Winter in Napa Valley with the Candlelight Inn

Your Passport to Some of Napa Valley’s Best Wineries


Winter 2013/2014 represents the fifth year Calistoga area wineries have offered a wine tasting package that could be the best deal ever.

Winter-In-the-Wineries-Passport-2The Winter in the Wineries Passport gives holders access to 14 members of the Calistoga American Viticultural Area (AVA) – Napa Valley’s 15th officially designated winegrowing region.

Between December 6th and February 9th, passport holders can access each of the participating wineries’ unique tasting experience. Individually, the tasting fees for these wineries would be over $250. With additional discounts at Calistoga restaurants and shops, the $75 price tag offers a deal no one of legal drinking age should miss.

Just a few of the experiences passport holders will enjoy this year include:

Given the time of year and nature of many of the wineries, passport tastings are generally by appointment; however, same day appointments are frequently available.

While many try, few can live on wine alone. Calistoga restaurants such as 1226 Washington, Brannan’s Grill, and JoLe Farm to Table are offering special discounts to Winter in the Wineries Passport holders.

While in town, why not spend some time shopping? Several merchants are offering 10% off the purchases of passport holders. Save on Elizabeth Carmel and Olof Carmel prints at the Carmel Gallery, enjoy hand-crafted jewelry from Studio Kokomo, or get a massage at the Lincoln Avenue Spa.

From August Briggs to W.H. Smith & Wine Sensory Experience, you have two months to enjoy all the pleasures of the Winter in the Wineries Passport. Take the time to experience all of Wine Country in the winter with the Candlelight Inn. With special packages and mid-week deals we offer our guests a Napa winter wonderland: all luxury and no snow.

Exclusive Napa Tours

Any tourist can come to the Napa or Sonoma valleys and stop at whatever winery catches their attention along Highway 29, the Silverado Trail, or Highway 12. The tourist with the more advanced palette can easily find shuttle tours that reduce some of the randomness, and hazards, of driving from winery to winery. However, it is the truly savvy traveler that knows how to get the best out of Wine Country – with an exclusive tour guided by someone with insider knowledge and access to wineries open only to special friends. Candlelight Inn has developed personal relationships with three such guides.

Napa Tours and Chauffeur

Owner/Operator Tac Fair creates tours based on guest preferences – that they can submit online. By acting as your sole point of contact, Tac ensures that you and your group (up to six) have the tour of your dreams. If you have your own itinerary, no problem. If your interests include items frequently associated with wineries, such as unique architecture or gardens, no problem. If you want running commentary, or not, also not a problem. Napa Tours and Chauffeur provides personalized service that will meet your specific needs and desires for your tour of Wine Country.

Swirl and Sip Wine Tours

An intimate wine tour, a private affair, or a corporate event are all within the services provided by Rozanna Picantin of Swirl and Sip Wine Tours. To quote her own website, Rozanna has “decades of experience in the Wine Tour Industry” and she puts all of that knowledge to good use. She will put together a tour that accommodates all of your wine tasting interests – including family friendly wineries!

Napa Private Tours

If you are a wine tasting novice or expert, Napa Private Tours wants you to have a great wine tasting experience. Every tour has three goals in mind during the design: high quality wine, hospitable wineries, and introducing you to wines you would not generally find on your own. Owner Javier Calderon’s guiding principle is, “If you are not having fun, then we are not doing our job!” and it shows in all of his tours.

Make it a Weekend

Let Candlelight Inn match you up with the perfect tour guide to create your exclusive Napa Valley escape that much more exquisite!

Take a Holiday before the Holidays

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.View from Garden View Deck

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
Cooking Class

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. backyard  by

Fall Festival Season in Napa Valley


In the San Francisco Bay Area, autumn is festival season, and Wine Country is no exception. This is a region where the weather can be at its best in September and October and people are outside enjoying it.

On September 21st, join the Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation at the 6th annual Napa Valley Aloha Festival and gain some Aloha spirit without crossing the ocean. Members of the Hawaiian and Polynesian communities from all over the West Coast and Hawaii come together to offer you live entertainment and authentic food while vendors offer arts, crafts, clothing, and wares.

The Napa Valley Museum is putting on its Oktober Fest & Car Show; also on the 21st. Check out classic, antique, and sports cars as well as hot rods and motorcycles from around the Bay Area. Of course, no Oktober Fest event would be complete without traditional German Oktoberfest music, beer, pretzels, and German food.

Autumn is also harvest season, and there are many one-time and on-going events, such as the Grape Stomp at Grgich Hills Estate. The stomping started on Labor Day weekend and will continue through Halloween. Entry includes stomping, wine tasting, and an “I stomped at Grgich Hills” T-shirt featuring your own grape juiced footprints!

As they say, it takes a lot of beer to make a good wine, and wine country has several Oktober Fest events. CHEERS! St. Helena is holding theirs on October 4th. Take part in local beer, brats, pretzels, and Oompah band Grand Isle Fire Brigade. To round things out, The Michael Thomason Band will be rocking out on Adams Street! Entry is free, but a $35 tasting pass gives you access to taste all the wines at the event.

October 19th is the St. Helena Harvest Festival bringing several wineries together to celebrate the end of the harvest. With a fun run, pet parade, live music, food and craft booths, wine pouring stations, and a kids’ carnival, this is a great day for the whole family!

Turn your festival attendance into a sublime weekend with the ultimate in private wine tastings offered in Candlelight Inn’s Connoisseur package.

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Wineries Near the Inn

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Wine Tasting

Crane Family Vineyards – Just about 5 minutes from the inn has a great approach to introducing guests to the wine…by sitting out on the porch overlooking the  vineyards…rolling hills…and I think it’s one of the smallest wineries in the valley too.
Excellent wines:

Let our concierge book the tasting and they will wave the fee!




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Truchard Archway

Truchard produces some of the valley’s best wines such as their intense Pinot Noir (2010)…Wonderful winery and people too. Check out their wine list:


Culinary Program at Napastyle

Tickets can be purchased at

Expert Demostrations in an Intimate Setting…


Stay at the Candlelight Inn and receive a coupon to save 20% off on a cooking classing…


Next Class: 

April 10 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Class in Yountville at the  NapaStyle Store



Rossetta Constantino of My Calabria

“Tate of Calabria”

Polette di Melanzane ( Crispy Eggplant Meatballs)

Dromesat (Handemade Arberesh Pasta with Tomato Sauce)



Reservations: (800) 624-0395
Local: (707) 257-3717

Horse Ridin’ over in Jack London State Park

Triple Creek Horse Outfit  is now riding over at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen, CA


The drive from The Candlelight Inn Napa  to the park is about 45 minutes…Next to the park is Benzinger Winery



Reservations: (800) 624-0395
Local: (707) 257-3717




Stay at the Candlelight Inn Napa



Ideally situated on the border of Sonoma and Napa at the gateway between the Bay Area and Wine Country, the Candlelight Inn’s bucolic surroundings have been providing a charming and romantic backdrop since 1929.

It’s rustic and secluded charm boasts an historic Tudor building of whitewashed plaster set between blackened oak timbers cozily situated under the shade of its own Redwood grove on a tributary of the Napa River

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