Cabernets, Cookies, and Santa: 2014 Holiday Events in Napa Valley

Happy Holidays in Napa ValleyIt’s hard to get your hands around all of the holiday events in Napa Valley, so we thought we’d take a crack at it for you.  We’ve listed the 2014 holiday events below, in chronological order, to try and make things easier. This also helps clarify how many things are actually taking place on a very busy Saturday (December 6) across Napa Valley.

We’ve captured winery Holiday Open Houses that are free to the general public, appellation-based wine tasting events that aren’t as free, and a fancy black-tie-optional affair.  But, we’ve also identified many family-friendly and community-based activities in Napa Valley such as Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies, Parades, Trolley Rides, and a Gingerbread House Contest.  And, we’ve even included a few 5Ks in case you need to work off the calories from those cabernets and cookies.

This list of holiday events may not be exhaustive, but it is extensive, and we’ve tried to concentrate on free activities or those events with a holiday focus that benefit non-profits and other charities. Please let us know if you think we’ve missed something in the Napa Valley that should be on the list.

Napa on Ice LogoThe one activity that has already started and runs until January 11 is Napa on Ice which is open from noon to 10 pm Mon-Sat and noon to 8 pm Sun (but starting at 2 pm when school is in session).  Although this outdoor ice-skating rink may not be Rockefeller Square you can still glide along and practice your spins as you enjoy this popular (yet temporary) rink with 5,600 square feet of real ice. Special programming at the rink includes “Rock the Rink” on Friday nights, and occasional fundraisers (such as for Napa Food Bank, St. John’s Lutheran School and Napa High School). Cost is $12 (which includes skate rental)Corner of 2nd and Coombs Street, Napa

November 2014 Holiday Events in Napa Valley

Wednesday, Nov 26City of Napa Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 pm.  Come sing to yourself about how the leaves are so unchanging as you watch Mayor Jill Techel light the city’s 29’ tall Christmas Tree as you enjoy Hot Chocolate (from Downtown Joe’s) and cookies (from Sweetie Pies).   Free.   Veterans Park at 3rd and Main Streets, Napa

Napa Valley Turkey ChaseThursday, November 27  – Napa Valley Turkey Chase at 8 am.  Prepare for your Thanksgiving feast by proactively burning off the calories on a 5K or 10K course starting at Napa Valley College and traveling along the Napa River Trail.  Kids 7 years old and younger will also have the option to run a 100 meter race through the finish line. Proceeds benefit the Community Action of Napa Valley, a non-profit whose Food Bank staff provide about 2 million pounds of food to Napa County people in need.  $35 for adults, $30 for youths if you register in advance (race-day registration is $10 more)2277 Napa Valley Highway, Napa

Thursday, November 27  – St. Helena Turkey Trot at 10 am.  Or, you can burn off the calories at the north end of the Valley in this 5K benefiting both the Rianda House Senior Activity Center and the St. Helena Public Library.  Race-day registration begins at 9 am at the Rianda House’s parking lot, and the Turkey Trot starts at 10 am and travels through St. Helena’s westside neighborhoods.  $40 for adults, $20 for children under 12 years old.   1475 Main Street, St. Helena

Friday, Nov 28Yountville Festival of Lights from 2 pm to 6 pm.  You’ll be walking through a winter wonderland when Yountville is transformed thanks to thousands of tiny twinkling lights at this 26th annual event.  At 2 pm, the food and wine tasting begins, at about 2:15 Santa arrives, and live entertainment (including carolers) starts at 2:30.  At 4:45, the Napa Regional Dance Company performs an excerpt from The Nutcracker featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy.  Then, around 5:30, Yountville will be set aglow and afterwards the city’s art galleries, boutiques, tasting rooms, and restaurants will remain open with some retailers offering special promotions.  The Festival of Lights will also feature a Silent Auction to benefit children’s programs in Yountville, and Cal Fire will be on hand to collect toys for the Napa County Toy Drive.

