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Minutes from the Silverado Trail... far from the ordinary Since 1983 we have been family owned and operated by the Andersons, and since our first release in 1987, Conn Valley Vineyards has been dedicated to producing world class wines. Our 40 acre Estate is located just south of Howell Mountain in Conn Valley. When you visit, we provide a personal and highly educational experience. Located just 3 miles or 10 minutes east of downtown Saint Helena, youâ€™ll feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of busy tasting rooms. Come meet the owners and wine team, and most importantly taste fantastic wines in our cave.
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ere’s to a marvelous harvest season in the Napa Valley! Twentyone years ago I began publishing in Napa Valley. It goes without saying that I have had the honor and privilege to interview remarkable men, women and children over the years. In this issue, the story of Lagniappe Peak Wines tugs deeply on the emotional level. The passing of Bob Alemeida, a beloved community leader, was a man of wisdom and generosity. He was always there to help others.
Luna Vineyards Andre Crisp and Shawna Miller with Kari Ruel
When I learned, Bob made his own wine, he invited me to his vineyard atop Atlas Peak with one caveat – I was to leave my pen behind and simply enjoy myself. He and his wife, Debb, were gracious hosts. Bob took me on a tour around the steep rocky terrain where he pointed out the fruit ready for the harvest. His vineyard was hand planted and hand harvested because the hillside wouldn’t accommodate farming equipment. He joked about how the going up and down the terrain kept him in good shape. I asked if I could come back and do a story on him and he agreed. Two weeks later the Atlas Peak fire broke out and everything burned except the house. His kitchen garden of which he was so proud was gone. Shortly after the fire, Bob suddenly died of a massive heart attack. Now, a year later, Debb and Erika, their daughter, are keeping Bob’s dream alive with “Grace and Grit”. See story on 66. Also in this issue is the inspiring story of the dynamic relationship of Vintner Andre Crisp and winemaker Shawna Miller – the heart of Luna Vineyard. Their two strong personalities have proven that opposites can attract and flourish. Luna Vineyards is a beautiful winery on Silverado Trail. They have now opened a tasting room at the brand new Vista Collina in south Napa. See our cover story on page 52. Voting is underway for our 4th Annual “Best of Napa Valley Life.” Your input is encouraged. Visit Napavalleylife.com and click on the “Best of” button at the top to see the list of candidates. The winners will be listed in our “Best of” issue coming out in February, 2019. We always look forward to hearing from our readers. Get outside and enjoy the harvest season!
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LOCAL RESTAURANTS PAIR WELL WITH LOCAL WINES It’s a benefit to all of us when we support local businesses. We are proud to recognize the following restaurants for their outstanding selection of Napa Valley wines.
CALISTOGA All Seasons Bistro Bosko's Trattoria Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery Calistoga Ranch Evangeline Johnny's Restaurant and Bar Lovina Sam's Social Club Solbar Veraison Restaurant ST. HELENA Acacia House by Chris Cosentino Archetype Brasswood Bar & Kitchen The Charter Oak Cook St. Helena Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch Gatehouse Restaurant - Culinary Institute of America Goose & Gander Gott’s Roadside Harvest Table Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen Market Restaurant PRESS The Restaurant at Meadowood The Grill at Meadowood RUTHERFORD Auberge du Soleil Rutherford Grill YOUNTVILLE Bistro Jeanty Bottega Napa Valley Bouchon Bistro Brix 12
Ciccio The French Laundry Lucy Restaurant @ Bardessono Mustards Grill Protea R+D Kitchen Redd Restaurant NAPA ALBA Angèle Azzuro Pizzeria Bank Café & Bar – The Westin Verasa Napa Basalt Bistro Don Giovanni Blue Note Napa Boon Fly Cafe at The Carneros Inn Bounty Hunter Rare Wines Bui Bistro Ca' Momi Cadet Carpe Diem Celadon Charlie Palmer Steak Napa Cole's Chop House The Commons at The Meritage Resort at Napa Compadres Rio Grille Compline Wine Bar Cordeiro's Bar & Grill Eight Noodle Shop Eiko’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley FARM at The Carneros Inn Forge Pizza fumé Bistro & Bar Galpão Gaucho Gott’s Roadside
Hop Creek Il Posto Trattoria Kitchen Door La Toque Mercantile Social at Andaz Mercantile Terrace at Andaz Morimoto - Napa Napa Cigars Napa General Store Napa Noodles Napa Palisades Saloon NapaSport Steakhouse & Sports Lounge Napa Valley Bistro Napa Valley Wine Train Napkins Bar + Grill Norman Rose Tavern Oenotri Pasta Prego Stone Brewing The Q R&B The Restaurant at CIA Copia Ristorante Allegria Siena Restaurant at The Meritage Resort at Napa Silverado Resort & Spa Southside Café Tarla Mediterranean Bar & Grill TORC Trancas Steakhouse VINeleven @ the Marriott
The Napa Valley scene of recent parties, concerts, celebrations and events HARVEST STOMP FUNDRAISER # | PHOTOS BY RACHEL SIMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY
John Wilkinson, proprietor of Bin to Bottle
On Saturday, August 25, 2018, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) celebrated the 11th annual Harvest STOMP with a sold-out crowd of 575 guests, who raised a record-breaking $2.04 million net. Proceeds directly support NVG’s ongoing efforts to preserve and promote Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards, and the professional development and educational opportunities of Napa Valley farmworkers. This year’s event was hosted by Frog’s Leap Proprietors Tori and John Williams and their family at Galleron Vineyard, an organically farmed site in the heart of Rutherford. Helen Keplinger wins the 1- ton Vine Hill Ranch lot during the Grape Auction
John Williams, Jill Matthiasson, Steve Matthiasson, Rory Williams
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Artie Johnson III, Shannon Staglin, Shari Staglin
Iconic 2018 Harvest STOMP sign
NV scene Maureen Thuenissen winning the Instant Wine Cellar Raffle
CONNOLLY RANCH DINNER # | PHOTOS BY KIM SERVEAU PHOTOGRAPHY
Connolly Ranchâ€™s 8th Annual Dinner at the Ranch welcomed more than 200 people for a farm-to-table dinner and auction that raised $140,000. Connolly Ranch Education Center is a rich reminder of Napa's agricultural past and a gateway to lifelong connections with animals and nature for more than 9,000 children and adults each year. Longtime staff members Kim Duimstra, Thom Arcadi, Tracy McDaniels
Jeff Dodd, Jennifer Fotherby, Sarah Mitchell Hansen, Michele Truchard
Vincent & Rebecca Connors and Jennifer & Justin Wilcox
Guest Bartender and Mixologist Judd Finkelstein (aka The Fink)
Dj Bocca Negra at the Big Barn Afterparty
Auctioneer Fritz Hatton and Connolly Kids selling the Family Campout Auction Buy-a-Spot Lot
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
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THE SIXTH ANNUAL ZERO PROSTATE CANCER RACE RAISED $100K # | PHOTOS BY BOB MCCLENAHAN
Records were broken at this year’s annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Race. The 5K, 10K and more race also a record number of participants. Mark your calendar for next year’s race on September 14, 2019 at Napa Valley College.
Vincent & Rebecca Connors and Jennifer & Justin Wilcox
STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARDS 24TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL # | PHOTOS BY KARI RUEL
The Annual Festival for Mental Health Broke Records as $380 million has been raised to date. Garen, Shari, Shannon and Brandon Staglin welcomed a sold-out crowd of 500 to their vineyard estate and large wine cave. The family were seen walking around their cave during the wine tasting personally thanking the 75 vintners who donated their world-class wine to this special cause. Many prominent Napa Valley wineries showcased their best offerings. Chef Victor Scargle provided the bites and food samplings. Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson entertained.
Chef Victor Scargle
US Congressman Mike Thompson
Vintner Angelina Mondavi
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NV scene THE 20TH ANNUAL V FOUNDATION WINE CELEBRATION # | PHOTOS BY BOB MCCLENAHAN
Bidders stood shoulder to shoulder to a Take a Stand to break the $100 million barrier in money raised for cancer research during the 20th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration. The three-day festivities raised a record breaking $18-million pushing the 20-year total over $100-million raised. Inspired by the late Jim Valvano, the V Foundation’s theme this year was “Time is Precious.” Celebrity hosts included Mike “Coach K” Krzvzewski, Scott Hamilton, Robin Roberts, Joe Theismann and Lou Holtz. They joined several famed Napa Valley vintners and restauranteurs who provided an epicurean and culinary delights to a sold-out crowd.
Chef Charlie Palmer and Crew
Football Great Joe Theirsmann
Former skater Scott Hamilton
San Francisco 49ers owner John York
Good Morning America Host Robin Roberts
NV Calendar The Napa Valley scene of upcomng parties, concerts, celebrations and events For up-to-date calendar listings visit napavalleylife.com and click on EVENTS at the top of the page
Napa Farmers Market photos by Bob McClenahan
Every Tuesday & Saturday, 8:30am – 1pm through November 20, and Saturdays year-round
NAPA FARMERS MARKET
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Napa Century Center at 195 Gasser Drive. Winter season shoppers can expect to find many of their favorite vendors and will be able to purchase a variety of produce, meats, cheese, fresh eggs, honey, dates and more. Holiday Bazaar Saturday, November 24 with several market vendors offering special gift items for purchase. www.napafarmersmarket.org.
Friday, October 19 from 6 to 8:30pm
NAPA VALLEY MUSEUM YOUNTVILLE PRESENTS: “COMPASSIONATE ACTION” WITH PETER COYOTE & DICK GRACE
A discussion on how to turn individual compassion into positive action for the benefit of others, the world, and each other. Includes Main Gallery Museum admission and a tasting of Handwritten Wines. http://napavalleymuseum.org/ exhibition/compassionate-actionpeter-coyote-dick-grace/
Through October 28, 10am and 3:30pm
Saturday, October 20, 11am – 8:30pm
Kick off your shoes and stomp grapes, just like Mike Grgich did when he was growing up in Croatia! You’ll take home a souvenir t-shirt with your footprints. This harvest experience takes place through October 28, at 10:00am to 3:30pm daily. Reservations not accepted for groups smaller than 8. Children are welcome to stomp for a fee of $20.
"Inaugural Oxbow District FEASTstock Festival", presented by Feast it Forward and Oxbow Public Market. McKinstry Street and Oxbow Annex parking lot will be closed to create a neighborly and family friendly FREE block party bringing the entire district together to play, eat and RAISE a glass, awareness and funds for Community Action of Napa Valley Food Bank. Come out and play for a day
GRGICH HILLS ESTATE GRAPE STOMP 2018
filled with wine, craft brew, grub from Oxbow District merchants, kids zone and much more alongside #FEASTstudio playing host as 5 bands jam on stage. 1031 McKinistry Street, Downtown Napa. www.feastiforward.com. November 1 – 4
LIVE IN THE VINEYARD
One of Napa’s most exclusive and sought-after music, food, and wine festivals, Live in the Vineyard this year features platinum-selling artists Jason Mraz, Jewel, and Matt Nathanson. The three-day event includes exquisite food tastings by renowned and celebrated chefs and pourings by some of the area’s most revered wineries. www.liveinthevineyard.com November 7-11
8TH ANNUAL NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
NVFF program includes competitive screening of 100 plus new independent films for audiences to enjoy and discuss
with more than 300 attending film makers, actors, writers, directors, producers and industry executives. Includes artist and audience interaction, inspiring student programs, and celebrity tributes. Visit their website for tickets and volunteer opportunities. www.nvff.org Wednesday, November 22, 6 - 8pm
ANNUAL NAPA CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Join the Napa Mayor and your neighbors in this traditional community event. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and entertainment as local youth groups perform as the 20-foot Christmas tree is lit. www.donapa.com November 18 - January 1, 2019
HOLIDAYS IN YOUNTVILLE
The charming town of Yountville becomes the “Brightest Town in Napa Valley” during Holidays in Yountville, more than six weeks of holiday-related events, activities, and performances in the heart of the Napa Valley. Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to enjoy a leisurely stroll while amongst the thousands of twinkling holiday lights while exploring Yountville’s many shops, tasting rooms, restaurants, and hotels. www.yountville.com/holidays-in-yountville Saturday, November 24, 5 - 7pm
NAPA CHRISTMAS PARADE
Join the Napa community for this annual parade where over-the-top floats are decorated with lights and so much more. Meet Santa after the parade, which traverses through downtown Napa. www.donapa.com Saturday, December 1, 7pm – 8pm
23RD ANNUAL CALISTOGA LIGHTED TRACTOR PARADE
Calistoga’s Lighted Tractor Parade down charming main street is the ultimate small-town holiday affair, celebrating the area’s agricultural heritage, vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks, and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights. Santa makes a special appearance, rain or (moon) shine. Perfect for the whole family.
AMagical JOURNEY Nov. 19th — Dec. 28th Seven days a week*
Starting at $39 per person Holiday elves have transformed the Wine Train into an enchanting holiday experience. Board the Santa Train to add some sparkle and spirit to your Christmas season.
Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade Photo courtesy of Calistoga Chamber
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be matched with a local foster child!
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The 8th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga during the most colorful time of the year, November 7 â€“ 11. 22
n just a few short years, NVFF has established itself as the ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, and as one of the most entertaining, inspiring and memorable experiences for locals and cultural travelers alike. Over the course of five days and nights, at venues throughout the gorgeous Napa Valley, festival attendees can watch the best new independent
films; meet the filmmakers at Q&As after every film; sample wines from boutique wineries all at the same time; attend culinary demonstrations featuring chef and filmmaker collaborations; attend celebrity tributes to talented actors and directors; discover new music at evening parties and receptions; and enjoy the food, wine, beauty and lifestyle of this world-class destination.
What’s in store for NVFF18? CELEBRITY TRIBUTES On Thursday, November 8 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, the festival will honor the NVFF18 Charles Krug Legendary Actor, Laurence Fishburne, Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer and Caldwell Vineyard Maverick. All the honorees will participate in intimate on-stage conversations with Access’s Natalie Morales, after the audience views short reels of the actors’ most notable work in film. Past honorees have included Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Costner, John Travolta, Nancy Meyers, Michael Shannon, Keegan Michael-Key, Michelle Monaghan, Miles Teller, and more. In addition to the Celebrity Tributes Program, The Groundlings Theatre & School will receive the festival’s first Miner Family Winery Legacy Ensemble Tribute on Friday, November 9. Special guests include Groundlings alumni Cheri Oteri, Laraine Newman, Julia Sweeney, Taran Killam and Stephanie Courtney. This on-stage discussion about how the actors’ experience as a Groundling shaped their careers on Saturday Night Live, and in film and other television shows, will certainly be one of the most hysterical and entertaining programs of the festival this year. Later on Friday, Geena Davis will also be honored with the Davis Estates Visionary Tribute following a screening of the new documentary This Changes Everything, an investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring Geena as the film’s main subject. On Saturday, November 10, the Rising Star Showcase presented by Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards will honor a handful of young talent including Billy Magnussen (Game Night), Tye Sheridan, (Ready Player One), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Alexandra Shipp (Love, Simon) and Rosa Salazer Geena Davis (Alita: Battle Angel).
