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The wine vault at the historic Ma(i)sonry building at RH YOUNTVILLE. Photography courtesy of restoration hardware.
A pair of Cannele chandeliers sets the mood inside one of the new RH boutique design galleries. Photography courtesy of restoration hardware.

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by C California Style

RH stages its most ambitious masterwork yet

“I’ve always been drawn to the strength and serenity of the valley and vines,” says RH chairman and CEO Gary Friedman, whose new five-building, 20,000-square-foot Napa Valley compound expands his brand’s already formidable foray into hospitality. Craggy olive trees surround a restaurant, wine bar, barista bar and pair of furniture galleries at the tranquil indoor-outdoor RH Yountville on Washington Street, devised by architect James Gillam of lauded St. Helena firm Backen & Gillam Architects.

RH incorporated the Ma(i)sonry—an art- and antiques-filled wine vault and tasting room set in a historic craftsman house—into the estate, updating its outdoor trellis-covered spaces with the brand’s Kelly Hoppen textiles, Toluca fire tables and Rococo crystal chandeliers. There, guests can enjoy single-vineyard wine flights before heading over to the new eatery next door for burgers and roast chicken by Chicago restaurateur and RH Hospitality’s founding president, Brendan Sodikoff. The glass-roofed restaurant space, dreamed up by Friedman (who grew up in neighboring Sonoma) and Sodikoff (who trained steps away at The French Laundry), makes a seductive case for pairing design with food and wine.

Written by ELIZABETH VARNELL.