Pinnacle of Craft

Celebrate the very best of California's Wine Country with Kyle & Katina Connaughton of SingleThread

September 10 - 16, 2023

7 Days, 6 Nights in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys


Per person, limited to just 10 guests

Contact Us

+1 (503) 487-0363

California’s Wine Country is more than a wine destination. It is a beacon of community, craft and preservation. The scenery — rolling hills clad in vines, dramatic coastal cliffs, lush and rustic — is gorgeous, yet there’s a deeper meaning behind it: a beautiful symbiosis between farmer, chef and winemaker, driven by a love for the land and a reverence for the artistic beauty of crafting singular expressions of time and place.

Our hosts in Wine Country are Kyle and Katina Connaughton, and sommelier Rusty Rastello, of three Michelin star SingleThread. This journey is a love letter to the remarkable place they call home. Our access is deep, and deeply personal, thanks to the relationships forged by Kyle and Katina Connaughton over years and decades. This is the rare opportunity to experience the very best of California Wine Country not as a visitor, but as an honored guest, meeting and learning from innovative winemakers and culinary pioneers at the pinnacle of their craft.

If you delight in the artistry of fine wine and Michelin-star dining, exploring the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and Sonoma Coast with Kyle, Katina and Rusty is the experience you’ve dreamed of. Join us for unparalleled access and behind-the-scenes meetups with the chefs and artisans, vintners and winemakers, who make this stretch of northern California among the world’s most innovative food and wine destinations.

The Paragon Experience

Join us in celebrating the beauty of human potential

Intimate Access

Paragon provides unparalleled access and intimacy. Go deep within the vineyards, meet the winemakers and chefs alongside SingleThread's Kyle & Katina Connaughton, and Rusty Rastello.

Force for Good

Paragon supports causes handpicked by our Luminaries. On this departure a $25,000 donation is going to Tony Hawk's nonprofit The Skatepark Project; and a $25,000 donation to the nonprofit Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation.

Pinnacle of Craft

Paragon explores the beating heart of Napa and Sonoma, experiencing it through the lens of chefs and winemakers, farmers and culinary artisans, at the peak of their creativity and craft.

Celebrate People & Place

Our hosts on this very special journey are SingleThread's Kyle Connaughton and his partner Katina, and wine director and sommelier Rusty Rastello. The Connaughtons have long made Napa and Sonoma their home, and their connections to local artisans, farmers, vintners, and chefs here run deep. This itinerary is a highly personal love letter from the entire SingleThread team to their very own terroir, and a chance for us to experience the place the way insiders do, meeting and learning from innovators and pioneers at the peak of their craft.

The Giveback

We believe that exploration and discovery are essential elements of the human experience.


Force for Good

It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose, one that serves to improve the lives of people and places. It's the reason why we are a Certified B Corp. Because how we travel matters.


Handpicked Causes

Each Paragon experience supports charities handpicked by our Luminaries. On this departure a $25,000 donation is going to Tony Hawk's nonprofit Skatepark Project, supporting disadvantaged communities and at-risk children; and a $25,000 donation to the nonprofit Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation, supporting the workforce that sustains agriculture in Sonoma County.


People & Planet

Our goal is that the places we visit are protected and flourishing for future generations. It’s why we are a certified Climate Neutral business, and why we support environmental and social-justice nonprofits.

Day by Day

Day 1: Napa Valley

Just beyond the town of Yountville, the Napa Valley floor widens over a vista of rolling vineyards framed by mountains. Before you lies one of the world’s great wine regions, a remarkable confluence of microclimates and soils that, like France’s Bordeaux region to which it’s always compared, is every inch its noble rival.

We’ll gather in the late afternoon at Meadowood, set on 250 wooded acres and our magnificent home for the next three nights. SingleThread’s wine director and sommelier, Rusty Rastello, will lead us on a tasting of the valley’s signature Cabernet Sauvignons alongside other marquee Napa varietals.

Dinner tonight is at one of visionary winemaker Bill Harlan’s private vineyards, personally prepared for us by a Napa culinary icon: thoughtful, personal, and in harmony with Napa Valley’s seasonal rhythms. We’ll toast joyfully under the stars, celebrating the perfect start to our journey together.

