Let Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) take you on a journey of gift sets, premium craft spirits, and bottled cocktails where you are sure to find the perfect treat for that special someone (or yourself!). They have the perfect solutions to make your holiday shopping quick, easy, merry, and bright. Can’t decide? NVD Gift Certificates are always a great option, it’s the gift that lets them choose.

Perfect Holiday Gift ideas:

A 1 Year Distinguished Bar Club Membership

This is truly the gift that keeps giving the whole year. Every quarter (March, June, September, December) get all the newest, best and most unique that Napa Valley Distillery has to offer. Whether it’s limited release brandies, seasonal spirits, bottled cocktails, fabulous bitters, or expertly crafted syrups, gums and mixers – each shipment will contain only the best we make and have to offer!

Choose from a selection of preselected gift sets or create your own.

Here are just some of the gift sets available from Napa Valley Distillery:

Best of the Holidays

For the person who likes the best of the best! Our “Best of the Holidays” are three of our favorite spirits all in one convenient gift set. Each Best of the Holidays gift set contains one bottle each of our award-winning Napa Valley Neutral Brandy, Old Hollywood Ginn and the product that started it all… our Meyer Lemon Variety- like we said, simply the best!

NVD Start (or finish) Your Collection

Collect them All! Want to introduce anyone to NVD’s classics, best of the best, the cr?me de la cr?me? Do you know any enthusiast of fine crafted spirits? Then this is the gift pack for you! Get one bottle each of the finest NVD had to offer in this premium gift set! Each gift set contains one bottle each of: Old Hollywood Ginn, Brandy Cordial, Neutral Brandy (Vodka), Meyer Lemon Varity, and Manhattan Cocktail.

Warm and Cozy Gift Set

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this cocktail is so delightful. Let it snow! Stay indoors and snuggle in deeper to your slippers and enjoy these warm and cozy spirits! Or! Share the cozy experience with someone you love. Each gift set includes one bottle each of: Old Hollywood Ginn, Brandy Cordial, Cherry Brandy.

The Manhattan Gift Set

Let’s hear it for New York! The timeless Americana cocktail that has been perfected with the traditional maraschino cherry. Send the gift of age-perfected drink that takes less than a New York minute to make. Don your best top hat, plop a cherry, pour the drink, and settle in your lounge chair by the fire before the frost can nip your nose. You’ll be king of the hill when you give the gift with the namesake of the world’s most famous island. Each gift set includes one bottle of NVD’s Brandy Manhattan Cocktail, and a 12oz jar of Luxardo Premium Maraschino Cherries.

Click here for additional gift sets and ideas.

Celebrate a sweet and joyful Hanukkah and Christmas season with cupcakes and cakes from Kara’s Cupcakes! Kara’s also caters beautiful events and delivers too!  Don’t forget to pre-order your Hanukkah celebration cake — a seasonal holiday favorite creating sweet celebratory moments. To place your order, stop by the bakery, call 1-866.554-CAKE (2253), or order online.

There is nothing as enticing as the smell of a pie baking. New this year: frozen Cate & Co pies — they make and you bake! Enjoy the heartwarming smell of a delectable g-free pie baking in your kitchen. Pies include old fashioned pumpkin, pink lady apple and maple walnut pecan. Each pie comes with instructions for baking, and no one needs to know you didn’t make it yourself!

December is a busy month, and we all look for quick and delicious meal solutions—our choice is the C CASA December enchilada plate special! The plate includes a pork enchilada with four cheeses, topped with mixed greens, pico de gallo and horseradish crema accompanied by a Caesar salad, and a chocolate bite with peppermint cinnamon glaze. For just $13, you’ll feel well fed and ready to take on the next task on your “to-do list.”

Do you know anybody whose birth year is 1931? Or who simply wants to do a little vinous time travel? Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has gotten its hands on a few bottles of 1931 Chateau Mossé Rivesaltes. This an extraordinary “Vin Doux Naturel” from the Roussillon region of France, only bottled in 2013. It is sweet but in no way cloying, with incredible length and complexity. A “vin de meditation” as the French would say, a wine to savor and contemplate, as words simply can’t do it justice. $173 a bottle, or have a taste at the Wine Bar, $26.

The Olive Press has the prefect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season! They grow it, they mill it, they’ll wrap it, and they’ll send it! Give the gift of small batch, Sonoma-grown and pressed olive oil…the most highly awarded in the nation! Explore their gift packs with an array of unique varietals and combinations of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Or, let your loved ones choose with a gift card from The Olive Press.

Ca’ Momi Enoteca is making the shopping season sweeter with  organic holiday tiramisu — a heartcrafted, show-stopping, family-sized dessert for $35. Ca’ Momi’s desserts, bite-sized bigne included, are made to order, so please give 24-48 hours’ advance notice. Add some Neapolitan pizza and salad, and you’ve got a full family dinner ready to go. Gift certificates in any amount are also available.

