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An Insider’s Guide to California’s Dreamy Wine Country

An Insider’s Guide to California’s Dreamy Wine Country
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With our San Francisco HQ only an hour away, we’ve gathered our employees’ favorite spots in Napa and Sonoma to hit during a wine-country weekend. Can’t get away just yet? Achieve this dreamy region’s signature casual elegance at home by working in accents of rough-hewn wood, earthy linens, and plenty of sleek glass goodness. Cheers!

Home Away from Home: Solage Calistoga

Make a weekend of it or get a day pass to the Solage resort in Calistoga. Lounging poolside with an order of the delectable lemon-ricotta pancakes is the only way to start the day. Take one of the bikes parked outside of each private cottage for a ride around town!

Classic Tasting: Swanson Vineyards

The red-and-white tented Sip Shoppe at Swanson Vineyards is the best place to try out a few of the local varietals. Winemaker Chris Phelps crafts some killer reds, and the intimate and playful tasting room will make you want to linger for hours. For a more formal wine tasting with light food pairings, make a reservation at its gorgeous alternate tasting room, The Salon. (Reservations required, 707.754.4018)

Boho Tasting: Scribe Winery

Forgo the massive castles and caves of the area and head to Scribe Winery. You can sit outside and taste wines on the grass or at a picnic table located right outside the main house. The decor inside is hipster chic, complete with a mounted deer head and vintage accessories. Make sure to order a charcuterie plate, try the beet pesto, and don’t leave without taking a stroll through the property’s century old-hacienda.  (Reservations required, 707.939.1858)

Design-Lovers’ Shop: Martin Showroom

After perusing the charming antique shops on Main Street in Saint Helena, pop into the avant-garde world of interior designer Erin Martin. Her shop displays the perfect blend of classic design elements such as an Aarnio Ball Chair and ceramic busts, displayed with a mischievous twist.

Laid-Back Eats: The Fremont Diner

This old-school dinner is a local hangout for good reason. Southern comfort food, made with farm-fresh ingredients from the property and set at the base of a vineyard—need we say more? The pulled-pork sandwich and baked beans are a must.

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