Merus: Best Destination Winery in California

This tiny Napa winery, offering just two Cabs, is a great alternative to the theme-park Napa experience. Plus: Where to eat and stay nearby.

Those who lament that Napa has become an oenophiliac theme park that attracts the guzzling hordes will find this tiny winery an oasis of exclusivity. Merus makes only two Cabernet Sauvignons, the Merus and the Altus, so prized they are sold on allocation via a members’ list and at select wine shops and restaurants. The winery, whose name is Latin for “pure and undiluted,” was founded by Mark Herold and his wife, Erika Gottl, who bottled their first Cab in their garage in 1998, earning a 93 score from wine critic Robert Parker Jr. Now they ferment fruit from local vineyards in a historic St. Helena winery re-imagined in 2009 by Dutch design studio Uxus. The highlight is the events space in the winery’s original storage caves, the walls of which are painted wine red and set off by spectacular Allegro chandeliers by Foscarini. In the tasting room, oak wood has been stained black and natural to create a checkerboard pattern on the walls, which are also decorated with pieces of wine barrels.
meruswines.com

Where To Eat
The Restaurant at Meadowood, which last year joined Napa’s French Laundry and Chicago’s Alinea as the only U.S. dining establishments outside New York to earn three Michelin stars.
meadowood.com

Where To Stay
As above—the Meadowood estate also offers everything from cozy cottages to luxury lodges.

Discover

Why Everyone Is Suddenly Drinking Matcha Tea

The potent green tea is packed with antioxidants—and a catchy history. When it comes to buzzy energy drinks,...

The 7 Best Things to Eat and Drink After Your Workout

You can do better than a Snickers bar. Hitting the gym is just half...

Know Your Startup’s Enemies

Do you know your company’s biggest rival? Can you describe your unique selling proposition? These are the questions your startup...

Do You Really Need to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day?

The myth: You need to drink eight glasses of water a day. True or false? Mike Dawson has the answer....

Workout Gear: Reviews and Alternatives

Ads for at-home workout gear catch you at your weakest—on the couch, watching late-night tv, eating Cheetos. Some of the devices are...

Sponsor

Latest

Why Tea is the Season’s Hottest Drink

The ancient brew is having an American renaissance—with sophisticated new makers turning over a slew of new leaves. Here are the six...

How I Learned Money Management

The last thing any business owner wants to see is a negative bank balance. Here's how the founder of Infographic World...

Upgrade Your Sheets and Make Your Bed the Coziest Place on Earth

Most department stores are filled with middle-of-the-road bedding supplies with licensed designer names. They're good, but not great.

8 Ways to Battle Burnout

Starting and nurturing your own business takes hard work—and it can be frustrating. How do you fight against working too...

The 7 Healthiest Foods You Aren’t Eating (Yet)

There's more to life than kale and quinoa. Let's rethink your grocery list. Sure, you gulp bone broth by the gallon...