helena valley winery inc.

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  • Romance language led to love for French-U.S. couple
    By Louise Rafkin - Friday Oct 23, 2015

    Romance language led to love for French-U.S. coupleThe two were gathered with a large group of international friends, and clearly some didn’t understand the significance — or the importance — of watching a Super Bowl game with respect.Chasa, 29, who grew up in San Diego and Minneapolis, shot the Parisian a look, but he and his friends seemed not to notice.[...] the next time they really met up was with the same gang, again experiencing a slice of Americana:By the time they jumped on their return flight to San Francisco, Chasa was thinking, “I’m with this guy.”Dating was easy and instant.Chasa, who works as the public-relations coordinator for Gensler, a global architecture and design firm, hadn’t been looking for a boyfriend.[...] it wasn’t long before she could imagine herself making a family with Sébastien, who works for Apple as an operations manager.“Sébastien is like the boy in elementary school who teases you and you know it’s because he likes you,” she said.Within the next two years, the couple moved in together and also visited France, where Chasa met her future in-laws.When he returned, he fell on two knees and grabbed her right hand.When Chasa tried to direct him upwards — “It looked a little like begging,” she said — and urged him to take her left hand, he insisted it was in the French tradition.Despite the cultural differences, the gesture held truth; Chasa said an unequivocal “yes” to his proposal.The couple’s May wedding in Napa Valley began with a service at St. Helena Catholic Church.The reception, at the Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, was accented with floral blue toile and celebrated the couple’s American and French cultures.The bride wore an elegant handcrafted Trish Lee fitted and flared gown with a crystal beaded belt, draped with a lace off-the-shoulder capelet.Four bridesmaids wore blue floral pleated chiffon floor-length gowns, a tip of the hat to the French theme.Desserts from both cultures were plentiful: chocolate cream pies, lavender-infused wedding cake, pot de crème and beignents.Just over a hundred guests played games outdoors, danced and, when evening fell, roasted marshmallows over open fires.Louise Rafkin is a Bay Area freelance writer.St. Helena Catholic Church (ceremony) and Farmstead Long Meadow Ranch and Winery (reception)

    Source: SFGATE.com: Union Squared
  • St. Helena chateau on over 46 acres takes elegant decadence to the next level
    By Emily Landes - Wednesday Jun 28, 2017

    Looking for a big taste of French wine country a little closer to home? Then you’ve got to check out the over-the-top Louis XII-inspired Chateau Galatea, which sits on over 46 acres just outside St. Helena and is asking $13.2 million for a one-of-a-kind mixture of royalty and mythology in the Napa Valley countryside. “Galatea” was the

    Source: SFGATE.com: On The Block Real Estate Blog
  • Suite Spot: Las Alcobas, St. Helena
    By Jeanne Cooper - Tuesday Aug 15, 2017

    It’s the feeling that you have when you’re sharing the table with dear friends and family, and you start having this conversation that goes and goes, and before you know it, you’re in the following meal.On a hill at the northern end of St. Helena’s Main Street (Highway 29), Las Alcobas overlooks Beringer Vineyards’ grapevines and leafy estate, with numerous wineries within a mile’s walk or drive.Chef Chris Cosentino’s Acacia House restaurant and bar, in the restored 1907 farmhouse, has quickly become a destination for local vintners as well as guests.Most have wide decks with sofas and fire pits, and some even have outdoor soaking tubs, in addition to the indoor roomy rain forest showers with separate tubs.Atrio spa provides a soothing enclave for treatments with custom-blended essential oils.At Acacia House, don’t miss two tasty homages to Las Alcobas’ Mexico City roots: a delicious margarita topped with salty foam or — at the complimentary, made-to-order breakfast — savory chilaquiles.

    Source: SFGATE.com: Travel
  • Women of Sex Tech, Unite
    By ANNA NORTH - Friday Aug 18, 2017

    New York is becoming a cultural center for young women trying to disrupt the male-dominated industries of design engineering and sex toys.

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  • CIA at Copia revives Mondavis’ vision for Napa
    By Jeanne Cooper - Thursday Feb 23, 2017

    The name change reflects its current owners, the Culinary Institute of America, which acquired the property in late 2015 with an eye to freeing up space for its academic programs at its Greystone campus in St. Helena. The revived center offers daily cooking and wine-themed classes, a tasting showcase of local wineries that will rotate wineries every three months, a retail shop, and a redesigned, “more welcoming” restaurant, according to CIA Provost Mark Erickson. Coming later this year, he added, will be two free galleries: the Chuck Williams Culinary Museum, devoted to the collection of the late founder of Williams-Sonoma, and the Wine Hall of Fame. Perched atop a 75-foot tower, “Is That Bob & Margrit?” depicts a couple raising their wineglasses, while the massive “Fork” at the entrance to the Restaurant at CIA Copia uses 8,500 recycled forks to herald sustainability and the farm-to-table movement. When it closed, people thought it was a failed vision, but it wasn’t — it was just a distraction for the time. ...

    Source: SFGATE.com: Wine
  • What to drink at BottleRock
    By Esther Mobley - Wednesday May 25, 2016

    The festival features just a small selection of the valley’s bottles, so you’d be wise to carve out some time outside of the festival to visit some wineries on your own — but in general the caliber of drinking here is much higher than at your typical music festival.Start with some bubblyForecasts suggest it may be in the 80s this weekend — in which case I’ll be drinking the crisp, refreshing sparkling wines of Calistoga’s Schramsberg all day.Look for Blackbird’s 2015 rosé, made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.Etude’s 2015 rosé, meanwhile, is all Pinot Noir.St. Supery will be pouring their 2011 Petit Verdot — a more herbal, savory alternative to the valley’s signature wine, Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Source: SFGATE.com: Wine
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