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My Spectacular Vino con Vista Weekend in the Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A photo of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, taken ...

English: A photo of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, taken at Congregation Beth Sholom in Napa, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Napa

Napa (Photo credit: katieharbath)

Chef

Chef (Photo credits: http://www.myparkingsign.com)

Did you ever attend a Napa Valley Food and Wine Festival?

What a spectacular Vino con Vista Weekend I had Flavor Napa:

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Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

50 Chefs, over 125 Vintners and 3 days of fabulous food and wine adventures in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country!

 

Get your Tickets for the annual Flavor Napa Event here:

http://flavornapavalley.com/tickets/

If you are looking for a way to enjoy Napa Valley car-free check out the:  Calistoga Shuttle, St. Helena Shuttle, and the Yountville Trolley that are all available to visitors at no expense. Find out how you can hop on!

Try the Napa Valley Wine Trolley that takes visitors on a full day tour in a replica of a late 1890’s San Francisco cable car.

The Trolley picks up passengers daily at the Oxbow Public Market at 10:30 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m. Learn more.

Last year I took the Wine Train Bay Area Connection from the San Francisco Ferry Building. We enjoyed lunch on the Wine Train. To explore this option: Learn more

Watch this video to see what I witnessed in Napa:

http://youtu.be/78brXJOu_Bs

English: Vineyards in Napa Valley

English: Vineyards in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo b...

Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo by Emily Bryden, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Flavor! Napa Valley food and wine festival was originated by Chef Michael Chiarello.

The event in Napa Valley was led by an impressive array of Napa Valley-based celebrity chefs including: Thomas Keller, Christopher Kostow, Cindy Pawlcyn, Jeffrey Jake and Masaharu Morimoto.

Here’s a short video of Chef Morimoto preparing fish at the event:

http://youtu.be/d7_V2eGZ0AI

Way to go Chef!!

Morimoto Restaurant in Downtown Napa

Flavor Napa Valley 2012 at the Culinary Institute in Saint Helena

English: Heitz Wine cellars vineyards

English: Heitz Wine cellars vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHERE: CIA at Greystone and various locations throughout Napa Valley.
I went to the Appellation Trail Event at the Culinary Institute on Friday night. Many of the outstanding wineries were pouring. There was live entertainment and plenty of food on two floors of Greystone’s historic building.
 The loved the Wine Makers’ Dinner at the Silverado Resort on Friday night where I met many of the legendary winemakers. The food was outstanding!

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

According to festival producer Herb Karlitz, “one of the festival highlights is a two-day tasting of wines that have and continue to put Napa Valley on the map, reaching back to the post-Prohibition wines of the ‘40s through the present day.”
A winemaker was seated at each table at the dinner event. We drank the winemakers selection with each course.
The dinner was held in the ballroom of the Silverado Resort.

The Silverado Resort in Napa

Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa...

Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I also loved the Flavor Napa Sunday morning brunch at the Silverado.

I loved the Napa Valley Brunch Event

Lovely Farm-to-table Centerpiece at the Flavor Napa Valley 2012 Brunch

Flavor Napa Valley 2012 Brunch

Ther Napa Valley VItners featured amazing wines at one of the seminars that included: ’57 Louis Martini Pinot Noir, ’66 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, ’76 Joseph Phelps Insignia, ’77 Beringer Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, ’78 Heitz Wine Cellars Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and a ’78 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Chateau Montelena in Calistoga California

Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

English: Fall in Napa Valley

English: Fall in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Flavor! Napa Valley extravaganza is an annual five-day Napa Valley food and wine festival featuring the area’s superlative chefs, restaurants and wineries.

Each year, the festival format includes a series of creative tastings and seasonally-inspired meals, as well as a variety of hands-on and educational experiences led by the region’s most notable chefs, vintners and sommeliers.

English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California

English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Event venues include: the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in St. Helena, as well as restaurants and wineries throughout the region.

There were a series of small and hands-on immersions entitled Terroir to Table™  as well as a historic, two-day library tasting of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wines in the last 50-years, including contemporary “cult” wines, that was called “The Legends of Napa Valley: A Definitive Tasting. “Net proceeds from all events support programs and scholarships at CIA’s Greystone Campus.

English: Autumn in Napa Valley

English: Autumn in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Individual event tickets ranged from $85 To $325, with the historic, two-day Legends of Napa Valley tasting at $3500 per person.

Many of the area’s lodging partners offered offering special Flavor! Napa Valley packages that combine a stay with festival tickets, such as Silverado Resort and Spa’s Flavor! Napa Valley package, which includes accommodations in a one-bedroom Fireplace Suite, breakfast for two in The Grill, a signature culinary welcome gift and tickets to Amusee Napa: A Downtown Napa Tasting.

Silverado Resort in Napa

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery (Photo credit: don j schulte @ oxherder arts)

Additional Napa Valley properties also offered special Flavor! Napa Valley packages, and complete information on lodging packages can be found at: http://visit.legendarynapavalley.com/index.cfm/napa_valley_lodging-flavor_napa_valley.htm

I love Napa Valley

Here are some of the Hotel Packages that were offered in Napa Valley:

Flavor! Napa Valley 2012 announced ticket-only and lodging packages for the food-and-wine festival, which takes place Nov. 14 to 18. In addition, all guests with confirmed reservations at a Napa Valley hotel or inn during this time will automatically receive 20 percent off of Appellation Trail tickets and select ticket packages.

1. Guests staying at Milliken Creek any time from Nov. 1 to 24 for two nights will receive a third night at 50 percent off the best available rate when booking online by entering the promotional code FESTIVAL. Daily gourmet breakfast for two, sunset Magic Hour wine and cheese reception, a late-night cordial bar and guest passes to Synergy wellness and fitness center are included in the rate.

2. At Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, guests save 10 percent on nightly room rates for Friday and Saturday night stays and 20 percent on midweek stays. All Flavor! guests receive a special welcome amenity from the chef and a culinary keepsake.

3. At the Villagio Inn & Spa and Vintage Inn in Yountville, guests who mention Flavor! Napa Valley when making reservations receive 20 percent off of room rates. This offer is valid from Nov. 14 to 18 and includes complimentary amenities, such as bottle of wine upon check-in, a champagne buffet breakfast, daily afternoon tea and access to Spa Villagio’s facilities. Ticket-only packages range from $350 to $955 per

English: Vineyards in Napa Valley. Français : ...

English: Vineyards in Napa Valley. Français : Vignobles de la Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More information on tickets and the complete Flavor! Napa Valley event schedule can be found at www.flavornapavalley.com, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FlavorNapaValley and @FlavorNV on Twitter.

Here are the details for the Appellation Trail Event on Friday Night at Greystone including participating Chefs and Wineries. When you go to Napa County, make sure you check out these incredible links:

1. Participating Chefs at Flavor! Napa 2013

Angèle: Scott Ekstrom, www.angelerestaurant.com

Auberge du Soleil: Robert Curry, www.aubergedusoleil.com

Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca: Michael Gyetvan, www.azzurropizzeria.com

Baldacci Family Vineyards: www.baldaccivineyards.com

Bistro Jeanty: Philippe Jeanty, www.bistrojeanty.com

Brix: Chris Jones, www.brix.com

Ca’Momi Enoteca: Valentina Guolo-Migotto, www.camomienoteca.com

Etoile Restaurant: Perry Hoffman, www.chandon.com/etoile-restaurant.html

FARM at the Carneros Inn : Steven Tevere and Andrew Budnyj, www.thecarnerosinn.com

Farmstead Restaurant: Stephen Barber, www.farmsteadnapa.com

Fish Story: Clint Davies, www.fishstorynapa.com

French Blue: Philip Wang, www.frenchbluenapa.com

Gott’s Roadside: Rick Robinson, www.gotts.com

Hurley’s Restaurant: Bob Hurley, www.hurleysrestaurant.com

JoLē : Matt Spector, www.jolerestaurant.com

La Condesa: Rene Ortiz, www.lacondesanapavalley.com

La Toque: Ken Frank, www.latoque.com

Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono: Victor Scargle, www.bardessono.com

