Copia Change

We’ve already noted that Copia, the Napa-based center for food, wine, and the arts, has been evaluating its program: A year and a half ago it laid off a third of its staff and sold some land to alleviate debt. Now the center is rolling out more changes, or—as the San Francisco Chronicle reports—a “major transformation.”

The Chronicle’s Inside Scoop brings word of a new bistro, which will serve during the day, and a wine tasting room and bar. The wine bar is perhaps the most interesting news. With a selection of “more than 500 wines by the glass,” it will have the largest by-the-glass list on the West Coast. “The space will also include an area for smaller wineries to pour their wines, and will also allow presentations by Copia’s wine education faculty.” Julia’s Kitchen—the on-site restaurant named after Julia Child—will be getting a face-lift as well.

Long-term prospects for the center look good. The newly opened Oxbow Public Market is bringing more foot traffic to the neighborhood, and this month the Napa farmers’ market reopens for the summer season. The scent of Fatted Calf charcuterie from the new store at Oxbow is enough to lure avid foodies up from the city. A mind-boggling array of wines and artisanal salumi is a hard combination to beat.

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