Discover What’s New in Napa Valley
2016 was an exciting year for Napa Valley with many new additions to the scene. If you haven’t been to Napa lately, here are a few of the new things to see and do for your next itinerary.
Blue Note Napa: Offering live music seven days a week in downtown Napa, Blue Note Napa occupies the first floor of the historic Napa Valley Opera House. The renowned jazz club presents international and national artists as well as regional favorites, paired with fine wines, craft brews, tasty cuisine and classic cocktails.
Peju Province Winery: Located in Rutherford, Peju launched its newest wine tasting experience called Alan’s Cabernet Cabaret. It features beloved Peju wine ambassador Alan Arnopole for wine tasting with an added musical touch.
Domaine Carneros and Tsar Nicoulai Caviar: Welcome to the “Ultimate Chips & Dip” flight tasting experience. The tasting includes three 1/2-ounce portions of Tsar Nicoulai Caviar’s finest caviars—Estate, Reserve and the rarest, Crown Jewel—with three Domaine Carneros sparkling wines.
Round Pond Estate: Located in Rutherford, the estate launched its “Hands on Harvest Gravel Series Edition.” Guests work alongside the winemaking team in the vineyard, crush pad and barrel cellar on various activities. The experience also includes a tour, barrel tasting and intimate wine tasting paired with appetizers.
JaM Cellars: Located in downtown Napa, JaM offers wine flights, by-the-glass and by-the-bottle tastings of its Butter Chardonnay, JaM Cabernet and Toast Sparkling. Also featured are a number of guest wines and special releases.
Napa Valley Distillery and Grand Tasting Salon: Guests get a backstage pass into the art of craft spirits production an educational distillery tour. End the tour by tasting through a flight of handcrafted spirits.
CRU @ The Annex: Head to the Oxbow Public Market to taste CRU and other wines from Vineyard 29. The tasting space resembles a living room, complete with cozy couches coupled with an outdoor patio.
Fieldwork Brewing Company: Also located in Oxbow Public Market, visitors to the Oxbow Taproom of Fieldwork can expect an ever-changing tap list, sampler flights, beer by the glass and fresh beer filled in growlers and Crowler cans.
Stone Brewing: Not set to open until 2017, this famed San Diego brewery will be opening a Napa tap room in the historic Borreo Building. The space will include a 10-barrel brewing system, a dining experience and more.
To learn more about the area, speak with the knowledgeable concierge staff at The Meritage Resort and Spa. You can also stop by the Napa Valley Welcome Center located at 600 Main St. along the riverfront in downtown Napa. There, visitors can speak with Napa Valley Ambassadors, who offer complimentary Napa Valley Guidebooks, maps, brochures and winery tasting passes.