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A Dwell Guide to the California Wine Country

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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.
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  CARNEROS INN'S GREEN WATER SYSTEMA 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.

    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 VALLEYNorthern 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.

    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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  BLUELINE AT HOURGLASS WINERYBack 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.

    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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  THE STEALTH WINERYThousands 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.

    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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  FARMSTEAD RESTAURANTIn 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.  Photo by: Kristen Loken

    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.

    Photo by: Kristen Loken

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  THOSE IN GLASS HOUSESWhen 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.  Photo by: Matthew Millman

    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.

    Photo by: Matthew Millman

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  HAY IS FOR HORSES, STRAW IS FOR HOUSESIn the Napa Valley, one sustainable residence elegantly demonstrates straw bale technology.  Photo by: JD Peterson

    HAY IS FOR HORSES, STRAW IS FOR HOUSES

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

    Photo by: JD Peterson

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