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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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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)

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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.

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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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Inaugural Napa Valley Cab Fest 2014 in Yountville California: CabFestNV

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)

Napa Valley

Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

California winery Chateau Montelena in Calisto...

California winery Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Napa_Valley_Photo_D_Ramey_Logan If used outside of Wikipedia please credit Photographer: D Ramey Logan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Old Vine cabernet from Chateau Montelena, Napa...

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

Jeff Bridges (album)

Jeff Bridges (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Jeff Bridges at the Independent Spiri...

English: Jeff Bridges at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5th, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cellar at Rubicon

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

Napa County Seal

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

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Location in the state of California

Location in the state of California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Napa Valley finally has its own varietal festival; a celebration of Cabernet!

WHEN: February 28th- March 2nd, 2014

WHERE: Napa Valley’s Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville

Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater Napa Valley 100 California Drive Yountville, CA 94599 Visit Website

“CabFestNV 2014 is devoted exclusively to Napa’s legendary varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon.”

The  three-day event will featuer more than 100 of the biggest names in the wine industry as well as the best of the boutiques. There will be library wine tastings, informative panels, educational seminars and keynote presentations. CabFestNV will be the start of something big as far as legendary events go.

The Wine Cellar at Hess Winery

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

Jeff Bridges, famed Oscar-winning actor, singer and songwriter, is set to headline the CabFestNV Festival Kickoff Concert on Friday, February 28th The entertainment begins with Jeff Bridges & The Abiders performing a lively mix of country-rock music at the Festival Kickoff Concert. Then,   Jeff Bridges’ talented daughter Jessie Bridges will open the concert, as well as perform a solo set at the exclusive “Cigars & Guitars” after-party.

The VIP after-party, only open to All-Access Ticket holders, will also feature a rare guitar exhibit co-sponsored by the Napa Valley Museum, Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s cigar-sampling tent, great fortified wines and library Cabernets, and a “meet and greet” with Jeff Bridges. The entertainment continues throughout the weekend, including the Saturday night Wine Industry Insiders “Meet-Up & Concert” starring The Silverado Pickups, a very popular “winemaker / musician” band. This special concert is open to the public for just $10.
CabFestNV will feature more than 100 of Napa Valley’s exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon producers, representing both the enduring tastemakers and the hottest boutiques. A sneak peek at participating vintners reveals that highly sought Cabernet producers such as Silver Oak Cellars, CADE Estate Winery, Gargiulo Vineyards, Crocker & Starr, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Antica Napa Valley, Rocca Family Vineyards, Merryvale Vineyards, Freemark Abbey Winery, Girard Winery and Peju Province Winery are set to participate.

Cindy's Wine List Napa 2014

Cindy’s Wine List Napa 2014

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Trefethen Winery Folks

Trefethen Winery Folks

This spectacular three-day wine weekend will be filled with great Cabernet, keynote presentations by Karen MacNeil, bestselling author of “The Wine Bible,” educational seminars by the Culinary Institute of America, informative panels, exceptional food by noted Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, special perks and surprises, a VIP-exclusive “Cigars & Guitars” post-concert party, and world-class entertainment.

A highlight of the fully-integrated weekend of current and library wine tastings, seminars and panels will be international wine expert and “The Wine Bible” author Karen MacNeil’s interesting and entertaining keynote presentations “What Makes Great Cabernet Sauvignon Great” and “Cab on the Couch” (relaxed and spontaneous conversations with the people behind Napa Valley’s legendary Cabernet). All CabFest ticketholders are invited to complimentary wine tasting receptions during the day on Friday at ten participating wineries by driving the “CabFestNV Kick-Off Tasting Circuit,” allowing attendees to sample Napa Valley’s great Cabernet wines at their source.

