Word of Mouth: Napa Valley

Wineries, restaurants, relaxation and the way to get to it all

It’s safe to assume that destinations featuring superb wine are acutely aware of the desire for good food that tends to accompany it. California’s Napa Valley certainly is. The most prestigious wine region in the United States, Napa draws many for its vineyards, vines and wines stretching along several snug little towns. And yet, the restaurant scene has accumulated so much acclaim that people now …

Pottery from Sonoma Wildfire Ash

After the destruction of last year’s Sonoma County wildfires, ceramicist Gregory Roberts launched the Sonoma Ash Project, wherein he turned ash into meaningful ceramics. Roberts asked his neighbors to donate ash from the wildfires they personally experienced. To his surprise, more than 125 people have donated thus far, some leaving notes explaining the value of what they left with him. The diversity of color and …

Inside Silver Oak’s New, State-of-the-Art Winery, Alexander Valley

A green, pristine Sonoma facility worthy of the prestigious name it supports

For many red wine lovers, Silver Oak has become synonymous with luxuriant bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon over the last 45 years. These food-friendly, dynamic vintages hail from quality fruit met with virgin oak. Often, Silver Oak wines are consumed on special occasions—a reflection of their magnificence. But to truly understand what sets the brand apart requires a visit. Right now, two facilities welcome guests. There’s …