Napa Valley: Introducing Cairdean Estate

At the inaugural Bottlerock in 2013, we met the gracious owner of the then-budding Cairdean Vineyards. We were trying to escape Napa’s heat in one of the many wine tents throughout the festival grounds and landed at a table with Cairdean, sipping their delish rosé.

Ed took the best care of us and quickly turned us onto his wines. He and his wife had been in the process of developing their St. Helena-based winery, which opened this past spring, for several years. We attended the assistant winemaker’s wedding this past June, which was the first event to be set at Cairdean prior to its general opening.

The setting at The Farmer & the Fox, the restaurant on-site at Cairdean.

The generous bar.

Magic mixers. This place is a mixologist’s heaven.

No Napa visit is complete without at stop at the Oxbow Market. Or a few of these gems from Hog Island Oyster Co.

We did a spirits tasting in the Napa Valley Distillery’s space. Perfect timing to scoop up a few of these pre-mixed cocktail concoctions for dad’s bday.

The distillery offers a variety of mixes and beautiful glassware…

…as well as a bitters selection that will take your standards for a Manhattan cocktail to another level.

Already overdue for another visit north!