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'Wine Country' Rap, the Music Video: Napa Valley Is Hardcore

'Wine Country' Rap, the Music Video: Napa Valley Is Hardcore

From the Bay Area, 3 rappers take on Napa and Sonoma in a new (NSFW) rap

Rap and wine, a pair as good as peanut butter and jelly.

Los Angeles rappers may take on some grimier subjects in their tunes, but up north, these Bay Area rappers are taking on a refined subject: wine. Three rappers take Sonoma and Napa by storm with their NSFW, hardcore rap.

The gangstas behind the video, Vallejo rapper Moe Green, Bayonics lead singer Jairo "Rojah" Vargas, and Russian Hill Projects‘ Cameron Washington, get down with some girls who are also clearly connoisseurs of wine. The tagline: "For connoisseurs of fine wine with a gangsta sensibility, this jam is for you." The San Francisco Chronicle breaks down some favorite lyrics, including: "Girlfriend’s a spaz? Drink some shiraz!" and "Got a bee sting? Where's the riesling?"

So go ahead and get your swirl on — we may have found the soundtrack to your next "classy" dinner party.

The couple transforming Missouri wine country into the Midwest’s Napa Valley

AUGUSTA, Mo. – Napa Valley attracts nearly 3.85 million visitors per year with its hillside vineyards and high-end tourist attractions. What if we told you there was a wine country with a much richer history waiting to be discovered by the world? Better still, what if it was only an estimated 45-minute drive from St. Louis?

Augusta, Missouri was designated the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the United States in 1980, but many of its wineries date back to the 1800s pre-prohibition era. Washington, Missouri natives David and Jerri Hoffmann, now business and property owners under Hoffmann Family of Companies, is looking to bring new life to Missouri’s wine country.

The couple has acquired six Missouri vineyards including Balducci Vineyards, Augusta Wine Company and Montelle Winery, Kneornschild Vineyards, Washington Vines, and the latest, the historic Mount Pleasant Estate. Nearly 700 acres will be developed and remodeled to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for locals, nearby visitors, and tourists alike.

Plans for the area will include a 5-star hotel and spa, paddle boats, steamboat tours, and day cruises on the Missouri River, as well as trolley rides, bike tours, horse and buggy rides, a 12-hole world champion golf course designed by Reese Jones, downtown shops, fine dining, and more!

“I think what we hope to do is open that [history] up to the rest of the United States and really to the rest of the world,” said David Hoffmann. “This is a treasured part of America that a lot of people don’t know about. We hope to change that.”

David and Jerri have built an impressive resume, redeveloping communities throughout the nation. They own and redeveloped in Avon, Colorado (Base of Beaver Creek Ski Resort) Naples, Florida (Old Naples 5th Avenue South & Third Street District) and Winnetka, Illinois (Northshore suburb of Chicago).

“I think you’re going to have an experience that’s like none other. California is amazing, but California started in the 󈨊s,” Jerri said. “We’ve been here since the 1800s. It’s special.”

Say goodbye to Napa Valley, and hello to Augusta, Missouri! Renovations and construction will begin immediately. Wineries involved will remain open while renovations and new construction get underway.

9 Amazing Airbnbs in Napa Valley Inspired By Amy Poehler's New Film, Wine Country

Amy Poehler's directorial debut is making us itch for a vacation.

Amy Poehler's new comedy and directorial debut Wine Country hits Netflix on May 10th, and it's giving me some serious girl trip FOMO. Here's what it's about: A group of six women book a trip to Napa Valley for a friend's 50th birthday, planning out a wine-fueled vacation, and since Amy's at the helm, it's a safe bet every second of the trip will be hilarious. TBH, it seems like the best friend getaway of a lifetime. So, why not plan a trip of your own to the famous California vineyards?

These specially curated Airbnbs will give you all of the Wine Country vibes. Minus whatever mishaps Amy's crew faces.


