The Napa Valley is diving head first into spring and before you know it, summer will be here in full force. We can’t wait for those long summer nights full of the best Napa Valley wine and some great musical experiences. We have some suggestions of both to add to your calendar in the coming months!
The Stags Leap District’s “Vineyard to Vintner” Weekend 2016
April 29th – May 1st, 2016
Labeled “Napa’s most elegant address” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley includes an exclusive and impressive list of 19 world-class Cabernet producers. There is one opportunity each year for visitors to get intimate access to the private homes and historic wineries of this renowned district. Limited seating dinners offer an extraordinary food and wine experience, as winery owners and vintners dig deep into their cellars to share their most cherished library wines.
Saturday Back-Stage Open Houses give attendees access to all 19 Stags Leap District wineries, their winemakers and owners, as visitors wind their way up and down the Silverado Trail from one prestigious venue to the next, while discovering winery caves, enjoying special barrel tastings, exploring cellars, and enjoying food and wine pairings. The weekend ends with a Sunday Vintner-Hosted Brunch and Appellation Collection Tasting where visitors are privy to the Association’s exclusive Appellation Collection, a compilation of 19 world-class Cabernet Sauvignons released annually in the fall, as well as music and brunch at Silverado Vineyards.
BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival
May 27th – May 29th, 2016
Recently deemed one of the world’s best festivals by Fest300, BottleRock Napa Valley is a three-day cultural experience filled with world-class music and hospitality. Taking place in the heart of downtown Napa, BottleRock features over 70 acclaimed artists and bands, and food and wine from top chefs and vintners from throughout Northern California. Festival lineup includes award-winning headliner artists Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, and Florence + the Machine. In addition to the three renowned headliners, the 2016 festival will showcase: The Lumineers, Death Cab for Cutie, Lenny Kravitz, Walk the Moon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ziggy Marley, Grouplove, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gogol Bordello, Cold War Kids, Iration, MisterWives, Atlas Genius, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Buddy Guy, Andy Grammer, Houndmouth and so many more.
From general admission to platinum VIP pass experiences; Bottle Rock Napa has something for everyone. When going to a festival the last thing you want to worry about is transportation. From getting there and back safely to not even thinking about parking, we can take care of it all. We have transportation options for two to large groups. Flying in? We even have airport pick up. Give us a call, we’ll help you plan!
Napa Valley Wine Auction
June 2nd – 5th, 2016
Celebrate the spirit of the unparalleled Napa Valley wines, hospitality, vineyard and hillside scenery, and, ultimately, the generosity the guests and vintners in making the often seemingly impossible, possible. Each year brings a new magic to Auction Napa Valley.
Vintner Welcome Parties: the festivities begin with Napa Valley vintners welcoming guests into their wineries, vineyards and cellars for casual parties. On Friday, The Napa Valley Barrel Auction takes place at the iconic Robert Mondavi Winery, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. New this year is the Big Board Auction, an additional way for guests to bid on one-of-a-kind Napa Valley wines, experiences and other custom adventures.
Saturday starts with another new addition to the Auction Napa Valley experience, Vintner-Hosted Al Fresco Parties, which will include outdoor activities such as bocce and brunch, yoga in the vineyards and plein air art classes. The centerpiece of Auction Napa Valley, the Live Auction Celebration, starts Saturday afternoon with a flavorful offering of Napa Valley cuisine before guests enter the grand white tent on the lawn at Meadowood Napa Valley for the fast-paced Live Auction, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars. The weekend comes to close with a Farewell Brunch on Sunday.
Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
June 8th – June 12th,2016
Presented by Lexus is a 5-day luxury wine and jazz festival set in the heart of Napa Valley.
Previous performers at the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway have been; Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Boney James, Peter White, Mindi Abair, Spyro Gyra, Eric Darius, The Family Stone, Fred Wesley, Kenny Lattimore, Maysa, Chuck Loeb, Raul Midón, Eric Marienthal, Marqueal Jordan, DW3, Cecil Ramirez, DJ’s The World Famous Rick and Russ Show. Back for it’s fifth year, not only will you have a weekend full of jazz but you’ll try some of Napa’s most iconic wines and many hidden gems as well.
Join them for their 2016 Welcome Dinner & Jam Session at host hotel The Westin Verasa on Wednesday, June 8th. Dine under the stars in the Solera Courtyard with a delicious multi-course family style meal prepared by Michelin Star award-winning chef Ken Frank of La Toque restaurant. Start the Getaway off right with this one-of-a-kind jam session featuring Cecil Ramirez and his band plus special guests Brian Culbertson, saxophonists Vincent Ingala and Marcus Anderson, and soul singer Morgan James! This is only the beginning of the weekend with a full line up including: Michael McDonald, Fourplay, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Mint Condition, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Eric Darius, Average White Band, Stanley Jordan, Michael Lington, Althea René, Marqueal Jordan, Vincent Ingala, Morgan James, Cecil Ramirez, comedian Jammin’ Jay Lamont, DJ’s Rick & Russ w/CJ Flash, plus The Temptations featuring the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Horn Section.
Buy tickets here: http://www.jazzgetaway.com/tickets