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The Wine Districts of Vino con Vista Bordeaux France

 

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Bildbeschreibung: Karte Weinbaugebiet Bordeaux * Quelle: selbst erstellt * Zeichner: Domenico-de-ga * Datum: 24. Mai 2006 Cropping of Bordeaux wine map to just focus on the dessert wine districts. Reference original map for the numbers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bordeaux is the world’s premier wine capital! Here is detailed look at the region’s key districts, including the Médoc and its appellations, Pessac-Léognan, the Right Bank areas of Pomerol and St.-Emilion, and the sweet wine areas of Sauternes and Barsac: http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Bordeauxmap.pdf The Bordeaux region of France produces some of the world’s most famous wines including: St. Emilion, Margaux and Pauillac. The wine regions of Vino con Vista

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing in the Frenc...

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing in the French wine region of Bordeaux (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bordeaux encompass a large number of wine growing areas of the Gironde department of Aquitaine.

Map of the Gironde

Map of the Gironde (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Bildbeschreibung: Karte Weinbaugebiet Bordeaux Quelle: selbst erstellt Zeichner: Domenico-de-ga Datum: 24. Mai 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bordeaux region is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary into the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The Left Bank area includes the Médoc and Graves. The Right Bank area includes the Libournais, Bourg and Blaye.

Wine-growing areas of the left bank of Bordeau...

Wine-growing areas of the left bank of Bordeaux; Médoc, Graves and Sauternes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Médoc is divided into Haut-Médoc (the upstream or southern portion) and Bas-Médoc (the downstream or northern portion, often referred to simply as “Médoc”).” There are various sub-regions within the Haut-Médoc, including St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St.-Julien and Margaux. Graves includes the sub-regions of Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes. Sauternes includes the sub-region of Barsac. The Libournais includes the sub-regions of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. There is an additional wine region of Entre-Deux-Mers, so called because it lies between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, which combine to form the Gironde. All of these regions (except the Libournais) have their own appellation. They are “governed by Appellation d’origine contrôlée laws which dictate the permissible grape varieties, alcohol level, methods of pruning and picking, density of planting and appropriate yields as well as various winemaking techniques.” Bordeaux wine labels will usually include the region on the front of the label.

English: A 2004 Château de Rochemorin Blanc, a...

English: A 2004 Château de Rochemorin Blanc, a wine from Pessac-Léognan in the Graves subregion of Bordeaux. It is one of André Lurton’s wine estates. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The permissible grape varieties in red Bordeaux are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A general rule of thumb is that the Left Bank is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon based with the Right Bank being more Merlot based. The Graves area produces both red wine and white wine from the Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes. “Saint-Émilion is an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) for wine in the Bordeaux wine region of France. It is situated in the Libourne subregion on the right bank of the Dordogne.” Dr. EveAnn Lovero wrties Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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Deutsch: Weinberg in der Côte de Nuits, Burgund, Frankreich English: Vineyard in Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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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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Host a Holiday Vino con Vista Wine and Cheese Tasting Party

English: Goat's milk cheese

English: Goat’s milk cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photo of a vineyard in the Loire Valley, France.

Photo of a vineyard in the Loire Valley, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

French red wine from the Loire Valley region o...

French red wine from the Loire Valley region of Chinon. Predominately Cabernet franc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are planning a party, you may be interested in some of my favorite wine and cheese pairings.

Wine and goat cheese are a wonderful combination; I have included 3 goat cheese selections.

Cheeses

Cheeses (Photo credit: Smabs Sputzer)

Take the cheese out of the refrigerator and unwrap the pieces to bring them to room temperature; this will fully develop their flavor. Present them on separate cheese boards or plates with one cheese knife for each variety. Displaying their names on a card near the board. Use glass domes for exceptionally fragrant, ripe cheeses so they don’t overwhelm the less fragrant selections.

Variety of cheeses on serving platter

Variety of cheeses on serving platter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Here are some of my favorite wine and cheese pairings for you to try:

Vineyard near the French wine region of Chinon...

Vineyard near the French wine region of Chinon in the Loire Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Le Chevre Noir goat cheese is hard and crumbly and pairs with a Chinon Loire Valley red wine. Aged chevre, typically dry, rich and intense, also works with classic heavy reds like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chevre Noir

Chevre Noir (Photo credit: Renée S.)

Chevre Noir

Chevre Noir (Photo credit: euqus)

A wine cave in the Loire Valley wine region of...

A wine cave in the Loire Valley wine region of Chinon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loire Valley

Loire Valley (Photo credit: lightmagic)

Chevreau a flan de coline

Chevreau a flan de coline (Photo credit: Erminig Gwenn)

Drunken Goat was a farmhouse accident. A wheel of chesse rolls into a barrel of wine and the rest is history. This semi-pasteurized goat cheese is from Spain’s Mediterranean Coast. It pairs with a smooth Spanish Red Tempranillo.

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, sh...

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, showing colour Shot with Nikon D70s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Truffle Tremor pasteurized goat cheese from Cypress Grove Creamery is made with black truffles. It pairs with a fruity Pinot Noir.

Comte cow cheese from Fort Saint Antoine in the Jura Mountains. Comte pairs with a big chewy California Cabernet Sauvignon red wine. Buy some Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley Corison if you can.

Corison

Corison

Happy Holidays from Vino con Vista

Happy Holidays from Vino con Vista

Thirty minutes before guests arrive, uncork the wine to give them time to aerate and develop their flavors and bouquets.

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon g...

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Hedges Vineyards in Red Mountain, Washington. Photo taken August 28th, 2007 with a Kodak z650 camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Add some grapes, olives, pears, cured meats, breads, crackers, plain almonds and cashews and dried fruits like figs, dates and apricots to your table. Use your treasured holiday corkscrews and dishware!

Distribute antlers and hats to your friends for the event!!

Holiday Party

Holiday Party

If you are hosting a seasonal party, cover your serving table with your favorite seasonal table cloth. Make a fabulous holiday centerpiece with candlesticks: http://youtu.be/8aMRzDHYgb0. I prefer my crystal candlesticks with silver candles. Crank up the holiday music and enjoy the party.

Vintage Ornament Center Piece

Vintage Ornament Center Piece

Leave room for Holiday Cookies.

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Club 2014 xmas 021

Happy Holidays from www.vino-con-vista.com

Goat cheese from Berry, France

Goat cheese from Berry, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Naperville Wine Festival 2014

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Plan to attend the Naperville Wine Festival 2014. Wine festivals offer outstanding and affordable Vino con Vista opportunities. Wine connoisseurs can discover new wines, attend wine seminars and meet wine-makers in an outdoor festival setting.

Here’s a short video with some of my favorite Vino con Vista Buddies that I met at the Naperville Wine Festival in 2011:

http://youtu.be/gPrJhCRmXSQ

For the full schedule visit:

www.napervillewinefestival.com

The Naperville Wine Festival will return for the 12th Consecutive Year August 22-23, 2014.

The Event will take Place at CityGate Centre, The Home of Calamos Investments, and will Showcase More than 300 Wines From Around The World.

 A Portion of the Proceeds From The Event will Help Support the Naperville Area Humane Society.

 

Naperville Wine Festival hours are Friday from 4 to 10PM and Saturday from 2 to 8PM Friday Night Ticket Sales End at 8:30 p.m. and Alcohol Sampling and Sales End at 9:30 p.m. Saturday Ticket Sales End at 6:30PM and Alcohol Sampling and Sales End at 7:30PM

  • Adult Wine Tasting Tickets are $28 in Advance and $35 at the Door. This Ticket Price Includes a Souvenir Wine Glass, Ten Tastings, a Festival Program, Access to Food and Wine Demonstrations and Musical Entertainment. Additional Tasting Coupons May be Purchased at the Festival. Designated Driver Tickets are $10 in Advance or at the Door. Tickets can be Purchased Online at www.napervillewinefestival.com or by phone at 877-772-5425 as well as at all Peterson Wine Cellars locations.
  • CityGate Centre is a True mixed-use development that encompasses 31 acres in the quickly growing East-West Corridor submarket of Chicago. In addition to Calamos Investments and Continental Audi of Naperville, the Naperville Wine Festival is sponsored by: Wells Fargo Advisors; Whole Foods; Petersons Wine & Spirits; BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois; Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe; Hotel Arista; Pepsi and Aquafina.

    Naperville Wine Festival Map

    Naperville Wine Festival Map

    Naperville Wine Festival Map

 

Location: Calamos Investments, Naperville, IL 60563
Start Date/Time: August 23, 2013 – 4 pm
End Date/Time: August 24, 2013 – 11 pm

A celebration of wine, food, music and friends with a wide array of wines to choose from and food from some of Naperville’s most popular restaurants.  Friday 4 pm – 10 pm, and Saturday 3 pm  – 9 pm.

 

 

Hess Winery

Hook and Ladder Winery

From author: "From left to right: Iron Ho...

From author: “From left to right: Iron Horse 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Testarossa 2006 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah Calera 2006 Ryan Pinot Noir Chateau Montelena 2007 Chardonnay Ridge 2007 Zinfandel” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tickets: Adult Wine Tasting Ticket – One day admission
$28 in advance or $35 at the door.
Admission ticket good for either day. This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.Designated Driver Ticket – One day admission
$10 in advance or at the door.
Admission ticket good for either day. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.

