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ENJOY A WINE COUNTRY EXPERIENCE IN THE VALLEY THAT KNOWS WINE As Napa Valley's premier wine and wellness destination, Vista Collina Resort is a romantic getaway tucked in the sunny hills of Wine Country. No detail is too small, with world-class hospitality and amenities at every turn. Enjoy an effortless getaway with wine-filled glasses, star-filled nights, al fresco dining and outdoor adventures at Vista Collina Resort.

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Made for more pitter-patter

Open, Safe and Ready for you. You were made for more. More long walks. More heart-tohearts. More embraces. And that starts with a healthy heart. So we proudly feature a team of experts at the Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute that offers the widest range of care, from prevention through diagnosis to rehabilitation. If someone you love experiences a severe heart attack, our regional STEMIreceiving center helps with sophisticated diagnostic technology and the latest breakthroughs in cardiovascular disease, including minimally invasive techniques. And that’s important. After all, when your heart is healthy, you’re always ready for more.

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Contents

F E AT U R E S 2 0 2 0 W I N T E R / / T H E I N T R I G U I N G I S S U E

Story 34 Cover OLE Health: Providing Essential Services for Those in Need

Annual 38 19th Intriguing Issue

Napa Residents Worth Getting to Know

Valley's Varietals 58 Napa Merlot's Noble Renaissance

Viticultural 68 American Area (AVA) Series Wild Horse Valley

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NVL contents NV Scene • 13

What's Been Happening Around Town

Things To Do

20 Calendar of Events

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22 Inside Track: What the Locals are Doing 24 Explore Napa Wine Country by ATV 28 The Grape Escape

What’s Hot • 30 Special Features

72 Napa Valley's Best Burgers 82 Take a Side Trip to Santa Barbara

Wine Scene

56 Fantesca Estate Winery 65 CAMi Vineyards 67 Hertelendy Vineyards Wine & Winery Spotlights 62 Hyde Vineyard Estate Winery

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64 Farella Vineyard 66 Jarvis Estate Winery

Food Scene

77 Napa Palisades Saloon & Beer Company 78 Southside Café 79 Heritage Eats 80 Ace & Vine

People & Art

86 Featured Artist: April Martin Designs

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88 Warm FloorsTM and Cool CeilingsTM

Money & Wealth

90 Merrill Lynch: Seven Things Every Alzheimers Caregiver Should Know

Health & Wellness 92 Zuniga Optical

Dining Guide • 94

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A New Home for the Holidays

Holidays are the time when we enjoy our homes the most, getting cozy by the fireplace or baking your favorite cookies in your chef ’s kitchen. Spending more time at home lately has helped us realize the importance of what we really want and need to be more comfortable. Whether its adding an extra bedroom or even downsizing for less maintenance, Jennifer and her team at Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty can help you get that home that f i t s y o u r c h a n g i n g n e e d s . L e t u s h e l p y o u m o v e i n t o t h e n e x t e x c i t i n g s t a g e o f y o u r N a p a Va l l e y L i f e . Jennifer Klingbeil | UpValley Specialist | Lic.# 02067543 | NapaLifeProperties.com | m 707.492.0435

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hen we reflect upon 2020, the term "unprecedented" comes to mind. The year began with a global pandemic, followed by devastating fires that disrupted businesses, caused losses of jobs and healthcare, inevitably challenging the community's health, safety, and longevity. However, during these chaotic times, silver linings emerged, many laying the foundation for positive change as we look to the future. In our 19th Annual Most Intriguing Issue, we recognize some remarkable people who have made a positive impact during these times of uncertainty or who have influenced how we work, live, or play in 2020. Starting on page 38 we invite you to discover some of Napa's most intriguing residents and why they make our community such an amazing place to live. One of Napa Valley's most iridescent silver linings is revealed in our cover story, featuring OLE Health. CEO Alicia Hardy and the OLE Health team are dedicated to support some of the most vulnerable in the Napa community and to help them cope with the instability and stress associated with some of life's challenges. For many, the repercussions from the calamities of 2020 were exceptionally impactful. This dynamic organization's efforts and all the devoted individuals at OLE Health who serve the people of Napa Valley are a driving force without whom many would not survive. In this issue, we continue our American Viticultural Area (AVA) series featuring Wild Horse Valley, an intriguing story by its very nature. Comprised of just 3,300 acres, it is Napa Valley's tiniest sub-appellation. Its acreage straddles Napa and Solano counties, and it is home to several vineyards and one distinctive winery, Olivia Brion. This flourishing area has become best known for producing prized Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Don't miss our varietal series, which features Merlot, the misbegotten variety which is making a comeback and developing a prestigious reputation as one of Napa Valley’s most coveted wines. For the bon vivant, discover where to find some of the best burgers in Napa or take an overnight adventure to Santa Barbara and explore some great places to eat, drink, and stay. While 2020 presented its challenges, we found our silver linings among the support we receive from the local community, our fantastic contributors and our many devoted followers. With great appreciation, we raise a glass to wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a safe, happy, and much anticipated new year.

Cheers!

Laura Larson Editor

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Love Love in the Time of COVID

At Queen of the Valley, we have always been blessed by the generosity of our community. And knowing that, we were still not prepared for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support you have showered on us during this pandemic.

in the Time of COVID To support our Caregivers in need, text the keyword “thequeen” to 24365.

Love, in its simplest form, is belonging to one another, to be part of a whole, to recognize we are all one family. You’ve done that for us. Your love has been visible in our day-to-day lives. From early morning coffee deliveries, lunches and dinners to chocolates, candies, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and greeting cards, you have encircled us with love. As we continue to move toward wholeness, we want to sincerely thank you. Being part of a community that bands together in time of need is a beautiful thing to witness. When we look back, it won’t be the fatigue or the long days we remember. What we will remember, is that as we were steadfastly caring for you, you were lovingly caring for us.

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NV Scene

The Napa Valley scene and what's been happening around town. ONE MIND RAISES OVER $3 MILLION AT ITS 26TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR BRAIN HEALTH Amid the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading mental health and brain research non-profit, One Mind, raised over $3 million at its 26th Annual Music Festival for Brain Health on Saturday, September 12, 2020. In addition, the One Mind Board of Directors announced that direct and leveraged funds added $30 million in 2020, bringing the 26-year cumulative total to nearly half a billion dollars since 1995. Typically held over multiple days at the Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa Valley, the all-day festival went virtual due to the pandemic. The day started with a scientific symposium with leading mental health researchers and through an innovative partnership model with Landry’s restaurant group, was followed by a virtual Wine & Jazz ‘Supper Club’ experience. Guests from around the country tuned in via private viewing rooms at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Mastro’s Steakhouse and Morton’s The Steakhouse or at home with a steakhouse take-out dinner kit accompanied by a bottle of Staglin or other supporting vintner’s wine. The crescendo of the evening was an exclusive, private streamed jazz concert performance by ten-time GRAMMY® winner Arturo Sandoval and an ensemble band which was enjoyed by all Supper Club attendees and those who opted for the musical performance a la carte. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.onemind.org Take Out Steak House dinner kit Photo courtesy of One Mind Music Festival for Brain Health

Staglin wine and food pairing menu Photo courtesy of Staglin Vineyards

Arturo Sandevol Photo courtesy of One Mind Music Festival for Brain Health

Donor Karla Freide of NVoicePay hosting remote event from Mortons Steakhouse in Portland

Garen, Shari and Brandon Staglin at the streaming event at Staglin Family Vineyards

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NV scene ONEHOPE ANNUAL HARVEST PARTY

ONEHOPE Wine's mission is to share wine and give hope, with the purpose to nourish the future. They do this by giving back to organizations that provide access to nutritious food, clean water, health care, and education services. At its annual Harvest Party, streamed virtually in September from the recently opened flagship winery in Rutherford in the Napa Valley, more than $22,000 was raised for the OLE Health Foundation. At this event, ONEHOPE surpassed $100,000 in donations to date to support Napa farmworkers and the local community through the OLE Health Foundation. The event included a barrel tasting with winemaker Mari Wells Coyle and delicious pairings from the ONEHOPE Kitchen. Pictured participating from home are OLE Health CEO Alicia Hardy and the adorable children of the OLE Health Foundation's Jennifer Abram.

ONEHOPE Founders // Photo by Taylor Hotter

ONE HOPE Winemaker Mari Wells Coyle and CEO Jake Kloberdanz // Photo by Taylor Hotter

OLE Health CEO, Alicia Hardy

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Virtual Stream Copia Kitchens of the event The stage is set at the CIA at Copia, in downtown Napa

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CELEBRATING OUR HISTORY. CONTINUING THE LEGACY.

For 50 years, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has showcased Napa Valley’s amazing wines to the world. We carry our history forward with true passion and dedication to express the distinct character of our historic estate vineyards. We invite you to explore our collection of acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignons at StagsLeap50th.com and continue the legacy with us.

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NV scene 2020 SAFEWAY OPEN # PHOTOS BY BOB McCLENAHAN

September 10-13- The fifth annual Safeway Open, sponsored by Chevron, took place at Napa Valley’s Silverado Resort and Spa. The four-day event kicked off under an eerie orange overcast resulting from area fires. Veteran golfer Stewart Cink took the title and prize of $1.88M with a seven under par score of 65, two shots ahead of Harry Higgs, who came in second. World Golf Hall of Famer, Phil Mickelson wrapped up at 70, 10-under par after a final-round. Due to coronavirus safety guidelines, this year’s event was closed to the public, but golf fans could follow the tournament on Golf Channel TV on nbcsports.com/live or by tuning in to PGA Tour Live. Cink joins a coveted Safeway Open winner’s circle that includes Kevin Tway and Cameron Champ of Sacramento, and Brendan Steele, a two-time champion. This was the fifth year of the tournament, a $6.6 million event, and the seventh straight year of the PGA Tour at Silverado, which has a long and rich history in professional golf. For more information, visit safewayopen.com. Phil Mickelson

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Phil Mickelson launches off the first tee

Harry Higgs

Stewart Cink with caddie, Kip Henley

Playing in the orange overcast from area fires

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(L-R) Alan Chinberg, Susan Fonseca, Michael Drinker and Collabria Care Board Member Kathi Metro along with their Japanese Chin, Duke.

Host Leslie Frank with Rich Frank

COLLABRIA CARE ANNUAL GALA GOES VIRTUAL

Up against mighty challenges to create an entirely new event experience in a short period of time due to the coronavirus pandemic and an early fire season, Collabria Care hosted its annual gala and auction virtually with a series of online events. The “Bubbling Over” auctions and festivities began on September 4 and ran through September 14, offering donors and guests the opportunity to bid on unique dinner experiences, rare wines, and special offers which raised $315K for the nonprofit organization’s community-based programs- palliative care, hospice services, serious illness, and Alzheimer’s services. The event was hosted by Emmy Award winners Leslie Frank and John Curly and included a musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Colbie Caillat and a special tribute to pioneering woman winemaker, Eileen Crane, Founding Winemaker of Domaine Carneros. For more information visit collabriacare.org.

Gala Chair, Lynne Hobaugh, selling raffle tickets for dinner for two at French Laundry

Colbie Caillat Photo courtesy of Collabria Care

Gala Honorary Chair Eileen Crane enjoying the evening with friend, Mary Rocca

Gala Chair, Lynne Hobaugh with Bistro Don Giovanni Chef-Partner, Scott Warner

Collabria Care Executive Director, Celine Regalia presenting during the Bubbling Over Pre-show

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NV Calendar The Napa Valley scene of upcoming parties, concerts, celebrations and events Event dates subject to change. Please check event websites for current schedules.

Photo courtesy of Holidays in Yountville

Silverado Resort Best of the Valley Wine Tasting

December 5- January 2

TASTE THE BEST OF NAPA VALLEY SILVERADO RESORT

Taste the best wines of Napa Valley, every Friday and Saturday while overlooking the 18th Hole of the South Course at Silverado Resort and Spa. Each party will have their own wine barrel for their tasting table and will taste a Sparkling wine, a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Merlot, and a Cabernet. Wines will be paired with small bites prepared by Silverado Grill’s Chef Rodrigo. 5-6:30pm $79 plus tax per person // Maximum of two per party. To reserve: dining@SilveradoResort.com 707-257-5400 // 1600 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa December 5- February 7

CALISTOGA’S 11TH ANNUAL WINTER IN THE WINERIES PASSPORT PROGRAM

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are featured in Calistoga’s annual Winter in the Wineries Passport program offering participants an excellent opportunity to discover these magnificent growing areas. For $60 per person, the pass includes complimentary wine tastings at participating wineries, complimentary corkage at participating restaurants and discounts at Calistoga lodging, spas and shops. The passport is valued at over $400 in wine tastings alone. For more information: visitcalistoga.com/ winter-in-the-wineries-passport/

the Hill Family vineyard in Yountville. Classes will be held weekly on Tuesdays at 5:00pm via Zoom. Sign up for the class and pick up a wreathmaking kit which includes grapevine canes, festive décor and a bottle of Carly's Cuvee Chardonnay at their tasting room in Yountville for $45. To register: allison@hillfamilyestate.com

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HILL FAMILY WINERY VIRTUAL WREATH MAKING CLASS

Join the Hill Family Winery this holiday season for a virtual grapevine wreathmaking class. The virtual sessions will guide you through step-by-step crafting of your own custom wreath from grapevine canes freshly clipped from

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Inside Track

What the Locals are Doing Angèle Out the Blue Door

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TRANSCENDENCE THEATRE COMPANY BROADWAY HOLIDAY ONLINE

On Wednesday evenings, local riverfront bistro, Angèle, offers weekly take out suppers which are prepared to go-just assemble and reheat. Owner Bettina Rouas created the program so local followers can enjoy the restaurant’s popular dinner specials at home. The three course menu changes weekly and is offered at $49 per person. Wine is available at 50% discounts and cocktails may also be ordered to go. // 540 MAIN ST., NAPA • ANGELERESTAURANT.COM

Heritage Eats #Best Food Truck Ever Local Napa restauranters Ben & Ali Koenig have expanded their popular multi-faceted Heritage Eats world menu into their newest venture, ‘Best Food Truck Ever.’ The truck carries their delicious sandwiches, tacos, baos and bowls, along with chef specials every Thursday through Saturday at Napa’s burgeoning Food City location from 5-8 pm. Orders can be placed online and are available for pick up or delivery. // 1805 OLD SONOMA ROAD, NAPA • BESTFOODTRUCKEVER.CO

El Titi Carnitas and BBQ Napa locals enjoy hearty carnitas and BBQ every weekend at the El Titi Food Truck. The truck parks downtown at the Napa Valley Distillery Friday through Sunday where locals line up for proprietor/chef Joel Cazares’ delicious beef, chicken, brisket, and ribs served by the sandwich, taco or plate along with generous sides of macaroni and cheese, slaw and potato salad. Open 11- 6 pm Friday- Sunday. // 2485 STOCKTON ST., NAPA • 707-304-1457

Don Pericos All Day Happy Hour Napa’s most popular Mexican Restaurant, Don Perico, has been around for over two decades. Best known for its crowd-pleasing Mexican food, generous margaritas, and all-day happy hour, it has become a hot spot for locals for lunch and dinner. The generous patio welcomes diners with a great selection of appetizers, beers for $5 and house margaritas for $7. Open 11 am - 9:30 pm Sun-Thu and 11 am to 10 pm Fri-Sat. // 1106 FIRST ST., NAPA • DONPERICOS.COM

ZuZu Paella to Go Downtown Napa’s beloved Spanish-inspired restaurant and tapas bar’s popular paella menu (serves 2) is available for take-out, with or without the pan. Whether it’s their iconic ZuZu Paella, with chorizo, chicken, clams and mussels, the seafood Paella Del Mar with Spanish Bomba rice, or the vegetarian ZuZu Fresco paella, diners may opt to put a deposit down and savor the fresh dish at home right in the pan. Pans can be rotated for a refill or returned to reclaim the deposit. Open Noon- 9:30 pm Wed-Sun. // 829 MAIN ST., NAPA • ZUZUNAPA.COM

Transcendence Theatre Company is going to brighten your holiday season. From the warmth and comfort of your own home, be amongst the national and international audience to experience a spectacular screening of “Broadway Holiday OnLine.” Five sparkling years of showstopping holiday entertainment woven into one magical night on your TV screen. A true celebration of family and friends to make this holiday the most wonderful time of year. Sign up to attend: transcendencetheatre.org/ broadway-holiday-2020/ December 19

MAKERS MARKET OPEN AIR CRAFT FAIR

Listen to live music and shop for local handcrafted goods such as jewelry, handbags, apparel, ceramics, glassware, soaps, succulents, candles and more at First Street Napa’s Open Air Craft Market. The outdoor, open-air market is a great place to shop for the Holidays while enjoying great food and drinks from downtown Napa’s amazing eateries and wine bars. Kids and pets are welcome. 11am-4pm // firststreetnapa.com // 1300 First St., Napa December- January 1, 2021

HOLIDAYS IN YOUNTVILLE

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with Holidays in Yountville! Six weeks of VIRTUAL holiday fun. Featuring a calendar of online events, activities, and programs for all ages. And don’t miss strolling through Yountville to see the holiday lights throughout town. For more information and current schedules of events: yountville.com


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HOLD MY GLASS All-Terrain Wine Adventures in Napa Valley  BY MARISA McCANN

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A different side of Napa Valley awaits those who venture off the beaten path. Indeed, many of the region’s most intimate experiences unfold from the front seat of an allterrain vehicle (ATV) riding the rugged terrain that molds some of Napa’s finest wines.