Opening Day film, Green Book
NVFF18 SPECIAL SCREENING LINE UP:
films, including many of this year’s awardcontenders, such as:
The festival’s opening day film is Universal Pictures’ Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini. This crowd-pleasing film follows Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an ItalianAmerican neighborhood in the Bronx who is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a worldclass Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. The festival will also play host to an incredible selection of
At Eternity’s Gate – (CBS Films) An intimate look into Vincent van Gogh’s time in Arles. The film is directed by Julian Schnabel, and stars Willem Dafoe and Oscar Isaac.
A Private War
A Private War – (Aviron) In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give a voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. Based on the extraordinary life of Marie Colvin, A Private War is brought to the screen by Academy Award nominee
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and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman in his pulse-pounding narrative feature debut. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind – (HBO) A funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind is told largely through Williams’ own words, and celebrates what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014. Marina Zenovich (Emmy winner for HBO’s Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired) directs.
Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. Also starring Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Alfred Molina, The Front Runner is written by Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman.
Over 100 additional new independent narrative and documentary features and short films will surprise, delight and Laurence J. Fishburne III inspire conversation over the 5-day festival. Filmmakers will be on hand for fascinating The Front Runner (Columbia post-screening Q&As and discussions with the Pictures) – Oscar® nominee Hugh Jackman audience, which are always a highlight for audistars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for ences and artists alike. Vox Lux – (Neon) An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star. The film is directed by Brady Cobet, and stars Natalie Portman and Jude Law.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
So many films to choose from! Advance tickets are available for a selection of these don’t-miss films: • Afghan Cycles • Brewmaster • Hesburgh • Up to Snuff: Subject Snuffy Walden will be in attendance • Pick of the Litter and Life in the Doghouse double feature • Hurley: Special guest Patrick Dempsey and Hurley Haywood will be in attendance • Sgt. Stubby – An Unlikely Hero: The first family friendly animated film at NVFF • Uncrushable: Director and celebrity chef, Tyler Florence will be in attendance • Valley of the Boom: Sneak Peak of the NEW National Geographic Television Series starring Steve Zahn and Bradley Whitford. Director Matthew Carnahan and many of the cast members will be in attendance All NVFF18 film descriptions are currently available on the festival website.
SPECIAL EVENT ROUND UP Wednesday’s Opening Night screening is followed by a Festival Kickoff Party for Filmmakers and Pass Plus attendees at Feast it Forward in the Oxbow District in Napa as well as the Opening Night Party at Italics Winegrowers for members of the festival’s Patron Circle and other VIP guests. On Thursday, Patron Circle members and VIPs are invited to the exclusive A-List Dinner Party at Black Stallion Winery following the Celebrity Tributes. Friday Night features the Friday Night Bash, and the incredible Vintner Circle Dinner Series, nearly two-dozen intimate dinners taking place simultaneously throughout the valley, each celebrating one or more of the NVFF18 competition films. Saturday Night, it’s all about recognizing the winning filmmakers in competition at the Awards Ceremony, and then continuing the celebration at the Festival Gala. The Gala is the most elegant and over the top party of the festival, where guests indulge in exquisite cuisine, wine, and cocktails while discovering multiple musical acts and surprise entertainment. Sunday Night “it’s a wrap party” at Materra | Cunat Family Vineyard after the Closing Night films.
door, offering passholders free tastings of the well-loved spirit. Theater venues, all pop ups except for the Cameo Cinema, include: Uptown Theatre; JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Margrit Mondavi Theatre, upstairs at the Napa Valley Opera House; Lincoln Theater in Yountville; the aforementioned Cameo Cinema; Farmstead Screening Room; Native Sons Hall in St. Helena; the historic Charles Krug Winery; Archer Hotel Napa; and the Acacia Barn at Las Alcobas Napa Valley. Last, but certainly not least, for a nostalgic and unique movie going experience, catch some nighttime film screenings at The Drive-In at the Calistoga Fairgrounds, the festival’s newest venue.
ranging from super affordable to luxuriously indulgent. NVFF organizers have made it easier than ever to fit festival screenings and events into most anyone’s budget and schedule, offering Weekend Passes covering Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and a Flex Pass, good for five screenings, demos, panels and/or afternoon wine tastings at any time. These options complement the traditional full 5-day Festival Pass, Pass Plus (adding in the big events and parties), and Patron Circle VIP experience. Those without passes can always attend movies for $20 via Rush Lines at all venues. The bigger the venue the easier it is to get into the movie of your choice from the Rush Line (we recommend going to the Lincoln or Uptown any time of the day or night)!
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FOOD, WINE, THEATERS For 2018, NVFF attendees will be enjoying a new partnership with Feast it Forward, hosting the festival’s Napa Hub. The Napa Hub includes NVFF’s Monogram Appliances Demonstration Kitchen, afternoon Wine Tasting Intermissions, and the NVFF Box Office. The Glenfiddich Whiskey Lounge will also sit right next
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American Folk Art Holiday Festival After many requests from collectors, folk artists and antique dealers to return this year, the American Folk Art Holiday Festival, which was founded last year to celebrate the winter Holidays, will be held again.
t will take place Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, located at 1758 Industrial Way Suite 208 in Napa. Guests will be amazed to see the Folk Art and Folk Antiques from the creative sleight of hands of kind spirited artists and antique vendors. The Festival will be held from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. An admission of $10, payable at the door, entitles adult attendees (21 and over) to taste the release of Madonna Estate “HoliDaze” Festival Wine, a 2016 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir, with a collectible label featuring a graphic image by noted local artist Dave Huddleston and graphic design by Kurt Gonsalves, kmgdesign.net. The wine will be available for tasting with a chocolate sampling. It will also be available at the Center for purchase, and Dave will also be there to sign his label. What a great gift/or treat for yourself to ring in the Holiday celebrations! A portion of Festival proceeds will be donated to Lucky Penny Community Arts Center, a nonprofit theater company, community center and Festival host. The door admission is put to good use at this venue for the entire Napa Valley community, and also patrons who visit from other Northern California locations. The Festival will feature many offerings of one-of-a-kind folk art creations in a variety of mediums, as well as folk antiques. You will not see the “same old stuff here”…There will be a new era of winter and holiday themed creations, and finds. You will see artistic, unusual, uncommon, and the unique in winter season and holiday art/antiques,
home décor, gifts and surprises for yourself. All artists/antique vendors are in attendance by invitation only, and represent the best of the best in spirit and in what they create and collect. Light snacks will be available for purchase and guests are invited to partake in a full no host bar service at the Center. There are also many Napa restaurants nearby
to enjoy a bite before, or after the show. We welcome you to meander and take the opportunity to visit with the artists and the antique vendors. Perhaps, you might even think at a later date about attending a theatrical production, comedy show, or music/art event, or other community events at the Center, as there is a full season of activities planned.
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Hanson Distillery ORGANIC CRAFT SPIRITS WITH A TWIST
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Looking for a new way to enjoy wine? Wine Country welcomes Hanson of Sonoma as its first organic craft spirits distillery that uses wine grapes as its base.
anson Distillery originated from a passion driven by sons Chris and Brandon to produce unique artisan spirits. After pitching the idea to parents Scott and Judy and siblings Darren and Alanna, it didn’t take long for it to become a full-on family affair. Using a blend of three white wine grapes as its base, Hanson focuses on producing clean vodkas that are bright, purely organic, gluten-free and non-GMO. Hanson’s “secret sauce” centers around a still pot and pristine 50 plate glass batch filtration column which was custom-made in Germany. The 100% organically certified process begins with a base of grapes grown and harvested in partnership with the Ceja family in an adjoining space where their distillery and tasting room are located. Hanson produces various flavors of vodka from original to cucumber, mandarin, ginger, and habanero, to name a few. The fresh flavoring ingredients are hand selected
based on organic quality and infused with the wine base in maceration tanks for three to twelve weeks before entering the batch filtration process. Tasting experiences at Hanson offer a guided sampling of six vodkas and may include unique seasonal flavors such as espresso or boysenberry or guests may order handmade artisan cocktails that showcase the unique flavor profiles of each vodka. If all goes as planned, in December 2018, the Hanson’s will be adding a Whiskey Mash to the line-up. Walk-ins are welcome for tastings, but tours of the Distillery must be booked by appointment. Tasting & Tour experiences range from $15- $35 and bottles may be purchased to go for $30. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma, CA
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includes Westwood One, Cumulus and local participating stations. Tickets are also available through exclusive sweepstakes and offerings from LITV’s partnerships and sponsors including Sutter Home Wines, Southwest Airlines (the official airline of Live In The Vineyard), Anheuser Busch, National & Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Sacramento International Airport (the most convenient airport when visiting the Napa Valley). What sets LITV apart from the typical festival is the exclusivity and the intimacy of the events, which are created specifically for each festival and are never duplicated. Fans can check out more information about LITV and enter for a chance to attend at www.liveinthevineyard.com. Live In The Vineyard is a “once-in-a-lifetime” three-day event with exquisite food tastings by renowned and celebrated chefs including Ken Frank, pouring by some of the most revered vintners including Eleven Eleven, Italics Winegrowers, JaM Cellars, Liana, Maxville, Miner, Regusci Winery, Reynolds Family Vineyard, Robert Mondavi Winery, Shadybrook, Stag’s Leap, Trefethen, Vista Collina, Wheeler Farms, Whetstone and more. FOR MORE INFORMATION www.liveinthevineyard.com
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VISTA COLLINA RESORT Elevating the Napa Experience ï€² BY FRAN MILLER | PHOTOS COURTESY OF VISTA COLLINA
The much anticipated opening of Vista Collina Resort has been the talk of Napa, and thus far, those lucky enough to sneak a peek have been wowed. Perhaps it’s the Tuscan-style architecture. Or maybe it’s the luxurious pool flanked by 10 cabanas. The nine tasting rooms that surround the spacious community lawn might have a little something to do with the wow-factor.
t’s all these things and more that come together to create Napa’s newest luxury destination. More than a hotel, Vista Collina Resort, located in South Napa across from sister hotel The Meritage Resort & Spa, presents a new format for discovering the bounty of wine country. With a focus on culinary and tasting experiences, Vista Collina Resort curates the best of Napa at its centerpiece “Village.” Nine tasting rooms encircle the large community lawn and feature some of the finest boutique wineries and microbrews in Napa Valley including Trinitas Cellars, Foley Food & Wine Society, Jayson by Pahlmeyer, Napa Smith Brewery, Luna Vineyards, GEN 7 Wines, The
Wine Foundry, Cornerstone Cellars, and Mi Sueno. For those interested in further viticultural exploration, the resort’s shuttle service drops off and picks up in Downtown Napa. The onsite Fivetown Grocery offers a delectable assortment of gourmet nibbles, tastes, and gift items from the five distinct towns that make up Napa Valley, with selections ranging from house made pasta and sauces to smoked barbeque and freshly baked bread, all made from scratch in small batches by celebrated Executive Chef Vincent Lesage. A Food & Wine Center features an exhibition kitchen where a cast of rotating chefs and bakers offer onsite cooking classes.
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And though it’s not necessary to be an overnight guest to enjoy many of these amenities, it would be a shame to miss the full scope of Vista Collina Resort’s hospitality. An intimate reception lounge resembling an elegant residential living room serves as the unassuming yet refined check-in area. Guestrooms and suites in hues of merlot, gold, and green feature modern draped and upholstered beds in sumptuous Frette linens, cozy blankets and
robes, and comfortable upholstered lounge chairs. Suites offer their own living and kitchen areas, and feature luxurious bathrooms with a barn door entry, free-standing soaking tubs, and separate showers. The resort’s partnership with Heston Cue allows for a particular suite highlight: guests can select a seasonal, farm-fresh recipe they’d like to make. The resort’s culinary team delivers the ingredients and video instruction is provided by Chef Lesage. “There’s a casual sophistication to the property that’s reflective of Napa, with truly one-of-a-kind experiences - from our
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setting of 181 acres. Located just a few miles from downtown Napa, Napa Valley Country Club exists in the Napa Valley Country Club is also hills, the place where over 100 Member Vintners spend their recreational time with splendid isolation of gently-sloping tree-lined fairways and challenging, inscrutable greens!
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YOUNTVILLE'S MIRACLE MILE ď€˛ BY DYNIE SANDERSON
The Spa at The Estate Photo by Will Pryce
nce upon a time, in the heart of Napa Valley, there once was a small unknown village slightly off the beaten path called Yountville, long before Michelin Star restaurants, luxury hotels, charming little shops, and boutique winery tasting rooms. The town actually began when a small 11,887-acre parcel owned by the Mexican government awarded a land grant to George C. Yount in 1836. Yount was the first Euro-American to settle in these parts and was a true pioneer in planting vineyards in the Napa Valley. In the early days, part of Yountville was actually named Sebastopol, though after George Yount's death in 1867, Sebastopol united with Yountville in honor of Yount's life and the two communities became one in Napa County. 36
The influence of the railroad coming in in 1886 brought new growth, and shortly thereafter newcomer Gottlieb Groezinger bought 20 acres and built one of the first wineries in the area with a barrel room & distillery in 1870, now known in the center of town as V Marketplace. Next, came the building of Yountville's veterans home bringing more added life to this sleepy hamlet. In 1965, the Town of Yountville became the 4th incorporated community in the Napa Valley. Napa Valley's first sparkling wine producer, Domaine Chandon opened their visitor center in 1977 along with the winery and the restaurant bringing notoriety to the region and proved to be instrumental in the continued wave of growth in Yountville. The expansion and popularity eventually put
this famed "Miracle Mile" on the map as one of the most sought-after destinations to visit in wine country. The metamorphosis over the last several decades has transformed George Yount's vision into an international tourist mecca. Along the main drag in Yountville, you will find many charming get-a-ways - inns, B&B's, Hotels and resorts to indulge and pamper you for your stay while on your visit to this magical little town. Two of the grandest luxury properties in Yountville are the Bardessono Hotel and Spa, and The Estate, which includes both the Hotel Villagio and the Vintage House. The Bardessono comes with its own bit of history as it was built on the original home site of Yountville's Bardessono family who relocated to the Napa Valley with their
Often referred to as the "Culinary Heart" of the Napa Valley, Yountville is host to many renowned restaurants including Thomas Keller's famed French Laundry. A few fun facts provided by the town of Yountville: six children from the Piedmont region in Italy in 1926. John and Lucy bought the 20-acre parcel for a mere $14,000. Their extended family maintained the family compound until 1989 when part of it was sold off for residential development. There were five remaining acres in the Bardessono Brothers partnership, which is where the location of Bardessono Hotel and Spa stands today. This "Deep Green" property situated in the core of Yountville in its own private enclave is the LEED Platinum Certified Bardessono Hotel. There are 28 LEEDcertified properties in the United States, all dedicated to building a smarter more sustainable future. "Bardessono makes a commitment to provide a luxurious experience for guests within a sustainable environment." The developers of the hotel utilized over 10,000 square-feet of salvaged wood, which they incorporated into the doors, flooring, walls of the guestrooms, spa, restaurant, and event space. Of the unique guestrooms and suites on the property, each offers its own individual space and personal sanctuary. They are described as a space for timeless indulgence, from the organic cotton bed linens to the handcrafted bath products. Guest rooms are
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also equipped with leading technology including a virtual surround speaker system and media hub. Taking the pampering and first-class indulgence to new heights is their suite collection, which includes SpaSuites, Steam-Spa Suites, Tufa Suites as well as customized ADA Suites. Upon your arrival at the Bardessono, the essence of tranquility and beauty is immediate, as you experience a welcome
peacefulness from the Zen-like surroundings transcending throughout the property. There are numerous gardens, sculptures and water features adorned throughout every enclave around this stunning hotel's grounds. It feels so private that your experience often makes you feel like you are the only guest there. Yet there are so many wonderful amenities to offer from this unique property.
