Having gotten some type of flu bug over the weekend, we’ve been relegated to the house, so we’ve been reading up on our Napa Valley news.
Here are a couple items that caught our eye…
For Sale: Napa’s Silverado Resort
In the latest sign of the times, Eastern Napa’s preeminent resort, Silverado, has been put up for sale. The 1,200 acre resort includes two 18-hole golf courses, a 16,000 square foot spa and several other amenities.
According to various reports, the resort is currently owned by Japanese real estate investor Setsuo Okawa, whose family purchased it for some $110 million in 1989. There’s no word on the current asking price and operations are expected to continue as usual during the sales process.
Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, Bottega, ZuZu in the spotlight
Late last week the Financial Times published a story on visiting Napa Valley vineyards and restaurants during harvest season. The article singled out three local restaurants (which just so happen to be three of our personal favorites) and examined how each is specifically linked to the wine industry. It’s a good read, here’s an excerpt:
While the influx of businessmen with fortunes made outside the wine trade has definitely made a distinctive contribution to what is on offer, most conspicuously at the resorts Meadowood and Solage with their well-known restaurants, what hit me on this visit was quite how successful chefs here are at integrating the valley’s distinctive history into their restaurants. This is certainly the case at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, set in a charming old wooden building that has been a restaurant in various guises for more than 50 years. When we visited recently the highlights of a relaxed menu included a refreshing salad of watermelon, feta and chipotle; deep-fried squid with fennel, okra and lemon aioli; and duck cooked in the wood oven with fresh cherries.
Full article here.