The biggest events in Napa in May 2019 include BottleRock, Calistoga Food & Wine, and special wine tasting activities at the wineries. You will also find some great shows throughout the month at the Blue Note.
In addition, I've included some great deals on tastings around Napa Valley as well as a few places to find the best rates on local hotels.
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Date: May 4, 2019
Location: Black Stallion Estate Winery, 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
You're invited to watch the fastest two minutes in horse racing on the big screens in our Barrel Cellar. Start with a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc Mint Julep follow by scrumptious, Kentucky inspired nibbles paired with our winning wines including our 2018 Rose.
Wear your best hat, tie, or both to participate in our "Best Derby Attire" contests! Enjoy live Blue Grass music on our Garden Terrace and surprises throughout the afternoon!
Tickets are $50 for the general public and $40 for club members. Contact them directly at 707-227-3255 for tickets.
This three-day long celebration of food and wine kicks off on Friday with the Winemaker Dinner at the Fairwinds Estate wine cave, offering a perfectly paired meal in a fantastic setting. Saturday afternoon is the Grand Tasting Event at Solage Calistoga with delicious samples from over 40 local wineries. Finally, the event concludes with the Chef and Sommelier Brunch, combining freshly made gourmet creations with breakfast cocktails.
Dates: 5/24 - 5/26
Of all the events in Napa in May, the BottleRock music festival is probably the most anticipated. This three-day celebration of great music, food, beer, and wine attracts lots of big name artists. Friday headliners include Imagine Dragons, Logic, OneRepublic, and Sylvan Esso. Saturday brings Neil Young, Pharrell Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Gary Clark Jr. to the stage. And finally, Sunday welcomes Mumford & Sons, Santana, Tash Sultana, and Lord Huron. This lineup is truly hard to beat.
The following events are held at wineries all around Napa Valley. Many are open to the public and most have discounted rates or are complimentary for wine club members.
Most events in Napa in May land on the weekend, but there are a handful during the week too. These events are VERY popular, so I recommend planning in advance if you can and booking your tickets before you arrive.
Ballentine Vineyards: May Release Party (5/5), Cinco de Mayo cuisine and newly release wines from 1 pm to 4 pm
Benessere Vineyards: Spring Release Party (5/4), celebrate some of their new releases from 2 pm to 5 pm at The Studio by Feast It Forward, Napa
Beringer Vineyards: Kentucky Derby Celebrations (5/4), Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with food and wine, discounts, from 10 am to 5 pm
Beringer Vineyards: Vineyard Outing & Lunch (5/11), Tour of the St. Helena Home Vineyard, lunch paired with reserve wines
Cliff Lede Vineyards: Mother's Day Tasting (5/12), light bites, special release wines
Cliff Lede Vineyards: Rock Block Release Party (5/19), new release of their Rock Block Cabernet Sauvignon as well as FEL wine releases, library and large format wines will be opened and music from 11 am to 2 pm
Duckhorn: The Discussion Release Derby Party (5/4), watch the Kentucky Derby and enjoy the annual release of The Discussion wine with Winemaker Renee Ary from 1 pm to 4 pm
Elizabeth Spencer: Sauvignon Blanc & Paella Party (5/18) from 11 am to 2 pm
Falcor Napa Valley: Mardi Gras in May (5/18), creole food paired with wines and live music from 11 am to 3 pm
Flora Springs: Sixteen Spirits Historical Ghost Winery Tour & Tasting (5/19), learn the history of one of the few remaining ghost wineries and finish with a tasting of their wines
Grgich Hills Estate: Mother's Day Brunch (5/12), buffet lunch paired with rose, chardonnay and merlot from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Grgich Hills Estate: Paris Tasting Commemorative Chardonnay Release Party (5/18), release of the 2016 Chardonnay, lobster rolls, and 70s music from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Judd's Hill: Annual Springtime Bonanza (5/19), Food, newly released wines, and some aged library wines, benefits the Napa Valley Youth Symphony from 12pm to 2:30pm