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NVL around the valley The Restaurant Lucy, named after the original proprietress of the property, Lucy Bardessono presents gardenstyle award-winning cuisine created by Executive Chef Nate Lindsay. Whether you are a guest at the hotel or visiting the Yountville for an evening, a stop at this stunning restaurant is a must on a to do list. Lucy had a gift for farming and cultivated the grounds into a working farm in the 1920's on the historic Bardessono grounds. Her passion for working the land with fresh farm produce inspired the ingredients utilized in Chef Lindsay's stylized dishes. All the ingredients on The Lucy menus are from locally sourced purveyors and from the onsite certified organic gardens just steps from the restaurant. One of the many stand-out features of Lucy Restaurant is the specialty Bloody Mary Cart where the bar's talented mixologist creates a customized Bloody Mary to suit your tastes. The demonstration is a visual experience and worth the journey to the cart, where the "Liquid Artists" craft this specialty beverage from Platinum 7X Vodka, fresh tomatoes and garden garnishes and a few other delicious additions. After your Bloody Mary, you may want to retreat back to your room for a dip in the Beer Bath Spa Treatment explicitly designed to enjoy in the privacy of your Bardessono guest room. A perfect treat for dad after a long day of sightseeing, wine tasting or golf. And of course, there is also an extensive Spa Menu for Mom as well. Their full-service spa was named top wellness spa in the US in 2017 by Organic Spa Magazine.
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entered in the middle of Yountville along a significant stretch of Washington Street is what is now known as The Estate in Yountville. The expansive property extends just south of the French Laundry Gardens to the entry gateway to the south of town. Showcased along The Estate's 22-acre compound is everything you can ask for in creating the perfect visitor experience. Nestled at each end of the expansive grounds are their two luxurious hotels, the Vintage House and the Hotel Villagio. You can also indulge in their newly renovated Spa or visit the neighboring winery tasting rooms â€“ Silver Trident and JCB Tasting Salon. If it's a bit of shopping that is up your alley, a leisurely stroll through V Marketplace offers plenty of options for your Napa Valley treasures. Open for lunch and dinner is, renowned chef and TV Host, Michael Chiarello's Bottega Restaurant. His inspired Italian / California cuisine has earned him many culinary accolades including Zagat, Top 10 by Forbes, Top 20 by Esquire, and Top 100 Bay Area by Michael Bauer. Also, throughout The Estateâ€™s property are numerous meeting, indoor and outdoor venues and pavilions for everything from weddings, corporate retreats as well as small and large convention facilities. With the new addition of their gathering retreats and intimate garden areas they can transition from 2700 square-feet of indoor meetings to 11,000 square-feet of outdoor entertaining space. The rebranding of the Estate began with the transformation and renovation of the Vintage House formerly the Vintage Inn where they began welcoming guests in October 2017. Bringing further luxurious updates is the
A few unique guest experiences offered at The Estate are:
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complementary daily breakfast all welcoming visiting guests in a sophisticated, inviting retreat atmosphere. The Hotelâ€™s Winery Partner Program offers guests special perks to many of the most sought-after wineries in the Napa Valley. Renovations to The Estate have been extensive, and no detail has been overlooked from the complete remodel including of all of the guest accommodations, the grounds, the spa, poolside cabanas, and much, much more. Everything you can imagine to make your visit to the Napa Valley memorable is at your beckon call, as The Estate has created a luxury playground along this Napa Valley promenade.
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The Francis House in Calistoga is now. Initially a family home for prominent local merchant, James H. Francis, The Francis House is a landmark building steeped in history and prestige. Built in 1886, The Francis House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been carefully restored, rehabilitated and redesigned as an exclusive five-room luxury inn. www.thefrancishouse.com
Amici Cellars offers a new Grapes to Glass harvest experience featuring an opportunity to explore Napa’s historic vineyards while tasting site-specific wines. The half-day immersion experience features tours and tastings from Napa’s Beckstoffer Heritage Missouri Hopper and To Kalon Vineyards, as well as a visit to Amici Cellars’ Calistoga winery where lunch is paired with estate wines. www.amicicellars.com
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Tamber Bey Vineyards Tamber Bey Vineyards offers a chance to get up close and personal with the crush crew at the Crush Crew BBQ’s with Vintner Barry Waitte and Winemaker Andy Jones manning the grill. Guests will unwind with the team after their long day of processing the day’s grape harvest, enjoy summer barbeque fare, and a selection of Tamber Bey wines. This educational and entertaining get-together will launch with the first pick of the season and will be scheduled weekly or biweekly throughout harvest, depending on the winery’s pick schedule. 1251 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 707-942-2100, www.tamberbey.com
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First Street Napa's New Mural A mural commissioned by Andy Beckstoffer on the wall of one of its Napa properties, the Beckstoffer Building, which houses Overland Sheepskin Co. and Brown Estate is complete. Painted by Bay Area-based artist Morgan Bricca and located at 1202 First Street, the mural is 11 feet tall, 70 feet long, and depicts the Beckstoffer Farm during fall. “I wanted to do something in the realm of public art that the community can be proud of,” said Beckstoffer, owner of Beckstoffer Vineyards. “Morgan is an incredibly talented artist who brought the fall scene to life in this project after multiple visits to the farm. This mural will live on for decades to come and I’m pleased that Napa residents and visitors can enjoy the beautification of this blank building wall.” Primarily viewable from the rooms and rooftop terrace of Archer Hotel, the mural features five farm structures and a woodblock-style imprint of the
Beckstoffer seal. Bricca, who has been painting murals professionally for 17 years, has a passion for the transformative power of murals in public spaces. She uses the sides of buildings as canvases to bring images of the natural world into urban environments. Since becoming a full-time mural artist in 2000, Bricca has painted more than 450 murals, including
over 50 in the Bay Area and 17 abroad. In 2016, she painted the mural, "Tuesday Morning, 1720" on Second Street in Napa portraying what Napa would have looked like 300 years ago. First Street Napa is a 325,000-square foot mixed-use development in the heart of Downtown Napa. www.firststreetnapa.com
is now open at the CIA at Copia, offering appointment-only tastings of highly coveted wines procured by proprietor Kerrin Laz, former wine director of Dean & DeLuca. The tastings are held in the tasting salon at Copia and may be paired with food upon request. 500 First Street, Napa, www.ciaatcopia.com/experiences/# k-laz-wine-collection
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Cornerstone Cellars MAKES A MOVE BY FRAN MILLER
ornerstone Cellars might be one of the most established Napa Valley wineries to fly under the wine country radar. But the label’s new Downtown Napa and Vista Collina Village tasting rooms shine a well-deserved spotlight on the small winery with deep roots that sources its grapes from some of the areas most lauded vineyards. Cornerstone Cellars has been producing wine in the Valley for 30 years under the guidance of iconic names like Randy Dunn, Celia Welch, Philip Titus, and currently Kari Auringer and Charles Thomas, and is perhaps best known for its bold Cabernet Sauvignons sourced from acclaimed addresses such as Howell Mountain, Oakville Station, and Atlas Peak. Only 5,000 cases are produced annually and the wines are sold primarily through the tasting room and at high-profile local restaurant such as Morimoto, Rutherford Grill, Bistro Jeanty, and Angele. But its new home on 1st Street in the former Gordon Huether Gallery and its Vista Collina Village placement allow the winery to better highlight its wide range of varietals, such as a thirst quenching, gold-medal winning 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and a double gold medal winning 2017 Corallina Grenache Rose, in addition to the 91-point Decanter-rated Benchlands and Calistoga Cabernets. “Our reputation is decidedly based on our Cabernets that over-deliver for the price point – big, bold, and illustrative of their 46
terroirs,” said Cornerstone CEO Angelica de Vere Mabray. “Our new Vista Collina Village spot offers a small sampling of what we offer, and our new 1st St. tasting room allows us not only to showcase our amazing Cabernets and the difference that vineyard location can make, but also our other varietals. This is a comfortable and welcoming environment where guests can learn about Napa, its different AVA’s, and the area’s many wines. We offer a gold standard experience.” The new sleek and modern 1st St. tasting room, located within an energy efficient LEED building, is consistent with the look and feel of the Cornerstone brand. Clean and contemporary décor includes comfy seating, couches, and bistro tables. Two design elements that remain from the space’s former gallery - a large Heuther glass fountain and a flowing, underfoot glass river – are incorporated into the new design. This is a place in which to relax, unwind, and linger. And to eat. “We will soon offer in-depth food and wine experiences in collaboration with chefs from our local restaurants such as Oenotri and Tarla,” said de Vere Mabray. “These culinary partnerships will allow us to highlight the versatility of Cornerstone wines, while getting to know our new 1st St. neighbors. We are so thrilled to make our new home here, and to be part of the area’s renaissance.” FOR MORE INFORMATION 1465 1st St., Napa; www.cornerstonecellars.com
Drinks to the Rescue Napa Valley
COCKTAIL COMPANY BY CHARLEEN EARLEY
It was a six-alarm idea – more like genius, when Deborah Hanson came up with the notion of starting a bar-on-wheels, called Napa Valley Cocktail Company. The genius part is that they serve cocktails at special events from a vintage fire truck. His name is Charlie. 48
e’s a little 1929 Chevrolet American LaFrance Cosmopolitan fire truck that hails from Irvington, Indiana, where he served a very small community back in his day. “These trucks are rare,” said Hanson, a Napa resident with husband Ray since 1972. It’s a bit ironic, but more like one of several ‘signs’ that Charlie – a Cosmopolitan – was destined to be a cocktail bar on wheels in his near-retired life.
With three years of research, renovations, customizing and polishing, topped off with a beautiful LED-lit bar and umbrella, Hanson says Charlie provides first-class cocktails for any occasion. He’s also the perfect size that fit most events too. It all began when Deborah and Ray took a red-eye flight to Indianapolis to look at and ultimately purchase Charlie from Ralph Kramer and his son Chris, three years ago in Shelbyville, Indiana. Once in Indiana and after some thoughtful negotiating, turns out the Hanson’s had mutual friends in common with the Kramer’s and forged a special friendship after the sale. “Are we the foster parents now?” asked Michelle Kramer, Chris’s wife, who together, have since enjoyed a tour of the Napa wine country, compliments of Destiny Wine Tours. Now booking Charlie for events, Hanson says there’s no competition, because there’s nothing like Charlie in the market. “If you’re looking for something different that’s really classic, cool and extremely functional, we can do Bloody Mary’s, Moscow Mules, margaritas, beer or even serve your favorite wines, all on tap,” said Hanson, a hair stylist by day. “Basically, we customize kegged cocktails. Let’s say you’re doing signature wedding drinks and you want a pink cosmopolitan, we can put it on tap, or you want a Long Island iced tea, we can put that on tap for you too!” Her husband Ray, who created Destiny Wine Tours, a luxury limousine service offering curated wine tours for the last 10 years in Napa Valley, sells their own wine called Destiny, an estate cabernet, which thoughtfully sports a red fireman’s cap on top of the bottle. The fact that Charlie, their
Engine 29 bar on wheels is a fire truck, ties perfectly into their family’s firefighting background of the last few decades. “My father-in-law retired from the Oakland Fire Department, my husband Ray retired from firefighting in Alameda with 29 years of service, and my son Dustin is a fireman in Sacramento,” said Hanson. “Since I do hair and my husband runs the Destiny Wine Tours, this is our together business!” Hanson loves everything about Charlie, their Engine 29. “Charlie was a gift,” said Hanson. “Everything about it brings smiles.” When describing the truck to others, she said people typically nod and say ‘cool,’ but when they see it in person at an event, the wow-factor kicks in with overwhelming oohs and ahhs. “Once Charlie was primed for service, we were asked to participate in three major fire relief fundraisers,” said Hanson. “I feel so blessed to be able to participate in such events that help our community so much.
“We loved having Charlie as part of our benefit concert to support the Napa Valley Wildfire Foundation,” said Kathy Magner, hospitality director at Robert Mondavi Winery. “It was the perfect addition to this community benefit.” Running Napa Valley Cocktail Company with Charlie definitely has its perks. “I love everything about it,” said Hanson. “It’s like a backstage pass when we do parties. We were at Alpha Omega Winery, parked on the lawn surrounded by beautiful tables, food and people dancing. Everything about it – brought smiles!” Whether you’re renting Charlie, the fire engine mobile bar for two hours or six, Hanson says everything is customizable, from the spirits to the hours of service. It’s like a conversation piece on wheels, but with bubbly instead of a 3-inch, high-pressured hose spouting water 80 gallons per minute. “We will have your event stand out, because it’s so cool and unique,” said Hanson. “It’s self-contained and we provide premium cocktails of your choice. We add an element that no one else can!” FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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Hand-made luxury stemware that’s light as a feather with a technical design (and dishwasher safe!). Only true masters of their trade have the skill to make Sophienwald glasses, and they handcraft every one of them so that wine lovers like you can elegantly enjoy your favorite wines to their full potential. PRICE: $300 FOR 6 GLASSES WHERE TO BUY: THEPERFECT.GLASS
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ECCO OLIVE OIL
Savor the flavors of hand produced 100% Extra Virgin cold pressed Olive Oil harvested from a century old olive grove in California’s heartland. Ecco is a lovely, lingering oil with great balance of olive and subtle spice with a gentle bite on the finish. Perfect to use with tomato-based dishes and salads. Enjoy! PRICE: $18
HALL NAPA VALLEY A HALLY, JOLLY GIFT BOX: THE NAPA VALLEY COLLECTION GIFT SET
This must-have, tri-bottle gift set is a wine enthusiast’s dream. Featuring three different varietals-Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon - this diverse gift set is the perfect present to allow wine lovers to taste through some of the most revered wines of the Napa Valley. PRICE: $148 | $125.80 FOR MEMBERS WHERE TO BUY: HALLWINES.COM
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LAMSON CHEF KNIVES
Impress holiday guests and the oenophiles in your life with Plum. Plum is the first wine appliance that automatically identifies, chills, preserves, and serves any bottle, one glass at a time. PRICE: $1999 WHERE TO BUY: PLUM.WINE
Lamson, the American made company, has been making knives since 1837 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Each piece is handcrafted to be high-performing and stylish, traditional and innovative. The knives are made with highcarbon stainless steel and full tang blades with triple riveted handles for the perfect balance and weight. The 4-piece Cook Set is an excellent way to start a collection of quality forged knives! Plus, your knives are guaranteed for life! PRICE: $60-$100 PER KNIFE WHERE TO BUY: SHACKFORD’S KITCHEN AND SUPPLIES 1350 MAIN STREET, NAPA • 707-226-2132
FLY WITH WINE WINE TRAVEL SUITCASE
Designed exclusively for safely transporting wine, FlyWithWine is the ultimate wine travel suitcase. Put your favorite vintages comfortably in this indestructible check-in bag and pick it up with confidence at baggage claim knowing your 2005 Estate Cab is safely intact. And fully loaded with a case of wine it still weighs less than 50 pounds. PRICE: $260-$350 • WHERE TO BUY: FLYWITHWINE.COM
JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET JEWELRY QUARTZ CRYSTAL COLLECTION
Jean-Charles Boisset programmed these hand-selected quartz crystals to store an energy pattern within each stone. Each necklace holds a crystal associated with a unique meaning: energy, love, balance, passion or health. The selected intentions are set with the highest self and greatest good to the universe in mind.
