Yountville Travel Guide
We’ll be honest: normally we don’t like fancy concept names with strange punctuation in the middle of them, like Ma(i)sonry, but in this case we’ll forgive the misguided parentheses and focus on the positive.
That’s because there’s a lot of positivity at this new one-stop destination in the heart of Napa Valley. Opened last October, Ma(i)sonry's purpose is to create a “life aesthetic” by pairing artisan wines with art and furnishings in a historic setting.
Basically, that means that there’s a bunch of cool art and furniture to look at (and sit in) and think about purchasing while you sip your glass of artisanal wine from the tasting room. Or just wander around the 104-year-old stone building and its grounds, which are down the block from The French Laundry in Yountville.
It may seem like there's no corner left in America were folks have money to burn, but one place where the high-end eatery scene isn't slowing down is Napa Valley.
The newest restaurant to open in Napa is Bottega, the latest from Michael Chiarello, who you may recognize as the Food Network's anti-Emeril, that calm, cool, collected guy who's always telling you how easy it is to make something that looks unbelievably complicated.
Plus we love a restaurant owner who's not too busy to blog. So we'll just let Chiarello explain Bottega's grub: