Napa Valley Grille quietly exits Napa Valley, Calistoga gets AVA status

by TrevR on December 18, 2009

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It has been another busy and eventful week and to wrap it up, we’ve got a couple news items we’ve been meaning to share with you…

Here today, gone tomorrow: The Washington Square space previously occupied by Napa Valley Grille in Yountville sits vacant

Here today, gone tomorrow: The Washington Square space previously occupied by Napa Valley Grille in Yountville sits vacant

Napa Valley Grille Closes Yountville Location
With new competitors popping up seemingly by the day in the town of Yountville, Napa Valley Grille has shuttered its one and only location in the Napa Valley. With little notice and little by way of explanation, some speculate the closure was due to leasing issues.

Either way, it will be interesting to see what happens next–can Napa Valley Grille really not have a Napa Valley location? Also, what’s to come of the space–certainly with Hotel Luca recently opening and Laura Cunningham’s Vita on the way, the Napa Valley Grille space is prime restaurant real estate for someone…

Calistoga Gets AVA Status
Earlier this month the federal government approved Napa Valley’s newest (and 15th overall) American Viticultural Area (AVA): Calistoga. This news came after years of back and forth and now means that any winery looking to put “Calistoga” on its label must use at least 85% Calistoga-grown grapes.

For those following along, there was quite the bruh-ha-ha over this ruling, particularly form Calistoga Cellars and Calistoga Estate Vineyards who produce wine largely from non-Calistoga grown grapes. Check out Jancis Robinson’s solid recap for more.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine winery, Napa Valley Grille, Calistoga, Calistoga AVA]

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