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A Book You’ll Cherish: In The Spirit of Napa, by Jennifer Raiser

BY Damion Matthews - Photos by Drew Altizer - September 26, 2015


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From In The Spirit of Napa by Jennifer Raiser
From In The Spirit of Napa by Jennifer Raiser

Having so enjoyed Maguy Maccario Doyle’s In The Spirit of Monte Carlo, I am thrilled that the book’s publisher, Assouline, has added another volume to the “Spirit” series, this time published by San Francisco’s Jennifer Raiser.

In The Spirit of Napa by Jennifer Raiser
In The Spirit of Napa by Jennifer Raiser

The beautiful new book, In The Spirit of Napa, gives a fantastic overview of Napa’s history and beloved landmarks, as well as its present-day culinary establishments, farmers’ markets, great estates, art collections, festivals and spas. Basically everything that has made Napa one of the world’s top travel destinations for decades.

Raiser, with her catlike curiosity, respect for clarity and detail, and an eye that misses nothing, has presented everything one could want to know about Napa, and hunted down photos that show the area at its very best. If tourist traffic should soon increase along Highway 29, Napa citizens may have Jennifer to thank (or blame, however the case may be!)

A Luncheon in Honor of Jennifer Raiser and Sukey Forbes
A Luncheon in Honor of Jennifer Raiser and Sukey Forbes

To celebrate the book’s release, the new Presidio Heights boutique, Blanc (3615 Sacramento St.), co-hosted a luncheon in her honor with Lisa Rissetto, founder of the marvelous accessories collection, Rissetto (the event also honored author Sukey Forbes, whose memoir last year was an absolute sensation!)

Held in Blanc’s lovely courtyard, the event was a great opportunity to catch up with Raiser and Forbes, while also getting a preview of some irresistible new pieces from Rissetto’s latest collection. Fittingly enough, one of the bags is named Carneros, after Napa’s Carneros wineries.

This is Jennier Raiser’s second book in just the past year — her other work, Burning Man: Art on Fire, is the definitive word on what may be the most important art movement in American culture since Pop Art.

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With In The Spirit of Napa, she has created a book that is to be cherished for years to come.

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See More Photos From The Event Below!

Lisa Rissetto
Lisa Rissetto

Joel Goodrich, Lisa Keith
Joel Goodrich, Lisa Keith

Lauren Goodman
Emily Holt, Lauren Goodman, Sukey Forbes

Lisa Rissetto, Terri Tiffany, Lisa Keith
Lisa Rissetto, Terri Tiffany, Lisa Keith

Victor Vargas, Angella Sprauve
Victor Vargas, Angella Sprauve



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