Second Annual Flavor! Napa Valley Food and Wine Festival includes 50 Chefs, over 125 Vintners and 2 days of Hands-on Immersions.
At Flavor! Napa Valley food and wine festival, Chef Michael Chiarello, the originator of the Flavor! Napa Valley will be joined by an impressive array of Napa Valley-based celebrity chefs including: Thomas Keller, Christopher Kostow, Cindy Pawlcyn, Jeffrey Jake and Masaharu Morimoto. cuisine.”
WHEN: November 14-18, 2012
WHERE: Starts at Amusee Napa: A Downtown Napa Tasting on Wednesday, November 14th.
TICKETS: Individual event tickets range from $85 To $325, with the historic, two-day Legends of Napa Valley tasting at $3500 per person.
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.” Featured wines on day one are the ’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.”
Flavor! Napa Valley is a five-day Napa Valley food and wine festival featuring the area’s superlative chefs, restaurants and wineries. Held from November 14 – 18, 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.
Event venues include founding sponsor 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 range 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.
Individual event tickets range 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 are 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.
Plan to attend the Naperville Wine Festival 2012. 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:
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.
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:
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:
There are 18 member wineries in Stags Leap participating in “Vineyard to Vitner.” This wine district is located in the eastern portion of the Napa Valley. “This area benefits from cool Pacific breezes, long, dry summer days and unique volcanic soils with overlays of bale loam.” The appellation’s unique conditions of soil, climate and exposure are reflected in the excellence of its wines.
Here’s Wine Spectator’s wine map of Napa with the key subappellations, from Calistoga in the north through Rutherford and Oakville, down to Carneros
The Stags Leap District produces wines critically acclaimed for their lush fruit and soft tannins. A longer growing season of warm days and cool nights is perfect for late-maturing varietals like Cabernet. This district of Napa is comprised of 2,700 acres with about 1,200 acres planted. The signature varietal of the Stags Leap District is Cabernet Sauvignon.
WHEN: April 27-29,2012
This 3-day celebration of the Stags Leap District gives visitors access to all eighteen member wineries. You can purchas exclusive backstage passes to winery open-houses, four intimate vintner-hosted dinners and a Stags Leap District Cabernet seminar hosted by Saveurmagazine’s David Rosengarten.
Vineyards in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here’s are two of the Friday night dinners from the website. One of the events is hosted at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars with Pine Ridge Vineyards, Steltzner Vineyards and Taylor Family Vineyards:
1. “This special dinner will be held in the elegant Great Room in the wine caves at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. The dinner will be prepared by guest Chef Ken Frank of Napa Valley‘s famed La Toque restaurant. Chef Frank will be creating signature dishes to pair with the wines from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Steltzner Vineyards and Taylor Family Vineyards for this spectacular feast. Proprietors and winemakers from each of these esteemed properties will be hosting the dinner and digging deep into their cellars to find special wines for the evening. You will leave with a true understanding of what makes the Stags Leap District such an incredible place for fine wine. This will be a night to remember!”
2. Another dinner will be hosted at Hartwell Vineyards with Baldacci Family Vineyards, Ilsley Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards and Terlato Family Vineyards:
“Be enchanted for an evening as you feast and imbibe amid soft candlelight and barrels in the rustic elegance of Hartwell Estate Vineyards great fermentation hall. Join Hartwell along with fellow vintners from Baldacci Family, Ilsley Family and Silverado Vineyards as Chef Stephen Barber, Executive Chef at Long Meadow Ranch and Farmstead Napa Valley, creates a sustainable feast paired with specially selected wines from each of these esteemed Stags Leap District properties. Chef Stephen brings an ingredient-driven approach to cooking which utilizes the organic produce, grass-fed beef, eggs, and olive oils from local artisanal producers. Recognized by Michael Bauer and the Michelin Guide, Chef Stephen consistently graces the top chef and restaurant lists in the country. No doubt, he will inspire you with local, artisanal fare, while our vintners regale and charm with personal stories and their finest wines.”
There will also be a Sunday Brunch from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Silverado Vineyards.
“Join us for the world’s ultimate Sangria – a Stags Leap District designated first! Samba your way through Silverado Vineyards’ gorgeous California mission-style plaza to the Latin beat of Trio Solea. Meet and mingle with our vintners when they come together Sunday for fun and fiesta fare. Fill up on a hearty brunch of huevos rancheros, and much more, prepared by famed Michelin-starred Meadowood Resort, and be the first to savor our exclusive SLD Sangria blend. Plus, for the wine purist, swirl and sip your way through a preview of the acclaimed 2008 Appellation Collection.”