Looking for new ideas for entertaining family and friends this holiday season? Try this recipe for salt-roasted whole salmon with wasabi mayo and chile salsa from Eiko’s Executive Chef Jake Rand.

Ingredients: 
1 whole salmon (10-12lbs), gutted, gills removed, scales left on
3 lemons,  quartered
1 lemon, finely sliced
2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
½ bunch of fresh-flat leaf parsley
½ bunch of sage
½ bunch of fresh chives
18 cups rock salt
2 large eggs

For the wasabi mayo:
1 tube Kewpie Mayo
1 tin dried wasabi powder

For the chilli salsa:
1 fresh red chilli , deseeded
½ bunch fresh mint, leaves picked, stems discarded
1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. white wine vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Wash the salmon well both inside and out, then pat dry with kitchen paper (leaving the scales on helps to keep in the moisture as it cooks). Finely slice 1 lemon into rounds and stuff into the salmon cavity with the sliced fennel, parsley, marjoram and chives.

Combine the rock salt, eggs and one cup of water in a large bowl, then evenly spread one-third of the salt mixture over a large baking tray (large enough for entire fish to lay flat), making a slight hollow in the middle to hold the salmon snugly. Lay the salmon diagonally into the tray, then spoon over the remaining salt mixture, heaping it around and onto the salmon so that it’s evenly covered – you should have a layer of salt, roughly 2cm thick, all over the salmon.

Place the tray in the hot oven for around 40 minutes, or until cooked through. To test if the salmon is ready, push a skewer through the salt into the thickest part of the fish – if it comes out warm after 5 seconds, it’s done.

Meanwhile, make the wasabi mayo. Mix wasabi powder with warm water until a paste forms. Whisk wasbi into mayo 1 tablespoon at a time until desired astringency is reached.

To make the salsa, finely chop the chilli and mint leaves (discard stems), then place into a bowl with 1½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then set aside.

Once cooked, remove the salmon from the oven and allow to cool for around 20 minutes, then with the tip of a knife, carefully slice into the salt, cutting all the way along the salmon spine, being careful not to slice into the fish at this point. Gently lift the salt casing off the salmon, then spoon away and discard the remaining salt, brushing away any excess from the top of the salmon. Transfer the fish to a large platter, then score the skin along the spine, across the tail and under the gill and peel back the skin. Divide up the salmon and serve with the wasbi mayo, chilli salsa and lemon wedges on the side.

The Holidays are officially here and it’s time to order your Thanksgiving table treats from the Model Bakery. Choose from a variety of freshly baked breads and pastries, incredible side dishes including cranberry sauce, Model Bakery bread stuffing, heirloom butternut squash gratin, and more — all to help make your holiday feast easy and yummy. And, don’t forget the dessert…iced cookies, tarts, cakes, and of course, pies of all sorts! Orders must be placed by 12 noon on Monday, November 23 to  pick up on Wednesday, November 25 between 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Call 707-259-1128, or email The Model Bakery to place your Thanksgiving order today.

The Model Bakery Thanksgiving Specials 2015

Breakfast  
• Cinnamon Roll/Sticky Bun Ring (5) – $18
• Danish Braid (Serves 8-10) – $30
• Morning Pastries (croissants, muffins, scones) – $3-$4
• English Muffins (6) – $14
• Pumpkin Bread Loaf with Maple Glaze (Serves 8) – $25
• Cranberry Orange Nut Loaf (Serves 3-4) – $8
• Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaf (Serves 3-4) – $8

Organic Artisan Breads
• 2# Pain au Levain Boule – $5.50
• Walnut Sage Levain Batard – $5.95
• Pain de Mie Dinner Rolls (12) – $8
• French or Sourdough Rolls (12) – $8
• Ciabatta or Focaccia Rolls (12) – $8

Sides
• Cranberry Orange Sauce – $10 ea
• Model Bakery Bread Stuffing (walnut sage bread, celery, onions, mushrooms, leeks) – $10/qt
• Sweet Potato Casserole (with pecans, coconut and brown sugar topping – serves 6-8) – $20 ea
• Heirloom Butternut Squash Gratin (with gruyere cheese, cream and sage – serves 6-8) – $20 ea
• French Green Bean Casserole (with porcini-shallot béchamel and fried shallots – serves 6-8) – $20 ea
• Triple Cream Brie with Dried Fruits and Nuts (with cranberries, apricots, walnuts, pecans and spiced apricot Chutney – for baking) – $15 ea 

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant completed the transition to EMV, chip-enabled credit card processing last week, and as a benefit, is now accepting Apple Pay. The U.S. is the last developed country to make the transition the EMV (Eurocard/Mastercard/Visa) standards, and is 10+ years behind the curve in this important credit card security measure. The new equipment and procedures have caused more than a little confusion for both customers and staff at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant. Please remember that it is all in the interest of enhanced credit card security, and that small merchants are at the mercy of the credit card processing industry no less than consumers. Use Apple Pay or one of the other smart phone payment systems — Oxbow Cheese & Wine reports that nothing is faster in completing a purchase.

