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Compline Opens in Downtown Napa

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Compline owners smallCompline co-owners Ryan Stetins and Matt Stamp

TASTE News Service, September 13, 2017 -- Compline, a combination of wine bar, restaurant and retail wine shop, has opened in downtown in the city of Napa.

Latin for the "completion of the working day," Compline (pronounced Comp-LYN) is poised to be Napa's premiere wine gathering spot for tourists, locals and wine professionals alike.

"We wanted to create someplace we wanted to go—a laid-back place to drink cool wines," says co-owner and former Charlie Trotter wine director Ryan Stetins, who hatched the idea for Compline three years ago with co-owner and fellow Napa resident, Master Sommelier Matt Stamp, formerly of the French Laundry. "As we refined the concept, Compline evolved into what it is today: A restaurant and wine bar, bottle shop, and center for wine education. But the part about drinking kick ass-wines in a beautiful space? That's never changed."

Stamp and Stetins have a distinct vision for Compline: Unfussy and convivial, with a smart crowd and plenty of flowing wine that celebrates Napa Valley and beyond. "Our wine bar list has plenty of local finds, as well as a generous collection of other domestic and international bottles," says Stamp. The comprehensive selection extends to Compline's retail shelves, where most bottles are priced between $15-$30, and can be enjoyed in the wine bar for a small corkage fee. "Our retail is really designed for both locals and visitors hunting for new finds, new grapes, and new experiences beyond our little corner of the world," says Stamp.

The Kitchen

Chef Yancy Windsperger has designed a menu rooted in Napa's strengths—shareable food that is seasonal and locally sourced. "This is real food prepared simply," says Windsperger, an alumnus of Spago, Morimoto, and The Bazaar by Jose Andres. "And while our focus is on supporting local farmers and businesses, we are embracing flavors from around the world." Adds Stetins: "Think of a dinner party in Napa. Friends, scattered bottles, and celebratory food in the cool night air. That's the spirit we want to bring to our restaurant." The restaurant seats 90 and is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Wine education is also a key component of Compline, where, beginning in October, there will be lively daily wine classes led by Stamp himself, designed for everyone from beginners to seasoned pros. Classes include "Jumpstart," an hour-long introduction to wine and a chance to blind-taste like the pros, "Gateway: Napa Valley" and "World Tour," where attendees learn about (and taste) distinctive wines across the globe.

Located within the heart of Downtown Napa's First Street Napa project—a 325,000-square-foot mixed-use development that will incorporate 45 retail shops and restaurants, new creative office space, and a 183-room Archer Hotel opening this fall. More information on this latest addition the increasingly vibrant downtown Napa scene can be had at www.complinewine.com

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