, he contends that it’s the baby boomers who greatly appreciate his creative content. References to Grease and Back to the Future, for instance, have generated the ‘interactions’ and additional followers so greatly valued on Instagram, helping to create a marketing buzz that he hopes eventually will result in increased wine sales.

The greater wine world is already taking notice. He’s added nine new nationwide distributors over the last few months, and his wines are served at restaurants such as The French Laundry, Tarla, and Morimoto. “There’s definitely a buzz,” said Hertelendy. “People seem to love the creativity, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. I like to blaze the trail of what’s possible, both with my marketing and my wines.”






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MOVING ON UP There’s a new winemaker at Priest Ranch

Earlier this year, Priest Ranch announced that Cody Hurd, formerly the assistant winemaker onsite, had been promoted to winemaker. The Washington State native has been with Priest Ranch for the past decade, starting as part of the cellar team in 2010, shortly after he relocated to Napa, and only three years after the winery was officially established, which allowed him to grow with the brand.

“Joining Priest Ranch at an early phase in its evolution allowed me to grow alongside our estate,” explained Cody. “I want our wines to be an expression of this land and its heritage. My job is to work alongside our amazing team to bring out the property’s unique characteristics.”

These unique characteristics are found at Priest Ranch’s 1,682-acre Somerston Estate, nestled into the eastern hills of the Vaca Mountains range. The 17 vineyard sites and 140 diverse blocks are planted across two valleys, Elder Valley to the west and Soda Valley to the east, which cover a variety of elevations from 800 to 1,650 feet, soils, exposures, and microclimates. In

turn, the fruit sourced from this vineyard is so unique that it requires minimal processing and reflects the variety of terroir from across the estate.

After ten years of working in these vineyards, Cody’s developed an innate knowledge of each block; thus, his focus is to maintain the priority of showcasing the full diversity of the estate throughout the Priest Ranch portfolio range, from their Peacemaker blend to their untraditional 100% Syrah Brut Rosé.

Cody will work directly with director of viticulture and winemaking Craig Becker to further Becker’s mission of celebrating a rich agricultural heritage through leadership-driven viticulture and viniculture practices, cultivated experiences, and the pursuit of becoming the next great wine estate. Part of his leadership will entail leading in-person tasting opportunities, both at their Yountville tasting room and the Estate during upcoming events.

Upcoming events include: Raise the Roof Winemakers Dinner at Priest Ranch on June 10 and Winemakers Lunch Series

at Somerston Estate on July 21, August 18, September 22, and October 20. The first event is a single night of celebrations all the team has been working on, from newrelease wines to new developments at the winery – so of course, the evening starts with a bubbly reception before an elevated family-style meal by estate executive chef, Dan Solomon, complemented by a guided tasting led by Cody.

Craig and Cody host the Winemakers Lunch Series for an elegant food and wine experience highlighting limited-production Somerston Estate wines. Chef Solomon also prepares the menu for this limited-run and intimate event.

Can’t make any of the events? The Yountville tasting room welcomes guests with an array of experiences throughout the year, like food and wine pairings, as well as live music and seasonal happenings, for a taste of all that Priest Ranch has to offer. FOR

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High up on Spring Mountain, dug deep into the earth, an ancient stone winery surveys the scene below. Underneath the watchful gaze of the Robert Keenan Winery, a small pond and rows of vineyards, a couple of houses surrounded by massive redwoods and pines, and all manner of creatures frolic in the relative isolation. If a visitor didn’t know that the bustle and noise of Highway 29 were only a few miles below, it would be easy enough to forget.

Keenan’s cozy, modern tasting room rests atop a much older stone foundation, built a century before for a similar purpose, and sits at a high enough elevation that the fireplace is crackling more often than not. Many of the skyward-reaching redwoods surrounding the property predate the arrival of Europeans in this space, possibly even that of the Wappo people before them. Drawn to the quiet isolation of the space, Robert Keenan established his winery in 1974. “There wasn’t much up there—no Pride, no Barnett—it was essentially the middle of nowhere,” remarked Michael.

Robert oversaw the first quarter-century of his winery’s renewed life before passing the torch to his son Michael in 1998. “My father was an ‘idea guy’ inspired by the wines his father-in-law served: DRC, Lafite, back when you could buy them for single digits a bottle.” When asked what he was most proud of, Michael responded, “The fact that I’ve really been able to bring my father’s vision to life.”

The Keenans are clearly doing something—possibly even everything—very right. Their wines have attained cult status. Their winery remains familyowned. The average tenure of their staff can be measured in decades . “Keenan isn’t just our job, it’s our home,” explained Laura March, who has managed the tasting room for twenty-seven years. General Manager Matt Gardner has been with the family for twenty-nine years. Aristeo Garcia, the cellar master, is in year eighteen. Perhaps this almost unthinkable level of consistency is what has set Keenan apart from others.

Last year, on a market visit to Atlanta, Michael went into a shop full of pet nats and millennials, people with blue hair and tattoos who, one might assume, weren’t the Napa Cab crowd. “They loved my wines!” exclaimed an excited Michael. “There’s hope!”

Today Michael’s son, Reilly, is on the winemaking team, the third generation of Keenans to make wine on Spring Mountain. Subtle yet profound is the evolution of notoriety that has taken place around the Robert Keenan Winery, which remains its official name to this day. “We used to be known by my dad’s name,” explained Michael, “so every time we showed up anywhere, tastings and other events, we were listed under the ‘R’s.’ But over time, that changed, and now we’re known as simply ‘Keenan,’” he smiled, foreseeing a day when he, like his father before him, would pass the torch on to his son.

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Elegance in a glass, echoing nuances of terroir, grape, and dreams

Elan only sources grapes from vineyards that share in her dedication to the highest quality and integrity that each site can express. The wines are produced in small batches, sometimes as few as two barrels, allowing for elevated quality and an everpresent consistency.

If bottling up dreams with intention were possible, the label would read Azur Wines, showcasing an award-winning soft coral golden rosé from Napa Valley inspired by the finest of Provence. This was the vision of Azur’s founder, Elan Fayard, to share her experiences from her studies abroad in France, the wine aptly named for one of the regions of focus, Cote d’Azur.

The hummingbird logo further reflects the proprietor’s time in France. The bird’s ability to fly in any direction is emblematic of Fayard’s vision for her label. Elan connects with this by carrying the knowledge and inspiration she gained in France back to her California roots.

Elan started making rosé in her garage in 2006, offering her first official release the following year at the ripe age of 27.

Elan uses a blend of Grenache and Syrah, picked weeks earlier to access the optimal acidity and ripeness for premium rosé production. In 2016 Vogue named Azur rosé one of the “best in the world.” Her dreams of French-inspired wine produced in Napa became a reality.

“Elegance is the word to describe the wines. Each wine has an identity, and it’s my intention to bring this out through vineyard and varietal expression,” said Fayard.

Azur’s wine portfolio now includes Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, reserve blends, and two custom-label Champagnes. In addition, she created a second label, Empreinte, a selection of single-varietal vineyard-designated wines.

Grateful for the positive response from her growing audience and the community, Elan finds continued inspiration to produce wines that speak of their place –wines with identity.

“Following your dreams can lead to a life of abundance, purpose, and magnetism that invites others to follow theirs,” said the Azur proprietor. To that end, Elan recently began Luminous Retreats, focusing on women’s wellness. Through her wellness community, Elan provides a foundation of support that gives women a platform for collective experience.

Elan’s latest pursuit is the Azur Wine Lounge located on Clinton Street in downtown Napa. She intends to give more brand exposure to the greater Napa

community while providing a gathering space to enjoy her award-winning wines. The Azur Wine Lounge is also a platform for local artists and creators to showcase their inspirations to the community at large.

Dreams and intentions abound at Azur, with the iconic hummingbird continuing to carry its knowledge and inspiration to others.