CASTELLO DI AMOROSA INFUSED GRAPESEED OIL
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A tasty trio of grapeseed oils infused with chili, basil, and garlic presented in a wooden box base. Heart-healthy and found exclusively at Castello di Amorosa winery in Napa Valley, California.
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SILVER TRIDENT WINERY RALPH LAUREN HOME
Enjoy a Napa Valley wine experience furnished with Ralph Lauren Home. Everything you're admiring all around you—from the eclectic artwork, decorative accents to the cosmopolitan barware, silver plated serving trays and crystal decanters —is from Ralph Lauren Home. And, just like our Silver Trident wines, it's all available to add to your own collection or for unique Holiday gifting opportunities. PRICE: $60-500 • WHERE TO BUY: SILVER TRIDENT WINERY 6495 WASHINGTON ST, YOUNTVILLE, CA
ANETTE'S CHOCOLATES 30 PIECE MIXED ENSEMBLE
A beautiful assortment of Anette’s Artisan Truffles, Creams, decadent Salted Caramels and artfully enrobed Candied Almonds and Hazelnuts. Each piece is delicately made with the finest ingredients in Anette’s Napa Valley kitchen by the talented Master Chocolatier, Brent Madsen. Smaller box sizes and assortments are available, as well as Beer Brittles and Chocolate Wine Sauces. PRICE: $60 WHERE TO BUY: ANETTES.COM
TRIBELLA "GREATEST AERATOR OF ALL TIME"
TRIbella has been called the “Greatest Aerator Of All Time”, and is an absolute joy to give… and receive. Complete the circuit of beauty from bottle to glass like never before. PRICE: $40 WHERE TO BUY: TRIBELLAWINE.COM FALL 2018
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una Vineyards President Andre Crisp and winemaker Shawna Miller concede that they are opposites. The two joined forces at the 30-acre boutique winery in 2012, and despite, or rather due to, the yin and yang of their relationship, they have developed a deep appreciation for each other’s strengths, and in turn, have helped to elevate Luna wines. “We couldn’t be any less alike,” laughed Miller. “He’s really into activities, I’m not and vice versa. I like to camp and be outside with the grapes during harvest. He flies around the world in his nice suits. But it works; he is good at his job, and I’m good at mine.” The one thing they do have in common is their affection for Mike Moone, the former owner of Beringer Vineyards who founded Luna
Vineyards in 1995 and titled it playfully based on his childhood nickname. It was Moone who in 2010, started to mentor Crisp on what it takes to run a successful wine business. “I asked Mike if he would let me sit with him one hour each month,” said Crisp, who developed an appreciation for wine while growing up within his family’s grocery business. “Those breakfast meetings with Mike are what made me so successful. He gave me advice on which industry buyers to connect with, but I wouldn’t let him make introductions for me. I wanted to do that and forge ahead on my own. It was at this same time when I was launching a separate (new) brand, during the worse economic time and made things happen. Mike then adopted me into Luna and became a father figure.
To be part of this “legacy brand was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” added Crisp. “Every day it's important to me that I honor and respect Mike's original vision and that what we do both inside the bottle and out resembles Mike's heart. He is a wonderful, giving, generous and wise man.
That vision includes upholding core values of innovation, creativity, being immersive, and staying rooted. Luna Vineyard owns and manages approximately 70-acres in the Napa Valley, and sources fruit from 21 other Napa Valley vineyards to make 6500 -7000 cases per years. Their varietals are Italianinspired, yet they produce classic Bordeaux varietals as well. They recently received two 95-point scores for their Petite Verdot and Howell Mountain Merlot. Luna produces two labels: white and gold, which is called the Winemaker’s Reserve program created for high end restaurants and trade. The Black Label, estate wines are sold directly to consumers who visit their Napa Valley Estates, and to their wine club members. The Luna Vineyards portfolio also includes specialty labels such as Lunatic Red Wine, a CRISP Chardonnay and Asylum Zin. When pressed to pick her favorite, Miller demurs, but then concedes that it’s Canto, a Super Tuscan-style made with 50-percent Oakville Sangiovese, 30-percent Howell Mountain Merlot, and 20-percent Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a wine club specialty item and Luna is one of only a handful of North Bay wineries that produce it.
“One should never feel intimidated by the world of fine wine,” said Crisp. “At Luna, we produce wines that are accessible to everyone at all price points. Our goal is to connect with our customers and visitors. They are the reason we do what we do.” “We want our wines to be fun,” said Miller. “And the tasting room atmosphere is key to the experience. We don’t want people to feel uptight.” Guests at Luna’s Silverado Trail winery receive a warm welcome. The Luna team creates educational tastings that provide accessibility to the world of fine wine and visitors are encouraged to relax and to walk about the property. New this year, Luna offers ambassador-led tastings as well as VIP Tower and Tour tastings and special events designed to stimulate one’s creativity through art. And a new tasting room at the Vista Collina Resort Village – an area that has become the gateway to the Napa Valley - helps to conveniently extend the brand’s reach to visitors from the South and East Bay. Luna’s Silverado Trail winery and Vista Collina tasting room (Luna Vineyards at The Village) are a far cry from the winery’s first days as a sparkling wine house that operated
out of a trailer. It was always Mike and Valerie Moone’s vision to create a campus-like estate. Crisp and Miller are thrilled to have helped them realize their vision. While Moone continues to serve on the board of Luna Vineyards, he has completely turned over the reins to Crisp. And after three years, Crisp and Miller have found their groove. Despite their differences and varied perspectives, the two share an entrepreneurial spirit that celebrates the creative synergy of science and art. “It’s a unique relationship,” said Crisp. “At first, Shawna and I needed time to get to know one other. It was in 2014 that I sensed Shawna became truly comfortable; then it was surprising. We’ve grown to love each other.” Crisp admits to a total admiration for Miller’s management abilities. “She oversees dozens of products that are all on their own schedule. We are talking about several touch points per day, all year long, getting the wine from the cellar into the bottle and I’m fascinated by Shawna’s work streams. She can do the work of many with a big smile on her face. She manages the process with ease and always has since day one.” Crisp points out the external challenges of winemaking, such as natural disasters,
unexpected climate changes, and everyday unknowns, and he acknowledges that a lack of cohesiveness among winery team members can add unnecessary struggle. “I believe a house divided cannot stand,” said Crisp. “And at Luna, we are fortunate that Shawna, our team and I are aligned and connected.” “It helps that we have stayed consistent with a cohesive vision,” said Miller. “I developed an appreciation for Andre’s abilities because I’m not a business person, and he trusts my creative aptitude. The best part of my job is I have true artistic freedom; I like being able to be creative with the grapes and winemaking and do my little mad science things while Andre takes care of business, he adds is two cents at final blend.” “When Andre and Shawna are together, their spark is magical to witness,” said VP of Marketing, Nisha Singh. Weekly walks in the vineyard are held in high regard, where catching up turns into connecting soul to soul. They naturally combine the week’s activities to the great love for the work, and respect for the team members supporting the vision.” FOR MORE INFORMATION: Due to the intimacy of their experiences, 707-255-5862 ext.122 appointments@LunaVineyards.com advance reservations are required. Open daily from 9:30am - 5:00pm 2921 Silverado Trail Napa lunavineyards.com
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Trahan Winery BY VALERIE OWENS
stablished in 2004, Trahan Winery is a compilation of stories, incorporating cultural influence, lineage and artistry into a wine label built out of hard work and tremendous devotion. Located in the heart of Downtown Napa, Trahan Winery is a family owned, boutique winery dedicated to producing premium wines in the Napa Valley. Inspired, owner and winemaker, Chuck Custodio left the corporate world to embark on a journey full of passion, aligning his agricultural heritage with his desire to learn the fine art of winemaking. Living by the mantra, “learn by doing,” Custodio dedicated himself to the profession and commuted from San Francisco to Napa, driving four hours per day, making ten dollars an hour for 4 years to educate himself on the business, craft and industry. “I was introduced to wine on a weekend trip to Napa. I was inspired and fell in love with the family run places that we visited,” said Custodio. “I wanted to be involved and learn everything I could. So, I quit my job, and followed my heart.” Day after day, Custodio worked hard in pursuit of his dreams. Gaining experience with respected vintners such as Vincent Arroyo, Storybook Mountain Winery and Pina Cellars. The motivated apprentice honed his craft and found his rightful place within the valley.
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Aaron and Chuck Custodio
“In 2002, I made my first vintage, 200 cases of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Then, on June 19, 2004, I released the wine on my wedding day. It was an incredible moment,” said Custodio. Falling in love with the man and his dream, Janna Custodio joined Chuck long before they walked down the aisle. Along with his Mother, Elizabeth Trahan Berry, Janna invested in the passion that would encompass family, art and wine. Together, Chuck, Janna, their son Jake and Liz are the backbone of Trahan Winery.
“It’s been awesome watching Trahan Winery grow to what it’s become today. Chuck takes a very personal approach to his wine making and client experience. This exemplifies the values our firms share together,” said Aaron Kennedy, Managing Partner of New Aspect Financial Services. Producing just 1,000 Cases, Trahan Wines are an illustration of impeccable fruit selection. Offering a diverse portfolio of wine, Trahan captures the true essence of the vineyards while depicting an incredible story behind each label design. Showcasing an artist series, Trahan’s labels are a representation of heritage, cultural experiences and philanthropy. “Everything transcends the wine,” said Custodio. “It’s about family, about friends, about life.”
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HARVEST TIME ď€˛ BY FRAN MILLER & KARI RUEL
While most locales enjoy four changes of season, the Napa Valley boasts five: winter, spring, summer, fall, and harvest. A season unto itself that evokes the same sense of anticipation, promise, and excitement as summer vacation or winter holidays, harvest time in Napa is magical.
Photo by Bob McClenahan
Jonathan Viader checks the grapes
he season is signaled by the sight of school buses, plums and figs ripening in the garden, and creative ‘crush’ t-shirts sported throughout the valley by various wine-making squads who work day and night to deliver to the world that for which Napa is best known. Sidle-up between locals during this time, and the conversation invariably involves grapes. “Are your grapes in yet?” “What are your brix (sugar) levels? “When will you pick?” The focus is all-consuming and serves to remind that this verdant valley – while a posh and chic tourist destination - is essentially agricultural farm land, the end product of which just happens to dazzle. Like other annual seasonal events, harvest is a time of tradition. From ‘blessing of the grapes’ ceremonies, to lunchtime culinary showdowns,
each of Napa’s 400 wineries, large to small, celebrates harvest in their own unique way. Special dinners, balls, and grape stomps to which the public are invited are de rigueur throughout the valley, as are more proprietary traditions. At Cain, wine grower and general manager Christopher Howell gathers his team annually during harvest for a ‘class photo’ atop La Piedra, the dramatic rock outcropping in the heart of their Spring Mountain vineyard. At Rutherford’s Alpha Omega, shenanigans amongst the cellar team are a prelude to the hard work to come. After winemaker Jean Hoefliger blesses the winery’s estate Sauvignon Blanc 1155 grapes with a shower of Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc, the production team douses him and each other with bubbles. At Viader on Howell Mountain, the season brims
Alpha Omega’s Jean Hoefliger blesses the grapes
with fond memories. “We begin each day hiking our steep hillside vineyards checking and tasting the grapes throughout the vineyard blocks,” said Alan Viader, director of operations and winemaking, and son of winery founder Delia Viader. “Weekends are when we get reinforcements, when my children can also help in the sampling of the grapes. Harvest season and hiking with my mom and my kids brings back great memories of when we used to follow my mom around as kids sampling grapes.”
While intoxicating – literally and figuratively - harvest season can also be exhausting for those behind the scenes. The ‘all hands on deck’ period following the long growing season can last for months, with frenetic activity in the vineyard, on the crush pad, and in the cellar starting as early as late July. “Harvest is a very selfish time of year – when I say ‘goodbye’ to friends and family and disappear into the work,” said Jennifer Rue, winemaker at Oakville Ranch, Hoopes, and Red Mare.
The Cain Team
“There is a lowering of social expectations, and time takes on a whole new dimension. But the pre-dawn drives to the vineyards with my dog are deliciously indulgent and the views breathtaking.” Factors that determine grape harvest dates include varietal, vineyard location, soil type, microclimate influence, and personal winemaking style. Sparkling wine grapes are typically first to be picked, Cabernet Sauvignon last. “The time between my first pick of Sauvignon Blanc and the start of Chardonnay and then biding time for the reds evolves into what I call shark energy,” said Rue. “It feels like a shark swimming circles, machine-like and calculating. It can be a tricky time and if weather concerns are present, can result in some premature picks if one isn’t careful. Pacing oneself during harvest is a challenge; it is a time not to put off until tomorrow what you can do today because who knows what tomorrow brings.” Rue is cautiously optimistic about this year’s harvest. “We are definitely getting a later start than the past few years,” she said. “But, if the weather holds, I’m hoping the window of maturity will be wide enough that we can bring things in at a reasonable
pace. Once I get my first reds picked I’ll know more about the personality of the vintage. A lot about the characteristics of the vintage are revealed by how the fruit behaves during fermentation and the character of color and tannin extraction. Right now, I'm still at the starting gate and full of anticipation.” “At this time of year, you drive up and down the road and see whose bins are set up,” said Kirk Venge, winemaker and consultant to several Napa Valley labels including B Cellars which sources its grapes from Andy Beckstoffer’s heritage vineyards. Venge, who grew up in the valley and learned about wine at the heels of his father Nils Venge, said that everybody has a different picking strategy. For Venge, that strategy includes daily weather surveys and daily vineyard walks to see how the leaves are holding up. Most importantly, he tastes the grapes. “People talk about the chemistry, and whether it’s the most important aspect in picking,” said Beckstoffer, who owns the largest number of vineyard acres in the valley, and whose ‘Beckstoffer’ designated signs can be found throughout Napa and Lake Counties. “They measure sugar, acid and PH and that sure is the backbone of it, but the decision to pick is based on the flavors in the winemaker’s mouth. That also applies to blending and developing the wine. That’s the skill and art of a winemaker. Everyone knows what to do in the Napa Valley, but the timing of it is where the masters prevail.” Venge, who has developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the best winemakers in the valley, started working with Beckstoffer in 2003, and sources many of his grapes from Beckstoffer’s famed Rutherford To Kalon Vineyard which was planted in 1868. FALL 2018
Winemaker Jennifer Rue surveys the Oakville Ranch grapes Photo by Bob McClenahan
“This is the most important vineyard in North America because it produces some of the finest wines for those winemakers who get their hands on its grapes,” said Venge. “I have had the opportunity to work in every single block on this property and know it intimately. Andy’s crew really dials-in the vineyard exactly as we want it…same thing different year. It’s a vineyard full of brooding fruit that is always consistent. The grapes produce a deep chocolaty, dried currant flavor which makes a beautiful, rich, plush cabernet sauvignon.” “We get paid on the quality of wine and the price the winemakers and vintners can get so we will do everything we can to make sure they have the highest quality of grapes,” said Beckstoffer.
