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Jean-Charles Boisset shares his new book “Alchemy of the Senses” Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Dallas scored another culinary coup last week when Jean-Charles Boisset chose Del Frisco’s for a wine tasting and the launch of his stunning new book, Alchemy of The Senses. The Boisset Collection is truly a luxury lifestyle brand and includes over 20 wineries in the US and France.  These include Buena Vista Winery — California’s first premium winery, and Raymond Vineyards in Napa that is always rated as one of the must-visit wineries in the region. His family is one of the leading wine producers in Burgundy — chances are good that you have sampled or collected one of his wines.

But now with his acquisition of Oakville Grocery — the oldest continually running grocery store in California and an essential part of Napa history since 1881 — and his relationship with Signature Kitchen Suite, we can’t think of a better person to kick off our new series about some of the most exciting kitchens in Dallas and in our homes and second shelters. This well-traveled Technicurean® gave us great ideas on what to look for and where. (more…)

2373 N 3rd Ave, Napa, California, is listed for $7.85 million by Cyd Greer of Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley – St. Helena.

This week has us dreaming of a wine country getaway, so what better way to appease those cabernet-colored dreams than a Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition in Napa Valley! From hiking and biking, to boutique shops, restaurants and a flourishing arts scene, Napa is filled with things to do, including owning and operating your own vineyard. For this week’s Splurge vs. Steal I narrowed down Napa’s incredible offerings based on location, acreage, and ability to produce quality fruit. What I found may surprise you.

See them both and then choose your favorite on SecondShelters.com now!

In what could possibly be the most uneven housing swap ever to hit Dallas’ housing board on Craigslist, is this guy wanting to swap his home in Napa, Calif., for your home near White Rock Lake:

Napa for Dallas

 

So, would you trade this:

Napa Valley Photo

 

For this?

WHite Rock Lake Winfrey Point

12780 Hilltop Front

This place was built to be shown off. If you need convincing of this fact, I point you to the unbelievable second-floor bar and billiard at 12780 Hilltop in Argyle. It’s like Boston’s famous Bull and Finch Pub (Cheers, if you watch the TV show) without the weird smell and surly barmaids.

12780 Hilltop Man Cave:Bar

Seriously, every photo of this home is better than the last. I couldn’t stop myself! So yes, this house is beautiful and has every single thing you’d want to throw the most amazing parties.12780 Basement Wine Cellar

This incredible home, marketed by none other than Vanessa Andrews of Hoffman International, this Napa-inspired chateau is on the market for $11 million. The property includes 50 sandy loam acres in the Denton County suburb of Argyle. Just 20 minutes away from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, this estate is both secluded and accessible, thanks to the oak trees that buffer the main house from the rest of the world.

12780 Hilltop Private Lake

The estate includes a private lake, a wonderful barn, an arena, and a detached garage that has room enough for all your motors with a second floor conference area. Designed by architect John Hall, this amazing estate was completed in 2009 by Kindred-Pecchi builders. The main house totals 12,205 square feet, which includes the guest apartment that is big enough to host an overnight guest or two quite comfortably.

12780 Hilltop Guest Apartment

I love all of the warm materials used on this home. The exterior features a Samaca slate roof and brown Ozark dry-stack stone with gorgeous climbing vines. Inside you’ll find Venetian plaster, soft wood trim, tin tile ceiling in the “man cave,” and beautiful honey-colored hardwood floors.

12780 Hilltop Library

The backyard is just as amazing, with an infinity-edge saltwater pool with views of the private lake, the pastures, and beyond. Come summer, I’m sure this area gets mighty crowded. There’s plenty of room to entertain guests, too, considering the oversized patio and enclosed loggia.

12780 Hilltop Backyard

And if you own horses, this property has both an amazing barn and arena. I love how this estate has brought the outdoors in and the comforts of indoors to the outside. What do you love most about this incredible home?

12780 Hilltop Barn

 

12780 Hilltop Wine Cellar Stairway 12780 Hilltop Living 12780 Hilltop Master Bath 12780 Hilltop Garage:Conference area 12780 Hilltop Garage 12780 Hilltop Conference 12780 Hilltop Kitchen 12780 Hilltop View

12780 Hilltop Front

This place was built to be shown off. If you need convincing of this fact, I point you to the unbelievable second-floor bar and billiard at 12780 Hilltop in Argyle. It’s like Boston’s famous Bull and Finch Pub (Cheers, if you watch the TV show) without the weird smell and surly barmaids.

12780 Hilltop Man Cave:Bar

Seriously, every photo of this home is better than the last. I couldn’t stop myself! So yes, this house is beautiful and has every single thing you’d want to throw the most amazing parties.12780 Basement Wine Cellar

This incredible home, marketed by none other than Vanessa Andrews of Hoffman International, this Napa-inspired chateau is on the market for $11 million. The property includes 50 sandy loam acres in the Denton County suburb of Argyle. Just 20 minutes away from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, this estate is both secluded and accessible, thanks to the oak trees that buffer the main house from the rest of the world.

12780 Hilltop Private Lake

The estate includes a private lake, a wonderful barn, an arena, and a detached garage that has room enough for all your motors with a second floor conference area. Designed by architect John Hall, this amazing estate was completed in 2009 by Kindred-Pecchi builders. The main house totals 12,205 square feet, which includes the guest apartment that is big enough to host an overnight guest or two quite comfortably.

12780 Hilltop Guest Apartment

I love all of the warm materials used on this home. The exterior features a Samaca slate roof and brown Ozark dry-stack stone with gorgeous climbing vines. Inside you’ll find Venetian plaster, soft wood trim, tin tile ceiling in the “man cave,” and beautiful honey-colored hardwood floors.

12780 Hilltop Library

The backyard is just as amazing, with an infinity-edge saltwater pool with views of the private lake, the pastures, and beyond. Come summer, I’m sure this area gets mighty crowded. There’s plenty of room to entertain guests, too, considering the oversized patio and enclosed loggia.

12780 Hilltop Backyard

And if you own horses, this property has both an amazing barn and arena. I love how this estate has brought the outdoors in and the comforts of indoors to the outside. What do you love most about this incredible home?

12780 Hilltop Barn

 

12780 Hilltop Wine Cellar Stairway 12780 Hilltop Living 12780 Hilltop Master Bath 12780 Hilltop Garage:Conference area 12780 Hilltop Garage 12780 Hilltop Conference 12780 Hilltop Kitchen 12780 Hilltop View