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Community Pasta Dinner

Published October 18th, 2017


Compline Wine Bar Open!

Published October 18th, 2017



Imagine a space where you can taste and learn about world-class wines, tuck into a delicious meal, and purchase your newly discovered bottles to take home—all in one place. Welcome to Compline Wine Bar, Restaurant and Merchant, which will celebrate its grand opening—and ambitious concept—on September 10, 2017 at 1300 First Street in the hot Downtown Napa neighborhood. Latin for the “completion of the working day,” Compline (pronounced Comp-LYN) is poised to be Napa’s premiere wine gathering spot for tourists, locals and wine professionals alike.

“We wanted to create someplace we wanted to go—a laid-back place to drink cool wines,” says co-owner and former Charlie Trotter wine director Ryan Stetins, who hatched the idea for Compline three years ago with co-owner and fellow Napa resident, Master Sommelier Matt Stamp, formerly of the French Laundry. “As we refined the concept, Compline evolved into what it is today: A restaurant and wine bar, bottle shop, and center for wine education. But the part about drinking kick ass-wines in a beautiful space? That’s never changed.”

Stamp and Stetins have a distinct vision for Compline: Unfussy and convivial, with a smart crowd and plenty of ?owing wine that celebrates Napa Valley and beyond. “Our wine bar list has plenty of local finds, as well as a generous collection of other domestic and international bottles,” says Stamp. The comprehensive selection extends to Compline’s retail shelves, where most bottles are priced between $15-$30, and can be enjoyed in the wine bar for a small corkage fee. “Our retail is really designed for both locals and visitors hunting for new finds, new grapes, and new experiences beyond our little corner of the world,” says Stamp.

Chef Yancy Windsperger has designed a mouthwatering menu rooted in Napa’s strengths—shareable food that is seasonal and locally sourced. “This is real food prepared simply,” says Windsperger, an alum of Spago, Morimoto, and The Bazaar by Jose Andres. “And while our focus is on supporting local farmers and businesses, we are embracing flavors from around the world.” Adds Stetins: “Think of a dinner party in Napa. Friends, scattered bottles, and celebratory food in the cool night air. That’s the spirit we want to bring to our restaurant.” The restaurant accommodates seats 90 and is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Wine education is also a key component of Compline, where, beginning in October, there will be lively daily wine classes led by Stamp himself, designed for everyone from beginners to seasoned pros. Classes include “Jumpstart,” an hour-long session designed to kick off your stay in wine country with an introduction to wine and a chance to blind-taste like the pros, and “World Tour,” where attendees learn about (and taste!) distinctive wines across the globe.

*Classes start the first week of October. “Jumpstart” - every Wednesday-Sunday at 10am. “Gateway: Napa Valley” - every Saturday afternoon at 1pm. “World Tour,” - every other Monday night at 6pm.

Located within the heart of Downtown Napa’s First Street Napa project—a 325,000-square-foot mixed-use development that will incorporate 45 retail shops and restaurants, new creative office space, and a 183-room Archer Hotel opening this fall—Compline is in very good company. Veteran architect Sasha Janev of SMJ Architecture designed an airy 3,000 square foot indoor space with a concrete wine bar, an indoor-outdoor lounge with cozy sofas and custom-made banquettes, and a 26-seat patio perfect for relaxing, glass of vino in hand. Designer Melissa Schmitt, owner of Poor House Napa outfitted the entire space, and Andrew Stamp of Lincoln, Nebraska’s EleMETAL Fabrication created special finishing touches, including an indoor hanging trellis and a custom glass storage unit atop the bar.

Compline Hours:

· Wine Bar Hours: 10am-12 midnight

· Wine Bar/Lunch Menu: 10am-5:30pm

· Dinner Menu: 5:30pm-11pm

· Retail Shop Hours: 10am-11pm


Matt Stamp, has worked as a sommelier in some of wine country’s top restaurants, including the French Laundry and the Farmhouse Inn, and cut his teeth at V. Mertz Restaurant, his family’s fine-dining institution in Omaha, Nebraska. As Education Director for the Guild of Sommeliers, Stamp created a core program for aspiring sommeliers, and in 2014 he joined the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Board of Directors, where he is Examination Committee Co-Chair. He is a regular contributor to Decanter Magazine and was selected as one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” wine professionals.

Ryan Stetins, worked for the late chef Charlie Trotter for nearly six years, serving as Wine Director for his eponymous restaurant in Chicago and at Restaurant Charlie in Las Vegas. He also created Trotter’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list for four years. Stetins has also worked as Sommelier and General Manager at Yountville’s Redd and Reddwood and as Director of Restaurants for the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco.



Check Our Our New Balloon Package!

Published July 12th, 2017

Get a Bird's Eye View of the Beautiful Napa Valley with Our New Balloon Package

Witness the unrivaled beauty of the Napa Valley from the vantage point of a hot air balloon as you float gently and quietly in the early morning skies over miles of vineyards and rolling hills.

Our Balloon Package includes:

  • Our best available rate for one night accommodation in a deluxe guest room
  • Balloon ride for 2 guests
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and return service
  • Pre-flight coffee, tea, and pastries
  • In-flight photo
  • Post-flight champagne breakfast at Domaine Chandon Winery

The rate also includes complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free Wifi, and complimentary evening wine reception. Valid through October 31, 2017.

Please call the hotel directly to reserve your room today at 707.257.7220 or 800.522.8999. You can also book through our website.

Flight times vary throughout the year, from 5:30am-7:00am. Balloon rides may be cancelled due to weather. Subject to availability and black out dates. Two night minimum required. All activities are for two guests. All package attendees must be 21 years of age to participate in wine tasting tours and activities.


