Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Announces Snowflake Batch #25. America’s Best-Selling Single Malt Released Its 25th Batch at Its Denver Distillery for the First Time in Three Years
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is thrilled to announce the release of this year’s coveted Snowflake iteration – Batch 25: Humboldt Peak. Loyal Strana-fans and passionate whiskey lovers from all over the country united and camped onsite in hopes of retrieving a bottle of this ultra-rare whiskey, available for one day only at the brand’s Colorado distillery.
Per tradition, each Snowflake iteration is an American Single Malt aged between five and ten years in new white American oak barrels with a #3 char, before transferring to a variety of wine, sherry, and rum barrels sourced from around the world. Each year’s batch spends a varying amount of time in different barrels, resulting flavor year-after-year.
This year’s Humboldt Peak is named per Stranahan’s tradition for a “14er” or Colorado Mountain peaking over 14,000 feet. The initial whiskey was finished in casks that once held Cabernet Sauvignon, Oloroso Sherry, and Barbados Rum. The resulting whiskey is a burst of fruity and sweet sensations, with notes of seasonal pear and apple richness mixed with cream soda.
Humboldt Peak is exclusively available in-person for one day only on a first-come, first-serve basis. Stranahan’s most devoted fans and whiskey connoisseurs were welcome to attend the Snowflake Village, starting 12:00 PM MT on Friday, December 2 through Saturday, December 3 to enjoy live performance from Jess Graber & the Highway 82 Band, food trucks, and pairing stations. As of today at 11:00 AM MT, Snowflake Humboldt Peak is now available for purchase for $119.99 with a valid I.D.
Nose: Gingersnap cookie and orange marmalade with hints of holiday baking spices and oak
Palate: Silky smooth full-bodied mouth-feel with notes of baked pear, apple & cream soda
Finish: Pleasantly sweet and fruity finish with brown sugar & raspberry
About Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is a pioneering and award-winning American single malt whiskey comprised of 100% malted barley and Rocky Mountain water, aged in new American white oak barrels. From grain to glass, Stranahan’s whiskey is distilled and bottled at its Colorado distillery, the state’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Stranahan’s expressions include Original, Blue Peak, Sherry Cask, Diamond Peak, Mountain Angel 10-Year-Old, and the limited-edition yearly release: Snowflake. As one of the first and best-selling American single malts, Stranahan’s is committed to building recognition and admiration for the category globally.
The remarkable range represents the pinnacle of Glenfiddich’s signature distillery style, with each of the three liquids maturing over decades to develop richness and depth of flavor that is rarely encountered. Since the 1960s, just three Glenfiddich Malt Masters have been at the helm, overseeing and nurturing the patient development of these precious casks through various climatic conditions.
Each expression, alongside artistically developed outer packaging, encapsulates the maverick spirit known to the brand and celebrates moments of time relative to their production. The rarest within the Time Re:Imagined Collection, the 50-Year-Old, portrays Simultaneous Time, exploring theparallel and complex conditions that have influenced the liquid. Glenfiddich’s 40-Year-Old represents Cumulative Time, drawing attention to the layers of accumulated flavor, made possible via the remnant vatting process, first pioneered by the brand. Completing the Collection is the 30-Year-Old, embodying Suspended Time – representing the moment when the Malt Master suspends the development of the whisky, showcasing the purest expression of the distiller’s character.
“In whisky production, we often talk about the role of Malt Masters, and it is our responsibility to find the delicate balance between the taste of the whisky and the intensity of the oak cask,” says Brian Kinsman, Malt Master, Glenfiddich. “But we don’t always acknowledge how each cask, each bottle, is absolutely unique because of the time it has spent maturing. Both nature and time play huge roles in making whisky taste like it does, and Glenfiddich’s Time Re:Imaginedpays homage to this process and the exquisite liquid both time helps to create.”
Lorne Cousin, U.S. National Ambassador, Glenfiddich, said: “Glenfiddich was founded on groundbreaking and innovative principles in 1887 and the independent spirit of the brand shines through in these liquids.”Allan Roth, U.S. Ambassador, Glenfiddich, added: “The quality of the collection not only evokes the time and care gone into nurturing these expressions to create incredible flavor, but is also a tribute to the events that have helped shape the taste of each cask over time.”
