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Downtown Napa

New Arts and Entertainment, Wine Tasting Rooms, Food and Drink

Downtown Napa, which has been dubbed The Wine Tasting Room Capital of the World, is the premier Napa Valley experience. This fall, discover new outdoor recreation, entertainment, tasting rooms, restaurants and more in wine country’s most walkable destination. Here’s what’s new in Downtown Napa this fall: 

New Outdoor Recreation 

  • Napa Valley Bike Tours has a new e-bike tour that starts and finishes from the Wine & Brews E-Bike Cruise location in Downtown Napa. The cruise includes stops at a local winery for a tasting and picnic lunch and a unique winery and brewery tasting room experience. 

New Wine Tasting Rooms: 

  • Ox & the Fox Wine Bar received its liquor license and is now serving cocktails among its existing beer and wine selection. The front of the building has also been expanded to welcome more guests in to enjoy the expanding menu. 
  • Wine Girl, a Scottsdale-based wine bar, is opening a location at 1321 First St. next to Anette’s Chocolates, making for a perfect bachelorette and girls’ holiday location in Downtown Napa.

New Shopping:

  • Maison Verbena, a San Francisco-based store, opened the doors to a new location in First Street Napa. It is a young yet dynamic business passion about innovation with a goal to inspire and bring the idea of “fashion marketing” to the US. 
  • State & First moved to a beautiful new space and updated its hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. State & First is exquisitely curated for the Napa Valley lifestyle, offering unique women’s and men’s clothing selections, jewelry and accessories that can’t be found anywhere else in the valley.
  • Color Theory recently moved to Main Street at Caymus. Color Theory carries a wide variety of name brand paints, mediums, papers and drawing utensils for artists of all skill levels. 

New Arts & Entertainment:

  • On Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., Napa Valley Music Associates will host the 2022 series of Napa Valley Guitar Festival: Yuri Liberzon.The festival, hosted by Churchill Manor, will include music by contemporary Konstantiin Vassillev whose music synthesizes several styles including jazz, Russian Folk music and contemporary western traditions. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors/students. 
  • Open Studios Napa Valley, a self-guided art discovery tour, will take place Sept. 17 to 18 and Sept. 24 to 25 from 10 a.m. to. 5 p.m. each day. Seventy local artists will showcase their work throughout Napa Valley. To view and print the Open Studios catalog and map, visit acnv.org. 
  • Napa Drunken History Tour is a walking tour around Napa that takes visitors back in time to the origins of the city of Napa and the people who founded it. The tour, which has spots available Sept. 23 to Sept. 24 and Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, includes three stops at local establishments with local microbrew, boutique wine tasting and distilled spirits tasting.
  • The CIA at Copia/American Bounty at CIA Copia presents Southwestern Cuisine with Edgar Rico. Join Edgar Rico – 2022 James Beard Award winner for Best Emerging Chef and owner/chef at Nixta Taqueria in Austin, TX – and co-owner, Sara Maranbigi, for an adventure through the cuisine and culture of the southwest Sept. 24 to Sept.  25. 
  • Uptown Theatre Napa, Downtown Napa’s ultimate destination for live entertainment, has a variety of upcoming shows this summer and fall. Headliners include “Weird Al” Yankovic with Emo Philips, UB40, Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen and more. 
  • The Cabernet Classic returns to The Meritage Resort and Spa for the second year from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6 in Downtown Napa. This experience features over 20 expert-led tastings featuring hundreds of wines, chef-curated dining experiences and playful events among the resort’s Napa Valley vineyards.

New Food & Drink: 

  • The Meritage Resort and Spa opened The Village Bistro, a French-influenced pop-up dining experience with a wine country twist based on family style dining. The bistro features traditional French dishes in shareable plates, main courses, desserts and an extensive wine list. 
  • Osha Thai now offers lunch special menus with choice of main course and an appetizer or salad for $25 from Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can choose from spicy basil chicken, garlic pepper pork, yellow curry, pad Thai, drunken noodles, beer braised chicken or beef cashew nuts. 
  • Kitchen Door is now fully operating in its new space and has released its Pool Bar menu, served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, featuring delicious eats like potato bravas with smoked paprika and garlic aioli, deviled eggs with crispy pepperoni and picked red onions, beef carpaccio crushed with Himalayan truffle, chives, arugula, crispy potato, truffle aioli, and more. 
  • Napa Yard, a new beer garden located across from CIA at Copia, has opened. It features a micro distillery café, bar, wine tasting area, gardens and event space. The bar will serve cocktails from garden-to-glass Concordia spirits infused on site. 
  • Entrecôt, owned by Argentine-born proprietors Gonzalo Barrado and Maia Antonella Tesio, is now open on the Napa River in the Riverfront Complex, bringing Argentine cuisine to the Riverfront 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The menu includes tapas such as empanadas, ham and cheese croquettes, fried polenta with tomato sauce and cheeses and charcuterie with starters like gazpacho, vitello tonnato, and more. 
  • Sky & Vine, tucked on the rooftop of Archer Hotel Napa, opened its Whiskey Bar. This reservation-only experience features a 100+ list of unique and rare whiskeys. It includes a small vintage collection and rounds out with a range of approachable selections, private barrel flights, specialty cocktails, and more. 

