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The Miller House Unveiled at Napa’s Frank Family Vineyards

Napa Valley’s Frank Family Vineyards, located at 1091 Larkmead Lane, has recently opened its much-anticipated hospitality barn, The Miller House. This new addition pays homage to Founder Leslie Frank, originally Leslie Miller, recognizing her exceptional contributions. The vision behind The Miller House was to create a distinctive entertainment space for Frank Family’s esteemed guests, blending Leslie’s unique style with the architectural elegance of Howard J. Backen. It will serve as the backdrop for exclusive experiences where Frank Family wines will be paired with the culinary creations of celebrity chef Christina Machamer.

“Leslie Frank, a former Emmy award-winning news journalist and a visionary at Frank Family, epitomizes good taste and hospitality, making it fitting to name the new space after her,” explained Hospitality Director Liam Gearity.

Standing majestically over the extensive Member’s Lawn, The Miller House offers guests a space to savor vineyard-centric wines and gourmet bites, while taking in panoramic views of vineyards and mountains. The interior features sustainably sourced wood, soaring ceilings, and natural tones that seamlessly connect with the outdoors, showcasing meticulous design with attention to detail.

“Rich and I tied the knot at this very site,” shared Leslie Frank. “This location holds special significance for me. I aimed to create a space that harmonizes with the natural beauty of our surroundings, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the tranquility of Calistoga.”

The design of The Miller House ensures a harmonious indoor-outdoor experience throughout the year on the Napa Valley floor. The 2,300 square foot structure boasts floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, bespoke recycled ash wood tables, striking mirrors, stylish lighting, and a cozy lounge area with plush leather sofas encircling a central fireplace. Every element was thoughtfully chosen by Frank and Napa-based interior designer Robin Beck of Hawkins Interiors to complement the contemporary interior. Additionally, an adjacent 1,100 square feet of covered outdoor seating provides a space for tastings, private events, and winery-hosted gatherings, allowing guests to fully appreciate the valley’s serene landscape.

Chef Machamer, renowned in Napa Valley and winner of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen season four, has curated a seasonal farm-to-table culinary experience that perfectly complements Frank Family’s wines. Each pairing is meticulously crafted to accentuate the aromas, textures, and flavors of the estate-driven wines, providing guests with a masterclass on food and wine harmonization. The menu, evolving with the seasons, showcases locally sourced ingredients, such as home-grown Meyer lemons from Winston Hill and mission figs from Benjamin Vineyard in Rutherford.

The tasting journey at The Miller House commences with light pairings featuring selections like Blanc de Blancs coupled with homemade blinis topped with caviar and cre’me fraiche and progresses to richer umami-driven pairings, such as Spanish Fuet matched with Winston Hill Cabernet Sauvignon.

The culinary exploration offered at The Miller House is perfect for intimate gatherings or wine enthusiasts looking to engage with like-minded individuals. The Miller House Elevated Experience starts at $120 per guest, $60 for club members. Additionally, the outdoor patio is open for seated Estate tastings at $60 per person, with complimentary access for members. Reservations can be made online at FrankFamilyVineyards.com/Visit, while inquiries for private events can be directed to FrankFamilyVineyards.com/Private-Events.

 

Photos courtesy of Frank Family Vineyards

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