Assortment of wine from Domaine Chandon in Yar...

Assortment of wine from Domaine Chandon in Yarra Australia showing their sparkling Chardonnay and Pinot noir wine as well as a still pinot noir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Local chefs will offer foodies an opportunity to taste some of their cuisine. Here’s a list of the restaurants that will be serving food at the 2012 event:

Caoba Mexican Grill and Bar 1619 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 773-342-2622 www.caobachicago.comCityGate Grille 2020 Calamos Court Naperville, IL 60563 630-718-1010 www.citygategrille.com
Heaven on Seven 224 S. Main Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-717-0777 www.heavenonseven.com/napervilleLe Chocolat Bouchard 129 S. Washington   Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-355-5720 www.lechocolatbar.com
SugarToad Restaurant2139 Citygate Lane Naperville, IL 60563630-778-8623 www.sugartoad.comSullivan’s Steakhouse 244 S. Main Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-305-0230 www.sullivansteakhouse.com

The outdoor festival will feature more than 200 wines from around the country and the world with wine seminars and cooking demonstrations. For a nominal charge you can sample pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and chardonnay wine from various regions.

Here’s a complete list of the wineries and distributors that will be attending the 2012 event:

Peterson    Spirits and Fine Wines
Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc
Lake Sonoma Chardonnay
Kenwood Table Red
Peterson Zero Manipulation
Peterson Dry Creek Zinfandel
Cantina Aurora Dolce Stilnovo

Peterson    Spirits and Fine Wines
Villa Puccini Pinot Grigio
Villa Puccini Tuscan Red
Entwine Pinot Grigio
Entwine Chardonnay
Entwine Merlot
Entwine Cabernet Sauvingon
Haus    Wines
Schug Sauvignon Blanc
Cline Albarino
Cline Field Blend
Scott Harvey Red Label Barbera
Scott Harvey Red Label Zinfandel
Schug Pinot Noir

Jarvis-Tomei
Coloma Chardonnay
Lady Slipper Pinot Noir
Nomad Red Blend
Tomei Barbera
Jarvis Tomei Syrah
Lonati Moscato d’Asti
Essential    Wines
Arabella Chenin Blanc
Enon Chardonnay
Arabella Viognier
Arabella Merlot
Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon
Grinder Pinotage

Laird    and Company
Moletto Prosecco
Stival Pinot Grigio
Lunae Vermentino
La Pisara Primativo
Pietrafitta Chianti
Moletto Refosco

Wine    Cru
Secret Coast Sauvignon Blanc
Bennett Lane Maximus White
Prezzolini Chianti
Zolo Malbec
Zolo Cabernet Sauvignon
Bennett Lane Maximus Red
Eola    Hills
Eola Hills Pinot Gris
Eola Hills Chardonnay
Eola Hills “La Ceole” Reserve    Chardonnay
Eola Hills Pinot Noir
Eola Hills “La Creole” Reserve Pinot Noir
Eola Hills Vin d’Or LH Sauvignon Blanc
Martin    Ray Winery
Angeline Sauvignon Blanc
Martin Ray Chardonnay
Angeline California Pinot Noir
Martin Ray Pinot Noir
Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon
Martin Ray Merlot

Cabernet    Corp
La Playa Sauvignon Blanc
Don Rodolfo Torrentes
La Playa Cabernet Rose
La Playa Cabernet Sauvignon
La Playa Block Selection Carmenere
Don Rodolfo Malbec
Ventana    Winery
Ventana Riesling
Ventana Sauvignon Blanc
Ventana Gewurztraminer
Ventana Pinot Noir
Ventana Rubystone Syrah/Grenache
Ventana Syrah

Broadbent    Selections
Broadbent Vino Verde
Broadbent Gruner Veltliner
Dr. Hermann H Riesling
Chateau Musar Rouge
Quintas do Crasto Flor
Warwick Three Cape Ladies
Small    Vineyards
Trevisiol Extra Dry Prosecco
Tre Donne La Perlina Moscato d’Asti
Giocato Pinot Grigio
Perazzeta Sangiovese
Palama Negroamaro
Antonio Sanguineti Nessun Dorma Red

