Walt Wines Opens New Tasting Room in Downtown Napa
WALT Wines, a leading luxury Pinot Noir producer owned by Craig and Kathryn Walt Hall, has opened a new tasting room in the Oxbow District of downtown Napa. The new location, WALT Napa Oxbow, marks the second tasting room location for the prominent, luxury wine brand led by General Manager Jeff Zappelli and Winemaker Megan Gunderson Paredes.
“Downtown Napa has an energy that ushers in a more urban experience for the new type of wine consumer,” says WALT General Manager, Jeff Zappelli. “We found an ideal Tasting Room location in the Oxbow District that is directly across the street from the Oxbow Market and CIA Copia. The location is walking distance to the Napa Riverwalk, Napa Fairgrounds, and a collective of tasting rooms, notable modern art galleries, high-end hotels and renowned restaurants. Expanding WALT from the tasting room in Sonoma to include a second location in Napa allows us to share our quality Pinots with locals, Bay Area day-trippers and tourists alike as this area is typically the first stop for visitors entering Napa Valley.”
The 1500 square foot indoor tasting room space features a three-dimensional, custom designed tasting bar comprised of an Italian-porcelain countertop, and the bar is illuminated with LED gold globes hanging above the countertop. The building was renovated with low energy lighting, and includes a series of landscape and structural upgrades to improve the energy efficiencies, beautify the property and reduce water usage. The Hall’s extensive collection of art compliments the décor and experience.
WALT Napa Oxbow has four tasting offerings for guests to experience including:
• CURRENT RELEASE TASTING, $30pp
Guests will explore five current releases including single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines spanning 1,000 Miles of Pinot, a concept designed to educate Pinot fans with vineyard sourcing and terroir.
• PORTFOLIO TASTING, $30pp
Guests will have access to taste through all three HALL Family Wine brands including WALT Pinot Noir, HALL Cabernet Sauvignon and BACA Zinfandel wines in a tasting that highlights current releases for each varietal and background about the Hall family.
• WINE & CHOCOLATE PAIRING, $50pp
Guests are able to indulge in the decadent world of wine and chocolate through a tasting experience that explores the senses through taste and aromatics. The experience includes six Pinot Noir wines paired with Kollar Chocolates, a leading luxury chocolatier based in Yountville, CA.
• ROOT 101, $60pp
Root 101 is the signature food and wine pairing experience at WALT. This seated tasting includes six single vineyard Pinots paired with a seasonal, farm-to-table bite prepared by renowned Napa-based eatery, Carpe Diem. The experience aims to educate guests by exploring one’s palate as it relates to flavor profiles. Reservations are required.
The WALT Napa Oxbow renovation included a number of prominent, luxury consultants including: Jarrod Denton, Signum Architecture (architecture); Frank Bourges General Contractor (contractor); Virginia Shore, Shore Art Advisory (art curator); and Carol Padham, Padham Design (interior design).
Walt: 1,000 Miles of Pinot
WALT produces single-vineyard Pinot Noir wines from appellations stretching from as far north as the Willamette Valley in Oregon, through Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Lucia Highlands and the Sta. Rita Hills of the Santa Barbara County. WALT specializes in premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from vineyards spanning 1,000 miles, a mile marking distance that coined the brand’s popular 1,000 Miles of Pinot concept. WALT Wines honors Kathryn’s parents, Bob and Dolores Walt, who were grape growers in Mendocino County since 1972 and nurtured Kathryn’s passion for vineyards and wine.
WALT has two tasting room locations including one adjacent to the Sonoma Plaza in Sonoma, and the second in the Oxbow District of downtown Napa. Both tasting rooms are open to the public. For more information, visit www.waltwines.com or call (707) 933-4440.