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What does it mean when you're sampling artisan wines amidst fine arts, in a wish-it-were-home enviro? You've found Ma(i)sonry, Napa Valley's "living gallery."Grab your Goyard weekender and stop off at the most unique addition to the wine country since Thomas Keller's French Laundry. This celebrated spot is the brainchild of Blackbird Vintage proprietor Michael Polenske, who sought to restore the private 104-year-old residence to its undeniable grandeur. Originally designed by an Italian mason, the space keeps its historical integrity thanks to architect Doug Thorney. And with all the charms of a private home, Ma(i)sonry boats lush gardens throughout the landscape, private tasting rooms and furnishings from Alexandra von Furstenberg, Ron Man, and Hudson furniture. What to do in this now-public luxury? Taste typically unavail vinos from boutique wineries like Brown Estate, Joel Gott wines or Renteria wines. Gather under 90-year-old olive trees, sit at the 36-foot communal redwood table and fawn over the contempo sculptures or rotating art exhibitions.