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Wednesday
March 16, 2016

First Taste Napa – The Downtown StrEAT Market

Presented by Downtown Napa

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Copia 500 1st Street Napa, CA 94559

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm


We’re taking it to the culinary strEATs! Celebrate with downtown Napa restaurants, wineries, and artisans at the new Culinary Institute of America at Copia which will be transformed into an elevated epicurean marketplace like only Napa Valley can offer. Chefs will get a chance to showcase dishes reflecting their take on their favorite ‘street’ foods, sommeliers from downtown restaurants and tasting rooms will pair unexpected wines, artisans will showcase unique offerings, and street performers will entertain throughout!

Participating Restaurants:
1313 Main, Angele Restaurant, Atlas Social, Ca’Momi, Eiko’s Restaurant, Heritage Eats, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Kitchen Door, Napa General Store, Oenotri

Participating Wineries:
Amici Cellars, Baldacci Family Vineyards, Benessere Vineyards, Beringer, BNA Wine Group, Bouchaine Vineyards, Bougetz Cellars, Broman Cellars, Ca’Momi, Charles Krug Winery, Charthia Cellars, Chateau de Vie, Croze-Avatar Vintners, Etude, Far Niente, FlyWine, Frank Family Vineyards, Freemark Abbey, Gallica, Ideology Cellars, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Juslyn Vineyards, Kale Wines, Red Mare Wines, Redmon Wines, Round Pond Estate, Smith-Anderson Wine Group, Somerston Estate, Spoto Family Wines, Stags’ Leap Winery, Taylor Family Vineyards, Terra Valentine, Tournesol, White Rock Vineyards, Young Inglewood Vineyards

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Thursday
March 17, 2016

Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Golf Tournament

Location: Silverado Resort and Spa at Napa Valley 1600 Atlas Peak Road Napa, CA 94558

Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm


Join local celebrity chefs and winemakers for a day on Silverado Resort and Spa’s championship golf course. Enjoy a continental breakfast with bloody mary’s and 18 holes featuring specialty beverages and the famed burger dog lunch. Then celebrate victory at the post-tournament reception where you can mingle with the chefs, winemakers, and fellow golfers over some of Napa Valley’s finest wines and appetizers.
8:00 – 9:45am: Registration and breakfast
10:00am: Tee-off
2:30 – 4:00pm: Reception
Price includes pre and post reception, golf, cart, food and beverage, commemorative hat and sleeve of golf balls.
Please note: Tournament will happen rain or shine but subject to cancellation. Course aeration will occur two weeks prior to tournament.

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Terroir to Table: Behind the Scenes with Nickel & Nickel

Location: Nickel & Nickel - 8164 Saint Helena Highway Napa, CA 94558

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


This is a once in a lifetime chance to go behind the scenes with one of Napa Valley’s most esteemed wineries! Limited to just a small group, guests will enjoy a tour of the property and see the wines being removed from barrels to tank in preparation for bottling. In addition, you will get the chance to taste seven, 2014 barrel sample Cabernets which come from different Napa Valley appellations and then taste the same seven Cabernets from the 2013 vintage. During this session, there will be a slide show highlighting the vineyards with a discussion as to how the terroir in each vineyard influences the flavors in each wine.

Terroir to Table: Garden to Table Wine Pairing Experience at B Cellars

Location: B Cellars Vineyards and Winery - 703 Oakville Cross Road Oakville, CA 94562

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


Greeted in B Cellars Hospitality House, guests will be personally escorted through the culinary gardens, where our Master Gardener, Shelley Kusch, will be speaking about our spring garden transformation and answer any questions you may have. Guests will also have a chance to tour past our vineyards, through our production facility and wine caves — glass-in-hand. Following the tour, guests will enjoy a seated tasting of B Cellars Flagship blended and limited-production wines at our Chef’s Garden Pairing Table, with vistas of the Vaca Mountains. Chef Brian will discuss the process he uses to plan a garden to grow foods that will pair well with our wines. Each tasting is accompanied by an artfully produced seasonal “B-Bite” pairing using locally sourced products. This is an intimate experience with only a very limited quantity of tickets available!