Treat yourself or someone special to the Bath & Spa Collection handcrafted in California, delicately scented, soft, and velvety, all made with fabulous extra virgin olive oil! The Olive Press featured oil and vinegar of the Month: ascolano olive oil and cranberry balsamic vinegar. In time for the holidays, start enjoying or sharing this flavorful and colorful pair!

Give thanks for our fresh, local bounty from the sea. Hog Island oysters make a welcome addition to your holiday feasts. Serve as a light yet savory appetizer, raw on the half shell with Hog Wash, Baked Hog Island Oysters Fungi, or try a classic herbed oyster stuffing. Any way you shuck them, fresh local oysters are always a treat. Call 707-251-8113 or stop by Hog Island Oyster Bar to place your orders by Tuesday, November 24 by 5 pm, and pick up on Wednesday, November 25 before 5 pm.  All oysters and shellfish are sold live, in the shell.

Napastak has an extensive selection of baked goods and bakeware, to help you make delicious bread, pies and cookies. Here’s a simple but delicious recipe for muffins, using Haulin’ Oats and pumpkin spice emulsion, both available at Napastak.

“Yes, I Am The Muffin Man” Recipe

Ingredients:
1 sm. can (15oz.) pumpkin
1/2 cup applesauce
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4- 2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin spice emulsion or 2 1/2 pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 16 oz. mason jar of Haulin’ Oats, Chai a Little Tenderness, or Cinnamon Girl

Directions:
Heat oven to 350. Grease bottom only of muffin pan. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Pour into muffin cups and bake until muffins are slightly puffed and golden brown, about 25 minutes. Makes approximately 10-12 muffins, depending on tin size.

Three Twins Ice Cream has added some new additions to its seasonal fall lineup. These flavors are subject to availability as they can only be found in the scoop shop at the Oxbow Public Market. Get them by the scoop from the dipping cabinet, or ask for a staff member to hand pack a pint for you to take home and share with family and friends…or just do both.

Turkey seems to take center stage on Thanksgiving, but while it may be the star, stuffing is definitely one of the co-stars. Cate & Co. combines a variety of their breads in the stuffing starter kit with sage, that wonderful classic autumnal herb. Dried apricots and cranberries are included in the kit for additional depth of flavor and color. Of course it’s Gfree, and so delicious that all guests will applaud it!

Whole Spice chai tea blend is made with cinnamon, ginger, black tea, cardamom, clove and nutmeg. Whole Spice carries chai tea in bulk so you can get as much as you’d like! Warm up with a cup or two!

Chai Tea
(2 small cups)

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 tsp. loose-leaf black tea
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 Tbsp. Whole Spice Chai
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar

Directions:
In a saucepan, combine the water and the black tea and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Add Chai Spice mix, milk and sugar. Bring to a boil again, then reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the tea into the cup and discard the spices or loose tea. Serve immediately.

Guests in town? Ca’ Momi Enoteca’s got your back with authentic Pizza Napoletana, Roman-style piadine sandwiches, salads, and pastries available for takeout—all just a phone call away. Skip doing dishes and come down to Locals’ Night Tuesdays for $4 off the pizza of your choice with a glass of Rosso or Bianco di Napa. The Enoteca also serves daily lunch specials like warm, fresh-made piadine with insalata mista, plus flights of heartcrafted Ca’ Momi and Italian wines.

Author David Sedaris once said, “We were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort, it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well-made cocktail.” With the holiday season upon us, Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) has everything you need to make an endless number of cocktails to delight the senses, and to enhance quality family time.

NVD’s specially priced Turkey Day Favorites collection includes a bottle of holiday spice bitters from Napa Valley Bitters, and one bottle of each of Napa Valley Distillery’s most popular premium bottled cocktails, the Brandy Manhattan and the East India.

All of NVD’s signature cocktails are handcrafted in small batches by NVD’s Chief of Cocktail Officer, Arthur Hartunian, using his own award-winning craft spirits and all-natural ingredients.

The Brandy Manhattan is a variation of the classic Manhattan cocktail, and is crafted from NVD’s own bourbon barrel-aged premium California brandy, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Classic and timeless, the end result is an extraordinary taste and character that no amount of shaking or stirring can give.