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n an unpretentious setting, these small-scale, family-owned wineries offer a chance to get in touch with Napa’s rural roots and long-standing history, often while being guided by the owners themselves. Like a breath of fresh air, these wineries allow one to indulge in a more casual-paced and tailored-made Napa experience, so buckle up!

THE TERRACES The Terraces Winery is unassumingly tucked off the Silverado Trail in the heart of Napa Valley. But beyond the front gates lie terraced vineyards and fruit orchards consisting of olives, pears, and apples, some of which are harvested to craft the winery’s popular Sparkling Apple Cider. This Rutherford property was purchased in 2001 by Timm and Sharon Crull, the winemaking couple dedicated to continuing the site’s 130-year farming legacy and sharing its incredible story with visitors. The best way to experience their 120 acres of land is by way of ATV, bringing one up close to estate orchards, cork trees, bee colonies, a solar-powered mobile chicken

coop, and the historic ghost winery dating back to 1885. Best of all, guests have the opportunity to step inside one of Napa’s only “acetaia” or vinegar house where the Crulls have been patiently aging balsamic vinegar in the traditional Modena style for the past twenty-four years, expected to release in 2021. Following the exhilarating off-roading tour, guests are invited to relax on the property’s back deck, where samplings of current releases are poured at leisure. The Terraces produces Napa Valley standards like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay and rare wines such as Riesling, Tempranillo, and Falanghina, a crisp white wine with Italian origins. “I enjoy meeting guests, sharing our wines with them, and connecting with our community,” said Sharon. “Either Timm or I try to meet nearly every guest, and we are a true, hands-on, unpretentious family operation, with both of us doing cellar work, vineyard work, and hospitality.” The Terraces 4WDrive Tour and Tasting is a private experience available by prior appointment, $50 per person.

The Terraces: Left-Timm and Sharon Crull Right- Balsamic vinegar barrel aging Photos courtesy of the Terraces

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Trent Ghiringhelli of Heibel Ranch Photo by James Baigrie

Jericho Canyon Polaris // Photo courtesy of Jericho Canyon

Sugar Magnolia // Photo by Gavin Farrington courtesy of Heibel Ranch

JERICHO CANYON VINEYARD Off the beaten path by definition, Jericho Canyon is located off the narrow Old Lawley Toll Road in Calistoga and is home to a one-of-a-kind estate. Once a cattle ranch, Jericho Canyon was acquired in 1989 by Dale and Marla Bleecher, who had the foresight and grit to transform the rolling 135 acres into hand-terraced vine rows dedicated to Bordeaux’s main varieties. Until 2005, the Bleechers sold their fruit to A-list wine producers before devoting full energy to their promising Jericho Canyon label, first released in 2001. Their impressive wine collection is a collaboration between the founder’s son, Nicholas Bleecher, and consultant Michel Rolland, each bringing their expertise, passion, and genuine love of the vine to the mix. “We only use free-run juice of our best fruit; if it’s not perfect, we don’t bottle it,” said winemaker and general manager Nicholas Bleecher, echoing the winery’s commitment to crafting distinctive wines that are true to the land. Jericho Canyon offers a limited number of private wine tastings each day. Guests

are invited to walk the expansive natural-rock caves that lie beneath the hillside Merlot vines before embarking on an ATV tour throughout the property (weather permitting). Savor a view of the steep-sloping vineyards from both an eastern and western perspective before sitting down to a tasting of the Eastern Elevation and Western Elevation Cabernet Sauvignons, among others. Here, there are no itineraries to keep or a script to follow. Each tasting experience is customized to the specific party, making for a genuinely authentic Napa experience. Upon booking, guests may select the Current Release Tasting, $75 per person, or the Library Tasting, $100 per person.

HEIBEL RANCH VINEYARDS Heibel Ranch is a family project led by Trent Ghiringhelli, fourth-generation Californian, and grandson of George B. Heibel, the original owner of the family ranch in Pope Valley. In 1945, George B. Heibel purchased the historic Aetna Springs Resort, a once-popular summertime destination for vacationers from San Francisco and Hollywood in the late 19th century. Today, the property is sprawling with sequoia groves, two ponds, and an organic vineyard that is the very definition of “roads less traveled.”

Trent established their winery in 2001, releasing its first vintage ten years later with the support of his mother, Helen Ruth Heibel, stepfather and managing partner, Bruce Nelson, and wife and wine industry veteran Marion Blanchet Ghiringhelli. The vineyard specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah that go into small-production proprietary blends and a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, called “GBH” in honor of his grandfather. Reflecting Trent’s love for his family, each wine is named after a paternal figure in his life; the resulting bottles are equally thoughtful as they are eye-catching. While Trent only hosts a handful of guests each month, the lucky few are in for a treat. The 185-acre ranch is mountainous, with rolling stretches that demand a 4WD vehicle and a sense of adventure. Trent, along with 13-year old vineyard dog Chachi, deliver both as he personally drives guests around in his 1963 aqua-toned Willys Jeep, fondly referred to as “sugar magnolia.” The tour wraps with a picnic of cured meats, fresh local cheeses, baguette, estate-grown olives, and of course, Heibel Ranch wines. “A visit to Heibel Ranch incorporates my vision to offer a laid-back setting which allows our guests to connect with the land, the wine, and the people behind it,” said Trent. “It allows them to break bread with the winemaker and discover the dreams, passion, and terroir behind each bottle.” The Back-Country Tour is available at select times throughout the week with an advanced reservation, $125 per person.

FOR MORE INFORMATION The Terraces: terraceswine.com // Jericho Canyon Vineyard: jerichocanyonvineyard.com // Heibel Ranch Vineyards: heibelranch.com

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As the effects of the ongoing pandemic play out against a backdrop of devastating wildfires, the mental well-being of our young people is more critical than ever. The Napa Valley Education Foundation is leading the charge to ensure on-campus mental health services for all public school students. H E LP US H E LP OU R KI DS Join our Youth Wellness Campaign. Our kids are counting on you. (707) 253 -3563 | nvef.org Special thanks to our 2020 partners who have invested more than $300,000 in youth mental health. County of Napa Health & Human Services, Bank of Marin, Redwood Credit Union, Napa Valley Vintners, Kaiser Permanente, Travis Credit Union, Compass Real Estate

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The GRAPE ESCAPE

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Circus clowns, sea monsters, and mad scientists may not be the characters one encounters on a typical day in wine country, but they are the protagonists inside the immersive worlds of the Grape Escape, Napa's premier escape room. This real-life adventure game brings a fun and under-the-radar experience to Napa locals and tourists, families, and friends alike.

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scape rooms, the live-action games in which players must solve elaborate puzzles before time runs out, are exploding in popularity worldwide. The Grape Escape owners and founders, Rick and Shannon Johnson, recognized the need for one in Napa and followed their dreams to open the city's first escape room in July 2019. This family operation is committed to offering an attraction beyond the grape in a world-class wine destination. The husband and wife team, who have owned a Napa-based commercial glass company for the past 16 years, discovered their passion for escape rooms on a family vacation to Oregon. Over the next six months, they completed over 15 escape rooms, each one opening their eyes to additional possibilities, and they ultimately decided to embark on a new business venture outside of the construction industry. "We wanted to do something that could not only bring our family together but others as well," said Shannon. "We knew that this type of venue would be a great addition to the community, and Napa needed it," she added. The Grape Escape currently offers three thematic rooms full of pad-locked boxes, hidden doors, and improbable missions involving cursed seas, saving the circus, and bombs ticking toward detonation. Players become enveloped in the story the moment the door is shut and the clock starts ticking. Through digital clues and direct interaction with props and objects around the room, players live out the story in real-time and work together to "escape." Each room ranges in difficulty, offering various puzzles and riddles from technical and tactile to color or pattern based. Completing the tasks at hand require teamwork, creativity, and patience. But help is always near if clues don't seem to be adding up. The Game Master, often the role of the Johnson's enthusiastic daughter, Heather, guides guests through the action with occasional tips and helpful encouragement. The most competitive groups who escape in record time and with less than three hints from the Game Master earn their place on the coveted neon-lit leaderboard. Regardless of whichever team cracks the code and solves the mystery in time, everyone leaves with lasting memories and a feeling of accomplishment. While the game's thrill is undoubtedly the biggest prize, the familyrun team at the Grape Escape ensures

“ We wanted to do something that could not only bring our family together but others as well.� players relish in their achievements. The Johnson's engaging son, Tim, also known as the Game Host, showers the successful escape artists with a popping confetti canyon while successful escapees pose for victory photos. They have mastered the experience from start to finish. "Our goal is to make everyone who comes into the Grape Escape a new fan of escape games," said Shannon. "Where else can you unplug from your devices and come together with friends, family, and even co-workers across all generations to conquer a common goal and have a blast while doing it," she continued. Indeed, there is no place quite like it in Napa where one can take a brief escape from reality and connect with a close group of friends for a 60-minute epic adventure. Since the Grape Escape's grand opening last summer, the Johnson's have garnered a large following based on word of mouth. Sadly, the momentum has been cut short as they were required to close temporarily due to Covid-19. The Johnson's used this mandated closure as a time to rethink

operating procedures and introduce a new set of safety guidelines, including careful sanitation of props before and after any group enters a room, instituting private parties, and requiring face masks for all staff members and guests in public spaces. "Covid has definitely taken the wind out of our sails and our sales," Shannon lamented, "But we hope that we can bring back some joy and lots of laughs and smiles this holiday season." Reservations to book a private room for up to eight players can be made at www. escaperoomnapa.com. Gift cards starting at $90 are also available and make a fun and unexpected gift for loved ones over the holiday season. FOR MORE INFORMATION escaperoomnapa.com WINTER 2020

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iPOKEshack Pop Ups Local Restauranter and Independent Real Estate Broker, Mark Mazotti brings Hawaiian-themed fare to Napa online with his technology-driven ghost restaurant concept, iPOKEshack Pop Ups. Operating 100 percent online, the dishes are modeled after the mom and pop shops throughout the Hawaiian Islands, where Poke is a staple food. The pop up events are hosted every Friday and Sunday at their Pop Up pick up location in their commercial kitchen in South Napa. Consumers may order off their regular online menu, which also includes weekly specials up to a week in advance. Mazotti has expanded the pop up events to include iRAMENshack and iDIMSUMshack, which be available around the Holiday season. Open Fridays from 7-9 pm and Sundays (check website for details)

Tay & Grace

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Kris Ruffino and her daughter Taylor launched their new location of Tay & Grace in downtown Napa. The new First Street location carries a beautifully curated selection of well-made and well-designed clothing that capture the best of the Napa Valley lifestyle: denim, soft knits, flowy dresses and timeless cashmere. With its warm and intimate setting, Tay & Grace provides a notable shopping experience with hand-selected clothing and accessories that include trends from well-known and independent designers, including Michael Stars, Velvet, and 360 Cashmere. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1300 First St., Napa // tayandgrace.com

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Quilt and Co. Opens on Main Street On August 27, fifth-generation winemaker and Napa native, Joe Wagner, launched his latest project, Quilt and Co., on Main Street in downtown Napa. The tasting room and lounge feature wine flights, wines by the glass or bottle from Wagner’s Copper Cane Wine & Provisions portfolio, which includes Belle Glos, Elouan, BÖEN, Steorra, Napa Valley Quilt, and Beran. Snack plates and charcuterie prepared at Wagner’s AVOW restaurant, located next door, are available for pairing with customized wine selections. Open by reservation Thur-Sun from 11 am-6 pm and for wine sales Mon-Wed from 1-5 pm. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 801 Main St., Napa // 707-777-8198 //

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Clos Du Val Community Growlers In September, Clos Du Val launched its Europeanstyle, refillable CDV Growler program intending to provide an affordable bottle of good wine to members of the Napa Community. Crafted from the juice leftover after blending, each one-liter growler is filled with a unique blend of grapes handselected by Winemaker Ted Henry and is designed to be consumed the same week it’s picked up. The first fill is $28, and after that refills are $18. Growlers are available for pick-up at the winery, and delivery may be available in the future. Orders can be placed through Clos Du Vals’ Instagram page @cdvgrowler.

Riza Plants: Napa’s New Botanical Boutique

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Alyssa Piombo, the newest tenant in Napa’s bustling First Street corridor, opens Riza Plants, offering high-quality plants, ceramics, and indoor garden supplies with a mission to connect people through plants. Riza, which is Greek for ‘roots,’ is intended to not only be a hub for all things related to indoor plants to connect with nature or brighten up living space but also to make customers feel good mentally and physically too. According to Piombo, “Studies have shown that plants boost your mood, creativity, concentration, reduce stress, clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, and are therapeutic and cheaper than a therapist.” Open Tuesday - Saturday : 10:30am to 5:30pm FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1300 First St., #355, Napa // rizaplants.com

Namaste Indian Bistro In October, the owners of Yak & Yeti Restaurant opened Namaste Indian Bistro in downtown Napa. The quaint building tucked away on Clay Street, is cozy with a nice sized patio for outside dining. The restaurant was transitioned from its original concept, MoMo House, which specialized in Nepalese Cuisine. Namaste still offers a few Nepalese menu items, including momo dumplings, but has expanded the menu to include traditional Indian cuisine, such as curries, tandoori and naan. Both local and international wines are served by the bottle or glass and beers are served by the bottle. Open Wed-Mon for lunch from 11 am – 2:30 pm and dinner from 5 – 9:00 pm. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1408 Clay St., Napa // 707-637-4476 32

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It would be hard to overstate just how difficult 2020 has been for the Napa community which has been confronted with a global pandemic, wildfires, uncertainty, and stress over the course of this year. The impact on those who are most vulnerable is unimaginable. Even the “new normal” has been anything but ordinary. OLE Health is the life support for those most at risk in the Napa Valley — for senior citizens, farmworkers, vineyard workers, those living with homelessness, and the individuals and families struggling to make ends meet as they face this extraordinary, challenging time in our history.

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LE Health CEO, Alicia Hardy said, “A healthy community starts by caring for the most vulnerable residents, but it doesn't stop there. Our patients and our community need extra support during this time, and even the healthiest individuals need to know they are not alone.” Some of the unprecedented challenges of 2020 include:

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As never before, everyone needs affordable and high-quality healthcare; easily accessible care that makes a real difference in each member of the community's daily lives. OLE Health steps in and steps up to provide essential services to those in greatest need. Since the pandemic began, OLE Health pivoted its service model to remain open to care for patients virtually via telehealth when possible and in-person when necessary. “Because we've always been a warm and welcome place for our patients to come, I think the hardest thing for all of us at OLE Health was the pandemic induced social distancing from our patients and each other. Our team-based model is centered on the care team working closely together to coordinate care and offer multiple same-day services, including “warm handoffs” from medical to behavioral health, which is why I'm so proud of our team for striking the perfect balance between virtual and in-person care, and navigating through these new parameters to do what's best for our patients,” said Alicia Hardy.

kids remotely, power shutoffs, evacuation orders, toxic smoke, and record heat; kids' and parents' mental health needs have skyrocketed with increases in anxiety, trauma-related symptoms, substance use, and depression.

