There probably won’t be any snow — although you never know! — but there definitely will be lots of holiday spirit in California’s Napa Valley this month.
Here’s a look at just some of the special events around which a wine country holiday getaway could be built…
• Dreaming of a Wine Christmas at Compadres Rio Grille, Napa. Through December 19. Wine sampling/tasting every Monday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m.
• Annual Holiday Light Tours on the Napa Valley Wine Trolley. Selected dates through December 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Pick-up at Oxbow Public Market in Napa. Enjoy holiday music and hot cocoa, and a candy cane will be provided. Adults (10 years and older), $25; children (3-9), $15.
• Meadowood’s Twelve Days of Christmas at The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena. Selected dates through December 21. Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow rounds up kitchen masters from around the world to showcase their work. Every night, it’s a different chef and a different feast, all benefiting Napa Valley charities.
• Air Force Band of the Golden West Holiday Concert at the Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. December 11. Led by Commander and Conductor Jason Plosch, this acclaimed 40-piece ensemble from Travis Air Force Base has performed for millions of listeners and inspired enthusiastic critical acclaim.
• Wine on America’s Holiday Table at Markham Vineyards in St. Helena. December 12. Women for WineSense’s holiday party includes fine wine and a sumptuous buffet dinner, along with a presentation by Tim Hanni, M.W., on “Vinotypes.” Also features a silent auction.
• 25th annual Candlelight House Tour in Napa. December 14, 3-7 p.m. This year’s tour showcases the history and eclectic architecture of Napa’s “Tree Streets: West of Jefferson.” The self-guided tour features seven houses ranging from Victorian cottages to Craftsman bungalows, built in the early 20th century. Tickets are $40.
• Windham Hill Winter Solstice at Napa Valley Opera House in Napa. December 14.
Barbara Higbie, Lisa Lynne and Liz Story play their own particular version of traditional holiday music. The Windham Hill recording label was synonymous with the best of jazz, new age and pop instrumentals. An annual holiday tradition, Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice brings some of the label’s most celebrated recording artists back to Napa for the third year in a row.
• Christmas Dinner at Siena Restaurant at The Meritage Resort at Napa. December 25, 2-7 p.m. The resort will be decked with holiday spirit, including white lights on all of the trees in the front of the property and the large Christmas tree in the lobby. The dinner ($69) will feature four courses, each paired with a selected wine (wine pairing available at an additional cost).
For further information on any of these events, go to Visit Napa Valley.