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How to Celebrate New Years Eve in Wine Country

Image courtesy of Domaine Chandon 

No doubt San Francisco pops off on New Year’s Eve, but the Wine Country also knows how to let the corks fly in style. This year, take a break from tradition, or start a new one, with a masquerade ball, concert, or romantic night in Napa or Sonoma. Here are some top party picks paired with places stay:

NAPA 

Domaine Chandon’s étoile restaurant is hosting their annual, super-classy shindig. Dawn your snazziest outfit and prepare to be satiated by delicate treats, tiny bubbles, and tasty wines. Then dance the night away to The Blue Moon Band’s classic covers of “Brown Eyed Girl” and “How Sweet it is”. $300, seatings begin at 7:00 p.m., stay at Bardessono or elsewhere in Yountville

The Napa Valley Wine Train is inviting guests aboard for a twilight ride with sparkling wine and extravagant bites. Then hit the station for the Blackjack Ball, where you can dance all night with the lively crowd or take your chances at the tables. All inclusive $240 (4:45 p.m.), party only $65 (10:00 p.m.), Stay at The Westin or Andaz.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience, join the wine club and head to Castello di Amorosa’s Masquerade Ball. This full-sized, authentic, Italian castle is one of the best event venues in the Bay Area. This party comes with dinner in the barrel room and a coach back to your Calistoga hotel. $300, Time TBD, Stay at Chanric Inn or elsewhere in Calistoga.

For Napa locals and winemaker groupies, Goose and Gander’s "Rat Pack" Party in St. Helena, and 1313’s “Very Gatsby” party in downtown Napa should be a blast, and have multiple dinner and party options.  

Image courtesy of Castello di Amorosa


SONOMA

Locals will tell you that the “Alchemy” party at Spoonbar is “the spot” in Sonoma for New Year’s Eve. Featuring San Francisco’s DJ Boogie, this dance party comes with a five-course dinner, special treats all night, and a goody bag designed to ease your morning woes. $185, 8:00 p.m., stay at the H2 Hotel or EDH.  

The Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa has decided to go big this year. With a complete party takeover by Antix Events,” this rager will be decked to the nines and features two music rooms and multiple DJs. And don’t worry about overspending, ticket price is all-inclusive for you and the 999 other partiers. $120, 9:00 p.m., stay at the Flamingo Resort. 

Get dressed up and get down country-style at Maverics’ Roaring 20’s Costume Ball. This is the North Bay’s largest nightclub, so expect a crowd, as well as line-dancing and prizes. Perfect for commitment-phobes, it’s inexpensive, they’ll let you in without a costume, and there are plenty of other options nearby. $15, 9:00 p.m., Stay at the Vintners Inn