Archive for December, 2010

Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

wineriesInWinterCalistoga.jpgCALISTOGA, CA – The town’s tagline is “Hot Springs, Cool Wines, and Warm Welcome”. Warm welcome is exactly what Calistoga is doing this winter when it invites travelers now through February 6, 2011 to enjoy wine tasting, tours, and even the opportunity to meet a winemaker when you visit with your passport!

Passports are only $50 and offer an extreme value to anyone visiting Napa Valley. You can use the passport as many times as you would like throughout the passport season and in addition to wine tasting, it includes discounts at several Calistoga’s restaurants, hotels, and B&Bs. Restaurants are waiving all corkage fees and lodging partners are offering special room rates for all passport holders.

Sixteen wineries are participating:

Bennett Lane Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Chateau Montelena, Envy
Winery, Jericho Canyon, Kenefick Ranch Wines, Lava Vine Winery,
Madrigal, Rios Tasting Room, Summers Winery, Tudal Winery, Twomey
Cellars, Vermeil Wines/OnThEdge Winery, Von Strasser, W.H. Smith Wines,
and Zahtila Vineyards.

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Dine, Shop & Donate In Downtown Napa This December

Monday, December 6th, 2010

A winter day in Napa Valley

By Deirdre Bourdet

Downtown Napa continues to amaze and delight me with its community spirit.  From the pedicab operator who peddles drunken downtown revelers home just for tips, to the outpouring of support for wine country food trucks on First Fridays, Napans are linking arms and supporting their own.

Napa’s downtown businesses have united to support local charities for the holidays, and are inviting locals and visitors alike to join them.  Every Thursday evening this month, downtown shops will be enticing shoppers with fun promotions, and donating a portion of their sales from the night to a local non-profit organization of their choice.

This week (December 9th), SALA Salon hosts an art show by local photographer Bob McClenahan, whose gorgeous pictures of Napa’s vineyards, grapes, and revelry are presently adorning the salon.  SALA stands by the principle that personal beauty need not be at the expense of natural beauty, and will be donating a portion of their environmentally friendly product and service sales from the night to New Tech High School.

Art show attendees will enjoy complimentary wines from Flora Springs and Mer Soleil, complimentary hand massages from SALA’s professional staff, and delectable cookies by Annie the Baker while they check out Bob’s photography and SALA’s extensive menu of spa and salon services.  Thanks to a special visit from local food truck Mark’s the Spot, you won’t have to leave to score more substantial sustenance—delectable sliders (try the buttermilk fried chicken, or the bacon-basil-brie with red onion jam, or the classic hot dogs and burgers), seasonal salads, and French toast on a stick are but a few steps away.  Be sure to thank SALA for hosting this special night with a purchase of some Aveda products, a beauty treatment, or maybe even some highlights.  1315 First Street, 707.252.0202.

So far this month, the Dine, Shop & Donate program has benefitted the Napa Valley Education Foundation, COPE Family Center, Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center, the Napa Hospice, and many others thanks to participating merchants like SALA Salon, Quent Cordair Fine Art, Ceja Vineyards Tasting Room, Vintage Sweet Shop, Mustard Seed, Napa Valley Traditions, Eye Works, Carpe Diem Wine Bar, and a gratifyingly long list of other generous local businesses.

Check downtown merchants’ window displays to see which non-profit will benefit on any given Thursday, and join the season of giving.  With Dine Shop & Donate, even a gift to yourself is a gift to others!  But this time, it’s really not all in your head.

Holiday Escape Packages in Napa Valley

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Silerado Resort in Napa, CA

There are some fabulous lodging specials in Napa Valley for the winter season. Bundle up,  pack the suitcases, and escape to wine country for a couple of days! See some of the specials currently available to book now:

Silverado Resort & Spa wants you to recharge and reconnect while relaxing among their lush, green surroundings. With discounts  up to 50% off per night on their best available rate, we might just take them up on this Winter Escape deal. Room rates include breakfast for two adults and children under 12.  CLICK HERE

Petit Logis in Yuontville offers all the charm of a country inn and boasts a great location – in the culinary heart of Yountville. On select days in December they are offering rooms at only $125/night. Don’t let this steal pass you by. CLICK HERE

If you missed Vino Bello Resort’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, not to worry.  Now through February 2011, reserve a spacious condo-style suite appointed with Tuscan decor surrounded by picturesque vineyards and receive 25% off. Midweek rates as low as $119 per night! CLICK HERE


WinterScape Celebration in Yountville

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

WinterScape Celebration

The town of Yountville is full of holiday surprises. This year the town launches their first month-long winter wonderland featuring a host of activities, attractions, and special hotel deals. Bring the whole family, make a romantic couple’s escape, or just getaway with friends. See what’s on the town’s Holiday Hot List this winter season:

Vintage Winter Pavilion – Spin into the season skating under the stars in a clear-top tent infused with holiday music, festive trees and elaborate décor at V Marketplace.   This new attraction is certain to spark holiday cheer with a lively sidekick of food and drink venues.  After 6 p.m., the Hot Toddy & Holiday Cocktail menu debuts. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily, December 11 – January 2nd.  $12/adults; $8/children 8 & under. Yountville Chamber/707.944.8008.

Carriage Rides – Saddle up this season with a team of stout Percheron and Shire horses leading a holiday-decorated carriage through Yountville’s main artery – Washington Street – on weekends throughout December.  (Nov. 27; Dec 4, 11, 18, 31). Complimentary.

North Pole “Drink & Clink” - Weekends around the rink will include select Yountville AVA wine tasting (Fri./Sat.) showcasing the area’s top producers and a Santa sommelier to keep the cheer flowing.  A seasonal grazing menu will showcase heady roasted chestnuts, dim sum and pulled pork sliders – a perfect complement to the region’s cabernets.

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