Kevin Canchola, U.S. Ambassador, Glenfiddich, shared: “The extremely rare 50-Year-Old is a beautiful testament to the Glenfiddich Malt Masters’ work over five decades.” “It is an extraordinarily rare and precious liquid, which delivers a superb balance of oak tannin and lingering sweetness,” David Allardice, U.S. Ambassador, Glenfiddich, concluded.
To create the complex flavor of the rarest in the collection – the Glenfiddich 50-Year- Old – whiskies from three different American Oak refill casks, all matured in the same warehouse, were married together and finished in an American Oak refill cask for two years. There are only 220 decanters of this astounding expression, making it an extremely precious and sought-after collectors’ item.
The Time Re: Imagined Collection is now available in limited quantities in the U.S. at suggested retail prices of $1,299, $4,600 , and $50,000 for the Glenfiddich 30-Year-Old, 40-Year-Old, and 50-Year-Old, respectively.
Time Re:Imagined Product Details (Tasting Notes + Packaging Information)
Glenfiddich 30-Year-Old (Aged 30 Years – 43% ABV)
Color: Rich bronze
Nose: An exquisitely structured balance of hearty oak married with sweet, subtle sherry notes
Taste: Deep, woody flavors interlaced with delicate floral accents, in a complex combination
Finish: Warm, honeyed and exceptionally long-lasting
Suspended Time: The 30-Year-Old depicts the moment when Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, suspends the whisky’s maturation to bottle it, capturing the whisky at the precise moment in time, a perfect expression, preserved for all eternity.
Packaging: The outer packaging design showcases moving ribbons, each one frozen to form elegant cut-out windows, revealing the regal decanter inside. With the moment of maturation captured in all its splendor, the dynamic lines and complex structure create an illusion that the bottle is suspended effortlessly, in mid-air, suspended in time.
SRP: $1,299.00Glenfiddich 40-Year-Old (Aged 40 Years – 44.6% ABV)
Color: Dark mahogany
Nose: A deeply layered expression of dried fruits, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and ripe black cherries – completed with subtle waves of gentle wood smoke, polished leather and cloves
Taste: A luxuriously full and silky smooth taste, with memories of past releases in every nuanced note; Evolving from deep dried fruit notes to rich fruitcake, dates, raisins and stewed apples, before giving way to dry oaky notes, with subtle hints of bitter chocolate and peat
Finish: Complex, memorable, and exquisitely long-lasting
Cumulative Time: The 40-Year-Old is a bold, maverick representation of remnant vatting – a pioneering process, only used by Glenfiddich’s Distillery, where the remnants of the previous batch are carried over and married with the casks selected for each subsequent release.
Packaging: The outer packaging design brings layers of transforming flavors to life with a bold and maverick take on a geological metamorphosis. The decanter is housed in a stunning sculptural container and stopper made from jesmonite – a material with individual characteristics that render every piece completely unique. The vessel truly embodies the evolution of one thing becoming another, with dramatic grooves carved into the stone-like material, that expose the intertwining veins flowing through it.
Glenfiddich 50-Year-Old (Aged 50 Years – 43.8% ABV)
Color: Antique gold
Nose: Rich orange peel and clementine meet complex notes of Madeira cake and muscovado sugar; Scents mature over time into the dewy petrichor of a Dufftown morning, mingling with flowering geranium
Taste: A lingering sweetness softens into deep, silky smooth oak tannin and sun-dried vanilla
Finish: Oaky, sweet and incredibly long lasting
Simultaneous Time: The 50-Year-Old explores complex conditions that have influenced the whisky, including air pressure, temperature and humidity, as the nature of maturation changes alongside these conditions. Hot summers speed up the maturation process and cold winters slow it down – dramatically affecting the outcome of the liquid and lending itself to the whisky’s unique taste.
Packaging: The outer casing is an artistic representation of the climatic data that created this extraordinary whisky. Manuel Jiménez García, a computational architect, decrypted the meteorological data into an algorithm, and generated a physical design language to build the structure’s bespoke form – bringing life to every second of every day, of every month of those 50 years.
Founded in Dufftown, Scotland by innovator William Grant, Glenfiddich first ran from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887. Adopting revolutionary methods and practices Grant’s maverick attitude to whisky production saw Glenfiddich excel for over a hundred and thirty years, becoming the first single malt whisky to be promoted outside of Scotland, and ultimately, the best-selling and most awarded single malt whisky in the world*. While Glenfiddich is now sold in over 180 countries across the world, the brand is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family-owned and is still produced in the same distillery which William Grant and his children hand-built.
