NAPA, CA. BottleRock Napa Valley kicks off its 7th installment this Memorial Day weekend, May 24 – 26, 2019. BottleRock Napa Valley 2019 continues the event’s tradition of upping its annual game. Which is why this festival continues to get better year after year. BottleRock Napa Valley (BRNV) routinely touts a musical line-up to impress even the most discerning of music festival-goers. Featured: Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, Nathaniel Rateliff (don’t forget the Night Sweats), Santana, Pharrell Williams, Gary Clark Jr., OneRepublic, Lord Huron and 70 other artists.
BottleRock 2019 expectations: Try the VIP 3-Day experience
When you place a music festival like BRNV in downtown Napa, there are extraordinarily high expectations for the wine and food experiences. For that reason alone, the BottleRock Napa Valley VIP 3-day experience is worth the investment. A few years ago BottleRock created a VIP only pass-thru between the two main stages, making traveling from the Jam Cellars stage to the Firefox stage a lot easier. They also added turf throughout the festival, making it an overall more enjoyable experience.
Additional bonuses to VIPs: more shade, plus more seats, more food, more wine, better toilets and a special tented area where artists perform pop-up shows of the greatest intimacy and the VIP deal is sealed. Though this year, since the intimate pop up stage has been such a hit the past few years, BottleRock Napa Valley has added another one of these stages out in the general admission area.
BottleRock Napa Valley: The Drinks
In addition to this year’s killer music line up, you won’t want to miss your chance to sample wine, beer, and craft cocktails from a list of BottleRock Napa Valley vendors that rivals the musical lineup. Let’s take a look.
Napa Valley: The Wine. Seriously.
BottleRock Napa Valley 2019 promises to tease your palate with a glut of incredible wines from some of the most heralded producers in the world. From crisp Sauvignon Blancs to creamy Chardonnays, elegant and luscious Pinot Noirs to powerful Cabernet Sauvignon wines, the Napa Valley has it all, and BottleRock offers the best of the region. You certainly won’t go thirsty while listening to your favorite music. Try wines from Schramsberg, Chappellet, Amuse Bouche, Blackbird, and St. Supéry. Stayed tuned for the next article that pairs wine with artist and calls out a few sleeper artists that are sure to surprise and delight you.
Craft Beer at BottleRock Napa Valley
If beer is your jam, then you won’t be disappointed in the line up this year at BottleRock Napa Valley 2019. Check out local producers: Lagunitas (Petaluma), Napa Palisades (Napa), Berryessa Brew Co (Napa) , Napa Smith (Napa), 21st Amendment (San Francisco), Golden State Cider (Sebastopol), Fox Craft Hard Cider (Santa Rosa), Seismic Brew Co (Santa Rosa) and Heretic (Fairfield).
Feel like mixing it up at BRNV, then you’re in luck. The mixologists will be in full shake and shimmy mode this year. Check out the bourbon bar. But also be on the lookout for these spirit makers: Monkey Shoulder, Bulleit, Aperol Spiritz. And a special call out to Hendrick’s Gin. They had the sweetest set up at Outside Lands last year, complete with a double-decker tasting room with VIP seating. Better yet: super fresh ingredients with an intricate display of prepping the fruit and veggies and even a dude on stilts.
As with the wine, there are equally high expectations for the food. In this year’s edition of BottleRock Napa Valley, the festival once again does not disappoint. Featuring more Michelin stars per capita than any other wine region on the globe, it’s no wonder that Napa Valley is regarded as a must-visit region for its culinary excellence as well as its wines.
The BottleRock Culinary Stage is not to be missed. Here, award-winning and celebrity chefs mix it up with musicians, actors and even a few star athletes. Catch Taylor Hawkins (Chevy Metal/Foo Fighters), Michael Franti and even Alice Cooper testing out their culinary skills when paired with the likes of Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Aarón Sánchez, Gail Simmons, and Antoni Porowski. SF favorite Jerry Rice will cut it up, Jake Peavy and Ken Griffey Jr. too.
The BottleRock menu of offerings reflects this vibrant culinary scene. The menu features a variety of delicious nibbles and bites from many of the area’s finest chefs and restaurateurs that pair perfectly with a glass of artisan wine, craft brew or cocktail. You can get up close and personal with culinary delights by visiting the Culinary Stage. That’s where BRNV offers mouth-watering mash-ups of your favorite musical artists and Napa famous chefs.
Look for tasty morsels from legendary Napa restaurants: Ad Hoc (crack-like fried chicken), Goose & Gander (hope they have their duck-fat fries), Girl & the Fig (Sonoma favorite), Johnny’s Doughnuts (seriously, they must be laced with something), Brix (lip-smackin’ pork slider), Bouchon Bakery (drool), Celadon (please have your lettuce wraps), Oenotri (anything pasta) FARM at Carneros, and La Toque.
Tickets – It’s Not Too Late
Three-day BottleRock Napa Valley 2019 tickets are sold out. The festival does have a few last minute, single day tickets available. Tickets are also available for each day as single day passes. These cost $159 plus fees on the BottleRock website.
You can also visit the ticket exchange to purchase multiple day and VIP passes.
For more information visit the BottleRock Napa Valley 2019 web page.
It has been pouring rain for days here in the Napa Valley. I’m sure the festival organizers are busy doing what they can to mitigate the physical situation on the festival grounds. With the addition of turf throughout much of the festival, this should help. But be prepared for a little slop. The rains are supposed to subside by Tuesday, giving the festival several days to make it look like the rain never happened. But a bit of advice. Bring a pair of shoes you don’t care as much about, just in case.
Also, this is Northern California. The weatherman expects temperatures to reach a high of 75 degrees each day. But nighttime temperatures typically dip into the low 50s. Bo bring your layers. BRNV also sells killer souvenir gear should you get cold.
Stay tuned to CDN for recommendations on up and coming artists to check out as well as booze pairings with your favorite artists.