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What’s New in Wine Country: Spring Fling

By Annie Shaw

Aside from soaking up the luxe at Auberge du Soleil, or getting your slice of Thomas Keller at The French Laundry or Ad Hoc, there’s a flush of new things to do in our favorite terroir right now. Read on to find out what’s fresh for your much-needed mini break this spring.

Wine Country Bike Tour Package: The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance,
1325 Broadway, Sonoma

Sonoma town is perfect for spring cycling, and the resulting Instagrammable moments are worth a thousand likes. After breakfast in bed, hop on a pair of custom wine-themed bikes (designed by Mission Bicycle Company’s San Francisco boutique) and follow a leisurely scavenger hunt that will take you around some of the best wineries, chocolatiers, cheesemongers and ice cream makers in Sonoma. Be as lazy as you like on the self-guided tour, but remember you’ll have a bottle of chardonnay and pinot noir waiting in your King Spa Cottage Room when you get back to The Lodge!


True REST Float Spa True REST Napa, 3270 California Blvd., Suite C, Napa; truerest.com

Crick in your neck? Mind won’t stop racing? Forgotten what silence sounds like? Or do you just need a break from … everything? Slip away to Napa’s newest float spa and into the warm, 30 percent Epsom salt solution inside a REST pod. Choose music and soothing light colors and drift away: Nobody will find you here. Just an hour puts you in a meditative zone and resets your frayed adulting ability.

THE DECLINE AND FALL OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, 1992, CERAMIC AND GLAZES, 95 X 202 X 66 INCHES; © ARTISTS’ LEGACY FOUNDATION / LICENSED BY ARS, NEW YORK.

Viola Frey: Center Stage di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art;February 23 —December 29, 2019; dirosaart.org/viola-frey

See the artist’s larger-than-life figurative ceramic sculptures at her first major exhibition on the West Coast since 1981. More than 100 works of art in ceramic, painting, drawing, photography and bronze are on display, filling di Rosa’s 8,500-square-foot Gallery 2 exhibition space. Spanning five decades of her career, the works are fresh, bold and relevant.

Hotel Yountville’s Pet Package 6462 Washington St., Yountville; hotelyountville.com

The new pet-friendly offerings at the centrally located and luxurious spa Hotel Yountville mean there’s no reason to leave the fuzzy child at home. Dogs will enjoy a special culinary menu, complete with gourmet treats for dessert, monogrammed bedding, dog bowls, ropes and Frisbees to ensure playful adventures and a restful sleep — for everyone. There is a $150 per pet cleaning fee. Just mention that puppers is coming along when you reserve and all the goodies will be waiting for you. Um, him.

RH Yountville:6725 Washington St., Yountville; RH.com/Yountville

Unexpected and devilishly attractive: Restoration Hardware (olive trees, rustic/industrial furniture, textures, chandeliers) just opened a restaurant, wine vault and boutique design gallery experience in Yountville. If you’re remembering that the only thing stopping you from buying the entire store every time you step into RH is your Prohibition-era rectitude and pious adherence to sober shopping, that’s over. Wine tastings, barista espresso bar, indoor-outdoor restaurant and probably unlimited burrata … Oh, just take my money!

Napastäk Napa Valley:1240 1st St., Napa; napastak.net

Napastäk means “the rabbit” in Armenian, and true epicurean bunnies hop straight over to this boutique flavor destination’s new location because the selection is unique. You’re not going to find Sriracha Lime White Balsamic Vinegar or handcrafted Saffron Pappardelle anywhere else. While you’re there, pick up a Teakwood and Cardamom candle and a rabbit-themed linen towel to give as gifts. If you can bear to part with them!

Jordan Winery’s New Dining Room: Jordan Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg; jordanwinery.com

The 1,200-acre Jordan Winery’s exclusive dining room has been given a spectacular new look this year, inspired by the vibrant, moss-carpeted rocks and lichen found across Jordan Estate in Healdsburg.

Renowned interior designer Geoffrey De Sousa brought in London-based haute couture artist Geraldine Larkin (Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Versace, et al.) to make over the chairs; Lorenzo De Grandis of Milan, Italy for wallpaper; Tuell + Reynolds of Sonoma County for a refresh of the room’s grand fireplace; and a cadre of other top talents. The result is almost as breathtaking as Executive Chef Todd Knoll’s wine and food pairings, and the result is fresh, sophisticated and uniquely of the terroir.

Experience the new dining room at Jordan’s seven-course, prix fixe dinner party events throughout the year, or book private food-and-wine-pairing experiences in the dining room with Jordan Private Tables as members of the loyalty program, Jordan Estate Rewards.



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