“We farm differently than others in the area. We implement new technologies and we are changing the row direction, the wine spacing, the trellis system, and we are upgrading the root stock.” In the Carneros AVA in South Napa, winemakers anticipate an extended growing season. “The fruit looks good and acids are just coming in and everything is getting ripe,” said Cuvaison Wine Estates President Dan Zepponi. “The biggest hurdle we’re having is everything is aligning. The blocks are ripening slowly and the fruit integrity is really good, but the vines will all be ready to harvest at the same time.” Like Venge, Zepponi grew up in the wine business and has experienced his share of
Winemaker Kirk Venge and Grower Andy Beckstoffer. NAPAVALLEYLIFE.COM Photo by Kari Ruel
harvests. His late father, Gino Zepponi, an aerospace engineer, started ZD Wines in 1969 with good friend, Norman deLueze. Cuvaison plants 200 estate acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir plus some small specialty lots of Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, and Malbec on their Mt. Veeder property. The winery produces 45,000 cases per year in addition to 30,000 cases of high end custom crush. Last year, a heat spike in September fried Cuvaison’s vines and killed the canopy. This year the canopy is in great shape, and the growth cycle uncompromised. “We were joking in-house the other day about harvest normality,” said Zepponi. “What is normal anymore? Things have
been warming up sooner in the last decade, but this year we are actually a little beyond by about a week. But on the Sonoma side where cooling fog looms until mid-morning, we are picking out earlier. The wind and cool air is keeping everything in good shape. The yields are above normal. This is shaping up to be a stellar year.” Zepponi’s palpable excitement and anticipation is shared throughout the valley during this singular time of year. Harvest is when Napa is at its most vibrant; the season defines this small corner of the wine growing world and its end product. Harvest is a dance between winemaker and Mother Nature. It’s a race against time - the prize ultimately shared by wine lovers the world over. “Being a part of something that takes over the entire region and captures the imagination far beyond is humbling and the fellowship and camaraderie humanizing,” said Rue. “I will only get to experience a finite number of harvests in my life and I relish the lessons each one brings. Harvest is exhilarating.”
Photo by Kari Ruel
Harvest is a dance between winemaker and Mother Nature. Itâ€™s a race against time - the prize ultimately shared by wine lovers the world over. Photos by Bob McClenahan
CHAPPELLET WINES 50 Years on the Hill
ï€² BY KARI RUEL AND DAVE ROBERTSON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHAPPELLET VINEYARD & WINERY
Donn Chappellet was a smart man. A businessman, an educated man, a visionary man. In the end though, he was a family man.
uided by arguably the grandest of the grand old men of the valley, Beaulieu Vineyards’ Winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, Donn was told that it was the hillside fruit in Napa that would lead to champion wines. Armed with those words, money in the bank after selling off shares in the first coffee vending machine to use fresh grounds, and a dream of producing Bordeaux style wines, Donn found the property on Pritchard Hill and moved his family there. While wine was a passion for Donn, it was not the passion. Always an introspective person, Donn thought long and hard about the decision to move from the ease of life in Beverly Hills to the harsher country life that would be the start of only the 32nd post-prohibition winery in Napa. He was outright told by Tchelistcheff that although the going would be tough, and the issues greater than the easier grape growing on the valley floor, the benefits that would land in the bottle would be well worth it. Everything though was predicated on the value of life that he could provide for his six children. Without their buy-in and the support from his lifelong love Molly, his vision may not have come to fruition. In the end, Donn believed that the volcanic soil of Pritchard Hill and its warm, dry temperatures contributed to the strength and character of a great wine. It turns out that was also a great recipe for raising
a family. Three of the six kids are still directly involved in the winery, with Cyril essentially running the show, (though he argues that he doesn’t have a title on purpose – he does whatever it takes to ensure the winery runs as it should). As with any start-up, and especially with one that is in a business whose success is very much at the whim of Mother Nature, Donn needed a rock. Someone who was a constant touchstone for him and the family as they grew as a winery and a family. That rock was Molly. If Donn understood from a practical standpoint that he could coax star quality fruit from the harsh Hillsides of Pritchard Hill, then it was Molly who saw the beauty of the place. With the eye of the artist that she is, Molly saw in the rocky soils and stunning views a way to nourish herself and her family by creating first a vegetable garden for the dinner table, and then eventually morphing that garden into what she calls her “Tapestry.” It’s a Mediterranean garden that doesn’t require much water or a lot of care, and is planted with perennials so she doesn’t have to re-plant every year. As a tapestry garden, Molly said, “It’s about form and structure. It’s designed for the eye.”
It’s ironic, then, when hearing of an artist-driven spot in nature that is visually striking, that it was a recent group of blind children that truly opened Molly’s eyes to the magic of it. “Since Donn’s passing there has been a silence here and I’ve been able to hear the garden for the first time. Not just the visual aspect of it, but the sound of the leaves, the sound of the wind through a pine tree or a maple – it’s all different. The person who is not blinded with their eyes are more aware of their other senses - taste, smell and feel.” And while she may not directly say it, it’s obvious that the Chappellet’s connection to the land is very much rooted in Molly's vision of what it is, and Donn’s vision of what it could produce. And produce it does. The wines are of such a high caliber that upon opening a 1969 vintage to celebrate 50 years on the Hill, the wine was still full of bright fruit and sturdy structure. And they are still going very strong on the shoulders of a current stable of great wines. Chappellet is a visionary winery, ready to change its business model and continue to move forward. Thoughts of how the next generation of stewards of the winery
and its lands also continually pop up in conversation, further proof of its looking forward. For a place steeped in a 50-year history, Donn’s legacy of taking a long view of running the business is still very evident here. As for what Molly and the remaining family members that still call the winery home want to do with what they have on that storied spot overlooking Lake Hennessey, Molly said it best: “Donn passed away two years ago. In those last two years I have had time to think. I want to make the world a better place. To do something to help improve people’s lives. To give the gift of helping people see things in a different way. “There is so much more I want to do on Pritchard Hill,” Molly said. “There is something very special about this place. I want to make this place sing.” FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chappellet is open for tours and tastings by appointment only 707-286-4219, chappellet.com
Celebrates 50 Years of Family Winemaking
In a valley that boasts more than 400 wineries, few can claim a half century of continual success, and fewer still maintain family ownership during that duration. ZD Wines is one of those few.
ounded in 1969 by aerospace engineers Norman deLeuze and Gino Zepponi, and taking its name from the two owners’ surname initials, ZD Wines marks its 50th year with the 2018 harvest. Today, the second and third generations of the deLeuze family carry on the winery’s legacy of
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producing wines of quality, consistency, and style as originally envisioned by its founders. (Norman and Rose deLeuze assumed sole ownership of ZD in the mid-80s after the unexpected death of Zepponi.) They do so via innovative and organic winemaking techniques. “Our parents Norman and Rose were dedicated to producing the highest quality wines and strived to raise the bar of excellence across the board,” said their son, Brett deLeuze, President of ZD Wines. “As we head into our 50th harvest, we are honored to carry on their vision and winemaking traditions.” ZD wines are produced from the family’s certified organic Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford and Carneros, as well as organic vineyards in Napa, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Sonoma. The winery’s firstclass hospitality center is located in the Rutherford region of the Napa Valley, and offers sweeping valley views of premium Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards and the Mayacamas mountain range to the west. The winery is known for its three core varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. ZD also produces two small production whimsical wines named “Rosa Lee” and their soon-to-be released first-ever sparkling wine commemorating the 50-year anniversary. Also, to be released soon is their 20th bottling of Abacus, ZD’s pinnacle and innovative
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solera style wine, a blend of every vintage of their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon dating back to 1992. The deLeuze family is known for its ecologically sensitive approach to all aspects of their operation. Their certified organic vineyards promote biodiversity ZD Carneros Estate using state-of-the-art technologies, as well as time honored farming methods. Winery and vineyard operations utilize solar energy, bio fuels, composting, cover cropping, recycling, water conservation, and electric vehicles. In addition to their dedication to sustainability, the deLeuze family is also dedicated to giving back. Annual fundraising events include Crush Challenge and ZD’s Summer Wine Celebration. Emphasis is placed on the Napa Valley Boys & Girls Club Teen Center as the beneficiary of these events, as well as The deLeuze Family Charitable Foundation that benefits research to find a nontoxic cure for Lymphoma (Founder, Norman deLeuze succumbed to this disease in 2007). Each week, the deLeuze family and ZD team deliver healthy snacks to the Napa Valley Boys & Girls Club Teen Center. The deLeuze family also provides an annual $500 grant to each employee to gift to local charities of their choosing, and each year the winery participates in charitable events around the country. “Our father believed that great wines are made from healthy vines grown in rich, living soils,” said Robert deLeuze, CEO of ZD Wines. “We are dedicated to taking care of our planet and our community. It’s at the core of who we are as a family and who we are as a business.”
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LAGNIAPPE PEAK WINERY Grace and Grit: A Little Something Extra
STORY AND PHOTOS BY KARI RUEL
“Grace and Grit” is what it takes for a mother-daughter duo to rise though the ashes following a double tragedy last year. Last year the Atlas Peak fire changed their lives. Debbie Almeida, wife and partner to Bob Almeida, and their daughter, Erika AlmeidaMooney are continuing the “Love in the Bottle” philosophy at Lagniappe Peak Winery.
ob named his wine label Lagniappe Peak Wine. Lagniappe, pronounced Land Yap, is a Creo term for “a little something extra.” “Mom was definitely dad’s Lagniappe,” smiled Erika. “Our wines are a love letter to every person, place and thing that has had a such an impact on our lives. They came so far from a walk-in closet type apartment to this property on
the top of the Napa Valley. Dad always was a giving and generous man.” Debbie and her husband, Bob Almeida, a community leader and well-respected retired businessman turned vintner, were coming home from a concert when they saw the eastern hills of Napa ablaze. Their immediate thought was for their dog. A last-ditch effort before the roads were
closed was to make the five-mile steep climb up to their Napa home and vineyard atop Atlas Peak. The couple had minutes to retrieve their dog and computer hard drive before they were told by fire officials to get out. On the way back down the hill they and sixty other cars were blocked from their final descent due to a down tree across the road.
“Bob took charge and got two young fire fighters to radio for help,” said Debb. “Help did come, the road was cleared yet all we could see was the fire across the Silverado.” For ten days, the residents on Atlas Peak Road didn’t know the fate of their property. Along with many other families, Bob and Debb stayed at the Napa River Inn. When the road closure was lifted, Bob made the drive to his “dream home” while Debb stayed behind. There was still limited access while fire crews cleared debris and removed down power lines. The devastation and destruction Bob witnessed was hard to take. The sadness intensified when he saw his neighbor’s homes reduced to rubble. As he turned off Atlas Peak and made the long drive up his road, the ashes of his vineyard, his out buildings and his beloved gardens, were scorched beyond recognition. Luckily his home was untouched. “The fire came right up to our kitchen window and completely burned through Bob’s outdoor garden,” said Debb. “God drew a circle around our house and said there is too much love in this home, move on fire.” Bob daily monitored the clean-up. His 2017 vintage of Cabernet was destroyed. Fortunately, the rest of the vineyard had been harvested before the fire. Weeks following the fire, as was customary, Bob called to Debb before heading back down the hill. “I’m leaving the house, and I’m closing the gate.” He said. “I love you, and I’ll see you in ten minutes,” Debb recalled. This was her last conversation with Bob. Minutes later he collapsed from a massive heart attacked that was witnessed by Corp of Engineers working close by. Their attempt to revive Bob failed. He had just turned 67. “When mom called, saying dad was well over an hour past due, I told her dad probably just stopped to talk to someone,” said Erika. “Then the phone call came and we were just shocked.” Bob and Debb’s life was a true love story from rags to riches. They met in New Orleans when Bob, then 19-years old, received a full ride Merit Scholarship at Loyola University. Debb was just 18. They quickly married. Erika was born shortly after. “We all kind of grew up together,” said Erika. “I had two amazing strong role models that showed me how important family was. Mom was my best friend. Dad went into finance and he continued to climb the corporate ladder moving us from Connecticut to Manhattan to Australia and back to Manhattan. It was during his
time in Australia that dad fell in love with wine.” “We were married for 47 years,” said Debb. “I watched him as a teenager grow into a successful man. We always celebrated love, adventure and fun even if we were making a fruit salad.” “What do you get a 50-year old that has everything?” said Debb, as she and Erika reminisced over the lives and what started it all. They purchased a barrel of wine at the Crush Pad in San Francisco and it came with a winemaker. Typically, these barrels of wine are used in corporate team building, but Bob surprised his appointed winemaker, Kian Tavakloi by doing his homework. “Kian and Dad hit it off, and he’s been Dad’s winemaker ever since,” said Erika. Since his first vintage in 2012, Bob has always set aside a barrel to raise money for the Loyola University Merit Scholarship fund so he could bestow financial assistance to other students like someone who helped him. A year before the crisis Bob had a come to Jesus meeting with his daughter and said he was growing the brand and the time is now if she wanted to be a part of the business. Erika, who is a professionally trained chef, said yes and officially came on board with Lagniappe Peak Wines the month before the fires broke out. “We will continue as a family with our Love in a Bottle and we will be passionate about it,” said Erika. “Dad gave us a wonderful platform to create a boutique winery. Keeping his love and dream alive is the ultimate privilege. He taught everyone he met about gratitude and giving back.” “Faith in the future is the one thing I’ve learned from all of this,” said Debb. “I believe that time heals all. I also believe that in time, I will have the answers to the questions that I have.” Debb and Erika want the world to know they are open for business by appointment only. Their southern hospitality, Erika’s in-season cuisine bites and story-telling will give anyone a unique wine country tasting experience. Come hear the stories behind their wines and how they grew from 75 cases in 2012 to 3000 cases today. “Life is complicated now, yet we balance each other out,” said Erika. “Tragedy doesn’t define us. How we deal with tragedy does.”
