Mar 24, 2009

FIND OF THE DAY - MA (I) SONRY NAPA VALLEY - Our 2nd New Experience on Our "Get Over It" Weekend

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley offers a unique lifestyle experience in wine country. The setting is that of a home or a private club, with a collection of furnishings and artwork. The furnishings, ranging from 16th century to mid-twentieth century, are paired with contemporary works crafted by today's top designers.

This "living gallery" atmosphere serves as a stylized backdrop for the appreciation of limited production boutique wines - including Blackbird Vineyards' portfolio . When visiting you will have a variety of choices for your wine tasting setting. Enjoy the intimacy of one of the three private tasting rooms, lounge in either of the great rooms, or gather outdoors at individual and communal tables, around the fire pit, or while stretched out on a blanket on the lawn. The outdoor gardens are beautifully landscaped around architectural remnants and contemporary sculpture and are available for visitors to relax and enjoy a bite or a bottle of wine on their own before or after their tasting.

Ma(i)sonry is also an ideal partner and intimate backdrop for private events.

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley showcases a rotating collection of wines from founding collective partners including: Blackbird Vineyards, Brown Estate, Joel Gott Wines, Lail Vineyards, Pedras Wine Company, Renteria Wines and Tor Kenward Family Wines. Please check back frequently for updates on tasting flight offerings

Principal architect, Douglas Thornley, surveyed the site of the former Burgundy House Inn and adapted his design around owner, avid collector, and wine aficionado Michael Polenske's living gallery context. With the goal of retaining many of the structure's original materials, the primary strategy was to highlight the classic stone features of the building by opening up the space, allowing for the natural flow of light in the former inn. Also stressed was the elimination of all non-historic elements to restore the building to its original state and character.

Originally built for Charles Rovegno in 1904 as his private residence, the building is one of only a few listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Napa County Historic Resources Inventory. The building was designed and built by an Italian mason using stone quarried from the eastern hills of Napa Valley, representing a noteworthy period of design from 1874 to 1912. Almost 20 years after Rovegno passed away in 1954, the property was converted to a boutique, seven-room inn known as Burgundy House Inn, which remained in operation until 2007.

Ma(i)sonry welcomes guests daily and is open Sunday-Wednesday from 9am-6pm, and Thursday-Saturday from 9am-10pm, with plans to extend their hours for the summer. Wine tastings are available without an appointment, but reservations are recommended. Call (707) 944-0889 for more information.

You may read more about Ma(i)sonry in the following periodicals:

April, 2009
Food & Wine
"Get Some California Wine Style"

March/April, 2009
"Home Sweet Maison; Elements of Style"

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