The aroma of slow roasting meat awakens a primal hunger that can’t be denied. Whether you like your barbecue smoky or simply grilled, sauced, or dry-rubbed, read on for surprisingly elegant ‘cue picks in Wine Country.
Crusty breads, sugar-kissed pastries, frosted cakes, gooey eclairs, and cookies galore—these carb coma-inducing treats are always the best from a top-notch bakery. Here are some favorite finds in unexpected places in Wine Country.
Just up the Silverado Trail from Napa, Odette Estate serves up cabernet with serious attitude in a setting just begging for Instagram documentation. Located near the southern end of the noted Stag's Leap wine district, Odette's tasting room brings to mind a country farmhouse—an incredibly modern and architecturally stunning farmhouse, that is. The space is bright and airy, situated at the base of one of the area's signature rolling hills. And then there's the wine.
California has just creaked through its driest January on record and is staring down a fourth year of crippling drought—and everyone is talking about it. A recent op-ed in the LA Times left us all quaking in our unused Hunter boots. As our reservoirs dwindle, the Department of Water Resources is pleading with residents to conserve water however we can—fix your leaky faucets; let go of your precious lawns. But for some winemakers in Napa Valley, the answer lies in more mystical methods that hail from medieval times.
With so many mountains and hillside and ocean cliffs in Wine County, there are endless possibilities to catch a Sonoma/Napa sunset over supper. Here are five of the best settings to stake out.