Fine Dining

Elevating the Locavore Experience

From a powerhouse chef duo to an olive oil master, to a Paris-trained chocolatier, we round up the Napa Valley's most innovative culinary talents, incorporating local bounty and artistry into their work.

>>Ready for a taste? Check out our First-Timer's Guide to the Napa Valley, where we highlight the top wineries and legendary resturants you can't miss.

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Meet the France-Trained Pastry Chef Who is Bringing Fine-Dining Quality Chocolate to a Wider Audience
Meet the France-Trained Pastry Chef Who is Bringing Fine-Dining Quality Chocolate to a Wider Audience
Here's How this Culinary Power Couple Has Infused the Napa Valley Dining Scene with What's Local
Here's How this Culinary Power Couple Has Infused the Napa Valley Dining Scene with What's Local
See How these California Makers Turn Olives into Liquid Gold
See How these California Makers Turn Olives into Liquid Gold

Meet Wendy Sherwood of La Forêt

Wendy Sherwood is the France-trained pastry chef behind La Forêt who is bringing fresh fine-dining quality chocolate to a wider audience.

>>Now, read more about her story in our Makers of the Napa Valley series.

Wine & Spirits

Pursuing a Passion for Winemaking

If you're looking to imbibe, look no further than the Napa Valley. Get an inside look at the world of wine and craft cocktails—from an acclaimed female winemaker to a fourth-generation cooper to a power couple committed to creating seasonal, small-batch cocktails from local wine.

>> Interested to learn more? Here's why Napa Valley's wines rival those of Italy.

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This Trailblazing Winemaker Shares the Secrets of Her Famous Cabernet Varieties
This Trailblazing Winemaker Shares the Secrets of Her Famous Cabernet Varieties
See How This Husband-and-Wife Team Make Seasonal, Small-Batch Spirits from Local Wines
See How This Husband-and-Wife Team Make Seasonal, Small-Batch Spirits from Local Wines
Meet a Fourth-Generation Cooper Who Makes Wine Barrels the Traditional French Way
Meet a Fourth-Generation Cooper Who Makes Wine Barrels the Traditional French Way

Meet Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr Winery

Crocker & Starr’s trailblazing winemaker is translating the flavors of St. Helena’s complex terroir into her Cabernet varieties.

>>Read more about Pam Starr in our Makers of the Napa Valley series.

Art + Culture

A Celebration of the Handmade

Meet the artists who help make the Napa Valley a destination sparkling with creativity. You'll learn how landscapes, colors, and light, particularly at dusk, influence their work and keep them constantly inspired.

>>Ready to plan your journey? Check out our itinerary that's just for for Art Lovers.

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These Artists Are Key Players in the Napa Valley's Thriving Creative Scene
These Artists Are Key Players in the Napa Valley's Thriving Creative Scene
This Creative Duo is Building a Business that Celebrates the Handmade
This Creative Duo is Building a Business that Celebrates the Handmade
A New Arts District Is Transforming Napa
A New Arts District Is Transforming Napa

Meet The Baker Sisters of Ehlers Society

Melissa and Mercedes Baker are part of the Napa Valley's burgeoning arts community and are the founders of the Ehlers Society, a group of collaborative multidisciplinary artists.

>>Learn more about this creative artists' collective in our Makers of the Napa Valley series.

Wellness

Reimagining Traditional Therapies

Calistoga is one of California’s oldest destinations. In 1862, a developer hoped to lure early wellness travelers to the area’s hot springs. More than 150 years later, they continue to come for its mineral-rich mud and purifying waters.

>>Craving a getaway to relax? Check out our Girlfriends' Guide to the Napa Valley, where we highlight the area's top spa experiences.

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This Wellness Leader is Using Local Ingredients to Create Innovative New Therapies (Meditative Wine Tasting Included)
This Wellness Leader is Using Local Ingredients to Create Innovative New Therapies (Meditative Wine Tasting Included)

Meet Helen Brown of Spa Solage

Spa Solage’s executive director is putting her own stamp on the area’s time-tested therapies.

>>Learn more about how shes' transforming the wellness scene in our Makers of the Napa Valley series.

Outdoors & Nature

A Commitment to Sustainability

Just as the grapes love the blissful climate of the Napa Valley, so do other crops. An agrarian community at heart, Napa Valley is home to both wineries and farms that are committed to environmentally friendly practices. Here, we profile a sustainability leader who is paving the way for 360º farming.

>>Looking for more outdoor adventure? Here are 5 Local's Tips for Getting Active and Outdoorsy in the Napa Valley.

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This Visionary is Expanding His Family's Commitment to Sustainable, Diversified Farming
This Visionary is Expanding His Family's Commitment to Sustainable, Diversified Farming

Meet Chris Hall of Long Meadow Ranch

Chris Hall is the EVP and COO of Long Meadow Ranch who has increasingly led its expansion into diversified, 360-degree farming.

>>Learn more about his commiment to sustainability in our Makers of the Napa Valley series.

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