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No, I’m not talking about yet another new restaurant that’s opened but about art and wine pairing together in the Napa Valley’s Mount Veeder region – The Hess Family Wine Estates and the Hess Art Collection.

It all started last weekend, the weather was beautiful – even though we have a very serious drought going on – and I felt like getting out. I had heard of the Hess Art Collection for a long time and decided to take a 30 minutes drive from where I live in Petaluma up to the hill in the Napa Valley that the first Hess Winery sits on and shares a space with a satisfying collection of modern art.

The winery space is the original building of a winery built in 1903 and off to the side of the tasting room is a staircase leading up to the 2nd and 3rd floor which is where the art is displayed. Andy Goldsworthy, check, Robert Rauschenberg, check, Frank Stella, check, Francis Bacon, double check. You can walk up close and see the texture of the paint on the canvas. I had never been so close to a Francis Bacon before. I got chills. It was quiet  that day because most everyone was down in the tasting room. I loved it, go at your pace, no one waiting on you to move out of the way.

The winery building has a wonderful landscaped courtyard where you can sit and contemplate or wait for that spouse that’s caught up in wine or art. It’s worth a trip if you hear art calling you and don’t want to go to the downtown galleries. And if you feel like tasting some cabs or chards too – you’ll be killing two birds with one stone.

Oh, one more thing, since you’re in the town of Napa you’re just a stones throw away from the Oxbox Market. Over run with a variety of food, coffee, sweets and housewares, you can spend another few hours just looking at what’s available there.

The Hess Collection – 4411 Redwood Road, Napa –

Oxbow Market – 644  1st street, Napa –



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