Morimoto Napa: Masaharu Morimoto and Kang Kuan, www.morimotonapa.com

NapaStyle Cafe: Michael Chiarello,www.napastyle.com/cafe

Norman Rose Tavern: Michael Gyetvan, www.normanrosenapa.com

Oenotri: Tyler Rodde and Curtis Di Fede, www.oenotri.com

REDD: Richard Reddington, www.reddnapavalley.com

Restaurant Cuvee: Jordan Mackey, www.cuveenapa.com

Siena at The Meritage Resort and Spa: Mike Collins, www.themeritageresort.com/dining/siena-restaurant

Silverado Resort and Spa: Jeffrey Jake, www.silveradoresort.com

Solbar: Brandon Sharp, www.solbarnv.com

The Thomas: Brad Farmerie, www.thethomas-napa.com

VINeleven: Brian Whitmer, www.napavalleymarriott.com/dining

The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant: Almir Da Fonseca, www.ciachef.edu/restaurants/wsgr

2. Wineries

Ackerman Family Vineyards: www.ackermanfamilyvineyards.com

Amici Cellars: www.amicicellars.com

Andretti Winery Napa Valley: www.andrettiwinery.com

Antica Napa Valley: www.anticanapavalley.com

ARNS: www.arnswinery.com

Artesa Winery: www.artesawinery.com

B Cellars: www.bcellars.com

Beaulieu Vineyard: www.bvwines.com

Bounty Hunter Rare Wine: www.bountyhunterwine.com

Broman Cellars: www.bromancellars.com

Cakebread Cellars: www.cakebread.com

Canard Vineyard: www.canardvineyard.com

Ceja Vineyards: www.cejavineyards.com

Celani Family Vineyards: www.celaniwines.com

Chappellet Vineyards and Winery: www.chappellet.com

Charles Krug Winery, Peter Mondavi Sr. Family: www.charleskrug.com

Chase Cellars: www.chasecellars.com

Clif Family Winery: www.cliffamilywinery.com

Clos Pegase: www.clospegase.com

Cosentino Winery: www.cosentinowinery.com

Crosby Roamann: www.crosbyroamann.com

Domaine Chandon: www.chandon.com

Duckhorn Vineyards: www.duckhornwineshop.com

Elizabeth Spencer: www.elizabethspencerwines.com

Farella-Park Vineyards: www.farella.com

Fontanella Family Winery: www.fontanellawinery.com

Fortunati Vineyards: www.fortunatiwines.com

Frank Family Vineyards: www.frankfamilyvineyards.com

Freemark Abbey: www.freemarkabbey.com

Gargiulo Vineyards: www.gargiulovineyards.com

Grgich Hills Estate: www.grgich.com

The Hess Collection Winery: www.hesscollection.com

Hestan Vineyards: www.hestan.com

HUNNICUTT: www.hunnicuttwines.com

Jack Brooks Vineyard: www.jbvineyard.com

Jericho Canyon Vineyard: www.jerichocanyonvineyard.com

Joseph Phelps Vineyards: www.jpvwines.com

Kelleher Family Vineyard: www.kelleherwines.com

Kenefick Ranch Winery: www.kenefickranch.com

Knights Bridge Winery: www.knightsbridgewinery.com

Krupp Brothers: www.kruppbrothers.com

La Jota Vineyard Co.: www.lajotavineyardco.com

Laird Family Estate: www.lairdfamilyestate.com

LAMBORN Family Vineyards: www.lamborn.com

Long Meadow Ranch Winery: www.longmeadowranch.com

Match Vineyards: www.matchvineyards.com

Melka Wines: www.melkawines.com

Merryvale Vineyards: www.merryvale.com

Michael Mondavi Family Wines: www.michaelmondavifamilyestate.com

Monticello Vineyards: www.corleyfamilynapavalley.com

MOONE-TSAI WINES: www.moonetsai.com

Mt. Brave: www.mtbravewines.com

Oakville Ranch: www.oakvilleranch.com

Oberon Wines: www.oberonwines.com

O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery: www.oshaughnessywinery.com

Pahlmeyer: www.pahlmeyer.com

Paraduxx: www.paraduxx.com

Parry Cellars: www.parrycellars.com

PATEL – Napa Valley: www.patelwinery.com

PEJU: www.peju.com

Pine Ridge Vineyards: www.pineridgevineyards.com

PureCru Napa Valley: www.purecruwines.com

Raymond Vineyards: www.raymondvineyards.com

Renteria Wines: www.renteriawines.com

Revana Family Vineyard: www.revanawine.com

Robert Biale Vineyards: www.robertbialevineyards.com

Robert Craig Winery: www.robertcraigwine.com

Robert Mondavi Winery: www.robertmondavi.com

Rombauer Vineyards: www.rombauer.com

Saintsbury: www.saintsbury.com

Schramsberg Vineyards & J. Davies Vineyards: www.schramsberg.com

Schweiger Vineyards: www.schweigervineyards.com

Shafer Vineyards: www.shafervineyards.com

Silver Oak Cellars: www.silveroak.com

Sodaro Estate Winery: www.sodarowines.com

Spring Mountain Vineyard: www.springmountainvineyard.com

St. Supéry Estate: www.stsupery.com

Staglin Family Vineyard: www.staglinfamily.com

Stony Hill Vineyard: www.stonyhillvineyard.com

Tamber Bey Vineyards: www.tamberbey.com

Terra Valentine Winery: www.terravalentine.com

Titus Vineyards: www.titusvineyards.com

Tom Scott Vineyard: www.tomscottvineyard.com

TOR Kenward Family Wines: www.torwines.com

Trefethen Family Vineyards: www.trefethen.com

Tres Sabores: www.tressabores.com

Twomey Cellars: www.twomey.com

Tyler Florence Wines: www.tylerflorencewines.com

Waterstone: www.waterstonewines.com

ZD Wines: www.zdwines.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Great Wine Capitals 2014 Awards in Spectacular Vino con Vista Napa California

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery (Photo credit: Don J Schulte)

Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo b...

Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo by Emily Bryden, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Napa Valley

Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and prepare to spent some time in the heart of Vino con Vista Napa Valley, a member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Napa Valley and Sonoma County make up the spectacular wine region in California; there are more than 400 wineries in Napa Valley and 200 in Sonoma. 
 
“The Great Wine Capitals is a network of ten major global cities in both the northern and southern hemispheres, which share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions.” These prestigious wine regions are:
 
Bilbao
 
RiojaBordeauxCape Town

Cape Winelands

Christchurch

South Island

Firenze

Mainz

Rheinhessen

Mendoza

Porto

San Francisco | Napa Valley and Valparaìso

Casablanca Valley.

Founded in 1999, the Network has developed and introduced several projects, initiatives and programs with the objective of achieving excellence in tourism, business services and education within the global alliance of its renowned wine regions.

The ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ Awards is an annual International Competition “designed to reward the wineries in each member city and wine region that have distinguished themselves in terms of the excellence of their facilities in various categories from art and culture to sustainable wine tourism, and delivering quality experiences to the public. Since their inception, over 465 properties have received an award from over 3 100 nominees.”

They also offer grants “aimed at promoting excellence and innovativeness in the fields of wine tourism and marketing. These grants encourage young researchers who are usually enrolled in wine education programs and who have been nominated by a member city of the Network. Two Grants of 4.500€ are annually awarded to the most promising projects and the most compelling presentations and realizations.”

For a comprehensive list of winners visit: http://www.greatwinecapitals.com
 
Winners By Region

– Any -San Francisco | Napa ValleyValparaiso | Casablanca ValleyPortoCape Town | Cape WinelandsBordeauxChristchurch | South IslandFirenzeMendozaMainz | RheinhessenBilbao | RiojaSan Francisco | Napa Valley

Winners by Year

The Hess Collection

Global Winner
Art and Culture
San Francisco | Napa Valley

Bardessono Hotel & Spa

Regional Winner
Accommodation
San Francisco | Napa Valley

CADE Estate Winery

Regional Winner
Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices
San Francisco | Napa Valley

Cuvaison Estate Wines

Regional Winner
Architecture & Landscapes
San Francisco | Napa Valley

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Regional Winner
Wine Tourism Restaurant
San Francisco | Napa Valley

Raymond Vineyards

Regional Winner
Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences
San Francisco | Napa Valley

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

Regional Winner
Wine Tourism Service
San Francisco | Napa Valley
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
 
 
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Plan an Iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Vino con Vista Party at Your House

Kendall-Jackson California Meritage 2004: Cabe...

