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Napa Valley Museum on a quest for 'Top Drinks'

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Local restaurants and bars will compete for cocktail honors in “Top Drink” at the Napa Valley Museum on May 22.

Napa Valley Museum welcomes cocktail lovers to “Top Drink” on Sunday, May 22 from 2-4:30 p.m.

Now in its fifth year, this annual cocktail festival “puts the fun in fundraiser,” according to museum director Phil Kometz, as it raises money to support the museum’s education, exhibition and collections programs.

Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 at the door, and are available at or by calling 707-944-0500.

Attendees will sample signature cocktails created by top mixologists from restaurants and bars in Napa and Sonoma counties and cast their votes for their favorites.

“Eleven bartenders each create an original signature drink using the same main ingredient. Each year, the main ingredient is different. This year, its Napa’s own Charbay Distillery Pomegranate Vodka,” said Jessica Penman, development manager.

Restaurants compete for “Top Food” and “Top Pairing,” while their bartenders compete for the coveted title of “Top Drink.”

Attendees can also bid on prize packages like large format bottles of wine, cookbooks, restaurant gift certificates and gift baskets.

Last year’s people’s choice Top Drink winner, Goose and Gander, will be back this year to defend their title against Andaz Napa, Brannans, Ca’ Momi, Carpe Diem Wine Bar, Cook Tavern, Goose & Gander, Lucy Restaurant & Bar, Morimoto, Oenotri, Solage Calistoga, and the 2014 Top Drink winner, Angele Restaurant & Bar.

Napa resident Jenny Veilleux, who attended the event last year, said she plans to return.“Top is a blast,” she said. “The museum is a beautiful setting to sample great food and inventive drinks you won’t find anywhere else.”

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