How is it already that time of year? The holiday season is coming up strong and we’d like to help you get your shopping list down to a manageable size. We’ve all learned our lesson with the dust buster and the “cool” new pots and pans and then that time we thought our partner would be totally excited about a new recliner. We could all use a little holiday gift giving inspiration. St Helena has got you covered, with the gift that keeps on giving all the way through March!
Give the Gift of Wine Country
St Helena’s Little Book of Big Experiences Gives the Gift of Wine Country. They’ve crafted 25 exclusive, “money can’t buy” experiences with their winery, lodging and restaurant partners. The Little Book is valued at over $1,000 dollars and you can get it for only $100. Put this little book under the tree, wrapped next to the Menorah or stuffed in a stocking for the ultimate holiday gift. Perfect for a week long excursion to the Napa Valley or multiple small weekend getaways, we’ve done all the planning for you. The best time to take advantage of the LBE, as we like to call it, is Sunday through Thursday. This is when the tasting rooms are less busy, you’ll always get a seat by the fire and the experiences are even more elevated. All you need to do is pack your bags. Now, let us introduce you to some of our incredible experiences.
Charles Krug Winery
The oldest winery in Napa Valley is also home to California’s first tasting room. Opened for public tastings in 1882 by Charles Krug, their tasting room has evolved into a world-class hospitality center, renowned for its exceptional wines, stunning design and storied heritage.
Taste five Family Reserve and Limited Release wines and enjoy an exclusive barrel tasting of estate wines in the winery’s historic Redwood Cellar. Built in 1872 on an estate founded in 1861, the Charles Krug Tasting Room is a vibrant blend of old and new. Rustic, yet modern, the room pays tribute to the winery’s unique history.
Freemark Abbey sources its grapes from select Napa Valley vineyards they’ve known for decades. Intimately familiar with the nuance, power and abundance of each specific site, their partnership with local vineyards is at the heart of all their wines. A trailblazer of Napa Valley winemaking, Freemark Abbey continues to evolve. Their property transformation is a sign of their inward commitment to crafting classic Napa Valley wines of superior pedigree and quality. Raise a glass to their 130th anniversary.
They invite you to experience their recently restored historic stone winery. Guests will be greeted with a taste of their limited production wines to begin a historical walking tour of the estate highlighting the 130 year history. Your party will be seated in our courtyard for a tasting of limited release, single vineyard and library wines accompanied with artisan cheeses.
HALL Wines represents critically acclaimed artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from two Napa Valley tasting rooms and winery locations in both St. Helena and Rutherford. Owned by Craig & Kathryn Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals. HALL’s highly rated wines include the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, selected as Wine Spectator’s #18 of the ‘Top 100’ in 2010, the HALL 2008 “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon that earned #2 Wine Spectator “Top 100” Wines, and its 2010 ‘Exzellenz’ earned 100 points by Robert Parker. Collectively, over 140 HALL Wines have been rated 90 points and above.
Guests are invited to experience Hall St. Helena with a glass of HALL Sauvignon Blanc as your Wine Educator shares the background on Vintner’s Craig and Kathryn Hall, details about the modern art collection throughout the property, and HALL’s high tech winemaking practices. You will then be escorted to our historic Bergfeld Building, circa 1885, to enjoy a barrel sample of our flagship Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon with fruit sourced from the renowned Sacrashe Vineyard located in Rutherford. The experience concludes in the tasting room with beautiful views of the Bergfeld Vineyard and Mayacamas Mountains and a flight of award winning artisan wines.
For many, arrival in wine country means relaxation is already in the air. Arrival at the Wydown Hotel takes that journey to tranquility one step further — because the Wydown already feels like home. Upon arriving from the bustling surroundings of St. Helena’s downtown Main Street, guests seem to love lingering in the Wydown’s welcoming lobby – also known as the Living Room – complete with comfortable couches, TV, games and books. Once they reach their spacious, beautifully-appointed rooms, guests often don’t want to leave. The attractions of St Helena are right outside — with Main Street’s world-class dining, art, tasting rooms and shopping — but inside the Wydown, reality is miles away. And relaxation is everywhere.
When you purchase the Little Book of Big Experiences, you receive 15% off a one night stay or 25% off a two night weekday stay at the Wydown. Additionally, you receive 25% off any spa treatment at Health Spa Napa Valley, as well as complimentary room upgrades when available. Match this up with some of the other Experiences in this book and that’s very Big indeed!
This is just a small taste of what St Helena’s Little Book of Big Experiences has planned.