Kendall-Jackson California Meritage 2004: Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 34%, Cabernet Franc 1%, Sonoma County. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cabernet Sauvignon grape cluster, shown by DNA...

Cabernet Sauvignon grape cluster, shown by DNA studies to be a cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blanc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery (Photo credit: Don J Schulte)

English: bottle of stag's leap cabernet sauvig...

English: bottle of stag’s leap cabernet sauvignon Français : bouteille de cabernet sauvgnon stag’s leap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing in the viney...

Let’s throw an iconic  Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Party. Invite your generous friends and have them pick a bottle of Cabernet wine from the list provided.

Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa...
Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Heitz Cellars Cab from Napa
Heitz Cellars Cab from Napa

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California...

Filet Sliders

Far Niente from Napa

Far Niente from Napa

Corison from Napa

Corison from Napa

Napa Cellars Winery

Napa Cellars Winery (Photo credit: Jason DeRusha)

Cabernet grapes growing in the vineyards of th...

Cabernet grapes growing in the vineyards of the Napa Valley winery of Opus One. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dehydrated Cabernet Sauvignon grapes left on t...

Dehydrated Cabernet Sauvignon grapes left on the vine in mid-November at Sterling Vineyards in the California wine region of Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes gained prominence in Bordeaux wines where they are often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Cabernet Sauvignon vines growing in Bordeaux.

Cabernet Sauvignon vines growing in Bordeaux. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have included some iconic bottles of Napa Cabs that will make all the wine snobs swoon!

You can’t throw a Napa Fest without plenty of flowers. If your party is held in the late summer, you can get some sunflowers and cut the stems short and place them in a clear vase on all your tables. Your friends will be so impressed! I also have some grape lights that I use on my Christmas tree; if you can find some use them to decorate your dining space.

sunflowers

sunflowers

Here’s what we are serving:

Make your antipasto on a wooden cutting board. Make sure you have plenty of imported Prosciutto de Parma sliced paper thin, Genoa salami and soppressata. Get a large chunk of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and place it on the cutting board. Slice some fresh, crusty Italian bread and offer plenty of colorful imported olives on the side. Add some dried fruit like dates and apricots on the tray with some walnuts and almonds.

Parmigiano reggiano piece.jpg

Grab some Silver Oaks Cab, Nickel & Nickel and Rubicon too!!

A bottle and remnants of a 1994 Silver Oak Cab...

A bottle and remnants of a 1994 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Napa Valley California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cellar at Rubicon

Cellar at Rubicon (Photo credit: K. Todd Storch)

olives

olives

When  your friends what to bring some wine, create a checklist and have them sign up. This will provide a wide array of Cabs that pair nicely with the menu.

They can also bring some Champagne, Franciacorta or Prosecco for toasting before dinner.

Nickel & Nickel Napa Valley Cab

It’s fun to display the wine on a barrell if you can find one. Start your festivities with a champagne toast.

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

English: Fall in Napa Valley

English: Fall in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think your wine buddies will open up their wine cellars and pull out a few iconic bottles of wine for the party.

Here are some of the other Cult Cabs that your friends may have in their wine cellar:

Screaming Eagle, Colgin Cellars,

Bond from the Harley Estate, Maya from Dalla Valle Vineyards, Kapcsandy Cabernet.

Opus One Winery makes a Bordeaux-style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is located in Oakville California. It was founded as a 1980 as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothchild and Robert Mondavi.

Exterior of the Napa Valley winery Opus One fo...

Exterior of the Napa Valley winery Opus One founded by Mondavi and Rothschild of Bordeaux. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Château Mouton d'Armailhacq Philippe de Rothsc...

To-Kalon vinyard at the Robert Mondavi winery

To-Kalon vinyard at the Robert Mondavi winery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can get some Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cab from the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. In 1987, the original winery established by Warren Winiarski was sold to Chateax St. Michelle of Woodinville, Washington and Marchesi Antinori of Italy for $185 million.

Elivette Cab from Napa

Elivette Cab from Napa

Opus One from Napa

Opus One from Napa

Bottles of the California wine Stag's Leap Win...

Get some Chateau Montelena as well. I love the old-world charm of their winery in Calistoga California!

Chateau Montelena in Calistoga

Napa Valley

Napa Valley (Photo credit: Sarah_Ackerman)

If some of your friends don’t like red wine, prepare plenty of Margaritas with Gran Marnier or whip up some glorious French Martinis. Don’t forget the cherries!

Then cut up a bunch of ripe delicious fruit and stack it artistically on a pretty platter. Use pinapples, honeydew, cantalope, strawberries and crown the platter with bunches of red grapes.

Fruit Platter

Fruit Platter

Now it’ time for some grilled vegetables. Grill zucchini, eggplant, red onions, red and yellow peppers and smother them with a layer of portobello mushrooms. Everyone will love it!Grilled Vegetables

Then place some big juicy chilled shrimp on an iced  platter with some lemon wedges.

shrimp

shrimp

Next, grill some medium rare fillet mignon that was marinated overnight in olive oil, garlic, rosemary and cabernet sauvignon.

Grilled Filet Mignon

Grilled Filet Mignon

Slice the meet up and make some Filet Sliders. Don’t forget the Bernaise Sauce.Filet Sliders

Now it’s time for dessert. Make or buy colorful mini-cupcakes and stack them on a three-tiered tray.

On you computer, play videos of harvest from the Napa Valley vineyards at www.napavintners.com/harvest.

Everyone can

Bottles of the California wine Stag's Leap Win...

Bottles of the California wine Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars from Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

order tickets for Flavor Napa Valley that is held annually in November.

I love Napa Valley

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Cupcakes

Cupcakes on a stand

California Cabernet from Napa Valley including...

California Cabernet from Napa Valley including Chateau Montelena, Nickel & Nickel & Paul Hobbes in stemless Reidel glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cheers and Bon Appetit!

cupcakes

Cupcakes

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18th Annual Premiere Napa Valley Wine Auction Extravaganza 2014 Raises Nearly $6 Billion for Charity

Premier Napa 2014

English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

California wine producer Robert Mondavi Winery...

California wine producer Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California...

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California. Located in Oakville, California, the Mondavi Winery was built in 1966 and designed in the California mission-style. [1] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

California - Calistoga: Schramsberg Vineyard

California – Calistoga: Schramsberg Vineyard (Photo credit: wallyg)

California - Calistoga: Schramsberg Vineyard -...

California – Calistoga: Schramsberg Vineyard – Wine Cave (Photo credit: wallyg)

Premier Napa Valley Auction 2014

Premier Napa Valley Auction 2014

Premier Napa 2014

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harvest 2005 Spring Mountain District above th...

harvest 2005 Spring Mountain District above the Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Oak wine barrels at the Robert Mondav...

English: Oak wine barrels at the Robert Mondavi vineyard, Oakville, Califorian USA (Napa Valley) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Napa valley vineyard Français : Vigno...

English: Napa valley vineyard Français : Vignoble de Napa Valley, Comté de Napa, Californie, États-Unis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: 16th Century wine press, displayed at...

English: 16th Century wine press, displayed at Robert Mondavi Vineyard, Oakville, California, USA (Napa Valley) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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!

Brother Timothy Special WIne from Silver Oaks

Brother Timothy Special WIne from Silver Oaks

 
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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).”

Barrel Tastings at Premier Napa 2014

Barrel Tastings at Premier Napa 2014

WOW!! Harlan Wine

WOW!! Harlan Wine

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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

4 Merlot

3 Sauvignon Blanc

2 Chardonnay

2 Malbec

3 Petit Verdot

2 Sparkling Wine

1 Petite Sirah

1 Zinfandel

*Lots by vintage:

11 from 2013 vintage

204 from 2012 vintage

5 from 2011 vintage

1 from 2001

1 from 1993 vintage

3 non-vintage

**Attendees include:

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

36% retailers

33% restaurateurs/hoteliers/private clubs

31% wholesalers/distributors/brokers/importers

• 70+ media attendees; representing 60+ media outlets

Media from 12 states and 2 countries

Click here for more information: http://www.premierenapawines.com/2014/

Premier Napa 2014

Premier Napa 2014

Michael Mondavi and Kathy Merchant 2014

Michael Mondavi and Kathy Merchant 2014

Many wineries and AVAs hosted lavish Premier Napa Barrel-Tasting Parties where you could meet the wine-makers including:

Premier Napa 2014

Premier Napa 2014

1. Raymond Vineyards hosted a fabulous Mardi Gras Party.

Red Room at the Raymond Winery Napa 2014

Red Room at the Raymond Winery Napa 2014

849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574

Mr. Chelini in St. Helena

Mr. Chelini in St. Helena from the Spring Mountain AVA

http://www.premiernapa.com

Friday, 2/21, 7 p.m.

