While the “high season” in Napa Valley is considered to be June through October, don’t dismiss winter in wine country. The weather is cooling, the holidays are fast approaching, and Northern California wine country comes alive with events that celebrate this special time of year. Escape to Napa Valley when things are a little slower, a little cozier and the wine is just as good. To sweeten the deal we’ve rounded up some of our favorite events coming your way this November.
6th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival
Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga, CA
November 8 – 13th, 2016
Festival Passes – $75 – $645
Once a year, artists, winemakers, chefs, and film industry professionals converge on Napa Valley and throw a 6 day festival for eager food, wine, and film buffs. Whether you are interested in conversing with filmmakers, rubbing elbows with celebrities, or you simply want to screen new independent films, there are several festival pass options to tailor your experience to taste and budget. In addition to the film screenings, each festival village hosts a wine pavilion for tasting, and renowned chefs hold demonstrations on the Napa River at the Culinary Stage.
Keep your festival pass on hand. Many local restaurants and wineries have partnered with the festival and extend special perks to ticket holders during the festival week.
A Taste of HALL – Thanksgiving Day Feast
401 St Helena Hwy
St. Helena, CA
November 13th, 2016, 12:00 Noon – 2 PM
Every month HALL Napa Valley invites guests to their St. Helena Demo Kitchen to sample fabulous seasonal pairings with new release wines at their Taste of Hall workshops. A monthly food and wine workshop that aims at inspiring and educating while channeling one’s inner chef. The workshops will feature a different, seasonal theme each month. Guests will learn how to select appropriate stemware for various varietals, and leave the workshop with A Taste of HALL wine glass etched by their friends at Riedel. The November event will celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast Napa Valley style, and feature HALL’s award winning 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to the wonderful pairing, attendees will also receive a lesson in selecting appropriate stemware for particular varietals.
HALL’s estate vineyards encompass more than 500 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, HALL wines are able to express the unique and diverse character of Napa Valley’s soils and climate.
Don’t miss the art. Avid lifelong art collectors, Craig and Kathryn Hall are delighted to invite guests to enjoy expressive art and world-class wines. Incredible pieces by Nick Cave, Graham Caldwell, Ivan Navarro and more!
Masters Winemaker Dinner With Silver Oak and Twomey
875 Bordeaux Way,
Napa, CA 94558
November 18th, 2016, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Come join Silver Oak winemaker Nate Weis and the Meritage Resort’s Executive Chef Ryan Rupp for an evening of fine dining and wine tasting in an idyllic setting. The dinner, served in the Meritage Resort’s Estate Cave, will consist of 4 courses and dessert, each perfectly paired with Twomey Cellars and Silver Oak wines.
Silver Oak is single-minded in their 40 plus year pursuit of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley and Alexander Valley. Twomey Cellars combines 40 years of experience with the spirit of innovation to create a Bordeaux style of Merlot, American Viticulture Area Specific Pinot Noirs, and a Sauvignon Blanc from estate owned vineyards in Oakville, Calistoga, Sebastopol, and Healdsburg. Both wineries create exceptional, food-friendly, moderate alcohol wines that are deliciously drinkable upon release or years later.
Keep the evening going with a nightcap and a round of bowling at the Crush Ultra Lounge located just a few steps away on the Meritage Resort premesis.
Beaulieu Vineyard Annual Older Vintage Tasting
1960 St Helena Hwy,
Napa, CA 94558
November 19th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
As one of the longest continually operating wineries in Napa Valley, it is only fitting that Beaulieu Vineyard celebrates its older vintages near the Thanksgiving holiday. The Older Vintage Library Collection is extensive, reaching as far back as the 1970’s, and this November guests will have the opportunity to sample and purchase rare wines from the Georges de Latour Private Reserve, Tapestry, and Clone collections while enjoying live music and delicious seasonal appetizers.
After the event, head across the parking lot to the Rutherford Grill and order the Campfire Rib-eye paired with the B.V. Rutherford Cab.
Thanksgiving at Meritage Resort & Spa
875 Bordeaux Way,
Napa, CA 94558
November 24th, 2016, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Thanksgiving Day should be celebrated with family and friends, not in the kitchen. This year let the culinary wizards at Meritage Resort handle the feast while you and loved ones kick back and enjoy a mimosa. The spread will include traditional Thanksgiving favorites, plus an omelet station, iced seafood, charcuterie and artisanal cheese boards, fresh salads, and so much more. The kids will have a great time enjoying puppet shows and cookie decoration.
Football fans need not worry. The games will be on screen near the buffet table.
Yountville 28th Annual Festival of Lights
6516 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
November 25th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Light up your Black Friday with something more than the blue light special. Head to the charming town of Yountville for the fun filled, family oriented 28th Festival of Lights. With carriage rides, Yule Tide caroling and the annual lighting of the tree, there is something that everyone will enjoy. Adults can taste,sip and swirl their way through Festival of Lights. With tastings poured by more than two dozen wineries and nibble on creative and tasty seasonal bites by some of Yountville’s award-winning restaurants. Kids can also get their own passport to enjoy special kid-friendly snacks and activities geared just for them.
Fight the November chill after the event with a Mocha and a Raspberry macaroon at nearby Bouchon Bakery.
Considering coming in for one of these can’t miss events? Make a weekend of it!