Gott’s unveils new Summer menu items, Diageo sells off Napa operations and more

by TrevR on June 25, 2010

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There’s never a dull moment in these parts.

Here are a few noteworthy items we felt we should pass along before you all head out for the weekend.

Diageo sells off Napa operations
News broke earlier this week that UK-based drinks giant Diageo had signed a sale and leaseback agreement for some of its Napa Valley operations. Here’s how Decanter.com summed it up, “Under the terms of the deal, Diageo has sold some 2,000 acres of vineyards in Napa plus the wineries, production facilities, retail operations and visitor centres of Beaulieu Vineyards and Sterling Vineyards.” The same article goes on to note that Diageo contends that Sterling and Beaulieu remain ‘a strategic part of Diageo’s wine business’. Hmmmm.

Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet Unveils Summer Menu
Back in March we told you about Taylor’s Automatic Refresher re-naming itself to Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet. As part of our coverage, we interviewed owner Joel Gott, who told us about pending menu updates and a new garden to be planted behind the St. Helena location. Now, Gott’s has rolled out several new Summer menu items that utilize fresh ingredients from said garden. Here are details on a couple of the new items:

  • Crispy Ahi Poke Tacos: Hawaiian-style raw, marinated tuna, avocado, green cabbage, cilantro and spicy mayo tucked in crispy taco shells ($13.99 for three tacos)
  • Heirloom BLT, a Gott’s classic, is a hearty sandwich layered with Gott’s Garden heirloom tomatoes, slices of bacon, mayo, Romaine on toasted wheat bread
  • Spicy Grilled Chicken Tacos are made with chili spice rubbed chicken, jalapeño, Mexican coleslaw, lime-cilantro sour cream and avocado on warm corn tortillas ($9.99 for two tacos)

Gott’s is also using social media to promote what it calls its “B-Side” menu, which includes special items that change daily based on what ingredients are freshest. “B-Side” menu items are announced exclusively via the company’s social media channels, creating a “you gotta know to ask for it” menu for those audiences. Among the “B-Side” items that have already been enjoyed are the “Big Tasty”, which includes buttermilk fried chicken with house-made ranch, spicy aioli, melted Swiss cheese and bacon on a butter-toasted egg bun.

See the full menu.

Inn at Southbridge, Louis M. Martini Winery team up for 4th of July promo
If you happen to be looking into coming to the Napa Valley for the 4th of July Holiday, you may want to check out the following promotion being run by The Inn at Southbridge and Louis M. Martini Winery.

When you book a room at The Inn for the night of July 4th you’ll receive, among other things, two tickets to the fireworks and festivities at Louis M. Martini Winery. Room rates start at $525 per night and you can ring 800-520-6800 for more information.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Gott's Roadside Tray Gourmet, Inn at Southbridge, Louis M. Martini Winery]

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