Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

by Karen on October 15, 2009

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With the first significant storm of the Fall behind us we can start to look forward to the upcoming weekend, which promises to be bright and mild.

Here are a few Napa Valley events to check out…

Saturday, October 17th

  • From 10am – 4pm the first-ever Carneros Harvest Passport Experience will take place in, you guessed it, Carneros. For $49 per person in advance ($59 per person at the door) you’ll be able to visit and taste wines from more than 15 Carneros Wine Alliance wineries (such as Ceja Vineyards and Cuvaison), including several that will be pouring publicly for the first time. Call 707-253-2678 for more information
  • From 2pm – 8pm at Connolly Ranch the ‘Hoedown Showdown Chili Cook-Off and Auction‘ will take place benefiting Browns Valley school. For $25 per person (includes entry, chili tasting and two drinks), you’ll be treated to a chili cook-off, live music, live and silent auction, BBQ, dancing and a mechanical bull. Hit-up @napachilichick on Twitter or call 707-226-1866 for tickets and more information
  • The St. Helena Hometown Harvest Festival will take place to celebrate the end of the harvest season. The festival starts with the very unique pet parade through downtown and also includes food and craft booths, wine pouring stations, live music, wine auction and more. Call 707-963-5706 for all the details

Sunday, October 18th

  • From 4pm – 7pm O’Brien Estate (1200 Orchard Ave. in Napa) will host a mixer featuring wines from Oak Knoll District producers, including O’Brien Estate, Bourassa, Boyd, Matthiasson, and Muir’s Legacy. For $35 per person at the door (space permitting) you’ll have Segways to try and art and Sonoma cheeses to enjoy. For more information, email info[at] or try 707-254-5152

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, O'Brien Estate, Oak Knoll District, Carneros Harvest Passport]

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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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