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With dry, sunny days and virtually no rain — there’s rarely a cloud in the sky from sunrise to sunset — it’s no wonder why people flock to Napa Valley during the summer months. Wineries and tasting rooms embrace the nice weather by offering outdoor tastings and vineyard tours, hotel pools can be found bustling with happy guests enjoying the California sunshine, and local farmers’ markets are bursting with summer produce. You’ll find average daytime temperatures in the mid-80s to mid-90s, depending on how far north you are in the valley, with lows ranging in the 50s at night.

Our Favorite Summer Activities in Napa Valley:

Courtesy of Bob McClenahan Photography

Fall is always a busy time of year in Wine Country, when the bustling harvest season brings an air of excitement to the valley. During the months of August, September, and October, winery teams can be seen picking grapes in the vineyards for crush, and some wineries even offer special harvest tours so you can witness the winery production facilities in action. Even if you’re not here for the wine, it’s hard to deny the appeal of fall in Napa, when the region shines with vibrant autumnal colors of orange, red, gold, and yellow. Add in mild temperatures both day and night and it’s no wonder why harvest is a popular time for visitors (since things fill up quickly, we suggest booking hotel, restaurant, and wine tasting reservations in advance). Average daytime highs linger in the high 70s to low 80s, dropping down into the 50s at night, with rarely much precipitation in sight.

Our Favorite Fall Activities in Napa Valley:

Board the Napa Valley Wine Train to experience the elegance of a bygone era while admiring Napa Valley’s picturesque scenery
Experience the healing benefits of Calistoga’s hot springs during a stay at the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

Napa Wineries to Bookmark Right Now

With so much wine currently in production in Napa Valley, it can be overwhelming when trying to sort through the wineries you want to visit, which is why you should tap a sommelier for some help (wink, wink).

Reaume&rsquos top winery picks in Napa right now include:

&bull B Cellars Winery: A beautiful property that includes a food and wine experience and a tour.

&bull Anomaly Vineyards: A very small, mom-and-pop operation with amazing Cabernet Sauvignon.

&bull Ashes & Diamonds Winery: A new, cool winery, this stop accommodates a younger crowd and scene. Expect a great property and a spot to kick back and relax for a couple of hours.

&bull Mayacamas Vineyards: If you&rsquore seeking California staples, this stop has some of the best Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that Napa has to offer.

&bull Alpha Omega Winery: The central location and stunning grounds make this a top choice.

David Clinton Wine Cellars

David Clinton Wine Cellars was created as the result of friendship, so it stands to reason that a spirit of camaraderie and connection continues to inspire the boutique winery’s two founders. “We believe that life is about meaningful relationships, especially family and friends,” said co-founder David Huang. “Clint (Holdsworth) and I created David Clinton Wine Cellars to pursue our mutual passions for making wine and building such friendships. Our wines are made by two friends, for friends, to share with friends.”

Holdsworth and Huang met as Napa Valley neighbors and quickly discovered their shared interest in wine, particularly Zinfandel. They started experimenting with winemaking at home, offering their wares to friends, neighbors, and family. Their appreciative audience encouraged the duo to pursue a full-fledged winemaking business, and thus, David Clinton Wines was founded with a first vintage in 2010.

A mere 300 cases of three Zinfandels are produced annually at a Mt. Veeder custom crush facility- two single-vineyard Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels and a traditional port-style Zinfandel.

The two make their wines in the style they prefer. “For me, wine is about fruit,” said Huang. “And I love the fruit character of Zin.” “Zinfandel is flexible and compat- ible with so many different foods,” said Holdsworth. “It’s also very enjoyable to sip on its own. Our style of Zinfandel offers so many ways for wine to be enjoyed. We knew we wanted our wines to be food-friendly and approachable with prominent fruit and moderate alcohol. The most satisfying comments we hear from buyers and critics is that our wines are very well balanced. This is intentional, and we are very proud of our style.”

Though their output is small, their reach is significant. David Clinton wines can be found at restaurants such as The French Laundry, Cole’s Chop House, Allegria, Napa Valley Bistro, TORC, and Alexander’s Steakhouse, to name just a few. They have no tasting room, and for marketing, they rely on word of mouth as well as a Napa-based wine broker.