OLE Health has increased its outreach to farmworkers and Napa's hundreds of individuals living in homelessness with accelerated Covid-19 testing and helping

COVID-19: The homeless population – many experiencing homelessness for the first time, agricultural workers, and the newly uninsured all find themselves in crisis. Many are living in crowded conditions in which they can't protect themselves and their children. Wildfires: One after the other took a devastating toll and left lost lives, homes, and jobs in their wake.

Unemployment: With the double whammy of COVID-19 and the wildfires, job losses in Napa Valley have increased close to 10-fold compared with 2019. Families already on the brink have been pushed over the edge and can't put food on the table.

Walk-Up & Mobile COVID-19 Testing

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the newly uninsured get care. Working collaboratively with local healthcare providers, OLE Health's new mobile unit performs on-site and workplace testing in vineyards and throughout the community for farmworkers and other essential workers.

Nutrition & Food Giveaways With hunger dramatically rising, OLE Health started healthy food giveaways during the first wave of the pandemic. Through September 2020, OLE Health helped feed 9,677 families totaling 42,097 individuals. OLE Health also has a 3,400-square-foot garden at its Napa Valley Vintners South Napa Campus, with programs underway to support nutrition and wellness programming.

Behavioral Health Support OLE Health's Napa Valley Vintners South Napa Campus has a dedicated Behavioral Health Center, which has seen a 200% increase in patient visits in 2020 compared to 2019. Services include assessments, behavioral health interventions, stress and pain management, support groups and classes, psychiatric medication evaluation, and increased referrals. Much work has been done recently to help patients cope with anxiety, insomnia, grief, stress, and substance abuse. OLE Health's Behavioral Health team has also gone above and beyond to support the mental health needs of OLE Health's frontline caregivers and staff to support them in the work Suiteday. at Bardessono they do for patients every 36

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Pediatrics Without the structure and support of in-person schooling, our children are suffering, both mentally and physically. OLE Health has rolled out a wide range of tailored services designed to keep kids Vintage House Lobby Photo by Will Pryce well, including expanded telehealth appointments for physical and mental health needs. OLE Health is also working through the backlog of vaccinations postponed during the shutdown earlier this year.

A MISSION TO SERVE Since 1972, when farmworker advocates founded OLE Health, its focus has been to serve the most vulnerable in Napa County. Since then, OLE has made dramatic advances in the scale, range, and quality of its services — more critical than ever — including expanding its number of care centers to serve those who would otherwise have no access to care. Today, OLE Health serves more than 40,000 residents in Napa and Solano counties. Close to three-quarters of OLE Health's patients live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. More than 4,000 farmworkers and their family members receive care from OLE Health, the largest bilingual outpatient services provider in the Napa Valley. And OLE Health is the only provider in Napa County accepting new Medi-Cal patients and Denti-Cal patients.

ACCESSIBLE CARE OLE Health operates care centers at seven locations, including two in Fairfield, one in St. Helena, one in Calistoga, and the

new Napa Valley Vintners South Napa Campus, which has logged over 56,000 patient visits since opening in June 2019. This $32M investment was made to provide improved healthcare to the Napa Valley community, $6M attributable to the Napa Valley Vintners, a collection of 550+ wineries in the valley. The new South Napa facility is named to honor NVV's long history of support and its generous donation toward the new building. Designed to provide as many services as possible under one roof and to make it easy for patients to get the services they need, the impressive three-story facility has become a Napa landmark that includes 18 patient exam rooms, nine dental chairs, full optometry services, health education classrooms, a teaching kitchen, and consultation rooms for integrated behavioral health, nursing, nutrition, and pharmacy services. Modern conveniences at the fully wireless building include self-checkin kiosks. The new building was designed to support OLE Health's team-based care model, and the ample space and team rooms are serendipitously well-suited for appropriate social distancing.

Since 1972, when farmworker advocates founded OLE Health, its focus has been to serve the most vulnerable in Napa County. Caring for the Whole Person Besides delivering care in its health centers, OLE Health traditionally hosts 60+ outreach events, pop-up clinics, and programs every year, reaching nearly 6,000 hard-to-reach and vulnerable community members. OLE Health's immediate focus during the COVID-19 crisis has been physical health, mental health, and food insecurity, including a coordinated series of free grocery giveaways. The demand is real. The need is now. FOR MORE INFORMATION olehealth.org


NVV Grant Allows OLE Health to Expand Telehealth Visits The Napa Valley Vintners awarded $800,000 to OLE Health to enable it to catch up with pediatric immunizations and manage an influx of new patients, including a 200% increase in the number of patient visits for mental health treatment. The grant will also help OLE Health expand its telehealth services during the pandemic.

Dr. Denise PiĂąon, a popular family physician at OLE Health's Napa Valley Vintners Community Health Center

Darioush Khaledi has been a generous supporter of the OLE Health Community Garden.

Cultivating the Community OLE Health is committed to growing a stronger, more resilient community in Napa from the ground up. Last summer, the OLE Health Darioush Community Garden gave away cucumber starts, soil, and pots to encourage people to grow their own vegetables, demonstrating just one of the ways OLE Health is feeding the community – body and soul. Vintage House Suite Photo by Will Pryce

Food Distribution Covid Event

OLE Health Foundation Mission The mission of the OLE Health Foundation is to inspire philanthropic contributions to ensure that OLE health is always here for everyone in this beautiful and diverse community. Donate today by contacting foundation@olehealth.org or 707-603-7100 or visiting www.olehealth.org.

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WHITNEY DIVER MCEVOY INTRIGUING COMMUNITY LEADER

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hen Whitney Diver McEvoy joined the Yountville Chamber of Commerce in 2016 as president and CEO, her first goal was to rebuild the Chamber into an organization that could truly make a difference in the community. “This began with listening and learning from our members, rebuilding our board of directors, hiring professional staff, creating a strategic plan, delivering a real value proposition for our members, and much more,” said Diver McEvoy. “It was hard; it took two years to get these elements right. But once we did, we were able to soar.” Today, the Yountville Chamber’s goals focus on ensuring an outstanding quality of life for residents and maintaining Yountville and the Napa Valley’s strength and vitality. Key has been Diver McEvoy’s leadership in the countywide ‘wear a mask’ campaign. “I am proud of how collaborative our business community and government agencies have been during this pandemic. In the Town of Yountville, cooperative efforts enabled us to come up with creative solutions such as the business transitional support program that allowed our tasting rooms, restaurants and retails to move operations outside back in April.” Diver McEvoy loves walking through town, stopping and chatting along the way with Yountville residents and business owners. “I’ve worked in large cities before, and that type of connectivity isn’t there. I believe in active communication with our members and the community and I work hard to be a trusted resource. If we are doing it right, we are sitting at the intersection of helping businesses succeed and our community to thrive.” // yountvillechamber.com

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AMANDA MCCROSSIN INTRIGUING WINE AFICIONADO

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manda McCrossin’s favorite quote is from Steve Martin: ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’ “It’s simple and obvious, but it somehow works as a great mantra whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, or in need of a little direction,” said the wine connoisseur/sommelier known to her Instagram fans and YouTube subscribers as the ‘sommvivant.’ McCrossin found her wine country footing as head sommelier at PRESS; she arrived at the lauded St. Helena eatery in 2015 when its wine list had already made the James Beard shortlist a number of times for ‘outstanding wine program.’ “Night after night, we’d open these time capsules that gave us a glimpse into decades of Napa Valley long before any of us were even born,” said McCrossin, who has since ventured out on her own after nearly five years at her dream job. “Working at PRESS was truly the role of a lifetime, but my timing couldn’t have been better as the world found itself in need of everything I was already doing. I could never have imagined that the entire industry would pivot overnight to virtual platforms, but I was certainly ready for it when it did.” Her days and nights are now spent exploring and sharing her wine and restaurant discoveries with an enthusiastic audience that seeks insider information. Between juggling multiple projects and navigating an ever-changing landscape, her objective is not to fall off the runaway train she conducts. “I’m trying to hang on for dear life without smudging my makeup and forgetting to smile,” she laughed. “My role as a trusted agent and being a voice in the wine world is something I value tremendously, but I’m also acutely aware of the responsibility that inherently comes with that.” Said her friend Jeff Meisel, VP Brand Development, Long Meadow Ranch, and Stony Hill, “Amanda craves knowledge and as such researches the backstories that shape her understanding and opinion of every wine she tastes. She brings an infectious, positive energy to everything she does.” // amandamccrossin.com

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fifth-generation Californian originally from Palo Alto, Nick Cann has been drawing as long as he can remember. Schooled at San Jose State University, the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and the Art Center in Los Angeles, Cann has called Napa ‘home’ for more than 20 years. “My wife and I love Napa,” said Cann. “I have met fantastic artists here.” His vibrant, commissioned illustrations, the artistic inspirations which depict fantasy architecture and people, grace the walls of hotels, airports, department stores, and restaurants across America. Locally, his work can be found at Artists of the Valley gallery on 1st St. in downtown Napa. He also works with Erin Martin Design in St. Helena, and he is doing some commissions for the Bald Mountain development in Calistoga. His storied career includes work as a set illustrator for MGM studios. As a freelancer, he created spot illustrations for the London Times and album covers for Blossom Dearie. He’s created everything from television set designs, to wedding invitations, to marketing posters, and today, he finds great joy in illustrating children’s books written by his daughter. Ten years ago, a friend suggested he work with kids. “I laughed,” said Cann. “Me? Well, now it is a passion. I see so many gifted young artists. Working with young people was a great discovery.” Cann welcomes commissions of any type. “I plan on drawing as long as my eyes and hands will allow it!” // nickcann.com

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LAUREN ACKERMAN INTRIGUING VINTNER

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apa Valley vintner and community leader Lauren Ackerman never intended to enter the home restoration game. The creator of awardwinning Ackerman Family Vineyards wines and recipient of the 2020 North Bay Women in Business Award became inexplicably drawn several years ago to a dilapidated historic home in downtown Napa. While simultaneously maintaining a non-profit career (she has served on the boards of Justin Sienna High School, Copia, The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Blue Oak School, The Napa Valley Community Foundation, the Napa Valley Arts Council, The Institute of International Education, and NapaLearns) she painstakingly restored, beautifully furnished, and modernly equipped a downtown Napa Queen Anne Victorian that she shares with the public via a variety of events. Over five years, Ackerman created what is now called The Ackerman Heritage House at 608 Randolph Street. Originally built in 1888, the home suffered from severe neglect and deferred maintenance, but through the ramshackle disrepair, Ackerman was able to see its potential. In addition to overseeing the restoration of stainedglass windows, original hardware, wood doors, floors, and crown moldings, she authentically furnished and decorated the home by sourcing its Victorian-era contents from antique stores worldwide via e-Bay. To fully understand the time period and its social and material proclivities, Ackerman immersed herself in a six-week Oxford University course on the era. Each art piece and antique features a unique story, from the silver flatware and the china place settings to the 1880s era books that chronicle world discoveries and historical times. She said, “Along the way, I came close to giving up about four times, the last time being when the earthquake hit in 2014, and it damaged the interior that I had just finished completing. I am proud that it can be an example of Napa’s history and that people can experience what it might have been like more than 130 years ago in downtown Napa.”

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ALEXANDRIA BROWN INTRIGUING LOCAL HISTORIAN

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lexandria Brown has always loved history, not necessarily dates and wars and kingdoms, but rather people and cultures. After a year as a research librarian at the Napa County Historical Society, the Napa local, Masters of Library and Information Science, and author of Hidden History of Napa Valley and Lost Restaurants of Napa Valley and Their Recipes, went back to school for a second masters in US History, with a focus on Black history in California, specifically Black history in Napa County. “All the local history I knew was mostly about white men,” said Brown. “Finding hundreds of Black people who lived and thrived and built lives and businesses in Napa was what really gave me a love for local history.” Suddenly, the county in which she’d grown-up felt like home. “Even though the Black people living in Napa in the 19th and early 20th century weren’t my blood relations, I still felt a kinship for them,” said Brown, whose mother was the first Black female pilot employed by Bridgeford Flying Service at Napa County Airport. “Napa County, as it is today, would not exist without the contributions of BIPOC, women, immigrants, and all other marginalized communities. Our voices are often silenced, but we are as much a part of the foundation of this world-famous region as the white men whose names everyone knows. I want people to understand that the history they think they know isn’t the whole picture. Understanding our past and acknowledging the truth of it - the good parts and the bad - can help us shape a better future.” // bookjockeyalex.com

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THOMAS BUCK

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ith a team of wine-savvy chauffeur tour guides, Beau Wine Tours is consistently rated as one of the premier luxury tour operators in the region. It helps that proprietor Thomas Buck has been an avid collector of California cult wines for more than 20 years, as well as a vintner himself. His Sire label sources top-tier Cabernet fruit from some of the Valley’s most coveted vineyard sites. He is also a Certified Wine Educator. His understanding of the industry and his close friendships with many vintners provide an inside track for his customers. Buck had planned to pursue a teaching career, but a part-time job as a tour and limousine operator during his years in Sonoma State University’s teacher credential program set him on his current path. The tour company focused on wine tours, and he was hooked. He fell in love with wine and desired to share that love with others. He found a full-time chauffeur position with a company out of Marin County, ultimately becoming operations manager, then sales and marketing director, and finally partner. In 2003, he became sole proprietor and rebranded to the now sophisticated and luxurious Beau Wine Tours with headquarters that straddle the Napa/Sonoma county line in Carneros. “When we created Beau Wine Tours, it was out of the desire to see something more intimate and more tailored to each client and visitor’s needs,” said Buck, whose fleet includes a full bus as well as luxury sedans, SUVs, and sprinter vans and coaches. “No single tour is ever the same.” // beauwinetours.com

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DR. KAREN RELUCIO

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n addition to running a division with 17 programs spanning communicable disease control and prevention, chronic disease prevention, emergency preparedness, and initiatives to serve families and children, Dr. Karen Relucio became a household name in 2020 while leading Napa’s COVID-19 pandemic response. As Napa County Health Officer and Public Health Director, she and her department coordinate testing, perform case and outbreak investigations and contact tracing, analyze and publish COVID-19 data, provide supportive housing for cases and contacts in congregate settings, plan for medical surge and mass vaccinations, and field questions from various sectors as each figure out how to safely reopen. No wonder she has little downtime to partake in the local hikes she so enjoys. “The most rewarding aspect of this effort is working with a great team within the County through the Emergency Operations Center and my Public Health team as well as the support of my boss and County leadership, and collaborating with many healthcare partners, the schools, community partners, volunteers, business sectors and other local and state health officers as we face many challenges during this pandemic,” said the Tufts and Stanford trained physician. “The most frustrating or difficult aspect has been witnessing an all too common assault of public health leaders and colleagues across the state and country. These leaders possess a wealth of knowledge within their communities and statewide that is hard to replicate. Public health officials are typically people who work diligently behind the scenes who have been suddenly thrust into the spotlight due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many smart, dedicated, and hard-working people who truly want to protect the community.” Dr. Relucio said that it’s important to remember that the community, and the world, will get through this. She’s hopeful that a vaccine will soon be available, helping to change the pandemic’s trajectory. Until that time, she advocates the importance of compassion for others and yourself. “And practice the three W’s to stay safe – Wash your hands, Wear a mask, and Watch your distance. Your actions affect the people around you.”

