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Under Construction: Wine Country Prepares for the 2012 Season

Under Construction: Wine Country Prepares for the 2012 Season

Winter in Wine Country is a time for restaurants to revamp, remodel, change ownership and, this year at least, build from the ground up.  From pizzerias to gastropubs, Napa in 2012 is shaping up to be considerably less buttoned-up.

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The Best Luxury Spa Specials in Wine Country

Between January and March, Wine Country is packed with specials on spa packages as it's traditionally the slowest time of the year. Whether you're looking for a discounted massage or something romantic for Valentines Day, check out these spa specials:

Consumed: The Best Things I've Eaten This Week

I'm ashamed to say that Incanto is a restaurant that I rarely make it to, despite the fact that it's near my house. No matter that Chris Cosentino is one of the most recognized faces in the world of SF chefs. This restaurant flies a bit under the radar, which is a good thing for a last-minute pasta craving.

After eating there this week, I think that this might be because the interior, while conservatively pleasant, could use a bit dimmer lighting, more of an inviting mood. It's surprisingly incongruous with Consentino's hip spiky hair, black-framed glasses, and Tony Bourdain-ish attitude.

Wine Country Pampering: The Best Spas in Napa Valley

There are few things better than starting (or ending) a day in the wine country with a lavish spa treatment. While I prefer a deep tissue massage to finish off a day of wine tasting, others like to escape for weekends at a time into mud baths, facials and detoxifying soaks. No matter what your pleasure, there is no more opulent place to spa than amidst the vines, where creative treatments range from mineral-enriched clay and volcanic skin detoxifiers to cabernet baths for couples. Here is a list of my favorite spots for treatments in the Valley.

A Girls' Weekend in St. Helena (Sans Wine)

When you're pregnant and a wine aficionado, a weekend in Napa may sound like torture. But during a recent girls’ weekend to St. Helena, I discovered that wine country can be equally indulgent and relaxing when you’re expecting. With its renowned spa treatments, shopping and gourmet culinary offerings, Napa makes for an ideal escape, with or without a drink.

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