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Big Bottle and Wine

Each Napa Valley Wine List Award winner receives an engraved magnum-size display wine bottle.

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Napa Valley is famous the world over for its extraordinary wine and dine culture. Visitors come from around the globe to experience our outstanding wines, creative culinary offerings and warm hospitality. But what if you’re a local? What’s the best way to enjoy Napa Valley’s wine and restaurant offerings combined? Here is some insider information from the Napa Valley Vintners to help you feel like you’re on vacation in your own back yard.

Where are the best places for locals to enjoy the wine and dine experience?

One of the things that makes most Napa Valley residents proud is the spirit of collaboration and community that brings us all together. For example, more than 90 of our local restaurants have made the commitment to prominently feature Napa Valley wines from local producers. Each year, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) compiles the Napa Valley Wine List Awards, a list of great dining establishments that also give a nod to our outstanding wine industry.

Why is it important to recognize and support these restaurants?

Eating, drinking and shopping locally contributes to the economic vitality of our community. Like other aspects of the farm-to-table movement, it’s also good for the environment as locally-sourced wines create a smaller carbon footprint during the shipment from producer to purveyor. The Napa Valley wine industry has a $13 billion annual economic impact on the local economy and creates more than 46,000 Napa County jobs. By buying and selling local wines, Napa Valley's restaurateurs help maintain the cycle of local business success.

How does NVV select restaurants for the Napa Valley Wine List Awards?

To be included, the restaurant’s wine list must either feature at least 50 percent Napa Valley wines or 50 different selections of Napa Valley wine. View the most recent list of winners at napavintners.com/restaurants.

What kind of award do they get?

Each Napa Valley Wine List Award winner receives an engraved magnum-size display wine bottle to acknowledge their overall participation. For each additional time they make the list, they get a medallion with the year engraved on it. Look for these bottles and medallions the next time you dine out – they are prominently displayed at restaurants throughout Napa Valley.

I love to dine out, but can’t always afford it. Any suggestions?

Great news – Napa Valley Restaurant Week is Jan. 21-28. It’s the perfect time for locals to enjoy the Napa Valley wine and dine experience and be rewarded with some special prices.

What is Napa Valley Restaurant Week?

During Restaurant Week, dozens of dining establishments from American Canyon to Calistoga will offer multi-course, fixed menus for lunch ($20) and dinner ($36 or $46). Available for locals and visitors alike, Napa Valley Restaurant Week is a great way to try the latest culinary hot-spots or revisit a longtime favorite location. Participating restaurants range from elegant, Michelin-starred locales to casual cafes, burger joints and even food trucks. And, during Restaurant Week, many of the participants will also have special wine programs. Learn more at visitnapavalley.com/restaurantweek. Restaurant Week is organized by Visit Napa Valley, a partner to the NVV.

Any other hot tips for locals?

Don’t forget Napa Neighbor Day on Saturday, Jan. 13 when Napa Valley residents will be treated like VIPs at dozens of local wineries – just for living here! Learn more at napaneighbor.com.

Ask the Vintners is a monthly column written by the Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit association. Submit your questions to ask@napavintners.com and learn more at napavintners.com.

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