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Fabulous Flavor! Napa Valley 2012 Wine Weekend

I attended the second annual Flavor! Napa Valley Food and Wine Festival 2012. What a spectacular Vino con Vista Weekend I had with 50 Chefs, over 125 Vintners and 3 days of fabulous food and wine adventures in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country!

Watch this video to see what I witnessed in Napa:

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.

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)

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.

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)
WHEN: November 14-18, 2012
WHERE: Started at Amusee Napa: A Downtown Napa Tasting on Wednesday, November 14th. Appellation Trail Grand Tasting on Friday night. Individual events require tickets during the week.
TICKETS: Individual event tickets range from $85 To $325, with the historic, two-day Legends of Napa Valley tasting at $3500 per person.
I went to the Appellation Trail Event at the Culinary Institute on Friday night. Manyl 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.”
Each table at the dinner event had their own winemaker. 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 attended the Flavor Napa Sunday morning brunch.
Lovely Farm-to-table Centerpiece at the Flavor Napa Valley 2012 Brunch
Flavor Napa Valley 2012 Brunch
Heitz (Photo credit: Rachel Black)

Featured amazing wines at one of the seminars were: ’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, ’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)

Flavor! Napa Valley was a five-day Napa Valley food and wine festival featuring the area’s superlative chefs, restaurants and wineries.

The festival format included 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.

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

Event venues included 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.

Events ranged from a new series of small and hands-on immersions entitled Terroir to Table™ to a historic, two-day library tasting of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wines in the last 50-years, including today’s “cult” wines, appropriately named 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 on Wednesday, November 14.

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 are also offered special Flavor! Napa Valley packages, and complete information on lodging packages can be found at:

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

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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, Facebook at 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

Angèle: Scott Ekstrom,

Auberge du Soleil: Robert Curry,

Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca: Michael Gyetvan,

Baldacci Family Vineyards:

Bistro Jeanty: Philippe Jeanty,

Brix: Chris Jones,

Ca’Momi Enoteca: Valentina Guolo-Migotto,

étoile Restaurant: Perry Hoffman,

FARM at the Carneros Inn : Steven Tevere and Andrew Budnyj,

Farmstead Restaurant: Stephen Barber,

Fish Story: Clint Davies,

French Blue: Philip Wang,

Gott’s Roadside: Rick Robinson,

Hurley’s Restaurant: Bob Hurley,

JoLē : Matt Spector,

La Condesa: Rene Ortiz,

La Toque: Ken Frank,

Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono: Victor Scargle,

Morimoto Napa: Masaharu Morimoto and Kang Kuan,

NapaStyle Cafe: Michael Chiarello,

Norman Rose Tavern: Michael Gyetvan,

Oenotri: Tyler Rodde and Curtis Di Fede,

REDD: Richard Reddington,

Restaurant Cuvee: Jordan Mackey,

Siena at The Meritage Resort and Spa: Mike Collins,

Silverado Resort and Spa: Jeffrey Jake,

Solbar: Brandon Sharp,

The Thomas: Brad Farmerie,

VINeleven: Brian Whitmer,

The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant: Almir Da Fonseca,

2. Wineries

Ackerman Family Vineyards:

Amici Cellars:

Andretti Winery Napa Valley:

Antica Napa Valley:


Artesa Winery:

B Cellars:

Beaulieu Vineyard:

Bounty Hunter Rare Wine:

Broman Cellars:

Cakebread Cellars:

Canard Vineyard:

Ceja Vineyards:

Celani Family Vineyards:

Chappellet Vineyards and Winery:

Charles Krug Winery, Peter Mondavi Sr. Family:

Chase Cellars:

Clif Family Winery:

Clos Pegase:

Cosentino Winery:

Crosby Roamann:

Domaine Chandon:

Duckhorn Vineyards:

Elizabeth Spencer:

Farella-Park Vineyards:

Fontanella Family Winery:

Fortunati Vineyards:

Frank Family Vineyards:

Freemark Abbey:

Gargiulo Vineyards:

Grgich Hills Estate:

The Hess Collection Winery:

Hestan Vineyards:


Jack Brooks Vineyard:

Jericho Canyon Vineyard:

Joseph Phelps Vineyards:

Kelleher Family Vineyard:

Kenefick Ranch Winery:

Knights Bridge Winery:

Krupp Brothers:

La Jota Vineyard Co.:

Laird Family Estate:

LAMBORN Family Vineyards:

Long Meadow Ranch Winery:

Match Vineyards:

Melka Wines:

Merryvale Vineyards:

Michael Mondavi Family Wines:

Monticello Vineyards:


Mt. Brave:

Oakville Ranch:

Oberon Wines:

O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery:



Parry Cellars:

PATEL – Napa Valley:


Pine Ridge Vineyards:

PureCru Napa Valley:

Raymond Vineyards:

Renteria Wines:

Revana Family Vineyard:

Robert Biale Vineyards:

Robert Craig Winery:

Robert Mondavi Winery:

Rombauer Vineyards:


Schramsberg Vineyards & J. Davies Vineyards:

Schweiger Vineyards:

Shafer Vineyards:

Silver Oak Cellars:

Sodaro Estate Winery:

Spring Mountain Vineyard:

St. Supéry Estate:

Staglin Family Vineyard:

Stony Hill Vineyard:

Tamber Bey Vineyards:

Terra Valentine Winery:

Titus Vineyards:

Tom Scott Vineyard:

TOR Kenward Family Wines:

Trefethen Family Vineyards:

Tres Sabores:

Twomey Cellars:

Tyler Florence Wines:


ZD Wines:

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