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.

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MURA IN MIAMI

Downtown Miami’s upcoming sophisticated venue for wine and spirits is slated to open this Fall at 333 SE 3rd Avenue. Maison MURA will serve and offer for sale an extensive selection of premium wine and spirits, as well as a refined food menu, all carefully curated by owners and long-time friends Matthieu Yamoum, the former Wine Director of New York’s Baccarat Hotel, and Philippe Vasilescu, the former Brand Ambassador for the prestigious LOUIS XIII Cognac de Remy Martin. Both share extensive and complementary experiences in the fine wine and spirits industry and have been working for over 2 years on this project to bring this bespoke experience to Miami.

“At Maison MURA, we love what we do and are excited to offer our guests in Miami a comprehensive wine list and menu that is thoughtful and provides a tailored and memorable experience whatever the occasion is! We will always strive to offer truly personalized service and consistently propose the finest expertise available to all of our clients,” says Vasilescu. “Our passion is meant to be shared every day and the only missing part of all our current ventures was to have our very own place instead of always hosting at different places! From the moment you enter Maison MURA, we want you to feel at home” said Yamoum.

With burgeoning shelves full of a few thousand top wines and spirits, an inviting and comfortable lounge offering all-day delicacies, and a 12-person private tasting room available for every occasion, guests can sit back and savor Maison MURA’s fare in casual opulence. Translated from French to English as “house,” Maison MURA offers something for everyone, from the one-time shopper to wine amateur to aficionados and collectors – a new way to discover, learn, acquire and share their wines and spirits with a like-minded community. The new venue will offer a catering service as well.

Although open to all, Maison MURA also offers a membership limited to 150 clients who get priority access to exclusive events, tastings with the world’s top winemakers, and invitations to special events and experiences—not only in Miami but all over the world. Other perks include early access to pre-sold and “en primeur” wines that are nearly impossible to secure, priority reservations of the private room to host events, and priority storage at their upcoming warehouse of any wines and spirits that you will buy through the shop. Membership can only be secured through Matthieu or Philippe.

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Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

A Paradise Retreat in the Backyard of a Concrete Jungle.

Since 1961, the Canadian international luxury brand, the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort, has been the exemplar case of continual innovation for an extraordinary five-star hospitality experience. California Health & Longevity Institute, at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, sustains a 40,000 sq. ft. spa, the largest of any Four Seasons Hotel worldwide. It offers a variety of services including, massage therapy, dentistry, dermatological services, chiropractic care, concierge medical services, and Eastern & Western modalities in a stateof-the-art medical facility.

After a laborious week at the LA office, we were enthralled by the luxuriant gardens and service culture of this particular property – seven floors containing 269 soundproofed rooms with a 24hr front desk. As soon as we hopped out our Dodge Challenger SRT, we were greeted by valet and whisked past an enchanting array of crystal chandeliers throughout the hall. Across from check-in was a refined coffee bar. A perfect stir for coffee and a quick bite. Adjacent is its premiere “Lobby Lounge” restaurant which had a picturesque view of central grounds, including whimsical waterfalls.

There is an extensive spectrum of amenities and services offered as part of the Taste of Wellness package. The Life Strategies Consultation was the first activity 360 Magazine took part in. It is planned to give you a customized plot, featuring realistic strategies to overcome life’s obstacles, skills for conflict resolution and building relationships. This experience, alone, will leave you motivated to reach your best self, and will reduce unnecessary stress and conflict in your pursuits. Allowing you to move forward moving in all aspects of your life. To make sure you maintain an optimal renewal experience, the SomaDome Meditation is a must! It can be described as a personal meditation pod, designed for maximum relaxation utilizing, calming color immersion therapy. The SomaDome will release you from its cocoon at peace, invigorated and restored. It’s the purest form of a mental detox, which goes hand-and-hand with the Detox Body Wrap; which, completes the experience of liberating yourself from unwanted tension and toxins in the body. With 28 single treatment rooms (some with enclosed rainfall shower stalls and fireplaces), there’s, literally, no room for any disturbance or interference. The Detox Body Wrap comprises of a full body exfoliation, scalp and neck massage, topped off with a Nanogold Repair Eye Mask, using natural collagen that diminishes wrinkles, reduces redness and evens skin too. This deep therapeutic treatment relaxes intense muscles and turns over an undeniable glow.