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AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT:
THE WINE THIEF
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BY VALERIE OWENS
Based on comradery and an appreciation for extraordinary wine, The Wine Thief, located at the corner of First and McKinstry in Downtown Napa is a tasting collective celebrating small family owned brands.
collaboration between vintners, the one of a kind tasting destination offers guests an authentic experience showcasing the region's character through virtuosity. “What sets us apart is the ability to take someone on a wine journey, having 10, 11 or 12 producers and a really broad spectrum of wines and different varietals. We are able to cater to all of the individual pallets,” said Proprietor, Andy Renda. “Ultimately, we sell rarity and exclusivity. I don’t think people need to fly to Napa to find something they can find at home. It's more of a, ‘show me what I can’t find,’ philosophy. That’s a big part of our charter and delivering what we believe are pretty special world-class wines without the pretense. We are trying to build an elevated experience that is a lot of fun.” A concept driven by vintners for vinters, proprietors Garrett Ahnfeldt and Andy Renda have created a haven for oenophiles. A partnership inspired by artisanship and passion, the visionaries behind the boutique collective officially opened their doors on July 11th, 2015. 68
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With a foundation rooted in viticulture, Garrett Ahnfeldt’s heritage proved to inspire. Cultivating a passion for farming in his youth, Garrett drove tractors by the time he was seven years old. Growing up in the “Valley” as locals call it, gave Garrett a deep appreciation for the wine industry and the community. “When I was younger, I lived out in the country. My childhood was full of sports, running through vineyards, and playing with neighbors. The sense of community was paramount,” said Ahnfeldt. “My Dad taught me how to ride tractors at a young age and I helped my parents in the vineyards. Looking back, I cherish thosememories.” Moving to the Napa Valley in 1985, the Ahnfeldt family built a legacy selling world class grapes and launching Ahnfeldt Wines in 2002, which was released in 2004. By the time he was 24 years old, Garrett knew exactly where he wanted to be after leaving Sacramento State to help with his family's business. Tapping into his agricultural roots, Garrett farmed for his family and friends prior to starting Ahnfeldt Vineyard Management Company. Growing for Ahnfeldt Wines among other notable brands, Garrett’s passion lead to his next adventure in the wine industry. In 2005, G Wine Cellars was born. Garrett's years spent in the vineyards gave him a unique voice full of elegance and vitality. “What is truly special about G Wine Cellars is that it has taken me to so many places. Wine brings so many beautiful people together and relationships that will last a lifetime,” said Ahnfeldt. “I hold that very dear to my heart.”
A Vintner and “Honest Cook,” Andrew J. Renda (Andy) began his career in the food industry at the young age of 14. By the time he 17, Andy was honing his culinary craft, cooking for “The Country Club,” in Brookline, MA. Over the next sixyears, Andy developed a palate for great food and wine pairings while working in restaurants and retail shops. “By the time I was 23 years old, I knew that a career in wine was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” said Renda. “It was that defined for me. I could not read enough, I could not taste enough, I picked the brains of people who had done it for years and years.” Managing two retail shops in the Boston Area, Andy’s global exposure fostered his ambition. Setting his sights on the wine business in the Napa Valley, Andy asked his future wife and Mother of his two children, Maxwell and Adelaide, Kelly, to relocate selling all of their belongings and leaving their jobs behind. “I owe Kelly more than anything,” said Renda. “She believed in me.” Over the next decade, Andy thrived as the Director of Sales for Vintner’s Collective in downtown Napa. His years of experience, refined palate and knowledge of the wine enabled him to providea world-class experience. During his tenure, Andy’s passion for selling prodigious wines merged with his desire to make them. Collaborating with Jarred Pearce, AJ Pearce was launched in 2007 focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Then in 2012, Andy introduced Solamente, a Pinot Noir project further cementing his legacy in the Napa Valley. “I am crazy passionate about wines. I feel it is important to make wines that you believe in at the highest level,” said Renda.
THE WINE THIEF The Wine Thief was contrived by the professional careers of both Garrett Ahnfeldt and Andy Renda. Their mutual respect for one another and innate brotherhood enabled them to create a platform where off the beaten path, world-class, artisanal wines could be savored. The stunning 2650 squarefoot tasting collective was built by Partner and Master Woodworker, Todd Richter. The custom built venue boasts floor to ceiling windows, contemporary design, a small commercial kitchen and a versatile tasting space suited for every occasion. Whether guests prefer a
relaxed and casual environment or a more intimate setting, The Wine Thief can personalize every experience andevent. “We are very passionate about wines. We are not here to sell a flight, we are here to build relationships,” said Ahnfeldt. “We want to help people with their lifetime development with wine and be there to facilitate their needs of course. However, there is a friendship that is built in the midst of all that. That's what is special about wine. It is the universal liquid that brings people of many cultures and personalities together.”
Jointly, Garrett and Andy meticulously curated a list of hand crafted, small production wines for guests to appreciate. Representing AJ Pearce Wines, Brace and Bit, Buoncristiani Family Winery, Correlation Wine Co., Delgadillo Cellars, Kale Wines, Le Pich, Purlieu, Solamente and Stache, The Wine Thief provides vintners with an opportunity to share their wines, stories and passion, taking guests on an unforgettable journey. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 708 First Street, Napa,
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A TREASURE to be SHARED
ESTATE & WINERY BY VALERIE OWENS
tart anywhere. Take any moment from this winery’s story and it will stand for a whole. Take the moment college sweethearts turned Fortune 100 Executives decided to forgo the family business of Best Buy to start their own journey in Napa Valley, because they believed that great wine isn’t a trophy to collect, but a treasure to be shared with family and loved ones. Take any moment over the past 15 years of operation, for example, while proprietors of Fantesca Estate & Winery, Susan & Duane Hoff, invested their time and treasure in resources, land and people to craft some of the best wines in Napa Valley. All of these moments stand for a whole, because they’ve taken every moment to perfect their craft. When it comes to investing in talent, Susan and Duane have pushed the status quo. World-renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett, winery sommelier and director
DLynn Proctor, and acclaimed vineyard manager Jim Barbour make up the front lines of a trio that would rival the ’92 Dream Team—coincidentally, also representing the vintage of Heidi Barrett’s Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon that would later be auctioned off as the most expensive bottle of wine ever acquired at $500,000. “I’ve always resonated with the quote, ‘If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room,’” says Proprietress Susan Hoff, who served as the primary communications strategist with Best Buy for 25 years. “And that’s driven us to invest in the people and resources that we believe will allow Fantesca to craft the best wines in the world.”
The quest for perfection by Susan and Duane Hoff has meant that producing only 3,500 cases annually ensures every bottle is of the highest quality. It also means that allocation will soon be the only form of acquiring Fantesca’s wine, as appointments at the intimate Spring Mountain winery are becoming increasingly difficult to come by given the family’s rocket-like success. From vine to glass, Heidi Barrett’s mastery of her craft shines through each vintage, showcasing the beauty of Napa Valley. The winery’s offering, consisting of a Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, All Great ThingsTM Red Blend, and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, are as elegant as they are rare, and truly a treasure to be shared.
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RUSTRIDGE RANCH WINERY and BED & BREAKFAST BY VALERIE OWENS
nown for producing terroir driven wines, RustRidge Ranch Winery and Bed & Breakfast is located in Chiles Valley. Nestled in the Vaca Mountains, the tranquil haven offers guests an unforgettable experience, full of country charm and beauty. In 1972, The family of Susan Meyer purchased the secluded, Chiles Valley Ranch. Originally a thoroughbred horse ranch, the family was inspired to restore the property and produce premium Napa Valley wines. In 1985, Stan and Grant Meyer launched RustRidge Winery based in a renovated cattle barn. Today, Susan Meyer and her husband, Jim Fresquez, own and operate the property, aligning their two passions, wine and horses. “I love waking up every morning to this beautiful place. I love the people, the horses, telling our story and educating guests on our wine,” said Owner, Susan Meyer. A short jaunt from the valley floor, RustRidge Ranch Winery and Bed & Breakfast overlooks gorgeous countryside. Providing an authentic one-on-one experience, guests can enjoy a selection of
current release premium estate wines while overlooking their spectacular vineyard. “Everything is from our estate,” said Meyer. “Our wines represent Chiles Valley. They have spice, are bold, well-balanced and sophisticated.” Collaborating with the incomparable Consultant Winemaker, Kent Rosenblum, Susan Meyer attributes the success of the RustRidge wine portfolio consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Petite Syrah to the close-knit relationship Kent shared with Jim and Susan and the ranch. “Kent Rosenblum has played a big part in our lives and the ranch,” said Meyer. He recognized our Zinfandel early on and promoted it under his label and always was involved in the final blending before bottling of all of our wines.” RustRidge wines capture the essence of the ranch with their equine inspired labels. A fully functioning thoroughbred horse ranch, RustRidge continues to breed and races thoroughbreds each spring. “Our Ranch is a throwback to the past. It’s like no other experience in the Napa Valley,”
said Meyer. “Guests can overlook our whole operation, the vineyard and spend time with our horses right outside our tasting room.” Along with award-winning wines, and a respected thoroughbred horse ranch, RustRidge is home to a southwestern ranch-style bed and breakfast. Offering a wide range of amenities in a country setting, guests can escape and revel in the magnificent grounds, horses and wines that make up RustRidge Ranch Winery and Bed and Breakfast.
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IDEOLOGY CELLARS BY VALERIE OWENS
development of the Ideology Cellars wine program since the 2015 vintage. Producing an Estate Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as well as their limited production, Cento and Barrel Select labels for wine club members, the Ideology wine portfolio consists of beautiful, opulent wines. “We are very fortunate to have Leigh,” said Williamson. “She is making exceptional wine and showcasing what our vineyard can do.” Pairing small production handcrafted wines with the beautiful modern elegance of the Silenus tasting room, guests can savor the ideology wine portfolio by selecting one of three tasting experiences, the Estate Tasting, Reserve Tasting and Barrel Tasting. Greeted with a glass of the Estate Rosé, guests are encouraged to relax and join the family as they embark on an unforgettable experience. We like to give a unique experience,” said Partner, Dawn Murray. “When people come here, they are talking to owners.
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nown for an extended growing season and producing Cabernet Sauvignon’s from their estate vineyard that are elegant and well balanced, the Oak Knoll District is the quintessential “sweet spot” on the valley floor. A destination for oenophiles, the 160-yearold veteran district is home to some of the most prestigious wineries in the world. For Ideology Cellars, their Oak Knoll vineyard bordering Dry Creek at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains was the inspiration behind the label. “The uniqueness of the Vineyard is what inspired me. It has taken thousands of years for Mother Nature to create this special spot, centered in one of the largest and rare alluvial fans in Napa Valley” said Owner, Bob Williamson. Fervent wine collectors, Bob and Joni Williamson’s love evoked a journey full of passion, dedication and adventure. Successful entrepreneurs for over 20 years, 74
Bob and Joni’s experience enabled them to pursue their dreams in the Napa Valley in 2003. With the acquisition of a 20- acre vineyard located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District, Bob and Joni, along with their daughter, Ashlee (who recently received 96 pts from Robert Parker- Wine Advocate for her first and only vintage- 2007 a.j.), set out to produce exquisite, terroir driven, Napa Valley Cabernets. After selling the adjoining custom crush facility and tasting room in 2010, the Williamson’s maintained the best vineyards with space for a new winery to focus solely on the Ideology label. A true “Cabernet House,” the boutique winery produces wines that reflect the region. Lending years of industry experience and her artistic vision, Winemaker, Leigh Meyering, who owns her own wine lab, MyEnologist, has played a pivotal role in the
It’s very personal. Whether they are wine club members or new guests, everyone who comes in becomes an extension of our family. We personally take guests into the vineyard, we take them to the barrel room and treat them as if they are coming into our personal homes.”
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PRECISION FROM LAND TO BOTTLE
SAUNTER WINES BY VALERIE OWENS
ith a history rooted in the Napa Valley, Saunter Wines are an expression of talent and agricultural distinction. A Napa Valley native, Josh Clark spent his childhood playing in the vineyards beside his Father, Tom, who owned the family vineyard management company. After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Josh utilized his degree and accepted a position with a large family owned Vineyard on the Central Coast. A few years later, Josh returned to his Napa Valley roots to work alongside his Father in preparation for his succession. Since 2000, Josh Clark has established Clark Vineyard Management as one of the leading Vineyard management companies in the valley. Working with world class vineyards, Josh’s expertise in viticulture has enabled him to flourish and lend his vision and extraordinary talent to his own label, Saunter Wines. “Saunter is an expression of the pride that Josh has for his work in the vineyard, the work that is the first step to creating an exceptional wine,” says Proprietor, Heather Clark In collaboration, both Josh and Heather Clark are the spirit behind the Saunter label. With years of industry experience between the two, and a passion for terroir, the wines are a testament to the Clark family legacy. 76
With a focus on quality, the boutique wine label features three wines: Eagle Summit Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain Appellation, the Red Head Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 685, and the Swagger Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Together, Josh and Heather have created a label that is both special and unique. Working solely with fruit farmed by Clark Vineyard Management and leaving the artistry to the genius of Thomas Brown, Saunter Wines are a celebration of precision.
“The motivation behind Saunter Wines is the desire to create something from the land, something that lends itself to the enjoyment and appreciation of community, family and nature,” says Clark. With moments that encompass elegance, beauty and vivaciousness, Saunter wines represents the dedication to the work in the vineyards managed by Clark Vineyard
Management and the extraordinary talent of Thomas Brown. “We have worked very closely with Thomas since beginning Saunter in 2006. Our focus is always on quality. We take great pride in being meticulous in the vineyards and know that those high standards are met in the winery and throughout the entire process,” said Clark.