“It’s literally just the two of us,” said Holdsworth, a former pharmaceutical industry executive, now retired. Huang is a Napa Valley physician and in the reserves with the Air Force. When starting their venture, the two took enology and viticulture classes together at Napa Valley College. They are active in ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers), and they pour their wines regularly at wine country events. Their wines have been reviewed by critics both local and national and have received numerous 90-point ratings.

Our wines are made by two friends, for friends, to share with friends.

“When we started this venture, neither of us had visions of becoming wealthy wine- makers,” laughed Holdsworth. “We simply viewed wine as a medium to bring people together. After ten years of producing David Clinton wines, our truest measure of success is hearing from an ever-growing number of new friends who have had memorable experiences sharing and enjoying our wines.”

How to tour Napa Valley like 'Wine Country' actors Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch

Production stills from "Wine Country," the new film starring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and others about a girls' trip to Napa Valley. It streams on Netflix starting May 10. Colleen Hayes

When comedians Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer and their gal pals visit Napa Valley for the weekend, they confront the same question that the rest of us must face: Where to go wine tasting?

&ldquoWine Country,&rdquo which begins streaming May 10 on Netflix, is a fictionalized account of a real trip that those &ldquoSaturday Night Live&rdquo alumnae &mdash along with co-stars Tina Fey, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski &mdash took to Napa for Dratch&rsquos 50th birthday. (Poehler directed Spivey and Cackowski wrote the screenplay.) Like most Napa Valley tourists, they stroll through downtown Calistoga, dine at a restaurant with menu items so precious they&rsquoll make you cringe and, of course, hit up a few scenic tasting rooms.

These scenes aren&rsquot exactly lifted from the real trip. You&rsquore not likely to find this gang at a restaurant with &ldquofussy fancy food,&rdquo for example, Dratch tells us. While they were filming, they frequented the casual Italian spot Oenotri in downtown Napa. &ldquoReally great food,&rdquo Dratch says.

So where do the gal pals of &ldquoWine Country&rdquo go in the film, and where did the actresses go on the real-life trip that inspired it? We got the dirt &mdash or, as they call it in Napa, soil.

(Bonus points to anyone who can identify all the wines that the gang enjoys throughout the movie. Here are a few labels to look out for: Baldacci, Orin Swift, the Prisoner, Jordan, Battle Family, Pine Ridge, Mumm, DeLoach and Viader.)

One of the film&rsquos gags is how annoying it is that neurotic Abby (Poehler) has over-scheduled the group with a strict itinerary for the weekend. &ldquoThere really was an itinerary,&rdquo Dratch says of the real trip. &ldquoAmy enjoys an itinerary.&rdquo

But we&rsquove gotta say &mdash it&rsquos a good itinerary. Their first stop is at Artesa, the Carneros winery that is undoubtedly one of Napa Valley&rsquos most scenic. As the characters wander around the lawn, glasses of wine in hand, you can see the dramatic angles of the winery blending into the hillsides. Artesa is one of our favorite wineries in the region that doesn&rsquot require an advance reservation.

In our experience, though, the tasting staff at Artesa is a lot more pleasant than the sommelier depicted here, who shoots down every tasting note descriptor that Dratch&rsquos character offers about the wine. &ldquoJasmine?&rdquo she ventures. &ldquoThat&rsquos egregious,&rdquo he responds.

&ldquoAmy had the idea &mdash OK, they&rsquore gonna visit three wineries, but let&rsquos not make them all the same,&rdquo Cackowski explains. &ldquoSo one has to be one of those crunchy organic ones.&rdquo

The real-life Baldacci Family Vineyards, in the Stags Leap AVA, is the setting for the film&rsquos fictional Morgan Jorng (you say it with a soft J) winery, whose owner, played by Cackowski, is hilariously self-righteous about her solar panels and pesticide-free vines. How on earth did they come up with Morgan Jorng? &ldquoWe wanted a gross-sounding name,&rdquo Cackowski says. &ldquoSomething pretentious, vaguely Danish or Swedish.&rdquo (Morgan was for Morgan Sackett, one of the film&rsquos producers.)

At Morgan Jorng, wine bottles come with unconscionable levels of sediment, but at Baldacci, the wines are much more polished. Right now the Silverado Trail winery is under renovation, says general manager Kellie Duckhorn. As they&rsquore building 11,000 feet of new caves, they&rsquore hosting tastings in a temporary trailer and a makeshift patio. The red barn depicted in the movie is visible from the patio, but it&rsquos actually a private residence, not a tasting room.

Baldacci, which is strictly by appointment only, offers two sit-down tastings every day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ($50-$75), plus a relaxed tasting on the patio on weekends. One thing it does have in common with Morgan Jorng, though: Guests aren&rsquot allowed to walk into the vineyards.

Production stills from "Wine Country," the new film starring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and others about a girls' trip to Napa Valley. It streams on Netflix starting May 10. Colleen Hayes

This Baja wine region is the Napa Valley of Mexico

Lines of grapevines disappear into the distance, where they blend into the mountains. Smoke from the open grill lifts into the air, but the delicious aroma floats on the breeze toward my table in the dappled sunlight, perched on the edge of the outdoor restaurant in wine country. I kick my shoes off under the table and pour a glass of Sangiovese.

It feels like north of San Francisco, but instead, I&rsquom south of the border.

While what was once Alta California brims with vineyards, the wine regions of Baja California still stand out. Mexico&rsquos wine capital is just an hour south of Tijuana in valleys around Ensenada, and it produces nearly 90 percent of the country&rsquos wines.

The region has changed significantly in the past 10 years, and innovators have been producing wine far better than the mass-produced product for which the area was once known. And where one path of innovation has taken hold, others have followed. Visitors stay in hotels and glamping spots made of recycled materials, a new Valle culture of gastronomy is featured in casual restaurants, and craft brewing options even offer an alternative to wine. Local architect Alejandro D&rsquoAcosta asks residents to avoid throwing anything away, so he can use reclaimed treasures to construct wineries.

With cutting-edge new tasting rooms, open-flame cooking and stunning hotels, Baja&rsquos Valle de Guadalupe has become one of the hottest wine and culinary spots in the West &mdash especially since the valley is less than two hours from San Diego by car.

Sometimes, it's worth waking up early for a breakfast that's powerful enough to carry you through the day. At La Cocina de Doña Esthela, in an unassuming house where locals and visitors flock daily, is a generous and hearty breakfast that's a perfect foundation for a day of wine tasting. The traditional Sinaloan fare served in Doña Esthela's house includes birria de borrego (wood-roasted lamb), shredded beef machaca with eggs, flaky flour tortillas, homemade queso fresco, and café de olla - sweet coffee with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Many regulars here prefer to order their birria with consommé on the side (called borrego tatemado), so that the meat can be dunked into the rich juices. If you pay attention to the action in the kitchen, you'll see Doña Esthela directing traffic among the kitchen, dining room and the wood-fire oven in the backyard like the choreography of a ballet. Any of her restaurant patrons consider themselves lucky if they get a sight of her, since she's never in the same place for long, and always organizing and adding the last garnishes to her dishes. While there are plenty of wine country-style restaurants in the Valle de Guadalupe, La Cocina de Doña Esthela predates most of them. Brave the rutted dirt road to see and taste the past of the region with a visit here.

La Cocina de Doña Esthela: Rancho San Marcos El Porvenir, Valle de Guadalupe. +52 (646) 156-8453.

In Mexican wine country, the main road is a paved two-lane highway that curves inland from Ensenada. Dirt lanes branch off the road like veins in a grape leaf, and wineries are scattered everywhere.

Wine grapes were first planted here in the 18th century by Jesuit priests, and in 1987 with Monte Xanic, the first of the Valle de Guadalupe boutique wineries began sprouting up. Today, there are more than 100 wineries of varying sizes, and there&rsquos still room to grow. The independent spirit of local winemakers that has allowed them to be pioneers of the new industry carries through to the wine, as well as nearly any business venture, from cuisine to glamping.

