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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 No Comments »

This is a perfect time of year to come to Napa Valley and take advantage of a wine tour and less crowds at the wineries! Check out 1801’s VIP Exclusive Wine Tour Package! Whether you are a novice wine consumer, or a discretionary collector, 1801 First Luxury Inn is proud to offer these ultra exclusive packages with vintners and winemakers!

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Did you know that 1801 First is now doing Elopement weddings for parties of 6 or under? Enjoy a romantic getaway with just the two of you in the privacy of the shaded patio courtyard and garden. Spend 2 wonderful nights in the luxurious private Carriage House, or one of our luxury suites, complete with your own fireplace and champagne to keep you cozy and warm.

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January 20 — Jam Session at Silo’s…Jim Bell hosts a jam session for all of you Jazz Artists. Arrive at the Club by 6:30pm to sign up. Come by and check out how “cool” this can be.

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  • Happy New Year from 1801 First!

    Thursday, January 7th, 2010 No Comments »

    So much going on already in 2010! Check out two new restaurants that have opened downtown, not too far from the Inn!

    So much going on already in 2010! Check out two new restaurants that have opened downtown, not too far from the Inn!

     

    Norman Rose Tavern and Grace’s Table in downtown Napa. Norman Rose offers comfortable food and ambience, the perfect place to grab a brew and burger – or glass of wine, right across from Avia hotel on First street. Grace’s table is on Second street, and is described as local, sustainable global comfort cuisine…both are only a few blocks from 1801 First!

     

    Also check out Ceja Vineyards Wine Tasting Salon and Lounge located on First Street in Downtown Napa, who also offer Salsa Saturdays! Don’t know how to Salsa? Take part in the beginner’s lesson at 7:30pm or jump into the intermediate class at 8:30pm. Either way get ready to dance the night away!

     

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  • Falling for Napa III

    Friday, September 18th, 2009 1 Comment »

    October 15  — Red Burgundy Tasting
    Wine Education: Back Room Wines pours excellent, delicious Red Burgundies from seven different villages of the Cote img_01.jpgd’Or. Excellent producers and excellent wines. Taste and learn about the differences between Nuits St. Georges, Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny, Morey St. Denis, Beaune, Volnay, Pommard. No reservations needed. First & Main Streets, Downtown Napa
    Fee: $25Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 226.1378

    October 15 — Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
    Performing Arts, Dining: The Napa Valley Wine Train is pleased to announce a new Murder Mystery play centering on the clandestine world of the gum shoe. Come prepared to mix and mingle, dress the part, or just get down to business and solve the murder.
    Fee: $135 per personTime: 5:50 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Phone Number: (800) 427.4124

    October 16 — Napa Valley Wine Train Vintners Lunch
    Wine Education, Dining: Judd’s Hill Winery - With more than 30 years of winemaking experience, Art Finkelstein, started out handcrafting wine in his garage while working as an architect in Los Angeles. Judd’s Hill is a reflection of Art’s dedication to winemaking as an artistic expression.
    Fee: $154 per personTime: 10:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Phone Number: (800) 427.4124

    October 16 — Wine & Cheese at Wineries of Napa Valley
    Wine & Food Education: We are here to prove that pairing wine and food is easier than you think! Taste an array of Napa Valley wines paired with some unique cheeses from California and beyond. $10.00 to taste five wines with cheese. No reservations required. Comfortable outdoor patio, indoor seating, wine tasting, Wi-Fi access & wine bar.
    Fee: $10Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253.9450

    October 16 — Taste 2007 Zinfandels at Back Room Wines
    Wine Education: We’re stoked to have such the exceptional 2007 vintage of Zinfandels on our racks. Back Room Wines showcases seven ‘07 Red Zins from around California. Included will be wines from Green & Red, Mauritson/Rockpile and Gamba. Better bring your toothbrush - it’ll be a teeth stainer! No reservation necessary. Back Room Wines: First & Main Streets, Downtown Napa.
    Fee: $15/tasting. 10% off wines poured.Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 226.1378 or toll free (877) 322.2576

    October 16 — 2007 Vintage Zinfandel Tasting at Back Room Wines
    Wine Education: This evening Back Room Wines showcases seven 2007 vintage Red Zinfandels from all over California. Included in the tasting will be wines from Green & Red, Mauritson/Rockpile, Gamba and more. No reservations needed. First & Main Streets, Downtown Napa
    Fee: $15Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 226.1378

