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Taste Some of the Finest BBQ in America at the Wine Country Big Q

Taste Some of the Finest BBQ in America at the Wine Country Big Q

When you’re with friends and family on a hot summer’s day, there is nothing better than barbecue in Wine Country. It's great timing, then, that Saturday, July 14th is Wine Country Big Q - a rockin’, raging barbecue and wine tasting event in Santa Rosa.

Fourth of July Events in Wine Country

Fourth of July Events in Wine Country

The wine country is famous for reds, whites, and even pinks. But on the fourth of July, it's all about the red, white and blue. Be sure to call around for specials and deals, especially if you're staying the weekend, and read on to catch the best festivities in Napa and Sonoma this Wednesday:

New Tasting Experiences Galore at Dry Creek Vineyard

New Tasting Experiences Galore at Dry Creek Vineyard

The draw of California wine country is easy: It’s the land flowing with wine. However, it’s really the nuances that make each wine region stand out from one another. One of the unique characteristics that I’ve noticed about Sonoma is the accessibility of many of the wineries. Visitors can simply walk in to many of the tasting rooms since so many of them offer public tastings daily. One such winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, located in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley, is making their winery even more accessible with a host of new wine tasting experiences.

Three Recently Revamped Wine Country Spaces to Check Out Now

Three Recently Revamped Wine Country Spaces to Check Out Now

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

With summer here, it’s time to get out and explore. Head to Wine Country and dig into these new and improved spots.

Oakville Grocery Revival
Napa Valley’s original hot-spot for gourmet provisions just got a makeover from the foundation up, ensuring that this historic (ca. 1881!) general store continues to sate the epicure’s soul for another century.

Tour Wine Country's Newest Restaurant, Campo Fina, Opening Today

Tour Wine Country's Newest Restaurant, Campo Fina, Opening Today

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Looking for Wine Country’s newest hot spot? Ari and Dawnelise Rosen return to basics with their new eatery Campo Fina, which opens today, June 18. The casual sister to the wildly popular Scopa Restaurant, Campo Fina sits right around the corner on Healdsburg Plaza. Defined by wood and masonry interiors, the space mirrors the timeless Italian flavors on their small plates menu.

Four New Napa Pizza Spots and Our Wine Pairings

Napa Becomes a Pizza Inferno

The wood-fired pizza trend is sending Wine Country up in smoke. This summer, there are no less than four (four!) new restaurants in Northern California centered around the great and glorious wood-fired oven pizza pie. What on Earth did we eat last year? Here are the hot (literally—those ovens are really hot) new restaurants themselves along with our wine-pairing recommendations.

Summer Music Festivals and Concerts in Wine Country

Best Wine Country Music Festivals and Winery Concerts

Like pairing music and wine? Here's your guide to this year's summer wine country music festivals, winery concerts, and star-studded shows:

Gay Wine Weekend Kicks off June 15th in Sonoma

Gay Wine Weekend Kicks off June 15th in Sonoma

Gay Wine Weekend is three days of LBGT events in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world–NorCal's magnificent Sonoma Valley.  Spend Father's Day Weekend, June 15 - 17th, indulging in world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine tasting excursions, international winemaker dinners, champagne brunch & a wine auction.

There Is No French Food at Napa's Locally Focused French Blue

There Is No French Food at Napa's Locally Focused French Blue

There may be Francophiles speaking French while holding French poodles named Frenchie. There may even be French oak tables and men sporting French cuffs lounging in French wicker, but there is no French food at French Blue. Nor is there any French wine. At legendary Wine Country architect Howard Backen’s new restaurant, French Blue (which, in the design world, is actually a shade of blue — the very shade of the front doors that hung on the original Vanderbilt building) in the heart of Napa Valley, the focus is local, local, local. Two hundred miles around the town of St. Helena to be exact. Or, as Beverage Director Adam La Cagnina puts it, “from Monterey to Mendocino.”

Go Inside Napa Valley's New Gathering Place, French Blue

 Go Inside Napa Valley's New Gathering Place, French Blue

Originally published by CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Howard Backen, of the St. Helena-based Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects, is known for crafting properties with soaring ceilings, elegant architectural details and light-filled spaces. But after designing more than 35 wineries, 18 restaurants, and a plethora of upscale homes, resorts and retail locations for the likes of Restoration Hardware and Williams Sonoma Home, Howard, his wife and interior designer Lori, together with vintner Leslie Rudd (also of nearby Press) and an all-star ensemble of Wine Country hospitality veterans, embraced the opportunity to create a place of their own.

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