Day 1: Napa Valley Highlights

  • Arrivals throughout the day
  • Wine tasting with SingleThread's Rusty Rastello
  • Private welcome dinner
  • Stay at Meadowood Estate

Day 2: Napa Valley

Bill Harlan’s determination to build a first-growth winery put Napa on the map in the 1980s; his family winery, Harlan Estate, now helmed by son Will, produces a mere 2,000 cases per vintage — highly coveted, and considered by wine critic Robert Parker as the single most profound red wine in the world. Our private tour of Harlan vineyards will be led the Harlan family and include tastings—depending on what’s pouring the brightest—at the Bond or Promontory wineries.

Lunch in St Helena is at three Michelin star Chef Christopher Kostow’s casual kitchen, Charter Oak, where seasonal bounty is sourced from their farm just down the road. Next, a tasting and tour with Ann Colgin of Colgin Cellars, truly one of the great American cellars of all time, considered “viticultural nirvana” by Robert Parker.

There’s time to relax and unwind back at Meadowood before dinner at PRESS, with its Napa-only collection of 10,000 bottles spanning five decades. Rare pours aren’t the only appeal here: after dinner, we’ll share a talk and toast with a Napa culinary legend and member of the first American team to win the international Bocuse d’Or cooking competition.

Day 2: Napa Valley Highlights

  • Harlan family private vineyard tour
  • Lunch at Charter Oak
  • Private tasting at Colgin Cellars with Ann Colgin
  • Dinner at PRESS
  • Stay at Meadowood Estate

Day 3: Napa Valley

Greystone is the California campus of the Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier nonprofit culinary college. We’ll tour the expansive gardens and, joined by Chef Kyle Connaughton, get hands-on with the college’s next generation of culinary talent.

Our next stop is Aubert Vineyards, where Napa native Mark Aubert uses traditional Burgundian barrel fermentation to turn out voluptuous, balanced single-vineyard Chardonnays with a multi-year waitlist. We’ll have an exclusive tasting, then head to Ink Grade for another exclusive opportunity: tasting alongside winemaker Matt Taylor.

We’ll have downtime in the afternoon to wander St Helena, or simply to relax poolside or at the spa at Meadowood, before reconvening for our Napa grande finale: dinner at The French Laundry. It’s one of just 13 three Michelin star restaurants in the U.S., honored as the Best Restaurant in the World not once, but twice. Needless to say, this will be an evening to cherish.

Day 3: Napa Valley Highlights

  • Culinary Institute of America visit
  • Aubert Vineyards tasting
  • Ink Grade tasting with winemaker Nico Cueva
  • Dinner at The French Laundry
  • Stay at Meadowood Estate

Day 4: Sonoma Valley

We meet up with Kyle and Katina Connaughton this morning at Knights Valley Wagyu Beef Ranch, a 227-acre environmentally minded ranch nestled between Calistoga and Healdsburg, with cattle foraging freely on the valley floor. We’ll hop in vintage Broncos or Land Cruisers and tour the oak-shaded hills. Our barbecue lunch is prepared by Chef Kyle, featuring select wagyu cuts.

Greenhouses and chicken coops, an heirloom fruit orchard, beehives, and a cattle paddock surrounded by grapevines. SingleThread’s 24-acre farm inspires — and is inspired by — seasonal awareness and a deep respect for nature. Head farmer Katina Connaughton will lead us on a tour of the culinary crops, the knife and wood shop, and farm store; we’ll stop for a hands-on demo in floral arrangement and aesthetic plating which is at the core of SingleThread’s visual storytelling. We’ll end the day with a private dinner at Little Saint, the Connaughtons’ plant-based and farm-forward casual kitchen in downtown Healdsburg.

Day 4: Sonoma Valley Highlights

  • Wagyu ranch 4x4 tour
  • Ranch barbecue lunch with Kyle Connaughton
  • SingleThread Farm tour with Katina Connaughton
  • Private dinner at Little Saint
  • Stay at Farmhouse Inn

Day 5: Russian River & Healdsburg

A light morning hike under a towering canopy of old-growth coastal redwoods… if only every day could start surrounded by so much beauty.

Our ultimate goal this morning is the Russian River, a region home to California’s greatest cool-climate varietals. We’ll have our first taste at Williams Selyem, renowned for its old-world methods — down to foot-treading the grapes — with winemaker Jeff Mangahas. A lunch of wood-fired pizza under the oaks awaits at Reeve Winery, where winemaker Noah Dorrance will share his favorite cool-climate Pinots. At Kistler Vineyards, a unique single-clone Chardonnay house, we’ll taste vineyard-designate Chardonnays from one heritage Californian vine planted across 15 vineyards.

