Premier Napa 2014
In Every year, California’s renowned Napa Valley Vintners Association schedules a 3 day Premier Napa Valley wine extravaganza and auction. On Thursday and Friday, there are preview parties hosted by vintners throughout the valley. On Friday, there is a multi-vintage Perspective and Retrospective tastings at the Rudd Center at the Culinary Institute.
The Premier Collection is one of the rarest wine brands in the world! For years, “the region’s top winemakers have offered ultra-boutique wines to the trade, crafted in as few as 60 bottles per lot and never more than 240 bottles. Small, hand-crafted lots provide unique expressions of Napa Valley’s consistent quality, diverse terrain and winemaking talents.”
I attended a Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood and I was able to attend the Premier Napa Festivities. Here’s a video of the Symposium that I attended: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpYSh-h5MEY
On Saturday afternoon before the auction, you can taste and network with owners and winemakers from 225 Napa Valley producers. Then you can have lunch at the CIA and bid on one of the wines that you have tasted at a live auction from 1-4 pm. To follow the action on Twitter use #PNV14.
WHERE: Culinary Institute of America at Greystone 2555 Main Street, St. Helena
WHEN: On February, 22, 2014;
9 am -4 pm
Premiere Napa Valley ultra-premium wine lots will be sold. The portfolio can be viewed at premierenapawines.com.
During the 4.5 hours of bidding, Los Angeles retailer The Wine House, bid up 5 cases of 2012 Scarecrow Lot # 210, Cabernet Sauvignon called “Toto’s Opium Dream” which sold for $260,000; almost $4500 per bottle! The 100-percent Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vines planted in 1945 was made by Celia Welch. Lots from Shafer Vineyards and Schrader also set new auction records. Brother Timothy would have been beaming with pride as the Napa Valley wineries were propelled into the stratosphere!
Even inaugural lots were soaring. “Favia Erickson Winegrowers, the partnership between husband-and-wife team Annie Favia and Andy Erickson, fared as well as veterans, hauling in $50,000 for its inaugural lot, 120 bottles of a 50-50 blend of Coombsville Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon called The Century Egg, the couple’s play on a Chinese delicacy.”
According to industry analysts here are the top lots:
“The top lots in order were: Scarecrow Wine (5 cases); Schrader (5 cases); Shafer Vineyards (5 cases); ZD Wines (5 cases); Robert Mondavi Winery (20 cases); Cakebread Cellars (20 cases); a joint lot between Bevan Cellars and Château Boswell (10 cases); Vine Hill Ranch (5 cases); a joint lot between Constant, David Arthur Vineyards and Reynolds Family Winery (20 cases); Silver Oak Cellars (20 cases); Joseph Phelps Vineyards (5 cases); and Brand (5 cases).”
It is an annual gathering of licensed wine sellers: retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers. This is an invitation-only Premiere Napa Valley event. Next year you can register at premierenapawines.com. Absentee bids were accepted this year beginning on January 15, 2014.
Here are some quick facts about the auction:
Vintners, Lots, Wines
•234 NVV members participating
• 225 lots of wine produced exclusively for this event
• Minimum lot size: 60 bottles; maximum lot size: 240 bottles
143 – 5 case lots
62 – 10 case lots
20 – 20 case lots
*Lots by variety:
159 Cabernet Sauvignon
32 Red Wine Blends
9 Cabernet Franc
7 Pinot Noir
3 Sauvignon Blanc
3 Petit Verdot
2 Sparkling Wine
1 Petite Sirah
*Lots by vintage:
11 from 2013 vintage
204 from 2012 vintage
5 from 2011 vintage
1 from 2001
1 from 1993 vintage
More than 1,000 total event attendees with nearly 600 being top trade and media
Napa Valley Vintners expects more than 750 trade and media in the valley for PNV week
• 220+ trade accounts
82 past successful bidder accounts
Attendees hail from 28 states and 8 countries
33% restaurateurs/hoteliers/private clubs
• 70+ media attendees; representing 60+ media outlets
Media from 12 states and 2 countries
Click here for more information: http://www.premierenapawines.com/2014/
Many wineries and AVAs hosted lavish Premier Napa Barrel-Tasting Parties where you could meet the wine-makers including:
1. Raymond Vineyards hosted a fabulous Mardi Gras Party.
849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574
Friday, 2/21, 7 p.m.
2. 11th Annual Spring Mountain District Appellation Premiere Preview Party:
Saint Helena Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall, 1352 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
Entrance via Main Street or Railroad Avenue
Friday, 2/21, noon – 3 p.m.
3. Stags Leap District
An American Cabernet Success Story, An Iconic Appellation:
Pine Ridge Vineyards, 5901 Silverado Trail, Napa 94558
Friday, 2/21, 4 – 7 p.m.
4. Pritchard Hill Wineries
Tasting on the Hill:
Gandona Estate, 1535 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena, CA 94574
Friday, 2/21,10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com