Compline Wine Bar is one of Napa Valley’s newest dining hot spots that have popped up recently on the wine and dine scene in Napa. This savvy wine bar is located in the heart of downtown in the courtyard of the old Gillwood’s location. Its innovative concept was designed and created by owners Master Sommelier-Matt Stamp and business partner Ryan Stetins. In addition to being a wine bar, Compline also offers a restaurant, wine retail shop and wine education classes. It is heralded by industry locals along with Napa Valley chef’s and winemakers as one of the hottest new places to hang-out in trendy new Napa.
Matt Stamp is no stranger to wine and is recognized amongst his peers as one of the best in the industry. For the last 6 years, he served as Education Director for the Guild of Sommeliers. He has also worked as Sommelier for the French Laundry, The Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant and as GM of V. Mertz in Omaha, the first and only restaurant in the state to achieve a semi-finalist James Beard nomination for “Outstanding Wine Service.” He is regular contributor to Decanter Magazine and was included in Wine Enthusiasts 2013 “Top 40 Under 40” list. It’s no wonder that members of the wine industry flock to his specialized wine education classes held at Compline.
Business partner Ryan Stetins also brings a wealth of wine knowledge and restaurant expertise to Compline and has been very instrumental in its development and success. Ryan worked with the late Charlie Trotter for nearly 6 years as his wine director at both the Chicago and Las Vegas locations. Upon returning to Napa in 2015, he was in the position of General Manager for Richard Reddington’s Redd Wood. He is also hands on with the educational classes and certainly knows his way around the kitchen.
The Wine Bar and Restaurant name Compline is derived from a Latin word used to indicate the completion of the working day. As Matt explains the naming of their establishment,” The hour of Compline is the monastic hour just before bedtime, when monks congregate to reflect on the day. In our way, the name of Compline is a tip of the hat to those monks that brought vines up the California Coast from Mexico, and those who stewarded vineyards through the Middle Ages in Europe.”
Chef Yancy Windsperger is the master behind the menu at Compline. He draws from global inspiration by focuses on local products, developing a Napa cuisine that celebrated the bounty of our Valley with creative, honest, wine-friendly menu. His vast culinary experience spanned impressive stints at Morimoto, Spago, Jose Andres Bazaar and Napa’s La Taberna. His dishes are innovative and delicious. Starters such as Lamb Meatballs or Cucumber Gazpacho or try their Bavette Steak or Half Duck.
Compline’s classes and inspired events are part of what stands them above the crowd. Most classes are offered during the day, though occasionally they host and evening educational events. Classes have offerings for both the wine professional who seeks to hone their knowledge base on wines and wine regions and classes geared to the wine enthusiast wanting to learn a bit more on the lay of the land such as their Gateway Napa Valley Class.
Come visit, pop in for a glass of wine, shop for a bottle to take along with you or indulge in their cuisine. There is something for everyone. Compline is located at 1300 First Street in Napa www.complinewine.com
Here are a few really special gift ideas to take away with you from the Wine Country. Whether it is a gift for a special occasion or gift to yourself, these will surely put a smile on your face. As a matter of fact, these gifts will pair perfect with the wines you bought on your last trip to Napa Valley.
Wouldn’t it be fun to pack up that case of the wine you just bought in Napa and put it in a suitcase custom-made to take your most special vintages with you to your next travel destination or to have a glass when you get home and not wait for a shipment? Absolutely! It used to be that you could travel with a 6-pack carry on as a souvenir from your visit. Though that luxury is long gone, the good news is you can still take it with you!
FlyWithWine is the ultimate wine travel suitcase which was designed exclusively for safely transporting wine. Put your favorite vintages comfortably in this indestructible check-in bag and pick it up with confidence at baggage claim knowing your 2005 Estate Cab is safely intact. And fully loaded with a case of wine it still weighs less than 50 pounds. You can also customize your wine luggage too, as they have a variety of inserts for fit your various bottle sizes and even your special Riedel Wine Glasses.
They have just added to their luggage collection two new colors to the VinGardeValise Portfolio, now available in black and burgundy. And if it is too hot to ship over the long hot summer, you can add a Chiller Sheet insert, so you can travel with your wine in a temperature controlled environment for up to 36 hours. How cool is that! They even have a wine glass insert too!! www.flywithwine.com
Though if you want to use all of the space in your customized suitcase for wine, there is an option. Grab a box of your favorite GoVino shatter proof drinkware and put it in your backpack or carry-on and you will be ready-set-go to enjoy a glass or two of the one of your Napa Valley wines as soon as you land in your next destination. These innovative sommelier-approved wine glasses can go with you anywhere and were established in the Napa Valley in 2008 by Joseph T. Perulli.
The GoVino glasses have quickly been adopted by some of the world’s most renowned wine estates and it is the first shatterproof wine glass of its kind to be accepted by the industry. GoVino offers design driven glassware options for wine, beer, champagne and cocktails and they even have a decanter as well. These are perfect when proper stemware isn’t available or in settings where breakable glass in prohibited. May your Holidays be Smashing … Not Your Glassware! www.govinowine.com
You just packed your FlyWithWine suitcase with a selection of wines from Hestan Vineyards and while there, you had the opportunity to go to The Hestan Barn for an amazing cooking demonstration by Hestan Chef Philip Tessier. He was using an amazing line of cookware, the Nanobond. Hestan just debuted the Hestan Cue: A Connected, Smart Cooking System which redefines the home kitchen. What an amazing culinary innovation. Now that you have Chef Philip’s new book “Chasing Bocuse – America’s Journey to the Culinary World Stage”, The Hestan Cue is a must have in your kitchen.
Hestan Cue is a video-guided cooking system that automatically controls temperature and time, every step of the recipe. Their smart cookware, induction burner and recipe app all communicate with each other using Bluetooth technology and embedded sensors – automatically adjusting the cooking temperature and time as you proceed through each recipe. Cue doesn’t cook it for you – it helps you cook better food, more often. And the best part…you are learning to cook beautiful meals from chefs like Philip Tessier.
NanoBond cookware in Napa, Calif. (Photo copyright Nader Khouri 2016, naderkhouri.com)
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