summer in st. helena: tres sabores winery.
This past weekend, I made my way up to St. Helena, a sweet little city just north of Napa, to attend Sitelines – a summer event at Tres Sabores Winery featuring a dance performance in the vineyards by Tanya Bello’s project.b. and a delicious farm to table meal from Chef Sean Baker of Berkeley’s Gather restaurant.
Tres Sabores Winery is a magical place located off the main stretch, and owned by the most lovely Julie and Jon – who are all about creating connections to their home, land and community. Watching them speak of their art of winemaking and sharing their place with others was inspiring in a pure, refreshing way.
After a Rosé reception with live painting from Napa’s Nimbus Arts, we were seated at a long, almost neverending family-style dinner. The entire meal was sourced from Tres Sabores and local farms – and I’m now awaiting the next time I can make my way to Gather Restaurant for dinner. The sun set behind the hills and we were whisked down to the olive grove for a second project.b. performance lit sublimely by San Francisco Ballet lighting designer, Kevin Connaughton. I love modern dance and ballet, but I have never seen anything as mesmerizing and beautiful as this performance, where the dancers appeared to be floating above the vines.
The next time you’re in Napa for a wine tasting getaway, you must be sure to make an appointment to visit Tres Sabores Winery. Their tastings are not to be missed, especially since they are held al fresco in their beautiful olive grove.
• all photos by rachelle dunn