With sunny days and temperate evenings, Napa Valley in August is perfect for the many late afternoon and evening events that take place during the last full month of summer. From luaus and harvest parties to open mic nights, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are our top picks for the month:
August 1, 2015
Lobster Luau Wine Fest at Judds Hills Winery
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Wine Club members pay $95 per person, non-members pay $135 per person; reservations required
Kick off August the right way by combining Judds Hill wine with a variety of lobster and seafood dishes. This event is quick to sell out, and guests love the delicious seafood and wine pairing. Coming without a luau appropriate shirt? Purveyor of vintage aloha-wear, Retro Diva, will be on-site with a selection of shirts, dresses, and muumuus for purchase.
August 6, 2015
Thursday Night Live (TNL) at Priest Ranch Winery
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
The Priest Ranch winery hosts veteran musician Charles Wheal at their popular “Thursday Night Live” event, hosted on the winery’s patio and terrace. In addition to live blues, enjoy Priest Ranch wines paired with food from Cross Road Chicken. Can’t make this one? Don’t forget to checkout all their planned Thursday Night Live performances on their event page
August 6, 13, and 20, 2015
Live Music Open Mic Thursdays at Uncorked
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; free admission
Listen to local musicians, or perform on stage yourself, all while enjoying wine and small bites offered by Uncorked at Oxbow.
August 7, 2015
Wine & Movie Night at Cosentino Winery
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; $24 for adults, $19 for children
Enjoy a showing of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
under the stars, with popcorn and other snacks, and of course sips Cosentino wine available throughout the evening. Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs and cushions!
August 8, 2015
Red Hot August Nights Harvest Party at Inglenook Winery
7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $160 for the public, $120 for Heritage Society Members
The Annual Harvest Party is one of the most unique events in Napa Valley. In addition to the pairing of select Inglenook wines with an extensive dinner (which includes a roasted pig), there are a number of fun outdoor activities, including lawn games and a scavenger hunt.
Crush MS Summer Celebration at Reid Family Vineyards
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; $75 online, $95 at the door; reservation recommended
Enjoy delicious wines from Reid Family Vineyards while supporting Multiple Sclerosis research at this afternoon event, all paired with food and music.
August 15, 2015
Sunset & Vines at Pine Ridge Vineyards
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; $175 for club members, $205 for non-members; reservations required
If you’re looking for an elegant evening, the sunset dinner hosted by Pine Ridge Vineyards combines outstanding views of the Stags Leap District Palisades with equally outstanding food and wine pairings.
Zinfandel Dinner at Black Stallion Estate Winery
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; $70 for members, $85 for non-members
This is one of Black Stallion Winery’s most popular events, and gives attendees the opportunity to try their Zinfandel wines with an elegant dinner provided by the winery.
5th Annual Mexican-American Harvest Festival at Mi Sueno Winery
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; $75 to $100 for tickets purchased in advance, $125 at the door
In addition to food and wine pairings provided by 15 different Mexican-American vintners, attendees to this event can enjoy live mariachi music and a silent auction which includes a number of rare wines. Proceeds of this event go to benefit the Mexican-American Vintners Association scholarship fund.
August 16, 2015
The Marriage of Food & Wine with John Ash at The Culinary Institute of America
– St. Helena
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.; $95 per person; registration required
The Culinary Institute of America is offering a class to anyone in learning why certain pairs of food and wine work together, and how to do it yourself. In just a few hours you can learn which wines to order at a restaurant, or when cooking at home. This is a monthly course, so if you miss it this time be sure to revisit in September!
August 20, 2015
Thursday Night Live (TNL) at Priest Ranch Winery
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This is the second TNL of August, this time featuring the rock band Five AM, as well as food by Dabba. Take in a view of the sun setting over Napa Valley while enjoying Priest Ranch wine, good food, and fun music.
August 22, 2015
Red Wine & Carnage 2015 at Modus Operandi Cellars
– Napa Valley
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; tickets are free for club members, $65 early bird, and $75 general admission
Modus Operandi Cellars is hosting their fifth annual harvest party, which is widely regarded as one of the best events in all of Napa Valley. The location itself is only revealed to ticket holders, and promises incredible amounts of perfectly-cooked meat and wine pairings.
Annual Grape Stomp at Peju Winery
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; $125 for members, $145 for non-members
Taste a wide selection of Peju Province wines while trying some competitive grape stomping in this unique event. Small bites and wine pairings are provided in the morning, with a garden-style lunch at noon.
August 28, 2015
Masters Winemaker Dinner Series with Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; $125 per person
Experience the brand new Vineyard Deck for hors d’oeuvres and wine from Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate. Following your appetizers, retreat to the Estate Cave for an unforgettable multi-course dinner with wine pairings and sweet desserts! While dining, you could even find yourself in a conversation with members of the J. Davies Estate wine making team.