Fess    Parker Family of Wines
Fess Parker SBC Riesling
Fess Parker SBC Chardonnay
Parker Station Pinot Noir
Fess Parker SBC Pinot Noir
Hodge du Podge Red
Big Easy Syrah
Vinilandia
Good Pinot Grigio
Belpoggio Verdicchio DOC
Nicolis Valpolicella Classico
Poggio Amorelli Chianti Classico
Villa Donna Moscato d’Asti
Scagliola Petali Di Rose Brachetto
Hahn/Other    Guys
Huntington Sauvignon Blanc
Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio
White Knight Viognier
Cycles Gladiator Syrah
Leese Fitch Pinot Noir
Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel
Duck Pond Winery
Duck Pond Pinot Gris
Duck Pond White Blend
Duck Pond Pinot Noir
Duck Pond Red Blend
Desert Wind Ruah
Desert Wind Barbera
Hook and    Ladder Winery
Hook and Ladder Chardonnay
Hook and Ladder Pinot Noir
Station Ten Zinfandel Blend
Hook and Ladder Zinfandel
The Tillerman Cab Blend
Hook and Ladder Cabernet Sauvignon

E&J    Gallo
La Marca Prosecco
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
Martin Codax Albarino
Las Rocas Garnacha
Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon
Louis Martini  Cabernet Sauvignon
E&J    Gallo
Laguna Chardonnay
William Hill Chardonnay
Bridlewood Blend 175
MacMurray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
William Hill Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Gascon Reserve Malbec

Kobrand
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brut
Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc
Benziger Sangicamo Chardonnay
Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir
Benziger Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinnacle    Fine Wines
Long Boat Sauvignon Blanc
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay
Gaga Rose
Gaga Rouge
Calina Carmenere
Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronco    Wine
Silver Ridge Sauvingon Blanc
Silver Ridge Chardonnay
Silver Ridge Pinot Noir
Hacienda Riesling
Hacienda Merlot
Hacienda Cabernet Sauvignon

Maritime
Graham Beck Brut Sparkling
Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc
Skyleaf Riesling
Graham Beck Game Res. Chenin Blanc
Jules Taylor Pinot Noir
Graham Beck Game Res. Cabernet

Wente
Hayes Chardonnay
Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay
2009 Tamas Double Decker Red
Wente Reliz Creek Pinot Noir
Spur Meritage
Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet
Quintesential    Wines
New Age Rose
New AgeWhite
Elsa Bianchi Torrentes
Simonsig Chenin Blanc
Grand Rojo Garnacha
Morse Code Shiraz

Prestige    Wine Group
Starling Castle Riesling
Michel Picard Vouvray
Michel Picard Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Broke Ass Red
Le Grand Noir GSM
Luccio Moscato d’Asti
Jomad    Imports
San Hubberto Torrentes
San Hubberto Reserve Chardonnay
San Huberto Bonarda
San Huberto Malbec
San Huberto Reserve Syrah
San Huberto Cabernet Sauvignon

Cartlidge    and Browne Winery
Cartlidge and Browne Sauvignon Blanc
Cartlidge and Browne Chardonnay
Cartlidge and Browne Pinot Noir
Cartlidge and Browne Zinfandel
Cartlidge and Browne Cabernet
C&B Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Vibrant    Rioja
Cortijo White
Cortijo Rose
Ramon Bilboa
Ramon Bilboa Limited Edition
Gloriso Reserva
Campo Viejo Gran Reserva

CIV
Vina Arnaiz Roble Tinto
Salneval Albarino
Antano Virura
Conde de Valdemar Reserve
Opera Prima Moscato
Don Simon Sangria
V2 Wine    Group
Toad Hollow Risque Sparkling
Dry Creek Chenin Blanc
Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc
Steel Head Chardonnay
Steel Head Pinot Noir
Dry Creek Meritage

Indigo    Wine Group
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Sparkling
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Sauvignon Blanc
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Syrah/Cab
Robertson Shiraz/Mouvedre/Viognier
Casa de Campo Moscato
Robertson Sweet Red
Classical Wines
Mont Marcal Cava Rosada Brut
Legado del Conde Morgadio Albarino
Bodegas Garci Grande Verdejo
Guelbenzu Red
Lorinon Crianza
Carchelo “C”

Lagnaippe    Beverage
Boomtown Pinot Gris
Schild Estate Chardonnay
Schild Estate GMS
Dexter Lake Red
Boomtown Syrah
Revah Pomegranite
Maverick
Alias Chardonnay
Cannonball Chardonnay
Alias Merlot
Cannonball Merlot
Alias Cabernet Sauvignon
Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon

Cape    Classics
Buitenverwachting Beyond Sauv Blanc
Indaba Chardonnay
Mulderbosch Rose
Buitenverwachting Beyond Cabernet
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Red
Jam Jar Shiraz
Robert    Kacher/Winebow
Tariquet Classique
Tariquet Rose de Pressee
Clean Slate Riesling
Gournier Grenache Noir
Cazes le Canon du Marechal Rouge
Root 1 Carmenere