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Terroir to Table: Terroir Exploration with Rutherford Wine Company

Location: Rutherford Ranch Winery - 1680 Silverado Trail South Saint Helena, CA 94574

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


Ever wonder why you prefer wines from certain areas over others? Let us help you find an answer. In collaboration with Smoke Open Fire, discover how a perfectly paired bite of food can enhance your favorite wine.

Learn how our terroir brings wine to your table. Join us for a stroll through the vineyard and an educational journey of wine, terroir and food. Learn the differences between the growing regions, terroir and wines from Carneros, Russian River and Napa Valley. While sipping on each wine, enjoy paired small bites catered by Smoke Open Fire that are sure to impress.

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Napa Valley Wine Tour

Location: Visit Napa Valley Welcome Center 600 Main Center Napa, CA 94559

Time: 10:30am - 4:00pm


Imagine seeing Napa Valley through the eyes of the estate vineyard owners, proprietors, winemakers, and your very own sommelier! Each day, twelve lucky people will get to take part in this unique experience which includes tastings at elite wineries and secret locations; conversations with winemakers and proprietors; a fabulous lunch; comfy transportation provided Pure Luxury; and a talented sommelier to answer your questions along the way. Value: Priceless. Get your seats before they are gone!

Led by Ronald Plunkett, Court of Master Sommeliers, Signorello Winery, stops include: Matthiasson Wines, Signorello Estate, Lunch at Frank Family Vineyards , Flora Springs

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Terroir to Table: Detox to Retox, A Calistoga Retreat at Indian Springs Resort

Location: Indian Springs Resort

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm


This Terroir to Table event is like no other! Take some time during the hectic event schedule and relax at the famed Indian Springs Resort where you will enjoy an indulgent mud bath, Calistoga’s most famous spa treatment. The baths at Indian Springs are unique for their mix of thermal water and 100% volcanic ash sourced entirely on-site. Following the mud bath you will enjoy a soak by the Buddha pond in the mineral pool while sipping exclusive wines and refreshments.

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Terroir to Table: Exploration of Pinot Noirs with Etude Wines

Location: Etude Wines - 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road Napa, CA 94559

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Join winemaker Jon Priest for a unique tasting that showcases Etude’s continual study of this captivating varietal and its varying expressions from Carneros, Sonoma Coast, Santa Barbara County and Willamette Valley. Jon will lead a side-by-side tasting of these limited regional Pinot Noirs to help you understand how terroir influences the aromas and flavors of this popular grape and explore how Pinot Noir is highly sensitive to climate and changes in soil composition. With Etude’s minimal intervention approach, even when each Pinot Noir is treated the exact same way in the winery, the resulting wines will ultimately be different. After the intimate seated tasting, Jon will lead Flavor guests into Etude’s cellar for a behind-the-scenes barrel tasting of an unreleased vintage of all the Pinots just tasted. Guests will also come away with a bottle of Pinot and other surprises. Space is very limited.

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The Taste of Time: A Retrospective Tasting with Chateau Montelena and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Location: Silverado Resort and Spa - 1600 Atlas Peak Road Napa, CA 94558

Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm


In celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the Judgment of Paris Tasting, join winemakers Matt Crafton of Chateau Montelena and Marcus Nataro of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars for this exclusive tasting of rare and unique wines that represent the flavor of Napa Valley and each winery’s commitment to quality over the past four decades.

