Should you find yourself sitting in bumper to bumper on Napa's Highway 29 and feeling like a schmuck—this parade of tour buses isn't for a savvy local such as yourself—veer off toward the northeastern hills of Chiles Valley. In this sub-district of Napa Valley, cooler temperatures and higher elevation make for distinctive wines, and the handful of unpretentious family-owned wineries offer experiences so pure, you’ll want to keep them a secret.
If you ever dreamed of waving goodbye to the city in exchange for the quiet farm life up north, this St. Helena home might be the ticket. It has all the bucolic vibes but with polished amenities and no pesky farm animals.
Napa Valley is a big place. If you're looking to spend your next Wine Country excursion in a small-town setting, we recommend sipping your way through the gorgeous tasting rooms of St. Helena. Best of all, most of these quaint spots are just a few minutes from each other, so you won't need a designated driver for a full day of fun.
Once upon a time, a couple of toddlers shared a piece of cake at an engagement party in Vietnam. Twenty years later and all grown up, they shared their very own wedding cake.
St. Helena, known for its charm as much as its wine, is home to the very first winery in Napa Valley. It was established in 1995 as an independent American Viticulture Area (AVA), a designated grape growing region that has specific and identifiable characteristics defined by geography, history, and climate.
Photos: VIP launch of Dean & DeLuca’s new wine site—Your California Wine Source—with Distillery 209 Gin
On August 11th, famed fine food purveyors Dean & DeLuca introduced their latest venture, Your California Wine Source—a site that makes searching and procuring wine an easily completed task.
The event was extremely well attended by industry notables, including Dean & DeLuca proprietor and restaurateur Leslie Rudd, Dean & DeLuca wine director Kerrin Laz, and a variety of winemakers and proprietors from the region’s most sough-after wineries. Guests enjoyed new wine offerings, Distillery No. 209 gin cocktails, and delicious food prepared by Chef Stephen Rogers at the PRESS Restaurant in St. Helena.
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.