Winebow
Kris Pinot Grigio
Argiolas Costamolino
Catena Chardonnay
Valle Reale Vigne Nuove    Montepulciano
Allegrini Palacco Della Torre
Catena Malbec
Palm Bay
Twin Vines Vinho Verde
Arrogant Frog White
Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir
Arrogant Frog Lily Pad Red
Periquita Duoro Red
Santa Rita Reserve Malbec

Hess
Peter Lehmen Layers White
Glen Carlou Chardonnay
Peter Lehmen Layers Red
Sequana “Sarmento” Pinot Noir
Artezin Zinfandel
Amalaya Malbec Blend

Sequana Pinot Noir

Sequana Pinot Noir

Boisset
L. Buillot Rose
DeLoach Heritage Chardonnay
Lyeth ‘Fleur de Lyeth’ Red Blend
Raymond ‘R’ Merlot
Raymond ‘R’ Field Blend
Batoisiolo Moscato d’Asti

Winesellers
Francois Lurton Blanco
Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir
Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet
Tortoise Creek Zinfandel
Araucano Carmenere
Familia Zuccardi  Q Malbec
Heritage
Hirschbach & Sohne Liebfraumilch
Lucky Star Pinot Noir
Milbrandt Traditions Merlot
Oxford Landing GSM
Oxford Landing Shiraz
Bricco Riella Moscato d’Asti

Diamond    Imports
Domaine Sigalas Athiri/Assyrtiko Blend
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko
Domaine Skouras White
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
Domaine Skouras St. George
Alpha Estate Xinomavro Hedgehog Vnyd
CLD
Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc
Deviation Road Chardonnay
The Garden Path Shiraz/Cab
Smidge Houdini Shiraz/Zin
Deaf Galah Red
Alliance Shiraz

Opolo    Winery
Opolo Chardonnay
Opolo Viognier
Opolo Sangiovese
Opolo Maestro
Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel
Opolo Serenade Cab/Malbec
Underdog    Wine Merchants
A Mano Pinot Grigio
Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay
Concannon Conservancy Crimson &    Clover
Cupcake Red Velvet
Flip Flop Moscato
Helfrich Gewurztraminer

Barefoot    Wine and Bubbly
Barefoot Pinot Grigio
Barefoot Bubbly Brut
Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato
Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante
Barefoot Moscato
Barefoot Sweet Red
Easley    Winery
Reggae White
Reggae Rose
Reggae Red

Evaton, Inc
Anakena Sauvignon Blanc
Gazela Vino Verde
Gazela Rose
Finca Flichman Cabernet Sauvignon
Finca Flichman Reserve Malbec
Finca Flichman Tupungato
Lynfred    Winery
Vin de City White
Vin de City Red
Illinois Seyval Blanc
Oktoberfest Wine
Rose
Plum Wine

St.    James Winery
Velvet White
Velvet Red
Cherry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Cooper’s Hawk    Restaurant & Winery
Almond Sparkling
Semi-Dry Riesling
Cooper’s Hawk White
Barbera
Cabernets
Rhubarb Fruit Wine
Cass Winery

Cass Winery

Cass Winery

2010 Oasis Rose
2010 Roussanne
2009 Grenache
2009 Mourvedre
2008 Syrah
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Cass Reserve

Constellation Wines
Blufield Riesling
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc
Estancia Pinot Grigio
Toasted Head Untamed White
Diseno Malbec
Primal Roots Red Blend

Wine Festival

The ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com and attend many food and wine events.

Last year, I fell in love with Cass Winery’s Reserve and had a case shipped to my home from the winery. Try the Cooper’s Hawk Barbera; it’s from a local winery near Naperville.

Naperville Wine Festival

Naperville Wine Festival

For more information visit http://www.napervillewinefestival.com

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Get the Paso Robles Wine App

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English: Part of the Justin Winery vineyard in Paso Robles, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Hearst Castle dining room, San Simeon, California, USA Français : Salle à manger principale du Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Californie, États-Unis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barells of Paso Robles Wine Services

Barells of Paso Robles Wine Services (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paso Robles Wine Country was awarded the Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 Wine Star Award for Wine Region of the Year! Make plans to visit the wineries in this area or attend one of the annual wine events and festivals.

Get Social with the new wine app using the #PasoWine hashtag that is included in the Social Media tab. The PasoWineApp is free for download for iPhone on the Apple App Store. From your device, search for PasoWineApp.

For a link to download the app, click here. It requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and uses 5.2 MB of space.

