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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. San Francisco-based architect Olle Lundberg of Lundberg Design, Smith, and his wife Carolyn Duryea got construction underway in 2007, and now this decidedly modern winery--which you can visit by appointment only--is one of the rare modern gems in a region largely populated by erstatz chateaus and tawdry Tuscan revival architecture.

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 Hourglass, Smith found what would become the Blueline property. He told me that he "tripped along this property by accident. I was actually coming back from the dump." He bought it in 2006 and got underway with construction in 2007.

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