Napa Valley’s Evolving Wine Scene

September 5, 2016

While some wineries and restaurants become more casual in aesthetic and pricing, quality and experience are not compromised.

Yesterday’s Napa Valley was all about stuffiness and formalities. Tasting rooms carried a certain air of entitlement, which extended to the cost for a Cabernet Sauvignon from the valley’s 16 storied AVAs, such as Stags Leap District and Rutherford, commanding nearly $350 on a restaurant’s wine list for some producers.

Charlie Palmer—who already had restaurants on the Strip in Las Vegas and Times Square in New York City, far more glitzy sites than Napa—saw the potential to remove that abrasive layer when