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Revamped The Thomas and Fagiani's Bar Usher in New Era for Downtown Napa

Revamped The Thomas and Fagiani's Bar Usher in New Era for Downtown Napa

When the doors at 813 Main Street in downtown Napa open for business on Wednesday, August 8, it will be for the first time in nearly 40 years. The Thomas restaurant and its street-level Fagiani’s Bar are closing the circle on a piece of Napa history and ushering in a new era for the town.

Five Things to Do in Wine Country This Month

Five Things to Do in Wine Country This Month

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

At the height of summer, day trips turn into weekend getaways for the high season of festivals. Escape to wine country for these signature wine events from Mendocino to Monterey.

Backyard Barbecue, Meet Barbera

Backyard Barbecue, Meet Barbera

If your usual method for selecting a wine to pair with a dry-aged, flame-kissed ribeye, a pile of burnt ends or crispy chicken wings slathered in sweet, spicy barbecue sauce involves grabbing the biggest bottle of red in sight, we beg you to reconsider.

One Day in Sonoma

One Day in Sonoma

As diverse as it is vast, Sonoma County, once all family farms and farmers, now offers as many posh pleasures as it does down to earth experiences. Whatever you pleasure may be, your one day in Sonoma is sure to please.

Exploring Paso Robles by Zipline

Exploring Paso Robles by Zipline

Roughly three-and-a-half-hours south of San Francisco on the 101 is Paso Robles, an appellation that is becoming known for both its diversity of wines and the reputation of its growers and winemakers to take chances on unusual blends and lesser-known varieties. There is an excitement about wine and winemaking here that, while certainly not lost in places like Napa and Sonoma, often lies beneath a more corporate-driven surface.

Go Inside Wine Country's Coolest Caves

 Go Inside Wine Country's Coolest Caves

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Formerly a silent repository for precious wines, today’s wine caves beckon with sparkling lights, mesmerizing art and the tinkle of wine glasses. Slip away from the summer heat with these cool wine caves you won’t want to leave!

One Day in Napa Valley

1 Day in Napa Valley

With over 450 wineries and 270 restaurants, it can be a daunting task to plan a day in the Napa Valley. To save you time and angst, we created a balanced day that will make you look like an insider and avid organizer.

Excitement Builds in Napa Valley for 2012 Vintage

A vineyard in St. Helena begins veraison

A lot of winemakers in Northern California are crossing their fingers, rubbing disembodied rabbits’ feet and throwing copious amounts of salt over their shoulders. Why? Because it is the middle of July and 2012 has been a nearly perfect growing season (knock on wood).

Experience a Taste of Italy at Sonoma's ESTATE

Experience a Taste of Italy at Sonoma's ESTATE

Sondra Bernstein is well known as “the girl” of the girl & the fig restaurant, a Wine Country destination right on the historic square in Sonoma. Her inspiration for the girl & the fig is “country food with a French passion,” and this lively spot, popular with locals and visitors reminds you of a bistro in Provence. But “the girl” loves Italian food too, and what Sonoma locals know that not all visitors do, is if you venture just a bit further down Spain Street, beyond the Plaza, you will discover Sondra’s other Sonoma restaurant ESTATE.

The Top 5 Things to Do in Wine Country This July

 The Top 5 Things to Do in Wine Country This July

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

As the days get hotter, we hanker for refreshing sips, indoor escapes and evening saunters. July is a great month in Wine Country to get in some arts and culture while you chill-out and cool down.

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