California Wine Style: Ma(i)sonry
Napa Valley, California: Ma(i)sonry
Michael Polenske, owner of Blackbird Vineyards and Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley.
Objets and Wine Tasting
Polenske, who once owned an antiques shop in San Francisco, was inspired by famed antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt’s castle in Belgium: “I wanted a smaller version of that, a beautiful objet-filled space where people could hang out while tasting.” At Ma(i)sonry, visitors can perch on couches and chairs while trying wines from Blackbird and boutique wineries like Lail Vineyards and Brown Estate Vineyards.
Everything in the building is for sale, from side tables to artwork. Some pieces are vintage, like a Queen Anne–style chair Polenske reupholstered in Schumacher linen.
Other pieces are from noted contemporary designers, like Sonoma’s Ron Mann, who made the 36-foot-long California redwood table in the garden, and Alexandra von Furstenberg, who designs Pop Art–like neon Lucite consoles. Ma(i)sonry has already won over one notable neighbor: Superstar chef Thomas Keller, whose French Laundry is less than 200 yards away, will cook private dinners there.
Michael Polenske’s Wine Picks
2006 Joel Gott Dillian Ranch Zinfandel ($25): “I love every wine that Joel Gott makes.”
2007 Brown Estate Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel ($36): Polenske thinks this Zinfandel deserves as much fame as Napa’s vaunted Cabernets.
2006 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red Wine ($90): Polenske’s first—and flagship—wine.
6711 Washington St., Yountville, California; 707-944-0889 or maisonry.com.