Hello, friends…I hope you have all had a great week! Here’s this Sunday’s seven in wine, food, lifestyle, design and travel:
Soak up the advice of locals for tips on Napa Valley. Tasting room owners, restauranteurs and festival planners share their picks – many of them being in the town of Napa itself. Since the revitalization of downtown Napa, it’s now a destination and I always enjoy spending time there. There are some great tips in this article!
Nine visionaries who are helping travelers have deeper, richer, and more meaningful experiences…not only are they shaping the future of travel, but in the process, they’re also helping to make the world a better place for the next generation in some very cool ways. Find out how.
Technology is changing everything right now and travel is next up on the list of things to be revolutionized. This article identifies the top trends that will change the way you move in the world – things like electric cars, apps that help travelers go off the beaten path, and biometric screening for your boarding pass or your room key.
Some of the world’s most stunning wineries. Only one on this list is from Napa Valley (Inglenook!), but Italy and Spain are high on the list of repeats. Above is Castello di Ama in Chianto Classico — the estate’s grounds encompass rolling vineyards, ancient chapels, 18th-century villa, and 15 visionary site-specific works by contemporary artists. This is making me excited for our trip to Tuscany next spring!
If you’ve ever wondered how champagne is made, how many hours it takes to craft a handmade leather bag, or what goes into creating French perfume, then next weekend is for you. French luxury group LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) is hosting free VIP tours of the workshops and ateliers of 56 of its luxury and heritage brands in 14 countries around the world, including locations in the US. These experiences are called Les Journées Particulières, and are rare behind-the-scenes looks at brands like Tag Heuer, Guerlain, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and one of my Napa favorites—Domaine Chandon.
The country bought the property they now call L’île d’Anges in 2003 for a family getaway in the Bahamas. They built a structure with a collection of eight “pavilions” that took until 2012 to complete. Each room lives in a separate building with open air passageways connecting them. Check out this video of their breathtaking property!
There are a lot of gems in this list and not as much pumpkin as you would think! The Endive and Manchego Salad with Smoked Cocoa Walnuts looked to die for, as did the Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Caramels, which I might make for holiday gifts this year. But this Delicata Squash and Sausage Crostata with Ricotta and Honey really just had me at the crust. And, this recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks called Wine Food – flavorful, vegetable-forward dishes that pair well with fun wines.
I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing rest of your weekend! We have a bunch of Mike’s family in town and are off to the Panthers/Giants game! (Go Panthers!)