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Experience Napa Valley from New Heights

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BY : Kendall Stoudt | 2018

Napa Valley in northern California is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This region is famous for its rich culture of art and wine. Napa is home to several hundred wineries that produce a wide selection of premium wines. Napa Valley Aloft gives visitors the unique opportunity to witness the diverse and striking geography of this region from a new perspective. The exclusive hot air balloon flight for two will take you on an intimate journey amongst the clouds. The balloon takes off right after dawn as the sun is coming up and continues for about an hour. You will be immersed in breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains of this area. This early morning adventure gives guests a chance to enjoy a tranquil experience before the rest of the world is awake. The morning light and sounds create an exceptional atmosphere unlike anything you have experienced before. The flight is followed by a gourmet champagne breakfast for the two of you. This romantic excursion is perfect for anniversaries, birthdays and marriage proposals. The Napa Valley Aloft crew is happy to fulfill any special requests and make arrangements for an ever more personalized flight. No matter what the occasion, this day is sure to create a special memory that will last a lifetime.

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Food and Wine Weekends with the CIA at Copia in Napa

BY : Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss | 2018

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more dynamic in downtown Napa, up pops new programs at the recently opened Copia center. This spectacular venue--with its own vegetable and herb gardens, glorious vistas, state of the art kitchens,...

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The Ideal Rebecca Minkoff Accessory for Your #ChandonSquad Celebrations

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BY : Vicki Arkoff | 2017

As a dedicated fan of sparkling wines from Napa Valley, California, this time of year I’m always giddy with anticipation for the annual unveiling of Chandon’s Winter Collection bottles designed by my handbag idol, Rebecca Minkoff. Besides being a fashion goddess, she’s Chandon California Brand Ambassador, so each year she debuts a new graphic—inspired by her signature designs—for Chandon’s holiday bubbles.

This year Minkoff knocked it out of the park with her geometric, holographic foil patterns in winter white and navy with gold and pink metallic. Yes, pink, to match the contents of Chandon California’s new sparkling Rosé—the first Rosé ever released the winery's 44-year history. This pretty sister to the traditional Chandon California Brut really gets me. Both the Brut and the Rosé are limited editions available for just $24 until New Year’s Eve.

But for Happy Hour fashionistas there’s even better news. Chandon has collaborated with Minkoff for a new, limited-edition clutch—the perfect champs accessory to ensure you and your squad toast the season in style. The #ChandonSquad Leo Clutch plays to Chandon's California roots with "I'd Rather be in Napa" scrawled across the front, and #ChandonSquad hand-painted in navy by artist Brian Kaspr on an opal, iridescent leather, mimicking the same effect of the holographic foil on the Winter 2017 bottle design. The #ChandonSquad Leo Clutch is available exclusively via Chandon.com and at the Chandon Winery in Yountville, California.

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Why Napa is Our New Favorite Destination for the Holidays

BY : Meadowood Napa Valley | 2017

Home to some of the most beautiful scenery and best wines in the world, it's hard to beat Napa Valley as a vacation destination any time of year. The holidays turn up the valley's natural beauty into a not-so-white winter wonderland....

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6 Yountville Hotels to Call Home During Your Next Retreat to Napa Valley

BY : Jill Weinlein | 2017

While noshing your way through some of the finest Michelin-starred restaurants in California, you will also want to stay at one of the six luxury hotels in Yountville. From there, you can also explore the tiny two-block town, drink...

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Can the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport Compete in the Saturated Luxury Market?

BY : Mila Pantovich | 2017

I’ll admit, I expected very little from the 2018 Genesis G80 Sport when I was invited out to Napa Valley, California to test it out along the winding coastline. It’s incredibly tough to make a mark in a luxury automotive market heavily...

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Napa in a Nutshell: Experiencing a Proper Taste of Wine Country

BY : Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss | 2017

High on many bucket lists is a trip to Napa Valley, the much-heralded mecca of the premium U.S. wine production industry. Even after deciding to make this trip, there are a myriad of choices that make the planning a daunting task. Questions abound:...

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Napa’s Definitive Wine Country Festival

BY : Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss | 2016

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...

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

BY : Vicki Arkoff | 2016

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...

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

BY : Nicolle Monico | 2015

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...

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Talking Wine With Luxury Brand LVMH's Newton Vineyard Estate Director Rob Mann

BY : Michelle Winner | 2014

Recently, while wrapped in the mist of an early Napa autumn morning, we visited the Newton Vineyard property on Spring Mountain in California's Napa Valley. We were given a tour personally by the recently appointed Newton Estate Director and...

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Visit Napa County's Less Crowded Town of Yountville for Chandon, Bouchons & Relaxation

BY : Lena Katz | 2014

Spring is a beautiful time to visit Napa, and if you're in a quandary about where to stay, the small, chic, easily walkable village of Yountville is a great choice. It's not as congested as St. Helena, and there's friendly energy and...

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