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New Year's Eve Parties in Napa Valley!

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Rock the night away and into the New Year!  Parties are happening all around Napa Valley. Grab some friends and join the festivities. Below are just a few of the parties that caught our eye, but check out the full events calendar HERE!

December 31 -- Carnival - New Year's Eve Celebration at Domaine Chandon

Holiday, Celebration: Ring in the New Year at Chandon. Tickets to the etoile Restaurant for a five-course tasting menu paired with Chandon wines is already SOLD OUT. But there are still tickets available for the afterparty featuring a live band, DJ and dancing in the lounge and a complimentary toast at midnight! Tickets are selling out fast! Buy Tickets Online.
Location: One California Drive, Yountville CA
Fee: $75; Time: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Number: (707) 944.8844

nvWineTrainNYEParty.jpgDecember 31 -- Napa Valley Wine Train - New Years Eve Masquerade Party
Celebration: Let's send this century's first decade into the memory bin in style with softly lit vineyards, mysterious masked faces and spirited celebration at our Venetian-style masquerade. Mask yourself when you arrive, and reveal the new you with the New Year. Experience the now, put the past away, dine and dance. Reserve Online.
Location: 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa CA 94559
Fee: Dinner & Party $225-$255/Party only $55; Time: 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Number: (800) 427.4124

December 31 -- Candlelight Dinner at the Calistoga Inn

Holiday, Dining: The Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery will be open New Year's Eve and serving dinner by candlelight! The PUB will also be open for late-night fun & dancing during the holidays.
Location: 1250 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA
Fee: Varies; Time: normal restaurant hours, but dancing in the Pub from 10pm to 1am.
Number: (707) 942.4101

The Riddling Rack Is A No Brainer

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riddlingrack.jpgBy Deirdre Bourdet

Cold wet weather makes me want to hole up at home with a bottle of red wine and some truffle mashed potatoes.  Home is easy, it's warm, it's reasonably attractive, and it almost always has some really good wine on hand.  But when I dragged myself out on a random weeknight for pre-dinner drinks at the AVIA Hotel's Riddling Rack, I discovered another comforting nook in town with these same attributes--one that's also way cooler looking, and has vintage Dom Perignon by the glass.