“The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s third largest wine region. It encompasses more than 32,000 vineyard acres and 200 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com. Social – #pasowine, @pasorobleswine (Twitter and Facebook)

 

Every year, Paso Robles fabulous May Wine Festival. The  32nd Annual Wine Festival was a “celebration of the innovation, triumphs, and character of this spectacular region”. It kicked off on Thursday, May 15, 2014 with a selection of Winemaker Dinners.

On Friday, May 16, select wineries feature their Library, Reserve, White/Rosé, and Futures complemented by fresh and local gourmet bites at the RESERVE Event.

On Saturday, May 17, more than 60 wineries come together in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park to showcase their wines alongside culinary samplings, special tastings and seminars during the Grand Tasting.

Wineries at the Grand Tasting will be arranged by five “regions” for a seamless and focused tasting experience: Bordeaux-style, Rhône-style, Zinfandel, Burgundian-style and Other Wild Wines for your tasting pleasure.

Travel beyond the Park to explore more than 130 winery events throughout the weekend including winemaker dinners, live music, barrel samplings, and more!

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California Central Coast 2011May21 08 (Photo credit: Mark W Weston)

Visit the Tickets tab above for more details on each level and to purchase your tickets today for next year.

Paso robles Station California

Paso robles Station California (Photo credit: Loco Steve)

California’s majestic Central Coast is home to the Central Coast AVA  American Viticultural Area that runs from Santa Barbara County in the south to the San Francisco Bay Area in the north. This AVA includes: Monterey, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara. Paso Robles is in the San Luis Obispo Region of the Central Coast about 156 miles south of Monterey and about 137 miles north of Santa Barbara.

Photo of Hearst Castle outdoor pool

Photo of Hearst Castle outdoor pool (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Paso Robles WIne Festival is one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in California. It is always held on the 3rd weekend in May in charming downtown City Park. There’s always a Friday night RESERVE Event and a Grand Tasting on Saturday.

If you are going to this wine festival, consider visiting Hearst Castle where newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst created his private retreat on scenic Highway I in San Simeon.

William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper mogul

William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper mogul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The project was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947. The Castle is about 2.5 hours from Monterey, but relatively close to Paso Robles.

Owner William Randolph Hearst with architect J...

Owner William Randolph Hearst with architect Julia Morgan in 1926. Photograph by Irvin Willat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA. Nederlands: Hea...

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA. Nederlands: Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Hearst Corporation donated the property to the state of California and it is a state historic park.   Tour the gardens, pools and terraces. Admire the collection of art and antiques. This is one of the world’s greatest historic house museums. For more information visit www.hearstcastle.com

The indoor pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon...

The indoor pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. The pool is lit by windows as well as skylights in the floor of the tennis court above. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hearst Castle, "Casa Grande"

Hearst Castle, “Casa Grande” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Paso Robles Wine Country “EACH GLASS OF PASO WINE that you hold in your hand is a vibrant romance; a romance characterized by the capricious Mother Nature and the steadfast wine-maker. This raucous relationship begins in the vineyard, is nurtured in the winery and flourishes in the bottle. It is only then that this personification of the wine-maker’s passion finds its way into our homes, families and favorite memories.”

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At the 30th annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, about 80 wineries will converge on the Paso Robles Wine Festival in Downtown City Park. Local chefs will be on hand throughout the weekend highlighting their flavorful cuisine.

Paso Robles is distinct and different for a number of reasons:

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 1. The Paso Robles Wine Country is centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The area is located along California’s Central Coast.

2. This is California’s fastest growing wine region and largest geographic appellation. The territory encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 200 wineries.

3. The distinct micro-climates, diverse soils and long growing season, converge to create a unique wine region that is endowed with optimal growing conditions for producing premium and ultra-premium wines.

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4. More than 40 wine grape varieties are grown in Paso Robles, ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne. Zinfandel is the area’s heritage wine varietal.

5. Paso Robles has the greatest diurnal (day to night) temperature swing; typically 40 to 50 degrees during the growing season. This is the widest swing of any appellation in California due to cooling marine air of Pacific Ocean. This extreme temperature swing is responsible for the great balance in acid and tannins found in Paso Robles wines.

Here’s a copy of the festival brochure: http://www.pasowine.com/files/2012FinalWineFestBrochureWeb.pdf

 For updates join the event e-mailing list.

Some of the other annual events near Paso Robles Wine Country include:

The Zinfandel Festival in March

The Harvest Wine Festival on the 3rd Weekend in October

Sunset Savor the Central Coast in Santa Margarita in October

The Big Sur WIne and Food Festival in November.

