How does the old adage go? April showers, bring May flowers! We might get a little rain in the Napa Valley, but that’s just to help the beautiful mustard grow and make the tasting rooms that much cozier! April also brings in a whole new slew of great, must attend events. Beau Wine Tours is here to whisk you away to any and all of these events in comfort and style. Let’s see what April has in store in the Napa Valley for food, wine and art lovers!
April 1st-30th, 2016: Arts In April
Come experience the Napa Valley’s most creative month. Arts in April is your chance to take part in a celebration of community and culture that showcases the authentic spirit of the Napa Valley. With over 75 events throughout the month, local artists feature art installations, pop-up exhibitions, live performances, tours, discussions and exclusive tastings in America’s premier wine region. With four weeks of special events, you’ll see just how many beautiful and thought-provoking things are cultivated here in the legendary Napa Valley.
Arts in April officially kicks off on April 4th, with the opening of Napa Valley Collects at a reception at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, and closes with the Engage Art Fair April 30th, 2016 and May 1st, 2016 at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga. Additional Napa Valley Arts in April 2016 highlights include:
April 1st-30th: Art and Gallery Tour at Robert Mondavi Winery
Robert Mondavi Winery will offer a complimentary tour of the winery’s permanent collection of sculptures by Beniamino Bufano and others. The tour will also include the rotating exhibition “Generate: One Family’s Painting, Photography and Music” in the winery’s famous Vineyard Room. This exhibition features the work of artists Dona Kopol Bonick, John Bonick, and Dylan Bonick. A wine tasting is included. The tour is limited to 15 guests each day; advance reservations are required.
April 1st: Jessup Cellars – Buskloose: Taking it to the Streets
Jessup Cellars welcomes back producer, music journalist, and author Heather Jacks for a month-long exhibit of photography for her upcoming multi-media book “Buskloose.” Shot by photographers Mike Gibbons & Benjamin Benoit, the book showcases a historical review of busking in the Bay Area. Her current book “The Noise Beneath the Apple” won 2013’s Book of the Year–Performing Arts & Music.
April 3rd: The Beringer Rhine House: The Art of Stained Glass
Visit Beringer Vineyards for an all-access tour of the exquisite Rhine House stained glass. Listed with the National Register of Historic Places, the Rhine House is a 17-room mansion built by Frederick Beringer as a replica of the family home of his youth, located on the Rhine River in Germany. The Rhine House is a Napa Valley historical treasure and landmark. This is rare opportunity to experience the full splendor of the historic mansion. Typically the upstairs stained glass windows are only visible to VIP guests, but during this special tour, guests will see all 41 of the historic stained glass windows. A seated tasting of Beringer fine wines is available at the conclusion of the tour for an additional fee.
23rd Annual Taste of Yountville
April 2nd, 2016
Taste of Yountville along the town’s main thoroughfare runs from noon to 5 p.m. and includes world-class food, acclaimed local wine, crafts and goods offered by local boutiques, and a wide variety of music and entertainment. Virtually all of Yountville’s renowned wineries, restaurants and shops participate in the event. Chef demos, garden tours, and a variety of live music and entertainment are offered at locations throughout the town.
Yountville Passport holders are invited to participate in a drawing for prizes provided by local restaurants, wineries, and retail shops. Available for $10 from the Chamber of Commerce, Passports stamped at five stops along the route may be entered in the late afternoon drawing. A Premium Tasting Passbook affords guests an array of unique tasting experiences at all participating restaurants and wine tasting rooms throughout Yountville. For $85 per person, guests can gain access to the Grand Tasting Pavilion,
Taste of Yountville is part of Yountville Live! – a four-day music, food and wine event. Check out the full list of activities!
7th Annual HALL Wines Cabernet Cook-off
April 23, 2016
Last year, more than 700 food and wine enthusiasts headed to HALL St. Helena < http://www.hallwines.com/> to taste, sip, and crown four champions at the 7th Annual HALL Cabernet Cook-off. Last year’s event raised more than $60k in ticket sales and sponsor contributions, plus a generous donation from the HALL Napa Valley Community Fund to all participating charities.
Up to 20 Chef teams will be tasked in creating a dish to pair with 2013 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and compete for a local charity of their choice. The slate of judges for 2016 includes: Celebrity Chef, Duff Goodman, TV Personality, Leslie Sbrocco, Wine Enthusiast Magazine Wine Critic, Virginie Boone, San Francisco Magazine Wine Country Editor, Ian White and Chef Ken Frank, La Toque
Can’t make the cook-off? HALL Wines is a can’t miss in the Napa Valley and both the art and grounds are world-class. The “Jack’s Masterpiece” Cabernet is classic Napa. The sleek, stylish, and modern tasting room is stunning, with floor-to-ceiling windows to capitalize on those vineyard views. You can stroll the property and lush gardens on their signature tour. Learn about their modern architecture juxtaposed with historic old world charm and their eclectic, contemporary art collection.
Beau Wine Tours loves showing guests our Napa Valley. One of the best ways to experience this valley is at one of these amazing events. We have many transportation options from luxurious town cars for two to large limousines and buses for groups. Let’s plan something together!