The Luxury Roadtrip

An hour north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is at a crossroads between Michelin-starred dining and laid-back living.
By Alexandra Redgrave

Stop #1

The Hess Collection
Come to this green-minded winery as much for the art collection, featuring contemporary artists like Anselm Kiefer and Andy Goldsworthy, as for a taste of the award-winning cabernet sauvignon, with jammy hints of blackberry and currant. Pick up a bottle of Orange Muscat or Syrah Rosé from the Hess Small Block Series, grown on small lots along the estate’s sloping Mount Veeder that are best suited to the different grape varietals.

4411 Redwood Rd., Napa, 707-255-1144

Stop #2

Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
This iconic campus, housed in a 19th-century stone building, comes complete with fine dining restaurant and state-of-the-art kitchen theatre. It’s also the headquarters for the Sophisticated Palate program, which takes you behind the scenes on private tours of Napa Valley’s top food and wine producers. Before heading out, make a beeline for the gift shop, for everything from a mini-torch and ramekin set to an organic veal reduction.

2555 Main St., St. Helena, 707-967-2328

Stop #3

Auberge du Soleil
Overlooking vineyards and olive groves, Auberge du Soleil is quintessential Napa by way of Provence. At the Michelin-starred terrace restaurant, don’t be surprised if you run into Hollywood types up for the weekend. (Quentin Tarantino was at the table next to ours.) Or get the star treatment yourself by booking the spa’s Melisse Suite; its private garden is just the setting for a Summer Refresher massage using lemon oil, peppermint and cucumber.

180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford, 707-963-1211
 
Luxury Road trip Recommended Car: BMW 3 Series with Luxury Line