Wine Country Agenda: Hotel Villagio, WSLA Drink + Eat, Artesa and More


Artesa’s Bold Entry in Wine Country

With a stunning setting that inspired the friends in the recent Netflix movie “Wine Country” to flock here, Artesa Winery in Carneros has since the shooting ended completed phase 3 of a modernization plan by Signum Architecture that opens up the interiors, creates more luxury space and a look that establishes their very modern Spanish approach to wine and the wine lifestyle.

Beginning in 2017 with the Grand Salon for private tastings, Artesa has since created a more casual tasting lounge in the foyer lit by an interior courtyard, with a long, curved bar with custom designed tiles that mirrors the circular bar and Mediterranean ambiance in the Grand Salon. Last month, Artesa completed the modernization with a bold sculptural entryway that announces the artisan message in Artesa’s logo. The dramatic shape mirrors the existing inverted black windows and honors the original 1991 design by Spanish architect Domingo Triay, avante garde at the time for its earthen construction blending in seamlessly with the landscape.

Owned by Cordoniu-Raventos with roots going back 17 generations in Barcelona and a world leading producer of sparkling Cava, Artesa offers Catalan inspired wines and tastings including flights paired with tapas/pinxtos, a single-vineyard flight on the terrace and an aromatic tasting of a flight of sparkling, white and rose wines paired with or without caviar. Artesa also offers various tours, check the website for details. 1345 Henry Road, Napa

WSLA Drink + Eat 2019 in DTLA Celebrates a Milestone

The Unique Space outdoors. Photo J Wiley

At the WSLA Drink + Eat festival on June 2, Wine & Spirits Magazine celebrates 30 years of their popular Annual Restaurant Poll featuring wines diners most love to drink and sommeliers in the nations top restaurants love to pour, accompanied by bites prepared by chefs inspired by the wines. Over 80 international wineries will be pouring inside and outside at The Unique Space in Arts District DTLA covering a range of styles from still, sparkling and fortified, all colors. Restaurants participating include 71 Above, Everson Royce Bar, Faith & Flower, Hippo, Maude, Nomad, Stanley’s Wet Goods and Terroni, and specialty purveyors such as Island Creek Oysters near the Champagne pouring.

Participating restaurant Terroni DTLA

This is one tasting where you’ll know all the wines and restaurants have been expertly curated and represent the very best. All proceeds donated to LA Waterkeeper, an organization whose mission is to vigorously protect the regions bays, streams and shores.

Participating Restaurant 71Above

WSLA takes place June 2, 1-5 p.m. for VIP tickets ($99 pp) or 2-5 p.m. general ($85) which includes a one-year subscription to Wine & Spirits Magazine. The Unique Space, 1275 E. 6th Street, DTLA Arts District.

Hotel Villagio, Yountville

With a new contemporary farmhouse look, the former Villagio Inn and Spa in Yountville is now Hotel Villagio. The design by SB Architects combines local vernacular, more open spaces and bold interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates to create an ambiance of modern luxury.The main entrance invites with a continuous lobby and bar space, the natural wood and metal finishes, industrial lighting is warm with a bit of urban vibe.

The 112 residential-style guest rooms all have fireplaces and private patios or balconies. For larger gatherings looking to rent a vacation home may reconsider instead staying at Hotel Villagio’s new 6,600 –square-foot Villa, a private, standalone retreat with five bedrooms, private pool and Jacuzzi and fully-outfitted gourmet kitchen, and within easy walking distance of Yountville’s great restaurants, shops and tasting rooms.

The final addition to the re-imagined Hotel Villagio is 4,000 square-foot event space The Social a modern barn-style building with rustic siding, high-pitched ceilings and sliding walls that open to the adjacent outdoor Pavillion with terraced gardens, lawn space and stage areas for a total of 15,600 square-feet of event space. 6481 Washington Street, Yountville

New Art Forms For a New Era at Gallery Lulo in Healdsburg

In this unique art and design studio, Gallery Lulo showcases artists who explore form, material and technique in creative ways using jewelry, art and sculpture. The next art exhibit opening June 1 features local artist Eric Wolske who uses ink in complex abstract drawings reflecting “the acceleration of code …changing the domain of language.” Lulo co-owners Anne-Kathrine Schjerbeck and artist Karen Gilbert said “There is an ethereal and mysterious uality to Eric’s works, which we find very beautiful and intriguing.”  Opening reception Saturday, June 1st 5-7.30pm. Gallery Lulo, 303 Center Street, Healdsburg

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