Karen MacNeil in Napa 2014

Karen MacNeil in Napa 2014

Karen's Wine Bibile 2014

Karen’s Wine Bibile 2014

innovative seminars from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and cuisine by Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, CabFestNV has added superstars of the Napa Valley wine community including Bob Bath, Master Sommelier and wine Instructor at the CIA, vintner and water witch Marc Mondavi, wine auctioneer and vintner Fritz Hatton, renowned pioneer grape grower Andy Beckstoffer, star vintner Paula Kornell, and noted winemakers such as: Heidi Peterson Barrett, Celia Welch, Martha McClellan, Amy Aiken, Sara Fowler and Dawnine Dyer.
Ticket prices and packages (available online at www.lincolntheater.com or by calling 707-944-9900):

  • CabFestNV VIP All-Access Ticket (Limited to 100 attendees, includes Friday night VIP “Cigars & Guitars” Party, preferred seating for both concerts, Grand Tastings, Private Tastings, VIP Lounge): $500
  • Grand Tastings Only: Two-Day Pass $225 & Single-Day Pass $125
  • Kickoff Concert (Jeff Bridges & the Abiders): $100, $75*, $65*, $55* (*discounts available with purchase of a Grand Tasting Pass, 20% off with a two-day pass and 10% off with a one-day pass)
  • Wine Industry Insiders “Meet-Up & Concert” (The Silverado Pickups): $10 (open to the public)
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater is Napa Valley’s premier performing arts venue as well as a leading provider of arts education and outreach. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley on the grounds of the historic Veterans Home of California, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center is home to Lincoln Theater, a 1,200 seat state-of-the-art performance venue. The Performing Arts Center offers a wide variety of year-round performances featuring community and educational programming and world-class entertainment, including its resident Symphony Napa Valley.

Superstar Winemakers, Vintners and Sommeliers Join

Inaugural CabFestNV, the Napa Valley’s first Cabernet Sauvignon Festival,

Featuring World-Class Wine, Food and Entertainment

at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater February 28, March 1 & 2

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(Yountville, CA) – CabFestNV, the inaugural three-day celebration of the king of Napa Valley wine varietals, kicks off Friday, February 28 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville, California featuring more than 100 of the biggest names in the wine industry. In addition to previously announced CabFestNV concert headliner Jeff Bridges, keynote presentations by “The Wine Bible” author Karen MacNeil,

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Center of Yountville

Center of Yountville (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“CabFestNV Grand Tastings” participants include:  Silver Oak Cellars, Silverado Vineyards, Trefethen, Spottswoode, Caymus, V. Sattui, Etude, Beaulieu Vineyard, Crocker & Starr, Clos du Val, Peju, Ackerman, Frank Family, Louis M. Martini, Chappellet, CADE, Monticello, Spring Mountain, Girard, Antica Napa Valley, Cakebread Cellars, Swanson, Hall, Hess Collection, Whitehall Lane, Chimney Rock, Sequoia Grove, Arrow & Branch, Cliff Lede, Jessup, St. Clement, Round Pond, Pride Mountain, Priest Ranch and Darioush.

Saturday, March 1, Grand Tasting (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.):

  • All-day. “How Music Affects the Taste of Wine” a musical exploration of “tasting notes” by Symphony Napa Valley’s Orchestra Institute Fellows and guest artists;
  • 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. “Napa Valley Rocks” film, presented by the Napa Valley Vintners;
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Keynote Presentation by Karen MacNeil: “What Makes Great Cabernet Sauvignon Great” – Interactive keynote address, with a fun blind-tasting mission. (Wine tasting limited, first-come basis)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Take the “Last One Standing Challenge” presented by The Culinary Institute of America: A blind-tasting and knowledge challenge that will put everyone in the starting lineup as CIA Wine Instructor, Robert Bath, MS asks a series of progressively probing questions about Napa Valley Cabs. Someone will be the “Last One Standing.” Prizes and bragging rights will be rewarded!
  • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. VIP All-Access Pass holders only – Panel tasting and demonstration by the Napa Valley Vintners: “Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” The Paris Tasting of 1976 launched Napa Valley into the international spotlight, and Cabernet hasn’t been the same since. Includes a panel discussion and wine tasting with some of Napa Valley’s most renowned and iconic Cabernet Sauvignon producers.
  • 5:30 p.m. Saturday night comes alive at the Lincoln Theater with Wine Industry Insiders “Meet-Up & Concert” starring The Silverado Pickups, a local band whose members are esteemed winemakers by day, and distinctive wine country rockabilly musicians by night. Truly a “Party for the Valley” and open to the public, tickets are priced for everyone at just $10 per person and doors open at 5:30 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m. Cab is King Cult Wine Dinner – off-site event at the CIA Greystone in St. Helena – For those seeking a once-in-a-lifetime gourmet/wine-pairing experience The Culinary Institute of America has raided its world-renowned cellar and called upon celebrity Chef Larry Forgione (known as the “Godfather of American Cuisine”) to create the “Cab is King Dinner,” an extraordinary five-course “fundraising” dinner at its Conservatory Restaurant at the CIA Greystone. Wines include: Groth Vineyards Reserve 1994, Dalla Valle Maya 1996, Dominus Estate 1997, Bryant Family Vineyards 1999, Corison Winery, Kronos Vineyard, Premier Napa Valley Lot 2002, and Joseph Phelps Insignia 2004 ($500 per person, of which $300 is tax deductable. Very limited. To reserve seats call Michelle Sanchez at 707-967-2568).

Sunday, March 2, Grand Tasting (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

  • All-day. “How Music Affects the Taste of Wine” a musical exploration of “tasting notes” by The Symphony Napa Valley Orchestra Institute Fellows and guest artists
  • 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. “Napa Valley Rocks” film, presented by the Napa Valley Vintners
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation by Karen MacNeil: “Cab on the Couch,” a spontaneous conversation and uncensored observations featuring such well-known vintners as Charles Krug’s Marc Mondavi (aka the Water Witch); Food & Wine Magazine’s “Winemaker of the Year” Aaron Pott; wine auctioneer, musician and vintner Fritz Hatton; pioneering Napa Valley grape grower Andy Beckstoffer; Blake Gilbert, director of ultra-premium winery Bond, and other surprise stars.
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Take the “Last One Standing Challenge” presented by The Culinary Institute of America: A blind-tasting and knowledge challenge that will put everyone in the starting lineup as CIA Wine Instructor, Robert Bath, MS asks a series of progressively probing questions about Napa Valley Cabs. Someone will be the “Last One Standing.” Prizes and bragging rights will be rewarded!
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. VIP All-Access Pass holders Only: “To Blend or Not to Blend” featuring a star-studded lineup of Napa Valley winemakers moderated by Paula Kornell and including Heidi Peterson Barrett, Celia Welch, Martha McClellan, Amy Aiken, Sara Fowler and Dawnine Dyer. A panel discussion and tasting exploring the blending of Cabernet Sauvignon with master winemakers noted for their high-end Napa Valley wines.

Tickets are now available online at http://www.lincolntheater.org or by calling 707-944-9900:

  • CabFestNV VIP All-Access Ticket (Limited to 100 attendees, includes Friday night VIP “Cigars & Guitars” Party, preferred seating for both concerts, Grand Tastings, Private Tastings, VIP Lounge): $500
  • Grand Tastings Only: Two-Day Pass $225 & Single-Day Pass $125
  • Kickoff Concert (Jeff Bridges & the Abiders, Jessie Bridges): $100, $75*, $65*, $55*  (*discounts available with purchase of a Grand Tasting Pass, 20% off with a two-day pass and 10% off with a one-day pass)
  • Wine Industry Insiders “Meet-Up & Concert” (The Silverado Pickups): $10 (open to the public)

Dr.EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @

http://www.vino-con-vista.com

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Plenty of Vino con Vista Reasons to Visit Napa County California

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English: Napa Valley Opus One If used outside of Wikipedia please credit Photographer: D Ramey Logan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 2012 (Photo credit: cdorobek)

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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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English: Napa Valley Opus One If used outside of Wikipedia please credit Photographer: D Ramey Logan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley

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

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

English: Autumn in Napa Valley

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

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)

Approximate location of the Carneros AVA (red ...

