Visiting the estate at Sullivan is like visiting a very nice family home. In the 1970’s Jim and Johanna Sullivan built their home in the Napa Valley and started growing grapes. They built the winery next door to mirror the house and created a serene environment for their family and winery guests. Today Sullivan is one of the few family owned wineries in Napa Valley.
Surrounded by vineyards on the floor of the Napa Valley, the wide open views in every direction were the first thing I noticed arriving at B Cellars. The contemporary architecture of the dramatic winery building was the next. Open less than a year, this is a property that was designed to make a statement. I knew I was in for a wine country experience immediately upon arrival.
Downtown Yountville is foodie heaven with Michelin starred restaurants like French Laundry and Bouchon, and it’s a charming little town for a walk/roll around. Downtown Yountville is also the home of Hill Family Estate. This family owned boutique winery is right on Washington Street, the main drag through town and is a definite stop on a wheelchair accessible wine country tour.
After a gorgeous drive through the redwoods on a winding country road we arrived at The Hess Collection and realized we had found a hidden gem. Located 20 minutes outside of Napa, The Hess Collection is a special destination where a world class art collection is part of the wine tasting experience. Both are located in historic stone buildings connected by contemporary architecture and are fully accessible.
St. Helena is quintessential Napa Valley. Its historic Main Street is filled with galleries, restaurants, shops, and wineries. At the gateway to St. Helena is Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, a three-acre food and wine destination, and this weekend a film venue, village center, and wine tasting pavilion.
The autumn colors were raging in Yountville during the NVFF and set the tone for a beautiful sunny day to meander through the village, watch films, and sip wine. Yountville is a 15-minute drive out of Napa, filled with world-class restaurants and renowned wineries.
If standing in movie lines and walking between venues is going to wear you out at the Festival, a great solution is a travel scooter, like I use. Watch as Jeff disassembles the Pride Go-Go in exactly 1 minute and easily loads it into his car.
Cindy Pawlcyn, is the genius behind Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, the chef-owner of Mustards Grill and a James Beard award winning cookbook author. This is a “must see must do” restaurant in the Napa Valley.
ZD Wines is midpoint on the Silverado Trail, the road less traveled in the Napa Valley. I visited ZD at the height of crush season, and got to watch them harvest the grapes and prepare them for winemaking.