ABOUT WILLIAM GRANT & SONS
William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third-largest blended Scotch, Grant’s®, as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W.® Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder® Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, and Drambuie® Scotch Liqueur.
Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest-growing spirits portfolios in the US with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Drambuie, Milagro Tequila, Fistful of Bourbon, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Flor de Caña Rum, The Knot, and Raynal French Brandy.
Manuel Jimenez García is the co-founder and principal of madMdesign, a computational design practice based in London, co-founder of the robotic manufacturing and design brand Nagami, based in Avila, Spain, and co-founder of Automated Architecture Ltd (AuAr), a design-tech automation company based in London. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Canada´s Design Museum (Toronto), The Design Museum (London), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Zaha Hadid Design Gallery (London), Philadelphia Museum of Art and Clerkenwell Design Week (London).
Manuel is heavily influenced by the data-driven forms found in nature and this is reflected in his collaborations with brands including BMW, Audi, Jimmy Choo, Dior and British Fashion Council. He is known for creating algorithms and modeling forms that not only represent nature, but also abstract it into new creations that emerge between the natural and artificial, featuring shapes previously inconceivable without computational design and digital manufacturing.
BLOCKBAR.COM ANNOUNCES 1800® TEQUILA AS ITS FIRST EVER TEQUILA TO GO ON AUCTION
To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, BlockBar Will Exclusively Auction an Extra-Rare Vintage of 1800 Colección Tequila, Custom-Designed Decanter by Renowned Artist Leonora Carrington, a Once-in-a-Lifetime Invitation to the Birthplace of Tequila and a Tour of Leonora Carrington’s Exclusive Art Collection in Tequila, Mexico .
Exciting news – to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, 1800 Tequila & BlockBar are exclusively auctioning an extra-rare vintage of 1800 Colección Tequila with an accompanying custom-designed decanter by renowned artist Leonora Carrington at a starting bid of $25,000 HERE.
Today, 1800 Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila, will release its first ever NFT corresponding to a bottle of its coveted 1800 Colección Tequila, one of the rarest tequilas in the world. 1800 Tequila worked closely with celebrated surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, prior to her passing, to curate a unique decanter titled “El Rey del Tequila” complementing 1800 Colección rare extra añejo tequila. Carrington created only 15 of these silver-sculpted masterpieces fifteen years ago; never released for public sale. Now only one of these prized decanters is available for the first time as an ultra-exclusive collectible with a starting bid of USD $25,000 exclusively on BlockBar.com, the world’s first DTC NFT marketplace for luxury wines and spirits.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, 1800 Tequila will be the first ever tequila to auction on BlockBar.com. Ownership of the NFT includes the “El Rey del Tequila” (2009) Leonora Carrington-designed decanter accompanied by a bottle of 1800 Colección Tequila. The buyer will be invited to visit Jalisco, Mexico for a private tequila tasting at La Rojeña distillery, Latin America’s oldest distillery and the birthplace of tequila. They will also tour Leonora’s Carrington’s exclusive art collection showcasing her connection to the heritage of 1800 Tequila and allowing for a complete immersion in the land that inspired both Carrington and 220 years of 1800 Tequila quality and tradition.
“We’re delighted to mark Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting our first ever tequila auction with the iconic 1800 Tequila,” comments Dov Falic, Co-Founder and CEO of BlockBar. “1800 Tequila has a history of partnering with world-renowned artists and this unique, never-made-available-before decanter designed by surrealist artist Leonora Carrington makes this auction highly desirable for tequila and art lovers alike.”
1800 Colección Tequila celebrates excellence in taste, in both tequila and in art, with past vintages having been paired with decanters custom-designed by renowned creators including Gary Baseman, Bosco Sodi and Hector Velazquez Ortus. As a first for luxury collectors worldwide, this year the brand is releasing one exclusive, limited-edition 1800 Colección Tequila vintage aged in ex-single malt whiskey casks from the United Kingdom as a nod to Leonora Carrington’s birthplace. As a deep-rooted Mexican heritage brand, 1800 Tequila commissioned Leonora Carrington, widely considered one of the most important artists in Mexico during the 20th century, to design a unique decanter complementing the ultra-rare liquid of 1800 Colección Tequila. The British surrealist artist was such an admirer of the agave plant and the liquid derived from it after arriving in Mexico in the 1940’s, that she designed “El Rey del Tequila” (“The King of Tequila”) decanter as a tribute. To be paired with the corresponding bottle of 1800 Colección Tequila, the silver sculpture is infused with amorphous characteristics intrinsic to her work, reflecting the fascinating magic of the heart of the agave.