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A Good Marriage is Like Fine Wine –It Gets Better with Age

Married for 38 years, world-renowned winemakers Bo and Heidi Barrett have spent nearly one-third of their marriage working together on their joint wine venture, Barrett & Barrett. After decades spent in parallel winemaking careers – Bo at Chateau Montelena; Heidi with over two dozen boutique wineries, including Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle, Paradigm, and her brand, La Sirena – the Barretts are proudly celebrating their 12th vintage together. To mark the milestone, the winery is releasing rare library selections and a very limited vertical case of Barrett & Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon that includes every vintage from 2008-2019.

Daughter Remi Barrett (Director of Sales & Marketing for the winery) explained tasting through every vintage with the winery team. “We were all blown away by the 2008 [their first vintage]. It was incredible to see how well it’s held up and evolved. It’s the perfect thesis statement for the brand, melding my mom’s winemaking artistry with my dad’s Calistoga vineyard expertise.”

2012 was another big hit with the panel of tasters—while aging beautifully, it has a lot of life ahead too. 2016 and the more recent 2018 and 2019 were favorites, too, even as young wines.

Recalling tougher years, 2011 and 2017 stand out. “My dad says, ‘Any winemaker can make a good wine from a great vintage, but you prove yourself when you make a great wine from a difficult year.’”

That’s what they did in 2011 and 2017. 2011 was infamously frigid, but because their vineyards are north of Calistoga, they had the warmest weather in the valley. As a result, they produced a ripe, well-rounded wine despite the challenging weather.

Their location also benefited them in 2017, with fortuitous early ripening that year. “We were able to bring our fruit in well before the fires happened, so smoke damage wasn’t an issue at all that year.”

These vintage tales help tell the story of the brand, the business, and the couple. The husband-and-wife duo’s business

“Bo has devoted his entire career to Chateau Montelena, over 40 years at one winery with specific estate vineyards, whereas Heidi is known for working with many different projects and putting her touch on different wineries, varietals, and AVAs. When they first started Barrett & Barrett, they were both used to being the boss, so they had to figure out how to work together in a totally new way.”

During their first year working together, they found that dividing the labor, with Heidi focusing on winemaking and Bo working on the vineyard, allowed them to create magic in the bottle (“And stay married!” Barrett says with a laugh.)

When asked what makes Barrett & Barrett great, Remi mused, “My parents have quite different personalities and skill sets, so they really complement one another. Because of their experiences over so many years in the wine industry, they understand and support each other on a level that no one else really can. It’s amazing to see all this shared history and love expressed in the form of wine.”

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“It’s amazing to see all this shared history and love expressed in the form of wine.”
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When it comes to white wine in Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay may exist as the most prominent varieties – but that doesn’t mean they are the only styles produced here. Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Albariño, Viognier, Picpoul, and Riesling are all outliers for some growers and vintners, but that’s what makes them unique, along with their vibrant, untraditional characteristics.

In the 1970s, Chenin Blanc was the most widely planted grape in Napa Valley; there was even a point when there was more of this thin-skinned, high-acid grape variety found in California than in its native Loire Valley in France. However, in the early 80s, many Chenin Blanc vines were purged to make room for Cabernet Sauvignon – following its acclaim as the best-performing grape at the 1976 Judgment of Paris. In recent years, this style of wine has returned on the


West Coast, with vintners appreciating the grape’s versatility; it thrives in sandy soils, resulting in light wines and clay soils, which produce more full-bodied wines. It also retains its acidity through the region’s increasingly warm summers, so more and more of it is making an appearance within Napa Valley winery portfolios.

Riesling was another popular grape in the 70s – it was Chateau Montelena’s first release in 1972, and Trefethen released their

dry style in 1974, now a signature in their portfolio. The variety hails from Germany and is now predominantly associated with the vinified regions along the Rhine River, such as Austria, France, and Switzerland. The wines range on a scale from dry to sweet, consistently high in acid with definitive characteristic notes of petrol.

Like Riesling, Muscat can range from dry to sweet dessert wine, but many winemakers focus on the drier styles following modern consumer preference. As one of the oldest grapes, there are now many varieties under the Muscat family, including the famed Moscato Bianco in northern Italy, which gives way to Moscato D’Asti, a light sparkler enjoyed at lunch or as an aperitivo. The grape flourishes in full sun and well-draining soils (like limestone).

Albariño, also called Alvarinho in its popular growing regions of Spain (Rias Baixas) and Portugal (Vinho Verde), is a late-ripening grape that benefits from cooler maritime climates. In Napa, this means the grape prefers the Southern end of the region, like Los Carneros, where the ocean breeze cools the vineyards. The oceanic influence on this grape is pertinent for its saline-rich mouthfeel and lingering minerality.

Picpoul de Pinet is a designated AOC in its native Languedoc-Roussillon, but recently the Picpoul grape – which can’t be branded as Picpoul de Pinet outside its AOC – is garnering a gradual following

stateside, especially on the West Coast, where it can retain acid through Napa’s warmest days, late into the growing season. Tablas Creek first brought Picpoul to the U.S. and produced their first harvest in 2003. Its name directly translates to “lipstinger,” reflecting the extremely acidic yet refreshing sipper.

The Viognier grape is most prominently grown in the Rhône Valley to make Condrieu. In Napa, the full-bodied white wine, simply called Viognier, is trendy as an alternative to Chardonnay as it can

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benefit from oak aging to develop a creamier taste punctuated by hints of vanilla. Los Carneros and Oak Knoll are common AVAs for Viognier, as the vineyards are cooler yet provide enough sun for the grapes’ ripening. Below, discover some of the most interesting white wines currently grown in Napa.

Mondavi Sisters’ Collection 2022 Aloft

Chenin Blanc, $275 for a 3-pack Sourcing from 80-year-old vines, winemaker Angelina Mondavi and her sisters have resurrected vines initially planted by their grandfather, Peter Mondavi Sr., in Pope Valley. The grapes are cold fermented (a process developed by Mondavi Sr.) in stainless-steel drums and one new French Oak barrel, which contributes a layer of complexity to the mouthfeel, permitting the delicate aromas of Meyer lemon and lime zest, white peach, and nectarine to still shine through; it’s zesty with a rounded, creamy finish. Pair with grilled chicken kebabs or simply seasoned grilled white fish.

LOLA Wines 2022 LOLA Artisanal Series

Dry Muscat Straw Wine, $75

In 2021, LOLA Wines acquired a 1.5-acre block of Orange Muscat in Calistoga, originally planted in the early 1970s. They decided to create a straw wine from these grapes – the grapes are dried on straw mats to concentrate the sugar and retain acidity — however, unlike most straw wines, LOLA’s style is completely dry (meaning, it’s not sweet). The wine offers notes of ripe, tropical fruit, like guava and mango, with bright acidity and satiating freshness on the palate. Pair with Vietnamese summer spring rolls dipped in a tangy chili sauce.

Artesa 2021 Pyramid Block Albariño, $35

Paying tribute to Artesa’s Spanish roots, this single vineyard Albariño offers

quintessential floral notes, like jasmine, while the palate is citrus-forward and finishes with a clean minerality. The grapes are hand-harvested from 25-yearold vines in Los Carneros. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper fermented and aged this vintage for six months on its lees in a small, temperature-controlled concrete tank, which results in enhanced flavor and textural notes. Pair with fish or shrimp tacos.

Darioush 2021 Signature Viognier, $55

Produced from Darioush’s Estate Vineyard in Oak Knoll, this Viognier is fresh, fragrant, and exotic. Despite the signature series’ hallmark of floral aromatics with juicy stone fruit, every sip has undeniable vibrancy. Layers evolve on the palate, where flavors of apricot and nectarine are brightened by spice notes of ginger and nutmeg and conclude with a lasting citrus finish. Pair with soft Brie atop nutty crackers or a buttery seared scallop dish.

Tres Sabores 2022 Picpoul Blanc, $36

The grapes for this zippy wine were sourced from two high-elevation vineyards in the Sierra Foothills, which allowed the grapes to retain flavor before a simple fermentation in stainless steel. This winemaking process ensured the wine held onto its bursting tropical aromas (pear and coconut) and vibrant acidity. Pair with crab cakes or clams casino.