    October 17 — Carneros Harvest Passport Experience
    Celebration, Wine Education: Join us for our first Harvest Passport, a unique wine trail through the highways and back roads of Carneros featuring many CWA wineries never before open for a public passport event. 20 Carneros Wine Alliance Wineries, many pouring publicly for the first time!
    Fee: $49 in advance, $59 at the doorTime: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253./2678

    October 17 — The Eighth Annual Benefit Art Auction
    The Eighth Annual Benefit Art Auction at the di Rosa Preserve Wild Things features a live and silent auction of original art donated by notable Bay Area artists and galleries, as well as art, wine, and travel packages. di Rosa Preserve , 5200 Carneros Highway 121 Napa
    Fee: Call for information & ticketsTime: 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. Phone Number: (707) 226.5991

    October 17 — Franciscan Stylus Release Party
    “Fall” for Stylus as we celebrate the release of 2006 Stylus. Enjoy vibrant wine and food along with the colors of fall. Flamenco dancers and guitar will make this an event not to be missed! 12pm - 1pm VIP hour with Winemaker Janet Myers, 1pm - 4pm main event. RSVP 1178 Galleron Rd
    Fee: $50, $40 for wine club membersTime: See Description Phone Number: (707) 967.3897

    October 17 — Oktoberfest Napa Valley
    Celebration: Put on your lederhosen and get your stein ready for the first ever Oktoberfest Napa Valley! Dress in full German costume and get in for free! Live music, festival cuisine, beer, wine, and vendor booths. Napa Valley Expo, 575 Third Street, Downtown Napa
    Fee: $10 Online/$15 At the Door/Ages 14-18 $5/Under 13 Free Time: 11a.m. - 10 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 256.3200

    October 17 — Wine & Cheese at Wineries of Napa Valley
    Wine & Food Education: Enjoy a fun and delicious tasting as our Napa Valley wines are joined by some famous cheeses from all over Europe. We’ll show you how to make that easy pairing to show off your wine as you taste from an impressive list of boutique Napa family wineries. Comfortable outdoor patio, indoor lounge, wine tasting, Wi-Fi access, wine bar.
    Fee: $10Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253.9450

    October 17 - 18 — Old Mill Days
    Celebration: Come join the Bale Grist Mill for: Mill Tours, Blacksmith Demonstration, Apple Pressing, Rope Making, Corn Husk Dolls, Spinning, Lace Making, Dutch Oven Cooking Demo, Folk Music. Bale Gris Mill Historic Park: 3801 Hwy 29, Calistoga
    Fee: $5.00 includes Apple Cider/ $10 Cider/ChTime: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 942.6333

    October 17 — Enchanted Village Faire
    Family Fun, Benefit: Stone Bridge School’s annual Enchanted Village Faire will be held on October 17, 2009, at the Stone Bridge School, located at 1870 Salvador Avenue in Napa, CA. The Enchanted Village Faire is part Renaissance fair, part school fundraiser and is open to the whole community.
    Fee: $1Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 252.5522

    October 18 — Wine & Cheese at Wineries of Napa Valley
    Wine & Food Education: Enjoy a fun and delicious tasting as our Napa Valley wines are joined by some famous cheeses from all over Europe. We’ll show you how to make that easy pairing to show off your wine as you taste from an impressive list of boutique Napa family wineries. Comfortable outdoor patio, indoor lounge, wine tasting, Wi-Fi access, wine bar.
    Fee: $10Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253.9450

    October 20 — Napa Farmers Market Tour & Cooking Class
    Food Education: We meet at Napa’s farmers market to purchase our provisions, then a private tasting and then back to the kitchen for a hands on cooking class. Lentil –Sweet Red Pepper Soup with Cumin, Chicken cooked over Grape Leaves and Vines, and French Country Apple Tart.
    Fee: $195Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 227.5036

    October 20 — Oxbow Visiting Artist Lecture Series - Jim Campbell
    Lecture: His electronic art work is included in the collections of many museums and he created one of the first permanent public interactive video artworks in the United States. As an engineer he holds almost twenty patents in the field of video image processing. Lectures are presented in partnership with the Napa River Inn, 500 Main St., Napa.
    Fee: FreeTime: 7 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 255.6600

    October 22 — Merlot: Napa Valley vs Bordeaux
    Wine Education: Back Room Wines pours six excellent, highly acclaimed Merlots: 3 each from Napa & Bordeaux. As the best way to understand the uniqueness of a wine is by comparison, we’ll present you different styles, all outstanding, from these two places where Merlot ROCKS! No reservations needed. First & Main Streets, Downtown Napa
    Fee: $20Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 226.1378

