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Napa Valley Specialty

Establishment neighborhood
Clos Pegase
1060 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga
In 1984, art and architecture buff Jan Shrem (the original owner of this estate), partnered with SF MoMA to put on a design competition inviting modern architects to submit proposals for the design of the winery. The commission was awarded to Michael Graves, the modernist who later became famous as a member of the New York Five. In addition to the Graves-designed building, the property is scattered with Shrem's notable collection of modern art, which includes works by Jean Dubuffet and Francis Bacon. The selection of wines here is pretty broad, so it's an excellent option if you're traveling with a big group with a lot of tastes. It's a must-see for guests staying at nearby Calistoga Ranch.
Clos Pegase
1060 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga
In 1984, art and architecture buff Jan Shrem (the original owner of this estate), partnered with SF MoMA to put on a design competition inviting modern architects to submit proposals for the design of the winery. The commission was awarded to Michael Graves, the modernist who later became famous as a member of the New York Five. In addition to the Graves-designed building, the property is scattered with Shrem's notable collection of modern art, which includes works by Jean Dubuffet and Francis Bacon. The selection of wines here is pretty broad, so it's an excellent option if you're traveling with a big group with a lot of tastes. It's a must-see for guests staying at nearby Calistoga Ranch.
Frog’s Leap Winery
8815 Conn Creek Rd., Rutherford
With all of the luxe experiences Napa has to offer, it can be easy to forget that the wineries are, at heart, agricultural ventures: Frog's Leap really feels like a farm, in the best possible way. The winery is housed in cavernous old barn, and the farmhouse has a big, wide porch for tastings (which are by appointment only). If you're lucky, you might even catch winemaker John Williams and his scruffy companion, Abbie, driving around the property in Williams' vintage Chevy.
Frog’s Leap Winery
8815 Conn Creek Rd., Rutherford
With all of the luxe experiences Napa has to offer, it can be easy to forget that the wineries are, at heart, agricultural ventures: Frog's Leap really feels like a farm, in the best possible way. The winery is housed in cavernous old barn, and the farmhouse has a big, wide porch for tastings (which are by appointment only). If you're lucky, you might even catch winemaker John Williams and his scruffy companion, Abbie, driving around the property in Williams' vintage Chevy.