Visiting Napa Valley and Sonoma during this beautiful time of year has perks. Designated as “cabernet season,” the winter months offer a Mediterranean climate and unique opportunities to enjoy wine country with fewer people. The pace is much slower, which lends to a more relaxing visit, and hotel rates are lower with more availability. The scenery is lush and green thanks to the coastal fog that envelopes the valley, and the possibilities for fireside wine tastings and relaxing soaks in the natural hot springs provide a calm and rejuvenating getaway.
In addition to the serene atmosphere, visits during the first few months of the year also provide the gorgeous yellow fields during mustard season, and truffle season is also in full swing, with seasonal menu enhancements at various local restaurants. And, if that isn’t enough, downtown Napa will be aglow in January and February with the Napa Lighted Art Festival.
Tres Perlas – Renteria Brown Ranch, Napa Valley
Tres Perlas is a collection of rare production wines made by the Renteria Family of Napa Valley. In 1962, a barber from Jalisco, Mexico, came to Northern California. The road to Tres Perlas started in the vineyards. There, he worked with some of the pioneers of the Napa Valley wine-growing business. Using the skills learned in the vineyards, Salvador Renteria and his wife, Luisa, built one of the valley’s most crucial vineyard management companies.
Their son, Oscar Renteria, continues today’s family mission with his wife, Denise. They are known for bringing innovations to farming practices and the well-being of farm workers. After 60 years of working the vines for others, Oscar secured the family’s first deed to an estate vineyard. The family’s journey to Tres Perlas was complete.
The wines are inspired by Oscar and Denise’s three daughters, the “three pearls.” The best grapes are hand-selected to make small batches of exceptional quality and character wines. Wines produced include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé.
While Tres Perlas Brown Ranch is not open to the public, the concierge team at Beau Wine Tours would be delighted to secure a fantastic wine tasting experience for you.
The Matheson – Healdsburg
The Matheson is a restaurant, sushi kitchen, wine lounge, and rooftop bar in the heart of downtown Healdsburg. With the doors opening to The Matheson in September of 2021, Chef/Owner Dustin Valette now owns a trifecta of great food and wine. Chef Valette’s kitchen is a place of creative collaboration. The menu is an ever-changing reflection of their micro-season’s offerings. Prepared with finesse, each dish celebrates the land and the moment.
The Matheson is sure to impress with a main dining room, a private dining mezzanine, and a rooftop lounge named Roof 106! And, if you’re lucky, you may hear some beautiful stories of Honoré Valette, aka Pépé, Chef Valette’s great-grandfather.