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BottleRock Napa Valley: Who to See, What to Drink

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BottleRock Napa Valley recently released their lineup and it did not disappoint. Big, famous Cabs, refreshing whites, a top-rated Petite Syrah, and even an infamous IPA are some of this year’s beverage headliners at the three day festival taking place at the Napa Valley Expo during the end of May. While it might be important to note that there are big name musical acts at BottleRock (No Doubt and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin to name a few), what really makes this festival stand out against that dust-filled party in the desert of Palm Springs is BottleRock’s dedication to offering high-quality wine, beer, and food combined with an insanely great array of musical talent. Put down those flower crowns, fold up the tie-dye shirts, and promptly head up north to BottleRock Napa Valley, a festival so memorable it doesn’t even need a Weekend Two. 

Must See Acts 

Sunday, May 31st of 2015 will truly be a life-changing experience as No Doubt makes their return to the Bay Area for the first time since 2010. I suspect that every single person reading this feels as strongly about this highly anticipated performance as I do, so it seems almost redundant to mention how incredible it will be to see hits such as “Just A Girl”, “Hella Good”, and “It’s My Life” live, up close and personal. Like a fine wine, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt seem to only get better with age as their almost thirty year band history and two Grammy’s solidify them as a BottleRock Napa Valley Must See Act.

Thirty years of performing, writing, and making music is nothing new to the legendary Robert Plant, also known as the former lead vocalist of Led Zeppelin. Having influenced Freddie Mercury and Axl Rose and regarded as one of the greatest rock singers of all time, Robert Plant joins the BottleRock Napa Valley lineup with much anticipation. With hits like “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” and “Killing the Blues” to look forward to, it is without doubt I will be the one spilling my glass of wine all over my unlucky neighbor when the first few chords of “Stairway to Heaven” are played. One can only hope and pray to the gods of rock that mentor, friend, and world’s most influential guitarist Jimmy Page makes an appearance.

Drink This While Dancing

Try a lively and floral white wine while going bananas during “Hollaback Girl”, such as the Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Napa Valley Viognier that boasts vibrant flavors of honesuckle and meyer lemon. Much like Robert Plant is known for his renowned vocals and lyrical talent, Vezér Family Vineyard (and the entire Suisun Valley Appellation) is know for growing the some of the best Petite Sirah in the state of California. Grab a glass and enjoy two legendary things at the same time at BottleRock Napa Valley.

Check These Guys Out

Head away from the craziness that surrounds the big act stages and discover some new artists to add to your Chill playlist. The relaxing and tranquil vibe of Napa Valley pairs perfectly with musical act Aer, comprised of Carter Schultz and David von Mering, whose light, well-crafted hip/hop and reggae influenced songs will have you “Wonderin’ Why” you hadn’t been listening to them since their start in 2010. Continue to unwind with Brett Dennen as he graces BottleRock Napa Valley with his high-pitched vocals and soulful lyrics will prove that there “Ain’t No Reason” to miss this smooth and mellow performance.

Sip On This

BottleRock Napa Valley also has something for all those beer drinkers out there as their selection this year is nothing to scoff at. With their own delicious take on traditional styled beer and tongue-in-cheek text on their packaging, a cold one from Lagunitas is the perfect partner for the fun and engaging show Aer is known to deliver. Try their original and well-perfected IPA with a hoppy-sweet finish or try a Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ (really, that’s the name of the beer) if you consider yourself a wheat beer fan. Gia Coppola offers something for white wine lovers with a Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio that they call “light, unpretentious, and inspiring” which I think they got by describing Brett Dennen in wine form.

There’s wine, there’s beer, there’s food, there’s Snoop Dogg. BottleRock Napa Valley stands out not only for being a music festival, but rather a wine, beer, and food experience vastly improved and heightened by the presence of immensely gifted performers. Tickets can be purchased here and they are selling out fast so we suggest you grab some friends and get on it now. 

By Madison Rosinski

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