The New Year is upon us and once again it is time to celebrate another trip around the sun wine country style. Whether you are looking to toast 2016 over a formal gourmet dinner with friends and a little bubbly, or dance your way into 2017 with world class cocktails and live music, Napa Valley provides the perfect backdrop for the party of the year. Check out this list of events that won’t drop the ball on your New Year’s Eve celebration.
New Year’s Eve at Meritage Resort- Napa, CA
December 31st, 2016, 6:00 PM – 12:30 AM
Tickets: $169 – $269
Tickets for the Winemaker Dinner with Trinitas Cellars
The Meritage Resort and Spa
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, CA 94558
TripAdvisor: 4 Stars, 1,574
The premier event in Napa for ringing in the New Year promises to be at Meritage Resort and Spa. Guest will have the option to choose one of two luxurious dining options before welcoming 2017 in the ballroom with music and dancing. The “Taste of the World” dinner option will take place in the Carneros Ballroom and feature mouth watering cuisine from around the globe presented by internationally trained chefs. The feast includes the opportunity to chat with the culinary team about their creations and enjoy some live jazz. For a more traditional meal ala Napa Valley, choose the “Winemaker Dinner with Trinitas Cellars” held in the Estate Cave. Enjoy an intimate reception in the cave, and then treat yourself to an epic four course meal with each course expertly paired with Trinitas wines. After dinner the party really gets rolling with the Meritage Ballroom Celebration. Dance to your favorite hits with live music provided by Take2, imbibe delicious adult beverages, and fuel up on small bites before the midnight toast and balloon drop.
Stay the night at the resort and kick off 2017 with a magnificent breakfast, served with a side of football and parade floats at the New Year’s Day Sparkling/Champagne Brunch in the Carneros Ballroom. Tickets are $85 for adults and $35 for kids 4 – 15 years old.
La Toque New Year’s Eve 2017 – Napa, CA
December 31st, 2016, 7:30 PM – 1:00 AM
La Toque Restaurant
1314 Mckinstry St.
Napa, CA 94559
TripAdvisor: 4 Stars, 411 Reviews
La Toque and the Westin Verasa Napa are throwing an absolutely exquisite New Year’s party and you are invited. Go all out at this annual event that begins with a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception before tucking into a “festival seating” style six-course feast paired with optional choice of sommelier recommendations or your own pre-selected wines from La Toque’s comprehensive list. Private dinner seating is available yet limited and at a premium, so be sure to specify at checkout.
Tickets include admission to BANK Café & Bar’s Red Tie Affair dance party, a less formal affair but the perfect way to rock in the New Year.
Napa Valley Wine Train – A Night in Paris – Napa, CA
December 31st, 2016, 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Tickets: Dinner and Party $299, Party Only $100
Napa Valley Wine Train Station
1275 Mckinstry St.
Napa, CA 94559
TripAdvisor 4.5 Stars, 2,511 Reviews
Ride the rails this year while ringing in the New Year on the Napa Valley Wine Train. The festivities begin at the station with a Parisian style reception where you will enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles while the crew readies the 100 year old train for departure. On board, you will dine on a 4 course masterpiece presented by Executive Chef Donald Young as the train gently rolls through the Napa Valley countryside. Once back at the station, the party continues with a DJ and dancing along with caricature artists and a cabaret club. A souvenir photo is included, along with rides to select lodging after the festivities have ended.
Show up early and pre-game your New Year’s celebration at Oxbow Public Market located a block down from the Wine Train Station. Share an appetizer of oysters and a glass of bubbly rosé at Hog Island Oyster Co.. Always an extremely fresh selection, we recommend to Kumamotos if they have them.
Harvest Table New Year’s Eve – St. Helena, CA
December 31st, 2016, 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets: $125 – Call for Reservation
One Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
TripAdvisor: 4 Stars, 131 Reviews
For the die hard foodie and wine enthusiast, the New Year’s Eve six course tasting menu event at Harvest Table is not to be missed. Celebrated in the Valley for its use of locally sourced artisanal products, farm to table approach to fine dining, and meticulously curated collection of wines, Harvest Table represents the elevated Napa dining experience. Head Chef Levi Mezick will be bringing new and innovative culinary creations for this one special night, and with such dishes as Shigoku Oysters with Caviar and White Truffle Risotto, the dinner promises to be one of the highlights of the New Year celebration.
After the decadent meal, there should be plenty of time left in the final evening of 2016 to head into downtown St. Helena for a nightcap. Cook Tavern is a 5 minute Über from Harvest Table, and mixes some of the finest craft cocktails this side of the valley. Try the “Charlotte Amalie” for some wild flavors, or just go all in with a shot of “The Real Fireball”.
Delicious food, fabulous wine, and great memories make for a New Year’s celebration to savor for years to come. If you are looking for a strong finish to 2016, Napa Wine Country has got you covered.