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For all of you who admired my untamed grape arbor on the previous post…

I set off for the Napa Valley today for inspiration, warmth,

and wide open swathes of vineyard threaded hillsides…

Napa Valley

It has been a bit cooler than usual in Northern California …

so I relished the sunny disposition of Yountville and St. Helena as I traveled

further north into the Napa ValleyNapa Valley

Just have a thing for these verdant rows…

The precise hand of man coaxing and taming

mile after mile of wine grapes…

Napa Valley

Stretched in long open rows to catch the sun’s full trajectory…

Canting this way and that across the rolling hills beyond…

St. Helena

I went looking for inspiration in St. Helena…

knowing I would find classical architectural features…

Arched windows and doors, and a surfeit of vines

dripping over simple, often rustic shaped structures…

Tra Vigne

The incredible stone pediment at the entrance to Tra Vigne

I have eaten outside here several times…

Must come back later this summer to sit with my family under

the bower of almost touching mulberry trees in the courtyard.

St. Helena

A corner glimpse of the vines clambering over

the walls…

Love the arched blue window…



Tra Vigne

A front view of the historic Cantinetta building

Stones, vines and arches..what could be better?

(Well…I suppose black and white striped awnings!)

St. Helena

Simply gorgeous…

Tra Vigne

Nothing like a quick trip out to the country…

Hoping to borrow a few details for a future project…

If you’d like to try your hand at some of their recipes…

Tra Vigne cookbook: Seasons in the California Wine Country

To view a portion of the cookbook click here