After our treatments, each of us snacked on granola, apples, and sipped herbal tea while viewing the indoor cascading water fountain. Next, we took advantage of the plunge pools, sauna, steam room and mosaic hot tub. We finished the long, yet, relaxing day enjoying a walk around the 450,000 sq. ft. grounds of the hotel. Don’t you dare cheat yourself by missing out on witnessing breathtaking views of the fifteen acres of verdant landscaping.We relished in the spa lounge, walked the grounds, reflected on our experiences, and next was dinner. In the Wellness Kitchen, enjoyed a glass of vino and dinner at the “Wine Wednesday” demonstration cooking class conducted by Paulette Lambert, R.D., CDE. Each meal is inspired by the current season, of which you visit, and is paired with a balanced tasting from a local winery. It’s a great replenishing meal after a day of total relaxation (check official site for dates and times). If you have toddlers and/or teens in tow, there’s a supervised children’s club, as well as, an arcade/game room to keep them satisfied. Moreover, we all know a glass of merlot can be messy, but don’t fret because dry cleaning and laundry services are on campus and eager to serve. If you’re an overachiever that doesn’t let off on enhancing your physical strength, the gym facility contains most equipment offered at premiere fitness institutions, akin Equinox.

360 Magazine’s stay at the Four Seasons Westlake was one that we hope to experience again. Every moment was savored, reflected upon, and written about. Why? Because we felt it necessary to divvy it up and share all the finer points with you. It isn’t just a hotel; it’s a home away from home, a destination for relaxation, and inspirational practice that stimulates a new way of thinking, living and self-care. It’s a place where millennials and baby boomers can join hands and agree on, at least one thing; the level of calm and tranquil service the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort will extend to you. If you haven’t been a guest there, put it down on your bucket list for 2017 and make it happen! Other attractions in the region include the Promenade at Westlake Village, the Sherwood Lakes Club, hiking/biking trails, kayaking and a nearby drop zone for skydiving. And, if you don’t have transportation, the hotel provides a courtesy car service within a three-mile radius.

For additional information on Four Seasons Westlake Wellness platform visit HERE.

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Wine Tasting Basics

Planning on doing some wine tasting? Here’s a quick beginner’s guide to
get you started on your adventure.

Look: Look at the wine that was poured.

It should have an appealing look to it. Tilt the glass to the side and look closely at the edge of the wine. It’s the best place to see what’s going on. Is it vibrant looking? Great, younger wines should be. Is it Brownish? Not so great, wine may be questionable.

Note: LEGS DON’T MATTER.

The “Legs” are just evaporated
alcohol binding with the wine you’ve swirled in your glass. This is wine, not that hottie from the gym.

Smell: Smell the wine.

Give it a good swirl and don’t be embarrassed to stick your nose in the glass. Your mouth should be slightly open to allow the aroma to pass fully across your olfactory sensors. Does the wine smell pleasant? Don’t smell White Raspberries, wet chalk, ground cumin and freshly ground coffee? That’s ok, it takes practice. Just decide if you like
the smell.

To Spit or Not to Spit:

Out tasting at 5 places with your friends before lunch? Well, maybe you should learn to spit. Spitting out the taste is considered quite polite at wineries when wine tasting. Most places even have disposable cups hidden away behind the bar just for your personal convenience (splashing happens when using the communal dump). Spitting allows you to maintain your composure and palate for longer. You’ll even look way more sophisticated in the eyes of the winery staff. If the goal of your adventure is to take a limo and get hammered for that special occasion, don’t spit, but also don’t be too upset when the staff at your 4th or more stop looks annoyed and unhappy to be serving you.

Overall: At the end of the tasting all that really matters is… did YOU like the wine.

Unless you’re buying the bottle for the person standing next to you, their opinion doesn’t really matter. Wine is a very personal experience. If you liked the wine, how much? Do you love it enough to buy a case? Just enough to buy a bottle? Or just liked it barely enough to suffer through putting it in your mouth? Whichever answer you give, that’s ok, the whole point is to experience something new.

Wine art graphic via Allison Christensen for use by 360 Magazine

The Society: State and Mason

Hotel Californian debuts a new signature tasting room, The Society: State & Mason, deepening its culinary imprint on Santa Barbara’s trendsetting Funk Zone neighborhood. Marking the first major transformation at Hotel Californian since being acquired by Foley Entertainment Group (FEG) in late 2021, the intimate tasting room celebrates the intersection between world-class wines, exquisite cuisine, and immersive, memorable travel experiences. 

Occupying a prime corner on State Street that formerly housed the hotel’s chic Isla boutique, The Society: State & Mason caters to traveling oenophiles and local wine enthusiasts looking to enjoy a day of exploration along Santa Barbara‘s Urban Wine Trail.

While relaxing in the chic indoor/outdoor space, guests can sip a rotating selection of wines from across the Foley Family Wines portfolio and opt for thoughtfully curated pairings of shareable bites from Hotel Californian’s Executive Chef Travis Watson. “Our family’s deep roots in Santa Barbara inspired us to purchase Hotel Californian for the unique opportunity to continue investing in the city’s rich history and wine culture, and we are thrilled to introduce our new tasting room, The Society: State & Mason,” said Foley Entertainment Group Chairman Bill Foley. “This vibrant space allows us to showcase not only our Santa Barbara wineries but also the range of the Foley Family Wines portfolio and creates a communal gathering place for anyone looking to celebrate their love of food, wine, and travel.” 

“Foley Entertainment Group promised impactful changes when they purchased this beloved hotel, and The Society: State & Mason is only the first exciting step among many that we are developing to enhance the guest experience,” said Managing Director Warren Nocon. “We are humbled and grateful to be locally owned, working alongside the esteemed Foley family and FEG team to further cement Central California as a world-class culinary destination.”  

Hotel Californian’s iconoclastic spirit echoes throughout the new tasting room, infusing the indulgence of a luxurious seaside vacation with untamed Santa Barbara spirit to create a new kind of social hub for the city. With floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-air concept, the space evokes a sense of community with palpable energy felt from the nearby Funk Zone. Now open Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., The Society: State & Mason will continuously roll out new programming to include wine education classes, winemaker dinners, exclusive events, and more.  

A snapshot of what visitors can expect includes: 

Tasting Flights & Bites

Guests seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of Santa Barbara’s iconic State Street can drop into The Society: State & Mason for a selection of shareable plates, wines by the glass, and two distinctly designed wine tasting experiences. The pre-set “Taste of Wine Country” flight comprises a selection of esteemed wines from across the Foley Family Wines portfolio. This experience, priced at $35 per person, includes samples from Russian River Valley, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Ynez Valley, and Alexander Valley

The “Riviera Reserve” pairing is a 90-minute sensory journey featuring a rotating selection of wine from across the Foley Family Wines portfolio, complemented by bites from Chef Watson. With only two seatings available per day in a private room for the Riviera Reserve experience, reservations are recommended. Priced at $100 per person, this evolving flight currently includes pairings such as a Two Sisters Chardonnay with a Smoked Salmon Rillette and a Kuleto Syrah paired alongside a Smoked Bresaola with Tender Arugula, Manchego Cheese and Black Cherry Gastrique.  

A Home for the Foley Food & Wine Society

The Society: State & Mason will serve as a central social space for The Foley Food and Wine Society,

 which provides a gateway to an array of travel and entertainment experiences spanning the globe. Through The Foley Food & Wine Society loyalty rewards program, which is complimentary to join, patrons earn points on all purchases made at The Society: State & Mason, which can be redeemed towards travel, wine, tasting experiences, and more. Those who desire additional benefits and exclusivity can level up to a Connoisseurs Club membership, which includes regular shipments of premium Foley Family Wines, and unlocks additional perks and benefits at Hotel Californian and Foley Family winery properties. 

Travel Like a Connoisseur Package Fit for Wine Aficionados 

The storied Hotel Californian invites sophisticated sojourners to indulge in its new offerings through the Travel Like a Connoisseur Package. Offering honorary membership to the Foley Family Wines Connoisseurs Club for the duration of a guest’s stay, the package includes a complimentary member tasting at The Society: State & Mason; 20 percent off purchases at all hotel venues; member discounts on wine purchases; and complimentary member tastings at Foley Estates, Lincourt Vineyards, and Firestone Vineyards, all of which are located within one hour from the hotel. Situated 90 minutes from Los Angeles, 20 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport, and one block from the Amtrak station, Hotel Californian is ideally situated for travelers seeking an iconoclastic getaway. Reservations for The Society’s seated tastings can now be made on Tock or by calling the hotel directly. More information on The Foley Food & Wine Society and Foley Family Wines can be found HERE.  

About Hotel Californian  

Owned and operated by the Foley Entertainment Group, Hotel Californian continues to redefine luxury in the celebrated American Riviera. The 121-room boutique hotel is a magnet for the Hollywood elite, international visitors, and locals alike. Featuring dazzling spaces from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the iconoclastic enclave–part history, part imagination, all Californian–continues to drive the revitalization of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone while upending conventional expectations. Hotel Californian is Santa Barbara’s urban luxury resort destination. For more information, please click HERE.

Glass of wine illustration by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

Celebrity Happy Hour

HALL, WALT, and BACA Wines, a set of three, family-owned wineries located in Napa and Sonoma Counties, have announced the launch of another season of their celebrity Happy Hour series. The series rotates airing on three different social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook Live weekly on one of the respective brand channels. The Happy Hour series premiered on April 2, 2020, with over 200 shows produced through December 2021. 

“During the start of the pandemic in the Spring of 2020, we looked at different creative ways to keep our audiences engaged and keep wine conversations top of mind,” says Vintner Jennifer Brown. 

“Launching Season one of the series and really honing in on the lifestyle of wine with each of our guests allowed us to connect in new and compelling ways—our Club Members and fans sipped along with our show hosts and the guest, and it truly felt like we are all enjoying a casual Happy Hour experience together. The 2022 Season will continue to focus on producing dynamic and engaging shows that let our audience into our guests’ lives, ask questions in real time, and hear about new projects that each is working on.” 

Created by Vintner Kathryn Walt Hall and produced in-house, Happy Hour gives viewers an unscripted, behind-the-scenes peek into the lives of celebrities, artists, athletes, comedians, Broadway stars, authors, magicians, and more. Each episode aims to inspire creative conversations while sipping on a newly released HALL, WALT, or BACA wine. 

Guests joining the show in the 2022 Happy Hour line-up include Jimmy Kimmel, HGTV’s Christina Haack, Futurist Jason Silva, Grammy Award-winning Opera Singer Isabel Leonard, Emmy Award winner Shohreh Aghdashloo, and more. Past Happy Hour show guests include Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short, Ed O’Neill, Catherine O’Hara, John Leguizamo, Eric McCormack, Busy Phillip, Monique Lhuillier, Paul Reiser, Cole Hauser, Cheryl Hines, Natalie Morales, Steve Wozniak, The Brothers Osborne, Sara Evans, CAM, Scotty McCreery, Matt Bomer, J.B. Smoove, Bruce Bochy, Cecily Strong, Chris Redd, and many more. To view an archive of HALL Family Wines Happy Hour series, please visit happy hour show archive.

Walla Walla’s Newest Businesses

WALLA WALLA’S NEWEST BUSINESSES SPOTLIGHT THE VALLEY’S BOUNTY
From a luxury winery resort to a refurbished 1930’s Showroom, Walla Walla’s new businesses further the valley’s connection to character and place.

Walla Walla is so nice, they named it twice. Honored for the second consecutive year as America’s Best Wine Region, and boasting a flourishing farm-to-table culinary scene, this rural-chic town in central Washington has earned a reputation for continually building upon its successes as opposed to resting on its laurels. With its sweeping landscape of wheat fields, vineyards, and farmland, not to mention its health and safety-minded Peace of Mind Pledge, Walla Walla continues to delight and entice visitors with no fewer than 11 new businesses opening their doors in recent months.

Among the most notable, a new luxury winery resort, three new restaurants, three new tasting rooms, and four other businesses, including a curated grocery store, an elevated general store, an artisan showroom, and an educational hops tour.

“It gives me great joy to see these new businesses opening their doors,” Says Robert Hansen, Executive Director of Visit Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Wine. “The common theme running through these new businesses is a unified connection to place and community supporting the local landscape, artisans, and history that makes Walla Walla so genuinely unique.”

Following is a list of some of the notable businesses that have opened their doors in Walla Walla in recent months:

LODGING
Yellowhawk Resort (formerly Basel Cellars): Yellowhawk Resort is an 84-acre hillside retreat on Walla Walla’s south side. The resort features a sparkling winery and tasting room with farm-to-table dining, a swimming pool and cabanas, lodging, and event space for weddings, reunions, and corporate retreats. As you enter the gate and wind up the hill to the estate house, the elevated setting provides a sweeping outlook on the fields of wheat, lush vineyards below, and the Blue Mountains in the distance. The property was purchased in December 2020 by Pacific Northwest hospitality leaders Dan Thiessen, Chad Mackay, Scott Clark, Philip Christofides, and Paul Mackay, and is part of the Revelers Club loyalty program. Winemaker George-Anne Robertson leads Yellowhawk’s sparkling wine program.

DINING & RESTAURANTS
AK’s Mercado: One of Walla Walla’s top eateries, Andrae’s Kitchen, which Food & Wine magazine’s Ray Isle once described as “hands down the best restaurant inside a working gas station in America,” recently relocated to its own space on Main St. in the heart of downtown Walla Walla. Focusing on tacos, smoked meats, and other street food, Mercado is inspired by Chef Andrae Bopp’s love for the cuisines of Oaxaca and New Orleans, among other places, with a craft cocktail program curated by local mixology legend Jim German. The venue also features various popups from Secret Squirrel wine, Daylight Plant Co, Walla Walla Cheese Co. and others.

The Kitchen at Abeja: Those with a taste for wine country living have yet another reason to visit Abeja, a 38-acre historic Walla Walla farmstead and home to the acclaimed Abeja winery and bucolic Inn at Abeja. The Kitchen at Abeja, which opened July 13, offers a fine dining experience showcasing innovative wine country cuisine and celebrating the Pacific Northwest’s seasonal bounty. Dinner guests choose from a five or seven-course prix fixe menu, as well as an optional wine pairing menu. Executive Chef Elodie Li, who returns to her home state after two years of cooking in Michelin two-star restaurants in Provence, France, collaborates with Abeja winemakers Dan Wampfler and Amy Alvarez-Wampfler on the menus, updated weekly. Surrounded by the winery’s vineyards and gardens, The Kitchen at Abeja is a rich, refined wine country experience.

The Kinglet at Whitehouse-Crawford (opening early 2022): Farther on the horizon is The Kinglet at Whitehouse-Crawford, a new bistro eatery in the historic Whitehouse-Crawford Planing Mill building, from acclaimed Seattle Chef Maximillian Petty. A multiple James Beard semifinalist, Petty’s menu will range from exuberantly curated items, which built his reputation at Eden Hill, to a bar and lounge area that will stay open later with a snack-heavy lineup, including a pizza oven and an extensive cocktail program.

TASTING ROOMS
Moonbase Cellars: The Blue Mountains and rolling wheat fields of Walla Walla enticed Laine and Drew Pauk to call the valley their home. That, and their desire to make wine with a straightforward approach amidst an ideal viticulture climate. Moonbase Cellars’ philosophy is to find fantastic vineyards suited for a specific grape variety, sourcing excellent fruit from premier vineyard sites in the Walla Walla Valley, including multiple locations within the coveted The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA. As for the name, Drew has always been fascinated with space. Though his dream of becoming an astronaut didn’t work out, he managed to combine his love for wine and space with Moonbase Cellars.

Kinhaven Winery: This new family-owned small lot winery and vineyard is perched atop a picturesque knoll in the Southside winery district of Walla Walla. The property, with 8 acres of Merlot, Cabernet, Carmenere and Malbec, enjoys unobstructed views of the Blue Mountains and is the perfect setting for family and friends to connect while enjoying their thoughtfully crafted wines. Purchased in 2019 by Terry and Lisa Davenport, who also own the recently renovated Boyer House. From dining in the vines to weddings, the combination of Kinhaven Winery and Boyer House sets up for the perfect family and friend gathering.

5 Dollar Ranch Brewing: Self-proclaimed as “Walla Walla’s best new brewery in 2021,” this newcomer opened in June 2021. Located on the south side of town along the Oregon border on twelve acres of farm property, with sweeping views of the Blue Mountains. An evolving menu of hop offerings is fit to appease the novice to beer connoisseur. The location is both dog and kid-friendly. According to brewer and owner Josh Hulett, while he loves all of his beers, the Hazy’s are not to be missed.

Hoquetas Wine Company: Located at the Port of Walla Walla wine incubator facility in the Walla Walla Airport District, Hoquetas Wine Co. opened its doors in September of 2021. Started by musician turned winemaker Robert Gomez and his family, the winery focuses on producing wines that are both expressive and representative of the region’s terroir. Hoquetus, a musical method where vocal parts alternate to create a single melody, speaks to Gomez’s musical approach to winemaking, where the ingredients are carefully composed to create a melodious pour.

Runway Market: Located in the airport district of Walla Walla’s wine region, Runway Market is a sparkling wine bar serving up local bubbles. The Market serves an assortment of food options, including picnic boxes, paninis, flatbread pizza, and various other grab-and-go options. All tastings include complimentary gourmet popcorn. Cathy Bay and her husband opened Runway Market in 2021 with the hopes of being a stop for not only bubbles and food, but laughter and celebration.

SPECIALTY, ACTIVITIES & OTHER
Showroom at Colville: The Showroom on Colville was built in the 1930s as a showroom for auto sales in the center of downtown Walla Walla. In October of 2019, the Showroom on Colville underwent extensive renovations which unveiled the beautiful bones of the structure, and from there the story began to blossom. A corner of downtown Walla Walla honors local history to gather and celebrate the community with local-centric artisans and purveyors. Shops include TMACS, The Market by Andy’s, Wildlings Co. kids boutique, and many more.

Walla Walla General Store: A new home, kitchen & gift store founded by Jean Bender and Peggy Frasse. The store opened to locals & visitors alike on May 6, 2021. From small delights, such as penny cent candy to homewares from makers such as Simon Pierce, Walter G textiles, Riedel and Staub – there is something for everyone at the Walla Walla General Store. Much more than just a retail space, co-founders Jean & Peggy envision the store as a space for community. Following a successful summer Art Series, resident Allison Palmer will host a continuation of “Make for Joy” there this fall. Weekly Monday-Wednesday classes will begin in September, and continue through December.

Walla Walla Brews Cruise: Walla Walla is known for wine, but it’s also home to plentiful craft beer and cider. Alongside thousands of acres of vineyards are century-old wheat fields and orchards stretching across the valley. Generations of wheat farmers have made their home in Walla Walla and now support a growing community of brewers. Walla Walla Brews Cruise tours are knowledge-based tours where you will learn about the process of brewing beers and crafting cider, with a guided discussion of varying styles of alcohol.

Foodscape Walla Walla: Foodscape could technically be described as an online grocer, but it’s so much more. It’s a place to acquire food, talk about food, or gather meaning from food. It was started by Hannah MacDonald, a longtime chef, local, and significant influencer on the Walla Walla food scene over the past decade. Foodscape highlights the area’s bounty, from food to all the agriculture offerings: produce, meat, and seafood. They also directly import hundreds of spices from all over the world, as well as other specialty products like olive oil, seafood, and vinegar. Foodscapes give locals and visitors alike the tools that they need to cook any cuisine under the sun.

About Walla Walla:
As the unofficial capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines’ daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.wallawalla.org.

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Sustainable Practices In Downtown Napa

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.

Car-Free Travel:

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 & Bar attempts 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.

Retail:

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.

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Ten Things That Every Wine Connoisseur Should Have

Whether you enjoy relaxing with a decadent glass of sweet red wine after a long day of work, find yourself waiting for Friday evening so you can finally indulge in a good vintage, or prefer fruity white wines from time to time, there a few things ways to take your love for wine to a new level. On the other hand, if you don’t particularly enjoy the beloved grape beverage, these ten tips will give you great gift ideas for the wine connoisseur in your life. 

A Few Good Bottles

As a wine connoisseur, you won’t want to head to the store each time you feel like indulging in a glass. Instead, having a few bottles in storage is ideal. You should get a selection that boasts some variety, so you can decide which type of wine you want to indulge in at that moment. It is a great idea to have a quality bottle of all your favorite types of wines. Remember that correct storage is essential, even if you don’t plan on starting a valuable collection.

An Ordinary Corkscrew

Even though you can open a wine bottle without a corkscrew, having one is the most simple way to open a bottle of wine. There are tons of variants on the market, so consider searching for a fancy design–especially if you are gifting a wine lover. However, the ordinary plain corkscrew is usually adequate when it comes to opening a bottle of wine without cracking the glass, breaking your nails, or facing frustration.

A 36-Piece Wine Glass Set

The average wine lover can identify a wine glass. However, only a wine connoisseur would know that there are several variations of wine glasses, and that each is suitable for a different type of wine. Whether you enjoy vintage wines, sweet reds, zesty whites, or rich dry reds, a complete 36-piece wine glass set will ensure that you always have the right glass. The shape of the glass does have a minor impact on the overall taste of the wine, which is why there are so many variations of wine glasses out there. 

Foil Cutter

A foil cutter will prevent you from ever ruining your manicure while removing the foil from a bottle upon opening. These innovative devices are relatively cheap and easy to find online, and greatly enhance the process of opening a bottle of mouthwatering wine. The small cost of a foil cutter will save you a small fortune in time and money when it comes to preserving your nails as well. 

Wine Veils

Wine veils are perfect for any wine lover that prefers to indulge in their drink while outside. Because quality wine often has a rich aroma, small bugs will find your drink quite attractive. To avoid the unpleasant experience of accidentally swallowing a tiny bug, invest in a few wine veils to protect your beverage while outdoors. These essential wine lover items are not too pricey and are available in various colors and patterns. 

A Wine Cooler

Unless you are prepared to head down to the local store each time you feel like having a glass of wine, a wine cooler an essential item for any wine connoisseur. It is not the best solution to store your wines in the fridge, as the temperature is too cold and will change the taste of wine. When reserving a few bottles for more than a week, a cooler is essential.

Wine Glass Charms

Wine glass charms are by no means essentials, although they are incredibly dainty and pretty. These charms can transform your preferred glass by personalizing it. You will be able to find single wine glass charms in endless variations. You can also find these glass accessories in sets. They are the perfect gifts for wine lovers, and with all the variations out there, you can find the unique, niche charms with a simple online search.

