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What's New in the Napa Valley

Fall/Winter 2019

Discover what's new in the Napa Valley, including new and upcoming experiences, shops, wine tasting opportunities, restaurants and dining, wellness options and lodging.

 

New Things to See and Do


Napa

Napa Lighted Art Festival returns Jan. 11-19, 2020. Free to the public, this nine-day festival features iconic architecture becoming the painting in this unique lighted art walk. Original artwork, created by local and international artists, will be installed at approximately 16 locations in Downtown Napa, the Oxbow District and within the City of Napa. Artwork displayed at this year’s Napa Lighted Art Festival will include light art, video art, 3D video mapping projections, lighted sculptures and projects that use technology or interactivity. The festival program will include Artist Experiences, a series of gatherings to meet the artists; Culinary Experiences, available at the CIA at Copia; and six different historical tours of the seven historic buildings featured in the festival.

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Acumen Tasting Room unveils its “First Flight” art exhibit featuring award-winning global artist Chris Cammarata. Guests are invited to taste through a selection of Acumen wines paired with artisan cheeses. The art show, which will run through November 2019, is complimentary, and the wine and cheese tasting is $35.

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Rutherford & Calistoga

Auberge Resorts, which include Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch, and Solagehave partnered with Food & Wine Magazine to create an epicurean event Nov. 14-16, 2019 featuring California chefs and vintners. Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” three-day event includes nightly winemaker dinners, exclusive winery access, a curated lunch and an interactive cooking demonstration taught by Food & Wine’s Best New Chef alumni. Events will be held at Calistoga Ranch, Solage, Ovid Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Solage, and Louis M. Martini winery.

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Perry Lang's in Yountville, Napa Valley
Perry Lang's

New Dining Experiences


Napa

Hal Yamashita Napa has pre-opened with a limited course menu, prior to its official opening in November 2019. Located on Main Street in downtown Napa, the new Japanese restaurant features creations from Master Chef Hal, a member of Iron Chef All Stars in Japan. After traveling around the world, Chef Hal is known as a Maestro of contemporary Japanese cuisine “Shin-Washoku.” His limited pre-opening menu offers either an Akamatsu course with seven dishes or a Goyomatsu course with nine dishes. Reservations are required.

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La Cheve Bakery and Brews will open in Napa’s oldest building, the Old Adobe in late 2019. Napa native Cinthya Cisneros and her family plan to focus on Mexican-style breads, traditional pastries and breakfast bites. The café will also offer local beers, as well as the Cisneros family’s own beer creations.


Yountville

Renowned BBQ Chef and Pit Master Adam Perry Lang opened Perry Lang’s in the historic Groezinger Estate House at The Estate Yountville in mid-October 2019. Inducted in the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2013, Lang is regarded as one of the most important chefs in the U.S., having gained experience at Le Cirque and Daniel in New York before opening the heralded Adam Perry Lang in Los Angeles in 2018.

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New Lodging & Lodging Amenities


Calistoga

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley, situated in the heart of California’s famed wine region, will open in 2020. The resort represents Napa Valley’s first and only resort set within a working winery, offering 85 spacious guestrooms and suites as well as 20 residences. Resort guests will be treated to an incomparable hospitality experience centered on exceptional food, wine and spirits, plus wellness-inspired amenities, authentic service, and a distinct, approachable luxury environment akin to its locale in the charming town of Calistoga. Tucked into the base of Mount Saint Helena at the top of Napa Valley and surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards, the resort boasts design-forward accommodations, the tranquil Gran Roca Spa, two outdoor swimming pools nestled amid the vineyard, an on-site winery by award-winning winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, renowned Kids for All Seasons program, multiple meetings and events spaces, and unique dining experiences including TRUSS Restaurant and Bar, a spirited destination led by Michelin-starred chef Erik Anderson.


Brannan Cottage Inn in Calistoga opened Sam’s General Store in September 2019. Both hotel and non-hotel guests may explore the iconic property; learn about Sam Brannan and Calistoga’s fascinating story; enjoy a full-service coffee bar featuring Vittoria coffee, pastries and savory bites from Monday Bakery; and handpicked gifts and gourmet treats. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Brannan Cottage Inn is the last 1862 resort cottage still on its original site.

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St. Helena

Las Alcobas Napa Valley in St. Helena announces the addition of a new wine sensory experience, developed as a tasting menu for guests to explore the region’s finest wines. The hotel will offer weekly classes on Fridays and Saturdays. Class themes include biodynamic wines, wine blends, trends in winemaking and a Napa hillside vs. Napa Valley floor tasting.

