At Vice Versa, a small-production winery in Saint Helena, French Canadians Patrice and Samantha Breton collaborate with Philippe Melka and other renowned winemakers to turn out some of the top-rated high-end cabernets in Napa Valley. All that harvesting, pressing, crushing, and bottling takes toil, Samantha explains, so they squeeze in as much travel as possible to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Their San Francisco-based travel advisors, Michelle and Roderick Murré, design trips built around local flavors and exceptional taste.
As winemakers, we work really hard. So when we travel, we go all out. We want comfort, luxury, rare experiences, and the best of the best of the best when it comes to food and drink. It’s how we reset.
Wine leads the way. Last year, we went to France and spent time in Champagne, staying at Domaine Les Crayères. We didn’t want to go to the big houses – we prefer to see small growers that are difficult to find in the U.S. In the village of Avize, we visited Jacques-Selosse, which makes incredible Champagne. You can’t buy it, but they have bottles on the list at Les Avisés restaurant, which is run by Jacques’ son, Anselme, and daughter-in-law, Corinne. We sat with the owners and their adorable beagle and had the greatest night.