Are You Ready to Rock? Head to Napa

bottlerockEven though I’m now 57 years and four days of age, I am about to use the word “totally” in a much younger context.

BottleRock is a three-day music festival set for May 29-31 at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa, Calif. Among its headliners are Robert Plant, Imagine Dragons, No Doubt, The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dog, Los Lobos, Brett Dennen, Passion Pit and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I love music, and I can tell you it’s a well curated, exciting and eclectic lineup.

Yet even though BottleRock is mostly about the music (get ready for it!), I would totally go there just for the food and wine. Some of the North Coast’s top restaurants will be represented, and a number of local wineries will be providing a vinous smorgasbord of liquid delights.

First, the food purveyor lineup:

  • Morimoto
  • La Toque
  • Redd
  • Oenotri
  • La Taberna
  • Atlas Social
  • Goose & Gander
  • Farmer Brown
  • The Thomas & Fagiani’s Bar
  • Ca’ Momi Enoteca
  • Il Posto
  • Tarla Grill
  • Ristorante Allegria
  • The Q Restaurant and Bar
  • Fumé Bistro
  • Eight Noodle Shop
  • La Condesa
  • Smoke Open Fire
  • Bui Bistro
  • Taqueria Rosita
  • Eiko’s
  • Napa Valley Crust
  • Jax White Mule Diner
  • Napa Palisades Saloon
  • Bacon Bacon
  • Marks the Spot
  • Azalina’s
  • El Porteno
  • Gerard’s Paella
  • White Guy Pad Thai
  • Curry Up Now
  • Drewski’s
  • Me So Hungry
  • Seoul of Taipei
  • Tips TriTip
  • Krave Jerky
  • Jambra Juice
  • Whole Foods
  • Mariposa Ice Creamery
  • Vintage Sweet Shoppe
  • Kara’s Cupcakes
  • Sweetie Pies
  • Three Twins Ice Cream
  • Ultra Crepes
  • Ben & Jerry’s

Between bites, there will be no shortage of equally satisfying sips available. Pouring at BottleRock will be:

  • Miner Family Winery
  • Del Dotto Vineyards
  • Rombauer Vineyards
  • Silver Oak Cellars
  • Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Schramsberg Vineyards
  • Twomey Cellars
  • Clos Du Val Winery
  • Hill Family Estate
  • Goosecross Cellars
  • Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
  • Ca’ Momi Winery
  • JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset
  • JaM Cellars
  • Bread & Butter Wines
  • Aviary Vineyards
  • JW Thomas Group Wines
  • Naked Wines
  • OneHope Winery
  • Vezer Family Vineyard
  • Gia by Gia Coppola

Go for the music… stay for the food… and wash it all down with some good wine. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend a weekend to me.

To learn more about the 2015 edition of BottleRock, click here.

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P.S.: If you prefer your music sans throngs of sweaty festival-goers flailing their arms in the air, Napa offers a classy alternative: the City Winery, housed in the historic Napa Valley Opera House. Music? Check. Food? Check. Wine? Check. You can check out its upcoming concert lineup here.

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