Only produced and released in the finest years of production, 1800 Colección Tequila is the pinnacle of liquid superiority and a result of a delicate artisan process meticulously supervised by Master Distiller Alejandro Coronado, who creates a special balanced blend between it and the finest aged tequila reserves. 1800 Colección Tequila begins with the selection of the highest-quality agaves that have reached optimum maturity. Following 1800 Tequila tradition, the agaves are steam cooked for several days in stone ovens obtaining a very selected extract, which is then distilled twice, followed by several years of slow aging in ex-single malt whiskey casks. The result is an exquisite, distinctively aged extra añejo tequila with a silky consistency, deep golden color and smooth mellow taste with a subtle touch of caramel, honey and almond that is one of the finest vintages in existence – numbered, limited and certified.
“Always at the forefront of culture, 1800 Tequila partnered with BlockBar to release its first NFT to bring the centuries-old tequila-making tradition to a new audience who appreciates luxury spirits and unique, high-value art,” says Lander Otegui, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Proximo Spirits. “A decades-long champion and benefactor of art and culture, 1800 Tequila will contribute 50% of the proceeds from the 1800 Colección Tequila NFT sale directly back to the Council of Leonora Carrington for preservation of various collections including drawings, sculptures and textiles. With a new generation of luxury spirits drinkers and art collectors, this will be the first of many 1800 Colección Tequila NFTs to come.”
1800 Colección “El Rey del Tequila” bottle and decanter will be auctioned off with a starting bid of USD $25,000 from 10:00am EST on Monday, September 12th, ending at midnight on Thursday, September 15th. Bids can be placed via BlockBar.com and payment may be submitted via ETH, credit card or wire transfer. To make a bid using ETH you must have the funds in your wallet and be connected to BlockBar. At midnight, the winning bidder has two hours to submit the full balance. Full terms and conditions may be found on BlockBar.com. Bidders planning on using wire transfer must pre-approve the funds by going to BlockBar.com, selecting payment method under the profile icon on the top right of the screen and clicking payment methods, and select “verify funds” for pre-approval. The user who successfully checks out will receive an NFT representing ownership of the Leonora Carrington “El Rey del Tequila” decanter and corresponding bottle of 1800 Colección Tequila, which is stored with BlockBar until the bottle owner is ready to redeem. For more information, please visit HERE.
Founded in October 2021, BlockBar sells NFTs directly from luxury wines and spirits brands. Each NFT corresponds to an actual physical bottle, exclusive to BlockBar, available to purchase with ETH, credit card or wire transfer. Owners can resell, collect, gift or at any point «burn» their NFT in exchange for the physical bottle, shipped from BlockBar’s secure facility in Singapore with 24/7 security, motion sensors and temperature control. BlockBar only partners directly with brand owners including LVMH, Diageo, Bacardi, Pernod Ricard, Sazerac, William Grant & Sons and more, and does not take collections from third parties or collectors. BlockBar is democratizing access to luxury wines and spirits allowing anyone, anywhere in the world to participate, while offering bottle owners storage, insurance and a marketplace to re-sell their bottles purchased on BlockBar’s platform. BlockBar’s proprietary smart contracts verify authenticity tracing every transaction directly back to the partnering brand, and its partnership with top cyber- and crypto-security firms ensures that transactions are fully protected and transparent. For more information, please visit BlockBar.com.
Vitaminwater and Lil Nas X just dropped the latest video for their ‘nourish every you’ campaign. This installment focus on vitaminwater ‘shine’ – infused with biotin and vitamin b to help support normal hair and skin health
See HERE the latest spot where Lil Nas X sparkles bright with the help of vitaminwater shine. Listen carefully- the spot features previously unreleased music from Lil Nas X with the single, Give Me One Chance.
When it comes to celebrating Cinco de Mayo, tequila-based cocktails are the obvious choice. Honor Mexico’s victory with the authentic and bold flavors of Santo Spirit‘s premium Tequilas crafted in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Rocker Sammy Hagar has harnessed his knowledge and experience in the spirits industry and Guy Fieri infuses his extensive culinary experience to create this amazing portfolio of tequilas including the incredibly smooth Blanco, the world’s only Mezquila, the perfectly rested Reposado and the recently launched Single Barrel Reposado.
