California in pictures: Napa and Lodi

Then it was on to a tour and tasting at Louis M. Martini’s shiny new winery and visitor centre in Napa. Originally build in 1933 and one of the first wineries to open after the end of Prohibition, the St. Helena-based winery has been redeveloped and restored to preserve Louis M. Martini’s heritage in Napa, and showcase its range of flagship Cabernets.

The new facility includes new tasting rooms, a study, outdoor area with an open fire, a space dedicated to food and wine pairing and a shop full of liquid treasures. The ten year restoration project was undertaken by architect Howard Backen and officially opened on 29 March.

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