Clos Pegase, a temple to both wine and art, is the Napa Valley winery I recommend friends visiting when they're searching through the hundreds of options. Designed in the post-modern style by architect Michael Graves, the winery also houses the internationally renown art collection of owner Jan Schrem. In addition to the winery, a visitor can take a tour (including self-guided with narrative) of the 24 sculptures in the gardens and porticos as well as the art in interior galleries. One of the most famous in the collection is Henry Moore's "Mother Earth," who faces west and is usually bathed in sunlight. The winery's name is a tribute to Pegasus, the mythological Greek winged horse who touched the earth with his hooves and unleashed the sacred spring of the muses, the wine that flows from grapes. Bacchanalian pleasure is also suggested here in a humorous way. Touring Clos Pegase mixes...
Of all the ways to do wine-tasting in Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Wine Train is not only the easiest, but probably the safest.
The stars are aligned for Sonoma Valley wine country's hottest restaurant, Cyrus, which is offering a midwinter dining and hotel special with the Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza. While a typical evening at the 2-Star Michelin restaurant could approach $300 for two, the special is just $325.
During the fall wine crush, there's nothing like a taking a car along the less-traveled roads in Sonoma County in Northern California's wine country. Sonoma is my favorite region -- rich in wonderful wines and vistas yet retaining its more rural character than its more-developed Napa Valley neighbor.
Carrie Brown's Jimtown Store in Sonoma County, California wine country outside Healdsburg is a destination in itself. A revival of an old country store, with the sign commanding "Get In Here and Eat," the market purveys gourmet sandwiches and carry-out boxed lunches for wine country touring. And its dime-store-style wares offer nostalgic toys next to an unusual collection of antiques.
There's little more glorious than a summer wine festival in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wine country north of San Francisco. Warm days, cool nights and sparkling clear air matched by the release of new vintages, jazz and classical music and art shows. Here are some of the choices.
Vanderbilt & Company, a homestyle store in St. Helena in Napa Valley, California, creates the real Napa style in its dinnerware, linens, bedding, and gifts. It's a must-see destination in St. Helena, along with restaurants Terra and Market.