Trefethen 2022 Dry Riesling, $30

This family-owned winery has been producing Riesling since (nearly) the beginning. It’s not only food-friendly, best paired with spicy cuisines like Thai green curry or Indian tandoori, but also recognized for its ageability. Expect aromas of stone fruit with delicate white flowers and a clean palate accented by lime zest.

Ashes & Diamonds 2019 Crémant No. 1 Extra Brut, $75

For their foray into sparkling wine, Ashes & Diamonds collaborated with Petaluma-based bubble master Michael Cruse from Cruse Wine Co. The blend of 73% Chardonnay and 27% Pinot Noir was produced in méthode champenoise and aged on its lees for 31 months. The sparkling wine was disgorged in March and just released. Warm brioche and hazelnut entice on the nose, with Honeycrisp apple and rounded effervescence in the mouth. Pair with oysters on the half-shell.

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Ashes & Diamonds Cremant Photo by Emma K Morris Aloft Chenin Blanc Photo by Suzanne Becker Bronk Artesa Pyramid Block Albariño Photo by Sarah Anne Risk


Wine Regions Series | PART TWELVE
 BY CHARLENE PETERS The Lion Gate to the citadel of Mycenae, dated 1240 BC

Greece may be one of the most ancient winemaking civilizations, but this country has only been producing noteworthy wines since the late ‘70s. The viticulture and wines vary from island to island, as do the historical monuments of the Golden Age of Athens, such as the Temple of Poseidon and the Acropolis, the latter a must visit when in Athens, the largest and oldest city in Greece.

With history that spans roughly 3,400 years and awe-invoking historical sites such as the Parthenon -- the architectural genius of achievements built in the 5th century BC, or in the Plaka (translates as old city), visitors will surely enjoy countless options to explore, dine, and shop. Athens is also the hub to grab a seat on a ferry, take an island-bound flight or charter a luxury yacht to explore a few of the thousands of islands in this country.


The sapphire of the Aegean Sea is exaggerated against whitewashed cliffs southeast of mainland Greece, in the Cyclades of the Aegean to the island of Tinos. This archipelago is closest to Mykonos and home to more than 700 churches.

Since 1977, seven wineries have been established on Tinos, the third being Volacus, whose Vivlia Chora Ovilos is made in a white Bordeaux-style blend of Semillon and signature Assyrtiko grapes of Northern Greece. Its bouquet of freshpicked honeysuckle leads to a creamy almond palate with a cantaloupe finish. An organic Malagousia from the Gardari area is considered the “Cinderella of Greek wine production.” //

This island is energized with outdoor cafés and a beautiful walk uphill to Our Lady of Tinos church, that’s surrounded by spectacular statues depicting the island’s history. To conclude a visit to Tinos, a sweet order of Loucoumades (beignets) drizzled in honey awaits.


Located off the coast of Asia Minor, the island of Samos has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC. It has become one of the greatest centers of Ionian civilization, with a long history of maritime and mercantile strength. It’s also where the intellects of the world’s culture once resided, including Pythagoras, Epicurus, and Aristarchus. It’s the discovery spot of Hera’s temple, where Pythagoras, the physicist, once lived, and clay birds can be

viewed perched on the edges of rooftops, a nod to the island’s 100-plus migratory bird species.

Balkan oak barrels are the preferred aging vessels for wine on Samos. The preferred winemaking method is Liasto, when golden grapes are harvested, then laid one layer thick under the sun and moon on plastic nets used during the olive harvests. The grapes are pressed to a sticky toffee pudding final product with fig as the predominant flavor.

the ocean where divers do the work of winemakers, and the bottles retail for €80. //


A quick Aegean Air flight to Heraklion and a long drive to Elounda on Crete, the biggest island of Greece, leads to the luxurious Blue Palace, where Friday evening food festivals offer guests a cornucopia of traditional Cretan dishes, libations, and

A tasting at Vakakis Winery is hosted in a space where grapes were once stomped and its juice ran through a tunnel to the cellar. Ninety percent of its wines are made from organic Muscat grapes sourced from independent growers, with grapes grown above 600 meters from sea level, except for its Calypso label, with 620 bottles fermented in the sea. This wine has an aroma of the sea and offers a hint of salt on the palate, best paired with fresh, locally caught seafood. Due to the lack of infused light and oxygen, the wine ages nicely in these bottles under

cultural music performances. Cultural tastes include chickpea stew, stuffed grape leaves, snails, rack of lamb, and desserts of yogurt topped with cherries and grapes. Guests may opt to experience a private sunset caïque tasting with on-site Sommelier Leonidas (Leo) Sifakis. This is a memorable experience to taste a rose blend of Kotsifali and Syrah with an aroma of pomegranate and a palate of stone fruits— a tasty pairing with sheep cheese. // en-us/hotels/herlc-blue-palace-elounda-aluxury-collection-resort-crete/overview

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Grapes growing in Monemvasia. Liasto at Vakakis on the island of Samos


One of the most visited islands, Santorini, is sited in the Southern Cyclades islands of Greece where the Caldera, a cavernous body of water, was created by a volcanic

eruption in 1612 BC. As a result, mineral springs run under the sea in a noticeable cornflower blue. From the port, visitors can take a cable car or donkey ride to Fira, the capital of Santorini.

Santorini was the only Greek island unaffected by phylloxera; its viticulture is restricted to 30 indigenous varietals, 80 percent are Assyrtiko grapes that thrive high above the cliffs in the salt and smoky volcanic soil. In fact, Santorini wines put Greek wines at the forefront of the world wine stage, thanks to wineries that include

Bhutari, Gaia, and Estate Argyros, the latter elevated on the cliffs of Santorini in the driest spot within Europe, on the soil of volcanic rocks and ash so crumbly it doesn’t retain any water. The century-old vines at Argyros are trained in a basket weave method low to the ground. The leaves protect the grapes from the strong sunlight and retain the night mist carried over by the Meltemi winds. When the vines are pulled from the soil, they look like works of art. //

From its peaceful perch high on the hilltops of Vourvoulos in Santorini, Magma Resort offers jaw-dropping views from every angle on the property. A Michelinstarred chef creates its tasting menus, and the dishes are works of art— from sizzling scallops served on a lava rock connecting the island’s volcanic history to a smoked eel dish on a bed of whipped rice. A stop at The Lava Spa for a candle wax massage

keeps the lava theme momentum as it’s sited in a lava cave on the property.

Before departing Santorini, a visit to nearby Domaine Sigalas for a food and wine pairing experience on the vineyard property is a must. //


A four-hour ferry ride from Santorini to Paros is where Cosme, a Luxury Collection Resort in Paros, is located. The resort is

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The view from Cosme Resort in Paros. View from an abandoned cave in Therasia, an island close to Santorini The basket trained vine at Argyros Estate in Santorini.

on the beachside in the whitewashed village of Naoussa, considered the jewel of Paros. The entire property oozes sophistication and laid-back luxury.

Wine-tasting dinners at the beachside Parostià Restaurant are led by an on-property sommelier who perfects the balance between a kale and strawberry salad served with a deeper rosé. Moraitis Winery is a nearby stop with historical information shared on tour, such as learning Napoleon created the Old World wine designations. Here, the second pressed grapes are used to make the aperitif Siperol, which is much like Raki or Grappa. //


In Greek mythology, Heracles killed the Nemean Lion. In this ancient Peloponnese site, beginning in 573 BC, and every two years, Nemean games were played in the temple of Nemeos Zeus, where 40,000 spec-

Where to stay, sip, & dine in Athens

The Royal Olympic Hotel is the place to stay for the best view of the Acropolis while perched on the Roof Garden Bar and Restaurant. On the menu are cultural delights such as leg of lamb and local wines. The view from the restaurant is reason alone to stay here. //

today, so the grape is now used mainly in traditional winemaking for an excellent, dry white wine fermented in Acacia wood. A tasting of Kokotos Estate Savatiano offers an amazing balance and refreshing sip, best paired with sheep cheese.

tators watched the winners get crowned with a celery wreath.