Cornerstone Cellars

Cornerstone Cellars

The food program at the Festival of Lights is different this year and there are no longer individual tasting tickets.  Instead, if you purchase a Tasting Wristband (allowing access to food and beverages at locations throughout the event), then you can enjoy wines from wineries such as Cliff Lede Vineyards, Cornerstone Cellars, Hestan Vineyards, Hope & Grace Wines, Jessup Cellars, and Priest Ranch. Wristband holders will also be able to enjoy tastes from local food purveyors such as Bistro Jeanty, Bouchon, Hurley’s Restaurant, Kollar Chocolates, Redd and Redd Wood. The Festival itself is Free, but the Tasting Wristbands are $35 per person, $15 for ages 12 and UnderDowntown Yountville

Saturday, Nov 29Napa Christmas Parade at 5 pm.   Everyone loves a parade and this year’s  theme is “’Tis the Season” so come be jolly at the city’s 2014 Christmas Parade which will be led by Grand Marshall Anette Yazidi of Anette’s ChocolatesFree1st and 2nd Streets, Napa

Sunday, Nov 30Viader Vineyards and Winery Holiday Open House from 12 pm to 4 pm.  This annual holiday party will feature special wine offers paired with bites of homemade treats prepared by Executive Chef Mariela Viader.  Free, but advance RSVPs are necessary so please call 707-963-38161120 Deer Park Road, Deer Park

December 2014 Holiday Events in Napa Valley

Giant Christmas TreeWednesday, Dec 3Queen of the Valley Christmas Tree Lighting from 4:30 pm to 7 pm.  Come, all ye faithful, and join the Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s staff and fans as they ring in the holiday season with their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Share the spirit of the season, view the life-sized Nativity scene, and then wait for Santa to come and light the majestic tree.  Free1000 Trancas Street, Napa

Thursday, Dec 4Holiday Open House at Beringer Vineyards from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Drive on over to spread a little holiday joy and indulge in a little wine tasting with nibbles.  Downstairs in the Rhine House: 2011 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Quantum (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot).  Upstairs in the Rhine House: Two stations to introduce guests to Beringer’s new wine and food pairings (one with cheese, one with chocolate).  Over in the Library: Their popular dessert wine Nightingale paired with Lemon Cookies.  Free (but it would be seasonally appropriate if you brought an unwrapped toy to support their Toys for Tots drive)2000 Main Street, St. Helena   

Thursday, Dec 4American Canyon Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6 pm to 7 pm.  The annual holiday ceremony includes an old-fashioned sing-a-long, performances by local youth singers, refreshments from the Lions Club of American Canyon and an appearance from Santa. So start practicing Jingle BellsFree2185 Elliott Drive, American Canyon 

Thursdays – Dec  4, 11, 18Horse Drawn Carriage Rides from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  There’s probably not going to be any snow to be dashing through but before or after your shopping efforts, take a 20 minute ride through downtown Napa and gaze at the lights and holiday window displays on one of two routes. FreeStarting outside the Napa River Inn at the corner of 1st and Coombs Streets, Napa    

Napa Valley Wine Trolley LogoFridays – Sundays, Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21Holiday Trolley Rides from 3 pm to 6 pm.  Make your Christmas shopping excursions less stressful as you relax on a festive trolley ride around downtown Napa with stops at (a) Oxbow Public Market, (b) Historic Napa Mill, (c) corner of Main and Pearl Streets, and (d) corner of 1st and School Street.  FreeDowntown Napa 

Fridays – Sundays, Dec 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28Napa Valley Holiday Lights Tour from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.  After the sun sets, but before a midnight clear, enjoy the spectacle of the season in a trolley ride through historic downtown Napa, Victorian neighborhoods, and past the best local light displays.  Keep warm with hot cocoa and listen to classic holiday music as you travel aboard a vintage Cable Car.  Proceeds benefit the Foster Children of Napa County.  $25 Adults, $15 Children ages 3-10 (infants not recommended)Starting in front of Oxbow Public Market, 644 First Street, Napa 

Friday and Saturday, Dec 5 and 6Rutherford Wine Experience from Rutherford Appellation Wineries.   This new event format is made up of a Welcome Reception (12/5, 7 pm to 9 pm), Rutherford Wine Experience (12/6, 10 am to 5 pm), and a Winemaker Dinner (12/6, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm), each of which is limited to 100 guests (or fewer).  The Welcome Reception on Friday night, at the beautiful Round Pond Estate (875 Rutherford Road, Rutherford), will feature over a dozen wineries such as 12C Wines, Alpha Omega, Meander Wines, Monticello Vineyards, Piña Napa Valley, Raymond Vineyards and ZD WinesOak Avenue Catering will be passing appetizers throughout the evening.

