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A Funny Thing Happened on the way BACK from St. Helena

'White car' syndrome has struck again- you know: as soon as you buy a white car, you notice all the other white cars on the road? That syndrome? Case in point: Just back from my Color in the City trip to Wine Country, still fantasizing about what life would be like in St. Helena and beyond, I met an amazing artist, Jennifer Perlmutter, who did this en plein air painting (above) of this view (below) on Hwy 29 near Yountville... I know! She painted exactly that area where I lived for a month all those years ago when I was first smitten by the area. In her work, Jennifer captures perfectly what I saw too- that magical sun glow on...

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Color in the City, St. Helena IV

There's so much thought and care put into everything from the grapes and the wine to the food and presentation, the landscapes and interiors. People work hard here to create an effortless and inviting experience. And they really seem to enjoy sharing the fruits of their labor. You make new friends; Everyone, meet Ashley (Go-to Gal at Tres Sabores) Julie (Owner at Tres Sabores) and Stephanie (Interior Designer, Color Expert, and friend)... and really REALLY enjoy spending time with old friends; Everyone, these are my sweet 'young' pals, Patrik and Steven who shared a wine and cheese paring, olive oil tasting, AND lunch with me at the Greystone Culinary Institute. Where in the midst of a 'hard hitting' day of...

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Color in the City, St. Helena 2

This Summer, I was at Tres Sabores winery for a beautiful fundraising event with Project B Dance company (click here to see that post) At this event, chef Daniel Brooks painstakingly selected (and foraged with the help of volunteers!) almost the entire menu from local in season foods. The movement in these wine country regions is extending way beyond organically and bio-dynamically grown grapes to other healthy crops like heirloom grains that can be milled into flours that are far healthier, tastier, and less upsetting to our systems then the current modified grains in most foods today.  With just a tad more research I found this remarkable little treasure nestled just off the Hwy 29 between Calistoga and St. Helena:...

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Color in the City St Helena

"Napa" has become synonymous with  'wine country' here in Northern California. Actually, wine country stretches way beyond the city and county of Napa over an expanse of counties, towns, and regions with more than 400 wineries tucked into a most stunning (and colorful) terrain. And there's so much more to this country than wine. There's a lifestyle here, for sure, that's different from any other place I've been. A few years ago I hired this tremendous trio of artists (Tricia George, Sierra Helvey, and Mina Reimer) and spent a month in Yountville painting this home that sat on a little knoll above mustard and lavender fields (the top picture was the view from the guest house) with a grove of...

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MidSummer Night magic: a visit to Tres Sabores with Project B

It's kind of amazing how tiny moments and exchanges can align like stars to create something magic... I got a phone call from someone looking for help with their home. I met with her and jumped right into moving things around to bring her family time and favorite things together... we have a wonderful conversation and next thing you know we're talking about dance, my brother and her friend, Tanya Bello, the Artistic Director at Project B. Dance... and next thing you know, I'm walking up the path of Tres Sabores Winery in Rutherford, California to this magnificent scene... Dancers from Project B. on platforms in the vineyard... and on the hillside... and emerging from the underground cellar with a...

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