Virtuoso Life - July/August 2017 - 102
Kenzo's bento box and (right)
the Napa Valley Wine Train.
Napa's gourmet cred has been slow to
mature, even after La Toque arrived in
2008 and earned a Michelin star. But that's
changing fast too, and the city's thriving
Oxbow District is the hub for new culinary
ventures that go beyond just restaurants. In
February, the Culinary Institute of America
opened The CIA at Copia next to the popular Oxbow Public Market, resuscitating a
building that had sat empty for eight years.
Unlike its professional-focused sister in
Saint Helena, the Napa outpost caters to
home chefs and entertainers with a roster of
cooking classes, daily winetasting pop-ups,
cookbooks and table linens at its store, and a
A few doors down, Feast It Forward shines
a new kind of limelight on Napa's epicurean
scene. The online network and lifestyle brand
that promotes good living on a foundation of
philanthropy has produced shows dedicated
to food, wine, and music since 2009, with five
percent of proceeds going to charities that aid
women, children, and animals. This summer,
it's going brick and mortar. Cofounder Katie Shaffer thinks there couldn't be a better
time to bring her virtual world to a two-story
farmhouse and garden on McKinstry Street.
"Napa used to be this pass-through town,
but it's rockin' and rollin' now," she says.
Shaffer calls the house "an experiential
estate," with a floor dedicated to retail -
everything from kitchen gadgets to wall
paint, furniture, and light fixtures - as well
as a collective of 16 Napa vineyards and a
Gibson guitar corner. Upstairs, a studio for
V I RT U O S O L I F E
AMONG THE VINES
Three retreats for your next Napa adventure.
The 100 cottages and
suites at Carneros Resort
and Spa deliver homey
elegance surrounded by 28
acres of vines, five miles
southwest of Napa. Among
this self-contained country
estate's enticements: multiple restaurants, a market
with picnic-ready staples,
complimentary bikes, and
the area's most picturesque
pool. Doubles from $650,
including a $60 breakfast
credit daily and a $100
Nine miles from Napa in
Yountville, modern and
Hotel & Spa has a tranquil
rooftop pool, complimentary
bicycles, and nice touches
in each of its 62 suites, such
as gas fireplaces, private
furnished courtyards or
balconies, and soaking tubs.
Doubles from $700, including breakfast daily and a
$100 dining credit.
Secluded on 250 acres of
oak trees roughly 20 miles
north of Napa, Meadowood
Napa Valley's 85 rooms
feel like private farmhouse
cottages, with wood beams,
natural light, and huge decks.
Guests return from winetasting to hiking trails, a ninehole golf course and a croquet
lawn, and chef Christopher
Restaurant at Meadowood,
renowned across the valley.
Doubles from $700, including a $50 breakfast credit
daily, a $100 spa credit, and
a box of local chocolates.