CADET Wine + Beer Bar Set for July 2nd Grand Opening in Downtown Napa

Cadet wine + beer bar owners Aubrey Bailey & Colleen Fleming

Cadet wine + beer bar owners Aubrey Bailey & Colleen Fleming

Just in time to usher in the 4th of July weekend, CADET wine + beer bar will be opening for business on Wednesday, July 2nd. CADET is located between First and Franklin Alleys in downtown Napa and is the brainchild of two food and wine industry veterans: Colleen Fleming of Kelly Fleming Wines in Calistoga and former French Laundry sommelier Aubrey Bailey. Literally meaning “trainee,” CADET reflects their desire to learn something new each day about the exceptional and approachable producers from California and beyond.

CADET’s wine bottle list has over 150 selections along with 4 wines on tap, 6 beers on draft and 15-20 bottled beers. Some of the Northern California wine producers represented include Jolie Laide, Calder Wine Company and Diamond Creek Vineyards. Small bites such as charcuterie from a hand crank Italian slicer, cheeses from all over the world, pinchos, farmers’ toasts and panini’s are available to enjoy with drinks.

CADET exudes a modern mid-century style with floor to ceiling storefront glass and a simple wood façade. The main space offers seating for up to 49 guests and is organized around a central bar, defined by a navy blue wood tongue and groove ceiling over a white oak bar top. A slight chevron shape of the bar offers a subtle nod to the military inspired name, along with creating a more communal experience for patrons. A riveted sheet metal bar die wall, along with antique brass light fixtures, help reinforce the tone and feel of the room. White oak wood detailing is carried through to the communal tables, stand up counters, and lounge benches, helping to create a visually eclectic, but unified space.

In addition, CADET will be offering educational classes and other special events such as Industry Nights, Winemaker Events, Ladies’ Nights and Community Lunches where public service professionals such as firemen, school teachers and city workers are celebrated for their contributions to the community.

Bailey states, “Our wine and beer list highlights wines from every region in California, not just the Napa Valley. This is a chance for people—locals and visitors alike–to explore and to discover what else is out there, what the winemakers are drinking, what historic vineyards or grape varieties are being revived, experimental beer making, etc. Basically a reminder of what California has always stood for: diversity.”

Adds Fleming, “Living and working in the Napa Valley, we all like to share great food and wine discoveries at the table with colleagues and friends. We look to CADET to being that second home where our community will want to gather, learn and enjoy that sense of hospitality together.”

For more information, visit or call (707) 224-4400.