The East India is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1830s. Crafted from California brandy, orange curacao, real blackberry syrup and blood orange bitters, it is oak infused to achieve a vintage flavor reminiscent of an era long since passed.P

Napa Valley Bitters holiday spice bitters are made with apple brandy, tons of dried apples, holiday spices and traditional herbs for bitters. An excellent addition to a Manhattan, Old Fashioned and other classic winter drinks.

Of course they will also be offering other holiday specials, but this special will ease you into the holiday spirit. Cheers!

A warm bowl of soup just hits the spot on a chilly day, especially when it is raining, and with the winter El Niño predictions, there could be quite a few of those days ahead. C CASA has created a sumptuous lineup of savory soups that will rotate daily that are guaranteed to take the chill off. Here are just a few to whet your appetite: Red posole with chicken, vegetable lentil, salmon chowder, chicken tortilla, shiitake mushroom Consommé, butternut squash, cauliflower with lemongrass, wild mushroom and celery root purée. We are looking forward to trying all of them!

Olio Nuovo or “new oil” in Italian, is the first pressing of extra virgin olive oil. An olive oil aficionados dream—unfiltered, vibrantly green, highly herbaceous and lusciously viscous! Savor the health benefits of this fresh oil as it contains the highest levels of polyphenols and antioxidants. Now available in the Daphne 350ml bottle, or bulk, at The Olive Press.

The hairiest month of the year is here! Watch Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) go from Baby Face Nelson to full on sideshow worth bearded Dandies in 30 days or less!

That’s right, on November 1, Napa Valley Distillery’s manly-man spirit guides arrived at work clean shaven for the first time in NVD history. What’s the occasion? No-Shave November of course!

Every year brave men all over the world participate in No-Shave November by shaving off all facial hair the morning of November 1st, and then spend 30 shave-free days growing out lumberjack worthy beards to raise awareness for a variety of men’s health issues. NVD’s booze slingers will be collecting donations all month for prostate cancer research. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the US, and when caught early, is highly treatable. However, even when successfully treated, prostate cancer takes a toll on both physical and mental health. Growing primo facial hair might not directly cure prostate cancer, but it will raise money and awareness. At the end of the month NVD will have before and after pictures to share, and all collected donations will be matched by Proprietor Arthur Hartunian. So stop by the Bar Shop and Tasting Room to check their progress, make a donation, and celebrate.

Chef Todd Humphries’ Kitchen Door Thanksgiving To-Go has all the Thanksgiving fixin’s you need. Pre-order by email or phone (707-226-1560) only by 5 pm on Friday, November 20. Pick up on Wednesday, November 25.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Four
$140 including tax
½ Turkey Breast and Leg (brined and ready to cook with instructions)
Peppercorn Gravy (pt)
Sourdough Stuffing (qt)
Fresh Cranberry Sauce (pt)
Mashed Potatoes (qt)
Roasted Root Vegetables (qt)
Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup (qt)
4ea Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Build your own Thanksgiving
Chef Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup/$20 qt
Sourdough Stuffing/$8 qt
Peppercorn Gravy/$6 pt
Fresh Cranberry Sauce/$6 pt
Mashed Potatoes/$7 qt
Roasted Root Vegetables/$6 qt
Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes/$8 ea

It’s a new month and that means a new enchilada plate special at C CASA! Their mouthwatering rotisserie chicken is featured in the November enchilada with four cheeses, and topped with a green sauce, mixed greens, pico de gallo and poblano crema, accompanied by a chop salad and a cranberry snack muffin with maple glaze. This colorful plate special is just $13, and available for the entire month.

Just a reminder from Three Twins Ice Cream when purchasing their vanilla ice cream for your holiday parties that you have two choices. The Madagascar vanilla contains vanilla extract made from vanilla beans that come from Madagascar AKA the land of lemurs. The vanilla bean ice cream contains vanilla extract made from vanilla beans that come from India and has actual specks of the bean in the ice cream making this a flavor we ‘speck you’ll love. You can’t go wrong here as either vanilla flavor will make a nice addition to your holiday meal.

Thanksgiving is here and everyone at Hudson Greens and Goods is thrilled to service you for all your holiday needs. The new location has made more space to stock specialty grocery items. Stop in to browse the selection of the latest items hand-selected to show off on your holiday table. Plus, Hudson Greens and Goods is owned by one of the best grape-growing families in the region, Hudson Vineyards, and their wine is sold exclusively in the store. So remember to stop in and grab a bottle to share with family and friends while giving thanks this year. The staff at Hudson would like to take this moment to thank all of its wonderful Oxbow supporters! You have helped them to grow and enable them to continue to give the community fine, locally grown organic produce and specialty foods. They are of the philosophy that they are in business to keep farmers in business. None of that is possible without your continued support. Thank you and happy holidays.