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HARRIS NUSSBAUM INTRIGUING EDUCATOR/MENTOR

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fter a more than a fivedecade career in education and an equally long commitment to community service, Harris Nussbaum has earned nearly every local, state, and national award possible. The octogenarian, married for 47 years to wife Johanna, has received commendations from two California governors, he is a three-time Kiwanis Service to Youth Award winner; he’s been nominated and honored numerous times as Napa County and Napa Unified School District Teacher of the Year, and he was recognized by the Gandhi Institute and Peace Table for his contributions to peace and nonviolence. He even has a bench dedicated in his honor from the students at Vintage High School. The list of his accomplishments and involvements covers three pages. Janna Waldinger, student services manager at If Given a Chance, cannot say enough about the somewhat shy Nussbaum who collaborates with IGAC in identifying high school students faced with formidable social, family, medical, and economic challenges. “Through his work as an advisor at New Technology High School, Harris changed the lives of hundreds of our students,” said Waldinger. “Harris was recognized by our organization as the advisor who advocated for and nominated the most students to our foundation.” Said the selfless Nussbaum, a Charleston, South Carolina native who moved to Napa in 1955, “I love people, and I have loved teaching for the past 38 years and developing programs that help both the community and students. I estimate that I’ve taught 30,000 students. Helping them find the key to personal growth has been a delight. To give is to receive.”

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ANNA BRITTAIN INTRIGUING COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTALIST

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apa County native Anna Brittain never envisioned returning to the region after leaving for Williams College in Massachusetts. “My goal was to be a journalist and/or work internationally on climate action,” said Brittain. A graduate of St. Helena High School, she ultimately earned a Master of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and worked in sustainability roles nationally and internationally before ‘coming home’ to ultimately become executive director of the Napa Green program. In her position, she helps to ensure that the Napa County wine industry continues to grow its leadership in sustainability and climate action. “At many wineries, there is a champion (or maybe even a bit of a skeptic who becomes a champion),” said Brittain. “Folks are often overwhelmed at first; we help make it manageable to start down the path of sustainability and commit to continual improvement.” She finds her work personally meaningful. “I acknowledge that the Napa wine industry can’t solve climate change, but our leadership creates waves of impact in the beverage industry and beyond, helping consumers to think about sustainability in new ways. I love making that connection between caring for nature and community, enhancing quality, and cutting the bottom line.” Many of the wineries around which she grew-up are now clients. “Sometimes I’m driving down roads I’ve driven thousands of times before, and then I remember to stop and look, and I’m in awe and gratitude for living in such a beautiful place. And I love driving past wineries that I have known since I was a little girl, but now I can say I’ve worked closely with those same wineries to help them be more efficient and sustainable.”

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l James straddles two counties, playing venues throughout both Napa and Monterey. The singer/songwriter got a foothold in wine country in 2014 and has played his diverse portfolio of music, focusing on jazz and blues, in nearly every setting in which live music is featured. Some of his favorite sites to perform include Black Stallion Winery, Farmstead, and Archer hotel, where he was the first artist to christen the downtown hot spot’s live music scene. Further south, he sometimes performs with an ensemble, the Al James Band, and he can be found Sundays at Al’s Lounge, on the patio at Deja Blue jazz and comedy club in Seaside. James channels some of his favorite artists through his music such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway to name a few. He loves Napa, and Napa residents love him right back. Lee W Miller, a Napa realtor, is a fan. “I go see Al every opportunity I get,” said Miller, who appreciates James’ originality. I’ve seen him on his own, with his bass player, and with his entire band. He never disappoints.”

orey Edwards is Napa Valley’s modern-day town crier. Day and night, he monitors various websites, police scanners, and fire cameras in order to keep the community apprised of anything that puts the public in danger. His alerts are shared via Facebook on a page created during the 2017 fires entitled ‘Napa Valley, CA Fire and Police Emergency Info (Unofficial).’ The Napa Fire Department requested the ‘unofficial’ tag, though Edwards’ fans find nothing unofficial about him. “Whenever something, anything, is going down in town – smoke, loud music, sirens – my husband and I say to each other, ‘let’s see what Corey has to say,’” said Christie Chevalier Kaer. A former freelance photo journalist for the Napa Valley Register, Edwards is a self-confessed ‘ambulance chaser’ who simply knows how and where to glean the latest news. His scanners are ‘on’ 24/7 and so is he; he hasn’t slept through the night in years. With a day job running Napa Valley Computers out of his house, he doesn’t administrate the Facebook page for money. It’s simply his way of giving back to the community. “I keep my personal feelings and opinions to myself and simply share the facts of incidents when they come across the scanner,” said Edwards. “My job and my lifestyle allow me to do this.” Says fan Wendy Jacque, “Corey works tirelessly around-the-clock as our community’s central hub of reliable and non-dramatic information for fire and criminal police events. He keeps the facts crystal clear which offers a sense of peace in times of turmoil. Why does he do it? He is a really good person who cares about his community.”

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perating a restaurant is a challenge in the best of times. In the worst of times, it takes commitment beyond the norm. Few demonstrate that commitment better than Matt Stamp, Partner at downtown Napa’s Compline. The Master Sommelier quickly switched gears to figure out how to keep his popular wine bar and eatery in the black, while continuing to employ staff. In late March, he started preparing meals for frontline healthcare workers, offering the community the opportunity to sponsor. “In this way, we could continue to pay staff, provide some money for our local food purveyors, and get some great food to our frontline workers in a time of crisis,” said the Omaha native whose prior work experience includes sommelier stints at The Farmhouse Inn Restaurant and The French Laundry. “We ended up sending more than 5,000 meals to healthcare workers at Queen, OLE Health, and Kaiser facilities in an eightweek period.” For several weeks in early spring, he offered a “$5 ‘family meal’ for those in the restaurant industry who had lost their jobs. He also started a robust take-out and home delivery service. And yes, he made the deliveries himself, along with business partner Ryan Stetins. Since shelter-in-place orders ceased, he has tried to stay ahead of what can be sudden changes in mandate and government requirements while keeping the safety of staff and guests paramount. “We have a great patio and space for plenty of expansion,” said Stamp, who, when not working, can be found listening to his LP collection or wandering the aisles of Napa Bookmine. “And we’ve focused more on the restaurant side of the Compline experience; people know us as a great wine bar but continue to be surprised that Chef Jammir cooks an amazing meal.” // complinewine.com

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RODGER COLLINSON INTRIGUING COMMUNITY SUPPORTER

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apa firefighter/paramedic Rodger Collinson loves food. When on duty, he is often the crew appointed firehouse chef. When off duty, he’s combing the Napa Valley for new restaurants and undiscovered eats. “I’m passionate about Napa’s culinary world,” said the Napa native. “Our food scene is what makes us unique and different. People come from all over the world for our cuisine.” So, when the pandemic threatened to undermine the region’s restaurant scene, Collinson took action. He formed a Facebook group - ‘Help Support Napa Valley Restaurants’ - that quickly amassed more than 14K members, many of whom actively post, review, and share tips, menus, and other details daily about how the community can assist local restaurants during these trying times. On average, the group has 50,000 posts, comments, and reactions every month. It has become the area’s ‘go-to’ reference point for where to find a particular type of cuisine, who has the best brunch or burger, or who’s open for inside dining or home delivery. Collinson’s effort was initially intended to encourage his fellow first responders to support local eateries while on duty, but “the Napa community took over,” he said. He and a friend, City of Napa employee Kendra Bruno, administrate and monitor the site, on which negative reviews are not allowed and are swiftly removed. “This is a place for positivity,” said Collinson. “People are looking for ways to help each other in this world right now. Our group offers a positive light during this difficult time. We have a lot of family-owned businesses that rely on a steady flow of customers. If we as a community are not thoughtful in our support and approach, we could lose many of these places. We need to make sure they survive this.” The group page’s popularity has grown to become a home-grown resource that will live long past the pandemic.

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SAM PETERS INTRIGUING MARKETER

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n his role as executive director for three Napa Valley wine associations (Howell Mountain Vintners & Growers Association, Mount Veeder Appellation Council, and Atlas Peak Appellation Association) Sam Peters represents and markets each’s respective American Viticultural Area. He acknowledges that it’s not a bad gig. “The AVAs with which I work make worldclass wines, which makes the marketing side of my job a lot easier,” said the Wichita, Kansas native who moved to the Valley in 2005. “The wine itself is a draw to the region.” Peters initially moved to the area to be a golf professional at Napa Valley Country Club. “You often hear the Valley called Adult Disneyland,” said Peters. “We live and work where folks come for vacation, get married, honeymoon, celebrate anniversaries and special occasions or simply enjoy being fully alive with family and friends around fine wine and fabulous food. Not to mention it’s fairly pretty here.” Peters likes the laid back, relaxed, easy going vibe of the Valley, a lifestyle that affords him the feeling of being ‘dressed up’ while sporting cowboy boots, blue jeans and a pressed, white, untucked shirt. He loves the Valley’s close-knit community feeling which he witnesses every year through the thoughtful and generous donations to important community causes from businesses, wineries, restaurants, and hotels. His ideal day? “Tasting sparkling wines on an outdoor patio overlooking the Valley; lunch at a Valley restaurant with an outdoor patio, then onto a wine cave to taste some red wines, followed by yet another wine tasting, a steakhouse for dinner, then relaxing around a fire pit with a bit more wine, laughs, smiles, and sighs.”

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annick Rousseau’s winemaking philosophy and style are old school. His wines – both his high-end Y. Rousseau label wines and the more approachable Son of a Butcher (SOB) - are made with passion, consistency, and meticulous care. “I provide as much attention to detail to SOB as I do to my high-end Cabernet,” said Rousseau. The Gascon-born winemaker has developed a devoted following for his artisan, primarily southwestern France, YRW labels: Tannat, Colombard, and Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon. The more playful SOB label, named in honor of both his father and grandfather, both of whom were butchers, is equally popular. Rousseau attended winemaking school in Toulouse before landing in the Napa Valley as assistant winemaker for the Bordeaux program at Newton Vineyards. For two years, he worked side by side with the famed Luc Morlet at Newton before moving to Chateau Potelle, where he served as winemaker for six years. In 2008, he established his own label, recognized by the plume logo, a tribute to the also Gascon-born D’Artagnan whose life was fictionalized within Dumas’ book, The Three Musketeers. “As a winemaker, when making my picking decisions, I don’t go into a comfort zone,” said Rousseau, who appreciates the Napa winemaking community for its positive energy and open-mindedness. “I don’t wait for the grapes to become raisened or shriveled to make sure they are ready. I am not afraid of acid and tannins because as long as the berries taste good and the seeds are ripe, I will achieve balance and focus/purity in my wines.” Said his wife Susan, “Yannick is a craftsman and an educator, and he is very loyal, not only to the people in his life but to his wines. He makes his wines with conviction and love.” // yrousseauwines.com 50

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ALI & BEN KOENIG INTRIGUING COUPLE

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o say that Ben and Ali Koenig pivoted their local business in response to COVID-19 is an understatement. The Heritage Eats founders, in an attempt to remain viable, found themselves transforming their fast-casual Napa restaurant into a variety of new services to support the community, particularly a grocery of sorts. Called ‘Heritage @ Home,’ the duo accessed their vendors to supply the elderly and those having to shelter with pre-order groceries, “We really enjoyed thinking creatively about what people needed and what they were missing,” said Ben, who at Easter dressed as the Easter bunny to deliver treat-filled baskets to area children. “These past several months have provided us an opportunity to fill various community needs in addition to serving as a restaurant, to provide a sense of normalcy.” East Coast natives, Ben moved to Napa in 2013 for a job in the restaurant industry and Ali soon followed to study urban planning at San Jose State University. They have been married for three years and recently welcomed a baby girl, Parker. They founded Heritage Eats in 2015 and based the concept on the varied cultures and daily food staples that Ben encountered during his world travels. The restaurant presents flavorful, globally inspired items in an approachable and family-friendly setting. “We’re so grateful for the community support at our founding and now more than ever,” said Ben. Living and working together can tax any relationship, but this couple presents a great team, on and off the field. “We have a great balance,” said Ali, who cites hiking, dining, and San Francisco day trips as recharge outlets. “We’re fortunate to work with a strong crew and we know how to keep it light, but also seize moments and make life worthwhile. It’s all about balance.” // heritageeats.com

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KEN FRANK INTRIGUING CHEF

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hef Ken Frank opened the first La Toque on the Sunset Strip at age 23. After a 14-year run, and a succession of other highprofile culinary positions, he heeded the call of wine country and moved north to open a new La Toque in Rutherford in 1998 before moving the perpetually Michelin-starred eatery to its current home in the Westin Verasa. As COVID upended the hospitality world, Frank, who is also 2021 chair of the annual Napa Truffle Festival, took quick action. “The speed at which COVID changed everything we knew was overwhelming,” said Frank, who quickly closed the restaurant and narrowed staff to keep the candle burning until reopening. “Worse, COVID represents an existential threat, as socializing, not distancing, is key to everything we do.” The crises caused Frank to focus on how La Toque fits into the community. “Our most basic function is to feed people; it’s what we do. Suddenly we had an abundance of capacity but no demand, so we adopted the South Napa homeless shelter.” Working with the food bank, the farmers market, and generous local benefactors, Frank and his team continue to prepare and provide hot lunches five days a week using 99% donated food. Reopening this past summer entailed a number of tweaks to provide accessibility to a loyal clientele. “So far, we’ve managed to pivot each time we needed to, and we’re determined to get through this together.” As for the Truffle Festival? “This January is clearly not going to happen, but we’re optimistic we can put together a summer festival featuring the great black truffles we get from the Southern Hemisphere during their winter season. Just before the pandemic, I spent two weeks down under and came home really impressed with the Aussie culinary scene. It will be exciting to bring some of those chefs to Napa to share not only their fantastic winter truffles but their great enthusiasm for cooking at the highest level.” // latoque.com

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LARRY HYDE INTRIGUING GROWER

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nown for his farming passion and innovative farming techniques, Larry Hyde of Hyde Vineyards has made Napa Valley his home for more than 40 years. The influential grower knew that grape growing was his calling when he signed up for his first job at Ridge Vineyards in 1970. Nine years later, he purchased his own Carneros property, and since, his original acreage has grown to 200+. After working with more than 30 wineries in the valley (15+ vineyard wines carry a ‘Hyde Vineyards’ designation), Hyde founded his own Hyde Estate Winery in 2009, where he and his son Christopher produce several varietals. Recipient of The Napa Valley Grape Growers Association (NVG) 2020 Napa Valley Grower of the Year award, Hyde is an ultimate exemplar of the award’s ideals: a strong commitment to sustainable practices, recognized leadership in agricultural preservation, dedicated community focus, contributions to the Napa Valley community, and someone who actively promotes Napa’s reputation for the highest quality vineyards. One of his greatest legacies is his pioneering work with clonal material: more than ten legendary varieties are planted at Hyde Vineyards. With UC Davis’s Foundation Plant Services, he has mapped plant material gathered from historic California vineyards. He has provided 45 different clones of grapes, many of which might be gone forever without this contribution. A true workaholic, Hyde’s favorite pastime and his profession are one-in-the-same. “For fun, I like to ride through the vineyard on a Polaris with my dogs, checking for potential problems,” said Hyde. “It just happens also to be my work.” // hydevineyards.com

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CATHY BUCK INTRIGUING NAPA ENTREPRENEUR

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athy Buck’s 20 years as a realtor in Michigan did not necessarily qualify her for a career in the movie theater business. But as proprietor of St. Helena’s Cameo Cinema, the former waterfront properties specialist found a calling. “The Cameo is important not only to St. Helena and the Valley, it is an iconic piece of movie-going history for the entire country,” said Buck, who moved to the Napa Valley 16 years ago after falling in love with the region during a holiday visit. She purchased the theater on a whim. “When I walk into the theater, I have such a sense of pride. The walls have stories; with the help of the community we have maintained all the nostalgia along with keeping up with technology.” Buck went to great lengths to provide entertainment for the community during the pandemic. “No one expected this pandemic to go on so long,” she said. “It takes a toll on people’s spirits, not being able to see family and friends. Movies can be a great distraction and escape that brings joy.” She set-up an in-home streaming system to offer the indie films that would have shown at the Cameo had doors been open. She created a drive-in to provide families a safe outing. And the foundation that she presciently established in 2012 has helped to make it all possible. “It was created as a vehicle in which the community could support renovations, festivals, speakers and new and exciting programs,” said Buck. “Today, it is these contributions that are keeping us alive. It’s a challenge to keep adjusting to the times, ensuring that the Cameo continues to live on for generations to come. For me, it’s a labor of love.” // cameocinema.com

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GEORGE O’MEARA INTRIGUING SMALL WINERY ADVOCATE

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s CEO of Save the Family Farms, a group of owner-occupied, Napa Valley grape growers that classify themselves as ‘micro-producers,’ George O’Meara works to protect Napa’s smallest wineries and vineyards. His goal is that Napa County acknowledge family farms’ historical, cultural, and winemaking legacy by creating a reasonable path to compliance. “Current Napa County regulations take a one-size-fits-all regulatory approach, demanding small, family farms spend several years trying for a use permit,” said O’Meara, an accomplished sales executive with extensive leadership experience in solution sales, business development, IT consulting/ professional services, and leadership development. He is also proprietor and vintner with master-gardener wife Barb of Double O Vineyards & Garden in the Coombsville AVA. The duo was first bitten by the wine bug while attending their first wine club event at Mike Grgich’s home in 1985. They’ve been Napa residents since 2006, enjoying Coombsville’s relaxed pace and sense of calm. The devoted grandfather of two and enthusiastic golfer has been working with Napa’s Board of Supervisors for nearly three years to create a new avenue for these small family farms and vineyard producers to participate in a new Napa County Micro-Winery Ordinance, which would allow each to operate for generations to come. “Data suggests that nearly 200 small family vineyards have either gone out of business or sold to investors in the last five years, some as a direct result of the unfair regulations imposed on growers,” said O’Meara. “Small family farms and vineyards are not designed to fit into a box designed for large scale winery facilities.”