    October 22 — Robert Parker Hosts Tasting at CIA
    Wine Education: Join world-renowned wine writer and critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. for a tasting of the 2007 vintage of Châteuneuf du Pape at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. A sparkling wine reception will follow the tasting.
    Fee: $750 Time: 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 967.2305

    October 23 — Wine & Cheese at Wineries of Napa Valley
    Wine & Food Education: Enjoy a fun and delicious tasting as our Napa Valley wines are joined by some famous cheeses from all over Europe. We’ll show you how to make that easy pairing to show off your wine as you taste from an impressive list of boutique Napa family wineries. Comfortable outdoor patio, indoor lounge, wine tasting, Wi-Fi access, wine bar.
    Fee: $10Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253.9450

    October 23-25, 30 - Nov 1 — Pastiche!
    Performing Arts, Benefit: Carnaval Pastiche is theatrical fund-raiser for the Tucker Farm Center and Theater Arts Revival An interactive musical, Pastiche is a second rate, small time carnival that has seen better days. It is is composed of a dysfunctional troupe of sideshow freaks, singers, dancers, puppeteers, magicians, knife throwers, con artists, gypsies and dreamers.
    Fee: $12-$15Time: Fri & Sat 7 p.m./Sun 2 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 965.2538

    October 23 — Wine Advocate 92+ Tasting
    Wine Education: We’ve assembled six wines scored 92 or higher by Robert Parker or his colleagues at The Wine Advocate. We’ll feature wines from all around the world. The list of wines is coming soon. They will be very good, no doubt. No reservations needed. First & Main Streets, Downtown Napa
    Fee: $20Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 226.1378

    October 23 — Wine Advocate 92+ Tasting at Back Room Wines
    Wine Education: Curious what a “Big Parker Score” tastes like? Here’s your chance to try a few. We’ve assembled six wines scored 92 or higher by Robert Parker or his colleagues at The Wine Advocate. We’ll feature wines from all around the world. No reservations necessary. Back Room Wines, First & Main Street (entrance on First), Downtown Napa.
    Fee: $20/tasting. 10% off wines poured.Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 266.1378 or toll free (877) 322.2576

    October 23 — Napa Valley Wine Train Vintners Lunch
    Wine Education, Dining: An estate, family-run winery for more than forty years, this winery has been featured in Time Magazine and is one of the first American corporations with a female CEO. Trefethen’s chardonnay was proclaimed the best in the world at the 1979 World Wine Olympics.
    Fee: $154 per personTime: 10:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Phone Number: (800) 427.4124

    October 23 — Cooking Class & Farmers Market Tour
    Food Education: We meet at St. Helena’s farmers market to purchase our provisions, visit a winery for a private tasting and then back to the kitchen for a hands on cooking class. Arugula Salad of Roasted Figs with Prosciutto & Almonds, Chicken with Grapes and Verjus, Autumn Basmati Rice, & Persimmons Cake.
    Fee: $195 Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 227.5036

    October 24 — Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
    Family Fun, Performing Arts: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will add to its acclaimed repertory of outstanding children’s productions with an innovative double bill adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s beloved bedtime classics, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa
    Fee: $10 (12 & under), $15 (adult)Time: Phone Number: (707) 226.7372

    October 24 — Harvest Festival at Connolly Ranch
    Festival, Family Fun: This annual Harvest Festival at Connolly Ranch, 3141 Browns Valley Road in Napa, is an opportunity for families to meet our farm animals, take tours of the ranch and participate in activities like face painting and pumpkin carving while enjoying hot dogs, ice cream and live music.
    Fee: FreeTime: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 224.1894

    October 24 — Doc Severinsen & El Ritmo de la Vida
    Performing Arts: The Napa Valley Symphony will open its 2009-2010 season with one of the great legends of American music: trumpeter/conductor Doc Severinsen. Doc has crafted an innovative and exciting program: El Ritmo de la Vida (the rhythm of life) along with Gil Guiterrez and Petro Cartas.
    Fee: $49 - $69 Time: 8 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 226.8742

