October 19, 2022

Experience The Amazing Napa and Sonoma

Napa and Sonoma

In today’s “An Insider’s Look” we explore Sonoma and Napa Valley and ways to immerse these worldwide recognized regions for their award-winning wines, food, and endless views into your next program.

We build distinctive experiences that guests cannot access on their own to create unforgettable memories. Alongside the wine regions, we will provide updates on San Francisco, the gateway into wine country!

We look forward to discussing how we can partner to create a remarkable wine country event.

Experience Napa and Sonoma

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Napa Valley and Sonoma are the heart of California winemaking, encompassing a variety of wineries including family-owned and operated, women-owned, boutique wineries, and some of the most well-known names in wine.Within these regions, we can access and create unique experiences on and off the vineyards to elevate your program. From winemaker tastings, interactive Chef dinners, wine blending, stomps, and unique tours, we will aim to impress your guests at every step.

Give your wine-tasting experience an element of surprise, where the group is led to discover a table set between the vines for a lobster pour luncheon.Chefs arrive, guests stand, and excitement builds as a feast is poured over the table, a luxurious lobster lunch experience among the vines. An interactive and impressive way to dine!

A Ride Through the Valley

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Seeing Napa from the tracks is a unique way for guests to view the wine region. The Napa Wine Train is a scenic way to fully experience the gorgeous, never-ending rolling vineyards of Napa from a different viewpoint, all on a vintage train.

Your program can include a ride through Napa enjoying a chef-forward meal onboard whilst sipping on wines from the region, and sighting the Valley’s iconic sites, some with stops for photo ops. We can tailor the stops to your attendee’s tastes mapping out a special route for the wineries and artisans to explore. Add our IE touch with an intimate winemaker meet and greet or wine pairing dinner.

There are multiple customizable options we can create on board, including full buy-outs dependent on group sizes. You really can hit that VIP level of experience for your groups on the Napa Wine Train.

Sip with Sustainability

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Napa Valley, the winetasting capital of the U.S. and one of the most distinctive wine regions in the world, continues to go above and beyond to put sustainability at the forefront of the destination. Showcasing LEED-certified hotels and wineries, Napa Green Certified vineyards, innovative eco-operations, and farm-to-table dining.

The region has adopted Napa Green, the first global sustainable winegrowing certification of its kind that focuses on climate action, regenerative carbon farming, and social equity. There are nearly 100 wineries within Napa and Sonoma that have earned this soil-to-bottle certification, accounting for 40% of the overall collection.

We can map out and build unique sustainable experiences into your itinerary that can be anchored around any company or program green initiatives. Elevate a private tasting at a Napa Geen Certified vineyard with the winemaker providing education on their sustainable operation and design, or feature an interactive Chef experience on farm-to-table dishes while deep diving into the local farms and ingredients all while sipping on featured Napa Green wines.

A Napa Valley VIP Experience

If your group has VIP guests there are exclusive experiences that we can build around California’s “Cult” Wineries.

Opus One Estate is considered to be one of California’s Cult Wineries, the main building rises gently from the ground in harmony with its natural surroundings. On arrival at the estate, the guests will feel a sense of luxury encompassed with a sense of calm.

The wine produced here is premium as Opus One is the product of two families who shared a passion for wine and a desire to explore new horizons.

Visiting the estate guests will be able to gain an insight into the French and American origins and learn about the vineyard and winemaking practices from one of America’s best winemakers.

Did you know…

  • Sonoma County is the largest wine producer in Northern California’s Wine Country region
  • Both Napa and Sonoma boast over 400 wineries in the each region
  • There are more than 50 grape varieties grown in Sonoma County
  • The City of Napa was founded by Nathan Coombs in 1847
  • Napa Valley is about 30 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point
  • California accounts for more than 90% of total U.S. wine production

Hotel Updates in Wine Country and San Francisco

Here is a snapshot of the hotel developments and highlights:

  • Auberge, Stanly Ranch Napa Valley opened in April 2022, located in the heart of Napa Valley on a vineyard and historic ranch land.
  • Four Seasons Napa Valley opened in November 2021, set within the world-class vineyard of Elusa Winery.
  • Montage Healdsburg opened in January 2021 within Sonoma wine country with bungalow-style guestrooms focused on outdoor living.
  • The Lodge at Sonoma completed a renovation and joined the Marriott Autograph Collection in June 2021.
  • 1 Hotel San Francisco, opened in June 2022. Located in the famed Embarcadero, is inspired by nature with sustainable operations and views of the city skyline and San Francisco Bay.
  • LUMA Hotel San Francisco, opened in July 2022. It offers a modern art-forward design, Silver LEED Certification, and overlooks the city, Bay and Oracle Park.
  • Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero reopened in August 2021 after renovations. This hotel sits in the Financial District.
  • Rosewood Hotel San Francisco is set to open in 2026 in the Transbay District.

If you are considering areas to stay in or want to know what is new, please contact one of our team to discuss your ideas and we can help guide you.

City Night Delights in San Francisco!

If your guests are stopping through San Francisco during their program then we must tell you about some gems you may wish to consider.

Kayio Rooftop located steps from Oracle Park home of the San Francisco Giants is a new and hip place to be in the city. Featuring Japanese-Peruvian cuisine with crafted cocktails, it is set in a tropical oasis surrounded by lush plants and richly textured design elements give off vacation vibes.

Mastro’s Steakhouse in Union Square is a sophisticated steakhouse and culinary adventure. Featuring the finest prime steaks, an enticing selection of appetizers, family-style side dishes, decadent desserts, carefully curated wine, and genuine service. The restaurant spans more than three floors, complete with its signature M Bar, a rooftop bar, and private event spaces. A strict upscale dress code is enforced.

Members Only opened in May 2022 located in lower Knob Hill is a bi-level venue supper club and cocktail bar. Members Only features a New American Fusion cuisine and finely crafted cocktails. Inside Members Only you will find a subterranean cocktail lounge, Finders Keepers. Both spaces are available for private events combined or separately.

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