CHIEF ROBERT PLUMMER INTRIGUING COMMUNITY PROTECTOR

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ince his arrival in Napa more than two years ago as Chief of Police, Robert Plummer’s goal has been to build upon the community engagement portion of policing initiated by his predecessor, City Manager Steve Potter. “I believe law enforcement has an opportunity to make communities safer by engaging with everyone, irrespective of their economic or social status,” said Chief Plummer, who leads a dedicated department of men and women, both sworn and non-sworn. “I have always looked out for the underdog or little guy. Protecting those who cannot defend themselves gives me a sense of accomplishment. And when I go to sleep at night, I know I had an impact on someone’s life.” Chief Plummer acknowledges that COVID-19 has changed how law enforcement interacts with community members, and he’s dismayed how the pandemic has limited the community engagement that he so enjoys. He also concedes to challenges experienced by the current state of affairs. “Frequently, officers need to see someone’s facial expressions to gauge an incident or situation,” said Chief Plummer. “Wearing a mask has made that part of the job difficult at times.” Yet he asserts that Napa PD officers have adapted quickly. He was recently lauded for kneeling with others in support of racial justice and for an end to police brutality. “I'm proud of how our staff has adjusted during these challenging times of COVID, civil unrest, and wildfires,” said Plummer. “I have witnessed during my two years here that the community members of Napa are resilient and strong. If we stay focused on getting through the pandemic together and looking out for one another, we will rise up and prosper as a community. Stay strong and Be Kind! Right now, we all can use a little more kindness.”

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FANTESCA’S DLYNN PROCTOR Pays Homage to Old World Wines in Newly Curated Tasting Space

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n a globally celebrated destination known for rolling vineyards, beautiful weather, and distinguished winery architecture, Fantesca Estate & Winery is throwing a curveball. The acclaimed winery that has achieved a tremendous amount of success through its partnership with world-class winemaker Heidi Barrett and magnificent views from Spring Mountain is expanding its sophisticated experience in an unexpected way. Freshly launched and quietly nestled above a small family business and the cobbled sidewalks of Main Street in St. Helena is a new tasting space curated by Fantesca’s DLynn Proctor, who gained recognition through his involvement in the widely successful ‘Somm’ Documentary Series and ‘Uncorked’ Netflix Original.

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In a climate where traveling abroad feels like a distant past, Proctor’s curated tasting experience offers guests the welcome opportunity to explore some of the finest wines from around the world in addition to wines crafted by Fantesca’s world-class winemaker Heidi Barrett. “We believe in celebrating wines from around the world and gaining a greater understanding of what makes certain regions unique,” said DLynn Proctor. “We designed this experience in the spirit of showing the beauty of Napa Valley while paying homage to wines from the Old World.” Inspiration from the old world includes heralded and venerated multi-generational families from the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, and Bordeaux. Those who can secure a reservation will learn the history of the best

Premier and Grand Crus, as well as the Classified Growths of Bordeaux. The space itself pays homage to Fantesca’s namesake. Its sophisticated design reflects the inspiration of the Commedia Dell’arte, all while featuring beautiful custom art and woodwork. Fantesca’s new tasting room, dubbed ‘DLynn’s Den,’ is an elevated tasting experience that allows guests an ability to decipher vintages, styles, place, and regionality with wines crafted by Fantesca Estate & Winery and some of the finest wines from the old world. It’s sure to be a popular spot for those looking for a completely new experience in Napa Valley. FOR MORE INFORMATION fantesca.com // 1377 Main Street Suite 1, St. Helena


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MERLOT

Tracking its renaissance in Napa Valley  BY CHRIS SAWYER

Over the past 50 years, it’s hard to imagine where the wine mecca of Napa Valley would be if not for Merlot’s early success, the noble red grape variety that burst on the scene in the late 1970s. Especially when one considers the series of phenomenal accomplishments that this amiable grape made as the leading wine purchased by American wine consumers, retailers, and sommeliers in the 1980s and 1990s.

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n the beginning, Merlot was mainly used as a blending grape in the famous wine-growing region of Bordeaux in France before it arrived in the New World. But that started to change after classic Napa Valley brands like Louis M. Martini, Newton, Sterling, and Trefethen slowly worked with the grape after World War II, and Duckhorn Vineyards became the first winery to bottle the variety on its own in the late 1970s. When the inaugural Duckhorn releases hit the market in 1978, the Merlot was priced at $10.50 and the Cabernet Sauvignon at $10.00. According to veteran winemaker Tom Rinaldi, who crafted the spirited Duckhorn wines for the first three decades, the price difference reflected not only the great potential of Merlot in the marketplace but also the challenges that go along with finding the best sites to plant a grape that performs best in more moderate climate areas. For these reasons, the classic Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot comprises a selection of select lots from estate vineyards and ultra-premium fruit sourced from other cool-climate sites located in the valley. Duckhorn’s rich, round, and complex iterations helped put Merlot and Napa Valley on the global wine map, and the winery earned a reputation for its separate appellation series and singlevineyard designates such as their Three Palms Vineyard, which earned the prestigious “Top Wine of the World” honor from the Wine Spectator in 2017. Over time, the success of these stylish wines and many other delicious Merlot offerings from Napa Valley led to a broad expansion of new plantings on the West Coast and the marketplace’s eventual saturation before it peaked in the early 2000s. And like a call from the wild: “I am not drinking any f***king Merlot!” was the memorable line quipped in 2004 by the main character Miles (played by Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti) in the smash film Sideways that helped flatten the curve and eliminate the mediocre wines bunched in this category. Winemaker and viticulturist Steve Matthiasson, who has been bottling Merlot from the Oak Knoll District in southern Napa Valley for his family’s Matthiasson label since 2006, said the well-timed connection between Merlot and the film was a necessary purge. “In my opinion, Sideways really did Merlot a favor because the varietal was over-planted in too many spots that weren’t suited for the grape. For

that reason, the only vineyards that remain in Napa Valley are places where Merlot grows extremely well.” Since then, this exciting renaissance of Merlot has been fueled by new farming techniques that have allowed a passionate group of vintners and growers in Napa Valley to produce some of the world’s finest offerings of Merlot over the past two decades. To spread the word about this new movement, the merits of this steady stream of delicious, thought-provoking wines are now promoted in a series of annual festivities, which include Merlot Month in October, International Merlot

Day in early November, and other yearround activities put on by the 100-plus winery members of the #MerlotMe organization started by Duckhorn Vineyards in 2013. On a larger scale, this network has reached more than 25 million wine drinkers and generated more than 100 million social media impressions in 30+ countries over the past five years.

VALLEY FLOOR DELIGHTS One of the strong brands to consistently produce flavorful wines through the decades is Markham Vineyard, which became the fourth winery to bottle Merlot

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in Napa Valley in 1980 and later named the “Merlot of the Year” by the Wine Spectator in 1990. To continue this tradition, head winemaker and general manager Kimberlee Nicholls said the team’s goal is to steadily increase the “yummy factor” of the Markham Merlots. “It’s pure luxury when you can work with cherry pie notes from Oak Knoll, black cherry and cassis notes from Oakville, and lift the ripe boysenberry flavors with natural richness and layers of complexity generated from the vines planted in the hotter area of Calistoga, too,” said Nicholls. Other examples of high-class wines from the valley floor include the smooth, rich, and blue-fruit laden Merlots coming out of Rutherford from producers such as Freemark Abbey, Rutherford Ranch, St. Supery, and Sequoia Grove, to name a few.

This new wave of Merlot offerings from Napa Valley is ready to dazzle the palates of devoted red wine fans and the new generation of wine lovers.

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MOMENTOUS MOUNTAIN MERLOTS As the decades have passed, a series of significant contributions to this positive momentum has come from high-elevation sites that are cooler during the day and warmer at night. Planted on the west-facing slopes of Howell Mountain, Beringer has made an exceptional vineyard-designate Merlot from the Bancroft Ranch since 1987. Other compelling examples include the deep, dark fruit flavors of the Estate Merlot from the historic La Jota Vineyard or Pahlmeyer’s Rancho Chimiles Estate Merlot from the Vaca Mountain Range. Across the valley, more dynamic hillside vineyards are part of the mountainous Spring Mountain District. Inspired by Duckhorn’s early releases, Paloma Winery founders Jim and Barbara Richards planted their first Merlot vines above 2,000 feet on the Mayacamas Range in 1985.

Although this hidden gem only produces a few thousand cases, the family’s commitment to crafting world-class wines received major attention when their big, bold and elegant 2001 Merlot won top Wine Spectator honors in 2003.

COOL-CLIMATE MERLOT OPTIONS Past the lively fruit flavors, other traditional traits of top Merlots include bright acidity, natural verve, and structure that help preserve the wine’s freshness and longevity for decades. Many of these delectable wines hail from the cool-climate Carneros appellation, which features a multitude of elite vineyards planted in loamy clay soils on the San Pablo Bay border. An excellent case in point is the 2016 Merlot from Hyde Estate Winery, a signature brand founded by local grape growing legend Larry Hyde and his son Chris. Deep, rich, and opulent, with floral aromas, balanced tannins, and firm structure. Equally impressive are the Cuvaison 2017 Arcilla Merlot, which offers plush flavors of ripe cherry and wild berries, and Truchard’s 2017 Merlot, which offers a medley of ripe berry flavors lifted with hints of fresh earth and savory spices. East of Carneros, other delicious examples can be found in the slightly warmer hillside area of Coombsville. After planting the first Bordeaux varieties in this region in the late 1970s, Tom Farella gained a reputation for producing a rich, mouth-filling Merlot style made with fruit from mature vines located on the rocky terraces of the family’s certified organic estate. “Our goal is to capture a true sense of the vineyard in every bottle we produce,” said Farella. Other strengths of Merlot can be found in super-premium proprietary red blends. At Shafer Vineyards, Doug Shafer admits that Merlot put his family’s brand on the wine map to stay. But today, the best batches are now being blended with smaller portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec to provide more layers of complexity, supple texture, and backbone to their premium TD Red Blends. From light and airy to full-bodied, elegant to ethereal, and precious to powerful: This new wave of Merlot offerings from Napa Valley is ready to dazzle the palates of devoted red wine fans and the new generation of wine lovers. For more information about top producers and upcoming events, visit MerlotMe.com. FOR MORE INFORMATION merlotme.com

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Talking Approachable Merlot with Chris Hyde

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hris Hyde, general manager of Hyde Vineyards recalled, “It started with my father, making Merlot in the barn. My dad, Larry, had come to Carneros in 1979 after working at all these great places such as Stag’s Leap, Robert Mondavi, and Joseph Phelps.” These 200+ acres uniquely straddling Napa and Sonoma counties in the Carneros AVA, enjoy marked maritime influence in the stretch south toward San Pablo Bay. Hyde Vineyards has been highly influential within the grape growing community for decades. Growing up between the vines, helping his father, working in the fields, and experimenting with homemade wine, Chris was quick to say he’s very proud that today, Hyde is one of Carneros’ largest growers of Merlot. As the epicenter for that “beautiful, versatile grape,” he called out the qualities that make Carneros an ideal growing place for the classic expression cool-climate Merlot. Chief among these are a cooler climate, shallow clay

soil with low PH, foggy mornings, windy afternoons, and a little bit slower ripening than is found in the higher elevation, warmer parts of the valley. Enthusiasm for the “frequently underappreciated Merlot” peppered Chris Hyde’s conversation about the increasingly popular varietal. He indicated that praise for the “great grape” is justified by the strong appeal of good Merlot as a household family wine to be enjoyed alone, over a meal, or laid down for up to 20 years for something even more interesting. Furthermore, said Chris, “Several key Merlot qualities include its approachability, its fruit-forward, floral aspect, fragrance, smooth structure, low tannins, its versatility in food pairings, plus an attractive price point.” In 2020, Carneros experienced the harshest frost season in over a decade, an intense 10-day heatwave and, of course, the fires that followed. When asked about how those conditions impacted their Merlot harvest, Chris said, “Fortunately,

our Merlot dodged a bullet. The grapes were in beautiful condition going into harvest. We can thank the beneficial airflow in Carneros and good timing before the second fires.” This year, the production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Viognier will be about 40 percent down from the average year; Merlot will only see about 300 cases. While there is some distribution outside California, notably in New York and Florida, Hyde Vineyard Estate Winery is the best place to taste Hyde Wines. In 2017, the family built their own tasting room for visitors at the Hyde Vineyard Estate Winery right at the acclaimed vineyards in the heart of Napa’s Carneros AVA. Now open Thursday through Monday by appointment, guests are welcomed in parties up to six on the quaint terrace to enjoy five estate-grown wines. The spacious, attractive indoor tasting room is expected to reopen when the local guidelines allow.

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FARELLA VINEYARD Celebrating 40+ Years of Authenticity  BY FRAN MILLER

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heir Cabernet Sauvignon might receive most of the kudos, but Merlot will always be king at Farella Vineyard. The Coombsville winery’s Merlot plantings date back to 1979 when Frank Farella moved to the area to become one of Napa Valley’s modern wine pioneers. A Stanford-educated attorney, he established Farella-Park Vineyards in 1985. Today at age 91, he is still going strong, helping his son Tom maintain the now titled Farella Vineyard’s status as one of Napa’s prized small producers and one of the Valley’s original family-owned operations. “We have always grown grapes and made wine suited to our own palates, and in the 70’s and 80’s, that was Merlot,” said Tom, the author of Coombville’s 2009 petition for AVA recognition, granted in 2011. After graduation from UC Davis with a viticulture and enology degree, Tom worked at various wineries in Sonoma, Napa, Oregon, and France before returning home to partner with his dad. “All of our wines are dedicated to a classic style – a bit European, a bit lighter bodied. Our wines are food-friendly, and each one ages beautifully.” Today, Tom maintains 26 acres of planted vineyards, and the majority of his grapes are sold to established artisan labels throughout 64

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“All of our wines are dedicated to a classic style – a bit European, a bit lighter bodied. Our wines are foodfriendly, and each one ages beautifully.” the valley. The remainder are used to produce Farella’s 1,500 annual cases of Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Bordeaux red blend called Alta. The house style is always refined, and after 40 years of stewarding the vines, Tom’s terroir knowledge guides his winemaking. “The keys are always there, regardless of vintage,” said Tom, who two years ago

deemed himself ‘vintner,’ naming Ryan Pass as ‘winemaker.’ “Ryan joined me in 2015, and from the beginning, he grasped the goal, the mission, and the subtleties. We were, and are, incredibly in-sync. He is as passionate as I about viticulture and wine production, and our stylistic preferences are the same.” After more than 40 years of popularity, one might assume that Farella would increase its annual production, but Tom values his hands-on role and does not relish the headaches inevitably associated with expansion. Current numbers are just right for the San Rafael native who grew-up looking north to the Napa Valley Hills in which he now lives and works. “I believe in the phrase ‘less is more,’” said Tom. Farella Vineyard wines can be found in some of Napa’s most popular restaurants and distributed throughout New York City, California, Michigan, and Florida. Tastings are held both at the Coombsville winery, where appointments are required, and at Outland, its downtown Napa, no appointment necessary tasting room shared with Poe and Forlorn Hope.