    October 24 — 25th Annual “Taste for Knowledge”
    Benefit, Auction: Napa Valley Education Foundation is holding its 25th Annual fundraising event, which directly benefits students of the Napa Valley Unified School District. Silent and live auction, sit-down 4-course dinner paired with a fine Napa Valley wine. You are invited to attend and help us raise funds to support of public education in American Canyon, Napa and Yountville schools. Held at Black Stallion Winery , 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa
    Fee: $100 per personTime: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253.3563

    October 24 — Gary Vaynerchuck appearance at V. Sattui Winery
    Lecture: Gary will talk about the book, answer questions and sign copies for the public. The event is free and all are welcome. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at $19.99. A range of lunch/picnic options are available at a range of pricing, from bbq to pizza to sandwiches, cheeses, salads and more. V. Sattui Winery, 1111 White Lane, St. Helena
    Fee: Free Time: 11a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 963.7774

    October 25 — Bruschetta & Wine at Wineries of Napa Valley
    Wine & Food Education: Olive Bruschetta Appetizer with your Wine Tasting. Our mouth-watering Bruschetta with olive toppings complete a great seasonal wine pairing. This pairing includes appetizer plus the choice of five different wines from our impressive list of boutique Napa family wineries. 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa
    Fee: $10Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253.9450

    October 27 — Napa Farmers Market Tour & Cooking Class
    Food Education: We meet at Napa’s farmers market to purchase our provisions, then a private tasting and then back to the kitchen for a hands on cooking class. Arugula Salad of Roasted Figs with Prosciutto & Almonds, Chicken with Grapes and Verjus, Autumn Basmati Rice, & Persimmons Cake
    Fee: $195Time: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 227.5036

    October 27 — Oxbow Visiting Artist Lecture Series - Darren Waterston
    Lecture: Waterston’s paintings, watercolors and murals have been exhibited internationally and are included in many permanent collections. Lectures are presented in partnership with the Napa River Inn, 500 Main St., Napa.  Fee: Free Time: 7 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 255.6600

    October 29 — Sherry: Comprehensive Tasting & Lesson
    Wine Education: This evening, Back Room Wines will pour you eight different sherries made the great producer Emilio Lustau. From fresh Finos to aged Amontillados to sweet, seductive dessert sherries, we’ll taste a wide range. Our special guest for this evening is Drake McCarthy, Sherry expert and great teacher. First & Main Streets, Downtown Napa. No Reservations Necessary.
    Fee: $15Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 226.1378 Toll Free: (877) 322.2576

    October 29 — Cherryholmes at the Napa Valley Opera House
    Live Music: The Cherryholmes sound is made up of powerful instrumental vision and explosive vocal harmonies, featuring a mixture of original songs written by members of the band and carefully chosen classics, touted by The New York Times as, “a mesmerizing presence . . . a cold blast of virtuosity.” 1030 Main St., Napa

    October 30 — Wine & Cheese at Wineries of Napa Valley
    Wine & Food Education: We are here to prove that pairing wine and food is easier than you think! Taste an array of Napa Valley wines paired with some unique cheeses from California and beyond. Taste five wines with cheese. No reservations required. Comfortable outdoor patio, indoor seating, wine tasting, Wi-Fi access & wine bar. 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa
    Fee: $10 Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253.9450

    October 30 — Taste Syrahs from Around the World @ BRW
    Wine Education: Syrah is such a great grape. What else makes such different wines, and all so good in their unique way? Tonight we taste all the different styles: spicy, cool-climate France & California. Jammy, succulent Syrahs of Australia & California. It’s sure to be as interesting as it is delicious. No reservations necessary. Back Room Wines: First & Main Streets, Downtown Napa. Fee: $15. Buy wines poured for 10% off.Time: 5 p.m. - 8 .m. Phone Number: (707) 266.1378 or toll free (877) 322.2576

    October 31 — Halloween “Devil’s Delight” Chocolate at Wineries of Napa Valley
    Wine & Food Education: Join us for an evening of wine and chocolate indulgence at Wineries of Napa Valley. We are pairing our favorite wines with a variety of chocolate treats… No reservations required. Comfortable outdoor patio, indoor seating, wine tasting, Wi-Fi access & wine bar. 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa Fee: $10Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 253.9450

    October 31 — Haunted House and Halloween Parade
    Celebration, Family Fun: Haunted House and Halloween Parade Sat, 10/31/2009 in Downtown Calistoga.
    Fee: Call for information Time: Call for information Phone Number: (707) 942.6333

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  • From the vines..