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

Napa Valley

Napa Valley (Photo credit: Sarah_Ackerman)

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

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing in the viney...

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

English: Napa Valley Opus One Photo D Ramey Logan

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.

harvest 2005 Spring Mountain District above th...

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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Napa Valley Wine Train Adventure to the Grgich Hills Estate

05 Grgich Hills Cabernet

05 Grgich Hills Cabernet (Photo credit: iamvhl)

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

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

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California – Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate – Grape Stomping (Photo credit: wallyg)

California winery Chateau Montelena in Calisto...

California winery Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The tasting room is connected to the ...

Get the Wine Train Bay Area Connection at the San Francisco Ferry Building.
The Wine Train offers  lunch or dinner on the Wine Train. They will pick you up when you disembark from the San Francisco Click on this lind to: Learn more.

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

California - Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate

California – Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate (Photo credit: wallyg)

The Grgich Hills Winery Tour

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Magyar: A Grgich Hills Cellar borászat táblája Kaliforniában (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I loved the  Grgich Hills Estate. It is a family owned and operated  winery  dedicated to “”00% estate grown certified organic and  Biodynamic® vineyards.  Founder and Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich,  inducted into the Vintner Hall of Fame in 2008, His Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the historic 1976  Paris Tasting, besting the top white Burgundies.

California - Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate

California – Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate (Photo credit: wallyg)

California - Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate

California – Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate (Photo credit: wallyg)

I had a gourmet three course lunch  in an elegant 1915 Pullman Lounge dining car as I traveled northbound from downtown Napa. It was a lovely scenic ride through the Napa Valley to Rutherford. At Rutherfore, I visited the Grgich Hills  Estate for a one-hour private tour and tasting.

Grgich Hills Estate

Grgich Hills Estate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check out the Lunch Packages:

Time Activity Details
10:30 AM Check In
10:35 AM Wine Tasting Seminar
11:00 AM Board the Train You will begin in our Petite Gourmet Car, and our meal service will begin as soon as you arrive.  Expect to begin eating at around 11:30 AM.
11:30 AM Train Departs
12:30 PM Disembark at Grgich Hills A representative from Grgich Hills will meet the train, and you will begin a short tour of Grgich Hills Winery.  Following the tour, there will be a private tasting in the winery itself, with time to purchase wines.
1:30 PM Re-board the Train When you re-board the train, our staff will direct you to a lounge car, where you can enjoy our dessert and coffee service.  The remaining hour of the trip is a good time to explore the rest of the train.
2:30 PM Train Returns to Napa
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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:

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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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Festival del Sole 2012 in Napa Valley

English: Autumn in Napa Valley

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

Attend the Festival del Sole 2012, in the lush rolling foothills of Napa Valley. This festival combines music, wine, cuisine and art in the magnificent landscape of the Napa Vineyards. The Festival runs for 10 days, from July 13th to the 22nd.

Outstanding musical concerts highlight internationally renowned soloists, orchestras and ensembles over a 10-day period in candlelit wine cellars and outdoor amphitheatres.  The Festival also presents the best in ballet and dance as part of the Dede Wilsey Dance Series.

The program has been expanded to include jazz and popular music. The Festival del Sole incorporates an array of events including: art exhibitions, culinary events, wine tastings, lectures and other literary events. Celebrity chefs featured at the Festival have been “Thomas Keller, Cat Cora, Michael Chiarello and Gary Danko.”

Here’s a link to the calendar of events: http://festivaldelsole.org/PDFPress/programhorizontal_vip.pdf

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English: Napa_Valley_CA_Photo_D_Ramey_Logan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Festival has a noble educational mission that incorporates the Bouchaine Young Artist Series (sponsored by Bouchaine Winery). This provides performance opportunities for emerging local talent.  The Festival dedicates special events each season to support charitable causes including:

” Napa arts organizations, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Redford Center.  Outreach programs encompass distribution of free concert tickets to groups serving children and seniors, and activities designed for families.”

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

 

 

 

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