If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to relax more, to go on more adventures, or even to drink more wine, then this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to make sure your 2014 promises come true.
Originally published on California Home + Design
If you’re looking for unique, artisanal and locally-made gifts this season to place under the tree, stuff stockings, or give a host or hostess, plan on heading to The Barlow in Sebastopol. In this community of makers, you’ll find a diverse range of art, décor, fashion and wine, plus plenty of cozy eateries to fuel your excursion.
No doubt San Francisco pops off on New Year’s Eve, but the Wine Country also knows how to let the corks fly in style. This year, take a break from tradition, or start a new one, with a masquerade ball, concert, or romantic night in Napa or Sonoma. Here are some top party picks paired with places stay:
There is a winery in the heart of downtown Manhattan that imports 200 tons of premium California grapes every year: Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Russian River, Syrah from Paso Robles. But the barrels full of wine that line the Tribeca space is just a backdrop for the main attraction: music. Now, the founder of that winery/music venu/restaurant/wine bar is importing a bit of New York City to Napa Valley.
It was a wine-soaked showdown of valley floor vs. mountain Cabernet Sauvignon at the Napa Valley Vintners last Friday — with points scored on both sides and the winner left entirely undecided.