Raymond Winery Mardi Gras Party 2014

Raymond Winery Mardi Gras Party 2014

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.

Cain in Napa 2014

Cain in Spring Mountain AVA at Prmier Napa 2014

Premier Napa Party in St. Helena 2014

Premier Napa Party in St. Helena 2014

3. Stags Leap District

Chimney Rock 2012 Cardiac Hillside Stags Leap District

Chimney Rock 2012 Cardiac Hillside 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.

Mardi Gras Party at Raymond Winery 2014

Mardi Gras Party at Raymond Winery 2014

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Chimney Rock 2012 Cardiac Hillside Stags Leap District

Chimney Rock 2012 Cardiac Hillside Stags Leap District

Mardi Gras Party at Raymond Winery 2014

Mardi Gras Party at Raymond Winery 2014

4. Pritchard Hill Wineries

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Premier Napa Party on Pritchard Hill 2014

Premier Napa Party on Pritchard Hill 2014

Tasting on the Hill:

Gandona Estate, 1535 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena, CA 94574

Friday, 2/21,10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cain at Premier Napa Barrel Party

Premier Napa 2014

Tasting on the Hill Above the Cloudline at Pritchard Hill

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Cochon 555 in St. Helena California 2014

Cochon de Lait

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COCHON Heritage FIre

Attend Cochon 555 in St, Helena, California to experience 5 amazing chefs, 5 pigs and 5 winemakers prepare over 11 tons of heritage pork in a “nose-to-tail” culinary competition.
This year’s competing chefs include: Host Chef Patrick Clark of The Culinary Institute of America, Kelly McCown of Goose & Gander, Jason Kupper of The Thomas, Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustards Grill and Dustin Valette of Dry Creek Kitchen. The five chefs, champions to the pig, will battle it out in a friendly competition by preparing a maximum of six dishes each created from one whole heritage breed pig to win votes from a crowd of hungry gourmands and celebrated judges. In celebration of the tour’s 6th anniversary Dave Budworth of Marina Meats will butcher a pig for the audience, and for the first time at the event, a group of students under the guide of Larry Forgione of Conservatory for American Food Studies and will prepare an additional whole pig in an late-night Asian Speakeasy style before dessert and the awards ceremony. The winner will go on to compete in the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June for bragging rights as the “King or Queen of Porc” and a four-day wine experience to Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region.”
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WHEN: Sunday, March 2, 2014, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: CIA at Greystone, 2555 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

Tickets available @ http://www.cochon555.com

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Plenty of Vino con Vista Reasons to Visit Napa County California

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I love Brother Timothy’s Corkscrew collection in the CIA in St. Helena

“New data from Wines & Vines magazine confirm solid growth in the North American wine industry during 2013. The number of wineries grew to 8,391, a gain of 4.3%. U.S. wineries showed two other signs of health as their combined production increased 6.3% and the winery average bottle price rose from $9 to $10.85.

The United States now has 7,762 wineries, led by California with 3,674. Canada has 568 wineries, having gained more than 8%. The net change in North American wineries was 345.

Bonded wineries have their own brick-and-mortar production sites, while virtual wineries have brand names and produce wine at host facilities.”

There are 16 sub-appellations in Napa where you can pamper your wine-loving inner foodie! Walk in the footsteps of Napa’s legendary wine pioneers.

Famous Napa Valley Sign

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Napa Valley and Sonoma County are wine regions in California with plenty of Vino con Vista wine tourism opportunities. There are more than 450 wineries in Napa Valley. Visit the Vitner’s Hall of Fame in the Barrel Room of the Culinary Institute in St. Helena.

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In the world of wine, matching grapes with microclimates and soils is the key to effective business. In addition, those grapes always grow in the most beautiful places. The grape-growing locations provide plenty of incredible Vino con Vista touring and tasting opportunities for travel and wine tourism enthusiasts.

Napa Cellars Winery

Napa Cellars Winery (Photo credit: Jason DeRusha)

Napa’s wineries have plenty of Tasting Rooms in 30 miles. Take Highway 29 in one direction and return on the Silverado Trail.

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Cellar at Rubicon

Cellar at Rubicon (Photo credit: K. Todd Storch)

Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faJXSEV3CsU&feature=share&list=UUmEEAs7e-TiVN0efAthHw-Q

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I think autumn is the most beautiful time of year in the Napa Valley; the vines are golden, russet and burgundy and the trees sparkle in the bodies of water.

Here are some of the Napa Valley regions (subappellations/AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) with distinct microclimates and terrain for you to visit.

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery (Photo credit: don j schulte @ oxherder arts)

There are plenty of luxury hotels and resorts with many fine dinig opportunities along the way including:

www.meadowwood.com

www.Bardessono.com

www.napariverinn.com

www.ranchocaymus.com

www.napavalleylodge.com

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English: Vineyards in Napa Valley. Français : Vignobles de la Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Approximate location of the Carneros AVA (red box) in relation to San Pablo Bay. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Napa Valley is an appellation and it received its own AVA designation in 1981. It is California’s first recognized AVA and the second in the United States. Within the Napa Valley appellation, there are 16 subappellations, including: Atlas Peak, Calistoga, Chiles Valley District, Coombsville, Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain, Los Carneros, Mt. Veeder, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, Spring Mountain District, Stags Leap District, Yountville and Wild Horse Valley.

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Cabernet grapes growing in the vineyards of the Napa Valley winery of Opus One. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are plenty of outstanding wineries with tasting rooms in the Napa Valley. Sometimes you need reservations so call in advance.

Tudal Winery

Tudal has a lovely outdoor space where you can have a tasting with the wine maker.

Tudal Wine maker was very informative!

I loved that Tudal Wine from St. Helena!

The following summary of the subappellations is from the Wine Growers Association website:

For an outstanding Vino con Vista, check out the pool at Arger-Martucci in St. Helena at 1455 Inglewood Ave.

Arger-Martucci in St. Helena

Arger-Martucci Pool in St. Helena

My favorite Napa Map

The Atlas Peak AVA

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The California wine region of Atlas Peak in the Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vineyards in the California wine region of Atl...

Vineyards in the California wine region of Atlas Peak in the Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Climate: Cool, mountain-influenced, with temperatures about 10 to 15°F cooler than the Valley floor in summer. Above the fog line, there is a low diurnal change, with summer temperatures rarely above 90°F (32.2°C). Elevation: 760 to 2600 ft (231m to 792m). Rainfall: 38 inches (96cm) annually. Soils: Volcanic in origin, with basaltic red color, shallow with limited water retention, so irrigation is often essential.
Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon: Bright berry and cherry fruit, and more acidity than wines from Stags Leap District. Chardonnay: Crisp, floral, aromatic, with distinctive pear-mineral flavors and bright acidity.

The Calistoga AVA is one of my favorites!! You can even visit the Old Faithful Geyser.

Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga

California - Calistoga: Schramsberg Vineyard

California – Calistoga: Schramsberg Vineyard (Photo credit: wallyg)

Go to Castello di Amorosa and you feel like you have been transported to Tuscany. Make sure to visit Chateau Montelena; they won the Judgement of Paris for Mike Grgich Chardonnay. Visit the beautiful gazebo and tranquill Jade Lake on the property.

Jade Lake

Jade Lake (Photo credit: maureen lunn)

Chateau Montelena in Calistoga

Chateau Montelena in Calistoga

Barrels infront of Chateau Montelena in Calistoga

California vineyard in Calistoga, Napa Valley

California vineyard in Calistoga, Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit the Sterling Winery via ski lift. This is an outstanding Vino con Vista Opportunity!!!

Sterling has the best winery tour in Napa!

Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga

Sterling’s Terrace; take the ski lift to this panoramic view of Napa!

Climate: Warm to hot, depending upon time of year; lower humidity; summer temperatures peak to 90°F (32.2°C) and fall to low 50s°F (11°C), the result of marine air from the northwest; cool afternoon and evening breezes Elevation: 300 to 1200 ft (92 to 370m) Rainfall: 38 to 60 inches (96.5 to 150cm) annually Soils: Almost completely of volcanic origin, soils range from rocky, stony loam on the hillsides, to gravelly or cobbly loams on the alluvial fans, to heavier clay-silt soils in the valley center areas.

Principal varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah.”

The Chiles Valley District AVA

“Climate: Fairly warmer summer days (mid-80°F plus/28.8 to 31°C), but due to higher elevation and summer fog at night, quite chilly at night (below 50°F/10°C). With colder winters and spring, as well as strong winds, harvest comes later than on valley floor at Oakville. Elevation: 800 to 1300 ft. (242 to 394m). Rainfall: 35 inches (88cm) annually. Soils: On the valley floor, primarily alluvial soils with silty-clay composition of marine origin, with good fertility. Hillsides show more clay-loam and stony-clay composition, mostly marine in origin, with some volcanic outcropping, and less fertility.”

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc: Cabernets usually reveal a lush yet firm texture with good acidity, firm tannin and distinctive cherry-blackberry flavors. Merlot typically has vibrant black cherry flavors mixed with a touch of cocoa.

Coombsville is the newest AVA

“Climate: Temperate climate moderated by near-proximity to the San Francisco Bay and the influences of marine air Elevation: Most vineyards are in the 100-500 foot (30-150 m) zone, though a small portion tops 1000 feet (300 m) Rainfall:  Average rainfall is 24.6 inches (62 cm) per year over the last 100 years Soils: Primarily weathered volcanic rock and alluvial deposits from the Vaca Range that surrounds the region.”

Principal varieties: Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon on the hillsides with Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir in the lower, cooler sites

The Diamond Mountain District AVA

The California wine region Diamond Mountain Di...

The California wine region Diamond Mountain District AVA in Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Climate: Moderately warm temperatures with lower maximum temperatures and higher minimum temperatures than north Napa Valley floor, due to topography and altitude. Significantly cooler than valley floor near Calistoga, 50 to 95°F in growing season (10 to 32°C). Elevation: 400 to 2200 ft. (130 to 530m) Rainfall: 40 to 55 inches (135cm) annually. Soils: Residual uplifted soils of volcanic origin, often reddish and very fine-grained, even gritty in texture, composed of both weathered sedimentary and volcanic origin.

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc: firmly structured, rich and fairly tannic when young, with strong blackcurrant, mineral, and cedary flavors. Less supple and fleshy than valley or benchland wines, with good aging potential. Chardonnay: Full-bodied, yet revealing mineral, green apple-peach aromas with fairly firm acidity; less richly textured than valley floor wines.

The Howell Mountain AVA

Climate: Similar to the facing Spring Mountain AVA, however slightly warmer and dryer overall due to strong afternoon sun influence. Fairly cool nights in both ranges and higher elevations help maintain good acidity. Elevation: 600 to 2200 ft (184 to 675m). Rainfall: 40 to 50 inches (125cm) annually. Soils: Predominantly volcanic, shallow and infertile. Drainage is high, fertility low.

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel: Powerful, firm, blackberry-currant flavors and often richly tannic, with excellent acidity for aging. Chardonnay, Viognier: Sinewy, firm and not as fruity as those of the valley floor, revealing more citrus and stone fruit flavors.

Los Carneros AVA will present some outstanding Pinot Noir tasting opportunities!

Visit Etude, Acacia and Cline on your way to San Francisco..

“Climate: Cool, with prevailing marine winds from the San Pablo Bay and through the Petaluma Gap to the west. High temperatures during summer rarely exceed 80°F (27°C) with less diurnal range variation. Elevation: 15 to 400 ft. (4.6 to124 m) Rainfall: Lowest in Napa Valley: 18 to 24 inches (7.2 to 9.6cm) annually. Soils: Clay dominated, very shallow in general, with more loam and hillside alluvials in the northern section. Yields typically are restrained by the hard claypan subsoil, which prevents deep-rooting.

Principal varieties & characteristics: Chardonnay: minerally pear-apple and spice flavors. Merlot: sinewy and lightly herbal, with fine tannins and sleek structure. Pinot Noir: ripe cherry-cinnamon spice flavors with earthy notes.”

Mount Veeder AVA is the home of the Hess Collection Winery where they still lease some land from the Christian Brothers. Take time to visit Mount Vedeer Winery.

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English: Napa valley vineyard Français : Vignoble de Napa Valley, Comté de Napa, Californie, États-Unis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Climate: Cool to moderate, with most vineyards above the fog-line, meaning warmer nights and cooler days and less diurnal range than the valley floor. Typical mid-summer high temperatures about 85°F (30°C). Elevation: 600 to 2100 ft. (183 to 650m). Rainfall: 35 inches (87.5cm) annually. Soils: Sedimentary based, former seabed, shallow and generally well drained, as well as more acidic, with low fertility. Most have a sandy or sandy-loam texture.

Principal varieties & characteristics: Ageability is a hallmark of Mt. Veeder wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel: Low yields give red wines a firm, tannic structure with strong earth-berry aromas and rich, but powerful flavors. Chardonnay: minerally, appley, even citrus flavors with good acidity.

Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA

Climate: Moderate to cool: marine air and fog can remain until mid-morning. Late afternoon breezes frequently occur, maintaining slightly cooler temperatures than upper valley. Mid-summer temperatures may reach 92° F (33.3°C) and drop to around 50°F (10°C) at night. Elevation: sea level to 800 feet (244m) Rainfall: 36 inches (90cm) annually. Soils: The valley’s largest alluvial fan formed by Dry Creek creates the defining feature of the district. The northwest area is composed of volcanically derived soils, with stony or gravelly consistency. South and east areas are transitional from gravel to silty clay loam.

Principal varieties & characteristics: Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon benefit from a longer growing season with slightly cooler temperature, though crop size is typically less than in other AVAs. Elegant style is the common note with fruit flavors of cassis, tobacco and spice typical to Bordeaux-style reds. Chardonnay showcases flavors of crisp apple, mineral notes and tropical fruit with fine acidity.

Oakville AVA is teaming with Cult Cabs!

Silver Oak Vineyards Cellar Door

Silver Oak Vineyards Cellar Door (Photo credit: kk+)

Visit Silver Oak where a former Christian Brother named Justin Meyer, who studied under iconic Brother Timothy, built a world-class winery! Then head over to Far Niente and Nickel and Nickel.

Opus One Winery was founded as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi to create a single Bordeaux style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Opus One and Robert Mondavi are across the street from each other in

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Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing in the vineyard of the Napa Vally winery Opus One. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oakville. As a matter of fact, many of the tasting rooms are within walking distance; you will need alot of time in Oakville. You may want to stop at the Oakville Grocery, a popular dining spot with picnic tables.

Turnbull Wine Cellars, Oakville, California, USA

Turnbull Wine Cellars, Oakville, California, USA (Photo credit: jimg944)

Turnbull Wine Cellars, Oakville, California, USA

Turnbull Wine Cellars, Oakville, California, USA (Photo credit: jimg944)

California Cabernet from Napa Valley including...

California Cabernet from Napa Valley including Chateau Montelena, Nickel & Nickel & Paul Hobbes in stemless Reidel glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Turnbull Wine Cellars, Oakville, California, USA

Turnbull Wine Cellars, Oakville, California, USA (Photo credit: jimg944)

Turnbull Wine Cellars, Oakville, California, USA

Turnbull Wine Cellars, Oakville, California, USA (Photo credit: jimg944)

“Climate: Moderately warm, with temperatures commonly in the mid-90°F (34-35.5°C) range in high summer, but also still strongly affected by night and early morning fog which helps keep acidity levels good.”

Watch this Nickel and Nickel Video:

http://youtu.be/rzJo280O2pY

Opus One Winery

Image of Opus One Winery via Snooth

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English: Napa Valley Opus One Photo D Ramey Logan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

East side of the AVA receives more of warmer afternoon sun. Elevation: 75 to 500 ft (23 to 150m). Rainfall: 35 inches (87.5cm) annually. Soils: Primarily sedimentary gravelly alluvial loams on the western side, with more volcanic but heavier soils on the eastern side. Low to moderate fertility and fairly deep, with average water retention.

