Friends have texted or posted on Facebook from Fagiani’s, the revived, historic bar first opened in 1945 in downtown Napa (housed with The Thomas restaurant), but it was not until last week that I finally ventured over there and had myself a look.
The rooftop bar was closed for the season, but I snuck a peak, taking a few minutes to look out over Napa, take in the bright white Christmas tree in Main Street Park, and feel the energy of a rejuvenated town.
Although a $5 drinks (and appetizer) menu is offered until 6 p.m., pink bubbly seemed perfect for the festive setting. This Roederer Brut Rosé was so delicious I sipped a second glass through several courses: Wild mushroom mousse with whiskey jelly, mini burger, and Ricotta gnubi (like gnocchi) with buttersquash, lobster and truffle shavings (wow!). Crisp and fruity, the wine was fabulous with each dish. At $28, this is a great buy.
If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please bring it to the St. Helena Star office, 1200 Main St., Suite C during regular business hours. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered. For questions, concerns contact Catherine Seda Bugue, (707) 337-6840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Catherine Seda Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer.