WineCountry Staff: December 2013 Archives

Wineries Open New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

Don't fret, there are several wineries open in Napa Valley and Sonoma for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day if you would like to go wine tasting. See our list below and be sure to check the event calendar for all the must-attend, hot parties and celebrations New Year's Eve! Enjoy all the festivities and be safe!

New Year's Eve - Wineries Open in Napa Valley and Sonoma




Black Stallion Winery

10:00am - 5:00pm


Castello di Amorosa

9:30am - 5:00pm


Cliff Lede Winery

10:00am - 4:00pm


Chateau Montelena Winery

9:30am - 12:000pm


Chateau Potelle Winery

10:00am - 5:00pm


Cuvaison Estate - Napa

10:00am - 4:00pm


Cuvaison Estate - Calistoga

11:00am - 4:00pm


Del Dotto - St. Helena

11:00am - 5:00pm


Domaine Carneros

10:00am - 4:00pm


Elizabeth Spencer Wines

10:00am - 5:00pm


Grgich Hills Estate

9:30am- 4:30pm


V. Sattui Winery

9:00am - 5:00pm








Battaglini Estate Winery

10:00am - 5:00pm


Cartograph Wines

12:00pm - 4:00pm


Chalk Hill Estate

10:00am - 4:00pm


Christopher Creek

10:00am - 6:00pm


Deloach Vineyards

10:00am - 5:00pm


Dutton Estate Winery

10:00am - 3:00pm


Francis Ford Coppola Winery

11:00am - 6:00pm


Hop Kiln Winery

10:00am - 3:00pm


Imagery Estate

10:00am - 4:00pm


La Crema

10:30am - 3:00pm


Longboard Vineyards

11:00am - 4:30pm


Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens

10:00am - 3:00pm


Korbel Champagne Cellars

10:00am - 4:30pm


Rodney Strong Vineyards

10:00am - 3:00pm


Russian Hill Winery

10:00am - 4:00pm



11:00am - 5:30pm


Stephen & Walker Winery

11:00am - 5:00pm


Ring in the New Year in Napa Valley & Sonoma

Ring in the New Year with dinners, parties, and other adult and family friendly festivities in Napa Valley and Sonoma this year. See our round up of event highlights and check out our calendar for more events!

Napa Valley New Year's Eve Event Highlights

  • calistogaChamber_NewYearsEve.jpgCelebrate! New Year's Eve Bash in Calistoga
  • Napa Valley is inviting you to enjoy their spectacular New Year's Eve Bash in Calistoga! Kick off the festivities with fine dining at your choice of participating restaurant. After dinner, the party continues at the Fairgrounds Events Center with a premium no-host bar featuring Stella Artois, Charbay cocktails, and Napa Valley wines. Delight in party favors and an over-the-top dessert bar while you dance the night away to classic party tunes performed by Double Funk Crunch. Wrap up the evening with a midnight toast with Schramsberg. So grab your friends and family and join the celebration! CLICK HERE for more details.

  • New Year's Eve Blackjack Ball on Napa Valley Wine Train
  • The annual Blackjack Ball kicks off the New Year in style aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, with sparkling wine, gourmet food and a twilight ride through Napa Valley. Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald and his culinary team shine as they prepare multi-course gourmet meals to order in the kitchen car. CLICK HERE for more details.

  • Enjoy an exquisite five-course tasting menu at ├ętoile Restaurant, delightfully paired with a selection of sparkling and still wines. Then dance the night away to  live music provided by Blue Moon Band in the Tasting Lounge. CLICK HERE for more details

Sonoma County New Year's Eve Event Highlights

  • Alchemy New Year's Eve Party at Spoonbar at H2Hotel
  • an out of this world New Year's Eve party planned at Spoonbar featuring famed San Francisco DJ J Boogie and a special 5 course celebration menu from Chef Louis Maldonado (Bravo's Top Chef Season 11 Contestant) with treats from start to finish. CLICK HERE for more details.
  • Great Bashby Club Midnight
  • Ring in the New Year in Sonoma Wine Country at the The Greaty Bashby which includes a casino, dancing, no host bar, heavy hors d' oeuvres, DJ, silent auction and midnight champagne toast. It's a party you won't want to miss! CLICK HERE for more details

**Visit the Wine Country Event Calendar for a list of all New Year's Eve parties, dinners, festivals, marked on the holiday calendar for December 31st

Napa Valley Holiday Events

Napa Valley Wine Trolley "Holiday Light Tours"

  • Select dates between 12/6 and 12/22 - Hop aboard the Holiday Wine Trolley and joyful tour through historic Downtown Napa and its Victorian neighborhoods! Each December, the vintage Cable Car takes visitors and locals on a fun ride filled with classic carols (from the 1890s-1940s), hot cocoa, candy canes and lots of holiday spirit. The tour starts at 6:30 and lasts an hour and a half.
napa-on-ice.jpgNapa on Ice
  • Daily, through January 12, 2014 - Napa County's only holiday outdoor skating rink is now open! The rink features 5,600 square feet of real ice and skaters will be able to skate in the sunshine during the day, and under the stars at night. Some special programming at the rink includes "Rock the Rink" on Friday nights, and special promotions for "Family Night" on Tuesdays.
Meadowood Napa Valley 12 Days of Christmas
  • December 6-21, 2013 - Come get in the holiday spirit at Meadowood Napa Valley, with 12 nights of multi-course meals, each coordinated with a different top-rated chef from Paris to San Francisco accompanying spectacular wines from renown vintners. Each chef will showcase their culinary talents in collaboration with Chef Christopher Kostow.

Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit

  • December 13, 2013 - A Napa Valley favorite, David Benoit's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is a great show for the whole family.  Benoit's band is always top notch, and gets the Valley in the holiday spirit. Once again, they'll be joined by the local Napa Valley Children's Chorus, under the direction of Kim Markovich.

A Christmas Carol

  • December 13-15, 2013 - Celebrate the joy of the holidays with our remarkable and rollicking adaptation of Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Scrooge has never been meaner, Marley has never been scarier and redemption has never felt better. Music, song and story collide in this theatrical ride that will delight audiences, young and old.

Annual Candlelight House Tour

  • candlelight-holiday-house-tour.jpgSaturday, December 14, 2013 - This year's tour showcases the history and eclectic architecture of Napa's "Tree Streets: West of Jefferson". The self-led tour features an intriguing variety of historic homes ranging from Victorian cottages to Craftsman bungalows built at the turn of the century. Beautifully restored and refurbished vintage cars, including some Model As, will be on display in front of each of the homes, courtesy of the Napa Chapter of the Model A Club.

Celebrate the Holidays in Tri-Valley California

During the holiday season, the Tri-Valley region takes on a whole new charm that makes it an ideal destination for holiday travel or a weekend wine holiday.

tri-valley-livermore-fall-winter-vineyards-photo.jpgThe Tri-Valley offers all sorts of alluring attractions, including 17 premier golf courses, along with 17 regional, National and State parks and is home to over 50 distinct wineries in Livermore Valley. See article. And, several shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries in surrounding areas; Pleasanton, Dublin, and Danville.

Whether you're looking for entertainment, innovative cuisine, freshly caught seafood or friendly, un-rushed tours through some of the country's finest wineries; you'll find it in California's Tri-Valley. You'll also discover a seasonal flare that permeates the countryside, creating the perfect setting for a holiday getaway unlike any other. Read the full blog . . .

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Airport Information & Maps
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