An insider’s guide to entertaining, this exquisite book inspires readers to bring a bit of wine country flair to their own gatherings by highlighting the people, dishes, décor, diversity and wines that make Napa Valley unforgettable. Written by Napa Valley hostess Blakesley Chappellet and captured by acclaimed local photographer Briana Marie, the book brings the people of Napa to life through their food, style and stories.
The gatherings brought to life in this beautiful book showcase the love of exquisite food, terrific wine, and authentic, exuberant entertaining that Napa Valley itself is a showcase for.
SARA SCHNEIDER, SUNSET MAGAZINE
With stunning photography, inspiring settings, and delicious recipes, Napa Valley Entertaining gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of dozens of wine country hosts.
Harmony is the essence of life, with all the elements in balance. This is true in music and in wine. I find harmony in the diversity of Napa Valley, a place that epitomizes the art of living.
JEFF GARGIULO, Gargiulo Vineyards
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From a Local Creative Team
BLAKESLEY CHAPPELLET Author
Entertaining is a creative outlet that allows Blakesley Chappellet to tap into her love for design, art, nature, and food. She finds joy in delving into each detail that makes an event memorable and loves the end result: gathering with people, hearing their stories, breaking bread, and forging lasting memories.
An avid horsewoman, hiker, gardener, philanthropist, and hostess, Blakesley “retired” from a successful career in marketing when she married vintner Cyril Chappellet and moved to Napa Valley. Passionate about supporting the community, she serves as a board member for several nonprofit organizations, lending her professional skills and helping to raise millions for local charities. She lives on Pritchard Hill with her husband, two Labradors, and three quarter horses. The desire to share the inspirations and life lessons she gets from her vintner peers spurred the idea for Napa Valley Entertaining.
BRIAN MARIE Photographer
A Napa Valley native, Briana Marie began photographing at a young age. Briana is fascinated by the stories of other people, aiming to capture their moments, beauty, and products in a fresh, authentic, and positive light. She photographs food and wine, lifestyle portraits, events, and commercial imagery for cookbooks, publications, and high-profile clients. In addition, she volunteers her time by photographing for nonprofits around the world.
Her images reflect the sensitive nature in which she approaches life and the joy she finds in photography. Briana’s work can be seen in international publications and gallery exhibitions under her business name, Briana Marie Photography. At home, she was awarded Napa Valley’s Top Photographer by Napa Valley Life magazine. When she is not slinging cameras, she can be found adventuring outdoors, cooking, gardening, or laughing with her husband and two young boys. Briana's Website