Markham Vineyards: Cigars & Wine (5/4), Learn how to use a cigar roller, eat Cuban food, live music and wines from 3 pm to 5 pm
Merryvale: Friday Music on the Terrace, 1st and 3rd Fridays in May from 5pm to 7pm
Merryvale: Profile Blending & Burgers (5/4), craft a Bordeaux style blend followed by luck at the winery, Gott's Burgers and side along with some Merryvale wines, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Merryvale: Mother's Day at Merryvale (5/12), Moms will receive a free glass of Solstice Sparkling Wine and a chocolate with a paid wine tasting, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Merryvale: Vino & Pizza Summer Release Party (5/18), Taste the newest releases of both Merryvale and Starmont along with pizza, live music from 3 pm to 5 pm
Miner Family Winery: Wine Release Party (5/11), lawn games, wine tasting, live entertainment and tasty bites with three seatings at 6 pm, 6:30 pm or 7 pm
Mumm Napa: Vineyard Green Season Opening (5/17), Enjoy the start of Summer on the Vineyard Green with sparkling wine and tasty bites, live music, from 6 pm to 8 pm
Pine Ridge Vineyards: Hike in the Vineyards (5/4), educational stroll through the vineyards, grape to glass experience with lunch and wine tasting, starts at 9am until 1 pm
Robert Mondavi Winery: I Block Release and Lobster Feet (5/18), celebrate the release of the 2016 I Block Fume Blanc with lobster and all the fixings, live music after dinner and a dessert buffet, 6pm to 9:30pm
Round Pond Estate: Summer Release Party (5/18), Small bites paired with new wines, from 4pm to 6pm
Schramsberg: Spring Release Party (5/18), Numerous vintages of their sparkling wines, a delicious lunch, and a walk through the vineyard from 12 noon to 3 pm
Sequoia Grove Winery: Mother's Day Tasting & Brunch (5/12), New releases and brunch from 10:30 am
Tedeschi Family Winery: Pick-Up Party at Tedeschi Family Winery (5/18), Taste current, library and new wines with eating pizza and other foods on the crush pad or cellar, live music, from 2 pm to 5 pm
Trefethen Family Vineyards: B2B - Barrel to Bottle Tasting and Lunch (5/11), Winemaker Bryan Kays teaches you about their wines paired with lunch, 11 am to 3 pm
Dates: 5/3 - 5/5
Spend the weekend at the Napa County Fairgrounds with food, fun and entertainment. The Flynn Creek Circus will perform both days with high flying acrobats. Head over to the speedway to watch AMA racing and watch the bull studded Mexican Jaripeo. You can also enjoy goodies from local food trucks, chef demonstrations, community competitions, a petting zoo, kid's activities, and so much more. The doors are open from noon to 10pm both days.
Are you looking for some fun nightlife events in Napa in May? Check out these popular shows coming up this month at the Uptown Theatre.
This is the second year for Inspire Napa Valley. It's a weekend long event with wine tasting, dinners, a VIP brunch and more. The proceeds from this event will go to support the Alzheimer's Association. The event starts with a VIP dinner on Friday night. On Saturday, there is a seminar, wine tasting event, and a seated dinner. The event wraps up with a VIP brunch on Sunday morning.
Here are a few great wine tasting deals in Napa Valley on Groupon.
*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.
Check out the Blue Note for some of the best nightlife events in Napa in May. This jazz clubs bring live music to the stage most nights of the week. It's one of my favorites as it's set on the first floor of the history Napa Valley Opera House. Their dinners are also amazing and used with locally grown ingredients. The best part is that they pair it all with top of the line Napa Valley wines.
Are you looking to stay for a night or two as you enjoy these events in Napa in May? If so, check out these great hotel deals all around the valley.
You will also find some great shows this month at JaM Cellars Ballroom in downtown Napa at 1030 Main St. They are located in the same building as the Blue Note inside the Napa Valley Opera House.
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