The Wines, Celebs & Chefs of Festival Napa Valley 2016

Jul 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

For two weekends every July, the place to see and be seen in California’s Napa Valley is undoubtedly Festival Napa Valley. Held at wineries and estates around the county, this two-week celebration, formerly known as Festival del Sole, includes concerts, dinners, tastings, lectures, fashion shows, galas and more.

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The Suite Life: The Presidential and Ritz-Carlton Suites in San Francisco

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Traveling up Stockton Street in San Francisco, there’s building after building, all beautiful and historic. And then there's the Ritz-Carlton. It is a massive, white, seven ionic-columned, neo-classical building on Nob Hill. Winner of so many hospitality awards, it’s easy to lose count. Built in 1909, it was once the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s Pacific Coast headquarters.

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BottleRock Finds Its Groove In Its 4th Year

May 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On its fourth year of operation, BottleRock Napa Valley has finally gotten its bearings—and we were there to witness its resurgence and take its place among the nation's top music festivals. After its first year, which many called “disastrous,” Promoters Latitude 38 Entertainment stepped in to take over the fest from its previous owners BR Festivals. From May 27-30, 120,000 fans showed up to the Napa Valley Expo grounds to see 75 culinary and musical acts perform on four stages. 

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Napa’s Definitive Wine Country Festival

Mar 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Napa Valley may be small in size, but it is giant in impact. With over 400 wineries and counting, this valley first put California wine on the map by winning the Judgement of Paris blind competition 40 years ago, an event recounted in the 2008 film, Bottle Shock. Having just wrapped upon March 20, the 5th annual Flavor! Napa Valley celebrated this historic moment (along with many others) during their huge four-day festival. 

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Sit On-Stage During Florence + The Machine's Performance at BottleRock

Feb 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With headliners Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus a bevy of great bands, this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley is set to be a pretty solid weekend. The fest will kick off in Napa Valley on May 27, and those who want the full fan experience can purchase Platinum Pass tickets.

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Four Seasons to Open in Napa Valley With Plans for Brand Wines

Feb 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Four Seasons plans to open its first luxury resort in the prime California wine region in 2018, as its first step into an expanded West Coast footprint. Located in Calistoga, the hotel will have just 85 guest rooms to give visitors a unique boutique FS experience. The property will also offer 20 private residence villas for purchase.

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9 Romantic Getaways in California Perfect for Valentine's Day

Feb 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

To some, a romantic getaway involves waking up to dreamy ocean views; for others it might mean cozying up next to a crackling fireplace, or relaxing in a hidden hot tub in the woods. Regardless of your definition, California is one destination that has it all, especially during Valentine’s Day weekend.

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The Master and Makers @ Meritage Festival is Back With Over 40 Wineries, Cooking Classes & a V-Day Brunch

Jan 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Have any plans over Valentine's and President’s Day Weekend? It might be time to grab a few friends and head to the third annual Master and Makers @ Meritage in Napa. From February 12 to 14, The Meritage Resort and Spa will host a three-day event that showcases some of the best Napa Valley and Sonoma County wines and local farm-fresh cuisine.

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Napa Valley Wine Train Celebrates Super Bowl 50 With Championship Wine Flight

Nov 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Wine-loving football fans rejoice, the Napa Valley Wine Train has officially kicked off its new Championship Wine Flight. The 36-mile journey will focus on wineries founded by NFL players including names like Charles Woodson, Dick Vermeil and Rick Mirer.

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Visit the World's Top 5 Wine-Producing Regions With These Wine Tours

Sep 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Wine season is here (at least for the Northern Hemisphere)—so naturally, we’re enjoying a nice a full-bodied Cab at the moment (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere). Did you know that only 10 countries produce 80 percent of the earth’s wine? And, according to Wine Folly, “the top three wine regions in the world make enough wine to fill 5,127 Olympic-sized swimming pools.” 

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Forget Napa & Explore Sonoma County With Hotel Healdsburg

Sep 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Famed horticulturist Luther Burbank had this to say about Sonoma County, “I firmly believe, from what I have seen, that this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as nature is concerned.” It’s a pretty compelling statement, but one that I must agree with, now that I’ve visited Sonoma a handful of times. 

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Outdoor Adventures, Wine Tastings & a Michelin 3-Star Restaurant, Meadowood Knows How to Vacation

Jun 18, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Tucked away in the heart of Napa Valley, completely enveloped in all directions by ush greenery, Meadowood is a secluded hideaway of opulent proportions. You won’t find any flashy signs or over-the-top amenities here. Meadowood takes a different approach to luxury with simplistically elegant suites, private, intimate spaces, and seemingly-endless leisure activities that connect guests with nature and more importantly, their travel companions.

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Can You Guess Which 5 Celebrities Own Their Own Wineries in Napa Valley?

Jun 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Napa is home to some of the best wineries in the nation, and those who own vineyards in the area are some of the wealthiest and most affluent residents in California. In fact, to purchase land and open your dream winery takes millions of dollars just to start. In Napa, it’s not just about who you know, but how well you can keep up with the Joneses by hosting charity events, private dinners and securing memberships at the valley’s top country clubs.

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Access to a Mercedes-Benz is Just One of the Perks at Solage Calistoga in Napa County

Feb 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Calistoga is an enchanting little spot. Hot springs bubble with mud, oaks grow amid petrified wood forests, and fast food chains are banned by law in this quaint corner of Napa County. Of course, there are dozens of wineries, but many flock to Calistoga for its pastoral beauty and small town Americana aura.

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Cruise Out to Napa to Experience The Eco-Luxe Bardessono & Lucy Restaurant

Jan 20, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

On a recent excursion to Napa Valley in the brand new, sporty, luxurious and super-stylish BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, we headed to The Bardessono, the boutique eco-luxe retreat in the heart of wine country. Located in Yountville just a few steps away from the legendary French Laundry and surrounded by vineyards, Bardessono immediately impresses with the quality and integrity of the materials used.

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