Defying tough economic times, the CEO of Japan video game publisher Capcom Co. has opened a Napa Valley winery after 20 years and $100 million of preparation. Kenzo Estate, named for owner Kenzo Tsujimoto and opened to the public on May 1, has some famous food and wine names attached to the project. The wines are a collaboration between consulting winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett of Screaming Eagle, Grace Family and Dalla Valle fame, and esteemed vineyard manager David Abreu, who has worked with wineries such as Araujo, Colgin and Bryant. The tasting room offers a chance to pair wines with a menu created by The French Laundry's Thomas Keller, while taking in a building design by winery architect Howard Backen.
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