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A Celebration of the Judgment of Paris Wine Dinner, Starring CIA All-star Alumni Chefs

Location: Silverado Resort and Spa 1600 Atlas Peak Road Napa, CA 94558

Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm


Join us as we gather luminaries of the culinary world to celebrate Napa Valley’s magnificent bounty and create an exquisite five-course menu. Toasting the 40th anniversary of the legendary 1976 Judgment of Paris, we will honor winners and pour wines from participating wineries including Chateau Montelena, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Freemark Abbey, Spring Mountain Vineyard, Heitz Wine Cellars, Clos du Val Winery, and Veedercrest Wines. Chefs include Richard Blais, Top Chef Winner and Owner, Trail Blais, Inc.; Matthew Accarrino, Executive Chef, SPQR, San Francisco; Bradley Ogden, President, Bradley Ogden Hospitality; Justin Yu, Executive Chef, Oxheart, Houston; and Larry Forgione, Culinary Director/Co-founder, American Food Studies: Farm to Table Cooking, The Culinary Institute of America. This blend of talents, tastes, and toasts will be the perfect start to an exceptional weekend.

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Friday
March 18, 2016

Restaurant Industry Trends Panel: A Deep Dive in to What’s Hot and What’s Not for 2016 and Beyond

Presented by OpenTable

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Copia - 500 1st Street Napa, CA 94559

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


The restaurant industry is one of the fastest-growing segments of the American economy. What is the outlook for this vitally important sector of the economy? Presented by one of the most valuable restaurant players, OpenTable, come hear a panel of esteemed industry experts, journalists, and restaurateurs explore the trends, predictions, and key influences that are helping to shape the this industry that we all love.

Panelists:
Paolo Luchesi, Food Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
Ryan Cole, Partner/Acting General Manager, Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group
Joel Riddell, Radio Host, Dining Around with Joel Riddell, KKSF
Andrew Freeman, President, Andrew Freeman & Company Hospitality PR and Marketing

Moderator: Liam Mayclem, Foodie Chap, Eye on the Bay, CBS 5

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Terroir to Table: Olive Oil Tasting & Blending Session with Round Pound Estate

Location: Round Pond Estate - 875 Rutherford Road Rutherford, CA 94573

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


Spring is olive oil blending season! You are invited to join Round Pond Estate owner Ryan MacDonald as we go behind the scenes to taste unblended olive oil cultivars before making your own custom olive oil blend. Then, learn how to use artisanal olive oils, red wine vinegars, and syrups in a demonstration and tasting with bites inspired by our estate gardens. This is a rare opportunity to learn about both our sustainable approach to olive cultivation and our time-honored olive oil extraction process. Guests are welcome to purchase their custom blended bottle for an additional fee.

Limited tickets available.

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Terroir to Table: Five Decades Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting with Trefethen Family Vineyards

Location: Trefethen Family Vineyards - 1160 Oak Knoll Avenue Napa, CA 94558

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm


Celebrating almost five decades in the Napa Valley and three generations as a family owned and operated winery, Trefethen Family Vineyards is raiding the wine cellar to create a truly unique tasting experience. A brief tour of the estate vineyards and gardens sets the stage for an epic tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon – featuring one from each decade of Trefethen’s history. In the seated tasting, walk down memory lane with estate wines crafted when the Watergate scandal rocked the White House, when the Berlin Wall fell and when the average price of a home in the US was less than $90,000. Tasting includes five Cabernet Sauvignons covering the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, along with a selection of current releases.

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Wine Class: Spring Awakening & the Rosé Revolution

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone 2555 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


An in-depth tasting experience focused on the wide range of dry, elegant, and refreshing styles of pink wines made with premium grapes from Napa Valley, and how these tasty delights pair with fine cuisine in the Spring and Summer months.

Participants include:
Tim Collar, Saintsbury: Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Carneros
Kevin Morrisey, Ehlers Estate: “Sylviane” Cabernet Franc Rose, Estate, St. Helena
Julia Johnson, Tres Sabores: “Ingrid & Julia” Rose, Napa Valley
Robin Akhurst, Swanson Vineyards, Rosato, Antica Vineyard, Atlas Peak

Moderator: Traci Dutton, Manager, Public Wine and Beverage Studies,The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

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Wine Class: Pinot Paradise

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Copia - 500 1st Street Napa, CA 94559

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


Fuel your passion for Pinot Noir with this unique tasting of sophisticated wines made with fruit grown in Carneros and other special sites in Napa Valley. Food pairing suggestions from chefs, sommeliers, and much more!

