Whats Haute: Napa Valley – Newton Wine Tasting Bar, The Ranch on Soda Rock, Étoile

The Ranch on Soda Rock


While not located in Napa Valley, this Sonoma-based property is still worth mentioning. Along with a three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot country home, vacationing at this estate also comes with a customized set of services that go beyond basic restaurant reservations. The certified natural chef incorporates fresh fruits, edible flowers, herbs, artisan breads and cheeses in the meal plans, while the agricultural director employs biodynamic farming techniques that nature intended. Geese and sheep graze the cover crop and designated plants attract beneficial insects. An organic fruit, vegetable, and flower garden, saltwater pool, and outdoor kitchen enhance the property, which produces 60 cases of cabernet sauvignon each year, under the direction of award-winning winemaker George Vierra. Developer Cynthia Palmera ensured that the quintessential country home was designed with environmentally sustainable elements, providing a clean décor as a statement in modern luxury.

4803 East Soda Rock Lane



In a list of superlatives, Étoile, the restaurant at Domaine Chandon, claims some of the best of the best. An “Award of Distinction” in 2007 from Wine Enthusiast Magazine, an “Award of Excellence” for their wine list from Wine Spectator, and a Michelin Guide recommendation for the third year in a row, surely had the foodies descending in droves on Napa Valley’s only fine dining restaurant located within a winery. Its latest nod as one of the “Top Ten Romantic Restaurants in the USA” by Forbes Traveler enhances its reputation as much as the sparkling wines do the menu. The culinary team partners with the Chandon winemakers as seamlessly as their world-renowned bubbles do with their gastronomical delights. The regional California menu with a French flair tempts sophisticated palates and the lunchtime crowds fill the dinning room. The dinnertime ambiance reflects a romantic mood as the kitchen aromas from the seven-course tasting menu ($105) waft through the air.

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