St. Helena is a charming town in Napa Valley but in recent years Yountville, a small town south of us has been gaining in popularity. Yountville has all the new restaurants–one of the best new additions is Bottega owned by our chef neighbor, Michael Chiarello. There are several storefronts for lease in St. Helena and it needs an injection of life–especially for its merchants.
Hence, the inspiration for Cheers St. Helena a gatherning of friends, community, and visitors to toast St. Helena and the Napa Valley. Many stores kept their busnesses open until 9:00 pm where participants could wander through town to taste wines, shop, and try samples from many local restaurants. The inaugural event was last Friday and in the worst weather we've had in early May in years. Who would anticipate a downpour in May! Everyone was concerned this could affect the attendance–after so much planning. Well, concerns were allayed. Great turnout in the rain. Everyone was enjoying the experience. Scott Harvey Wines poured at Goodmans Department and we had a wonderful time meeting new neighbors and introducing them to our wines. I bought a shirt I couldn't resist for my husband, Scott. He enjoys snapped button shirts and a turquoise color that would match his green eyes caught my eye. We are looking forward to the first Friday of June and meeting more new neighbors and doing more shopping at Goodmans.