by Deirdre Bourdet
Far more could be said about the positive aspects of the recession than would fit on this blog, so I’ll limit this discussion to some of the incredible discounts available these days on Napan indulgences.
One of my personal favorites is the all-day Monday happy hour at Bounty Hunter, where the entire stable of “house” brands is two-for-one by the glass… including the Waypoint Vineyards Beckstoffer/To Kalon wines, normally $20 a pop. If you can make it in between 3 and 6 p.m. on the other weekdays, the same deal applies. Consider adding a “mini” barbecue sampler plate heaped with pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and coleslaw to your tab, and you’ve basically got dinner and two glasses of killer wine for $35.
Also in downtown Napa, Angele offers Wednesday night patrons the opportunity to drink $200 bottle Burgundy at half the cost. Ok, technically, the discount is on all pinot noir by the bottle or half bottle, but I tend to fixate on the frenchy stuff. If red is not your thing, check the place out on Sundays (50% off all Chardonnay), or Thursday nights, when the entire wine list goes half price–including the Champagnes.
Many people have sworn off multiple course, wine-paired dinners for the time being, but at elements this leisurely indulgence remains within reach. For $36, Tuesday night diners can enjoy a starter, main, and dessert from the chef’s weekly prix fixe selection (generally two options for each course each week), as well as pours of three paired wines to accompany their selections. That beats the pants off free corkage recession concessions–though elements has that too, at least for the first bottle.concessions–though elements has that too, at least for the first bottle.
Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ Barbecue, 975 1st Street, Napa. (707) 226-3976 www.bountyhunterwinebar.com
Angele Restaurant, 540 Main St, Napa. (707) 252-8115 www.angelerestaurant.com
elements restaurant and enoteca, 1400 2nd Street, Napa. (707) 224-4518 www.elementsnapa.com