Spend the holiday sipping on The Classic Santo Margarita, Sammy’s take on the beloved tequila cocktail. Mixed with a splash of Cointreau and ½ oz of Damiana Herb Liqueur, this traditional cocktail is simple and smooth, allowing the bold notes of Santo Blanco to shine. The full and complex notes in taste are complimented by earthy, white pepper and citrus aromas. Enjoy with or without a salt rim or blend with ice for a perfect poolside libation.
Guy Fieri created his take on the cult favorite spicy margarita with the Santo Caliente Margarita. The perfect balance of spicy and sweet, this cocktail also includes fresh cilantro leaves for an herbaceous kick that will transport you straight to the beaches of Mexico. Guy recommends substituting the salt rim with his Rojo Rim recipe for even more intensity. You can find the full recipe HERE.
The Classic Santo Margarita
2 oz Santo Blanco Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz lime juice
½ oz of Damiana Herb Liqueur (Optional)
¼ teaspoon agave or simple syrup (Optional)
Mix all ingredients except the salt in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass with salted rim.
To celebrate National Margarita Day (2/22/22), JAJA is harnessing the power of twos as Grammy-winning duo and JAJA co-owners The Chainsmokers have created two new JAJA margaritas for tequila lovers to enjoy!
With this palindrome day in history, The Chainsmokers‘ Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have each infused their own personality into a delicious, refreshing and easy-to-make margarita. Drew has chosen to make a JAJA Watermelon Lime Mashup Margarita utilizing JAJA Blanco’s ($35) subtle notes of black pepper and citrus fruit paired with ingredients including limeade, spiked seltzer and watermelon.
On the other hand, Alex selected JAJA Anejo’s ($45) full-bodied, complex tequila with notes of vanilla, almond, honey and oak to complement a cocktail with hibiscus tea, sparkling water and blood orange for the JAJA Hibiscus High Margarita.
About JAJA Tequila
JAJA Tequila is one of the fastest growing tequila brands in the United States, seeing triple-digit growth over the past two years, outpacing the premium tequila category. Whether utilizing humor and memes in their eye-catching brand campaigns or creating unique fan experiences, JAJA is appealing to consumers who don’t take themselves too seriously but do have a sense of civic responsibility.
Each bottle of JAJA is made from 90% recycled glass and zero plastic, and pulp from the agave is composted and returned to the fields as fertilizer. In addition, JAJA has highlighted and supported different organizations such as Tequila Interchange Project, as well as a give-back program designed to help local Mexican community partnerships.
Spirits Network, the digital streaming platform where spirits enthusiasts can learn directly from industry experts while purchasing premium product, is pleased to announce their exclusive offering of 1,000 private Scotch Whisky casks in partnership with The Borders Distillery of Scotland.
The ownership of each cask includes a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) that will feature an image of The Borders Distillery or the surrounding area of the Scottish Borders. This NFT also entitles cask owners to a bottle from the first ever bottling of Borders Distillery Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the first from the region since 1837. Once ready for release, American Cask customers will have their Borders Distillery spirit bottled and shipped to their homes.
John Fordyce, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Borders Distillery states: “We are delighted to partner with Spirits Network for this one-of-a-kind offer. There is great interest in owning your own cask to celebrate anniversaries, graduations, engagements, and special moments. Spirits Network is bringing the Borders Distillery to America, a first.”
Nick Buzzell, Spirits Network CEO, adds: “During this time when so many are striving to become more involved in owning or making their own spirits, we are thrilled to partner with the renowned Borders Distillery to offer this exclusive experience to Spirits Network members.”
Click HERE to register and sign up for an account with Spirits Network.
One cask: $3,600.
Choose when to fill the cask: Spring – Memorial Day Week Summer – Independence Day Week Autumn – Labor Day Week Winter – Thanksgiving week
All data is stored in the USA and all payments are made in the USA.
After filling, owners will have access to an exclusive app where proprietary technology allows owners to track the evolution of their cask.
Owners will be invited by the Distillery to design a personalized label, and once bottled the Scotch Whisky will be sent to the USA under bond. Local taxes will apply. The Distillery estimates that each cask will yield somewhere between 240 and 270 bottles of 70cl at 92% Proof.
