Napa: December 2010 Archives

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.  

Where to Eat Breakfast in Napa & Sonoma

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Where to enjoy the best breakfasts in Wine Country.

by Jill Silverman Hough

There's nothing like waking up in Wine Country, with the promise of a perfect day ahead. So, why not indulge in an amazing breakfast? Whether you like to ease into the day with coffee and a fresh-baked scone, or you're up for a three-course brunch, here are the spots to start your day off right.

Cantinetta Piero
The venue: A hotel restaurant, but the hotel feels like a bit of Tuscany.
The food: The two-course prix fixe breakfast starts with fresh-squeezed orange juice, coffee, a small pastry, and yogurt with fruit and house-made granola. Then, it moves to your choice of three egg dishes. Go for the side of artisan-smoked bacon, and linger over every bite.
The prices: $18 (30 percent off for locals).
The details: Breakfast Mon.-Sun. 7:30-10 a.m. 6774 Washington St., Yountville, (707) 299-5015,

The venue: Michelin star-rated hotel restaurant, with a hip yet casual vibe.
The food: The on-premise garden influences the menu, and everything is expertly prepared. Lemon ricotta pancakes are crisp around the edges but light inside, thanks to whipped egg whites. Beef for the hash is house corned. Juices aren't just fresh squeezed, they're squeezed to order. And coffee comes in a personal French press.
The prices (entrées): $11-$17.
The details: Breakfast Mon.-Sun. 7-11 a.m., brunch Sun. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, (707) 226-0800,

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Dinner Is On Us!

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napaRiverInn3.jpgActually, dinner is on Napa River Inn. They are offering a pretty sweet deal now through March 31st of next year. Every night of your stay booked with this Napa hotel results in a $100 dining credit to some of the newest and hottest restaurants in downtown Napa right now including:

  • Food Network celeb Chef Tyler Florence restaurant, Rotisserie and Wine
  • Iron Chef America Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto Napa (see review)
  • Fish Story offering sustainable fish and newest venture of Lark Creek Restaurant Group (see review)
  • Not new, but still good - Angele serving French-country cuisine
If the dining credit is not enough, your stay with Napa River Inn also includes complimentary breakfast-in-bed from Sweetie Pie's Bakery. Wondering about what the rest of your stay will be like? See more details about Napa River Inn and the special offer HERE

Our suggestion - book four nights and try out all four restaurants! Be sure to post your dining experience back here on our Food Blog.