Wine Country Agenda: Mayacamas, Pebble Beach Food and Wine, Escape Tiny Home and Roy


Introducing the new Mayacamas Retail Concept and Tasting Salon

Photo credit Douglas Sterling

The refinement, substance and fine attention to detail in Mayacamas’ new First Street Napa tasting salon designed by Erin Martin makes a strong statement about the Mayacamas brand. Established in 1889, its classic winemaking and vinegrowing is a constant rooted in quality and balance and it shows in the luxurious new 1,300 square foot space featuring floating fixtures and custom lighting.

In addition to tasting current release and rotating selection of library Cabernet, Chardonnay and Merlot wines, the retail concept includes unique leather goods, jewelry, cutlery, glassware, artwork and more. On partnering with Mayacamas on the new shopping experience, Martin said, “We are preserving the brand’s rich history while adding our own unique twist, with limited edition pieces set in a special jewelry box atmosphere. This way there will always be something new to discover!”

Mayacamas is open Thurs-Sat 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Flights begin at $50, and more intimate private tastings are available in a separate enclosed room. 1256 1st Street, Downtown Napa

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Pebble Beach Golf Links, 7th Hole. Photo by Bart Keagy

In its 12th year, the ultimate epicurean festival Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival takes place April 11-14 at the beautiful Inn at Spanish Bay and The Lodge at Pebble Beach in their centennial year. The four days of events include the world’s elite chefs and winemakers presenting wine tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations and exclusive dining experiences.

Photo Credit: Marc Fiorito // G9 Event Photography

Highlights include Lexus Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday afternoons ($295 pp) featuring 30 chefs and more than 300 wines poured, and a Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Gold tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Thursday April 11 ($1,000 pp). Relish in fine dining at the Decadence Dinner with three Michelin star L’Arpege chef Alain Passard or a more casual beachside Big Cabs & Big Slabs strolling BBQ. Tasting seminars include five decades of Ridge Monte Bello, or go to Burgundy via Domaine Armand Rousseau for Gevrey-Chambertin, or to Barolo with Bartolo Mascarello.

Events are available ala carte, or purchase passes for the four days of VIP access that range from $1,350 pp to $7,500 pp. Check the website for details.

Explore ESCAPE’s New Boho Tiny Home at the Napa Fairgrounds

ESCAPE Homes will feature its Boho tiny home on wheels at the 29th annual Napa-Solano Spring Home & Garden Show in Downtown Napa April 26-28. The tiny home designs by Wisconsin-based Escape are inspired by the Prairie-style cottages at Canoe Bay and are hand-built, eco-conscious and outfitted for comfort with the ability to upgrade to one’s lifestyle. The 183 square-foot Boho model on display features a kitchen with maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, bath with 36” shower and well-designed layout of living and sleeping areas.

The Napa-Solano Spring Home & Garden Show is open Friday 12-6 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., until 5 p.m. on Sunday, admission is $8 pp with free parking. Check the show website for other activities. 575 Third Street, Downtown Napa

Roy Estate’s Vineyard Studio

Starting anew after the October 2017 Atlas Peak fires, Roy Estate worked with San Leandro firm UrbanBloc to create a unique and modern venue to welcome trade and mailing list customers on an appointment-only basis. The resulting Vineyard Studio, a modified shipping container, sits unobtrusively in the middle of 17 acres of vineyards to place the focus on their all-estate grown fruit for the Roy Estate Propriety Red and the Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon wines. These are beautiful Cabernets made by luxury winemaker Philippe Melka. The spectacular view from this elevated location at the base of Atlas Peak is west-facing and looks beyond the vineyards to the Mayacamas mountains across the valley.

UrbanBloc, which specializes in the food and beverage space, designed the interiors with reclaimed local wood and long, folding glass doors for year-round use for this permanent structure, the space extended by an inviting, full-length wood deck. To join the mailing list, check the Roy Estate website.

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