For a treat, book a room at the Just Inn at the Justin Winery. www.justinwine.com

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

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Enjoy a Vino con Vista in New Mexico Wine Country near Albuquerque

Rio Grande Botanical Garden, Albuquerque, New ...

Rio Grande Botanical Garden, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Mexico wine

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In 1598,  Don Juan de Onate led a band of Spanish colonists from New Spain (Mexico) northward to settle the fertile valleys of the upper Rio Grande. The Franciscan monks accompanied the colonists to spread Christianity to the Native Americans.

New Mexico

In 1598, wine was introduced to New Mexico by the Spaniards. The monks needed wine for their daily masses and for about 30 years they imported the wine from the Old World because a SPanish law enacted in 1595 did not allow the production of wine in the New World. The wine was transported from Spain in stoneware jugs and sealed with a cork plug.

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English: All Images used are from Wikipedia Commons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eventually, the Franciscan monks decided to plant grapevines in New Mexico for sacramental wine. The first vines were planted in 1629 at the Piro pueblo just south of Socorro; New Mexico has the oldest grapevies in the country. The cuttings brought by the missionaries were Vitis vinifera, the “mission Grape” and the variety is still grown in New Mexico today.

The Spanish colonists led by conquistadores also established the vineyards along the Rio Grande  and wine production began in 1633. By 1800, wine became one of the three top exports from New Mexico. By 1884, New Mexico was the fifth leading wine producer in the U.S.

Today there are about 43 wineries and tasting rooms in New Mexico with over 900 acres of vineyards. The high desert elevation, rich soils, sunny days and cool evenings coupled with  controlled irrigation produce a wide variety of interesting wines.

Albuquerque has more than 300 years of history and culture  and has been inhabited by American Indians for hundreds of years.

Albuquerque New Mexico

Founder of Albuquerque

Francisco Cuervo y Valdes

Old Town Albuquerque

Albuquerque New Mexico

The present day city was founded in 1706 when Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez penned a letter to the Duke of Albuquerque reporting that he had founded a villa along the banks of the Rio Grande. Since then, the city that was originally named after the Duke has grown from a tiny settlement to a rich, multi-cultural metropolis of more thatn 753,000 people.

There are many wineries between Albuquerque and Santa Fe that offer amazing vino con vistas with opportunities to taste New Mexico Wine.

New Mexico WIne Labels

The wineries closest to Albuquerque are between Corrales and Bernalillo. Here’s a list of some Vino con Vista opportunities near Albuquerque New Mexico:

1. Anasazi Fields Winery www.anasazifieldswinery.com

The winery sits on the Western edge of the old village of Placitas, New Mexico between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  The vineyards are surrounded by orchards watered by a spring-fed irrigation system that dates back over 1000 years to a time when the Anasazi People farmed the Placitas Valley. These wines are crafted by fruits and berries other than grapes and include plum wine, apricot wine peach wine and blackberry wine. We also make a slightly off-dry Cranberry wine and three grape-based wines enhanced by one of our old fruit wines.   All of our wines are aged on oak for one to four years. with an annual Placitas Studio Tour for mother’s day weekend

Wine grapes grown in New Mexico.

Wine grapes grown in New Mexico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Casa Rondena Winery was established in 1995. It is located in the North Valley of Albuquerque in historic Los Ranchos de Albuquerque www.casarondena.com. You can sample the entire portfolio of hand-crafted wines made on the premises at and Tasting Room including:

Viognier – A dry white wine with bright melon flavors and lingering Apricot on the finish.  Viognier is the perfect expression of the Southwestern high desert growing region showing its rich mouth-feel and crispy acidity.

Meritage – This classic Bordeaux-style table wine is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  A bit complex with a lingering finish, our Meritage shows flavors of vanilla and currant.

Sangiovese – A silky, medium-bodied Chianti-style wine, our New Mexico Sangiovese is aged for 12 months in American oak.  The perfect table wine with pasta.

Clarion – A delectable Spanish-style blend of 70% Syrah, 28% Tempranillo, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Franc – The original red wine of the Loire Valley in central France, Cabernet Franc grows well here in New Mexico.  It exhibits fruit-forward flavors of blackberries, dark cherry and chocolate while being medium-bodied and soft on the finish.

La Sobrina’s Table – An approachable and comfortable blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  A great everyday wine for everyone.  Aged in oak 3 months and stainless steel for 9 months.

Founder’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – This is the winemaker’s reserve selection of our best Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 2 years in French Oak barrels.  This wine exhibits earthiness and hints of some black cherry, briarwood and peppers.

Rosé – A luscious off-dry Merlot-based wine with crisp hints of strawberry and plum.

Serenade – With its floral bouquet and lively fruitiness, the blend of 87% Riesling and 13% Gewurztraminer give a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.

