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Taylor Stroud
November 6, 2018 | Taylor Stroud

Candice Harper - Distillery Concierge and Social Media Guru

Distillery Concierge

& Social Media Guru

Everyone, meet Candice – Concierge to Napa Valley Distillery!

Candice was born in Vallejo and just bought her first house in Napa with her boyfriend Hernan (who has been known to write recipes for our Bar Club shipments!) She has two Associates degrees in Natural Science and Mathematics and graduated Sacramento State with a BA in Communications.

As Napa Valley Distillery continues to grow, the company recognized there was a need for someone to help keep structure of our growing schedule of tours and tastings. This is where Candice comes in. As Concierge, she is often the first point of contact for guests visiting our Grand Tasting Salon. She runs our Blue Room gift shop, assisting with sales, phone calls, emails, inventory and all other things to help the customer experience go smoothly. During the week, you can sometimes find her providing spirits tastings at our Oxbow Tasting Room. She is also one of the main showrunners of our social media!

As part of her move to Napa, Candice started with us in late February of 2018. Her 10-year plan includes building her new house into her dream home – complete with furnishings, a garden and another husky to add to her family!

Candice loves Napa and everything in it. Some of her places to eat and drink include Eiko’s Sushi and Palisades Saloon (which both carry our spirits… wink wink). She also enjoys a craft cocktail at Morimoto. 

When Candice goes out she typically orders a boulevardier because she’s always loved whiskey. But she’s discovered a new appreciation for a negroni. Like many others before her, she never considered herself a gin person… until she tried our Old Hollywood Ginn. Luckily, we make a bottled Negroni Cocktail, but if Napa Valley Distillery were to make something new, she’d love to see us make a boulevardier. As far as her favorite item that Napa Valley Distillery currently makes, Candice loves our 4-year Rumslinger Rum.

Come see Candice and the rest of the gang at the Grand Tasting Salon and Oxbow Tasting Room!

Time Posted: Nov 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Taylor Stroud
October 26, 2018 | Taylor Stroud

Taylor Stroud - Tasting Room Associate & Blog Posting Extraordinaire

Tasting Room Associate

& Blog Posting Extraordinaire

Hello everyone, my name is Taylor – one of Napa Valley Distillery’s Oxbow Tastings Experts and resident biographer!

We are a family-owned business and find it important to introduce our guests to those in front of and behind the proverbial curtain, so I am writing profiles on everyone in our company. Additionally, I assist in sales and spirits tastings at our tasting room and bar shop in the Oxbow Public Market!

I started with the company in October of 2017. I was having lunch one day with Paul, our Brand & Hospitality Director (and also my cousin), venting about a job that wasn’t going so well for me. He casually mentioned that the Oxbow may be looking for some extra help. That day we went to the Oxbow to see the shop and I was enthralled by everything. I exchanged information with the manager, sent in my resume and the rest is history!

As a Tastings Expert I am also a Sales Associate, so in addition to conducting spirits tastings and signing guests up for our Bar Club I help guests find bitters, syrups, barware and more unique essentials for their bars at home. I always say it’s a difficult job to do if you’re not genuinely interested in the world of spirits – luckily I and our staff are just as intrigued as you!

I’ve always liked gin, but I didn’t consider myself an avid “gin fan” until I first tried our Old Hollywood Ginn. A year later, it’s still my favorite product Napa Valley Distillery has ever made. Now I get a gin and tonic almost everywhere I go – especially on‚Äč a night out someplace like Napa’s Archer Hotel rooftop bar. Sadly, in my experience a gin and tonic isn’t always as tasty as it should be. I’d love to see NVD master a batched “Ginn & Tonic” as a bottled cocktail someday.

As for my someday, my 10 year plan includes lots of travel and education. I am about to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Sonoma State University, but I consider myself an eternal student. I’ve learned so much already from this company and cannot wait to learn more about the world of spirits and beyond.

Come see me and the rest of the Oxbow staff for a spirits tasting sometime soon!

Time Posted: Oct 26, 2018 at 6:53 PM
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Ian Winget
December 31, 2017 | Ian Winget

New Year's Day Ginn Fizz



aka NVD Old Hollywood Ginn Fizz:


You may have noticed that we spend a lot of time discussing and writing recipes for Gin and other Fizzes. Well, what can we say other than we absolutley love them and thus we continuiously find new and interesting ways to make them. We hope you enjoy!

This easy-peasy recipe is perfect when you are entertaining and want to make a quick and easy version of the classic Ramos Fizz. Using a blender removes the pain of dry shaking leaving you and your guests with the great pleasure of Ginn Fizz CONSUMPTION.

This recipe is especially nice if you have imbibed a bit more than usual the night before. Please note: The NVD Booze Crew loves the craft of the traditional Ramos Fizz.

We also love this version as it is perfect for larger batches which are perfect and so convenient when you are entertaining on New Year's Day, Sunday Brunch, or Wednesday for breakfast ;-) Cheers!




Makes 1 batch = 4-8 Ginn Fizzes

6oz NVD Old Hollywood Ginn
4oz Organic Half and Half
2oz Organic egg whites from a carton
1.5oz Organic rich syrup (2:1 Sugar to water)
1 tsp Orange Blossom Water
1.25oz Organic fresh lime juice
1.25oz Organic fresh lemon juice

Garnish: Ground Nutmeg









Harware: Blender, measuring cups, teaspoon

Glassware: Cocktail Coupes or Champagne glasses (wine glasses are fine if you that's what you have)


Set out glassware.

Measure all ingredients out first. 

1. Fill blender half full with ice.

2. Add NVD OH Ginn, H&H, egg whites, rich syrup, orange blossom water and blend on high until there are no ice chunks left and all ingredients are incorporated  - 15 - 45 seconds depending on your blender.

3. Stop blender. Add lime and lemon juices. Blend again on high for 10 seconds.

4. Taste. Adjust ingredients to your taste (maybe add more Ginn, syrup, more citrus juices, or more orange blossom water) but don't stray too far. 

5. Immediatly fill glasses evenly and sprinkle with nutmeg and serve. 

Keep any remaining liquid in the fridge to top off your guest's glasses. 

Time Posted: Dec 31, 2017 at 4:18 PM
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