It is not too early to begin thinking about how you are going to celebrate New Year’s Eve. In fact if you’ve only just started to think about it, you are already too late to reserve a spot at the epic New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball at Castello di Amorosa. It is sold out.
Do not dismay, however. There are many other superb New Year’s Eve party possibilities in Napa Valley and wine country. You must act quickly though, for reservations are a must. The times listed here are for when the doors open. Now put on your party hat and bring in 2015 with a bang:
Gamble the night away
Calistoga’s Castello party is not the only costumed ball in Napa Valley. Far from it. One of the best is the Wine Train’s Blackjack Ball. Highlights include a caviar hors d’oeuvre reception, glass of bubbly, three-hour train ride with dinner through Napa Valley, and after returning to the station, more bubbly and casino table games at the after-party. Check-in 4:45 p.m. Dinner and after-party $245-$275 per person. For party only, $65 per. Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa. 800-427-4124.
Masquerade on Main
Yet another splendid costumed ball is the one at 1313 Main. It features DJ music, dancing, photographers, craps table, aerialists and gala décor reminiscent of the French chateaux of Domaine Carneros and Taittinger Champagne. This last is fitting because guests will drink sparkling from Napa Valley’s Domaine Carneros and Taittinger Champagne. General admission $25 with Champagne toast; VIP ticket $130 with unlimited drinks from the New Year’s menu and tasty treats from the chef. 1313 Main at 1313 Main, Napa. 707-258-1313.
“Let’s get fizzy!” is the theme of this celebration hosted by Methode Bubble Bar in Napa. Dinner is accompanied by JCB sparkling wines and the piano stylings of David Ruane. The after-party kicks it up a notch with the Mike Greensill Trio featuring Kellie Fuller, lovely edibles and a complimentary glass of bubbly. 7 p.m. Dinner and after-party $145 per; party only $35. Methode by Empire, 1400 First St., Napa. 707-254-8888.
Eat, then party
The Silverado Resort and Spa is offering several New Year’s Eve dining possibilities: a four-course meal at The Grill for $65 per from 3-9 p.m. and three-course and four-course prix fixe dinners in the Royal Oak. Three-course seating ($80) will be at 5 p.m. and four-course ($125) at 7. The after-party starts swinging at 9:30 p.m. with music and comedy, dancing and more. $35 for party only. Silverado Resort and Spa, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa. 707-257-5431.
Three parties in one
The Meritage in Napa has three party possibilities for you. Count ‘em:
1) Ballroom celebration. Party favors, live music, dancing, champagne toast at midnight. $60 per. 9 p.m.
2) Dinner at Siena Restaurant and ballroom. Four-course meal at the Siena and pass to the ballroom festivities as well as sweet bites. $145 per. 6 p.m.
3) Dinner at Trinitas Cellars and ballroom. Sumptuous dinner in candle-lit Estate Cave, each course paired with Trinitas wines. Followed by ballroom. $225 per. 6 p.m. Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. 844-993-9628.
See Champagne being sabered
Sally Tomatoes is a Rohnert Park restaurant and events center that labels itself “the celebration destination.” Its New Year’s Eve celebrations include comedy, live music and a “champagne sabering” ceremony in which they open bottles of bubbly with a sword. 7 p.m. Show only $20; full event $60. Sally Tomatoes, 1100 Valley House Dr., Rohnert Park. 707-665-9472.
Party on the coast
If you’d like to bring in the New Year on the California coast, the Inn at the Tides in Bodega Bay may be the ticket. Its restaurant and lounge will host a five-course dinner with five servings of wine, DJ music and dancing, and when the clock strikes twelve, a champagne toast with balloons dropping from on high. $139 plus tax and tip. 7 p.m. The Inn at the Tides, 800 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay. 800-541-7788.
This bash features dinner in Calistoga followed by a party at the Napa County Fairgrounds. The dining option consists of a $50 voucher for a Calistoga restaurant of your choice. After dinner, guests ride a courtesy shuttle to the fairgrounds for dancing and live music, open bar, bounteous desserts and sparkling wine from Schramsberg Vineyards. At night’s end hop the shuttle back to town. Dinner and party, $150; party only, $100. Napa County Fair Association, Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak Street, Calistoga. 707-942-5111.