WineCountry Staff: June 2011 Archives

Red, White, & Bubbles at AVIA Napa

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Join Chef Aken for his Tasty and Popular Second Sunday Supper Club Plus Small Plates of Soft Shell Crab, Champagne Sparklers
and Live Music on the Terrace


terrace.lounging.jpgAVIA Napa, a AAA Four Diamond hideaway in the heart of Downtown Napa, salutes the month of July with the flavors of summer. Chef Chris Aken, who will be available to chat every Thursday at the Napa Downtown Chefs' Market from 5-9pm, gets things cooking at his popular Second Sunday Supper Club on July 10 from 5:30-7:30pm featuring a four-course dinner of Americana Cowboy Cuisine paired with wines by Bounty Hunter Rare Wine + Provisions. The cost is $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and features an evening of cooking demonstrations and communal grazing.   

Foodies can also stop in anytime in July to enjoy Chef Aken's small plates of seasonal Soft Shell Crab served with corn, roasted tomatoes and citrus beurre blanc paired with a Champagne Sparkler. AVIA A-Listers, an elite group who receive exclusive perks and discounts, can enjoy a complimentary Champagne Sparkler during July when they order the Soft Shell Crab.  To become an AVIA A-Lister, visit www.aviahotels.com.  

Robert Mondavi Summer Music Festival 2011

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mondaviSummerConcert.jpgNobody kicks off July 4th weekend better than Robert Mondavi Winery, one of Napa Valley's legendary wineries, with the start of their annual summer music concert series in the month of July. "This year's lineup presents artists that are excellent musicians in their genre," noted Margrit Mondavi(late wife of Robert Mondavi), who founded the concert series in 1969. "Robert's belief that we could make wines that stand in the company of the world's finest, leads us to select artists who stand in the company of the world's greatest. We are so excited to start with Gavin this year." 

To heat things up first will be Gavin DeGraw on July 2nd as he celebrates the American Dream with heartfelt lyrics and soulful, blues-tinged vocals. In the weeks to follow:

July 9th - Fume Blanc Concert with Colbie Caillat
Colbie is a Grammy nominated rising star armed with dusky vocals and a acoustic guitar

July 16th - Festival del Sole Presents David Foster and Friends
Foster is a noted singer, songwriter, and composer from Canada, and his friends include the Canadian Tenors, Charice, Babyface and Ruben Studdard.

July 23rd - Chris Issak
Since his debut in 1985, Chris Isaak has been captivating audiences with his signature rock 'n' roll music.

July 30th - Winemaker of the Year Concert k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang

A four-time Grammy Award winner, k.d. lang will enchant you with her touching and engaging songs.

Need more of a reason to attend one of the hottest summer concerts in Napa Valley? In the 42 years since the Summer Music Festival's inception, Robert Mondavi Winery has donated more than $2 million from the proceeds to support the Napa Valley Symphony, the Napa Valley Unified School District and the Napa Valley Opera House.

Start planning your trip to Wine Country and get a jump on buying tickets in advance. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held at the Robert Mondavi Winery on Highway 29 in Oakville, Napa Valley. Ticket prices vary by performance. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit www.robertmondaviwinery.com or call 1-888-766-6328.


Indulge at Kenwood Inn & Spa

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kenwoodSpa_pic1.jpgNeatly tucked away in Sonoma's Valley of the Moon, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is an intimate retreat hailed by wine country aficionados as the ultimate getaway.

Kenwood is a must-visit destination for local, regional and worldwide visitors, who are unvaryingly impressed by the Kenwood Inn's attentive, yet relaxed, friendly service, top-notch culinary offerings, perceptive wine list highlighting the region's best boutique wineries and winemakers.

Lavishly appointed rooms, lush, verdant grounds and a destination-worthy Spa await guests, who easily settle into Kenwood's peaceful, serene and romantic ambiance.

The Spa at Kenwood is a perennial favorite for day and touring spa-goers who desire indulgence and relaxation. Offering one of the most comprehensive collections of proprietary body treatments representing the soul of wine country, The Spa at Kenwood offers a unique collection of vinotherapeutic treatments utilizing the exceptional rejuvenating and protective powers of the grape.

Dive into fun at Bardsessono Hotel

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BardessonoHotelDiveBar.jpgCalifornia might be rain-soaked at the moment, but the forecast is sun, sun, SUN! And just in time too. Bardessono Hotel, one of Napa Valley's swankiest hotels,  is kicking off the summer months with their popular, weekly Dive Bar at the hotel's rooftop pool again. It starts June 15th and ends October 19th and held each Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

The Dive Bar will be open to guests and non-guests and feature two $9 speciality drinks available at the pool in addition to the full bar located off the restaurant. Complimentary valet parking will also be included for all attendees. So, grab your bathing suit and towels and head off to happy hour, dancing and mingling with new friends!

bardessonoHotel.jpgAbout Bardessono:
The Bardessono opened in February 2009 with 62 guest rooms, restaurant and spa in Yountville, California, the heart of the Napa Valley. We pledge to care for an uncommon set of priorities: for the environment, for each other, for our guests, for the property and for the community nearby. Together, these priorities represent a vision for unprecedented and attentive service. http://www.bardessono.com



See other articles about Bardessono:
The New Mecca for Wine Country Luxury
Summer Lunching in Yountville

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