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July 4, 2013
From beautiful places to stay, to modern places to sip, to yummy places to eat, and even some stunning places to live—if you can get the owners to sell—we take you through some of our favorite places across the California wine country.

CARNEROS INN'S GREEN WATER SYSTEM

A couple months back I stayed at the Plumpjack-owned Carneros Inn in Napa County. A more bucolic location you could not imagine, but beyond its tasty fare and sylvan setting, the Carneros has a deep commitment to sustainability.

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BARDESSONO GREEN HOTEL, NAPA VALLEY

Northern California's wine country has the advantage of built-in open space preservation by virtue of its indispensable agricultural acreage. While there are certainly more tourist accommodations now than there used to be, the roads through Napa Valley are still flanked mostly by row upon row of perfectly trussed grapevines and—at this time of year—the bright yellow blossoms of mustard grass.

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The winery itself is secluded from the road--the Napa thoroughfare Silverado Trail--but once you wind up the small hillside vineyard it reveals itself in all it's agro-industrial modernist splendor. After a two-year search for another property for Hourgla

BLUELINE AT HOURGLASS WINERY

Back in 2009 former Dwell senior editor Sarah Rich made a short report on a visit to Napa Valley's Hourglass Winery's Blueline property. I had a chance to visit this past weekend and wanted to share a few more photos and a chat I had with Hour Glass honcho Jeff Smith.

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Completed in 1997, the Dominus Estate was the first project built in the United States by Swiss architects Herzog + de Meuron.

THE STEALTH WINERY

Thousands of oenophiles trek to California’s Napa Valley each year to indulge in its scenic vistas and celebrated wineries. While the Chandons and Mondavis of the Valley are open to the throngs of tourists who ogle at the modern-day spectacle that is wine tasting, one remains closed on most days. And on the rare occasions that the Dominus Estate opens its silver gates to the public, it does so for architectural tours—not tastings.

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Hall called on Johanson (whose firm specializes in restaurant design) in May 2009 to create the interior of his new restaurant. "He was very committed to making a place that's casual for locals," she says. "He wanted it to be something that felt very auth

FARMSTEAD RESTAURANT

In 2009, Ted Hall was producing his own certified-organic wine, growing olives that he turned into extra-virgin olive oil, raising cattle for grass-fed beef, and harvesting heirloom fruits and vegetables on his 650-acre historic ranch in St. Helena, California. The only remaining venture for the owner of Long Meadow Ranch was to provide a place to serve his delicacies.

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Modern small sustainable weekend home with flat roof

THOSE IN GLASS HOUSES

When a young San Francisco couple with two little children sought a comfortable weekend retreat, they happened upon eight rolling acres in Sonoma County surrounded by grassy meadows, redwood groves, and the kind of small vineyards that abound just an hour north of the city.

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The blurring of boundaries between outside and inside encourages the Siegel/Subbotin family to enjoy the temperate climate year-round. “My favorite thing to do at the house is to sit in the dogtrot and read,” Kyra Subbotin says.

HAY IS FOR HORSES, STRAW IS FOR HOUSES

In the Napa Valley, one sustainable residence elegantly demonstrates straw bale technology.

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Carneros Hill

CARNEROS INN'S GREEN WATER SYSTEM

A couple months back I stayed at the Plumpjack-owned Carneros Inn in Napa County. A more bucolic location you could not imagine, but beyond its tasty fare and sylvan setting, the Carneros has a deep commitment to sustainability.

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