Among myriad solstice events in Napa County on June 21, paella parties, reggae jams, various roasts and good-time rumpuses, we're digging the idea that there are competing sunset lobster feeds going down at two renowned vineyards as a high-toned way to celebrate the onset of summer.
So slap on a bib in anticipation, and decide on the crustacean destination du jour: Will it be Black Stallion Winery or Schweiger Vineyards for you?
Black Stallion, built on the grounds of an old equestrian facility in 2007, will boil the sea-bugs after a separate day-long barbecue event tails off at the well-appointed Napa establishment. The lobsterpalooza busts loose from 6pm to 9pm. Le price: $100 for wine club members; $135 for the general public. (Black Stallion Winery, 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707.227.3250.)
Meanwhile, Schweiger Vineyards is putting on a traditional lobster feed on its sun-dappled terrace the same eve. The sun shall set, you shall enjoy the splendidly sublime view and the bib shall be splattered with melted butter.
The Schweiger shindig will set you back $150 if you're a non-member, and runs 6-9:30pm. Members will drop $125. (Schweiger Vineyards, 4015 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena; 707.963.4882.)
Of course both events will be pairing wines with their boiled offerings. Did you really need to ask? And both establishments please ask that you reserve a spot before you claw your way on over.