Acacia House Revived Into High-End Restaurant & Resort in Napa Valley

Las Alcobas, the controversial resort just north of Saint Helena has revived a piece of Napa Valley history by renovating the old Victorian Acacia House into a comfortable, friendly, fine dining restaurant ran by Top Chef Masters winner and The Next Iron Chef competitor Chris Cosentino. I have only lived in Saint Helena for four years, and…

VGS Chateau Potelle Tasting House & Gardens – Food & Wine Pairing

Last week I was invited to do one of my favorite things, a food and wine pairing. What could be better on a post-election Wednesday than some exquisite food bites from a Michelin-starred restaurant paired with elegant wines? After a rough week of political rants and a nation on edge, I was certainly looking forward…

Yao Family Wines in St. Helena – It’s Not Just a Name.

I was excited to get a chance to check out the fairly new Yao Family Wines tasting room located off Highway 29 in Saint Helena. If you are or aren’t a basketball fan, you would recognize Yao Ming. Standing a staggering 7ft 6in, Yao Ming played for the Houston Rockets for almost a decade, retiring…

Schramsberg Vineyards – Méthode Champenoise in Napa Valley

When friends come to town, I am always looking for a unique place to start the day; and three million hand stacked bottles of sparkling wine in a 2-1/2 mile cave is an excellent choice. Last Saturday was my second time at Schramsberg Vineyards. About 3-1/2 years ago, before I lived in the Napa Valley,…

St. Supéry – Bacon and Cabernet Wine Pairing in Napa Valley

Everybody loves a good wine and food pairing, especially if it includes bacon and cabernet sauvignon. With International Bacon Day and Cabernet Day falling right around Labor Day weekend, there was a lot of celebrating going on in Napa Valley, and a lot of bacon being enjoyed. I had found out through Twitter (thank you…

Visit to Duckhorn Vineyards – Saint Helena

A Visit to Duckhorn Winery and Vineyards – Saint Helena Last Saturday, a few friends and I decided to go for a wine tasting after breakfast at the Meadowood Grill.  I hadn’t been to Duckhorn Vineyards in quite a while and figured it was early enough to get a reservation.  I used Open Table through the link from Duckhorn’s website…