When visiting Scotland, American cask owners receive complimentary distillery tours and tastings hosted by The Borders Distillery’s expert distilling team.
Ten years of insurance and warehousing in Scotland is included in the purchase price.
About Spirits Network
Spirits Network is a community of engaging spirits experts and enthusiasts, creating meaningful connections through original, shoppable video programming. Through the platform, members can engage with and purchase from the top players defining the spirits business, as well as access exclusive products, gifts, and experiences. Launched in 2019, Spirits Network offers shoppable streaming video programming on any device.
Hip-hop legend, Grammy Award-winning rapper and founder of INDOGGO® Gin, Snoop Dogg will be performing at this year’s Superbowl Halftime Show and INDOGGO®’s Long Beach Lemonade is the perfect game day cocktail!
Ready, Set, Drink! All of America will be tuned in to watch the big game—but this year’s halftime performance is going to be one of the best of all time, and we have the perfect cocktail to enjoy this Superbowl Sunday! A star-studded lineup of Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and none other than the California legend himself, Snoop Dogg, will hit the stage on February 13th for a show like no other. The Long Beach native created his premium flavored Gin right here in the Golden State so it’s only fitting that you celebrate with the king of Cali’s Gin ‘n Juice… Snoop Dogg style!
After maintaining his place in the public spotlight for over 25 years, the entertainment mogul ventured out into creating his own spirits brand with the mission of making a gin that exemplifies a laidback California lifestyle that is easy to mix, easy to drink, and hard to forget. Combine the strawberry flavored Gin with fresh lemonade, ice cubes, and lemon garnishes to kick off your Super Bowl Sunday and watch the Doggfather perform his greatest hits alongside some of the most legendary names in music!
Long Beach Lemonade
2 oz. INDOGGO®
6 oz. Fresh Lemonade
Add INDOGGO and lemonade to a glass and stir to combine. Top with ice and lemon slices.
Downtown Napa is home to more than 40 tasting rooms, 80 eateries, 60 boutiques and shops and a variety of lively art displays all within walking distance of one another. Aside from convenience, Downtown Napa also gives travelers an opportunity to minimize their carbon footprint. Here are some ways local hospitality businesses offer sustainable practices for visitors.
Not only is Downtown Napa wine country’s most walkable destination, but visitors don’t even need a car to get here in the first place – an ideal way to reduce overall environmental impact. The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a car-free San Francisco Bay Area connection with the San Francisco Bay Ferry, so travelers can hop on, sit back and enjoy a traffic-free scenic ride to the train station in Downtown Napa.
Attractions and Lodging:
To eliminate plastic water bottles, Andaz Napa provides guests with reusable, BPA-free aluminum PathWater bottles that can be refilled at the property’s filtered water stations. The hotel also continues to focus on purchasing local and sustainable products for its food and beverage offerings. Additionally, the housekeeping staff is always on a mission to turn off electric devices in each unattended guest room.
Archer Hotel Napa provides access to local and regional wines and produce through its in-house sustainable food guidelines. The hotel follows low water consumption measures, recycling and reusing practices, utilizing an eco-friendly dry-cleaning service and more. The property also has an ongoing partnership with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization with a focus on global reforestation, and Proud Source Water, a Certified B Corporation spring water provider.
As the first Northern California bed-and-breakfast to be certified by the California Green Lodging Program, The Inn on First uses low-flow water sources, composts kitchen and garden waste, provides stainless steel water bottles and reusable glassware for guests. To reduce packaging and shipping, all food is also made from scratch. Each room features a personal air conditioning unit with an occupancy sensor, thermostat-controlled heat source and ceiling fans, among other eco-friendly amenities.
Napa River Inn located within the Historic Napa Mill is the original green building in town, which opted to build upon its historic roots keeping the original structure intact. Additionally, the bricks that make up much of the building were formed with clay from the Napa River. Embracing an eco-friendly way of life, Napa River Inn also sources bath amenities locally, recycles cooking oil into bio-diesel and offers charging pumps for electric vehicles on-site.
The Westin Verasa Napa is part of the California Green Business network and features oxidizers in rooms, low flow showerheads, composting, food dehydrating practices and sustainable purchasing. They’ve also eliminated plastic straws and implemented bio-fuel recycling, repurposing of linens, LED high-efficiency lighting, recycling training and more.