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot: Ripe currant and mint flavors, rich texture and full, firm structure tempered by rich fruit. Sauvignon Blanc: Full, steely, yet very fleshy.

Mike Grgich worked with Brother Timothy and the Christian Brothers Winery before opening his own winery

Rutherford AVA is home to Grgich Hills Estate where you can learn about iconic Mike Grgich from Croatia! There was a documentary about him this year at the Napa Valley Film Festival called “Like the Old Vine.”

Visit the Rubicon Estate, Caymus, Quintessa, Rubicon, Peju, Cakebread and Frog’s Leap. If you’re loooking for bubbles head over to Mumm Napa.

“Climate: Moderately warm, still marginally influenced by early morning fog. Western bench area is cooler, with less late afternoon sun, tempered by afternoon marine winds. (This AVA averages a bit warmer than Oakville and Stags Leap District). Usual summer peak temperatures are mid-90°F (34-35.5°C) with good diurnal range. Elevation: 100 to 500 ft. (33 to 150m). Rainfall: 38 inches (95cm) annually. Soils: Western benchland is sedimentary, gravelly-sandy and alluvial, with good water retention and moderate fertility. The eastern side has more volcanic soils, moderately deep and more fertile.”

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel: Quite intense cherry and mineral, almost earthy aromas. Flavors are full, ripe, and notably currant with firm, but supple tannins for extended aging.

Spring Mountain District AVA is on the way to Santa Rosa.

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harvest 2005 Spring Mountain District above the Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Climate: Similar to Mt. Veeder AVA, with cool weather prevailing and smaller diurnal changes. Fairly cool nights and higher elevations help maintain good acidity. Elevation: 600 to 2200 ft (184 to 675m). Rainfall: 40 to 50 inches (125cm) annually. Soils: Primarily sedimentary; weathered sandstone/shale, loamy and friable in texture. Drainage is high, fertility low.”

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel: Powerful, firm, blackberry-currant flavors and often richly tannic, with excellent acidity for aging. Chardonnay, Viognier: Sinewy, firm and not as fruity as those of the valley floor, revealing more citrus and stone fruit flavors.

The St. Helena AVA is my favorite place to stay in Napa County.

St. Helena

St. Helena (Photo credit: jimforest)

Brother Timothy’s Corkscrew Collection in the Culinary Institute

This appellation covers 9,000 acres towards the northern end of the valley between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains.

Charles Krug opened his winery here in 1861. There are more than 50 wineries including Chappellet, Duckhorn and Heitz Cellars.

If you walk over to Gott’s Roadside Grill, you will find two interesting wineries: Merryvale and Bello. You may want to have a burger while you’re there-it’s an incredibly popular spot!

My favorite Napa Map

I loved the  Merryvale Syrah and their Cabs were incredible!

Merryvale Winery

Check out the fabulous red wine bottle chandelier and  the Cab named after their award-winning racehorse name Megahertz. The swanky new tasting room at Bello Family Winery was so elegant!

Megahertz from Bello Winery

Bello Winery in St. Helena

V. Sattui Winery

There are so many interesting places to visit in St. Helena. Stop at V. Sattui for wine and a picnic. Dine at their popular Italian Deli.

Don’t miss Duckhorn, another one of my favorites! I love when they host wine dinners in Chicago.

Take time to visit the Corison Kronos Vineyard at the Winery on St. Helena Highway.

Corison

Corison

Corison

Corison in St. Helena

In St. Helena you can also visit: Louis Martini, Joseph Plelps, Charles Krug, Tudal and Heitz. Plan to spend alot of time in this incredible AVA.

Don’t miss the fabulous Beringer Mansion at 2000 Main Street. They are having a holiday open house on December 8th from 11 am to 4 pm. Visit www.beringer.com/events for details. Then walk next door to Greystone Cellars, the former Christian Brothers Winery in St. Helena. Today it is the home of the Culinary Institute of America.

English: Greystone Cellars. 2555 Main Street. ...

Napa County Seal

Napa County Seal (Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn)

Dine at Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute at 2555 St. Helena Hwy. Don’t forget to visit Brother Timothy’s Cork Screw Collection; housed in this former Christian Brothers stone castle.

Brother Timothy’s Corkscrew Collection in the Culinary Institute

I also liked the comfort food at French Blue at 1429 Main Street, right in the heart of town. Meadowood has two restaurants in their swanky resort at 900 Meadowood Lane.

English: Fall in Napa Valley

English: Fall in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Climate: Warm, due to greater protection from western hills, with less fog or wind incursions. The narrowing of the valley floor provides more heat reflection off the hillsides. Mid-summer temperature peak is often in the mid- to high-90°F range (34 to 35°C). Elevation: 150 to 600 ft. (46 to 185m). Rainfall: 38 to 40 inches (95 to 100cm) annually. Soils: South and west borders are more sedimentary, gravel-clay soils, with lower fertility and moderate water retention. Further north and to the east soils are prevalently volcanic in origin and are deeper and more fertile.”

Principal varieties and characteristics: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot: deep, ripe, often jammy flavors, with firm tannins for structure, and appealing aromas of currant and black fruit. Rhone varieties (Syrah, Viognier): Fleshy, supple and slightly earthy. Zinfandel: Blackberry-like, well-structured.

bottle of stag's leap cabernet sauvignon Franç...

bottle of stag’s leap cabernet sauvignon Français : bouteille de cabernet sauvgnon stag’s leap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stags Leap District AVA is the home of the Stag’s LeapWine Cellars. Check out Chimney Rock and Clos du Val in thisw AVA.

Climate: Moderately warm, with afternoon marine winds acting as an ‘air-conditioner’ to cool the warmer air radiating off the bare rocks of Stags Leap itself and the surrounding hillsides. This AVA is often up to 10°F warmer than in Yountville AVA. Mid-summer temperatures can reach 100°F (37.7°C), but more regularly are in mid-90° range (32-34°C). Elevation: 66 to 400 ft. (20 to 123m). Rainfall: 30 inches (75cm) annually. Soils: Volcanic gravel-loams on the floor of the valley, with rocky hillsides, and low to moderate fertility due to hard clay bedrock subsoils 2 to 6 feet down.

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese: Distinguished by lush, velvety textures and fine perfumed cherry and red berry flavors, supported by soft tannins. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc: Round and ripe, especially Sauvignon Blanc, yet retain excellent citrus and apple flavors.

Wild Horse Valley AVA

Climate: A warmer area well to the east of Napa Valley proper, but still moderated by both altitude and prevailing winds coming off Suisun Bay to the southeast. Elevation: Wild Horse Valley 400 to 1500 ft. (123 to 460m). Rainfall: 35 inches (94cm) annually. Soils: Volcanic in origin, with basaltic red color, shallow with limited water retention, so irrigation is often essential.

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese: Bright berry and cherry fruit, and more acidity than wines from Stags Leap District. Chardonnay: Crisp, floral, aromatic, with distinctive pear-mineral flavors and bright acidity.

Yountville is the home of many Michelin restaurants.

The line never ends at the Bouchon Bakery next to the restaurant with the same name. Make reservations way in advance if you plan on dining at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville.Visit the garden across the street from the restaurant where some of the farm-to-table produce grows. There’s plenty of shopping at V Market in Yountville. Check out Hurley’s for casual dining. Visit the Jessup winery, Hope and Grace and the Hill Family Estate.

Domaine Chandon

You can also check out Domaine Chandon in Yountville; everyone loves that place! Dine at their etoile-Domaine Chandon Restaurant at 1 California Drive. You will love the art collection in this winery.

Domaine Chandon

Domaine Chandon

Domaine Chandon

“Climate: Moderate, with definite cool marine influence and fog contributing to cool summer mornings and the marine breeze keeping afternoons more comfortable than further up valley. Mid-summer peak temperatures may reach 90°F (32.2°C), with noticeable diurnal fluctuation to the mid-50°F range (13°C). Elevation: 20 to 200 ft (6 to 61m). Rainfall: 32 inches (80cm) annually. Soils: Principally gravelly silt loams, sedimentary in origin, and gravelly alluvial soils with rock, moderately fertile.”