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CAMi Vineyards: Rooted in Cherished Memories and Serendipity  BY LAURIE JO MILLER FARR

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ordering Selby Creek and the Silverado Trail, CAMi Vineyards is a small and arid three-acre patch of land that founder Laurie Shelton describes as “a slice of heaven.” She explained, “Paul Saviez farmed our vineyard back in the ’90s and scored Merlot cuttings from the acclaimed Three Palms Vineyard. In 2006, it became clear that our Cabernet needed to be replanted, and we went for the highest quality fruit from the 337 Clone.” Small clusters of tiny, intense berries produce a big, full-bodied flavor for a Bordeaux-style, bright-fruited Merlot. And while these Cab vines don’t produce a lot of fruit, Shelton pointed out that they do contribute “softer, more feminine tannins.” Once again, in 2020, some of the best grapes go into a very small production of two single-vineyard estate wines of 100% Merlot and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Production was just under 200 cases of the 2016 CAMi flagship estate red blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Sauvignon. “It’s really nice that people are giving Merlot another look. Putting ‘Sideways’ behind us, we appreciate that this grape is now getting its well-deserved consideration and recognition,” said Shelton. Looking back 20 years, when Tom and Laurie Shelton purchased the property, they were naturally delighted that renowned

“ For the grapes’ sake, if they were all, Whose leaves already are burnt with frost, Whose clustered fruit must else be lost, For the grapes’ sake along the wall” — Robert Frost

viticulturist David Abreu proclaimed it to be “real Cabernet dirt.” The name of the winery was inspired by a serendipitous visit by friends from Montreal and her daughter, Camille. At the time, an expectant Laurie settled on the name with its French pronunciation named for her daughter and the vineyard. It was a dozen years and Tom’s

untimely passing before, in the spirit of healing and cherishing memories, CAMi’s inaugural vintage appeared in 2013. Eyecatching wine labels feature poetry—a stanza from Robert Frost’s “October” and an original tribute to his father from artist son Trevor Mansfield—whose evocative photography also graces the labels. Coincidentally, Laurie Shelton recalled how by earnestly asking around in wine circles, the collaboration with winemaker John Giannini was another lucky stroke. A one-time encounter when Giannini was the sous-chef at the now-closed Terra Restaurant in St. Helena led to a re-introduction to John in his winemaker role. Giannini’s noninterventionist winemaking philosophy that celebrates the style of land where the grapes are grown aligned with Laurie’s vision and is supported through guidance by top-caliber viticultural farming veterans, Davie Piña, Justin Leigon, and Jose Luis. Come for a taste. Pull up a chair at one of the outdoor bistro tables to taste CAMi wines in downtown Calistoga. Right across from Copperfield’s Books, the attractive tasting room / gallery with rotating art shows, including some of Shelton’s expressionist works, is also pouring a bit of estategrown olive oil later in the season. FOR MORE INFORMATION camivineyards.com WINTER 2020

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JARVIS ESTATE WINERY A Story of Family and the Metamorphosis of Estate Grapes to World-Class Wine

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ust four miles outside the city of Napa and 1,200 feet above the valley floor, the stunning Jarvis Estate is a culmination of family, legacy winemaking, and environmental stewardship.

THE FAMILY STORY Purchased in 1986 as a weekend home, owners William and Leticia Jarvis quickly recognized the property’s promise for growing exceptional grapes, providing the couple the opportunity to make their own world-class wine. Thus, the estate became their primary residence, and Napa became the community in which they immersed themselves via wine, philanthropy, and the opening of Jarvis Conservatory in downtown, as well as the place they raised their son, Will. Having grown up on the property, Will’s first jobs in high school were working in the vineyards and winery alongside Jarvis Estate’s General Manager, Deanna Martinez, who has been with the winery since its inception. Today, 28 years after their first vintage, Will oversees all winery and vineyard operations as president.

LEGACY WINEMAKING When looking for a winemaker, William Jarvis sought guidance from Napa icon Andre Tchelistcheff, who connected William with his son, Dimitri, who subsequently served as Jarvis Estate’s Founding Winemaker and Winemaker Emeritus. Dimitri established the Jarvis winemaking philosophy and style that remain its cornerstones to this day. Led by an unwavering commitment to quality and excellence, the Jarvis family tunneled a 45,000-square-foot cave, creating the world’s first entirely subterranean winery. It serves as home to everything required for the metamorphosis from grape to wine, including space for extended barrel and bottle aging. Jarvis wines are only released when the winemaking team feels they are ready for enjoyment, perhaps five to ten years from their vintage date. Although most well known for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Jarvis makes notable Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon blends as well.

While the property covers an expansive 1,320 acres and all wines are made from estate-grown fruit, the Jarvis family only planted 37 acres of the most promising sites. These original vineyards remain the only ones under vine, keeping vineyard acreage below 3% of the total property.

STEWARDS OF THE LAND Napa Green and Fish Friendly Farming certified, the Jarvis family prioritizes environmental conservation. The winery is self-sufficient in its water consumption, benefiting from two natural lakes on the estate. Furthermore, all the residence and winery’s energy needs are met by two extensive solar arrays that power every aspect of the winery and provide charging stations for electric vehicles.

VISITS TO THE ESTATE Jarvis wines are allocated to their Inner Circle members and visitors to the winery. The estate is open to a limited number of guests by appointment only.

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MYSTICAL MOUNTAIN MERLOT  BY FRAN MILLER

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hen Ralph Hertelendy purchased his four acres on the slopes of Howell Mountain in 2014, Merlot grapes dominated the vineyard. Hertelendy planned to tear out the existing vines to plant Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. But having bought the fruit-laden land just before harvest season, out of curiosity, he made some wine with the existing fruit and was amazed at the quality. “The vineyard, originally planted in 1993, was not even that well maintained,” said Hertelendy. “But in the wine I made initially, I could see the potential. This was not typical Merlot fruit. The wine was ‘mind-bendingly’ good – structured, rich, and opulent, and it was so young. I knew it would be a major travesty to rip it out.”

Hertelendy had always loved Merlot, but like the rest of the country, he had lost interest, mainly due in part to the influence of the movie ‘Sideways’ where the varietal was greatly disparaged. But his inaugural vintage reminded him of Merlot’s allure, enough so that he decided to nurture the grapes rather than replant. And his efforts have more than paid off. Merlot is the predominant varietal in his Signature Mountain Blend, of which his 2015 vintage won double gold at the Sunset International Wine Competition with 98 points. His 2016 took gold at TEXSOM, one of the most prestigious wine competitions in the country. Some have even called the blend the ‘Petrus of Napa

Valley.’ It includes fruit from other prestigious vineyards from sites such as Pritchard Hill and Atlas Peak, and its profile is powerful yet supple, rich yet balanced. But the majority of the fruit for his Signature Mountain Blend, of which only 200 cases are produced, comes from his original four acres at 1,365 feet, which survived the recent Glass Fire, and which Hertelendy named Rockwell Ridge. Due to its distinctive volcanic terroir below the fog line, Hertelendy and a small faction of fellow vintners such as Steve Burgess and Kelly Woods, and neighbor, Michael McMillan, have petitioned for the small region that runs east/west between Howell Mountain and St. Helena to be designated an original AVA. They have named it Crystal Springs.

“ We are anxious to showcase our distinct identity within the Napa Valley, and to display some of the best terroir and our incredible wines.” “It’s 1000 feet of excellence,” said Hertelendy, who hopes to obtain the official AVA designation within a year or two. “We are anxious to showcase our distinct identity within the Napa Valley, and to display some of the best terroir and our incredible wines.” Hertelendy Vineyards wines are distributed within ten states but sold primarily direct to club members. Several can be found at high-end Napa restaurants such as The French Laundry, Press, and Morimoto. Private tastings are currently held in Downtown Napa at Vintner’s Collective and The Caves at Soda Canyon by reservation only. FOR MORE INFORMATION hertelendy.com WINTER 2020

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When farmers first began planting grapes in the Napa Valley, wild horses roamed the upland valley east of Napa town. Viticulturalists soon took notice of “Wild Horse Valley” and its unique micro-climate cooled by Pacific Ocean breezes that cross the Carneros lowlands before rising up the steep, oak-studded hillsides, and its largely frost-free Springs with delayed Autumn harvests.

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oday, Wild Horse Valley is one of the region’s tiniest subappellations – just 3,300 acres, home to several vineyards and one distinctive winery, Olivia Brion. Blessed by ample water, well-drained soils, and the rich minerality of the rocky landscape, the area has become known for producing prized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and other cooler-climate varietals. But this success has been hard-won. According to historical records, a dozen families had settled in the valley by 1873, and shortly thereafter, grape growing pioneers Joseph Vorbe, Pierre Fournier, and Constance Malandrino were planting vineyards. Malandrino earned notoriety when he illegally diverted Vallejo’s municipal water for his own use, and later, when torrential winter rains destroyed his poorly-constructed dam, leading to downstream flooding, blame, and lawsuits. A series of misfortunes befell the little valley–  the economic depressions in 1893 and 1929, a phylloxera outbreak in the 1890s, and a devastating wildfire in 1913. Vineyards vanished during Prohibition.  Then gasoline rationing during World War II made the area hard to reach. By 1945, there were almost no inhabitants.   Over the next few decades, homesteaders gradually returned, despite two serious wildfires in 1953 and 1964. By the 1970s, vineyard farming had resumed. One pioneer was John Newmeyer, a San Francisco

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epidemiologist and wine enthusiast. In 1978 he and his friends purchased the thousand-acre Green Valley Ranch at the end of Green Valley Road. They envisioned a small vineyard. “Rene di Rosa and I walked over a patch of land by Heron Lake,” Newmeyer recalled. “He shared my excitement about the potential of the place.” In 1980 John established Heron Lake Vineyard, planting 24 acres. Soon afterward, he met a passionate young winemaker, David Mahaffey. Sizing up the opportunity, Mahaffey soon grafted over onethird of the vines into Pinot Noir. “If I were stranded on a desert island, and had just one bottle of wine to drink, it would be Pinot Noir,” said Mahaffey. “Pinot Noir checks off everything you could ask for in a great wine: layered complexity, a nuance that changes with every sip, and perfect food pairing capability. If you’re going

to a dinner party and don’t know what’s on the menu, bring a Pinot.” “Yields in the rocky soils are low, so the best option is to grow grapes with intensely concentrated fruit flavors from which high-value wine can be made,” Newmeyer added, “Burgundian varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, were the right choices.” A few years later, recognizing the unique attributes of this growing region, Newmeyer and Mahaffey set about the painstaking task of applying for, and ultimately achieving, a separate AVA designation for Wild Horse Valley, which includes land in Napa and Solano counties. Wild Horse Valley remains sparsely planted, devoted mostly to wilderness protection, watershed preservation and cattle grazing. According to Newmeyer, only about ten percent of the land is suitable for wine grapes, and just

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a fraction of that is planted. That includes a portion of the gorgeous Kenzo Estate vineyard, located in the AVA’s northern reaches. The brainchild of Kenzo Tsujimoto, the vineyard boasts two superstars – viticulturist David Abreu and winemaker Heidi Barrett. Over the years, grapes grown in Wild Horse Valley have attracted attention from some of Napa Valley’s best wineries, such as Newton Vineyard, which made Heron Lake Vineyard grapes a staple component of its splendid “unfiltered” Chardonnays. Mahaffey’s wines, first bottled under the Heron Lake label, and later under the Olivia Brion brand, have gained a devoted following and are featured in many of the area’s best restaurants. In 2006, John Lockwood came to help Mahaffey work the crush. Hooked by the Wild Horse Valley experience, he moved to Napa Valley, and launched his wine industry career, eventually establishing Enfield Wine Co. In 2014, the San FranDavid Mahaffey on a foggy harvest morning cisco Chronicle dubbed the Enfield 2012 Chardonnay, made from Heron Lake grapes, “Chardonnay of the Year,” describing it as “heathery, with cypress and green tea, ripe with pear and yellow raspberry.” (He was later featured prominently in the New York Times in 2018). Lockwood remains deeply involved with the vineyard to this day, noting that “the soils are volcanic with pumice stones,” resulting in  Pinot Noirs with aromas of dark plum, wild cherry, and dried ginger, and pronounced minerality. This year, Mahaffey celebrated his 40th vintage. Another of his

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interns, Kira Ballotta, bitten by the Wild Horse Valley bug, joined him in 2017 as co-winemaker. Ballotta, with a discerning palate and shrewd business sense, is gradually taking over the Olivia Brion brand, as Mahaffey edges toward retirement. Among her innovations is the attentiongetting proprietary white aromatic blend, Taquine, built on the backbone of Heron Lake Chardonnay. “We’ve had a remarkable run,” said Mahaffey, noting several of his favorite vintages, including the currently available 2016 Olivia Brion Estate Pinot Noir. “What a magnificent place to make wine.” FOR MORE INFORMATION oliviabrion.com


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BestBurgers  BY ELIZABETH SMITH

With Napa Valley’s most planted grape variety being Cabernet Sauvignon, it is befitting that many of the area’s restaurants have burgers on their menus. Whether made from ground beef, lamb, pork, premier cuts of ribeye, or even plant-based meat options, they all present ideal pairings. Combine this with a renewed desire for comfort food, Napa Valley’s burgers are evolving into house specialties and favorites among locals and tourists alike. There are so many delicious options from which to choose; here are some of the best that Napa Valley has to offer.

