Wine Country Inn Blog - October 2011

Wine Country Inn New Year’s Eve Celebration 2011

Celebrate a Napa Valley New Year’s Eve in style: at the Wine Country Inn!

On December 31, 2011, we’ll host our third annual Wine Country Inn New Year’s Eve dinner. This special night will include a four-course Italian meal prepared by Executive Chef Roger Gafner and served family style in the Inn’s common room (complete with roaring fire), wine from our neighbors at Jessup Cellars, and a midnight champagne toast. Cost will be $175 per couple plus tax and gratuity (includes the meal, all wine, and the champagne toast).

Seating will be limited to 26 people (13 couples), so contact the Inn for reservations by calling either:
1-888-465-4608 or 707-963-7077.

Many of our guests love the idea of sharing a wonderful celebration with new and old friends…and then simply walking to their room. And we DON’T mark up our room rates: you pay the same off-season room rate as posted on our web site.

About Chef Roger Gafner

Chef Roger is an award-winning chef who specializes in Italian-American cuisine east coast style, as well as traditional regional Italian cuisines. He believes that cooking is essentially a sensual and intimate experience that stimulate all of the senses: stunning presentations, wonderful aromas, and the excitement of myriad flavors that play a symphony on the palate. He currently is the contributing editor for the Culinarian magazine, and serves as Executive Chef at Teldeschi Winery (Healdsburg, CA).

Wine Country Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu

UPDATED NOVEMBER 8, 2011

We’re excited to announce the following as the Wine Country Inn New Year’s Eve dinner menu to be held Saturday, December, 31, 2011. Cost for this Napa Valley New Year’s Eve dinner is only $175 per couple (plus tax and gratuity), which includes the meal, all wine, and a midnight champagne toast.
Executive Chef Roger Gafner, an award winning chef from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently executive chef at Teldeschi Winery (Healdsburg, California), will be leading the dinner. Wines for this special Italian family-style dinner in the Inn’s Common Room (complete with roaring fire!) are from our friends at Jessup Cellars.

Antipasti
“Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Bruschetta”
Sourdough bread slices with wild mushrooms and goat cheese, garnished with lemon zest and chives.
Jessup wine: 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)

Antipasti
“Steak Bruschetta”
Braised Italian beef with arugula and aioli, and parmigiano-reggiano.
Jessup wine: 2008 Manny’s Blend (Napa Valley)

Zuppa
“Italian Wedding Soup”
Traditional Italian soup celebrating the “perfect marriage” between the meatballs and vegetables.
Jessup wine: 2008 Manny’s Blend (Napa Valley)

Primi Piatto
“Wild Mushroom Risotto”
Carnaroli rice, roasted shallots, garlic and mushroom medley of Shiitake, Matsutake, Chanterelle, Crimini, and Porcini.
Jessup wine: 2009 Pinot Noir (Russian River)

Piatto Principale
“Blanquette di Vitello”
Veal top sirloin with glazed pearl onions and wild mushroom ragout. Served with glazed carrots and potato medley.
Jessup wine: 2010 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)

Dolce
“Grand Marnier Cheesecake”
Sable crust with Orange and Grand Marnier-infused custard, topped with orange curd. Served with candied orange peel and chocolate.
Jessup wine: 2007 Zinfandel Port (Napa Valley)

Note: There will be a vegetarian option for the main course–a Vegetarian Lasagna with semolina pasta, roasted vegetables, pomodora sauce, and whole milk mozzarella, ricotta and parmigiano-reggiano. Please state your vegetarian request WHEN MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.

Come, eat, enjoy!

For reservations, please call 1-888-465-4608 or 707-963-7077.

We Welcome: Flavor! Napa Valley

There’s a new event about to hit Napa Valley, and it’s going to be a fun one!

One month from now, the inaugural FLAVOR! Napa Valley event will kick-off. This is a four-day food, wine and fun event with locations throughout the Napa Valley. Many celebrity chefs and winemakers will be attending, including Thomas Keller, Michael Chiarello, and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

Many of the events will take place at the Culinary Institute of America, which is approximately one mile from the Wine Country Inn, making the Inn an ideal lodging spot for FLAVOR! participants.

FLAVOR! will take place November 17-20, 2011, and tickets for various events are still available. And of this writing, the Wine Country Inn still has some availability during these dates.

If you’re been looking for a great excuse (or even a so-so one), to come experience Napa Valley, here is the reason to come!

New Special Announced

The Wine Country Inn has created a new stay-and-spa special: the Total Decadence Package. This package includes:

~ A two-night stay in our best available Suite or Luxury Cottage
~ A two-hour couple’s massage treatment
~ Breakfast in bed
~ Our evening rose petal turndown service combined with our Brownie & Port nightcap.

This special begins October 30, 2011, and runs through March 29, 2012. For additional information and pricing, please visit our website.