For four years now, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers have been throwing an annual party to raise money and celebrate the upcoming harvest season. Appropriately named Harvest STOMP, it’s one of the best parties of the year in Napa Valley. Dust off your cowboy boots (so they can get dusty again) and enjoy delicious food, exceptional wine, and wholesome entertainment in the “backyard” of a different vineyard each year.
The highlight of the event for me is the all-you-can-eat oyster raw bar provided by the Hog Island Oyster Company. For many others, it’s the auction. Fabulous auction lots include make-your-own-wine packages, all-inclusive vacations, dove shoots, and delivered-to-your-door Thanksgiving dinners! Be prepared to open your checkbook as there are some big spenders in the audience. The typical lot goes for well over $10,000. For the more modest spender, you can buy raffle tickets for $100 or less to put your name in the hat for the “instant wine cellar.” The winemakers of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers kick down a mixed lot of 100 bottles of wine and they announce the winner right after dinner.
Mark your calendars and get on their mailing list, as space is limited and the event sells out quickly every year. Check out the photos from the 2010 and the 2011 Harvest STOMP events.