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The tasting room at VML features a custom bar and lighting by designer BECKY CARTER.

Sitting Pretty

by C California Style

Tasting room at Healdsburg’s VML Winery

VML, a sister property to Truett Hurst (known for its small-lot pinot noir, chardonnay and Russian River Valley flagship blends), has upped the tasting room ante with a new design by Oakland- and New York-based Becky Carter of her eponymous design firm. Carter crafted an interior that reflects “the magic of nature and astrology,” she says, noting the crystals, botany books and celestial chart-carved tables that adorn the greenhouse-like space, a former barrel storage room. “There’s a fluidity between the indoor and outdoor environments, whether seated at the bar or strolling through the butterfly garden,” says CEO Paul Dolan, founding partner of Truett Hurst. “We hope visitors experience the relationship between soil, sky, plants, creatures and wine.” Reservations recommended. 5610 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, 707-431-4404; vmlwine.com.

Written by MAILE PINGEL.
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