The winemaking success here is attributed to the high altitude of the vineyards. One of the top ultra-luxurious wineries in Nemea is Seméli Estate, where its lodging, grounds, and wine-tasting experiences are on the same level of luxury as the Napa Valley. The winery is certified carbon-neutral and sustainable. //

A 40-minute drive from the Acropolis in Athens to Stamata is where Kokotos Estate awaits. This highelevation winery overlooks the foothills of Penteli, where the 490 BC Battle of Marathon, the first Persian invasion of Greece, took place. In 1971, co-proprietors Anne and George Kokotos began production with one drought-resistant and highly aromatic varietal, Savatiano. This white wine grape is commonly used to make Retsina, the ancient wine made in an amphora sealed with Aleppo pine resin. However, not many people choose to drink Retsina

One year after their first production, the Kokotos’s planted more grapes, including Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (with 10 percent Merlot) was selected on a list as one of 50 Great Greek Wines. //

In Athens, a stroll uphill along an upscale shopping arcade to Papadakis Restaurant is where the menu offerings of Chef Argiro Barbarigou will wow any palate. Her prepared and locally sourced Greek dishes are mostly seafood, so be ready to savor octopus, squid, grouper, and seabass. //

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In the barrel room at Semeli Estate in Nemea The wines at Kokotos Estate in Stamata, Athens.

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Exploring the Mystique of the Mocktail


the Valley: Mocktails .

Amocktail is essentially the same as its cousin, the cocktail, but without the alcohol. Non-alcoholic drinks may lack alcohol, but they can make up for it with a unique blend of flavors, colors, and aromas, and a skilled mixologist can create a mocktail that’s just as complex and delicious as its alcoholic counterpart. These artfully crafted drinks are becoming increasingly popular among those who sometimes want to enjoy a refreshing beverage without the boozy effects.

According to Nielsen, from August 2021 to 2022, sales of non-alcoholic beverages in the US increased by over 20 percent. Here are a few possible reasons why this drinks category is having a moment:


Health and diet-conscious folks know that alcohol packs calories and toxins the body is better off without. Mocktails provide an alternative to alcoholic drinks while being flavorful and enjoyable; some can even be healthy.


They’re perfect for those who are pregnant, designated drivers, or simply looking to cut back on their alcohol consumption for Dry January or just for the night. Mocktails are perfect when you want to take a break from drinking but not from your social life.


Not just for children anymore, a mocktail is legal for those under 21.


Mocktails offer a wider range of flavors and ingredients than traditional non-alcoholic drinks like soda or juice, making them more appealing to people who want to try something new and exciting.


Many recovered or recovering alcoholics turn to the mocktail in social situations.

Rebecca Fischer is a writer and editor with Bedrock Recovery Center, a Canton, Massachusetts drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. She espoused some reservations about alcohol addicts reaching for mocktails. The successful faux alcoholbased drink’s success in maintaining sobriety is determined person by person. Not everyone can hold a glass and not want the liquor that usually accompanies it.

“They can be triggering for some people. Many people benefit from avoiding all potential triggers, especially during the initial stages of recovery. This might include going to parties, seeing people they used to drink with, or drinking beverages that resemble beer, cocktails, or wine.“

“However, for some people, such as those who have established a period of sobriety, going to social events and having a mocktail may be a key part of the recovery process. For some people, the social aspects associated with drinking, e.g., relaxing with coworkers after a long week of work or celebrating a milestone with family members, can be enhanced healthily with a mocktail.”

And let’s face it—there’s something about having a colorful drink to toast an occasion, even for those who choose not to imbibe.

The word “mocktail” may be relatively new, but the idea has existed for a

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long time. It all started with the Shirley Temple, named for the precocious 1930s child star. For decades, it was the go-to drink while out for dinner with imbibing adults. The maraschino cherry was “the cherry on top” for making one feel grown-up and fancy. The iconic mocktail-before-there-was-the-mocktail is made with ginger ale, grenadine, and a maraschino cherry. The cheekily named Virgin Mary is a non-alcoholic version of the savory brunch cocktail made with vodka and tomato juice, celery, and olives. The Bloody Mary gets made virgin by leaving out the vodka, but the Virgin Mary is just as tasty.

Most cocktails transform magically into virgin cocktails/mocktails simply by removing the liquor and leaving the tasty parts. Most bars or restaurants will make a non-alcoholic cocktail based on their standard cocktail menu if one requests a virgin version, but some local spots have taken it up a notch and created specialty mocktails for their guests.

Brix Napa Valley’s Mocktails Menu lists Seedlip, a non-alcoholic spirits producer, as an ingredient in their mocktail blends. For example, the Spicy Pine-Rita is made with Seedlip’s “Garden 108,” a “fresh, herbal blend of peas & traditional garden herbs including rosemary, thyme & spearmint.” //

Napa’s favorite tiki bar, Wilfreds Lounge, is known for it’s whimsical, Polynesian-inspired cocktail menu, several

headliners of which are alcohol- free- such as the “Toucan Sham,” made with passionfruit, vanilla, pandan, coconut cream, lime and soda, or their spicy “Island Soda,” a combination of guava, grapefruit, Jamaican chili spice and soda. //

Sky & Vine, downtown Napa’s popular rooftop bar at the Archer Hotel, has a wide selection of cocktails and mocktails, a favorite being ‘Fool’s Gold’ a refreshing concoction made with seedlip spice 94, mango, cranberry juice and mint. //

Napa Valley Distillery’s downtown ArBARetum has several mocktails on the menu, including a bespoke option, which is a custom-made mocktail tailored to any guest. One of their top sellers is ‘The Fig Lebowski,’ a combination of fig-balsamic vinegar, white peach puree, lemon juice, and sparkling elderflower soda. //

The Grove at Copia offers “zero-proof mocktails,” like Mandarin Creme 8, made with garden mandarin syrup, lemon, vanilla, and club soda. K’s Serrano Shrub8 combines strawberry serrano shrub, lime, and club soda. // grove-restaurant/

Previously, non-alcoholic drinks made up for the lack of alcohol by layering on the sweet stuff. Today’s mocktails are not as sweet; they are a flavor fusion of juices, sodas, and infused waters. Some mocktails, like those with ingredients like vinegar-based shrubs, can be beneficial.

Fischer agreed that in addition to potentially assisting those avoiding alcohol, faux drinks could be healthy additions to the diet. “Alcohol use has been shown to inhibit the absorption of important nutrients, including B vitamins, zinc, and folic acid. Therefore, mocktails made with citrus fruits, which are high in folate, may be beneficial, and Pomegranates are high in zinc.”

When asked to share her favorite mocktails, Fischer suggested, “A vodkaless guava Moscow mule, with fresh basil for its antioxidant benefits. Then you get some lime juice, and ginger is also high in antioxidants. Fresh ingredients may be key, as they taste better and deliver more nutrients.”

Regardless of whether one does or doesn’t drink alcohol, it’s always nice when the host of a party, or a bar or restaurant, offers various drinks, including well-crafted, tempting non-alcoholic options like festive, tasty, and potentially ‘good-for-you’ mocktails.

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ChillOut with Napa’s Best Ice Cream

 BY CYNTHIA SWEENEY AND ZIA WESLEY Azzurro ice cream // Photo by Emma K Morris

Whether you like your ice cream served up in a waffle cone with sprinkles, caramel sauce, dark chocolate fudge, or all of the above, indulge yourself this summer with some of Napa Valley’s best chilly treats.


Located in the heart of downtown Napa, Anette’s is truly a place to indulge your sweet tooth. Anette, her brother Brent, and Mary Stornetta have spent nearly 30 years creating tantalizing hand-crafted artisan chocolates and house-made, smallbatch, seasonal ice cream and sorbets. Summertime specials include White Chocolate Cabernet Swirl (very fudgy tasting) and the Chocolate Smore, which has thin chocolate brittle mixed into the ice cream, along with double Dutch caramel and marshmallows. “When it breaks down, it gets like this gooey, chewy, crunchy dark chocolate,” Anette proclaimed. Seasonal sorbets come in flavors like mango, triple berry, and blood orange, and during the summer, Anette’s features their signature Coco Maui Vegan sorbet, made with coconut milk and scotch vodka. “It’s like a fudgsicle with bite,” Anette said. Top ice cream with Anette’s famous Hazelnut Brittle, crunchy mini marshmallow bits, caramel sauce, and dark mini chocolate chips for an over-the-top sundae. Or select one of her decadent sauces like Caramel Brandy, Dark Chocolate Merlot, or Italian Cherry Chocolate with Merlot. Nonalcoholic selections include Dark Belgian Chocolate Fudge and Salted Caramel. // 1321 1st St, Napa //


Located in downtown Napa, Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca owners Christina and Michael Gyetvan have created a

comfortable restaurant with the atmosphere of a traditional Italian pizzeria but with a modern touch. This vibrant Italian eatery is known for its thin-crust pizzas, pasta, and a wide variety of local wines. So come for the pizza, but be sure to save room for the rich and creamy Straus Family organic soft-serve ice cream for dessert.

Flavors include vanilla or salted caramel, topped with homemade chocolate or sea salt caramel sauce. (Suggestion: go crazy and order extra caramel sauce.) Their classic Affogato is a creamy soft serve drizzled with espresso. Then there is the rich and decadent soft serve on a Guittard Chocolate Brownie with chocolate and caramel sauce — order two because it’s not something one wants to share. // 1260 Main St, Napa //

Here’s the scoop. Just about everyone has a sweet tooth, and as the warm summer temperatures start to climb, it’s time for ice cream. When it comes to cool, sweet treats, Napa Valley cafés offer artisanal treats, including creamy, handmade, organic ice cream, decadent toppings, fresh fruit sorbets, and traditional Mexican Paletas (frozen fruit popsicles).
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Browns Valley Yogurt & Expresso Bar is a delicious and affordable place to find espresso, coffee, baked goods, breakfast burritos, and frozen yogurt. This little yogurt shop is a must as the frozen yogurt, as most agree, it is simply the best in Napa Valley.

Owners Cindy and Bill Stewart like to change flavors which are often seasonal, so there is something new to try on the next visit. For mint lovers, Irish Mint is worth the binge. The mint flavor is not overpowering, and the creaminess is reminiscent of the frosty cones from childhood past.

Order the large to prevent later regrets.   The staff is friendly and helpful, and the coffee is always fresh. The frozen yogurt flavors are excellent, and the shop has plenty of options for those looking for something different. // 3265 Browns Valley Rd., Napa // @BrownsValleyYogurtEspresso


Calistoga’s Mis Raices is a cozy place to stop for a cappuccino, freshly made

pastry, and high-quality, handmade ice cream. With small tables inside and out, this cozy bistro has the look and feel of a European café. The place is small but delivers big.

Formerly Café San Marco, new owners Jessica Olivares and her brother, Bryan, serve homemade desserts, organic coffee, and handmade ice cream from Sonoma, with no artificial flavors. Find refreshing choices like Black Cherry, Cappuccino, Almond, Rum Raisin, Strawberries and Cream, and mango sorbet. For those who can’t decide, they offer samples.

There is also a wide variety of Mexican Paletas (frozen fruit treats), donuts, croissants, and other goodies to tempt a sweet tooth. Patrons enjoy sitting outside at a bistro table or savoring their treats on nearby benches or parklets. Bonus: They are open late after most other shops have closed. // 1408 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga // @MisRaicesCafeandInceCream


Tucked away in a row of shops on Main Street in St. Helena, Caffe della Valle is a combination bar and café, similar to a café found in Italy, where provisions are offered all day. Traditionally breakfast may be a pastry with a cappuccino, a sandwich for lunch, espresso coffee throughout the day, and at the end of the day, an aperitivo or an after-dinner gelato.

The artisan Leo Leo Gelati is offered in flavors such as tiramisu vegetarian, mascarpone, cocoa, ladyfingers, and coffee. Order the satisfying affogato gelato topped with espresso and whipped cream for a special treat.

Inside the spacious café, one feels like they’ve stepped into Italy; mirrored walls, a small bar, and plentiful table seating. With the beautiful summer weather, linger at an outside table for some of the best peoplewatching in St. Helena. // 1142 Main St., St. Helena //


A long-time favorite with locals and visitors alike, Calistoga Creamery serves ice cream made in-house using organic cream and milk from Sonoma’s Strauss Family Creamery and sorbet made with fresh, local fruit. Daily there are 12 flavors from which to choose on a rotating basis, as well as thick custom milkshakes, root beer floats, and sundaes.

Located in the heart of downtown Calistoga, owner Michael Fradelizio is

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Azzurro Softserve // Photo by Emma K Morris

the maestro who creates the ice cream. He proudly proclaims there is no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, or flavors involved. He also makes his own vegan waffle cones, a recipe he created. “It’s all as natural as I know how to make it.” Fradelizio loves to get creative making new flavors, many based on customer request. The local Meyer lemon is always a big hit, and one the all-time favorite ice cream flavors is pistachio, made with “tons” of pistachios. Fradelizio also challenges anyone to beat the flavor of his cold-brewed coffee ice cream.

Starting around the first of July, the shop offers a special blackberry treat with fresh local blackberries, vanilla ice cream, and bits of waffle cone. If there’s a line outside, it’s worth the wait. High Fives: The shop employs high school students, giving them work experience and a little extra cash. // 1473c CA-29, Calistoga // @calistogacreamery


Famous for its chocolate-covered wine bottles, Vintage Sweet Shoppe in

downtown Napa is also known for some of the creamiest, premium ice cream around. This quaint, family-run shop is near the Napa Riverwalk in the Historic Napa River Inn. Owner Debbie Dever said she is a big fan of award-winning Double Rainbow Ice Cream, made in the Bay Area. “Just like us, they are a woman-owned company with an artisanal craft attitude.”

There are many flavors to choose from, and some of Dever’s favorites are Ultra Chocolate, Butter Pecan, Raspberry Sorbet, Coffee Blast, Vanilla Custard, Mango Tangerine Swirl, and White Pistachio. Add flavorful toppings like pineapple, strawberry, raspberry, caramel, chocolate, almonds, sprinkles, Butterfinger, Oreo, cappuccino, or mint chips. The shop also features waffle cones made in-house, from scratch. “We feel with a small business, everything needs to be about quality,” Dever said. Among the amazing milkshakes on the menu, try the espresso shake made with a shot of fresh-made espresso. Bonus: Vintage Sweet Shoppe is open until 10pm every day. // 530 Main St, Napa //

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Cooking with KAREN CROUSE

This refreshing parfait is as versatile as it is easy to make. When served in any glass vessel, it makes a beautiful presentation. Offer it for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Take it on the go in a hinged-lid mason jar for a picnic or as a gift from your kitchen. The Greek Yogurt is thick, creamy, and has a density that allows the lemon

curd to float on top. The custard-like consistency of the curd holds the blueberries in place, making it easy to travel with or assemble ahead of time. This parfait combines the best summer flavors, sweet and floral lemon curd, and tart, juicy blueberries atop a pillow of velvety tangy yogurt. I guarantee it will be a hit at your next summer gathering.






• 4 parfait or tall glasses or mason jars

• curved spatula


• 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt, cold

• 1 basket of blueberries, washed and dried

• 1 jar lemon curd, chilled

TIP: Make sure your ingredients are cold. This will keep them from running as you layer.


Using a spatula, scoop ¼ cup of the yogurt into a parfait glass or jar. Spread the lemon curd in a 1-inch layer on top of the yogurt. Next, sprinkle a handful of blueberries on top of the lemon curd. Voila!

I usually serve mine in a lidded mason jar, so one layer is just right. You may want to add multiple layers if you use a tall glass. Have fun with it. Refrigerate until serving.




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 BY LAURIE JO MILLER FARR Petaluma Pete // Photo courtesy of Visit Petaluma

Fifty years after George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola directed and produced American Graffiti in Petaluma, the picturesque town still triggers a wave of nostalgia inspired by the movie’s soundtrack of rock and roll originals. In fact, the city has some of the nation’s best examples of iron-front architecture, and the entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

of 50 degrees allow wine grapes to ripen late, reaching their full flavor potential. Seventy growers farming over 4,000 acres of vineyards in this distinctive microclimate are known for producing top-quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah.


