BottleRock Napa Valley 2016: Tips on what to Drink, Eat and See

The BottleRock festival, being held this Memorial Day weekend, beautifully combines the arts of music, food and winemaking into an event that will arouse all your senses.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2015 Imagine Dragons get into the crowd. Image: Greg Miller.

NAPA, CA, May 25, 2016 – BottleRock Napa Valley held Memorial Day weekend is upon us. This 4-time festival beautifully combines the arts of music, food and winemaking into an event that will arouse all your senses.

This 3-day music, wine and food extravaganza features killer bands, luscious wine and mouth-watering food.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2016: The beauty and power of a music festival

Nothing reaches the depths of our souls quite like music. We have an ability to personalize a song so deeply that it can affect our very being. BottleRock sets the stage beautifully, creating an easy environment in which to soak in the musical, vino and gastro genius of all the artists.

The stage is set.

The music, wine and culinary line up is waiting in anticipation of your arrival. Now all that is left is to experience all that is BottleRock.

BottleRock Napa Valley Image: BottleRock
BottleRock Napa Valley
Image: BottleRock

What to Drink

Brown Estate: This under the radar, Napa Valley grape-growing staple has been around since 1980, but only making their own wine since 1995. Music pairing: Fantastic Negrito. Much like Brown Estate, Fantastic Negrito is also under the radar and producing explosive performances that will move you at your very core.

BottleRock Napa Valley wine, music and festival guide

Etude Wines: Etude specializes in Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon and they do it very well. These wines possess great structure, clarity and mouthfeel. Music pairing: Buddy Guy. Buddy’s killer guitar riffs, smooth as butter vocals and phenomenal stage presence is the perfect accompaniment to Etude wines.

BottleRock Napa Valley Wine Tasting
BottleRock Napa Valley
Wine Tasting

HALL Wines: certified organic vineyards and a state of the art winery that features modern art and architecture paired with beautifully crafted wines. Music pairing: Michael Franti & Spearhead. Franti’s reputation for putting on high-energy, life-altering shows will pair perfectly with the expertly crafted juice from Hall.

Miner Family Winery: family owned, fabulous vineyard sites and elegant wines. Miner produces Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone style wines, so they are sure to have something to please every palate. Music pairing: Ozomatli. Their multi-genre style will pair well with the multi-variety wines of Miner.

BottleRock Napa Valley Schramsberg Vineyards being served. Image: BRNV14
BottleRock Napa Valley
Schramsberg Vineyards being served.
Image: BRNV14

Schramsberg Vineyard: they are one of the US’s best sparkling wine producers. Perfectly balanced and perfect fun for a music festival. Music pairing: Stevie Wonder. The bubbles in your glass will keep your toes tapping through Stevie’s final encore.

Silver Oak Cellars: this Napa Valley staple does only one thing and does it well, Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% American oak barrels, big, lush and ready to party. Music pairing: this one is easy, Silverado Pickups. David Duncan of Silver Oak and Twomey is in the band and this group of wine country cowboys is as American as it gets.

BottleRock Napa Valley Food Area Picnic Tables Image: Sherrie Perkovich
BottleRock Napa Valley
Food Area Picnic Tables
Image: Sherrie Perkovich

What to Eat

Angéle (French): one of the best French restaurants in Napa hands down. Their country approach to fare is unparalleled. You might just fall in love.

BottleRock Napa Valley: Where to eat, drink and play

Ca’ Momi (Italian): unbelievable Napoletana pizzas that will blow you away. Bonus, their Osteria location is open late and hosting a few of the Aftershows. Saturday The Joy Formidable is playing along with Panic is Perfect 10pm – late.

BottleRock Napa Valley.
BottleRock Napa Valley.

La Taberna (Spanish): Zuzu and La Taberna sadly are not providing any general admission food this year, but those lucky enough to have scored VIP passes can enjoy their wood fired paella from 12-4pm daily in the VIP area. They will both be open after BottleRock each night with a full menu until at least 11pm.

La Toque (French): Chef Ken Frank’s landmark, Michelein Star Napa Valley restaurant showcases the valley’s freshest ingredients from a local network of farmers.

Morimoto (Japanese): infuses traditional dishes with Western ingredients and mouth-tantalizing fish and seasonal ingredients.

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Oenotri (Italian): handcrafted food, handmade fresh pasta and breads made daily in-house. You will undoubtedly leave wanting more.

REDD (California/wine country cuisine): REDD has their base in California cuisine, but oozes with European flare. This is serious food without pretention with influences from Asia, Europe and Mexico.

BottleRock Napa Valley. Image: Sherrie Perkovich
BottleRock Napa Valley. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

The Music

Luckily for Bottlerock festival goers, the venue is set up perfectly to be able to build a schedule, hunting for the best music, bob and weaving your way to all four of the stages with relative ease. You may only catch a few songs due to overlap from the incredible artists, but it will be possible to maximize the number of artists you see.

Friday – top 10

  • Steve Wonder
  • Buddy Guy
  • Michale Franti & Spearhead
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Fantastic Negrito
  • Cold War Kids
  • Bey Paule Band
  • Black Pistol Fire
  • Nothing But Thieves
  • Kaleo
Buddy Guy. Image:
Buddy Guy. Image:

Saturday – top 10

  • Florence + The Machine
  • The Struts
  • The Iron Heart
  • Atlas Genius
  • Monophonics
  • Son Little
  • San Fermin
  • Diego’s Umbrella
  • Silverado Pickups
  • Moonalice
The Struts. Image:
The Struts. Image:

Sunday – top 10

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Lumineers
  • Ozomatli
  • X Ambassadors
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela
  • Pimps of Joytime
  • Deep Vally
  • Royal Jelly Jive
  • Coleman Hell
  • Jamestown Revival
Deep Vally. Image:
Deep Vally. Image:


Michael Franti: Do It For the Love Benefit Dinner; Thursday, May 26, only 150 tickets, $1000+

Son Little: Friday, May 27, Silo’s, 10pm, $25+

Grouplove & The Struts: Saturday, May 28, Napa Valley Opera House, 10pm, $40+

Chevy Metal (Featuring Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters): Sunday, May 29, Napa Valley Opera House, 10pm

Rodrigo Y Gabriela: Monday, May 30, The Uptown Theatre, 8pm

Chevy Metal to perform BottleRock Aftershow. Image: BottleRock
Chevy Metal to perform BottleRock Aftershow. Image: BottleRock

General BottleRock Advice

Dress in layers. The weather will be fabulous. Nice and warm during the day, but it cools off at night.

Bring a water bottle. CamelBak if offering free water-refilling stations throughout the festival. Just please remember to tip your watertender.

BottleRock Napa Valley 2016: The beauty and power of a music festival

Bring sunblock, but leave the spray at home. Sprays are a no-no at BottleRock and you will have to leave it at the door.

Verizon is bringing the COWS. COWs, or Cell on Wheels which are fully-functional, generator-powered mobile cell site that can enhance network capacity and coverage. Verizon customers will be able to text, post pics and easily socialize their entire experience. #BottleRock @BottleRockNapa.

Just leave the selfie stick at home. They are not allowed.

Pay by phone. Beat the lines and pay with Android and Apple Pay. BottleRock features Tap & Pay express lines.

Check out BottleRock’s website for more details on how to best BottleRock.


Festival tickets are sold out, but there is a ticket exchange. Also check out BottleRock’s schedule builder on APP as well as their website to help craft the perfect schedule for your optimal festival experience.





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