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July, 2019:


James Andrew, Napa

A friend of Scott McBee’s was celebrating a birthday milestone so a villa in Napa was arranged and a collection of friends gathered together to mark the occasion!

Neither McBee nor I had ever been to Napa, so we were rather excited to explore. Needless to say there is a good reason that Napa has become a destination of choice – it really is rather stunning with its rolling green hills and rows and rows of glorious grape vines. The scent of roses, magnolias, and sage, permeates idyllic fields and little towns, and there are the most wonderful restaurants serving up California wine-country cuisine. And of course there are endless vineyards and wine tastings.

Napa – villa view

James Andrew, Napa

All of this being said, having escaped summer in the city, McBee and I opted to take it easy, and spent most of our time luxuriating poolside, catching up on reading, and enjoying the company of friends. Early cocktail hour was par for the course, with Bloody Marys or Margaritas followed by dinner where we enjoyed the best of California wines.

Napa vines

It all went by too quickly, but Mcbee and I are looking forward to visiting again, and discovering more of Napa.

Napa – garden view.

I’m photographed (top) dressed for dinner wearing Ralph Lauren purple label orange silk shantung pants, Ralph Lauren white cotton western shirt, serape scarf and turquoise suede driving shoes, a Kiel James Patrick belt, Tom Ford “Marko” sunglasses, Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch, and my fragrance is Lorenzo Villoresi – Iperborea.

Second ensemble: Ralph Lauren madras plaid jacket, red linen pants and needlepoint slippers, Tom Ford pale blue mini herringbone cotton shirt, pearl and pale blue sapphire Seaman Schepps cufflinks, Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch, Andriano Meneghetti woven cotton belt, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi.