Sunday through Thursday – especially in autumn – offers a completely different Napa Valley from what most visitors see during the weekend. Fewer crowds give everything a more relaxed feel. In November and December, with the crisper weather, a gourmet meal followed by a warm beverage makes everything more beautiful.
Even though the activity list is not as crammed, there is still plenty to do: compare Napa Valley wines to those of the rest of the world, take a unique market tour and cooking class, or attend the Flavor! Napa Festival.
Napa Valley vs. the World
Designed for everyone, from the wine novice to the wine expert, this new series of classes by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), gives you the ability to compare wine varieties not to each other, but to their counterparts from other parts of the world. Experience the difference geography makes when it comes to wine. If you have ever wondered about the difference between a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or a Merlot from Chile and those from Napa, this selection of Sunday morning classes is for you!
Oxbow Market Tour and
During the fall and winter months, local chef Julie Logue-Riordan offers an all-day experience on select Tuesdays and Fridays. Start the morning off with a tour of the Oxbow Public Market – which offers only the best and freshest of local produce, meat, cheese, and other artisan products. A private wine tasting follows the shopping trip, and then to the kitchen where participants learn how to bring the best out of their purchases.
Flavor! Napa Valley
Beginning on Wednesday, November 20th, this five-day festival celebrates wine, food, and fun as only Napa can. Events and seminars include multiple wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, a wine lovers boot camp, and a culinary stroll of downtown Napa. Tickets are available for individual events or in packages. All Flavor! Napa Valley proceeds benefit the CIA.
The Candlelight Inn would like to offer you their services for your mid-week break with our Fall into Winter room package. Our in-house Concierge is able to set up reservations or formal tours. Additionally, our preferred driving service, Napa Tours and Chauffeur, can create a custom tour to not only meet your expectations, but to surpass them with their expertise and exclusive access.