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Hess is a historic Napa Valley winery that dates to 1876 and was for more than 50 years the site of the Christian Brothers novitiate, school and winery. The Hess Collection winery opened in 1989 when Christian Brothers left the wine business.

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Generally, chardonnay is not an overly aromatic wine. Many dress themselves up in oak-spiced aromas from barrel fermentation or aging, or take on a buttery creaminess associated with a natural, second fermentation (malolactic fermentation). Chardonnay can take it, and that continues to be a …

The venerable fine dining restaurant turns 40 this August, and is celebrating with a $55 three-course prix fixe menu that will change with the seasons. 

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