Principal varieties & characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot: Yountville favors Cabernet and Merlot with ripe, violety aromas and rich, but supple flavors and firm tannins.”

Ramey

Ramey (Photo credit: Jonathan Caves)

Foodies will love the 13 Napa Valley restaurants that were included in the 2013 Michelin Guide. Many of them are on Washington Street in Yountville; the restaurant row of Napa County.

Here they are:

Three Stars “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”
Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville at 6640 Washington Street
The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena

One Star “A very good restaurant in its category”
Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford
Bouchon in Yountville at 6534 Washington Street

Trefethen’s 1976 Chardonnay earned best Chardonnay in the world at the 1979 Gault Millau World Wine Olympics in Paris.

La Toque in Napa at the Westin Verasa

Westin Verasa

Westin Verasa

Some of the other Michelin restaurants are:

Redd in Yountville at 6480 Washington Street
Solbar in Calistoga
Terra in St. Helena

Napa Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa Valley, Californi...

Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa Valley, California, USA (Photo credit: jimg944)

Join me for lunch on the Napa Valley Wine Train for a Vino con Vista from Napa to Calistoga. Hop on right by Oxbow Market.

Salute from www.vino-con-vista.com Travel Guides.

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Legendary Wine Makers and the Vitners Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute in the Napa Valley

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California...

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California. Located in Oakville, California, the Mondavi Winery was built in 1966 and designed in the California mission-style. [1] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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DSC04483 (Photo credit: dr_XeNo)

On February 18, 2013, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone held the 7th Annual Vintners Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. The official induction celebration of the 2013 Vintners Hall of Fame honorees took place  in St. Helena, California.

The historic Greystone was the Christian Brothers’ former sparkling wine and aging cellars. It is now the home of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Probably the most famous portrait of St. John ...

Probably the most famous portrait of St. John Baptist de La Salle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brother Timothy Diener was a chemistry teacher who became a legendary wine maker. He was inducted in 2007. The late Brother Timothy Diener was the cellarmaster for the Christian Brothers winery for 52 years. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Vintners Hall of Fame at Greystone Cellars in Saint Helena.

Brother Timothy, who died in 2004, was one of six “founders” inducted, along with  Robert Mondavi. Dick Maher, a former president of the Christian Brothers winery, which was sold to Heublein in 1989, accepted the award on Brother Timothy’s behalf.

The Christian Brothers asked Brother Timothy to work as a winemaker at Mont La Salle in 1934. He became a beloved and well-respected member of the California wine community. His  CIA plaque in the Barrel Room states: “Brother Timothy was instrumental in reviving the wine industry in Napa Valley after Prohibition and in advocating technological advances that brought California winemaking into the modern era.” Furthermore, Brother Timothy, as aspiritual leader of the wine community, was “known for his kindness, wit and uncanny ability to assess wine, all of which made him one of the most beloved architects of 20th century winemaking in California.”

Brother Timothy (Anthony George Diener) grew up in Los Angeles and attended schools governed by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga. In 1928, he joined the Christian Brothers and became a chemistry teacher. He also taught other subjects in the greater Bay Area.

I love Brother Timothy’s incredible collection of 1,100 corkscrews that are on display at Greystone. Here’s a photo of Brother Timothy and Robert Mondavi:

Brother Timothy’s Corkscrews

Brother Timothy’s Corkscrews

Justin R. Meyer was also a former Christian Brother who was inducted into the Vitners’ Hall of Fame. He was the founder and president of  Silver Oak Cellars, one of California’s most prestigious wineries.  Silver Oak Winery only made one wine each year, Cabernet Sauvignon. It “became one of America’s first cult wineries in the 1980s, its unusual business model wound up having a far-reaching impact.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/wine/article/SON-OF-SILVER-OAK-The-scion-of-one-of-Napa-s-2566425.php#ixzz2Cpbp0iKq

Silver Oak 2004 Alexander Valley. Cabernet Sau...

Silver Oak 2004 Alexander Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon from the California wine region of Sonoma. You can see the opacity and color typical of this varietal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At one time, everyone who cared about American wine knew Justin Meyer’s name, because he co-founded the iconic Silver Oak winery in Napa Valley in 1972. He significantly influenced the course of California wine.
A bottle and remnants of a 1994 Silver Oak Cab...

A bottle and remnants of a 1994 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Napa Valley California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Each year, inductees are selected by a panel of over 75 national wine writers, critics and historians. Some of the other founders that have been inducted include: “Charles Krug, who first planted grape vines in California in 1858; Andre Tchelistcheff, dubbed dean of California winemakers while he was making legendary wines for Beaulieu Vineyards; Gustave Niebaum, who produced the first estate-bottled and Bordeaux-style wines in California; Georges de Latour, who founded Beaulieu and imported French wines grafted onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock, and Agoston Haraszthy, who planted some of California’s first European varietals in 1857 at his Buena Vista property and laid the groundwork for the California wine industry. The two icons inducted were Maynard Amerine, who helped make the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis one of the most respected in the world, and Harold Olmo, another UC Davis enologist who helped create the modern wine industry.”

The Culinary Institute of America has dedicated the historic Barrel Room to celebrate the men and women who have been responsible for the growth and world-wide prestige of the California wine industry.

CIA Students at Greystone in St. Helena

Each spring, the college holds a Celebration of California Wine & Food, including a very special Wine and Hors d’Oeuvre Reception, Induction Ceremony, and Walk-Around Dinner in the CIA’s teaching kitchens. Proceeds from the event help to support the Vintners Hall of Fame and contribute to scholarships for the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the CIA at Greystone.

Robert M. Parker Jr. at Valentino in Las Vegas...

Robert M. Parker Jr. at Valentino in Las Vegas for a special wine tasting. He was charming, self-efacing, and completely down-to-earth! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2013 Vintners Hall of Fame inductees “have influenced the quality and perception of California wines” and include: winemaking pioneer Meredith  Edwards, legendary wine writer Frank Schoonmaker, labor leader Cesar Chavez and Robert M. Parker Jr. (the founder of The Wine Advocate).

English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California

English: CIA Campus in St. Helena, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Merry Edwards was one of the first women to graduate from the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. She was instrumental in proving that the Russian River Valley can produce top-quality California Pinot Noir.   In 2007, Edwards built her own winery outside of Forestville, where she makes Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs.

Cesar Chavez was instrumental in the creation and passing of the California Agricultural Labor Relations act, which extended collective bargaining rights to the United Farm Workers union. This forced grape-growing companies in California to recognize the importance of farmworkers’ contribution to the world of wine.

This map shows the incorporated and unincorpor...

This map shows the incorporated and unincorporated areas in Napa County, California, highlighting St. Helena in red. It was created with a custom script with US Census Bureau data and modified with Inkscape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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To learn more click here: The Culinary Institute of America Announces 2013 Vintners hall of fame inductees.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

English: Greystone Cellars. 2555 Main Street. ...

English: Greystone Cellars. 2555 Main Street. St. Helena, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some of the Legends of Napa that you can find on the barrels at Greystone.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Lunch at The Culinary Institute of America at ...

Lunch at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (Photo credit: Marilyn M)

Greystone at the Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, California

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MONT LA SALLE VINEYARDS

Brother Timothy and Robert Mondavi

Brother Timothy

1910–2004
Christian Brothers Mont La Salle Vineyards, Napa and St. Helena

Brother TimothyPhotograph: Richards Lyon
A sampling of premium California wines from Op...

A sampling of premium California wines from Opus One, Silver Oak, Dalle Valley, La Jota. Most of these are from the Napa Valley except for the Silver Oak from the Sonoma County wine region of Alexander Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Flavor! Napa 2013: The Ultimate Food and Wine Extravaganza

Robert Mondavi WIne

English: Wine Press at Robert Mondavi Vineyard...

English: Wine Press at Robert Mondavi Vineyard, Oakville, California, USA (Napa Valley) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Autumn in Napa Valley

English: Autumn in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you ready for Flavor! Napa 2013? This is the ultimate food and wine extravaganza!

WHEN: November 20-24, 2013

For tickets visit: www.flavornapavalley.com

Here’s a list of the events:

Wednesday, November 20th
Terroir to Table®: Farm, Cellar & Kitchen Experiences
First Taste Napa: A Downtown Napa Culinary Stroll
Thursday, November 21st
Terroir to Table®: Farm, Cellar & Kitchen Experiences
Wine Lovers Boot Camp
Welcome Dinner
Friday, November 22nd
Terroir to Table®: Farm, Cellar & Kitchen Experiences
Wine Lovers Boot Camp
A Tasting to Honor the Life of Robert Mondavi
Culinary Demonstration with Cindy Pawlcyn
Exploring the Rutherford Appellation: A Guided Tasting Tour
Private Tasting and Lunch at Grgich Hills Estate
Cakebread Cellars Retrospective Tasting
Top TasterTM Blind Wine Tasting Competition
Culinary Demonstration with Michael Chiarello Ryan McIlwraith
The Appellation Trail: Tasting Napa Valley
Saturday, November 23rd
Culinary Demonstration with Roy Choi
The New California Wine
Culinary Demonstration with Masaharu Morimoto
Interactive Lunch with Todd English
Premiere Napa Valley Wines: The Opportunity of a Lifetime
Culinary Demonstration with Christopher Kostow
10-Year Insignia Vertical Tasting (1998-2007)
Culinary Demonstration with Michael Chiarello Brian Bistrong Mario Carbone Rich Torrisi
Discover the Diversity: A Taste of the Valley
Louis M. Martini Retrospective Tasting
Culinary Demonstration with Scott Conant
Dinner with Napa Valley Winemakers
Sunday, November 24th
Terroir to Table®: A Sustainable Brunch
English: Vineyard in Napa Valley

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: A photo of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, taken ...

English: A photo of chef Cindy Pawlcyn, taken at Congregation Beth Sholom in Napa, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I loved the Flavor Napa Valley Appellation Trail Event at the Culinary Institiute in Saint Helena. It was truly the ultimate celebration of Napa Valley Food and Wine!

Here’s a short video:

http://youtu.be/WOrNJ1fyEhM

Greystone in Napa California

Cakebread Wine

At the Appellation Trail  there were more than 100 wineries pouring everything from Albariño to Zinfandel.

Ca’Momi

Along the “trail” there were plenty of delightful small savory plates and desserts from over thirty of Napa Valley’s terrific restaurants:

These are some of the local restaurants that were serving:

Gott’s Roadside: House Smoked Tri-Tip Sliders with Spicy Point Reyes Blue Cheese Sauce

La Toque: Heirloom Shelling Bean Salad with Fresh Local Seafood

PRESS: Steak Tartare/Kampachi Tartare Duo

Silverado Resort & Spa: Marash Pepper Spiced Sweet Georgia Shrimp, Preserved Local Meyer Lemon-Fennel Purée, County Line Chicories and Bellwether Farms Crème Fraîche

VINeleven: Local Five Dot Ranch Carpaccio with Point Reyes Blue, Wild Arugula and Truffle Vinaigrette

The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant: Lobster Pâté, Lavash, Herb Salad

Auberge du Soleil: Pumpkin Angel Food Cake, Espresso Cremeux, Pumpkin Confiture

I loved Brother Timothy’s Corkscrew Collection!

Part of Brother Timothy’s Corkscrew Collection in Greystone

Brother Timothy is Legendary in Napa!

Robert Mondavi

>> Learn more about The Appellation Trail

English: Fall in Napa Valley

English: Fall in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See Recipes From Flavor! Napa Valley Chefs
Many CELEBRITY CHEFS like Michael Chiarello, Larry Forgione shared recipes from their exciting new seasonal menus.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30:  'Next Iron Chef'...

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 30: ‘Next Iron Chef’ castmember Michael Chiarello attends the ‘Next Iron Chef’ interactive experience kick-off on the Streets of Manhattan on September 30, 2011 in New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Download the F!NV Recipe Booklet
For more information visit: www.flavornapavalley.com 
Flavor! Napa Valley
English: Napa valley vineyard Français : Vigno...

English: Napa valley vineyard Français : Vignoble de Napa Valley, Comté de Napa, Californie, États-Unis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was a perfect time to visit Napa. The leaves on the vines were russet and burgundy. Many of the shops were decorated for the holidays. I loved the holiday selection at Ivy Twig & Twine in downtown Napa.

Christmas in Napa

Christmas in Napa

Christmas in Napa

Downtown St. Helena also had an interesting assortment of decorations.

There are many Holiday Events in Napa:

Beringer is hosting a Holiday Open House in Saint Helena on December 8th from 11 am to 4 pm;

www.beringer.com/events.

Yountville is having the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights on Washington Street.

Calistoga will have a Holiday Village starting on December 1st and the 17th annual Lighted Tractor Parade.

The Napa Holiday Historic Tour and Taste Event is December 1st from 3-7 pm www.napaholidaytour.com

Attend the Twelve Days of Christmas at Meadowood Napa Valley with twelve unique evenings of ffod and fun to benefit Share Our Strenth. For reservations call 707-963-3646.

Here’s a list of the top five reasons to attend Flavor! Napa:

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=321c954861ace9ce54537c58d&id=794f8ac7ac&e=3432351470

Happy Holidays from Vino con Vista

I love Napa Valley

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Napa Valley Restaurant Month in January 2013

Legendary Napa Valley

It is Napa Valley Restaurant Month throughout January!  Chefs will offer special menus and feature Napa Valley wine pairings to delight your inner culinary adventurer.  Special “stay and dine” lodging packages are also available and make it easier to stay longer. See all offers.

Here are some of your options:

Fish StoryFish Story                           Restaurant Month Lunch & Dinner Offers                           Fish Story offers sustainable seafood and seasonal cuisine in the heart of Downtown Napa. Enjoy your choice of a two-course lunch for $14.95, with an optional Napa Valley wine pairing for an additional $10; or a three-course dinner for $34.95, with an optional Napa Valley wine pairing for an additional $15. Learn more.

Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant

The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant is offering a four-course price fixe menu from January 17-31. The lunch menu will cost between $15 and $30 and dinner will be between $25 and $50. Napa Valley wine pairings with each course will be available for an additional price.  Inspired by local, seasonal ingredients, Greystone’s menu features a bold interpretation of world flavors, daily hors d’ouevre Temptations and an award-winning wine list. Learn more.

For more information visit:

http://www.visitnapavalley.com/napa_valley_restaurant_month.htm

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

English: Oak wine barrels at the Robert Mondav...

English: Oak wine barrels at the Robert Mondavi vineyard, Oakville, Califorian USA (Napa Valley) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Park Grill and Chandon Winery will Host 5 Wines and 5 Plates in Chicago

Image of California sparkling wines.

Image of California sparkling wines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chandon

Chandon (Photo credit: susanti.chandra)

WHEN: Monday, July 23, 2012  @ 6pm

WHERE: Park Grill Chicago

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Ellen Flora, Chandon’s Senior Brand Ambassador, will host a 5 Wines and 5 Plates dinner in Chicago.

Wall of Wine - Chandon Winery

Wall of Wine – Chandon Winery (Photo credit: Julie, Dave & Family)

Park Grill Chef Michael Wallach has created a delightful menu of courses highlighting Chandon’s wine selection.

Here’s the Menu:

Reception  .  Chandon Library Dosage Herb Seared Scallop – avocado cream, garlic chip, goufrette potato & Crispy Pork Belly – wild berry sage jam, pumpernickel crostini
SALAD  .  Chandon Chardonnay, Carneros 2009 Roasted Beets & Crispy Goat Cheese – grilled asparagus, vin cotto
Chandon Pinot Meunier, Carneros 2010 

Entrée  .  Chandon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2009 Lamb Trio – roasted lamb loin with roasted garlic jus, grilled loin chop with chimichurri, and lamb sausage with potato rosti, rosemary mustard, and caramelized onion

Dessert  .  Chandon Riche Extra Dry Mini Peach Cobbler with salted caramel gelato

English: Plaza at Park Grill from AT&T Plaza

English: Plaza at Park Grill from AT&T Plaza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Park Grill has Special Dinner Events. In September they will hold a 2 Brothers Beer Dinner. For more information visit: http://www.parkgrillchicago.com/

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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