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Wellness Options


Calistoga Ranch offers a new sensory "Cheers & Namaste" experience led by yoga, wine and wellness experts Ulrika Engman and Deanna Heon. Instructors lead guests through a series of poses, with brief breaks to enjoy sips of Napa Valley wine. This experience, which encourages guests to unwind while heightening their connection to each wine, is offered through the end of 2019.

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Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley
Cakebread Cellars

 

New Wine Tasting Experiences


Napa

Ashes & Diamonds offers a new sensory A&D Wines & Food experience during Cabernet Season November 2019 through April 2020, to showcase their new kitchen. This one hour, to 90-minute tasting includes a portfolio tasting of five current-release wines, paired with a five-course selection of seasonal wood-fired dishes prepared in-house by resident chefs.

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Bouchaine Vineyards’ new 5,000 square foot Visitor Center was completed in October 2019. The semi-circle design maximizes views of the vineyards and surrounding hills, the San Francisco Bay and the winery’s 2,100 square foot terrace. Cut from one tree, the tasting room bar is made from reclaimed solid cypress slabs and the Copeland Room features a massive see-through fireplace built with stone from a local Napa Valley quarry. The room provides seating for up to 80 guests, easily accommodating large groups or intimate gatherings. The winery also features a 750 square foot contemporary open-design professional kitchen.

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Perched on top of PlumpJack Winery’s hilltop, shaded under large oak trees with Oakville vineyard views, is the setting for the winery’s intimate Hilltop Tasting Experience. The new seated experience treats guests to a guided tasting through a flight of PlumpJack’s flagship wines, including a cellar preview of one coveted library wine.

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The Wine Foundry/Anarchist Wine Co. offers guest the chance to explore each step of the production process with their new two-hour Crush Camp experience. Alongside The Wine Foundry’s Stuart Ake, visitors will sort, de-stem, and crush grapes, manage fermentations, and sample wines that are two hours; two days; and two weeks old. Reservations are required.

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Downtown Napa welcomes its newest tasting room, WALT Napa Oxbow, which opened in June 2019 across from the Oxbow Public Market. WALT’s wines span California’s west coast and visitors may experience “1,000 Miles of Pinot,” a tasting of current releases from vineyards along the coast, and new experiences, including the “Root 101” where guests deconstruct dishes and delve into how each element interacts with WALT’s Pinot Noir and the Wine & Chocolate Pairing where guests taste wines from six appellations alongside Chris Kollar chocolates. WALT Napa Oxbow is open daily 11am to 6pm.

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Rutherford

Beaulieu Vineyards announces its new 80th Anniversary Georges de Latour Experience that thoughtfully unfolds the story of Napa Valley trailblazer Georges de Latour and his namesake wine from historical, present-day and future viewpoints. Guests will explore a retrospective of rare library vintages of their flagship wine, along with current releases and a future selection aging in barrel. Guests will also receive a complimentary custom Georges de Latour 80th Anniversary Riedel glass. Reservations are recommended.

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Cakebread Cellars' new visitor center opens on Oct. 23, 2019. The visitor center, which has been under construction for more than two years, will feature a new courtyard and nine private tasting rooms. Guests may enjoy an in-depth educational tasting, complete with vineyard and winery tours or a wine and food pairing experience which includes a stroll through the culinary garden.

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St. Helena

Clif Family offers a new seasonal wine and food tasting experience to highlight the fall and winter fruits and vegetables grown in their organic Napa Valley farm. Guests will enjoy seasonally inspired small bites paired with Clif Family’s fall wine releases. The pairings also feature local cheeses and small-batch food products from local producers. Guests are invited to enjoy the Seasonal Tasting Experience followed by a “farm to truck” lunch from Clif Family’s Bruschetteria Food Truck, parked outside the winery Tuesday through Sunday.

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V. Sattui Winery offers an exploration of the science behind pairing food and wine with Chef Stefano Masanti and pairing expert Marc Golick, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9, 2019 from 11am to 1pm. Guests are greeted with sparkling wine and guided to the underground Barrel Cellar for a seated experience; followed by a demonstrative food preparation by the experts as they savor and sip through six creations, paired with V. Sattui’s top tier wines.

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New Shopping Experiences


St. Helena

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace opened in the former Dean & DeLuca space in St. Helena in October 2019. The New Jersey-based alcohol beverage and gourmet food retailer features more than 600 wine labels, focusing primarily on Napa Valley wines; 250 spirits and beer products; and a variety of more than 200 cheeses. The marketplace also offers specialty food items including sandwiches, charcuterie, olive oil and freshly-baked bread.

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Station Convenience Store, restaurateur Joel Gott’s newest venture, opened in St. Helena on the corner of Main and Spring streets in September 2019. The upscale “grab-and-go” convenience store, which is still in its soft opening, and only open on weekends, offers coffee and a variety of healthier food items prepared in the former Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen.

 
 

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