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flavors come to life. Led by Executive Chef David Nuno and his veteran team, they bring decades of experience to the kitchen to create a celebration of cuisine through locally produced meats and produce. What distinguishes Brasswood’s Ribeye Burger from other restaurants is the use of highquality ribeye, which sits atop a hearty, house-made brioche bun that holds up to the burger’s juicy richness. It is topped with cambozola, little gem lettuce, grilled onions, and pasilla aioli, accompanied by a side of truffle parmesan fries and a house pickle. Avocado, bacon, or an organic egg are available for an additional charge. Vegetarians may substitute the burger with the restaurant’s portobello mushroom stuffed with oven-roasted wild mushrooms, eggplant, red peppers, fontina cheese, parmesan, and salsa verde. The burger is available for lunch and takeout. // 3111 St. Helena Hwy N, St. Helena // brasswood.com

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ANDIES CAFÉ Family owned and operated Andies Café is one of Napa Valley’s local hangouts serving hungry Napans family-friendly “American Cuisine” for over two decades. Along with their popular sandwiches, salads, and breakfast burritos, the burgers are plenty. With 14 options on the menu, the stars are the wide selection of beef burgers, all made with ground chuck, which is ground fresh daily, generously portioned at 1/3 pound, and presented with a myriad of unique topping combinations. A crowd favorite is the brunch burger, topped with a fried egg, bacon, and hash browns. For those not eating red meat, Andies offers several turkey burgers and a vegetarian Garden Burger, which is also a favorite among her most discerning carnivore clientele. This year, Andies Café owner Susie Kastella is proud to be celebrating the restaurant’s 25th Anniversary. Local fans attribute the restaurant’s successful longevity to Kastella’s special sauce—her care and support for the people around her and her dedication to the local community. // 1042 Freeway Dr, Napa // andiescafenapavalley.com

AVOW AVOW’s Chef Mike Williams shared his philosophy, “Food is an incredibly special thing. To me, food is what binds us. We connect over a bite; we feed our loved ones because we want to make them feel loved.” His approach to burgers exemplifies his conviction in creating nourishing food that brings people together. Williams takes

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great care to combine flavors, textures, and what he calls an “over-the-top wow factor” when taking that first bite. The restaurant’s signature eight-ounce AVOW Burger is topped with raclette cheese, bone marrow aioli, caramelized onions, and Dijon mustard on a pretzel bun. Williams also considers his Brunchwich a style of burger, made with a sausage patty in lieu of beef, and topped with bacon, ham, cheddar cheese, a fried egg, and maple reduction on a brioche bun. A Bacon Cheeseburger and Spicy Burger are also available. AVOW has a daily lunch special called “Burger and a Brewski,” which includes an AVOW Burger, fries, and the featured beer for $20. // 813 Main St., Napa // avownapa.com

BRASSWOOD BAR + KITCHEN St. Helena’s Brasswood Bar + Kitchen’s is a restaurant where wine country’s terroir and

Founded in 1999, Gott’s Roadside is one of the Napa Valley’s most iconic brands, with two locations, the original in St. Helena’s former Taylor’s Refresher location, and the second at Napa’s Oxbow Public Market. Designed to be reminiscent of an American roadside classic restaurant, it offers enduring comfort foods like tacos, salads, milkshakes, and of course, burgers. The burgers include locally sourced ingredients such as the 100% Niman Ranch Angus beef, Panorama Baking toasted egg bun, lettuce and tomato, and their secret sauce made with Sir Kensington’s ketchup. Gott’s specialty is the California Burger, with a fried egg, Cowgirl Creamery’s Wagon Wheel cheese, Zoe’s bacon, arugula, balsamic onions, and mayonnaise on a toasted sesame brioche bun. For seafood lovers, the Ahi Burger is also on the menu: sushigrade ahi tuna seared rare and topped with ginger wasabi mayonnaise, Asian slaw, and cilantro on a toasted egg bun. Gott’s was also an early adopter of the Impossible Burger for customers who do not eat meat and has options for dietary restrictions like gluten-free bread and dairy-free modifications. // 933 Main St., St. Helena // 644 First St., Napa // gotts.com


NAPA PALISADES SALOON Napa Palisades Saloon and Beer Company, founded in 2014, opened the brewpub doors in 2015 to offer the Napa community “pub grub” that rivals some of the Napa Valley’s best restaurants. Under the culinary helm of Partner and Executive Chef Tim Brown, it offers two burgers. The first is the Saloon Burger, made with white cheddar, stoutbraised onions, house-made Grandma Brown’s pickles, and “The Sauce,” a proprietary concoction with a smoky flavor. The second is the lamb burger topped with feta cheese, roasted red peppers, wild arugula, and Sambal mayonnaise. The restaurant sources potato buns from Napa’s Alexis Baking Company because they stand up to the burgers’ weight and juiciness. While the Saloon Burger is the restaurant’s house specialty, co-owner Chuck Meyer’s favorite is the lamb burger. “The meat is a special blend of lamb, spices, and chopped veggies that are an amazing blend of flavors just in the patty itself. I have many friends who swear by it. It has its own following, and they are devoted,” said Meyer. For vegetarians and vegans, the menu also has a Beyond Burger. // 1000 Main St., Ste. 100, Napa // napapalisades.com

elegance. The lunch menu uses local meat and other ingredients. It includes the Bistro Burger – made with Painted Hills grass-fed beef, bistro dressing, lettuce, tomato, onion, and house-made pickles atop a brioche bun and the Fallen Hills Lamb Burger, a first-place winner in a recent “Best of” competition in St. Helena. The award-winning lamb burger is topped with sweet heirloom tomatoes, wild arugula, creamy feta cheese, and earthy rosemary aioli, with a side of potato chips. Cheddar, jack, gruyère, Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and avocado are optional toppings for both burgers. // 975 Clinton St., Napa // napavalleybistro.com Squeeze Inn's famous cheese skirt Photo by Virgil Cooper III

NAPA VALLEY BISTRO Napa Valley Bistro, under the leadership of Executive Chef and Principal, Bernardo Ayala and business partner, Ernesto Martinez, is one of downtown Napa’s charming and beloved local and tourist favorites, worth veering off Main Street to discover. The dining ambiance is casual and comfortable with a sense of understated

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SQUEEZE INN HAMBURGERS When Napan Jay Bakker was in college at Chico State, his friend at Sacramento State took him to the original Squeeze Inn in Sacramento, California. “I thought nothing of it, but once I tried it, I knew it was something special,” said Bakker. When he graduated from college, Bakker contacted the owner, Travis Hausauer, to see if he might be interested in franchising the brand. They reached an agreement, and in 2006, Bakker

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inches beyond the burger and sesame seed bun. The Squeezeburger can be made without the bun or the cheese skirt for their gluten or dairy-free customers. For vegans and vegetarians, Squeeze Inn also offers a Gardenburger. // 3383 Solano Ave, Napa // squeezeinnhamburgers.com

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became the owner of Squeeze Inn’s second location in Napa. Featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” Napa’s Squeeze Inn Hamburgers’ claim to fame is the crowd-favorite Squeezeburger with its beloved Cheese Skirt, a pile of fried shredded cheddar cheese that stretches a few

Napa also has a couple of burger joints that are off the beaten path. The first is GOOSE AND GANDER, tucked away on Spring Street in St Helena. They are best known for their haute selection of burgers made from grass-fed beef and topped with such foodie delicacies such as bone marrow and duck egg. // 1245 Spring St., St. Helena // Winter hours have changed. Check website for current hours of operation. // goosegander.com The second is the ORIGINAL RED ROCK CAFÉ, nestled into a corner of a shopping plaza on Lincoln Avenue. Red Rock has six burgers on the menu made with beef, chicken (grilled or fried), fish, turkey, and veggies and is best known for its wide selection of condiments and toppings which can be customized to suit any craving. // 1010 Lincoln Ave., Napa // backdoorbbq.com

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Moving Full Steam Ahead  BY ELIZABETH SMITH

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apa Palisades Saloon and Beer Company is celebrating five years in business in 2020. Owner Chuck Meyer attributes their success to his team and their willingness to remain relevant, adapt, and grow in light of current events and even in the face of adversity. “Our team is part of our family. My wife Carly and I look at all of our staff as an extended family and try to treat our decision-making process with that in mind. This year has certainly been a challenge, but with the support of the great Napa community, we have been able to keep our family employed!” Meyer’s vision for Napa Palisades Saloon has always provided both locals and visitors a brewpub and restaurant that feels like one’s favorite neighborhood bar. It has been essential to have hospitality, service, and culinary offerings on par with many of Napa’s finest dining establishments. Meyer emphasized that the food menu at Napa Palisades Saloon stands up to the best the Napa Valley has to offer in terms of freshness and quality. “We use a lot of the same purveyors as many of the more refined restaurants in town,” said Meyer. Chef/Partner Tim Brown is originally from New York but has lived in California for more than 20 years. He brings to Napa Palisades Saloon a formidable combination of his

“Our team is part of our family. My wife Carly and I look at all of our staff as an extended family and try to treat our decision-making process with that in mind. ” formal culinary training and signature “West Coast style with an East Coast soul,” offering a variety of comfort food creations such as his popular Buffalo-style Chicken Wings, Fried Cheese Curds, Reuben Croquettes, Saloon, and Lamb Burgers, P.E.C. (pulled pork, egg, and cheese) Sandwich, and the saloon’s beer-soaked version of tiramisu called Beer-A-Misu. In addition to their own and other local draft beers, the beverage menu also includes cocktails such as a Watermelon Fizz and the Saloon Mule, as well as an excellent selection of Napa Valley and Sonoma wines. In the face of the pandemic, Meyer and his team seized the opportunity to implement and upgrade Napa Palisades Saloon’s

takeout and delivery service, powered by a technologically advanced online ordering website that allows customers to customize every menu item according to personal or dietary preferences. The restaurant was also quick to implement its own canning system to offer all its beverages to go. Napa Palisades Saloon expanded their table service during the business reopening phase by creating a beer garden outdoors behind the restaurant in Napa’s Opera House Plaza. Napa Palisades Saloon is looking forward to its upcoming expansion into the former location of Yo’Belle Frozen Yogurt. The renovation will double their footprint, offering a more spacious, family-friendly area with floor to ceiling windows that open to the street. In addition, Napa Palisades Beer Company has formed a partnership with Tannery Bend, which will soon result in a new production facility for both brands on Action Avenue in Napa. The two will share staff and equipment, making their respective beers as well as some collaborations. The future also looks bright for retail sales and a tasting space at the new facility. While some might cower in the face of challenge, “The Beer Guys in Wine Country” have moved full steam ahead, never looking back. FOR MORE INFORMATION napapalisades.com WINTER 2020

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Southside Café  BY LAURIE JO MILLER FARR | PHOTOS BY EMMA K. MORRIS

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coffee is a lifestyle. “It all matters,” the multi-talented couple explained, “and our team’s nonstop efforts to deliver excellence pays off when we see big smiles and hear people say they love Southside.” An integral part of consistency to deliver excellence is brought by the Director of Operations, Evan Dodge. They do see plenty of smiles. The three successful, community-centric restaurants serving breakfast and lunch have grown from a diverse culinary background and extensive travel. Morgan is a classically

trained chef with a strong culinary team, and Irma guides customer experience, sharing in menu creation that drives the trademark California cuisine with a Latin twist. Together, they’re focused on “being chef-y and interesting while using fresh, good products that resonate with locals,” such as the popular Chilaquiles and Biscuits & Gravy.

“ Our team’s nonstop efforts to deliver excellence pays off when we see big smiles and hear people say they love Southside.” Reinforcing the community aspect, there’s a strong “Dine + Donate” commitment around kids and animals via Napa Humane and Cope Family Center. Irma explained, “Our customers feel a big part of every element of the brand experience.” Most recently, Morgan and Irma have been hard at work to create “Buddy’s Burgers,” socalled after a nickname for their son, who loves hamburgers. It’s a Southside Century two-night midweek series of winter popup events that feature four different smash burgers. For the less adventurous, there’s a delicious cheeseburger. For more adventurous palates, there’s a Latin-inspired Chivito SmashBurger: a crispy Akaushi patty, ham, bacon, fried egg, provolone cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and chimichurri, topped with two green olives. To avoid disappointment, plan ahead for Fried Chicken Fridays, order online, and pick up at the Century location between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Or get in touch to order catered platters or boxed meals for pickup or delivery. All three locations can be booked as a venue for a hosted occasion. All Southside locations have outdoor seating with winterization and rain covers ready to welcome guests for breakfast or lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also available, wine to-go from several beautiful wineries that Southside Café is proud to call their Napa Valley friends. FOR MORE INFORMATION southsidecafe.com


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HERITAGE EATS Tripling Their Love and Commitment to Napa’s Community

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en and Ali Koenig opened Heritage Eats in Napa’s Bel Aire Plaza in 2015 to bring the valley a fastcasual, globally-inspired restaurant concept that thinks and acts locally. Opening and operating a family-owned, small business has presented its variety of challenges and opportunities for the Koenigs over the last five years, but the latest disruptions due to the novel coronavirus set a new course for the future of the restaurant industry as they knew it. Despite the dire business circumstances due to dine-in shutdowns and public health concerns, it became their goal to creatively think of ways to serve the most critical needs of residents, help in building community, and pivot and expand their business model to seek its greatest potential. Thanks to the community’s response to support local restaurants, the Koenigs were able to do just that while providing a unique service to Napa in a time of extreme uncertainty. Their efforts included developing a variety of programs such as ‘Heritage @ Home’, a new staple grocery program that allowed Napa locals to get fresh food

and essential products delivered to their doorstep; ‘Dine OUT and Donate’, a community partnership to donate portions of their sales to local organizations in need; and ‘Pay It Forward’, a campaign to help feed over 2,000 first responders and families. Continuing this effort to adapt and meet the community’s changing needs, the Koenigs sought new ways to bring their restaurant to locals increasingly at home with two new mobile ventures – the Best Food Truck Ever by Heritage Eats and Haven Napa. Now open, the Best Food Truck Ever by Heritage Eats is parked at the historic Food City building in South Napa. Traditionally a variety of cuisines are available amongst clusters of food trucks at festivals or business parks, but Heritage Eats put all of that variety into one truck - making the Best Food Truck Ever a single, easily accessible destination for an array of Heritage Eats’ greatest hits and savory truck-style menu items. The second restaurant, Haven Napa, launched in October and is a ‘better chicken wings’ joint where the ‘joint’ is your own home. As a delivery-only, ghost-kitchen

brand, Haven Napa is focused on bringing the ‘better wings brand’ to Napa. By being delivery only, the culinary team focuses entirely on the quality and flavor of the wings. Additionally, they have selected Mary’s Chicken, a NAE (“No Antibiotics Ever”) chicken brand, as the base for their unique-to-Napa flavors. Most popular items include Sweet Chili, Nashville Hot, and the Carolina-inspired cherry-flavored Cheerwine BBQ. In celebration of these efforts, it is no surprise that Senator Bill Dodd named Heritage Eats Napa County’s 2020 Small Business of the Year. “It’s not about growing necessarily–it’s about recognizing we have a responsibility to do more,” remarked Ben. “The community support we have received enabled us to maintain employees and keep serving our neighborhood. Now we are multiplying that love by opening two more locations, hiring more local staff, and reinvesting in our Napa family. We’ve got to keep paying it forward.” FOR MORE INFORMATION heritageeats.com // bestfoodtruckever.co // havennapa.com WINTER 2020

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magine a card player taking a peek at his hand, raising an eyebrow as he glances at the dealer and looks over the other players seated across from him to take in the view through the open nano doors. Just outside is a 4,500 square-foot deck where couples and friends enjoy world-class food beside comforting fire pits overlooking the Napa River. To the left, women laugh over martinis while a group fresh off the golf course sits in anticipation as the sports action unfolds on 75-inch television screens. Whether one’s hand is a winner is yet to be seen, but in Mike LeBlanc’s vision for Napa’s new California casino, everyone is a winner. LeBlanc and partner, Gabriel Pattee, intend to up the ante with the opening of their California casino, Ace & Vine, under the city of Napa’s only gaming license. LeBlanc, who began as a busboy at age 14 and learned the gaming industry under his mother’s mentorship and partnership, has been working towards this moment for over four and a half years. Because Napa’s gaming license was dormant for around 40 years, LeBlanc’s dream of bringing Ace & Vine to life has been challenging. However, this makes the December 2020 opening, under the guidance of gaming industry leader Mark Pickens, all the more rewarding. Ace & Vine’s modern building design will feature six nano doors, including the 80

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only gaming room with an open indoor/ outdoor atmosphere, giving the space a very welcoming, open-air feel, further enhancing its idyllic Napa River locale. The enticing space will host games such as baccarat, blackjack, and poker. High rollers will enjoy a dedicated area known as The Dragon Room, which will provide VIP accoutrement, lockers, and more. Unlike most California casinos, Ace & Vine will also have a first-class restaurant because, as LeBlanc declared, “This is Napa.” Under the helm of Michelin-rated culinary director, Arnaud Drouville, a classically trained French chef who worked in Asia for many years, the casino’s restaurant, The Deck, will offer globally inspired and elevated Asian fusion and comfort cuisine. Overseeing the management of The Deck will be longtime Napa restauranteur Michael Galyen, the former director of operations

and general manager of Morimoto Napa and current owner and managing partner of NapaSport Steakhouse, and his wife, Krista. With a separate entrance, patrons of The Deck will enjoy two bar areas offering premium cocktails, Napa Valley wines, and entertainment. LeBlanc, who shared that he has two young sons, emphasized that The Deck’s outdoor patio picnic tables are ideal for family-friendly dining. The patio will also be dog friendly. While the Napa Valley is mostly known for its world-renowned wineries and restaurants, LeBlanc believes that residents will enjoy experiences beyond these. Ace & Vine and The Deck will certainly satisfy locals’ and tourists’ cravings for late-night and early-morning gaming, dining, and entertainment. FOR MORE INFORMATION aceandvine.com


