10 Haute Happenings Cropping Up In Napa Valley

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Harvest is upon us – one of the busiest times to visit Napa Valley. Be sure to check out these 10 haute happenings, and don’t forget to pace yourself!

Frys.com Open at Silverado Resort and Spa

Silverado Resort  Image via frysopengolf.com
Silverado Resort Image via frysopengolf.com
Golf aficionados will soon have a reason to travel to wine country. The Frys.com Open, part of the PGA tour, will be held this year at Silverado Resort and Spa from October 8-12 on the property’s iconic north course. Players include major PGA winners like Stewart Cink, Ben Curtis, Justin Leonard, Geoff Ogilvy, and Mike Weir; two-time major winner Rory McIlroy; and three-time major winner Vijay Singh.

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Vintner Dinner Series

Ma(i)sonry Exterior   Image via blackbirdvineyards.com
Ma(i)sonry Exterior Image via blackbirdvineyards.com
Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley will hold a Vintner Dinner Series through December, offering guests the opportunity to savor each element in Ma(i)sonry’s intimate, residential-style sculpture garden. Each event is hosted by a selected winery principal or winemaker who will walk guests through the subtle nuances of a range of personal winemaking narratives and styles. Each dining experience is $150 per person. 

VieVage Napa Valley

Auberge du Soleil  Photo courtesy of Auberge Resorts
Auberge du Soleil Photo courtesy of Auberge Resorts

Auberge Resorts will break ground on VieVage Napa Valley, a new destination spa resort that will be set on 95 acres of the 712-acre Stanly Ranch. The resort will feature a casual restaurant and bar, bakery, winery, and outdoor gathering spaces with fire pits, barbeques, bocce court, and outdoor concerts. 

La Residence Reopening

La Residence Ponds and Outside Seating  Image via www.laresidence.com
La Residence Ponds and Outside Seating Image via www.laresidence.com

La Residence will reopen late this summer following a complete property renovation, under the new name of Senza, a Napa Valley Retreat. Renovations will include eight new suites, bringing the total number of accommodations to 18 suites. Each of the suites offer king beds and deep soaking tubs. Also in the works are a fitness room, conference room and two-bedded spa rooms for couples’ massages.  

Calistoga Ranch’s New Infinity-Edge Pool

Calistoga Ranch  Image via calistogaranch.com
Calistoga Ranch Image via calistogaranch.com

You’ll be ready to cool off after a long hike on one of Calistoga Ranch’s gorgeous hiking trails.  has opened an infinity-edge family pool overlooking the resort’s vineyards. The pool features poolside food and drinks and for children offers throwback metal lunch boxes illustrated with beloved characters such as Superman. The resort also has a new, tented outdoor venue for special events and weddings overlooking their Cabernet vineyard.

Hall Wines’ New Culinary Series

Hall Winery  Image via Hallwines.com
Hall Winery Image via Hallwines.com

Hall Wines has launched a new educational culinary series for guests including a Demystifying Wine & Food experience with a focus on creating wine and food pairings using sustainable, local products following a full tour and tasting. Hall is also now hosting a cooking class series led by David Katz of Panevino, which include pizza making, harvest hors d’oeuvres, holiday entertaining and lots of fun.

City Winery Napa

City Winery in Napa Valley  Image via citywinery.com
City Winery in Napa Valley Image via citywinery.com

City Winery Napa opened earlier this year with much fanfare. Located at the former Napa Valley Opera House in downtown Napa, this cool new concept, which originated in New York, features 30 local tap wines, as well as fresh, local menu selections. Just above the dining room is a refurbished flat-floor ballroom, seated concert hall and events space that has room for 300, as well as cabaret-style dinner tables where guests can enjoy a show—ranging from indie, rock, jazz or stand-up comedy.

Verve Napa Valley’s Custom Curated Experiences

Verve Napa Valley  Image via napa.thescoutguide.com
Verve Napa Valley Image via napa.thescoutguide.com

Verve Napa Valley, the super fun, full-service events and destination management company, is offering a slew of new experiences, including a craft beer trail, yoga in the vineyard, Art of Sabrage, and a day of golf with a PGA professional at members-only clubs and courses throughout the Napa Valley. 

Archetype

Archetype    Image via archetypenapa.com/
Archetype Image via archetypenapa.com/

Fans of the now closed French Blue restaurant have no reason to worry – the restaurant has re-opened as Archetype and has partnered with the Michelin-starred culinary team from Solage Calistoga. House specialties include cinnamon walnut rolls with orange cream cheese frosting at brunch, Petrale sole fish and chips with house-cut fries at lunch, and wood-grilled eye of strip loin with bone marrow butter and turnip mousseline at dinner.

Oval Room Interior of Joseph Phelps Winery  Image Via josephphelps.com/renovation/
Oval Room Interior of Joseph Phelps Winery Image Via josephphelps.com/renovation/
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is renovating the property’s Spring Valley Home Ranch, which will re-open spring of 2015, including private tasting salons, a private wine club member lounge, wine library and barrel room, along with expanded vineyard views, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. An interim guest center is available for visitors to taste until the permanent center re-opens.
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