In Downtown Petaluma, a mini-hub for wine tasting, about half of the one dozen tasting rooms welcome walk-in visitors, while the rest are open by appointment.

On the outdoor terrace at Petaluma Mill, Adobe Road Winery has been serving 90+ point wines on the terrace with A+ riverside views since its opening in March 2022 by race car driver Kevin Buckler. //


One of California’s earliest towns, Petaluma (incorporated 1858), is ideally situated beside a railway and a river about 30 miles north of San Francisco. When an enterprising inventor came through and perfected the chicken egg incubator here, the town’s early 20th-century agricultural reputation soared, sending celebratory chicken suitwearing Petalumans parading through the streets of the “Egg Basket of the World.” A century later, cornerstones are agriculture and small-town life, but Petaluma’s wine industry carries more caché than its poultry past.

And on the subject of the town’s unique appeal, it’s hard to beat the honkytonk piano-playing charm of one local, Petaluma Pete.


All-important characteristics are the cooling breezes and fog funneling through coastal mountains that contribute to Petaluma Gap’s designation as an American Viticultural Area in 2017. Comprising a sizable region stretching from Bodega Bay to San Pablo Bay, this AVA straddles northern Marin and southern Sonoma counties, where significant diurnal spreads

Book ahead at Brooks Note Winery and Tasting Room, a cozy space for distinctive Pinot Noirs from Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties paired with local cheeses. //

Reserve at Black Knight Vineyards Thursday through Sunday to sample the estate collection from the family-owned and -operated vineyard specializing in sparkling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. //

At La Dolce Vita Wine Lounge, a long list of rotating international wine selections are paired with cheeses, pizza, and bar food. Events like classic film nights and live music on the patio are much loved by locals. //

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On Thursday through Monday from noon to 5 p.m., drop into Sonoma Portworks in the old Foundry Wharf building for Sonoma County’s only port, sherry, and grappa tasting room specializing in after-dinner wines since 1994. Not to miss: Deco, a port with essences of natural dark chocolate, and Duet, a sherry with essences of natural hazelnut. //

For a different approach, in its small and cozy downtown lounge, FloraLuna Apothecary serves non-alcoholic cocktails with homemade syrups and bitters. //

Northern California’s first hard kombucha brewery and tasting room, called Hoocha, serves refreshing raw, vegan, and naturally gluten-free drinks at 5% - 7% alcohol. //

Open for appointments on Thursday through Saturday, Keller Estate pours their own Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Pinot Gris at the vineyard tasting

room located 8 miles from downtown. //

Alternatively, dip into olive oil tasting 7 miles away at McEvoy Ranch, a familyowned working farm, one of the nation’s largest producers of estate-grown Tuscanstyle oil. //


Keeping up with Petaluma’s vibrant food scene is a challenge that embraces both American classics and international flavors. For burgers, fries, and beer, Lagunitas Brewing Co. is an all-American, dog-loving taproom featuring the label that’s synonymous with Petaluma, crafting hop-forward beers in Northern California for 30 years. //

Some say that great Italian restaurants contribute to an all-American streetscape. Cucina Paradiso is a small trattoria with

both indoor and outdoor all-day dining. //

Della Fattoria Downtown Cafe is another top Italian pick with an emphasis on homemade baked goods and weekend brunch. //

Meatballs and mashed potatoes are never better than at Stockhome, a Swedish familyowned eatery recognized as a Michelin Bib Gourmand standout, with counter service for indoor and patio dining as well as a retail shop. //

With a spin on Sicily and New Orleans, Chef Tony Najiola brought the slow food

Della Fattoria // Photo by M. Woolsey courtesy of Sonoma County Hotel Petaluma // Photo courtesy of Visit Petaluma Lagunitas // Photo courtesy of Visit Petaluma

concept at Central Market to Petaluma 20 years ago, and it’s been a favorite ever since. //

Reserve ahead for a table at the tiny Street Social restaurant where Chef Jevon Martin and his wife Marjorie Pier continue to earn recognition as a top 25 Bay Area restaurant by San Francisco Chronicle. //

Order a hearty home-cooked meal in a friendly ‘50s diner at Sax’s Joint; remember to ask about daily specials such as mango habañero, crispy chicken sandwich on garlic grilled sourdough bread, jambalaya eggs Benedict, or “The Joint,” the largest biggest pancake found in the Bay Area, the size of an extra-large pizza. //

One of the newest places in town, Luma Bar & Eatery is a plant-forward California cuisine showcase with a cocktail lounge and alcohol-free options located on the riverfront. //

Blurring the line between comfort food and haute cuisine, Table Culture Provisions chef/owners Stéphane Saint Louis (formerly of Della Fattoria and The Shuckery) and Steven Vargas provide an intimate dining experience. //


One of the nation’s 3,600 recognized “Tree City USA” urban environments, the city is creating Petaluma River Park on 24 acres of rare, wild waterfront property on the McNear Peninsula near downtown. Petaluma River and its tributaries are a significant natural feature that offer excellent recreational opportunities alongside the city’s 200-plus acres of creek and riverfront recreation areas, many of which feature trails. The Floathouse is Petaluma’s new answer to people-powered watercraft, including pedal and paddle kayaks, pedal and paddle SUPs, hydro-bikes, Schiller water bikes, canoes, and rowboats. //

Shollenberger Park is ideal for bird watching and hiking a two-mile flat, circular trail; Helen Putnam Regional Park is a large, 256-acre natural open space located just beyond the city limits.


To soak up the vibes of historic Downtown Petaluma, stay at the century-old Hotel Petaluma. Barber Cellars has tastings in the courtyard featuring pours of Sonoma

Valley single vineyard wines, while The Shuckery serves oysters, fish, and seafood. //

Near downtown, Metro Hotel & Cafe is a boutique property of 15 rooms with an onsite Peruvian restaurant. The property evokes a European-inspired atmosphere in a 140-year-old building where guests enjoy complimentary morning crêpes and coffee, free parking, and free Wi-Fi. //

The newest hotel is Home2 Suites by Hilton, with in-room kitchens and an outdoor pool. Ten minutes from downtown, the property has free parking, Wi-Fi, and hot breakfasts. // oakptht-home2-suites-petaluma

Lastly, Chef Charlie Palmer’s hospitality group has announced plans to develop a culinary-focused 93-room hotel with a 190-seat restaurant and rooftop bar in Downtown Petaluma.

Find more information and a calendar of events at Drop in to the Petaluma Visitors Center, open daily at the historic train depot at 210 Lakeville Street.



A charming blend of old and new, historic and hipster, Petaluma offers discoveries around every corner. Delight in downtown boutique and antique shopping, riverside dining, and live entertainment. The fun is just a short walk away and it’s been that way for 150 years.

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In good times and bad, one often looks to their family for support and advice. However, a relative may not be the best fit when it comes to managing wealth. Napa Valley’s 5T Wealth (5T) may be the better option. For over 25 years, they have assembled a team of financial experts to serve their clients as if they are family members.

Paul and Meghan Krsek founded 5T in 1998. Paul had built a successful investment practice but felt constrained at a large financial firm. He wanted to offer clients more services and investment options. Luckily, Meghan was an accountant, and the two established a company built around the essential services they felt their clients desperately needed. Both remain in their founding roles, Paul as CEO and Meghan as CFO.

Clearly, 5T is doing it right, as many clients who joined on the first day have stayed. Paul believes it is because clients feel appreciated, respected, and protected. New clients sense the individualized attention immediately, often coming to 5T after being overlooked or underserved by a previous advisor. 5T believes mutual trust and respect between an advisor and client is vital, especially when markets are in turmoil.

Paul is even more proud of how the firm has grown and evolved over the past 25 years while still focusing on its core pillars of success, the 5Ts: Time, Temperament, Technology, Talent, and Team. “Team is the most important of the T’s. Today, by far and away, we have the best team

ever at 5T,” Paul said. In addition to Meghan’s role as CFO, she leads the Family Office team, which provides a unique set of services for four prominent Napa families. Meghan said of her stellar team members, “Hien Scozzafava and Marissa Nuqui know where every penny of our client’s wealth is held.”

Paul expanded the investment team with two key members. Jessica Jordan, Client Services Director, has been with 5T for eight years and has become a cornerstone for the company, according to Paul. Chris Roth, the most recent hire, joined the company five years ago and is considered the most important addition. Paul believes Chris is one of the very best financial advisors he’s met, and he’s thrilled for him to represent the next generation of 5T. That said, Paul has no plans to go anywhere soon. For Paul, his job is also his passion. “Top Gun Maverick had a scene where Maverick says, ‘I’m a fighter pilot, a Naval aviator, it’s not what I am, it’s WHO I am.’ That’s how I feel about managing wealth.  It’s who I am!” said Krsek.

When looking for a new financial advisor, Paul suggests choosing one with a deep passion for the work, which is dedicated to client interests at all times, is not afraid to adjust when market conditions change, and is endlessly committed to finding the right solutions for every client.

And that’s exactly what 5T Wealth, LLC clients find.

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Clearly,  5T is doing it right, as many clients who joined on the first day have stayed. Paul believes it is because clients  feel appreciated, respected, and protected.

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Our mission is simple: to be the trusted primary advisor and wealth manager for individuals and families who are seeking long term financial security and wish to use their personal and financial resources to make their lives more meaningful and productive for themselves, their families and their community.

Above all else, we work as your team to create an integrated financial plan. Contact us today to learn more.

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Napa Valley is a popular destination among wine and food lovers, wellness seekers, and tourists alike, but it's also an excellent location for real estate investment. As Andrew Carnegie famously said, "90% of all millionaires become so through owning real estate," This statement, made over a century ago, still rings true today. Many of the most accomplished entrepreneurs today have amassed their wealth through real estate, and investing here in Napa Valley can provide some significant benefits.


Investing in rental properties generates passive income through rental income. As Napa Valley is a haven for Californians and worldwide travelers alike, the rents here come at a premium. That rental income can provide a steady stream of cash flow.


Real estate investors in Napa can benefit from a range of tax advantages, including the ability to depreciate the cost of the property over time, leading to significant tax savings. Investors can also deduct a

range of expenses related to their properties, such as mortgage interest, property taxes, insurance, and repairs, saving money come tax time.


Investors can leverage their investments by borrowing money to purchase more properties. This allows them to control a large asset with a relatively small down payment, leading to greater returns.


Napa Valley is a highly desirable location that has seen significant appreciation in property values over time. As a result, sellers can earn substantial profits by offering their properties at a high price when they're ready to sell. This is especially true with the help of a trusted real estate advisor that can provide thoughtful guidance through shifting trends and markets.


Unlike stocks or other investments, real estate is a tangible asset that offers a sense of security to investors while also making a valuable addition to a diversified portfolio.


Not interested in being a landlord? Investors who don't want to manage properties can opt for a real estate investing syndication. In a syndication, multiple investors pool their money together to purchase properties, and a professional management team handles the day-to-day responsibilities. This saves them time while still reaping the benefits of owning real estate.

Napa Valley is a prime destination for real estate investment with its stunning scenery, phenomenal wine, and thriving tourist industry. If you're intrigued by this opportunity, don't hesitate to take the next step. Whether you want to get started in real estate investing or are ready to maximize your portfolio, reach out to me anytime, and I will walk you through the various ways you can create wealth through real estate. By making informed decisions and taking action, you can position yourself to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities available in Napa Valley. So why wait? Begin your journey in real estate investment today!

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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IVAN McLEAN Giant Spheres in Nature

Sculptor Ivan McLean never thought he would become an accomplished artist. Surprising for a kid with a Swedish photographer mother and a Danish adventurer/contractor dad, but as a child, he did not think he had the skill. “I was so intimidated,” he shared, “And I couldn’t draw, so I just stayed away.”

His father filled his free time building “onion domes,” the rounded turret-like domes seen in Russian architecture. “He had no limits or boundaries; if he liked something and wanted to do it, he learned how and did it.”

Ivan employs this trait in his own work. Once he has an idea, he tinkers with miniature wooden models of his vision,

sometimes for weeks or months. Then, once he’s worked out what he wants to create, he begins to build, figuring out how to do it as he goes along.

That’s how he ended up as a sculptor of abstract art. His prior experience as a rancher gave him the skills and confidence to be comfortable with tools and build things without a plan.

One of his most iconic creations is a giant outdoor sphere of intricately crisscrossing metal welded together and powder coated to withstand the elements. He’s made them in a multitude of colors, metal patterns, and sizes. His largest version is 20 feet tall and took 7,000 feet of one-halfinch round steel rod to build. His spheres

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grace homes, businesses, and gardens throughout the US and beyond, including one lucky sphere overlooking the Italian Mediterranean.

Perusing his Instagram feed (@ ivanmcleanart), it seems that spheres magically pop up in various landscapes—mountains, plains, gardens, pools—standing out yet strangely fitting in. “Everyone is attracted to spheres in nature,” he explained. An image of Ivan working atop the twentyfoot sphere makes his art seem more than impressive; it looks dangerous.

“This is very physical work. I work outdoors because I need the airflow when welding, and moving the sculptures and metal takes a lot of strength. I’ve got maybe ten more years to do this,” said the sixty-year-old.

He’s best known for his spheres, but he’s also created a series of rounded stone sculptures that he has named “Re Invention,” and his 14-foot tall, 3000pound fire-breathing dragon, Trogdor, is so complex that it’s stupefying to think of the talent and time it took to create it. It now resides in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, along with a 10-foot disco ball sphere he created. “You never know where pieces will end up,” he said.

McLean was the featured artist for Yountville’s 2023 Art Sip & Stroll, and many of his miniature models (he calls them “maquettes”) are displayed at his “Outside In” exhibit, currently on display at the Steve Rogers Gallery at the Yountville Community Center until August 4, 2023.

About the Yountville gallery, he raved, “They have fantastic, amazing people. It’s incredible what volunteers do.” And he credits his success to the support of his wife and three daughters. But it’s clear his life role models, his parents, set him on a steady path and helped guide him by example. “I was very lucky I had parents who said, ‘Do whatever makes you happy.’”


SUMMER 2023 99 Collabria Care is now part of Providence 707-254-4157 Community Health Foundation Napa Valley Adult Day Health | Palliative Care | Hospice “The partnership with Providence will really help us expand our resources and bring a more national focus to Napa Valley. We're going to have more ways to reach the community and grow our services, improving the quality of the end-of-life experience throughout the community.” —Alison Martin, SVP Commerical Banking Client Relationship
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“I was very lucky I had parents who said, ‘Do whatever makes you happy.””
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Decide Where You Want to Live

Thinking about downsizing to a condo or relocating to a retirement community? Maybe the idea of living on a houseboat appeals to you. Or you may prefer to remain comfortably ensconced in the family home. Among all the decisions you will make as you approach retirement, perhaps the most important is where to live.

For many people, their home is their largest single investment, so the decision of whether to keep it or sell it opens up many financial questions. “Because there are so many

financial, health and lifestyle considerations, it is wise to plan ahead,” says Cynthia Hutchins, director of financial gerontology for Bank of America. And be prepared to revisit your decision. “What is perfect for you in the early years of retirement may not be the right choice for you as you age,” says Hutchins. The insights below can help you sort through the most popular options.

Staying put? Think about age-proofing your home. Remaining in their current home is the top choice of most

people approaching retirement, says Hutchins. It could be your plan for just the next few years — or indefinitely. “To age in place successfully, you have to assess not just your home, but also your community,” Hutchins says. “Safety should be a primary consideration.”

It is a good idea to consult a geriatric care manager to help determine what renovations — wider hallways, accessible bathrooms — might be required. Also ask yourself: Is there good public transportation? Are there reliable car services? What local resources

are available so I can stay socially connected and physically active? “Social isolation and loneliness are among the fastest accelerators of cognitive decline,” notes Hutchins. All of these factors have a financial dimension. For example, unless you have family nearby who will pitch in, you may need to budget for more help around the house later in life.

