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Explore California wineries in Sonoma and Napa for a deliciously memorable experience.
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Art, Architecture, Artesa
Owned by the Raventos family of Spanish winemakers, Artesa Winery is the American cousin of the fifth-oldest winery in the world.
Sited in the highest reaches of Napa, Artesa is a contemporary architectural marvel, set into a 350-foot hillside, a design providing natural insulation. Visitors enter via a staircase bordered on each side with cascading waterfalls. Artesa also offers an art gallery featuring glass and metal works by sculptor Gordon Huether, the winery’s artist-in-residence.
There are a variety of tours and tastings, including pairings of chocolates and red wines, caviar and tapas with sparkling wines, and artisan cheeses with limited release and reserve wines.
“The ultimate wine tasting is incredibly romantic,” says Michael McKinley, tasting room manager. “There’s a candlelit path leading to the barrel room, where the only light is 50 flickering candles.”
There, visitors will taste select wines that are produced in lots of 700 cases or less. Artesa focuses on premium still wines, but retains its founding tradition as a house for sparkling wines with a limited selection of bubblies. To uncork memories of your Napa experience, bring home Codorniu Grand Reserve, a sparkler with notes of stone fruit, citrus and tart apple, with a hint of mineral.
Artesa is a short bike ride away from Carneros Inn, where accommodations include luxury cottages with such niceties as fireplaces, 800-thread count sheets, bathrooms with heated slate floors and outdoor showers. Some cottages also boast fire pits and claw-foot tubs for an alfresco soak. The zen-meets-rustic style of the architecture is often referred to as “farm shui.”
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