Gentleman Farmer Wines, a boutique, family-owned Napa Valley winery founded by partners in business and husbands in life Joey Wołosz and Jeff Durham, is excited to announce the opening of The Gentleman Farmer Bungalow, A Studio for Gustatory Well Being. Located at 1564 First Street in Downtown Napa, the new social space for Gentleman Farmer is a reimagined 1926 California craftsman bungalow, designed and outfitted by Wołosz and Durham, and meant to recreate the intimate experience of dining in a winemaker’s home.
Modeled after their experiences tasting wines over multi-course lunches in Bordeaux, often cooked by the winemakers themselves, Gentleman Farmer will offer an old-world experience at The Gentleman Farmer Bungalow. The wine with lunch tasting model–where the authentic home-cooked meal is as integral to the experience as the wines–is common for those who work in the wine industry or savvy wine travelers who venture to Europe’s wine regions. Gentleman Farmer proudly introduces this concept of the vintner-cooked wine tasting experience to California. In their Studio for Gustatory Well Being, the duo will cook, host, and share wine, with stories of the Golden State, their history, and of the Napa Valley. It is truly a unique experience that is otherwise a long plane ride away.
“It has long been a dream of ours to offer a lunch pairing in Napa Valley that’s as thoughtful and memorable as the experiences we’ve shared in Europe,” said Wołosz. “Jeff and I have been using family recipes to prepare lunch experiences for friends and family out of our home for years. People often say it’s the highlight of their stay in Napa Valley, so we thought - let’s take this a step further and open it up to the public? The Gentleman Farmer Bungalow is a place where we will share our wines alongside great home cooked food and wonderful stories.”
On February 28 they will kick off their first salon with woodworker Christina Hultberg of House of Quail, featuring a custom designed Gentleman Farmer cutting board. In the months to follow salons will welcome comedians Sarah J Halstead and Rich Chassler, the Foggy Bottoms Boys, ranchers Thomas and Cody Nicholson Stratton, and in July their very own Porchetta Fest featuring porch music and tasty pork.
Gentleman Farmer specializes in elegantly crafted, old-world inspired wines that are meant to be accompanied by thoughtfully prepared food, which is made entirely by Durham and Wołosz. Guests of The Studio for Gustatory Well-Being will enjoy intricate and 100 percent homemade six-course lunches alongside their wines. They pull from family recipes (as Durham puts it: “Nothing precious here; tweezers are rarely used!”), making everything from gougères, mustard with their Chardonnay, buttery brioche, rillettes and soufflés, to cured meats, terrines, sausages, show-stopping roasts and beautiful, from-scratch desserts. The aim is to use the pairings as a means of introduction to their wines, all while Wołosz and Durham share anecdotes, colorful stories, and detailed, down-to-earth to wine knowledge.
With reservations offered by appointment, Wołosz and Durham will also offer paired three-course breakfast and a six-course dinner in addition to their flagship six-course lunch experience.
Fitness and wellness enthusiasts will especially appreciate the “The Breakfast of Champions” experience, which includes a 5K early morning run along the Napa Riverfront and through Downtown Napa (guided by Durham) or a morning meditation in The Bungalow (guided by Wołosz) – all before breakfast.