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estled in the hills on the fringe of Coombsville, Porter Family Vineyards represents of one of Napa Valley’s most idyllic family vineyard enclaves. The twenty-acre property was purchased by IBM IT veteran Tom Porter and his wife Beverly in 2005 from its original owner, Richard Perry, who with the help of Estate vineyard manager, Carlos Martinez, built the original vineyard terraces by hand. The location of the property provides the perfect climate and aggregated soil profiles for growing grapes, and now fourteen of the twenty acres are planted to vine, mostly Bordeaux varietals. Once visitors are buzzed in through the crested iron gate, they are led up a winding hill where they begin their tasting experience with a friendly welcome and a cool splash of Porter’s limited production Chardonnay or Estate grown Sandpiper Rose’. The elevation views are breathtaking. Rolling views of the vineyards and the entire Napa Valley span as far north as Calistoga 78
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and Mount St. Helena. The backside of the property abuts the high hills of Skyline Park, ensconcing the property with a sense of tranquil privacy. While it’s difficult to divert from such a majestic overlook, guests are invited to begin a walking tour through the undulating vineyards to learn more about their history and future plans for newly planted Grenache and Malbec. At the end of the viticulture stroll, the tasting experience moves inside to Tom Porter’s state of the art caves where another wine is poured, and covers are lifted to reveal some of the wineries inner workings. Built in 2006, the 17,000 square foot caves comprise four separate tunnels that burrow 50 feet underground. Leveraging his threedecade-long career in IT and electrical engineering, Tom designed the winery operations to be automated and self-contained using a combination of computers and software tools for accessibility and efficiency. Live monitoring of climatic conditions in the tunnels
and vital statistics during growing, fermentation, and barrel aging processes are managed using technology Tom designed and software tools that provide instant access to make adjustments from anywhere using an Ipad or smartphone. The underground tour continues with a tasting in the center dome of the cave which is warmly lit and decorated with panoramic photos of the sprawling vineyards and volcanic rock formations from the property. One of the largest rocks is preserved to display the fossilized footprints of sandpiper birds that inhabited the location millions of years ago when the area was nearer to shore and at 50 foot lower elevations. The discovery of the footprints inspired the Porter Family logo and are embossed on most of their Estate labels. The room is elegantly appointed with a formal table pre-set for a seated tasting with four or five current and library vintages and small bites to pair. Wine selections for the tastings usually include their signature red Bordeaux blends, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and for those lucky enough to visit when they may be available, their limited production Barre Azure or exclusive non-vintage “Time” 100%
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Sinegal Estate 2125 Inglewood Avenue Saint Helena, CA www.sinegalestate.com
inegal Estate is one of Napa Valley’s newer wineries, yet it’s steeped with rich tradition. Located at the edge of a residential neighborhood, the thirty-acre Estate backs up to the Western edge of the Mayacamas Mountains on the Western side of St. Helena. Originally purchased by Alton Williams in 1879, the property transitioned over the decades among a list of formidable
style wines, with the most recent vintage ownership, most notably Napa pioneers Bill producing only 3400 cases. The wines are and Lila Jaeger, who restored and sited it as made in Grand Cru style, intense, opulent Inglewood Estate in the 1970’s. In 2013, father and son team James and and deep in color at the hands of winemaker Ryan Knoth using precision viticulture David Sinegal purchased the property from processes developed in collaboration with Wolf Family Vineyards. The Sinegals had a formidable team of industry veteransillustrious careers at Costco, James as cowinemakers Tony Biagi and Craig Williams founder and CEO, and David leading the and viticulturist Jim Barbour. wine, beer, and spirits division for over two A tasting and tour experience at Sinegal decades. David’s experience working with is an adventure in wonderland. After being quality wines drove his passion for wanting greeted with a glass of Estate Sauvignon to get closer to the business, and that he Blanc, guests are invited for a stroll around did. Leveraging the operational prowess he the Estate. The gardens, originally planted developed in his leadership roles at Costco, by Lila Jaeger in the early sixties, are exin less than a year he was able to renovate pansive and bountiful with seasonal vegethe hospitality center, build out the caves, tables, fruits and various flowers, including expand the footprint of the production a spectacular rose garden. facility and automate winery operations from vine to barrel. Nine acres of the Estate are Sinegal Lake and Gazebo planted to certified organic Photo by Laura Larson (CCOF) vineyards, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, a handful of Bordeaux varietals and Sauvignon Blanc. While the new winery operations facility can produce 25K cases, David’s current focus is to produce quality, boutique
Overlooking the gardens the renovated Victorian farmhouse, originally built in 1906, serves as the current residence of David, wife Shelly, and two children. Entry to the house is only accessible using the original skeleton key, which is nobly displayed in a glass case in the tasting room. The key represents a single shared token of the history of the property, passed along among every property owner. Its’ heritage is the foundation of the Sinegal brand and logo, which graces the threshold of the hospitality center and is prevalent on their wine labels. The walkway passes a chicken coop and a family of working goats who love to pose and play for anyone interested in developing a further relationship. Considered members of the family, they are assigned the chore of helping weed the gardens, a task to which they happily concede. Sinegal Tasting Lounges Photo by Laura Larson
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Swanson Vineyards 1271 Manley Lane • Rutherford, CA www.swansonvineyards.com
wanson Vineyards is tucked away on a quiet stretch of Manley Lane off of Rt. 29 in Rutherford California. With no visible signs pointing you there, by design, Swanson’s discreet location is one of Napa Valley’s hidden treasures.
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Swanson Salon Tasting in the Garden / Photo by Laura Larson
Clarke and Elizabeth Swanson (of Swanson Frozen Food fame) founded the winery in 1985 with a pointed vision to produce Napa Valley Merlot. They hired Industry veteran Andre’ Tchelistcheff as their wine consultant and set off to plant Merlot vines on the 100-acre property. After years of distinguished acclaim as one of Napa Valley’s most premier Merlot brands, the Swanson’s expanded their roots and started planting and producing “off the grid” varietals such as Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, and Syrah. While to this day Merlot remains their most prominent label, the Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio are also critically acclaimed, and over the years, Swanson has honed their National sales presence around these three varietals. Luckily for those who have the opportunity to visit the winery, Swanson still produces and sells direct, very small lots (<300 cases for most) of their boutique varietals or “Secret Stash” Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Petit Syrah, Zinfandel and a few eloquent late harvest and dessert wines. Tastings at Swanson are booked by reservation in their Estate Salon in Rutherford. The Salon Tasting experience was created back in 2001 and emerged as one of the first direct to consumer tasting experiences in Napa. Limited to small groups, the reserved tasting feels like a small dinner party and offers guests an intimate opportunity to sample small production wines available only at the winery. The décor of the Salon is Bell Epoch with a strong Louisiana influence, inspired by 18th-century Parisian culinary salons, and brought to life by Clarke’s wife, Elizabeth, a fifth-generation New Orleanian. The dark
rose painted walls, 20’ ceilings donning hanging feathered bird nests provide a playful backdrop for interesting conversation. Salon Tastings are limited to small parties ranging between two and eight people and are hosted at a large, round gilded wood table under a spectacular candle chandelier. Five wines from the limited “Secret Stash” portfolio are paired with small bites that are created to impart interesting nuances to the wines. The menu varies, and is nothing short of creative, with unconventional taste combinations that might include carrot pannacotta, black pepper gelee’ or smoked ricotta cheese. The menu’s encore usually includes something sweet, like chocolate or French macarons. Based on its popularity, Swanson subsequently opened the “Sip Shoppe,” in a parlor room next door. It is designed to be more lighthearted and whimsical, painted with pink and white stripes and ice cream parlor tables. Wines are ordered by the taste or by the glass and are served in glass Dixie cups or cordial glasses. Chocolates, cheese, caviar, sorbet and other indulgences are available to pair. In 2015 the Swansons sold the winery to Vintage Wine Estates, but the winery didn’t skip a beat. Vintage has maintained the Napa winery’s charming joie de vivre in how it operates today. Whether it’s a seated wine and food pairing in the Salon, a fun romp through the Sip Shoppe or hanging around on the comfy sofas among the beautiful gardens, within a Valley ripe with more intimate tasting experiences, Swanson’s extra sparkle is truly a hidden gem. Open Daily by Appointment - Salon Tastings available by reservation - 3X daily (10:00/12:30/2:30), 707-754-4018
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Trefethen Family Vineyards CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
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or 50 years, Trefethen Family Vineyards has built a legacy crafting premium wines in the Napa Valley. A National Historic Landmark, the Estate boasts more than 500 acres of premium fruit showcasing the strength and vitality of the region. With the mantra, “One Family, One Estate, One Passion,” the tradition of family, quality and dedication has flourished year after year. Dating back to 1968, visionaries, Eugene Trefethen and his wife Catherine, embarked on a vinicultural journey filled with passion and foresight. As a retired Executive for Kaiser Industries, Eugene’s entrepreneurial spirit paved the way for future generations. Purchasing seven small farms and a 19th-century winery, the Trefethen’s established a 500-acre wine estate during an era of scarcity and financial hardship. Though their preliminary plans were to sell the grapes on the property, their son John, would encourage them to produce world-class wines. Working alongside his wife Janet, John Trefethen’s intuition prevailed. Just three years after they made their first commercial wine in 1973, Trefethan Family Vineyard’s 1976 vintage earned the prestigious, “Best Chardonnay in the World” honors at the 1979 Gault Millau World Wine Olympics in Paris. Today, Trefethen Family Vineyards continues to expand upon the vision set forth by Eugene Catherine, John and Janet Trefethen. As the third generation comes into fold, the 50-year tradition of producing elegant, premium estate grown wines will be carried on. 84
“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, Janet and I have begun sharing leadership responsibilities with our children, Hailey and Lorenzo. We look forward to seeing them mature with the winery and perhaps passing on the Trefethen family heritage to their own children,” said Proprietor, John Trefethen. In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, the Trefethen’s invite guests to join the family in an unforgettable experience showcasing 50 years of making incredible wines, and 50 years of history. Offering a rare opportunity into the legacy of the Trefethen family, guests are escorted through an educational tour of the property, philosophy on sustainability, historic winery and vineyards. After, guests are led into the Villa for a private, seated tasting where they will enjoy three vintages of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Offered only once per day, by reservation only, the exclusive anniversary tasting embodies 50 years of dedication to the craft and artistry of winemaking. From grape to bottle, the Trefethen’s dedication to quality is captured within each vintage. For 50 years, the family has worked tirelessly to produce exceptional, Napa Valley wines. Working with exceptional vineyards and a dedicated team of talented professionals, the entire “family” that calls Trefethen Family Vineyards home, will leave an everlasting footprint for generations to come. TREFETHEN FAMILY VINEYARDS
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Enter into sacred geometry through the art of Timothy Helgeson. He blends his passion for nature and the geometry of curves as he creates jewels of infinite light and color. 86
elgeson was born in Minnesota December 31st 1946. Physical challenges kept him hospitalized for his first year. He recalls having an “out of body experience” during that first year which helped him cope with the pain. This sparked his life-long spiritual awareness. At the age of nine he moved with his family to Mississippi where his father headed the Civil Timothy Helgeson Photo by Janna Waldinger
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Rights desk of the FBI at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. As a young man, Helgeson worked in the Head Start program, teaching disadvantaged black children basic skills such as math and the names of colors and zoo animals. In 1969 Helgeson set sail for Hollywood and landed a job in television as a cue card holder, for such shows as Laugh-In and the Dean Martin and Carol Burnette Shows. Subsequently he and Charles Nelson Reilly founded a company writing and producing radio commercials. In 1977 they co-wrote and produced the play The Belle of Amherst, which starred Julie Harris who won a Tony Award for her performance. Helgeson moved to Napa in 1978, and with a group of friends purchased Green Valley Ranch where they created a thriving intentional community that continues today. It was when he got his first computer he discovered a new genre of digital art working with the mathematical beauty of fractals, which he calls the “Thumbprint of God.” He began scanning flower images combining nature, geometric imagery and the sacred found in archetypes. His themes range from the Virgin of Guadalupe, Quan Yin, Krishna, Buddha, dragonflies, flowers and sacred geometry that incorporate vivid colors of infinity and sacred symbols honoring the Divine Feminine. He sees this as adding new colors to traditional imagery bringing old icons into the twenty-first century. “The more I tune within, the more art flows through me.” Helgeson currently
licenses his art to fabric designers and greeting card companies such as Leaning Tree and Robert Kaufman Fabrics and musicians.
Everything changed when Helgeson saw the first photograph of light as both a particle and a wave on March 2, 2015. He began animating his images creating a new kinetic art form which he calls Liquid Light Paintings. They are everchanging moving mandalas of exquisite colors and forms that connect us to our origins found in the structure of life. This rainbow spectrum is now an integrated part of Helgeson’s designs. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out these works on his YouTube page www.youtube.com/ user/Pnadimensional where you can see 150 of his jewels in motion set to the music of Deva Premal, with titles like “Flow in Compassion” and “Sacred Love Making”. Timothy is working to bring more color consciousness into the world. If you like to be bathed in color and form, enter into Helgeson’s Liquid Light Paintings. For an added experience try your virtual reality glasses and it will transport you to another world. FIND HIS ARTWORK
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From cattle to Cabernet, unpretentious Paso Robles raises the hospitality bar in flourishing Central California Wine Country ï€² BY ROBERT KAUFMAN
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Time to toss the clubs in the car and belly up to the bar.
o what it’s not high noon yet. It’s happy hour somewhere. And having already completed a morning a walk playing 18 holes at Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles, it’s a quick drive to my next starting times at Grey Wolf Cellars, Barton Family Wines and Krobar Distillery. Hunter Ranch Golf Course
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The welcome news was these libation establishments are headquartered at the same location, separated only by the capacity to walk a straight line between the wine and spirit’s tasting rooms at the 60-year old renovated farmhouse. If necessary, a brief respite for some comfort food at the on-site Barton’s Kitchen Window is an option. Could there be any more gratifying kick-off to a post-round adventure in Central California Wine Country?
As a child pre-dating the Golden State Highway (a.k.a. I-5), family road trips from Northern California to the State’s southern half journeyed Highway 101 during an era when Paso Robles, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, consisted of perhaps a half dozen wineries and was basically, a drive-by cow town offering zero incentive for a pit stop unless for fuel. Nowadays, while the hypnotic freeway cutting straight through the heart of the doglegged-shaped state is the quicker route, oh my, how times – and personal lifestyle interests - have changed. The charm of the easy-going ranch lifestyle still exists in Paso Robles but the thriving wine culture, contemporary epicurean adventures, trendy shops, and upscale accommodations have sparked a vibrant and hip culture to justify a bit
longer drive closer to the Pacific Coast. And far more Instagram moments. “Since the 90s, when Paso was known more for its rustic style with less polish on it, this area has evolved like any other burgeoning wine growing region with people looking for affordable land to set up shop,” said former Justin Vineyards winemaker, Steve Glossner who, along with his wife Lola, started PasoPort ten years ago to focus on port-style wines and recently expanding into another combo wine/ spirit’s venture with Pendray’s Distillery. “Eventually, Paso started attracting a fresh group of winemakers who were better educated, well traveled, and wanting to push the envelope. That’s great for consumers because it’s raised the quality level and boosted tourism. Now with so many places to visit making good wine is no longer the reason for success but rather a mandatory requirement coupled with what else is being offered to lure people to your winery.”