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009 No Comments »

     

     A few of our favorite wineries…

     

    Charbay Winery & Distillery

    CHARBAY is a family-run artisan distillery & winery based in Napa Valley.  For over 25 years, 12th Generation Master Distiller Miles Karakasevic, and son, Marko, have been pioneers at the forefront of the American fine artisan spirits industry. You’ll taste their current wines, dessert wine and alambic ports made with their barrel-aged brandies, plus their new collection of ready-to-shake aperitifs.

     

    Pine Ridge Winery

    Pine Ridge invites you to their tasting room, where you can enjoy a variety of white, rosé and red wines while enjoying the breathtaking view of their Estate Gardens and the Stags Leap District palisades. Choose from two different flights that each include four of their highly acclaimed wines.   Tours are also available.  Their extensive tour begins in the demonstration vineyard, proceeds through the wine production facilities and caves for barrel tastings, and concludes in their private cellar with a seated wine and cheese pairing.

     

    Kuleto Estate Winery

    Kuleto Estate is one of Napa Valley’s best-kept secrets. With unparalleled scenic beauty, outstanding architecture, world-class wines, and a magical mountainous setting reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside, this is the winery visit that will linger in your memory. Renowned restaurateur and designer Pat Kuleto, famous for his trend-setting restaurants Boulevard, Farallon, Jardinière and Martini House, has created a winery estate that embodies the rustic yet elegant outdoor living that he embraces. While touring the grounds and the state-of-the-art, gravity flow winery, guests are invited to taste Kuleto Estate’s exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Rosato, and Chardonnay along with a selection of fine cheese. Guests may also relax on the patio to enjoy their wine amidst the spectacular setting.

    Recent introduction of their Food & Wine Pairing Luncheon is not to be missed!

     

    Larkmead Vineyards

    Larkmead is dedicated to sustainable farming, utilizing the best viticulture management practices. Over the past two years they have moved toward organic farming as much as it is applicable to their unique site that acts like a hillside vineyard in “Up Valley” Calistoga. Located at one of the narrowest parts of Napa Valley, the valley floor Estate is divided by the Napa River with the vineyard sloping into the river bed and showing a prevalence of rock and loam soils characterized by its predominance of sand, silt and clay. The soils, the drainage, the Calistoga micro-climate, the low vigor and resulting low yields from the diverse vine and variety plantings are what, they believe, make Larkmead wines unique in their wine purity, texture and complexity.

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  • Boutique wineries to broaden your palate:

    Friday, October 24th, 2008 No Comments »

    Vincent Arroyo is Calistoga’s best kept secret. Tucked away behind the family home is a family operation of epic proportions, on a small scale. With just a few hand crafted Estate wines, a with a focus on Petite Sirah, in small lots, (just 8,000 cases total) they sell out quickly. So quickly in fact, that they sell out of wines that haven’t even been made yet! Every tasting is a tour through the facility, often led by the winemaker or assistant winemaker (Vince and his son-in-law Matt) and caboosed by one of the infamous winery dogs, JJ and Bodega. Quintessentially Calistoga, these wines tend to be lucious and fruity, with deep, sultry berry tones and a special velvety, earthy texture only found in the rich volcanic soil in this northern region. Reservations are, of course, appreciated.

    James Cole has just opened their tasting room, and though the sign says by appointment only, if you continue up the driveway and peek in the door, you may just get lucky enough to “be just in time” for your tasting. Their tasting room/production facility is a gorgeous remodeled barn where black and white movies flicker on the barrel room walls and rock and roll soothes the soul as the friendly staff guides you through the small selection of hand crafted wines. Currently just producing three, this is one of the few Napa Valley wineries to offer an Icewein, but look for them to grow their palate and yours in the near future.

    Falcor Napa Valley is a small production winery that is on the forefront of urban chic. Though having the tasting room located at its production facility is nothing new, the fact that the winery is located in an”industrial district”  seems a little out of the ”norm” it is however in this small valley, the way many wineries who source their grapes are leaning. Step into the tasting room with the custom features, buttery leather chairs and cozy fireplace(coming in November) you will at once feel right at home. The wines are sumptuous and fruit forward, well balanced and perfectly drinkable now, which is great because you won’t want to wait 5 years to break into them. Sourcing Napa Valley fruit from some of the finest vineyards allows them to pick and choose the best grapes from the region to lovingly create their award winning wines.

     

    For your convenience:

    www.vincentarroyo.com/wines/

    www.jamescolewinery.com/

    www.falcorwines.com/

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