The pale landscape is strewn with boulders the size of cars, in nature&rsquos version of an art installation. The dry terrain is suited to varieties from regions like southern France and southern Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal &mdash with Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Zinfandel, Vermentino and Viognier (among others) as standouts.

For those in search of a California-style, laid-back wine region, perhaps the definition of California should be expanded beyond nationalistic borders. As I travel between wineries, essential elements for making great wine &mdash terroir and climate &mdash are evident in every direction, even in open-to-the-elements restaurants and hotels. Old-school California, the one where Alta and Baja aren&rsquot divided, is shaped by nature.

Pyramids on a hill peek out above the valley&rsquos vineyards, although the Aztec and Maya civilizations did not extend to northern Baja. One pyramid is adorned with a kraken, and its eyes seem to follow me as I take the path to Clos de Tres Cantos. The buildings at this winery are among many masterpieces designed by D&rsquoAcosta &mdash and 90 percent of the materials in the structures at this winery have had prior lives.

Sunlight streams through walls built with used wine bottles in the cellar, where music is played for the wine resting in barrels to influence gentle aging. &ldquoWe play Gregorian chants and Pink Floyd, too,&rdquo says owner Joaquín Moya Cussi, who along with wife and co-owner Maria Benitez Cantarera has joined me for a tasting of their wines, which have philosophical names such as El Otro (the other), Tu Mismo (yourself), Nada (nothing) and Noesis (intuition). &ldquoThis is a monastery in the mythical way,&rdquo he adds. &ldquoIt&rsquos a place to contemplate &mdash with wine.&rdquo

D&rsquoAcosta is also the architectural hand behind Vena Cava Vinícola (featuring reclaimed fishing boats) and Bruma Vinícola (with truckloads of recycled wood). Despite the connection, each winery has its own distinct style &mdash both artistically and in the wines they produce. More than 10 years ago, D&rsquoAcosta built La Escuelita, the wine incubator/school dreamed of by his brother, Hugo. Since then, it has continued to attract winemakers from across Mexico and the United States.

A breeze ruffles the fur of a chocolate-colored winery dog on the rooftop garden of Finca la Carrodilla. From its certified organic vineyards, the winery makes its four single varietal wines (Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet and Tempranillo) and a premium Bordeaux blend. Up here, in a wonderland of greenery, the views of the vineyards and vegetable garden stretch away from the building in a landscape of organic farmland. Visitors wander from a tasting session to the barn, where kids squeal over the farm animals.

The rooftop is also a place of importance in tastings at Vinícola Torres Alegre y Familia. &ldquoThese are the oldest vines in this part of the valley,&rdquo says Don Victor Torres Alegre, his arm sweeping across the horizon. Even the entry-level wines here are handled with the same care as the reserves, and I&rsquom encouraged to create my own unique tasting across the wealth of offerings.

It&rsquos often the mark of a well-established wine region to have elevated its cuisine game to match the high quality of its wines. Being relatively new to international attention, it would be understandable if Valle de Guadalupe hadn&rsquot quite arrived in this manner &mdash but the assumption would be wrong. All around the valley, chefs are using the bounty to create special flavors that blend traditional with the new, refined Baja.

I&rsquom lucky to find a table quickly at Finca Altozano, an open-air grill that fills early for good reason: It&rsquos the home restaurant of star chef Javier Plascencia, it&rsquos set on a working farm, and the inviting space allows for a long, relaxing meal. While I enjoy the fragrance of the food grilled on the Santa Maria-style grill, a gray-and-white pig named Candelaria wanders between the tables, searching for scraps.

Plascencia opened this restaurant in 2012, back when Valle was getting noticed as a wine region worth visiting. Since then, it&rsquos grown to include an ice-cream shop, tortas truck, coffee spot and Animalon &mdash a seasonal, pop-up restaurant under a 200-year-old oak tree. Wandering through the property, I spy giant wine barrels with seating areas perched above the vineyards, perfect for a special celebration or an everyday tasting.

