Once a year, Napa Valley’s Laird Family throws a massive party for their wine club members: Lairdapalooza! And this year they really pulled out all the stops. From the wines to the food, from the music to the decoration, the event was nothing short of memorable.
The moment you walk into their beautiful and spacious estate, you’re met with a glass of wine of your choice from their list of best sellers (each and every one fantastic):
- 2017 Cold Creek Ranch Pinot Grigio
- 2017 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
- 2016 Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay
- 2016 Ghost Ranch Pinot Noir
- 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
When you have your wine in hand, the natural flow guides you outside to their patio, where blue and green streamers and lanterns are, truly, everywhere. Long tables are adorned with gold and silver planters with a variety of succulents, and off in the distance there is a line of food trucks leading up to a modest sized stage, where the band, Carte Blanche, were performing a variety of soul and funk cover songs.
If you continue to walk around across their lawns, you’ll find more tables, and very plush, silk adorned lounge areas, each one complete with a silken canopy, all in that perfect combination of blue and green. It was beautifully done, and made for relaxing views of the surrounding vineyards.
One of the most exciting things about the event was the “Bubbly Bar.” Laird had a special surprise in store for us. They chose to release a brand new wine exclusively for the Lairdapalooza attendees to try first: an absolutely delicious Sparkling Brut Rosé. This is the first sparkling wine Laird has ever created, and they hit the nail on the head. A perfect balance between crisp acidity and rich fruit flavors, notes of ripe strawberries, orange blossoms, marshmallow and buttery toffee simply radiate from the glass. It was the perfect wine for such a warm and sunny Napa day, and I couldn’t get enough of it.
Another exciting feature for Lairdapalooza was a setup courtesy of The Oyster Girls, a traveling oyster bar and sister company to The Shuckery in Petaluma. Both companies are run by sisters Jazmine and Aluxa, and their passion really shows in everything they do. The bar featured both chilled and barbecued oysters on the half shell with an array of sauces, lemon slices, and other condiments. They were an irresistible treat that disappeared quickly.
In addition to the oyster bar, there were a number of other fantastic food trucks: Ring of Fire out of Napa Valley had a selection of Southern Barbecue favorites, such as pulled pork sliders, baked beans, and cole slaw, and Sam’s ChowderMobile, an extension of Half Moon Bay’s famous Sam’s Chowderhouse was serving up Lobster Rolls, Shrimp Po-Boys, and of course chowder bowls. Lastly, Napa Valley Crust has a mobile wood-fired oven, which they used to serve up perfectly crispy personal pizzas. No matter what delicacy you like to pair with your wine, there was something delicious for everyone.
Speaking of “something for everyone,” for those who are were not the biggest wine drinkers, or just craving a change in pace, they even had a beer garden showcasing local beers, including (my personal favorite) Hen House Brewing Company from Santa Rosa.
All in all, Lairdapalooza 2 did not disappoint. It was a beautiful sunny day, with wonderful wines, incredible food, and really everything you could’ve asked for. I had an truly, incredible time, and I feel very honored to have been invited.
Thank you Laird Family, we’ll see you next year for Lairdapalooza 3!!
Visit Laird yourself at 5055 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558 to try their new new Sparkling Brut Rosé. It’s only available at the tasting room!
For more information go to LairdFamilyEstate.com.