The Prisoner Wine Company’s Unconventional New Home

A new way to experience the beloved brand, and Napa Valley

Napa Valley was blanketed in smoke the weekend The Prisoner Wine Company opened its tasting room to the public. The devastating fire had just begun its trail of destruction 150 miles north, and the region’s usually crisp ocean air looked and felt more like something out of a dystopian thriller. It made approaching The Prisoner’s fortress-like new home downright eerie. Located off Highway 29 in …

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 …

Terroir Life Wines

The Santa Barbara purveyors bring together an international community of winemakers to cultivate connections between regions

by Janine Stankus To oenophiles, the term “terroir” refers to wind, rain, soil, sun, diurnal shifts—all the elements that imbue wine with its distinct character. It’s the “biography of wine,” notes Ali Banks, Terroir Life co-founder, but one which misses an essential element: the people. Terroir Life is the new customer-facing launch from Terroir Selections, founded in 2009 by Charles and Ali Banks to steward …