Recently revealed Napa Valley Welcome Center at First Street Napa features lights operated on timers, a water-saving toilet and sinks. All information provided to tourists is now fully digital. Additionally, the mercantile shop makes an effort to source local, handmade items.
Food and Drink:
Angèle Restaurant & Barattempts to only use local purveyors and farms to create its delicious French dishes. To eliminate plastics, the restaurant switched to paper and corn straws, as well as wooden or corn silverware. Additionally, the restaurant composts all food and paper waste.
The Dutch Door is a zero-plastic takeout cafe, dedicated to compostable containers, flatware and cups. The Dutch Door strives for zero food waste, choosing to sell out of items daily instead of discarding them. About half of the cafe’s menu is vegan, and they also order local produce and source meat from no-feed farms.
Gran Eléctrica utilizes bio-fuel recycling and partners with Napa Valley Recycling to properly compartmentalize all waste for maximum sustainability. The restaurant only uses recycled items including paper straws, paper hand towels, to-go containers and printed menus, all of which are fully compostable. Whenever possible, Gran Eléctrica only sources food items from local farms. The restaurant also grows peppers, squash, cilantro, mint, edible flowers and various herbs on-site to reduce the need to purchase additional produce. Additionally, staff is trained to never waste food, but instead tasked with pickling and dehydrating certain items. The owners also encourage their employees to carpool or bike to work.
Monday Bakery serves its treats and drinks in compostable packaging and also offers compost, recycle and garbage bins within the shop for customer use. The company was awarded the JD Fullner Recycling Leadership Award in 2019 by the City of Napa.
Oenotri maintains a 5-acre culinary garden just a few miles from the restaurant where 80 percent of the menu is sourced during peak season. In addition to fresh produce, Oenotri serves more than 20 types of house-made salami, daily house-made bread, an array of handmade fresh and dry pasta and olive oil sourced exclusively from Napa Valley.
Oxbow Public Market and its merchants use compostable containers and food ware. The market employs an industry-leading recycling program which has received special recognition from local, state and U.S. governments for outstanding green business practices through its recycling efforts.
Stone Brewing Napa donates its brewery wastewater to the Napa Sanitation District wastewater system. The brewery’s spent grain and hops also go to a local farmer in the region to feed the cattle. Stone Brewing is another City of Napa JD Fullner Recycling Leadership Award recipient.
Betty’s Girl Napa has been a green business since its launch in 2003 and offers 100 percent upcycled fashion, such as dresses made from vintage and recycled fabrics.
Napa Running Company is committed to keeping fitness environmentally friendly by offering green products such as Hydro Flask water bottles as well as recycled shoe packaging. Recently, the store introduced a new eco-friendly brand, Girlfriend Collective, whose products are made from recycled polyester and post-consumer recycled water bottles.
For more information about Downtown Napa, including lodging, dining, wine tastings, shopping and things to do, visit donapa.com.
ABOUT NAPA TOURISM IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
Created in 2010, the Napa Tourism Improvement District (TID) is the official destination marketing organization for Downtown Napa/City of Napa. With a mission to increase overnight visitation and improve the local economy, the Napa TID promotes nearly 45 hotels and bed and breakfast properties, premier dining, wine tasting, shopping and local entertainment. The Napa TID utilizes its website (DoNapa.com), participates in the creation of local events and develops targeted marketing programs that drive overnight stays during the off-season and mid-week occupancy throughout the year.
The dates are now official for the year’s most anticipated dining-entertainment experience. Marking its debut in the United States, Lío Ibiza by Pacha Group will bring its legendary cabaret from its Spanish island hideaway to Bellagio October 18-31 for a special takeover of The Mayfair Supper Club.
Beginning today, guests can submit reservation requests via Mayfair Lio website to experience an evening like no other in Las Vegas. After submitting requests, guests will be contacted by a Mayfair Lío representative to confirm availability and reservation details. With intimate seating and high demand for the two-week takeover, guests are encouraged to reserve a spot early as the experience is anticipated to sell out quickly.
At Lío Las Vegas, guests become part of an all-night soiree, dancing and dining, immersed in a show stopping over-the-top production that evolves throughout the night with the iconic Bellagio fountains serving as a stunning backdrop.
Expect the unexpected. Sanity with a bit of madness, provocation, elegance, and beauty.