Rutherford Wine ExperienceSpend your Saturday at the Rutherford Wine Experience with two tasting/wine seminar options sandwiched around a special  3-course Winemaker Luncheon paired with Rutherford Appellation wines at Auberge du Soleil (180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford).  For the morning block, your options include seminars from Quintessa, Elizabeth Spencer, S.R. Tonella Cellars, or Inglenook.  The afternoon block choices are Sullivan Vineyards, Tres Sabores Winery, Foley Johnson Wines, and Beaulieu Vineyard.

Saturday evening, you can savor a four-course meal at Alex Restaurant (1140 Rutherford Road, Rutherford), at the Winemaker Dinner paired with Rutherford Appellation wines from Mumm Napa, Wm. Harrison Vineyards and Winery, El Molino, Peju Provence Winery, St. Supéry and HonigTickets for the Rutherford Wine Experience weekend are $50 for the Welcome Reception, $145 for the Saturday events, $125 for the Winemaker Dinner, or $295 for a Rutherford Enthusiast Pass, providing you access to all of the events at the Experience.  (FYI, this is a trial-run of a grander Rutherford Wine Experience planned for Spring 2015). Costs and addresses listed above.

Saturday, Dec 6Reindeer Run in American Canyon at 8 am.  We’re not sure if reindeer games normally include a 5K or a 10K but you can enjoy the beautiful wetlands of western American Canyon as you travel on a paved, flat course starting at the Wetlands Edge View Area Trail Head.  Individual times are not recorded, but runners will receive a Reindeer Run T-Shirt.  Proceeds will benefit KHOPE International, a local non-profit supporting women and children living in poverty here and abroad.  $27, or $22 if you register before 11/28Corner of Eucalyptus Drive and Wetlands Edge Road, American Canyon 

Freshly baked gingerbread man cookies and cinnamon sticksSaturday, Dec 6Pioneer Christmas at Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park from 10 am to 4 pm.  Go back in time to celebrate Christmas 19th-Century style, with family-friendly crafts and activities from that time.  Learn how to make a pomander with cloves, a rosemary wreath, or popcorn and cranberries on a string.  Cut out paper snowflakes, decorate gingerbread cookies, and write a letter to Santa in calligraphy and seal it with red wax.  Or, you and your kids can watch demonstrations on skills such as lace making and wool spinning.  $5 per person, kids under the age of 6 are Free3369 St Helena Highway North, St. Helena

Saturday, Dec 6HALLiday Open House at HALL Wines from 11 am to 2 pm.  They will haul out the holly at HALL Wines so bring your holiday cheer and sip on highly rated wines alongside savory bites and sweet treats from resident Chef Corrie Breezley.  Holiday discounts on some purchases will also be available. Free401 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena

Saturday, Dec 6 – Holiday Glam & Giving at the Meritage Resort and Spa from 11 am to 3 pm.  This holiday fundraiser for Cope Family Center’s child abuse prevention programs is framed around a Fashion Show featuring items from The Mustard Seed Clothing Company and Williamson & Company.  Afternoon activities also include a Welcome Reception, a Gourmet Luncheon, a Raffle for custom-designed Trees & Wreaths, Live and Silent Auctions, and there will even be live musical entertainment!  $75 per person875 Bordeaux Way, Napa

Saturday, Dec 6Holiday Wreaths for Charity at Castello di Amorosa from 11 am to 4 pm.   If you’ve been meaning to visit “the Castle” then December 6th may be a good day for it.  All visitors that day, as part of their regular General Admission or Tour, can participate in the annual Holiday Wreaths for Charity event.  Castello di Amorosa has been decorated for the holidays and you can sample fresh bread from the oven as you listen to live music.  Then, check out the wreaths on the walls prepared by local charities (including Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga, Molly’s Angels, Red Cross of Napa Valley, and Land Trust of Napa Valley) and purchase raffle tickets ($1 each) to try and be the lucky winner of the one(s) you like the most.  All donations will go directly to the charities.  $20 for General Admission, $35 for Tour, both include a tasting of 5 wines.  4045 North St. Helena Highway, Calistoga

