by Monica L. Dashwood, Wine Country This Week

If you love premium spirits, or are a true connoisseur of the finest vodka ever produced, then, you don’t want to miss Napa Valley’s Distillery Vintage Bar Shop at the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa.

The shop is reminiscent of an era long gone by where you can peruse and purchase award-winning brandies and fruit-based spirits such as NVD Vodka, Lemon Meyer Liqueur and Barrel Aged Cocktails. Here, you’ll find over 300 flavors of artisan bitters, shrubs, syrups and other culinary ingredients including White Truffle Bitters from England and an exact recreation of the original Abbotts Bitters called for in the Manhattan Cocktail. All the bitters in the store are available for complimentary sampling.

You can also delight in their collection of authentic vintage bar and glassware for those nights of entertaining in the home.

Founded in 2009 by Arthur and Lusine Hartunian, the Napa Valley Distillery grew out of their passion for premium small batch craft spirits and their love of Napa Valley. The micro-distillery is family owned and operated, and is the first in the City of Napa since prohibition.

Napa Valley Distillery is best known for their vodka, lemon liqueur and barrel aged cocktails. The Vodka Vintage Reserve is handcrafted from 100% Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and harvested from a single vintage and single estate. Less than 10,000 bottles are made every 18 to 24 months and each bottle is hand numbered. This extraordinary vodka has received international acclaim and was named one of the best vodkas in the world by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

The Meyer Lemon liqueur was their first product release that Arthur and Lusine, and their three children, proudly used to make on their kitchen table. They now handcraft this same organic Meyer Lemon Liqueur in their distillery located near downtown Napa. Their Meyer Lemon Liqueur won a Platinum Medal at the World Spirits Competition.

They make their Barrel-Aged Cocktails using their own award-winning craft spirits  and all-natural ingredients. They combine the ingredients in tengallon, stainless-steel tanks and then transfer the un-aged cocktail into American White Oak Barrels for about ten weeks. During this time, the flavors are allowed to integrate, taking on much of the oak characteristics of the barrel. The end result is an extraordinary taste with character that no amount of shaking or stirring can offer. Barrel-Aged Cocktails are loved by true cocktail and premium craft spirit connoisseurs and by those individuals who understand the dedication required to craft something very unique and special.

And, that’s not all! The Napa Valley Distillery, with an eye on the future, plans to produce a variety of spirits, such as the California Cowboy and Son of a Bourbon whiskey as well as a delicious Old Hollywood Gin.

With so much to see and sample, don’t miss shopping at their vintage bar shop in the Oxbow Public Market for their one-of-a kind Napa Valley Distillery Vodkas, Lemon Meyer liqueurs and Barrel Aged Cocktails, as well as other culinary and cocktail delights!