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Sushi and wine: a Friday night in Napa

by TrevR on March 10, 2007

It wasn’t too long ago that a Friday night in downtown Napa meant nothing but closed-up shops and restaurants. However, over the past couple years things have certainly started to change.

Last night, we went to dinner at one of our favorite sushi restaurants in Napa, Sushi Mambo. After enjoying a nice selection of California rolls, San Francisco rolls and my personal favorite, the ‘Captain Crunch’, we popped across the street to check-out Stave Wine Lounge’s one-year anniversary party. We arrived around 8pm to find quite a crowd sipping wine, talking and munching on appetizers.

We only stayed long enough to taste a couple wines (the 2001 Trespass Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2003 Mahoney Vineyards, Carneros, Pinot Noir, both decent choices in our estimation) and take a couple quick photos.

The first photo (below) is of the back of the credit card you use to taste the different wines. You put the card in the slot on the wine machine and hit the button above the wine you’d like to taste and out it comes. The second shot is of the actual wine machine at Stave, as well as a glimpse of the local art that is hung throughout the lounge. Finally, a shot of the various wines currently being poured. Enjoy.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, Sushi Mambo, Trespass Cabernet, Mahoney Vineyards]

Stave Wine Lounge card

Stave inside

Inside stave

About the Author

has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • Mr Vino

    Sushi Mambo a “favorite”? You’ve not experienced much sushi before, have you? Take a trip to SF or even Sausalito for real sushi. Besides, a roll taking 3 bites is excessive.

  • Mr Vino

    Sushi Mambo a “favorite”? You’ve not experienced much sushi before, have you? Take a trip to SF or even Sausalito for real sushi. Besides, a roll taking 3 bites is excessive.

  • http://www.uncork29.com/ TrevR

    Thanks for the comment Mr. Vino.

    The spirit of the post was about how Napa has come quite a long way in terms of developing the downtown area to better draw-in tourists and locals alike. We’ve certainly had our fair share of sushi, and you’ll note we said ‘favorite sushi restaurants in Napa’. There aren’t too many to choose from in our little city!

  • http://www.uncork29.com TrevR

    Thanks for the comment Mr. Vino.

    The spirit of the post was about how Napa has come quite a long way in terms of developing the downtown area to better draw-in tourists and locals alike. We’ve certainly had our fair share of sushi, and you’ll note we said ‘favorite sushi restaurants in Napa’. There aren’t too many to choose from in our little city!

  • Mr Vino

    True, but at least Go Fish is a short drive away for good sushi!

  • Mr Vino

    True, but at least Go Fish is a short drive away for good sushi!

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