Saturday, Dec 6Mount Veeder Holiday Celebration Wine Tasting from 1 pm to 4 pm.  May your day be merry and bright as you taste and enjoy (and then purchase) limited production gems from over ten Mt. Veeder AVA wineries, all conveniently gathered at V Wine Cellar in downtown Yountville.  Participating wineries include Godspeed Vineyards, Lagier Meredith, Nellcôte, Rubissow Wines, Y Rousseau Wines, and Yates Family Vineyard.  Attendees will also receive food pairings from Winery Chefs and live entertainment from The HummingbirdzAdvance Tickets are $55 per person if you go here, or can be purchased for $75 at the door.   But, if you move quickly, you may be able to still purchase some Special Advance Tickets online for just $35 per person6525 Washington Street, Yountville

Cookies at Butterscots

Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Rosemary Cookies at Butterscots Bakery at Cairdean Estate

Saturday, Dec 6Cairdean Estate Holiday Open House from 2 pm to 5 pm.  If you haven’t been to this relatively new winery and restaurant campus yet, seize this chance to initiate yourself with an afternoon of food and fun.  Enjoy specialty cocktails and wine from The Farmer and the Fox, artisan cookies and hot chocolate from Butterscots, shop around for holiday gifts and don’t forget to take a picture with Santa.  Attendees are also invited to help decorate the Cairdean tractor before its debut in that evening’s Calistoga Lighted Tractor ParadeFree3111 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena 

Saturday, Dec 6Calistoga’s Holiday Village and Tractor Parade from 2 pm to 8 pm.  During the day, downtown Calistoga gets into the holiday mood including tractor cookie decorating at Bella Bakery between 2 pm and 4 pm.  That evening, starting around 7 pm, it’s time for the annual Lighted Tractor Parade down Calistoga’s charming main street. FreeLincoln Avenue, Calistoga

Saturday, Dec 6Annual Tree Lighting at Robert Mondavi Winery from 3 pm to 5 pm.  The winery’s 4th annual Celebration includes carolers, horse and buggy rides through the To Kalon vineyard, and of course the tree lighting celebration.  Along the way you can also celebrate the season with wine, hot apple cider, Italian cookies and cheese and charcuterie appetizers.  $25 per person, but admission is Complimentary if you are a Wine Club Member, under 12 years old, or you bring a food donation for the Napa Valley Food Bank.  7801 St. Helena Highway, Napa

Saturday, Dec 6Napa B&B Holiday Tour & Taste Event from 3 pm to 7 pm.  If you’ve driven by those beautiful B&Bs in downtown Napa (1801 First, Arbor Guest House, Beazley House, Churchill Manor, Inn on Randolph, La Belle Epoque, McClelland-Priest, Napa Inn) and always wondered what they looked like inside, here’s your chance to find out.  On the Holiday Tour, each Historic Inn is decked out with festive lights and entertainment, and a single Tour Ticket provides you access to all of the Inns as well as the food and wine pairings available inside.  Ticket proceeds will benefit local charities such as Clinic Ole, Community Resources for Children, Napa Emergency Women’s Shelter, Napa Food Bank, and ParentsCAN.

Churchill Manor

Churchill Manor (photo courtesy of Jumping Rocks)

Participating wineries in the 2014 Napa B&B Holiday Tour & Taste Event include Ackerman Family Vineyards, Ahnfeldt Wines, Chase Cellars, Eagle Eye Vineyards, Jessup Cellars, Mumm Napa, St. Clair Brown Winery and Y Rousseau. Small plates and nibbles will be offered by the various Inn Chefs as well as restaurants such as C CASA, Hurley’s Restaurant, Napa Valley Bistro, Ristorante Allegria and Tarla Mediterranean Grill. You can also expect to find sweet treats from Anette’s Chocolates, Annie the Baker, Butter Cream Bakery and La Forêt. This is a self-guided tour and during the afternoon you can either walk or take the shuttle between the groups of inns.  $75 per personVarious addresses in Napa  

Saturday, Dec 6Christmas Concert at Pacific Union College at 4 pm.   Let heaven and nature sing with a concert of sacred Christmas music from the performing ensembles at Pacific Union College, a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian college.  Free1 Angwin Avenue, Angwin 

Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies from Chef Chad Hendrickson at Hess Collection

