All my greatest Wine Country dreams came true when I spent two nights at The Residence at Comstock Wines in Dry Creek Valley. Who wouldn’t fantasize about staying in an enormous luxury home in the middle of 17 acres of vineyards and gardens with four spacious master suites and located steps from a gorgeous winery and tasting room?

I’m excited to tell you all about this extraordinary property, located a short distance from the quaint and sophisticated town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. As someone who loves being outside, I want to begin by showing you the grounds and outdoor spaces at The Residence at Comstock Wines.

The Grounds and Outdoor Spaces

The residence is part of Comstock Wines and shares the 17-acre property with the winery. It is a new villa that has a rustic and contemporary exterior design. The interior is elegant, luxurious and artistic and features the amenities you would find in a luxury hotel.

This is the view from the main entrance of the residence. The building in the distance is Comstock Wines, the wine making facility and tasting room we visited. Guests of The Residence at Comstock Wines are welcome to enjoy a complimentary tasting experience during their stay.

Behind me, you can see the front entrance which is flanked by ancient olive trees. It’s a two-story home with a balcony…

and a wide porch that I took full advantage of.

The porch wraps completely around the residence. Each of the four Master Suites has a pair of Adirondack chairs just outside their outside private entrances.

I loved sitting outside our guest room and watching the birds fly by while sipping my morning coffee or a glass of wine. It’s so quiet at the residence. You truly feel like you are away from it all!

There is a wide-openness to this property. Everything seems so far away but it isn’t. The main town is just minutes away by car.

The back of the residence has dining tables on the porch for enjoying meals al fresco, relaxing, or perhaps playing a board game. The porch opens up to a gigantic patio where there will soon be an outdoor fire pit. The patio area offers vineyard views with a backdrop of pine tree-covered hills.

We loved spending time on the patio together, taking in the fall colors and sunshine.

We invited our friends Michelle and Bill to join us during our stay. Michelle and I walked around the gardens at the residence. An orchard has been planted and there is a culinary garden planted in raised beds.

Mornings started out with fog during our stay, which I love. I took walks around the property each morning before the fog burned off, taking photos and exploring. When you stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines, you really don’t want to go or be anywhere else!

Interior Common Areas

Upon entering through the large glass front door, you’re immediately greeted by art! A wall in the foyer showcases colorful bottles inside glass cases. Each bottle has a symbol of a chemical element. The collection of elements, shown on the bottles, represents the chemical composition of wine. Isn’t that interesting and clever?

Behind the wall you will find a full chef’s kitchen with all the cookware, tableware and glassware you would need or want during your stay, including state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. Just behind the cabinets, there is another secluded kitchen that private chefs may use to prepare meals for guests. Private dinners can be arranged through the residence’s concierge.

While we toured the kitchen and great room, we noticed Comstock Wines left us to bottles of wine to enjoy…and enjoy we did!

A chic and modern wood dining table seats 10. The four of us enjoyed our take out pizza and salads here, then played a few rounds of cards after dinner.

The striking two-story cathedral ceiling gives the Great Room an airy and open feel. The large windows and glass doors let in plenty of natural light.

The ceiling was gorgeous and dramatic, made from natural wood supported by beautiful wood beams.

I would describe the interior of The Residence at Comstock Wines as rustic elegance with contemporary and artistic touches. The beautiful color scheme throughout the residence included lots of natural hues and textures.

In the evenings, we turned the remote controlled fireplace in the Great Room. It was the perfect place to chat, sip on a glass of wine, or page through the collection of art and lifestyle books on the tables.

As a lover of art, I thoroughly enjoyed the artwork displayed throughout the residence. My favorites were the blue sky oil paintings hung in both the dining area and over the spa tubs in the master suites and these owl figures made with paper.

The upstairs Media Room is a large, airy space with a balcony, large flatscreen TV, sound system and plenty of seating for your group.

Master Suites 

The residence has four Master Suites, each with its own unique design and character. There are three suites with king beds and one suite with two queens.

Each suite has a remote-controlled fire place, sitting area, desk, ceiling fan, closet and they’re each decorated in gorgeous neutral shades, luxe fabrics and a variety of textures.

The suites have a contemporary style melded with cozy warmth and comfort.

Each Master Suite comes with its own private entrance. I often kept the double doors open to the outside when we were in our suite to take in the fresh Dry Creek Valley air and stunning vineyard views.

En Suite Bathrooms

Each Master Suite has a spacious en suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub and spacious walk-in shower. The shower has a small window that looks out into the vineyards. You’re rarely without a vineyard view at the residence, even when you shower!

The residence has all the amenities you would want including fluffy towels, plush robes and even Molton Brown toiletries.

The Residence at Night 

You may have already figured out by now that I am a nature lover. Watching the beautiful sunsets and sunrises from this vast and open property was such a delight.

There was a full moon on our first night. Michelle and I watched the moon come up over the hill in the distance while Bill and Bill picked up our pizzas. We didn’t want to go out to dinner and miss something spectacular, like the moon rise!

The residence lit up at night was a breathtaking sight. It glows!

You may reserve the entire residence for yourself and your group or stay in one of the four Master Suites that each have their own safe, private entrance and key. The Residence at Comstock Wines makes an ideal getaway for a family vacation or reunion.

Visit The Residence at Comstock Wines for the ultimate luxury Wine Country vacation. Find more information on their website or email [email protected] to make a reservation or inquiry.