“If you are planning to stay in your current home and still have a mortgage, consider whether it makes sense to pay it off,” says Ben Storey, director, Retirement Research and

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It is more than a lifestyle choice — the decision should be a key part of your retirement planning. Here is what to consider, according to Bank of America.

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“You will lower your monthly expenses — but you will also lose your mortgage interest tax deduction.” A financial advisor and tax professional can help you weigh your options.

Upsizing, downsizing or relocating?

Consider the costs. Many retirees opt to move closer to family — or to a warmer climate. Others move from a country home to a city condo, or vice versa. No matter your choice, the same general issues — safety, social networks, available healthcare, transportation — require your attention.

Downsizing to a smaller house could make sense if you are looking for a simpler lifestyle. You might be able to use the proceeds from selling your home to pay for a new one. Still, sinking most of your cash into a new home could limit your ability to cover unexpected expenses.

Buying a larger place, Hutchins notes, could allow you to share a home with your adult children, perhaps helping them out financially now and calling on their support later. A larger home might also be the right choice if you’re interested in a “co-housing” arrangement, in which a group of friends share a home. Another popular option is an age 55-plus community, which may offer amenities geared toward active, healthy lifestyles while also relieving you of the need to maintain your home and yard.

“Whether you are upsizing or downsizing, be sure to

consider taxes and the cost of living in the new area,” Storey says. “Costs of goods and services can vary dramatically.”

Looking ahead to long-term care needs?

Start planning now.

One option is a continuing care retirement community, where you can live independently, then progress to assisted living and finally to 24-hour skilled nursing care, if necessary. There is a significant buy-in cost and depending on the facility and the contract you sign, you may be covered for everything you need, or you could be charged for increasing levels of care.

Selling your current home could help finance such a move, says Storey, but he cautions against overestimating how much your home’s sale might bring. “If you expect a dramatic appreciation and the house sells for less, that can really change the outcome of your plan,” he says.

If you decide to purchase long-term care insurance to help cover your needs as you age, think about getting a policy in your 50s, when premiums will be lower and you are less likely to have disqualifying preexisting health conditions, says Storey.

With so many housing options to consider, the decision often seems overwhelming, notes Hutchins, but it can be a positive, liberating experience, too. “Look at what you have always wanted to do, and then put the pieces in place to make that happen,” she says.

SUMMER 2023 101 Contact Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Eric F. Gonzales in the Napa, CA office at 707-254-4606 or
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SOLBAR RESTAURANT Solbar divides its menu into light, delicate flavors to stimulate your palate and bold, savory dishes, all with ingredients that showcase the best of what’s fresh and seasonal in the Napa Valley. Enjoy outdoor dining on the sunlit Solbar patio, or the new Picobar, for dining al fresco or relaxing by the firepits overlooking the landmark pool.



FIRST & FRANKLIN Downtown Napa’s newest Marketplace and Deli features the best of the Napa Valley. The Marketplace offers a full-service deli and a specialty Grocery Store selling local wine and craft beer. The store is filled with grab-and-go or made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and picnic side salads for you to take home or enjoy on either of their two patios.


HERITAGE EATS Heritage Eats offers a fast-casual, globally-inspired menu that thinks and acts locally. The popular restaurant serves up tacos, wraps, baos, rice and salad bowls made-to-order with choice of protein, toppings and sauces with unique flavor profiles from all over the world. The Dirty Fries, Papa K’s Burger and Haven Wings are local favorites.


OSHA THAI Led by renowned Chef Lalita Souksamlane, the menu highlights her award-winning flavors and showcases dishes never before tasted at her other restaurants. Sourced with ingredients grown in her own personal garden and partnering with local vendors, Osha Thai provides an authentic farm-totable experience with quintessential wine country flair.


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.



PIZZERIA TRA VIGNE For the past 25 years, Pizzeria Tra Vigne reigns one of St. Helena's local treasures. Guests of all ages enjoy the pasta, pizza, or a fresh daily special to go at this vibrant, family restaurant. Their pizzas are a crowd favorite to eat in or carry out. There's plenty of seating outdoors on the beautiful patio, complete with a bocce court, or inside with family and friends.


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C CASA Reimagined Mexican cuisine with a modern and fine casual approach to tacos, salads, quesadillas and rotisserie meats. Housemade white corn tortillas are from USA grown, non-GMO, organic corn. Enjoy margaritas, craft cocktails and tequila flights, and patio dining.

Vegetarian/Vegan offerings, 100% Gluten Free and ROCKIN' DELICIOUS!

OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET // 610 1ST ST., NAPA // 707-226-7700 // MYCCASA.COM

FILIPPI’S PIZZA GROTTO For over 15 years, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto has been one of Napa Valley’s favorite Italian restaurants among locals and visitors alike. Best known for its extensive pizza menu, their dinner entrées include traditional Italian favorites such as Veal Scaloppini, Eggplant Parmigiana and Linguini with Clam Sauce. Soups, sandwiches and gluten-free options are also on the menu.


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.

1000 MAIN ST, NAPA // 707-492-3399 // WWW.NAPAPALISADES.COM

GRILLE 29 Nestled in Embassy Suites Napa Valley, Grille 29 offers a casual, friendly space ideal for a business lunch, after work drinks or dinner with the family. The tall rustic ceiling with chandeliers, sofa seating and beautiful oak bar add an old-world charm to the intimate dining room and lounge. Enjoy delightful entrees using fresh products and herbs grown from its very own garden!

1075 CALIFORNIA BLVD., NAPA // 707-320-9520

THE GRILL AT SILVERADO A one-of-a-kind Napa Valley restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and bar appetizers, The Grill at Silverado features Wine Country Cuisine, emphasizing fresh and sustainable products. Just minutes from downtown Napa, the Grill overlooks one of the most beautiful golf courses on earth and offers a respite from the daily routine for everyone who visits.


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.

1124 FIRST ST, NAPA // 707- 492-8079 // WWW.NAPANOODLES.COM

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• Near downtown Napa

• Stunning 21+ acre estate with 14.5 acres planted; custom

3,400+ sq ft home

• 30,000-gallon permit/ culinary permit

• Over $2M in DTC sales in 2022

• 3 Parcels / 42.29 +/Total Acres

• 24 +/- Total Planted Acres in Cabernet Sauvignon

• 100,000-gallon Napa Valley AVA permit

• Grandfathered “rare” commercial permit

• Turnkey production facility/tasting room/caves

Rare, valley floor, 16+ acre private estate

• 12 acres of income producing Sauvignon Blanc vineyard planted

• Nearly 6000 sq ft home with solar panels

• 14 acre valley floor estate with 12 acres planted in Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay

• Majestic 10,000+ sq ft gated estate

• Well managed vineyard, grapes sold to prestigious wineries



6015 Steele Canyon Road

• 40+ acre property with 30 planted acres

• Highly profitable B2B wine business selling over 25,000 cases/year

• 36,000-gallon, turnkey, fully permitted winery

Over $96M in Napa RE sales transactions in 2022. “Early in my career, MBA in hand, I sold my first business plan. Selling ideas is tough, and bringing those skills to selling beautiful assets in Napa Valley is fun! While enjoyable, we treat every property we promote or help acquire as a serious investment. Understanding what it means to be transparent and act as a fiduciary are the cornerstones of the real estate experience I strive to provide to my clients.” –Damian



1079 Hedgeside Avenue

• 30,000 Napa AVA fully vested permit, at entry level price

• 13-acre property, 9 acres of cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot

• 2 acres of Tuscan olives

• Highly sought after grapes sold to prestigious winery

• Coveted Darms Lane location

• Appx 1/2 acre, charming 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home

• Extensive Vineyard View Potential

MIRAMONT VINEYARD & WINERY 24837 E Milton Road, Linden $1,349,000 1055 DARMS LANE
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Seven Stones Winery 199 Zinfandel Lane 1984 Summit Lake Drive 50 Hunter Ranch Road June Mountain Vineyard 1084

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