Posts by Annette Hanami

Sitting high above the Sonoma Valley with a million dollar view on an exclusive private estate is a jewel box of a prefab home, designed and built by Connect Homes. At an open house last weekend, Connect Homes showed that these affordable prefab homes are more versatile and stylish than ever before.

On the surface, vintner Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars is just a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy. But beneath the casual exterior is a visually creative person.

A designer showcase in Saint Helena, a modern prefab home tour near Glen Ellen and a sleek new tasting room in Yountville, all happening this month in Wine Country.

When guests visit the caves at the Hourglass Blue Line Estate in Calistoga, they take one look inside the interior chamber and sigh, “What a great man cave.” Vintner Jeff Smith and designer wife Carolyn Duryea wince a bit when they hear the term because they are anything but clichés.

A major art installation at HALL, a harvest grape stomp at design icon Clos Pegase, Alexander Valley like you’ve never seen it before at Jordan Winery and new openings, all happening in Wine Country this month.

Chef Duskie Estes is known nationally as a fearless Next Iron Chef contender but at heart, she’s a hometown girl. The renamed Zazu Kitchen + Farm, which opened yesterday, is as open, interactive, and creative as the "maker" community itself.

A cultural exploration of BBQ, the grand opening of Orin Swift's new tasting room in St. Helena and a dressy little exhibit in Downtown Napa, all happening in August in Wine Country.

The immediate feeling one gets when touring the nearly-completed HALL Visitor’s Center and winery extension in St. Helena is one of expansiveness – of space, views and purpose.

Chalkboard Restaurant fits right in to the lively Healdsburg Plaza neighborhood.  The new 62-seat restaurant is casual and contemporary, bursting with freshness from the bright, airy space to the seasonal ingredients. Designer Catherine Macfee brought light and spaciousness to the former Cyrus Resta

Napa Valley's most elegant festival of the year, an exciting new food and wine experience in Healdsburg and an indulgent wine and shoes party in St. Helena, these and more happening in Wine Country in July.