The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts

COPIA -- or The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts -- is a relatively new (est. 2001) cultural center in Napa, California, dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of wine and food with the arts.

The center is named after the Roman goddess of plenty, Copia (as in “cornucopia” – horn of plenty). It is located in California's Wine Country on the banks of the Napa River in downtown Napa, where it offer tastings, classes, festivals, exhibitions and performances.

The facility includes 13,000 square feet of gallery space; a 278-seat auditorium for films concerts, and lectures; an 80-seat demonstration kitchen; a 500-seat outdoor amphitheater; a gourmet dining room, café and wine-tasting area; a library; a gift shop and 3.5 acres of gardens featuring edible organic plants.

Plan to spend a full day at COPIA strolling through its gardens, examining exhibitions, enjoying wine and food tastings, dining at its restaurant and café, and attending films, concerts and in-depth programs on wine, food, art and gardening.

A “Day Pass” into COPIA includes access the exhibitions, gardens, food and wine programs, tours and tastings. The cost of a Day Pass is $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors/students and $7.50 for children.

COPIA is open Wednesday-Monday 10 am to 5 pm. 
Located at 500 First Street, Downtown Napa, CA 94559. 
Tickets & Info 707-259-1600 or 888-51-COPIA Toll Free

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The architectural history of northern California's wineries is captured in this visual tour of 75 estates in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. It ranges from Victorian mansions and French chateaus of the early 20th century to art deco, postmodern and low-rise contemporary structures that command attention with environmental sensitivity.

"Builders have always poured themselves into buildings devoted to art and the spirit, and in wineries they find the modern equivalent of cathedrals and palaces," writes author Thom Elkjer, whose text complements the photographs of Charles O'Rear in this keepsake volume designed by Jennifer Barry.

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