Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

by Karen on November 29, 2007

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Believe it or not this weekend marks the beginning of December (yep, that’s right, December!). Here are a few things happening in the Napa Valley that may be worth checking out.

Saturday, December 1

  • The Napa Bed and Breakfast Inns will host its annual Holiday Bed and Breakfast tour and taste event from 2pm – 7pm in Napa. Inn tours will feature holiday decorations and festive entertainment, as well as food and wine pairings from several of Napa’s premiere chefs and winemakers. Cost is $45/person–call 707-257-1444 or 707-257-0112 for more information
  • Cliff Lede Vineyards will be releasing its 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, which is made up of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. The wine retails for about $50 and there were roughly 5,800 cases produced. The new release is reason to celebrate. For $25/person ($10/person for wine club members), you can sip the new release while relaxing on the winery’s sun-drenched porch area, strolling through the landscaped grounds to admire contemporary sculptures from owner Cliff Lede’s personal collection, or checking out the rotating exhibits at The Gallery. The new release celebration will run from 12pm – 4pm at 1473 Yountville Cross Road in Yountville. Call 707-944-8642 for more information
  • Raymond Vineyards is hosting a Holiday Open House and warehouse sale between 10am – 4pm. Visitors will be able to sample specially chosen wines as well as a selection of artisanal cheeses from cheese monger John Raymond. The festive mood will be enhanced by Dickens Carolers. There is no charge for the open house, which will take place at 849 Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena. Call 800-525-2659 for further details
  • Well-known for being a bit quirky at times, the city of Calistoga will host the Napa Valley Tractor Parade of Lights in downtown Calistoga just after dark. The parade is a salute to the town’s agricultural heritage and features a wide range of small to gigantic equipment lighted and decorated bearing every thing from kids to Santa. There is no charge to watch the parade, which is expected to start around 6pm on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Calistoga. Call: 707-942-6333 for more information


[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, wine country, napa weekend, Calistoga, Yountville, Raymond Vineyards, Cliff Lede Vineyards, 2005 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon]

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has written 195 posts on The Cork Board. She's lived in the heart of the Napa Valley for nearly a decade and is a foodie with a love of photography. Follow her on Twitter @KRJ99 and visit her website.

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