Saturday, Dec 6Holiday Open House & Toy Drive at Hess Collection from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The Visitors Center will be dressed in its beautiful finery and the Hess Collection winery will be offering a full selection of their new releases (as well as some traditional favorites) as Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson plates up holiday treats to pair with the wines.  Come enjoy music from The Butterdishes, a Raffle, and Holiday Gift Shopping (where options include an array of large format wines).  $15 per person, Advance Reservations Required, and please bring an unwrapped toy for the winery’s Toy Drive4411 Redwood Road, Napa  

Saturday, Dec 6Christmas Concert from the St. Helena Community Band from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Come listen to a holiday concert at the Yountville Community Center from a true community band with local musicians of all ages (but the band usually has fewer than ten drummers drumming).  Free6516 Washington Street, Yountville

Saturday, Dec 6 – The Art of Helping Children Annual Holiday Event at Cakebread Cellars from 7 pm to 10 pm.  Share tidings of comfort and joy as the Napa Court Appointed Specialty Advocate (CASA) program holds their 6th Annual benefit event to help abused and neglected children in Napa County.  Guests will enjoy fine wine and appetizers from Cakebread as they bid on a Silent Auction and enjoy a live performance from The Lorin Rowan Band. $75 per person8300 St. Helena Highway, Napa

From Dec 6 to Feb 8Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries Passport.  Take a break from the holiday stress and explore what makes the Calistoga AVA unique as a wine-growing region.  This annual Passport program offers a relaxed way to tour, taste wine, and meet winemakers at 14 wineries (both large and small) in and around this charming small town at the top of Napa Valley.  For one price, passholders can enjoy tastings at each of the wineries (once) at any time during the two-month promotion and while some wineries require appointments, several of them can usually accommodate same-day appointments.  Participating wineries include Bennett Lane Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Chateau Montelena, Clos Pegase, Lava Vine Winery, Madrigal Family Winery, and Tamber Bey Vineyards.

Calistoga Winter in the Wineries PassportPassport holders have access to other specials as well, including 10 lodging properties offering discounts of 10%-30% off lodging, 10%-20% off spa treatment rates, or a 3rd-night-free package (of course, some requirements apply and there are some blackout dates).  Lodging participants include Brannan Cottage Inn, Calistoga Inn, Christopher’s Inn, Mount View Hotel & Spa and The Sunburst Calistoga.  In addition, a handful of downtown merchants will honor a 10% discount on regularly priced items and there are also some restaurant discounts.  You can make a day of it on December 6th if you buy your Winter in the Wineries passport that morning at the Calistoga Welcome Center (open 9 am to 7 pm that day at 1133 Washington Street, Calistoga), grab a bite at Café Sarafonia (and get 10% off breakfast or lunch), shop downtown and taste at some wineries, swing over to Castello di Amorosa for their Holiday Wreaths for Charity event, and then come back for the town’s Lighted Tractor Parade that evening),  $50 per personCalistoga

Sunday, Dec 7Hanukkah Hootenanny at Judd’s Hill Winery from 12 pm to 2:30 pm.  Be a mensch and support Napa County’s Children’s Health Initiative when you come sip the winery’s current vintages while enjoying beef brisket sliders, an extravagant latke bar, and jelly donuts.  Listen to live entertainment and revel in the fine company and hospitality you always find at Judd’s Hill.  But move quickly because this event usually sells out.  L’chaim!  $55 per person, $25 for Wine Club members2332 Silverado Trail, Napa 

Sunday, Dec 7Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Long Meadow Ranch from 2 pm to 4 pm. All ages are invited for this second annual Gingerbread Decorating Workshop where gingerbread, decorating goodies, and refreshments will be provided.  Free738 Main Street, St. Helena 

Inglenook Winery

Inglenook Winery at the Holidays

Sunday, Dec 7Inglenook Holiday Open House from 5 pm to 7 pm.  They’re going to deck the halls at this family-friendly community event where the reception for the first hour offers wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres and holiday shopping opportunities.  Then, at 6 pm, the crowd gathers upstairs in the Inglenook Chateau for a live performance from the St. Helena Community BandFree1991 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford

Thursday, Dec 11Yountville Annual Town Tree Lighting from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Come join Mayor John Dunbar and his family (and Santa) as they light the holiday tree at Yountville’s Community Center, followed by special performances, an elves’ workshop, and food for all ages.  Free6516 Washington Street, Yountville

Saturday, Dec 13Holiday Shop Event at Flora Springs from 2 pm to 5 pm.  Do you hear what I hear?  It’s carolers in Dickens attire at this family-friendly event.  Adults will find wines, special pricing on unique holiday gifts and complimentary gift wrapping. Children can enjoy photos with Santa, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, and candy canes, cookies and hot cocoa. Free677 South St. Helena Highway, St. Helena

Saturday, Dec 13Christmas Celebration at Silverado Vineyards from 3 pm to 5 pm.  Enjoy cheerful holiday libations for all ages, light bites prepared by the winery’s in-house chefs, and Christmas tunes by the Jim Castrone Trio.  All of the financial proceeds from the party will be donated to the Yountville Elementary School.  During the party, Silverado Vineyards is also welcoming donations of toys (for Toys for Tots) and non-perishable food items (for the Napa Valley Food Bank).   RSVP preferred, $25 for Adults, $10 for Kids6121 Silverado Trail, Napa 

Gingerbread HouseSunday, Dec 14Gingerbread House Contest at the Westin Verasa Napa from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  After 12:30 pm, the general public can walk around the candidates displayed in the lobby of the Westin Verasa and vote for the best Gingerbread House.   Official judging is from 12 pm to 12:30 pm, general public viewing and voting is 12:30 pm to 2 pm, and the Awards Ceremony takes place at 2:30 pm.  The Westin Verasa Napa and La Toque will award a Grand Prize winner and Runner Up for each of three categories (Professionals, Culinary Students, Amateurs), and a Prize will also be given for the People’s Choice Award.

If you’d like to enter yourself the rules are here (applications due by Dec 7 at 5 pm, entries due by Dec 14 at noon). After the contest, the Houses will be available for viewing in the lobby of the Westin through Sunday, December 28.  Proceeds from entry fees, raffle tickets, and donations will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa ValleyGeneral public viewing and judging is Free1314 McKinstry Street, Napa  

Sunday, Dec 14Saintsbury Vineyards Holiday Open House from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Celebrate the holidays by tasting wine in Los Carneros and enjoying holiday treats from Pastry Chef Kim Gaulitz.  You can examine the custom wrapped gift sets while you sip and if you need to mail your purchase, shipping is only $1 throughout the US.  Free. If you Google up an address of 1500 Los Carneros Avenue, please realize that’s just their mailing address and the entrance to Saintsbury is actually located on Withers Road between Los Carneros Avenue and Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa.

Atlas Peak Holiday Party 2014Sunday, Dec 14Atlas Peak Holiday Party at 6 pm.  Whether you’ve been Naughty or Nice, it’s time to indulge in wine, food and fun in style at the Atlas Peak Holiday Party held at the Napa Valley Country Club (black tie optional).  From 6 pm to 7 pm, enjoy pours from some of the best Atlas Peak AVA member wineries including Alpha Omega, Antica Napa Valley, Black Stallion Winery, Lobo Wines, VinRoc Wine Caves and Trinchero Napa Valley.

The dinner menu (from Executive Chef Fred Halpert) includes

  • Hors d’Oeuvres: Buckwheat Blini Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche, Mushroom and Tomato Bruschettas
  • Appetizer: Wild Mushroom in Puff Pastry with Reduced Madeira Sauce
  • Main: Poached Loch Duart Scottish Salmon with Vegetables Julienne and a Soy Butter, or Grilled Certified Angus Steak with Heirloom Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables, or Wild Mushroom Ravioli
  • Dessert: Cranberry Tartlet with Lemon Cream Custard.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own wines from home to enjoy (and share) during the meal, or you can purchase bottles that evening from the Napa Valley Country Club if that is easier.  You can even bring multiple bottles, as there is no corkage fee during the Atlas Peak Holiday Party.  The evening’s festivities also include a Silent Auction and a Raffle.  Tickets are $75 per person, or $150 per couple.   3385 Hagen Road, Napa

Once again, please let us know if you think we’ve missed a 2014 holiday event in the Napa Valley that should be on the list.


Good tidings to you, to you and your kin,

Two Guys From Napa



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