It&rsquos equally easy to lose track of time at Fauna, the restaurant at Bruma Vinícola that causes nearly everyone I speak with during my time here to sigh wistfully. Less than 2 years old, the upscale restaurant has vibrant tile accents, recycled wood family-style tables, floor-to-ceiling windows and what seems like hundreds of tiny porthole windows that let in dots of light. But it also has chef David Castro Hussong and his experimental menu that changes daily. After a number of courses, I know now why so many people sigh about Fauna.

It&rsquos nearly impossible to go wrong with a restaurant choice in Valle de Guadalupe. The dedication to Baja style and wine gives visitors a sense of the natural world here, and instead of trying to be like some other destination, the spirit of innovation lets Valle be Valle. With my feet in the dirt overlooking the vineyards at Deckman&rsquos en el Mogor, which brings the table to the farm, I don&rsquot need to be in any other wine country.

Getting there

Flights from San Francisco or Oakland to Tijuana generally have one or two stops and can cost $350 or more. It&rsquos often better to drive across the border from San Diego. From there, the road trip to Valle de Guadalupe takes less than two hours.

Where to stay

Encuentro Guadalupe: Km. 75, Carretera Tecate-Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe. +52 (646) 155-2775, With 22 rusted-iron lofts overlooking the valley, a restaurant focused on northern Baja ingredients, and more than 17 acres of mountain vineyards, this hotel is almost required. Room rates start at about $310 per night.

La Villa del Valle: Valle de Guadalupe. +52 (646) 183-9249, This small luxury inn has panoramic views of vineyards, olive groves, rows of lavender and mountains. It&rsquos walking distance to the Vena Cava tasting room and Corazón de Tierra. Room rates start at about $275 per night.

Where to eat

Finca Altozano: Km. 83, Carretera Tecate-Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe. +52 (646) 156-8045, This restaurant fills early for good reason: It&rsquos the home restaurant of star chef Javier Plascencia. Also &ldquoon campus&rdquo here: an ice-cream shop, tortas truck, coffee spot, and a seasonal, pop-up restaurant. The menu has a little bit of everything, and prices range from about $4-$23.

Fauna: Km. 73.5, Carretera Tecate-Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe. +52 (646) 103-6403, At Bruma Winery&rsquos new restaurant, chef David Castro Hussong creates complex, sophisticated dishes from the region&rsquos fresh ingredients. Start with oysters and blood clams and move on to pork salpicón prices range from about $7 to $68.

Deckman&rsquos en el Mogor: Km. 85.5, Carretera Tecate-Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe. +52 (646) 188-3960, This outdoor restaurant has tables set out in the open under pine trees around a grill where Michelin-starred chef Drew Deckman prepares incredible quail dishes and Pacific coast seafood.

Where to taste

Finca la Carrodilla: Parcela 99 Z1 P14, Ejido El Porvenir, Valle de Guadalupe. +52 (646) 156-8952, For an ideal Mexican wine country afternoon, sit in the rooftop garden and have a glass of the crisp biodynamic Chenin Blanc from this certified organic producer.

Vinícola Torres Alegre y Familia: Parcela 52, Ejido El Porvenir, Valle de Guadalupe. +52 (646) 688-1033. Taste richly concentrated Cru Garage Nebbiolo on this winery&rsquos roof-level tasting room while talking with founder Victor Torres Alegre, who has a doctorate in enology from Bordeaux.

Clos de Tres Cantos: Km. 81, Carretera Tecate-Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe. +52 (646) 206-1333. This winery is an artist&rsquos dream of pyramids and sunlight passing through wine bottles, and is run by a philosopher who makes wines with thoughtful names.

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Illinois treasurer reminding military families about over 100 unclaimed medals, keepsakes

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Napa Valley’s Ultimate Private Retreat — Vignoble House Offers Intimate, Special Escapes in a True Wonderland

The Vignoble House pool is an ideal venue for family gatherings.