Wine Decanter

A wine decanter can enhance your wine’s aroma and color. They also make pouring a glass of wine much easier. There are various decanter designs out there, although it is recommended to opt for one that is dishwasher safe as it will be significantly less fragile. A wine decanter is the best way to store the rest of the bottle’s content if you are only indulging in one or two glasses. 

Wine Bottle Stopper

Suppose you don’t like the idea of a wine decanter and prefer to keep your wine in its original bottle– you may already have realized how difficult it is to get the cork back in after removal. Instead of attempting to re-cork the bottle, opt for a wine bottle stopper that acts as a reusable cork, sealing your bottle and keeping your wine fresh. Be sure to get a quality bottle stopper, as inferior qualities may not be crafted from suitable materials and can alter the flavor of your wine. 

Red Wine Stain Remover

Every red wine lover out there has encountered a stubborn red wine stain. These same wine lovers have probably lost the fight after trying to remove it with an endless variety of cleaning detergents. Luckily, there are products out there that are made to remove stubborn red wine stains, such as the red wine stain remover. It will be worth it to purchase a bottle of this cleaning product, just in case you happen to spill a glass. 

There are tons of fantastic products out there that will enhance your experience as a wine connoisseur. It is always best to invest in quality items–whether purchasing a bottle stopper, a wine glass charm, or an ordinary corkscrew. Because wine products may affect the flavor and aroma of your beverage, quality is always an important consideration– just as it is when purchasing your perfect, preferred bottle of wine.

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Lillet By The Waterfront

By: Kai Yeo

French, smooth, and loved by James Bond – meet Lillet, our new favorite bottle for the summer. Last night, we got to sit down with Lillet for an intimate dinner event at The Waterfront in Venice Beach, serving delicious food options paired with handcrafted Lillet cocktails perfect for the season.

As soon as we got seated, oysters were ready with the Lillet Spritz, a wonderful Rosé blended with The Waterfront’s house soda water topped with a fresh orange slice. The Lillet Rose is a clear, salmon pink rose that has a light aroma of berries, orange blossom, and grapefruit. The fruity sweetness of Lillet mixed with the bitterness of tonic water makes it an ideal pre-dinner drink, best served fresh.

While waiting for more dishes to be prepared, guests at the table got to make conversation and get to know one another better over our glass of Spritz. Brand ambassador and host of the evening, Lauren Trickett, also gave us an expert rundown of the wines we were having and a little background information on Lillet as we were getting settled. For the unfamiliar, Lillet is a French aromatized aperitif wine made with a blend of Bordeaux grapes and fortified with a blend of citrus liqueurs. There are three varieties to choose from: Lillet Blanc (a white wine made with Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes), Lillet Rosé (a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sémillon grapes) and Lillet Rouge (a red wine with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon).

Known for its’ layered and lively notes of fruit and florals, we got to pair the Lillet Blanc with our Entrée for the evening (a medium rare Steak and fries for our table). Honeyed, floral with jasmine, candied orange with lemon and fresh mint aromas, our cocktail had a lovely, long aftertaste with evergreen notes. Lillet says, “The golden madame is the oldest aperitif of the range. Ready at your service, long aromas that will last to the end of your journey!”

Everything that was brought out to us was a delight, but the star of the evening was without a doubt the Lillet Froze that was served for dessert. On the menu, a “thirst quenching frozen classic” blending watermelon and Lillet Rosé with coconut water, lime, and lavender. Bubbly goodness made even fresher! Looks are deceiving because I remember gasping after taking the first sip.

With scrumptious food options and even better cocktail options, our evening with Lillet and The Waterfront was wonderful. It is safe to say Lillet will be all we’re drinking for the rest of the summer.

Menu Highlights: Summer Corn Agnolotti (a personal favorite), Rotisserie Chicken (the guests next to us ordered this… and we traded them for our steak.)

Drink Highlights: Froze (don’t miss out – this drink is perfect for the summer!)

LILLET SPRITZ

  • 5 oz Lillet Blanc or Lillet Rosé
  • 5 (or your favorite sparkling water)
  • Fresh orange slice

Preparation: In a wine glass, combine equal parts Lillet and club soda over ice and finish with a fresh orange slice.

NOMAD SPRITZ 

  • 2 oz Lillet Rosé
  • 2 oz soda water
  • 2 oz sparkling Rosé wine
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • Fresh citrus garnish

Preparation: Combine over ice in wine glass and garnish with fresh lime or orange.

LILLET FROSÉ 

  • 3 oz Lillet Rosé
  • 3 oz fresh lemonade
  • Fresh lemon wheel

Preparation: Add all ingredients to blender with ice and blend to desired consistency. Garnish with lemon wheel

More Lillet cocktail recipes can be found on their official website. Bon Appetit!

photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

photo by Kai Yeo for use by 360 Magazine

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