A 6-foot long wine glass chandelier looks like a sparkling cluster of grapes hanging in the Barrel Room of the CIA at Greystone. This sculptural piece was specially brought in by Annena & Co. as a fascinating element to welcome guests for a pre-nuptial dinner event. When I saw the piece, I knew my clients would love it as a beautiful focal point and conversation piece – being so passionate about wine, food and the Napa Valley. Of course this venue was my top pick for them, with it’s rich culinary foundation. The chef created an amazing menu – a true collaboration between myself, the clients and their families(details of the menu and delicious decor to follow in an upcoming post!).
There are a few gorgeous properties to choose from in the Napa Valley when it comes to venues but this one stands out with it’s grand cathedral ceilings, massive hand-cut stone walls and sweeping vineyard views. Entering the building through enormous original oak front doors, let’s you know that you are in a remarkably special place. Everything is impeccably presented and organized – from the atrium lobby with it’s artfully displayed famous corkscrew collection to the Spice Island Marketplace appearing so “Mise en place”. Rising above the atrium 90 feet to the third floor are the culinary kitchens in full view with their gleaming red stoves – and the spectacular Vintner’s Hall of Fame Barrel Room.
I love the drama and versatility of this grand Barrel Room with it’s 2,000-gallon wooden casks, exposed stone walls and wooden beams throughout. Although this rustic beauty is large enough for a 300+ person seated dinner it is equally wonderful as shown here set-up for a small, intimate corporate event hosted by the CIA event team.
The marriage of it’s architectural heritage and pristine modern day offerings make the CIA at Greystone the quintessential Wine Country venue for sophisticated celebrations.
Note: The CIA at Greystone is part of our exclusive “LLT Favorite Places to Celebrate” list.