The Napa Neighbor Program is year-round, but this Saturday some wineries, including a handful in Calistoga, are offering something a little special for locals such as barrel samples, tours, and discounts for a special Napa Neighbor Day.
Of the Napa Valley Vintners’ 500-plus member wineries, more than 160 offer free or marked down experiences year-round through the Napa Neighbor Program to those who live in proximity to the area’s wine industry, an inclusion that extends to the county line.
For example, in Calistoga this Saturday Dutch Henry, 4310 Silverado Trail, is honoring Napa Neighbors participants as club members for the day with a 20 percent discount on wine purchases, complimentary tastings for two and offering cave tours at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., something not offered with the year-round program. Reservations are required by calling 942-5771.
Clos Pegase, 1060 Dunaweal Lane, will offer two-for-one tastings and a 35 percent discount on Napa Neighbor Day – the regular Napa Neighbor Program offers half off the daily estate flight. No reservations needed. Open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Joseph Cellars, 4455 St. Helena Highway, is offering complimentary tasting with a sample of Joseph Cellars infused cheese. Appointments are required and subject to availability between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Call 942-9999. The winery’s regular offering is available on Mondays through Thursdays, not on Fridays through Sundays.
Laura Michael Wines, 2250 Lake County Highway, is offering a 20 percent discount on any wine purchase and a complimentary taste with that purchase. Their standard Napa Neighbor offer is a 10 percent discount on purchase of six bottles of current releases that also comes with a complimentary taste, or a 20 percent discount on current release full cases. No reservations needed. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sterling Vineyards, 1111 Dunaweal Lane, will give a 20 percent discount on wine and merchandise purchases. No reservations necessary. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tamber Bey, 1251 Tubbs Lane, is offering complimentary tasting for two of its Vineyard Series paired with a savory cookie, plus 10 percent discount on any wine purchase. No reservations necessary. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Calistoga wineries that participate in the regular Napa Neighbor Program but are not changing their specials for Saturday include:
- Amici Cellars, 3130 Old Lawley Toll Road, 10 percent off purchases. Open by appointment only. Call 967-9560.
- Barlow Vineyards, 4411 Silverado Trail, complimentary tasting by appointment. Call 548-8317.
- Bennett Lane, 3340 Highway 128, complimentary tasting by appointment. Call 942-6684.
- Castello di Amorosa, 4045 St. Helena Highway, 50 percent off tours and tasting from 9:30 a.m. to noon. No appointment necessary.
- Chateau Montelena, 1429 Tubbs Lane, complimentary tasting for Napa County resident and one guest. No appointment necessary.
- Davis Estates, 4060 Silverado Trail, complimentary Terrace Tasting with advance reservation Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 942-0700.
- Envy Wines, 1170 Tubbs Lane, 10 percent off tasting room purchases. No appointment necessary.
- Frank Family Vineyards, 1091 Larkmead Lane, complimentary tastings as well as discounts on eligible wines, Mondays through Thursdays. No appointment necessary.
- Myriad Cellars, 1170 Tubbs Lane, complimentary tastings Monday through Wednesday by appointment as time is available. Call 266-8154.
- Schramsberg Vineyards, 1400 Schramsberg Road, 15 percent discount on select wines. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. by appointment. Call 800-877-3623.
- Storybook Mountain Vineyards, 3835 Highway 128, complimentary tour and tasting, 10 percent discount on bottle purchases and 20 percent off on case purchases. By appointment only. Call 942-5310.
- Summers Estate Wines, 1171 Tubbs Lane, complimentary tasting with purchase and 10 percent discount on six bottle purchases, 20 percent discount on cases. No appointment necessary.
- Twomey, 1183 Dunaweal Lane, complimentary tasting for resident and one guest. No appointment necessary.
- While Napa County residents may take participating wineries up on these benefits all year, “it’s quieter in January and a perfect time for Napa County residents to visit wineries and receive special attention, just for living here,” said Peter Mondavi Jr., co-proprietor of participating Charles Krug winery, in a release from the Vintners.
The day of residential benefits marks the revival of Napa Neighbor Day, an event that has remained dormant for at least several years. The return comes in lieu of what would have been the fifth year of Morning in the Winery, also a daylong invitation from a smaller handful of wineries to county residents curious to learn about the area’s wine industry.
This year’s Napa Neighbor Day will instead make for a hybrid of the two events, the Vintners said.
The swap relieves what would have amounted to added pressure on members working to recover from the October wildfires, as Morning in the Winery site hosts must secure permits for what is technically a special event, and prepare special programs for the day.
“This was a way we could still provide that opportunity,” said NVV communications director Patsy McGaughy. She added that the group hopes to bring back Morning in the Winery in the future.
A list of participating wineries may be found on the Napa Valley Vintners website: https://napavintners.com/community/napa_neighbor.asp.
Anne Ward Ernst contributed to this article.