The new Cairdean Estate Winery and restaurant, The Farmer and the Fox, took over the site known to the locals as the Cement Works about two miles north of St Helena. This was an upscale factory stores outlet formally named the St. Helena Marketplace with many well known merchants such as London Fog, Brooks Brothers and Coach.
The ambitious undertaking took about two years to transform the old shopping center into what appears to be a world class winery estate. Another place in the Napa Valley I am going to visit soon and will report back to you about what it is like.
From Courtney Humiston at 7x7SF, a great Bay Area website for events and more happening in this area is an article for more about the north of St Helena corridor. Below are a few excerpts from it.
What you won’t find between St. Helena and Calistoga on this stretch of road are any Michelin-starred restaurants — or any restaurants at all, for that matter (The Silverado Brewing Company, the mediocre eating establishment in front of Freemark Abbey, closed last year).
But coming in 2014, that will change. The abandoned shopping mall about a mile north of the CIA on the east side of 128 that once housed the likes of Brooks Brothers is being remodeled and revitalized by a husband and wife winemaking team. Edwin and Stacia Williams purchased the rundown complex shortly after buying an adjacent piece of property that will soon be a winery for their Cairdean Estate label.
The Williams hope to have it complete by 2014. In the meantime, hightail it to Buster’s Barbeque in Calistoga for ribs and a steak sandwich and be sure to ask for your hot sauce “extra hot.”
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