ST. HELENA: Charles Krug Winery's new tasting room has glamor in store: When you're working with a structure built in 1872, on an estate founded in 1861, it's a given that the space might need a bit - well, a lot - of updating...
Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen. Jack London wrote 'Call of the Wild' at his Beauty Ranch in Glen Ellen. He also practiced sustainable farming and preserved the land long before it was fashionable. This world-renowned writer, adventurer and social activist passed away here some 100 years ago on Nov. 22, 1916. The state historic park will commemorate his life with monthly talks, walks and events. jacklondonpark.com Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle
Domaine Chandon in Yountville, CA-This is one of the prettiest wineries in Napa, and also one of the only allowed to operate a restaurant. Enter the award-winning eatery Étoile, run by chef Perry Hoffman. Here, Hoffman finds inspiration for his seasonal American-French dishes from the winery’s extensive gardens, which happen to be within feet of the kitchen. You can see this influence in menu items like the wild king salmon.. see more
1983 The Biltmore Estate Wine Company is established. Construction begins on a new winery in what had been the estate’s dairy. Mr. Cecil proclaims that it is “the most historic event since my grandfather had opened his estate to his family on Christmas Day ninety years earlier.” The winery opens to guests in 1985.