In a future post, I will tell you about our tour and tasting at Comstock Wines and some of the fun things we did in Dry Creek Valley and Healdsburg during our stay.

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: I was invited to stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 


Over the last several weeks I have been sharing some highlights from Festival Napa Valley 2016, a 10-day celebration and of music, art, food, wine and dance that raises funds to enrich art and community programs in Napa Valley. It’s the third season in a row I have covered this event, formerly known as Festival del Sole.

This year I had the opportunity to attend most of the events on the Festival Napa Valley calendar, which was such a privilege. In my last post about Festival Napa Valley, I shared some unforgettable moments from the Tribute to Margrit Mondavi that took place at Far Niente.

This time, I want to tell you about one of my other favorite days attending Festival Napa Valley. The day began at Jarvis Conservatory in the city of Napa. Bill and I attended a concert which was part of the popular Bouchaine Young Artist Series.


Award-winning violinist Alexi Kenney performed this concert that was free to the community.


After Kenney’s outstanding performance concluded, we made our way up Napa Valley to St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery for the Festival Napa Valley’s Vintner’s Luncheon.

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is a 100% estate grown, Napa Valley winery that is sustainably farmed.

We were a bit early so we decided to walk around the grounds a bit. I have been to St. Supéry before, but it had been many years since my last visit even though I regularly buy St. Supéry wines. Their Sauvignon Blanc is almost always found in our refrigerator!


Such beautiful grounds with lots of trees and gardens and sculptures.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

Parts of the property remind me of Paris. Which reminds me to tell you that Chanel, Inc. bought the holdings from the Skalli family, St. Supéry’s founding family and previous owners, in 2015. Yes, that Chanel!


We took our time taking in the beauty of the winery. When I saw my husband standing in front of the ivy-covered wall at St. Supéry looking so handsome, I just had to snap his photo while he wasn’t paying attention.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

It was a beautiful summer day, despite the heat – typical July weather in Wine Country. It was lovely to sit in the shade by a fountain and enjoy the light breeze.  I could have stayed outdoors the entire time but there was wine to taste, food to eat and things to see!

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

We made our way toward the entrance to the tasting room.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

And passed this chic patio area on the way. So Parisian looking!

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

Once inside, we walked upstairs where were greeted with a glass of St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc. On this level, there is an art gallery.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

While we were admiring the art, Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supéry, came into the gallery and showed us around. What a treat to meet her! She has had a long and successful career in the wine industry, is a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves as the Board Chair of the Napa Valley Vintners. Emma volunteers with several local charities and is an avid runner. She is warm, welcoming, interesting and has a great sense of both humor and style. Bill and I were delighted to share a table with her at the luncheon.

Emma showed us this gnarly grapevine that is on display in the gallery. It was taken from one of St. Supéry’s vineyards and exhibits how deep a grapevine’s roots can be and what the soil is like in this part of Napa Valley, the Rutherford growing region.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

After spending some time in the gallery, we made our way to the other section of the second floor, this stylish tasting area where a violinist and pianist entertained guests.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

Bill and I sat down to listen to them and enjoy some appetizers.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

Soon we were told it was time to make our way outside to the luncheon. Darling yellow parasols were on hand for guests to use on this sunny day.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

What a beautiful and relaxing setting on the lawn!

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

Chef Britny Sundin of St. Supéry prepared a mouthwatering menu for us. The luncheon started off with St. Supéry Melon Salad with Blistered Padrón Peppers, Grilled Prawns, Feta, and St. Supéry Herb Vinaigrette.

Next we were served Grilled Pork Tenderloin with St. Supéry Garden Ratatouille, Watercress Purée, Crispy St. Supéry Garden Potatoes.

For dessert we had Dollarhide Stone Fruit Shortcakes with Buttermilk Buscuits with Dollarhide Ranch Peaches and Nectarines and Fresh Whipped Cream. As you can imagine, it was hard not gobble down every single morsel of this phenomenal meal!

The wine was spectacular too! We enjoyed 2015 St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Rosé, 2012  St. Supéry Napa Valley Rutherford Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and with our dessert we had 2014 St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Moscato.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 St. Supery

After the luncheon, we went back to our hotel to relax, get a bit of work done and change our clothes for the next event. I was excitedly anticipating the evening’s event at Harvest Inn. It’s one of my favorite places in Napa Valley. In fact, I have written about it before on the blog here and here and here!

Festival Napa Valley 2016Harvest Inn

Chef and hotelier Charlie Palmer bought Harvest Inn in 2014 and has steadily been making fantastic and luxurious improvements to the woodsy and charming Wine Country property ever since.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 Harvest Inn

Chef Palmer was in attendance at this event and welcomed the crowd to the Full Moon Party. I regret not taking photos of the appetizers that were offered. We had a small roast beef sandwich that Bill and I are still talking about, it was that tasty!

Festival Napa Valley 2016 Harvest Inn

Along with wonderful food, a festive atmosphere, and a breathtaking setting, there was live music.

Festival Napa Valley 2016 Harvest Inn

One of the most exciting parts of the evening was watching a fire dance performed by Fire Fleye to live drumming. She captivated the audience with her amazing skills. It was truly unforgettable!

Festival Napa Valley 2016 Harvest Inn

I have even more to share with you about Festival Napa Valley in the coming weeks!

Pre-sale tickets for the next Festival Napa Valley are available online now.

Visit their website for details!


Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: I was asked to attend Festival Napa Valley and write about my experiences. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.