This article is promoted/partner content and not produced by the editorial staff.

A dmit it, you’re more than ready to spend some quality time in Napa Valley.

The past year has been a unique one, and while travel is not as simple as it was pre-COVID-19, the reality of the vaccines and improving case numbers has us all looking forward to once again broadening our geographical horizons and visiting tasting rooms in one of the world’s best and most beautiful locales for wine and food.

Anticipating your thirst for westward travel, a wine country retreat is setting itself apart. It’s the Vignoble House, and it’s waiting for you.

Practice makes perfect: the bocce court at Vignoble House.

Vignoble House is on the Silverado Trail in St. Helena and it sits majestically on four acres of gated landscaped grounds, complete with olive trees, a lavender-lined driveway, a bocce court, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi — yes, pack your bathing suit — decks with welcoming seating and bucolic views — and more.

Its location makes it an ideal headquarters for your Napa adventure, because Vignoble House is surrounded by all of the right restaurants and wineries, including The French Laundry, PRESS, Brasswood, Viader, Alpha Omega, Schramsberg, Palmaz, Peju and Oxbow Public Market to name but a few.

Pro tip: Plan your itinerary well in advance, because reservation spots fill quickly at many of these top spots.

The property is owned by a Texan who’s also a Napa insider — what could be a better combination? — so the hospitality you’ll experience while at Vignoble House promises nothing but pleasure, relaxation, and, when you venture out, curated excellence in the way of food and wine experiences.

The proprietor also has exclusive relationships with chefs who can create a dream evening at the house’s 10-person dining table, if you choose to dine in a more intimate setting, and is licensed to sell wine and spirits.

The Vignoble House pool is an ideal venue for family gatherings. The Grove Room boasts a king bed, dressing room and private bath.

Inside, the three-story Vignoble House features five luxuriously appointed bedrooms — three with king beds, two with a queen bed — all with their own bathrooms stocked with Napa Soap Company provisions, elegant linens, spa robes and anything else you’ll need for a carefree sojourn. You’ll also appreciate the two living rooms, the inviting reading alcoves, media room and breakfast area.

Your hosts can select gourmet goodies from a host of local delicacies including Model Bakery. Their pastries are next level.

The Lavender Room, on the Vignoble House’s lower level, features a queen bed and ensuite bath. The Patio Room, located on the main floor, has a fireplace and an ADA-accessible shower and access to the property’s main patio. The Lookout Room is perched on the top floor of Vignoble House and features a king bed and balcony overlooking the pool and bocce court. Vignoble House possesses all the comforts you expect in Napa Valley.

When you want to gather as a group, the Great Room, with its peaked and beamed ceiling, fireplace, and ample seating, makes for an ideal setting. Relax after dinner with drinks and conversation, enjoy board games, or simply nap on the sofa.

You’re in the heart of Napa Valley on a dream trip. The world truly is your oyster.

The Great Room at Vignoble House is welcoming and comfortable.

T he Vignoble House’s kitchen will be popular with the cooks in your group, and they’ll love the six-burner Viking stove. There’s plenty of prep space, and the dishwasher makes cleanup easy. Once you have your menus planned, head to the nearby Sunshine Foods Market for an exhaustive selection of meats, poultry, cheeses, vegetables, wine and spirits, and other must-have items.

It’s a local favorite for a reason.

You’re going to consume some calories during your visit, and they’ll be delicious. And more than worth it. With that in mind, Vignoble House’s on-site workout room features yoga mats, an elliptical machine and a Pilates reformer. The workout space also offers an infrared sauna with restorative properties to aid in detoxificaton. In addition, you can book Pilates and yoga instructors for private sessions along with lessons and massage treatments.

Advance booking is required. Click here for all the details.

You’ll want to linger here, glass of wine in hand.

Vignoble House Napa Valley


St. Helena in the heart of California wine country.


Starting at $500 per night per room (plus 14 percent Napa County tax)

For much more on Vignoble House and to plan a stay, check out its full website.

Watch the video: In Wine Country Rap (January 2022).