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Wine Country Favorites Have Opened up and Are Ready to Welcome You

An Oakville Run

Consider a road trip to stock up on culinary must-haves.

As one of California’s oldest continuous-running businesses, Oakville Grocery can trace its heritage back to 1874 and early roots as a basic dry goods store. Today, it’s known as an epicurean wonderland filled with sublime offerings that range from award-winning olive oils, sauces, and preserves to spices, meats, pastas, and more. Oakville Grocery is also known for its delectable menu of offerings that can be enjoyed with a glass of your favorite varietal on the patios at their Oakville and Healdsburg locations. Book ahead for reservations.

Sip + Savor

Try your hand at being a winemaker for a day.

Raymond Vineyards

Many of Napa Valley’s wine tasting rooms are open and welcoming visitors, including longtime favorite Raymond. If you can’t make it to the vineyard, you can recreate Raymond’s famed “Winemaker for a Day” blending experience at home by ordering an exclusive at-home blending kit.

The kit comes with four 750-ml bottles of the Raymond wines used for blending, including an unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet with new oak, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot—as well as four graduated cylinders, four pipettes, blending worksheets, and an instruction booklet. After a kit is purchased, buyers can choose between joining the monthly virtual blending sessions led by Raymond’s owner Jean-Charles Boisset, proprietor of Boisset Collection, or scheduling a private virtual session with one of Raymond’s wine educators. Once customers have determined their favorite blend, they can order it, complete with a custom name as well as label image and text, for $360 for six bottles or $600 for a case.

Getaway Time

Check in at St. Helena’s Meadowood.

One of Northern California’s most storied resorts started welcoming back guests on June 11. Meadowood took the preceding weeks to develop new, enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols and train staff. In addition, the Meadowood team has been hard at work creating a new series of experiences—including enhanced onsite wine, wellness, and fitness programming in the coming weeks. Renowned sommelier and author Kelli A. White will lead Meadowood’s new Wine School that will serve as a resource for guests looking to replenish their home wine cellars. New garden tours will be offered to showcase the estate’s commitment to a farm-to-table dining experience, and outdoor wellness experiences with an emphasis on yoga and meditation are in the planning stages. In the meantime, guests can still indulge in Meadowood’s 5-star accommodations, take hikes through grounds, and play golf, tennis, and much more.

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