I. Getting to Know Who's Who
Napa's Best Architect
Howard Backen of Backen Gillam Architects has won nearly every important Napa Valley commission in the last several years. He's designed houses for Carmen Policy, the former president of the San Francisco 49ers, as well as vintner Carl Doumani of Quixote winery; wineries for Cliff Lede and Larkmead; and countless restaurants, including Press and Cyrus. He's also designed just about everything for winemaker Bill Harlan, including his house and his wineries: Harlan Estate, Napa Valley Reserve and Bond.