NVFF Announces New Pass Products & Screenplay Competition

Published June 27th, 2017



10% of Pass Sales revenue to be Donated to Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund

Napa, California (October 18, 2017) – Amid Northern California wildfires affecting the community, the seventh annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) today released a statement of community support and a commitment to staying on track for this year’s festival. Taking place from November 8-12, all 120+ films, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings and special events are scheduled to take place as planned. Working alongside local businesses, government agencies and Visit Napa Valley, the festival will be both a celebration of the beautiful Valley and cinematic storytelling, concurrently seeking to aid efforts to rebuild and heal the region loved by residents and visitors alike.

NVFF will directly support the local community by donating 10% of all pass sales revenue from October 16 through the festival to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. In addition to other charitable support for the recovery, NVFF Presenting Sponsor Lexus is generously donating 1,000 free tickets to select movies for those impacted by the Valley fires.

“Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with all of our Napa and Sonoma County families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and partners during this difficult time,” said NVFF co-founders/directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer. “Our intention is to put on the most memorable and meaningful film festival to date. Our partners and venues are eager to share this festival with those who love and need great stories, conversation, and bonding experiences. Festivalgoers will be able to support the Valley’s rebuilding efforts by booking hotel rooms and making restaurant reservations. This will all add positive economic impact during the Valley’s time of need.”

The festival looks forward to welcoming over 300 filmmakers to the festival, as well as honoring great talent including Will Ferrell, Nancy Meyers, Michael Shannon, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Additionally, over 120 films will be screened, including highly anticipated award-contenders such as Call Me By Your Name, I, Tonya, Molly’s Game and The Shape of Water. The full festival line-up of films, culinary programs, and special events can be found at

About The Napa Valley Film Festival

The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, NVFF will take place November 8-12. NVFF presents over 120 new independent films and studio sneak previews in 9 beautiful venues throughout the Valley. Attendees will interact with over 300 filmmakers at screenings, and enjoy wine tastings, culinary demos, winemaker dinners, Celebrity Tributes, the Awards Ceremony and Festival Gala, Opening and Closing Night parties and more. The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. Visit for more information or call 707.226.7500



JOB POST: Alkar Human Resources

Published June 20th, 2017

The Business Development Sales Rep position will be responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships and partnerships with client companies throughout Napa and Sonoma area. Duties include generating sales opportunities by setting meetings with decision makers and supporting the needs of current and prospective clients.

Candidates must have a sense of urgency, integrity, drive, and an ambitious personality.

Duties include:

  • Generate business leads
  • Convert business leads to sales
  • Develop partnerships and relationships with new and existing customers
  • Work within a team atmosphere
  • Manage time effective
  • Utilize company resources to help build success


  • 3 year's experience as outside sales person
  • Strong work ethic
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Past success experiences

Salary: DOE plus bonus. Excellent benefits. Monday-Friday schedule.

Contact Carina Hurtado at


Hotel Recommendations

Published May 24th, 2017

Rates starting at $179/night

For groups of 10-15 rooms per night Sunday-Wednesday arriving April through July.

  • 10% off best available rate
  • 2 upgrades at the group rate (based on availability)
  • 2 VIP amenities
  • Complimentary hot breakfast, free wifi throughout the hotel, complimentary wine reception daily, free parking

Contact Kim Smith at 707.257.7220 or, and request Spring Into Summer to book your group.

Offer valid for booking until June 15th for arrivals until July 31st. Based on availability. Some blackout dates may apply.


North Bay Businesses Turn to SCORE as Valuable Resource

Published May 24th, 2017

If you run a business, you face daily challenges — from increasing revenue, cutting costs, raising money, marketing, hiring, and much more.

Wouldn't it be great to talk with a business consultant and receive experienced advice? We would like to introduce you to SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses start, grow, and succeed.

SCORE is made up of experienced business men and women who volunteer their time to give back to local businesses and the community. The North Coast Chapter serves businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties, and is a free resource to assist in day-to-day challenges as well as strategic issues including:

  • Growing business
  • Finding funding sources
  • Increasing sales and profitability
  • Managing cash flow with accounting
  • Streamlining operations and controlling inventory
  • Getting the most out of employees

SCORE is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and provides free business consulting for companies ranging in size from start-ups to large entities with hundreds of employees. Since its founding in 1964, SCORE has helped countless businesses through its 370 chapters throughout the country.

In addition to consulting and mentoring services, SCORE also offers a wide range of business-related workshops throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more about SCORE or have a business issue or difficult decision or business initiative that you would like to share with one of our seasoned counselors, visit

Local Workshops Focus on Business Training and Skills

North Coast SCORE offers business workshops on a number of important topics that benefit entrepreneurs as well as senior executives. The workshops, which take place at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa, are available at a very reasonable cost. For more information and to register today, visit

Check out what a few local business owners have to say about working with SCORE:

Kevin Devine, Devine Frames: "It's a cool thing to get free counseling. I paid to have a management consultant — it was a couple of thousand dollars. SCORE was much better."

Stephanie Gagne, Simple Care Products: "It was great to be able to bounce ideas off them, and they gave me experienced feedback. They also helped with my business strategy and to make decisions."

Rebecca Valentine, Sonoma Gnome: "It's great to have someone as a sounding board…someone with decades of experience offering help. It's incredibly valuable. SCORE is a gift to the community."

Carina Whitham, Whitham Group: "I was pleasantly surprised as the counselors are informative and experienced."

Jeane Sloane, Local Authors Distribution: "It's really nice to know you have someone out there to help me with my small-time business."


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