The afternoon is ours to enjoy, explore or simply relax in preparation for an incredible eleven-course, wine-paired meal tonight at SingleThread. Kyle and Katina opened their restaurant, inn, and farm in 2016, built on the ethos of Japanese omotenashi: the spirit of selfless hospitality. SingleThread earned two Michelin stars in 2018, and a third in 2019. This will be a meal for the ages, celebrating the bounty of California Wine Country with Kyle, Katina and Rusty.

Day 5: Russian River & Healdsburg Highlights

  • Light hike in coastal redwoods
  • Williams Seylem tasting with Jeff Mangahas
  • Lunch at Reeve Winery with Noah Dorrance
  • Kistler Vineyards tasting
  • Dinner at SingleThread
  • Stay at Farmhouse Inn

Day 6: Sonoma Coast

The coastal mountains of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties are storybook California: old-growth redwoods, and mountain tops peaking through morning fog like so many islands in the clouds. Our first stop at family-run Littorai, where owners Heidi and Ted Lemon showcase not just great wines, but leading generative and biodynamic farming practices.

A quiet two-lane highway meanders past beaches and hillsides dotted with grazing cows, down a long slender inlet to Tamales Bay and Hog Island Oyster Co., another champion of environmental stewardship. We’ll sit down for a charcuterie and oyster lunch at this pioneering intertidal farm that supplies many of the area’s top restaurants.

In the afternoon we’ll visit Akiko Freeman’s iconic tasting room at Freeman Winery. We’ll be treated to a private tour of the caves and a tasting of her benchmark-setting cool-climate Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.

Tonight’s farewell dinner—an elevated barbecue at the SingleThread farm, nestled among the fields, fruit orchards and vines —is a true farm-to-table celebration. We’ll toast to Kyle and Katina, to Rusty, and to the entire SingleThread team, honoring not just the wines and cuisine of this remarkable land — but each other, and the lasting bonds we’ve made.

Day 6: Sonoma Coast Highlights

  • Littorai tour & tasting
  • Oyster shucking & lunch at Hog Island Oyster Co.
  • Freeman winery tasting
  • Farewell barbecue at SingleThread farm
  • Stay at Farmhouse Inn

Day 7: Departures

Alas, our time together has come to an end. After a farewell brunch with Kyle, Katina and Rusty at Little Saint, we’ll head for the San Francisco airport and our next adventures.

As you reflect on our week alongside some of Wine Country’s most innovative humans—the chefs, winemakers and artisans who have shared their worlds with us—we hope these precious moments stay with you and resonate for years to come.

Day 7: Departures Highlights

  • Farewell brunch with Kyle, Katina, Rusty at Little Saint
  • Transfers to airport

Where We Sleep

Our two luxury hotels are the ideal combination of modern elegance and a rustic, only-in-California vibe, pairing perfectly with our journey.

Meadowood Estate

St Helena

Meadowood is nestled in a tree-lined valley, with cottages elegantly furnished for privacy, relaxation and repose – both in and out of doors. Rooted deeply in Napa Valley history and heritage, Meadowood combines Wine Country’s distinctive blend of the rustic and refined, with an acute sensitivity to the nuances of comfort and the rhythm of the seasons.

Farmhouse Inn


Hidden away in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, among rolling hills and stunningly majestic vistas, The Farmhouse Inn is one of Wine Country's most inspired escapes. The property — owned by fifth-generation Sonoma farmers — blends modern comforts and the care and sophistication of a luxury resort without any fuss or pretense. It's the ideal base for exploring the Russian River and Sonoma coast.

SingleThread California Wine Country


per person based on double occupancy

Essential Info

For questions or to speak with a Paragon travel concierge, please call or text +1 (503) 487-0363 or email

  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at exclusive five-star accommodations including some of Wine Country’s top properties; exclusive VIP access, culinary experiences, vineyard access and tastings; private access with local guides and cultural experts; private travel and transportation from beginning to end; airport transfers; all entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners including Michelin-star dining at some of California’s most iconic kitchens.

  2. What does the price not include?

    Air travel to/from California; travel insurance; activities not included in the Itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for our Paragon tour leader.

  3. Who is going on this trip?

    This exclusive Paragon experience is limited to 10 guests, plus Kyle and Katina Connaughton, Rusty Rastello, and our Paragon team.