Animante (Port) – A deep ruby red port-style dessert wine made from New Mexico Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French and American oak for two years.

3. Corrales Winery is one of New Mexico’s newest wineries, founded in 2000 www.corraleswinery.com and produces award winning Muscat Canelli dessert  wine, Riesling  and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery incorporates an Indian Pueblo and overlooks the scenic Sandia Mountains.

Gold Medal – 2002 New Mexico State Fair – 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal – 2002 New Mexico State Fair – Francs

Silver Medal – 2002 New Mexico State Fair – 2000 Riesling

Silver Medal – 2002 New Mexico State Fair – 2000 Muscat Canelli

Bronze Medal – 2001 Connoisseur Classic, SW Wine Competition – 1999 Muscat Canelli

Gold Medal – 2000 New Mexico State Fair – 1999 Muscat Canelli

Peoples’ Choice Award – 2000 Bernalillo Wine Festival – 1999 Muscat Canelli

4. Gruet Winery  www.gruetwinery.com was awarded the very prestigious title of the United States Wine Producer of the Year!  The International Wine and Spirits Competition promotes the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. The IWSC was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. This honor was accepted by Sofian Himeur of Gruet Winery at the Guildhall, City of London IWSC Awards Presentation and Banquet, on Wednesday 17th November 2010.

5. The St. Clair Winery and Bistro opened in the summer of 2005 near the heart of “Historic Old Town” in Albuquerque on Rio Grande. It is the perfect location to enjoy lunch, dinner and  a wine flight that will allow you to compare and contrast wines while sitting on the patio and listening to live music on Friday or Saturday night www.stclairvineyards.com

New Mexico Wine

Their “Signature Flight” consists of six, one ounce tastes of your choice from the flight list. They have over 20 wines to choose from including:

St. Clair Malvasia Bianca – Honey & tropical flavors with unforgettable floral aromas

Blue Teal Muscat Canelli – Luscious & rich with tastes of raisins, pears and a spicy finish

St. Clair Riesling – Tropical fruit complimented by a pleasant, crisp acid, semi sweet

Blue Teal Riesling – Pineapple, honey & pear flavors with lively acidity..

St. Clair Gewürztraminer – Ripe apricot, spice and hints of green apple

St. Clair Chardonnay – Nose of oak, citrus and a fruity vanilla finish

Red Wines

St. Clair Mimbres Red-A delightful sweet red with lush lingering berry flavors

St. Clair Nebbiolo – An intense red, nice fruity aromas and a tannic finish

St. Clair Cab-Zin – Lightly oaked Cab blended with a young well-mannered Zinfandel

Blue Teal Rio Rojo – Fruity, with lots of luscious berry flavors, low tannins and nice acid

Blue Teal Pinot Noir – A medium body with hints of cherry, pepper & earth

Blue Teal Shiraz – A full-bodied red with juicy berry notes and subtle oak undertones

My absolute favorite was the St. Clair Reserve Zinfandel – Robust red with ripe berry finish with an opulent texture

St. CLair Winery

DH Lescombes Syrah – Nose of pepper, cassis & cherry, with herb & toasted oak finish

Blue Teal Merlot – Nicely rounded with flavors of smooth berries and light oak

St. Clair Reserve Merlot – Pleasant tannins with raspberry and black currant notes

De La Cruz Malbec – Velvety smooth with deep plum, raisin and a hint of oaky vanilla

St. Clair Meritage – Subtle red cherry and dark berry aromas lead to medium body

Blue Teal Cabernet Sauvignon – Lightly oaked character, ripe berry flavors mild tannins

DH Lescombes Cabernet Sauvignon – Notes of black currant, chocolate, herbs accents

Try the refreshing Champagne Style St. Clair Mimosa, a delightful combination of fresh orange juice & dry champagne or order a slushy Wine a Rita at the bar.

New Mexico WIne

New Mexico Wine

The Vineyard express offers delightfully  tasty all inclusive day tours to the wineries and micro breweries of New Mexico on Saturdays April through October www.thevineexpress.com or call the Vineyard Express Tours at 505-292-3657.

Plan to attend the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival over Memorial Day Weekend located 5 miles west of Las Cruces of the I-10 or the New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo over Labor Day Weekend.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and they may be purchased at 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)

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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...

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Far Niente from Napa

Far Niente from Napa

Corison from Napa

Corison from Napa

Napa Cellars Winery

Napa Cellars Winery (Photo credit: Jason DeRusha)

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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!

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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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A glass of Stag’s Leap Petite Sirah from Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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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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.

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)

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

The California wine region of Atlas Peak in th...

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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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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