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Currently, the official stat on the number of wineries in Paso Robles is, well, there is none. The word around the vines places the sum between 200-300, from funky and colorful to reserved and relaxing, with wines ranging from Spanish to Italian, Bordeaux to Rhône, Pinot Noir to Chardonnay or the area’s heritage varietal Zinfandel. Regardless of the exact tally, when counting the local ten distilleries and seven breweries, there are plenty of fermented outposts to satisfy anyone’s booze preference. For touring oenophiles Highway 46, that intersects with Highway 101, serves as the main artery linking a steady trail of wineries, from Tobin James Cellars, the furthest east winery (and $0 tasting fee!), to Castoro Cellars on the west side where you can combine wine tasting with playing the 18-hole Whale Rock Disc Golf Course that zigzags around its vineyards and maybe discover a whale bone in the
soil that was under water millions of years ago, though it’s 25-30 miles from the Pacific Ocean. In present-day El Paso de Robles (“The Pass of the Oaks”), whether throwing a disc, biking, hiking, tasting wine, beer or whiskey, or even a visit to Hearst Castle, it would be ambitious to cram so many activities into a single-day visit. To facilitate that quandary the evolving caliber of accommodations is proving to be a key factor energizing the metamorphosis of Paso Robles. Upscale snooze options situated within a winery’s estate vineyard, including the Trailer Pond, a retro-trailer campsite at Alta Colina vineyard or the two-bedroom Winemaker’s Loft above the winery at Zenaida Cellars to full-service lodging like the boutique-style La Bellaserra Hotel & Suites with whirlpool tubs in most rooms and the 171-room luxury Allegretto Vineyard Resort popping out of its 20-acre landscape like a
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Mediterranean Tuscan castle, provide Highway 101 cruisers extra incentive to slow down for exploring this Central Coast destination. After hitting the brakes at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, surrounded by vineyards, olive orchards and fruit trees, my mindset instantly switched gears to a modest tempo I’d been longing for in my golf swing. “Doug Ayres (proprietor) is an avid traveler and wanted guests to feel the experience of music through the name and also from the sound and design around the beautiful pieces of art he’s collected from Italy, Asia, South America and now strategically situated throughout the resort,” said Rich Verunni, the general manager of Allegretto Vineyard Resort, who savors the spiritual nature of the resort from the “mound of olives,” his favorite spot on the property located at the highest point overlooking the resort. To compliment Northern California’s #6 Resort’s (Condé Nast Traveler) spiritual personality and luxury amenities, Paso Robles’ well-seasoned chef Justin Picard embraces the friendly competition among local chefs constantly raising the cuisine bar as he harmonizes international and domestic flavors with his culinary artistry at the resort’s farm-to-table Mediterraneaninspired Cello Ristorante & Bar. Foodie fans will not leave disappointed. “There’s maybe a dozen chefs in town and we all know each other,” said Allegretto’s executive chef who first experienced Paso Robles two decades ago and still appreciates the region having maintained its laid back lifestyle. “We all just want to make the food better so we can have more fun.” At the end of the day, there’s enough cheer around the 40,000 vineyard acres to get anyone hooked on Paso. TO PLAN A VISIT go to www.travelpaso.com
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How and When the Next Market Crash May Happen BY RICH JACOBSON
s you most probably know, the current bull market is now the second longest in recorded history. Between March 6th 2009 and September 14th, 2018 the S&P 500 gained 334% over 9.5 years. This is second only to the bull market that lasted from December 1987 until March 2000 when the S&P gained 582% over a 12.3 yr period. Naturally, the question increasingly has become how long the current bull market can continue and what, ultimately, will cause it to end. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on the matter with some pundits issuing dire warnings for months, if not years. In regard to how long the bull market can continue, it’s worth noting that a range of stimulative policies, such as corporate tax reform, have given this market additional legs it might not otherwise have. The resulting increase in economic growth has been sufficient to drive employment lower, wages higher, produced more consumer spending and increased business profits.
Unless and until something undoes this virtuous cycle, stock market prices may be able to hang onto their all-time highs. So, what could undo this positive scenario? Plenty. We are on the cusp of mid-term elections. Policies that have sustained and driven the market to its present heights can easily be reversed by policies that emphasize redistribution of wealth as opposed to the creation of wealth. Political risk is a huge factor in the U.S. these days. Another risk is the ongoing trade negotiations and tariff threats we are locked into with key trading partners. The talks going on may produce a more favorable outcome for U.S. exporters if they come to a successful conclusion. If they don’t, however, and we find ourselves in a “war” of countervailing tariffs, U.S. consumers and some U.S. companies may get hurt. The stock market would probably react very negatively to a deteriorating global trade situation.
Another risk is that, after years of “quantitative easing”, the Federal Reserve is now in a “tightening” phase. If Interest rates increase too much or the Fed withdraws too much money from the economy, they could choke off credit, cause a housing market and business investment recession, which most likely would lead to layoffs, higher unemployment, reduced consumer spending and, potentially, a recession. If the stock market senses this scenario may be in the offing, stocks would sell off very swiftly and without much warning. What does all this mean for you as an investor? Now would be the right time to check that your portfolio is properly diversified, your risk exposure is reasonable, you have sufficient liquidity to weather a financial storm and that your overall financial plan is on solid footing. In more colloquial Napa Valley terms; check the roof while the sun is still out and before the winter rains hit.
Rich Jacobson is a Registered Principal Offering Securities and Investment Services through United Planners Financial Services, Member: FINRA, SIPC. The views expressed are those of the presenter and may not reflect the views of United Planners Financial Services. Material discussed is meant to provide general information and it is not to be construed as specific investment, tax or legal advice. Individual needs vary and require consideration of your unique objectives and financial situation.
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Same Store, New Energy S H AC K F O R D' S K I TC H E N S TO R E C H A N G E S OW N E R S H I P BY RUDY CHERY
Come this fall, after 43 years in downtown Napa, John Shackford’s Kitchen Store and More will change hands. Mr. Shackford is retiring and is selling the store to longtime Napa residents and Kitchen Store patrons, Patrick and Alix Merkley.
he Merkleys are committed to the vitality of a store like Shackford’s in downtown Napa and will preserve the Shackford legacy while enhancing the range of culinary products and services. For those who fear losing John’s culinary and product advice... not to worry. John will continue to be a part of the store helping customers and advising the Merkleys for years to come. The store will increase its specialty and commercial grade
kitchen equipment, as well as everyday kitchen and home products for the general public. It will continue to have hostess gifts, candles, glasses and service items. Regardless of your cooking skill, Shackford’s will have the products and knowledge to assist the customer. The store will also introduce new product lines with the proud stamp “Made in USA.” The Merkleys value Shackford’s commitment to the community and will continue to honor their traditions, including their support Photo by Brooke Lark
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of youth sports in the valley. For example, a new line of chocolate bars featuring the Shackfords’ favorite flavors will be sold at the store with the proceeds going to local youth sports programs. The Shackfords and the Merkleys sponsored the Shackford Foul Ball at the Silverado’s baseball inaugural season. Anyone who caught the Shackford sponsored baseball received a 10% discount at the store and is part of a grand prize drawing. Patrick and Alix Merkley moved from Marin 25 years ago, raising their daughters in the valley and bringing them to Shackford’s every time Patrick, a culinary fanatic, wanted to treat himself to a new knife, Cuisinart or All-Clad pan. It was at that time he stumbled upon Shackford’s and knew instantly that he hoped to own the store. He
spent years shopping at Shackford’s, admiring John’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to tradition and community. Seven years ago (and at least once a year since!), he asked the Shackfords about one day taking over the store. 2018 proved to be his lucky year. Several exciting changes are planned. Additions include a Demonstration Kitchen, culinary classes and product demonstrations. The Merkleys will expand the management and retail team by adding to existing staff, including a Resident Executive Chef. Several of the Shackfords family will continue to work at the store. The Napa Valley community has been built on the foundation of a love for food and wine, and Shackford’s is an essential component of that foundation. The Merkleys are committed to continuing the legacy of service to the culinary novice and the culinary professional in Napa Valley for years to come.
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BRYAN GARDNER Winery Chef, Peju Province Winery CONTRIBUTED BY LAURA LARSON
Bryan Gardner’s fondness for working in the kitchen began while he was growing up in New England. Born into a family of foodies and raised on some of the finest seafood from the Coast of Maine, it didn’t take long for him to develop an early appreciation for the multidimensional expressions of food, both in its consumption or preparation.
fter studying English and History at the University of Southern Maine, Bryan longed to fulfill his passion for food and went on to study culinary arts at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. His graduation from NECI in 2005 launched an impressive career working among some of Napa Valleys’ finest Michelin Star restaurants, including the Restaurant at Meadowood and Terra. Anxious to expand his food horizons and his love for Asian food, in 2008, Bryan set out on an adventure exploring South-East Asia. He ended up settling for several years in Siem Reap, Cambodia serving in the esteemed position as the Executive Chef at the Relais & Chateaux property, Hotel de la Paix. When the hotel was sold and became the Park Hyatt Siem Reap in 2012, Bryan returned to Calistoga with his wife and two daughters and for the next six years, went on to leverage his culinary prowess within two of Napa Valley’s renowned kitchensElaine Bell Catering Company and Auberge’s Calistoga Ranch. After spending many years developing and serving some of Napa Valley’s finest menus, Bryan became eager to explore the vital relationship between wine and food and in 2018 he accepted the position as Winery Chef at Peju Winery in Rutherford, CA. In this pivotal role, he oversees the culinary program at the winery’s multiple Napa Valley locations. 96
We caught up with him there to learn more about what’s cooking at Peju. Peju’s myriad of wine and food experiences range from a simple wine and cheese pairing to an intimate roll up your sleeves farm to table cooking and dining event. What are some of your favorite dishes or pairings you have developed for the program? I love being able to tie in the seasonal produce from our garden and surrounding farms with our food and wine experiences. We are constantly working on new concepts, but thus far my favorite experiences are our pizza challenges and dinners, executed with the help of our beautiful Mugnaini pizza oven. The challenges are lots of fun for our guests, the ingredients are super fresh, the pizza is always a winner, and it effortlessly pairs with a number of our wines. It is also a lot of fun for everyone involved.
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Peju is launching a new sensory experience called “The Art of Seeing” which incorporates the beauty of the land combined with art, wine, and food. How did this come about and do you have any other creative, immersive experiences up your sleeve? The concept is a collaborative effort between the “experience team,” the wine educators, producers, and the culinary team. We wanted to come up with a truly immersive artistic experience and believe that wine and food can be vehicles of artistic expression
as much as paint on canvas. Guests will be able to incorporate tutelage of professional photographers, wine educators, and our culinary team members for a full day of landscape photography, food photography and consumption of delicious wine and food. We are always brainstorming new concepts, and we have some exciting new experiences in the pipeline. During the time you were working as an Executive chef in Southeast Asia, did any of the foods you discovered there inspire your vision for the culinary program at Peju? I have always had a deep love of South-East Asian food, and it was one of the main reasons I began living and working in the region as a chef. Great fresh, seasonal ingredients and herbs are essential to great South-East Asian food, so it can be tricky to replicate in a different climate on the other side of the world. One of the hallmarks of Cambodian food is finishing a dish with the freshness of a variety of local herbs. I love to try to use techniques, components and flavor profiles like this at Peju whenever I can. I also like the challenge of dispelling the myth that Asian food does not pair well with wine. Luckily, we have a multitude of wines in our portfolio that are very food friendly and work with many different flavor profiles. Moving forward, I hope to start offering even more in this realm to our experience programs, such as curry-making cooking classes with wine pairings, Asian cuisine inspired dinners and cooking challenges. What is your favorite ingredient to cook with and why? That is a very tough question to answer! There so many fantastic ingredients to work with out there. For example, living without fresh herbs would be pretty hard to do. Living in California provides me with great year-round access to them, and their abundance offers up many varying layers of size, pungency, strength and combination possibilities. Is there a chef you’ve worked with or aspire to work with whose style you admire most? I will always admire and try and follow the example of my mentor and very good friend Chef Joannes Riviere. He is currently
the chef/co-owner of Cuisine Wat Damnak in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He was the executive chef at Hotel de la Paix when I initially worked there as the lead Sous Chef. From him I learned great technique, recipes and how to manage a business, but also the importance of humility, having fun in your job and life and respecting the knowledge and experience entire staff, from the sommelier to the dishwasher. There are many great chefs out there, but I would love the opportunity to work with and learn from Rene Redzepi and David Thompson. Where do you like to eat? That depends on my mood. I love a good bowl of pho in a small, tucked away greasy spoon just as much as freshly shucked oysters with some bubbly by the ocean or a five-course meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. For every day here in Napa, I love some bruschetta and kale salad from Clif Family Bruschetteria or a sandwich from Genova’s Deli. What is your favorite dish to cook at home? When we have friends over, I love to make some of my favorite Asian dishes, like prahok kti or cha trap dot, or even a quick pad thai. Unfortunately, so often when I cook at home, I’m beat, I have two little kids, and it needs to come together rather quickly. I often end up making pasta with some salad from the garden. It’s simple, tasty, and more importantly, my little girls love it. What’s left on your life’s “to-do” list? My entire family and I love to travel. We have all been blessed to visit a lot of places around the world, but there is still so much world out there to explore. I’ve always dreamed about opening a place of my own, but for now, our life is good, and we’re enjoying life in the Valley. Any insightful words of advice for up and coming winery chefs? I am still quite new to the winery “cheffing” business, so I don’t know that I am in a great spot to be doling out advice quite yet but I think it’s important to get to know visitors to the Valley. They have a lot of great experiences and life stories to tell, and connecting with them while sharing this beautiful place is a great way to expand your horizons.
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Great food is our family tradition! The best pizza in town, featuring real cheese and our own sausage and meatballs made from the finest grade of meat, plus: SPAGHETTI RAVIOLI LASAGNA MANICOTTI FETTUCINI ANTIPASTO EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA TORPEDO SANDWICHES DESSERTS BEER & WINE Vincent DePhilippis and Madeleine Manfredi came to America in 1922, Vincent from Italy and Madeleine from France. They met in New York and married in 1925. In 1950 they moved to San Diego where they opened a deli grocery. This was the beginning of what was to become a successful line of family restaurants. Today Filippi’s Pizza Grottos are owned and operated by family members of the original founders. Our family would like to invite you to visit and enjoy our traditional family recipes at our location right here in Napa.
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CHOCOLATE for DINNER? LU CY + KO L L A R M A K E YO U R WISH COME TRUE
A chocolate pairing dinner? Count us in! Bardessono Hotel’s Lucy Restaurant celebrates the humble cocoa bean and all of its derivations with a decadent and innovative culinary journey led by Lucy Executive Chef Nate Lindsey in collaboration with Chris Kollar of Kollar Chocolates, and the team at B Cellars.
hile Bardessono, Lucy, and Chef Lindsay have enjoyed an established relationship with Kollar Chocolates and Chef Kollar from years of serving the Yountville community, this is their first collaboration. “I’m honored to work with Chris on this unique dining experience,” said Lindsay, the native east-coaster whose refined preparations of fresh, seasonal,
and locally-sourced ingredients has put Lucy on the fine dining map. “Guests will discover a new appreciation for chocolate in its authentic form and I’m excited to showcase the cuisine at Lucy in this way.” The four-course menu focuses on chocolate’s earliest influences as a bitter companion rather than the sugary treat for which it is currently known. Savory
selections of thoughtfully designed, chocolate-inspired dishes, each expertly paired with B Cellars varietals, will be capped-off with a treat of contemporary and sweet flavors. In addition to a number of delectable items on the menu, chocolate-infused dishes include a first course of foie gras ‘chocolates’ and huckleberry blini with kumquat and Sauterne gelee; second
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course: piquillo pepper romanesco with white chocolate yuzu vinaigrette; third course: butternut squash cannelloni with pumpkin seed mole; fourth course: Vahlrona chocolate macadamia cake. Having worked in kitchens across the country for nearly 17 years, Kollar decided to sweeten his culinary talents in 2009 by becoming a self-taught chocolatier. Inspired by the flavors of and techniques in making European chocolates, Kollar has traveled Europe extensively to study and learn about classic chocolatemaking. He brings his knowledge back to his Yountville shop and kitchen where customers can watch him and his team through a glass show window as they craft handmade artisan chocolates. Any dinner at Lucy at anytime is a treat, but a chocolate pairing further
elevates the experience. Echoing the aesthetic and green ethos of its Bardessono home, Lucy features gorgeous woods, such as the spectacular central dining table. Napkins are made of organic linen. Windows fold open to bring the outside in. The outdoor dining patio, illuminated with overhead lights, looks out on the resort’s soothing water features. The mood is earthy, relaxed, and elegant. Lucy’s chocolate pairing dinner takes place Thursday, November 8, 7pm, $125/per person, and $180 total per person with wine pairings.
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