[Image source: Dominus Estate]
While on a recent work trip to San Francisco, we were able to play hooky and sneak up north to California’s wine country for a quick tour. Today’s post is a modern synopsis of the region including Napa, Yountville, Rutherford, St. Helena, Calistoga and Sonoma. Simply put, it’s the skinny on modern architecture, design, art, food, and culture in wine country for the design conscious. Enjoy and add anything we missed to the comments section below.
BRUNCH | LUNCH
For a region celebrated for its wine, the options for food are limitless. And the options for a mid-day meal range from classic mainstays to the increasingly ubiquitous mobile food trucks.
After a day’s worth of tastings and a bottle (or ten) of wines purchased, it time to eat. Again. One of the beauties of dining in wine country is bringing your newly acquired local wine to pair with some top-notch meals.
And, the real reason for venturing up to the valley in the first place: the wine. It can be overwhelming to take it all in, so we’ve filtered it down to some of our favorites, with a dose of high quality design mixed in.
Cuvaison Estate Wines, 1221 Duhig Road, Napa, 707.942.2455
Cuvaison’s second location in Carneros is an open, light-filled Scandinavian-influenced structure, ideal for the modernist oenophile.
[Image source: Cuvaison Estate Wines]
Opus One Winery, 7900 St. Helena Highway, Oakville, 707.944.9442
Francis Ford Coppola’s winery is (as one would expect) a bit over the top, but it was an important stop on the wine tour.
[Image source: Opus One Winery]
Clos Pegase Winery, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga, 707.942.4981
We’re not much for post-modernism, but the over-sized architectural elements and pastel colors in this Michael Graves design seem to work at the winery scale (in that playful, tongue-in-cheek sort of way).
[Image source: Clos Pegase Winery]
Artesa Vineyards and Winery, 1345 Henry Road, Napa, 707.224.1668
Is it a winery buried in the hillside, or a hillside built up around a winery? We’re not sure but it’s a fresh take on winery design.
[Image source: Artesa Vineyards and Winery]
Alpha Omega Winery, 1155 Mee Lane, Rutherford, 707.963.9999
The design of AO creates a perfectly pleasant atmosphere to spend the afternoon tasting wine and sitting in the sun.
[Image source: Alpha Omega Winery]