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ith its Mediterranean-inspired architecture, expansive beaches, enveloping Santa Ynez mountains, and year-round sunshine, no other United States locale so well mimics the aesthetic of the European Riviera. Hence Santa Barbara’s nickname, The American Riviera. Simultaneously sophisticated and bohemian, easy-going and energetic, this glamorous oceanfront hamlet offers the perfect environment for a romantic couples’ getaway. But it is equally ideally suited for family fun. It’s no wonder that many fortunate individuals, who can live anywhere in the world, choose to call Santa Barbara home. This self-contained paradise truly has it all: hyper-local gourmet dining, sumptuous hotels, a thriving art scene, boutique shopping, outdoor activities, the beach, and wine, lots of wine. Santa Barbara features one of the most vibrant wine scenes in the nation; 33 tasting rooms make up the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, where visitors can enjoy some of Santa Barbara County’s finest varietals. Nearly all of the tasting rooms are within walking distance of each other and within blocks of downtown and the beach. Five distinct neighborhoods make up the walkable Trail. The Funk Zone features an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, restaurants, wineries, and breweries and is ground zero for Santa Barbara’s artisan community. La Arcada is a quaint, secluded outdoor downtown plaza surrounded by boutiques, cafes, and art galleries. Midtown showcases six fully functioning wineries where one can watch winemakers in action. The Presidio neighborhood is centered around the last of the Spanish fortresses’ historical site,

offering a bit of history along with some of the area’s finest food and wine. Summerland is a charming, Victorian-esque hillside beach town lined with antique stores, cafes, and high-end boutiques. Some of the best tasting experiences include Grassini Family Winery: This boutique winery specializes in the

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handcrafted production of wines made exclusively from Bordeaux varietals grown on the Grassini estate vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley’s Happy Canyon AVA. Their small tasting room located in the El Paseo complex in the Presidio district features charming front and back patios at which to sip and savor. grassinifamilyvineyards.com

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Restaurant Roy: For nearly 30 years, local character Roy Gandy has helmed the kitchen at his eponymous eatery located next to The Canary. Gandy scours the local farmers’ markets for the freshest ingredients used in his prix fix dinners: $22 for soup, salad, bread, and entrée. Dine in his small street-side parklet, or order take-out as the locals do. restaurantroy.com Andersen’s: A trip to Santa Barbara is not complete without a stop at Andersen’s for Danish Kringle. Family owned and operated for more than 40 years, Andersen’s is a Santa Barbara landmark, serving time-honored traditional European cuisine and delicious pastries. andersenssantabarbara.co

Aside from wine Kunin Wines and The Valley Project Tasting Room

Paradise Springs Winery: Located in the Funk Zone’s The Project complex, this is the first bi-coastal winery in the United States with operations both in Santa Barbara and Virginia. Their west coast operation features wines grown in the Sta. Rita Hills and Happy Canyon AVAs: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and a beautiful Rosé, the label of which features original artwork by actor Billy Zane. paradisespringsofsantabarbara.com Santa Barbara Winery: Also located in the vibrant Funk Zone, this winery was founded in 1962 as the first postprohibition commercial winery in Santa Barbara County. Enjoy tastings, wines by the glass or bottle, and cheese plates from Pierre Lafond Deli, named for winery founder Lafond. A well-stocked gift shop pays homage to his original vocation as a retailer. sbwinery.com

Where to stay Location, location, location. For convenient access to the Trail, downtown’s Kimpton Canary Hotel can’t be beaten. With its rooftop pool affording glorious views, and amenities such as morning coffee service, evening social hour, and a fleet of complimentary cherry red bicycles, this Spanish-style jewel of a hotel is a rare mix of style and service without the stuffiness. After a day and evening of wine tasting, take to the roof for a soak in the hot tub before falling into a plush, four-poster bed. canarysantabarbara.com 84

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Where to dine Corazon Cocina at The Project features inventive Mexican food from Chef Ramon Velazquez, whose cooking is highly innovative yet deliciously familiar. Try the Big Eye tuna tostada, the shrimp taquitos, or the Octopus Burger. Meals can be paired with craft beers or cocktails such as the Oaxacan Old Fashioned with mezcal, agave nectar, orange, and chocolate bitters. theprojectsb.com

Hit the picturesque 4.5-mile Cabrillo Bike Path or cruise to beautiful Old Mission Santa Barbara with a bike or surrey rental from Wheel Fun Rentals. A must for horticulture lovers is Lotusland, a whimsical botanic garden created by the renowned opera singer Madame Ganna Walska of Poland who moved to the area in the 1940s. For more than four decades, Walska established 25 different gardens on her Eden-like estate, where rare cycads and 300 species of cacti thrive. Bike or drive to nearby Montecito and wander Coast Village Road, a favorite haunt of the Hollywood glitterati, and browse the celebrated one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothing boutiques. Finally, discover the Santa Barbara enjoyed by one of its most illustrious residents. Julia Child adored Santa Barbara and made it her final home. Visit her favorite places to eat (hot dogs and tacos), drink (martinis), stroll, and shop via Santa Barbara Culinary Experience’s interactive, downloadable map. sbce.events/julia-child-map/

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pril Martin is inspired by…. everything. After a career in both tech and retail merchandising for Ralph Lauren, the proprietor of April Martin Designs and Earthyluxe jewelry found her true calling in designing styles that make women feel great. Her necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are meant to be worn with anything from yoga pants and flip flops, to cocktail attire. Items from her line (from tiny earrings to massive pendants) can be found at boutiques and wine tasting room gift shops throughout the Valley, as well as on the necks, ears, and arms of many Napa residents. “April's designs are distinctive,” said fan Chloe Tyler, membership director at Heitz Cellar. “I can spot a pair of her earrings on another woman across the room.” After 18 years in Aptos, Martin recently moved to the area that has long carried her designs – bold, functional, and affordable pieces. ‘“There’s a sense of connectedness and community here in the Napa Valley,” said the new Brown’s Valley resident who has amassed a cult-like following throughout Northern California. She favors natural and organic materials, such as Tahitian pearls and hammered metals. Her suppliers include small family businesses with whom she has developed close relationships. Those with whom she partners for retail sales receive not just her jewelry, but her stylist and publicist efforts as well.


“I’m a cross-pollinator,” said Martin, who gladly arranges and styles her displays such as those at Odette, Plumpjack, Cade, Patz & Hall, Fleury Estate Winery, and Spa Villagio. A new collaboration with Be Bubbly Napa Valley features Martin’s exclusive designs for the new champagne and sparkling wine lounge. “I’ll never forget the first time I met April,” said friend and client Tami Lotz, winemaker at Mumm

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Napa. “I was wearing my favorite cowboy boots, and she took one look and said, ‘you need this,’ handing me a necklace with gray pearls and chocolate brown suede tassels. It immediately made my outfit better and made me feel more beautiful.” “I have been wearing April Martin Designs for over a decade,” said Tyler. “April's pieces are the perfect mix of organic cool and refined luxury. Every time I have a big meeting, a family event, or just a night out with friends, I always reach for my AMD. I know that April's pieces are made with such incredible love and positive energy that it radiates onto the wearer.” “I love to make women happy,” said Martin, a graduate of UC Davis. “I know I’m not curing cancer, but one necklace can change your whole outlook. I love watching a woman try-on the perfect piece and how it can transform her. I love it when women feel good. If a woman can put on a piece of jewelry and dash out of her house feeling pretty and confident, then I've done my job.” FOR MORE INFORMATION aprilmartindesigns.com

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arm Corp West began in 1977 as RA Energy to develop alternative energyefficient systems that conventional experts claimed were impossible or infeasible. RA Energy developed thermal solar radiant heated floors, which could double the thermal solar collectors' efficiency in the winter. RA Energy's founder, Michael Luttrell, relied upon his experience in Defense Engineering and Nuclear Technology to shape an unprecedented technology: Warm Floors™. This in-floor hydronic radiant system circulates warm water through the floor controlled by thermostats to heat a home. Luttrell explains, “We learned that heat does not rise, that solar south is not the best exposure, that thermal mass, temperature swing, and thermal programming are extremely effective energy efficient techniques. For four decades, we refined our technology with improved products, exploring all kinds of new technology and keeping our system offerings at the absolute apex of comfort and efficiency.” Warm Floors™ systems can use a quarter of a conventional heating and cooling system's energy and pay for themselves in energy savings. Radiant heating systems became so popular that RA Energy changed its company name in 1985 to Warm Floors. Eventually, the product expanded to a wide variety of configurations and applications, building an extensive repertoire that includes architectdesigned homes, major resorts such as Meadowood Napa Valley, and the Elephant Barns at the San Francisco Zoo. Warm Floors™ had one major flaw; it is not possible to cool with Warm Floors™. In many California locations and for many clients, cooling is necessary. So, ten years ago, the company started exploring radiant cooling. Warm Floors found the solution in a partnership with the Messana Corporation who

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dementia. Your advisor can assist you in developing a plan that helps you manage the extra financial costs involved. But keeping your loved one safe at home often falls on you alone. Cynthia Hutchins, director of Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions, Bank of America, recommends taking the following simple steps to care

for your family member, even as you grapple with the financial challenges of caregiving. For more tips, insights and advice, read the “The Journey of Caregiving: Honor, Responsibility and Financial Complexity,” a Merrill study conducted in partnership with Age Wave. Fifty million people globally were living with the disease in 2018, and by 2050, that number is projected to multiply to 152 million, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International.

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Optical provides customers with a personalized experience from classic to modern. “I wanted to bring something different to the Napa Valley. Most of the brands I carry, you cannot find here. However, we also have conventional brand selections as well as designer line exclusives that include Jacque Marie Mage, Oliver Goldsmith, and Celine, to name a few,” said Zuniga. Opening her doors on June 1st, 2020, Zuniga’s focus on beauty has brought a fresh entrepreneurial spirit to the valley. Providing a tailor-made approach to eye care has individualized the experience. “Your eyes are as unique as fingerprints. Everything about vision is specific,” said

Zuniga. “I like to have a personalized touch and help each person who walks through the door. It’s important for us to focus on their needs and make sure they make the right choice. With over 1,000 frames, guiding each customer through is where the difference lies.” Partnering with Napa Valley’s finest Optometrists and Ophthalmologists, Zuniga Optical offers cutting edge technology from Zeiss, a leading manufacturer of precision optics. “When it comes to eyewear, the type of lens, coatings, and other adjustments used to address your uniqueness make a huge difference,” explained Zuniga. “I offer the highest quality lenses and most accurate measurement equipment, providing our customers with the best product available.” With a goal to help as many people as she can, Zuniga Optical provides a fully integrated approach. Providing the Napa Valley community with a customized eye care solution, Esther Zuniga’s customercentric philosophy emits passion and dedication to the field of optics. FOR MORE INFORMATION: zuniga-optical.com


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MOMI a traditional Italian & organic food restaurant premium, locallyLA TOQUE’SCAChef KenisFrank’s landmark Napa Valley restaurant is the serving proud recipient SMALL WORLD - ingredients A world flavor awaits at Small Restaurant, where theand sourced, organic whenever possible inWorld support of localevolves purveyors of both a Michelin Star and The GrandofAward from Wine Spectator. The menu menu the vibrant cuisine of the Mediterranean andofthe Middle East. Falafel, like-minded businesses across Napa Valley. constantly to showfeatures off each season’s finest ingredients from a network local farmers Hummus, Babaus Ganoush, Schwarma, Pitafoods Sandwiches, Garden and purveyors who supply with some of the finest in the world. OurFresh wineSalads, and pairings areFresh-Made considered Baklava. by many to be the ultimate food and wine experience.

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ITALIAN AMERICAN GRILL & BAR BAR + GRILL DOWNTOWN JOES style grillexperience united withthrough quality food, and freshness. Our IL POSTO TRATTORIA - We offer- An theAmerican traditional italian TAVERN &the PIZZERIA isNapa acooked cozy, brick-walled with table & barWe seating menu is locallyinresourced then withOur themenu flairgastropub that is true Napa Valley. served in a COOK casual setting beautiful Valley. offers a variety slecfor seasonal American and Italian dishes and neapolitan-inspired pizza .house Perfectmade for proudlysalads, featurepizza’s salads,along burgers, steaks, decadent tion of antipasta’s, withsandwiches, freshly madeseafood, pasta dishes. friends and families can stoppub in after work and enjoy a true tavern atmosphere. desserts, and more modern grub. 4211 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94559 707-251-8600 | Main www.ilpostonapa.com 1304 St,Napa, St Helena, CA 94574 902 Main St, CA 94559 707-963-8082 707-258-2337 || www.cooktavern.com www.downtownjoes.com

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CA' MOMIisOSTERIA provides Napa Valley with an obsessively authentic Italian CA MOMI a traditional Italianthe & organic food restaurant serving premium, locallyexperience. Theyingredients serve up locally-sourced organic ingredients featured in their sourced, organic whenever possible in support of local purveyors and historic Italian recipes, certified pizzaValley. Napoletana and garden to glass cocktails, all like-minded businesses across Napa in the heart of downtown Napa. Ca’ Momi Osteria also offers tastings of Ca’ Momi Napa Valley and Italian wines plus late night live music each weekend.

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to be missed! Allegria offers a great assortment of delicious desserts, including the eggs benedict and fried chicken, or branch out and try our chicken and waffles or one classic homemade tiramisu. of our signature burgers. A fun spot to meet up with friends or enjoy a meal with the whole family! St, Napa, CA 94559 1122 First Street, Napa, CA Napa 94559 Valley Wine List Award winners are recognized1026 for1st their outstanding selections of Napa Valley wines. 707-254-8006 | www.ristoranteallegria.com 707--812--6853 | jaxwhitemulediner.com

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MEXICAN / TEX-MEX JAPENESE CUISINE C CASA - We offer a fresh approach to tacos and much more. Fresh, made-to- order EIKO’S - Eiko’s delivers imaginative twists on traditional Japanese cuisine. Our vision white corn tortillas topped with ingredients like seasoned buffalo, rotisserie lamb, for the menu combines modern and authentic traditional Japanese cuisine including grilled prawns, fresh crab, micro greens, goat cheese, chipotle aioli and Serrano salsa. seasonal, fresh sustainable fish and ingredients delivered daily from our local markets And, we offer interesting small plates and salads, rotisserie meats and poultry and and purveyors. Inwith addition to traditional seasonal entrees a C CASA twist. raw fish preparation, our chefs creates a selection of innovative dishes inspired by our local culture and taste profiles featuring Napa as influence and inspiration. 610 1st St #B, Napa, CA 94559 / Oxbow Market 1385 Napa Town Center, Napa, CA 94559 | www.myccasa.com 707-226-7700 707-501-4444 | www.eikosnapa.com

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AMERICAN GRILL & BAR AMERICAN CUISINE ITALIAN AMERICAN GRILL & BAR DOWNTOWN JOES - An American style grill united with quality and freshness. Our NAPA is GENERAL STORE -then Refreshing locals andflair visitors since 2002. Our riverside menu locally resourced cooked with the that is true Napa Valley. WeOurpatio DOWNTOWN JOES - An style grill united withthrough quality and freshness. IL POSTO TRATTORIA - We offer theAmerican traditional italian experience food, is an ideal spot for enjoying a meal with friends (including four-legged friends) and proudly feature salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, decadent houseWe made menu is locally resourced then cooked with the flair that is true Napa Valley. served in a casual setting in the beautiful Napa Valley. Our menu offers a variety slecfamily. Join for breakfast or lunch week - and our award-winning weekdesserts, andusmore modern pub grub.during the proudly feature salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, decadent house made tion of antipasta’s, salads, pizza’s along with freshly made pasta dishes. end brunch. Come for the food, stay for the great wines and artisan gifts! We support desserts, more modern pub grub. local foodand purveyors and locally source our ingredients. 4211 Solano902 Ave, Napa, CA 94559 Main St, Napa, CA 94559 707-251-8600 | www.ilpostonapa.com 707-258-2337 | Napa, www.downtownjoes.com 540 CA 94559 902 Main Street St, Napa, CA 94559

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