Jon Priest, Winemaker, Etude Wines, Carneros
Steve Rogstad, Winemaker, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Carneros
David Mahaffey, Winemaker, Miss Olivia Brion Wines, Wild Horse Valley
Alez Beloz, Winemaker, Poseidon Vineyard, Carneros
Amelia Ceja, Ceja Vineyards, Carneros
Moderator: Christie Default, Professor, Wine and Beverage Studies, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

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Napa Valley Wine Tour

Location: Visit Napa Valley Welcome Center 600 Main Street Napa, CA 94559

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm


Imagine seeing Napa Valley through the eyes of the estate vineyard owners, proprietors, winemakers, and your very own sommelier! Each day, twelve lucky people will get to take part in this unique experience which includes tastings at elite wineries and secret locations; conversations with winemakers and proprietors; a fabulous lunch; comfy transportation provided Pure Luxury; and a talented sommelier to answer your questions along the way. Value: Priceless. Get your seats before they are gone!

Led by Scott Tracy, Sommelier, St. Supery Winery, stops include: Beaulieu Vineyards at Georges de LaTour Winery, Lunch at St. Supéry Estate, Paraduxx Wines, Quintessa Wine

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Chef Demonstration: Cooking with Chef Christopher Kostow

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone - 2555 Main Street Saint Helena, CA 94574

Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm


Join Chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood Napa Valley for a behind-the-scenes look at his cooking style and techniques. A Michelin-starred chef before the age of 30, Kostow attributes his culinary philosophy in part to Napa Valley’s vibrant terroir. With Meadowood’s lush gardens and the region’s myriad of artisanal purveyors, it’s no surprise that Kostow’s cuisine harbors a deep connection to Napa Valley’s bounty. During this captivating demonstration, Kostow will pay homage to his surroundings by preparing an impeccable seasonal recipe.

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Terroir to Table: Appellation Exploration at HALL Wines

Location: HALL Wines St. Helena - 401 Saint Helena Highway Saint Helena, CA 94574

Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm


Led by acclaimed winemaker, Steve Leveque, Flavor guests are invited to join HALL Wines for an unparalleled opportunity experiencing the quality and diversity of Napa Valley’s distinct appellations. This is a one-of-a-kind wine tasting of HALL’s most limited-production wines showcasing the impact of terroir, climate and elevation. Everything other than appellation is constant – the vintage, winemaking team, winemaking approach, technology in the vineyard and cellar all remain the same. This tasting proves just that. All wines served are carefully paired with seasonal bites with one of HALL’s Chefs providing insight into why the wines pair well with the dish. With a portfolio of outstanding wines from thirteen of the sixteen Napa Valley appellations, HALL is uniquely positioned to offer this experience to guests ranging from novice wine drinkers to experts and critics. All guests will come away with a special giveaway. Guests will experience luxury at its finest with HALL’s unique Appellation Exploration event.

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Inside the Mind of San Francisco Restaurant Critic Michael Bauer

Presented by The San Francisco Chronicle

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Copia - 500 1st Street Napa, CA 94559

Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm


Join us for a very candid conversation with acclaimed San Francisco Restaurant Critic Michael Bauer. In this interactive program, Mr. Bauer will share his thoughts about his process, the current Bay Area restaurant scene and what it takes to succeed as a great restaurant. He will also share insights on trends and his picks for the very best restaurants and chefs for the year.

What is it like to dine in every prestigious Bay Area restaurant, and then some? Can a restaurant reviewer really be anonymous? What makes a three- to-four-star restaurant? How often do you dine out? What do you think of the Napa Valley restaurant scene? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed In this in-depth Q&A session.
Attendance will be limited to 100 guests.

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Terroir to Table: Hike and Sip Through the Vineyards at Quixote Winery

Location: Quixote Winery - 6126 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Hike through the Quixote Winery in the famed Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley! Wear shoes that you don’t mind dusted by prime Napa Valley dirt. At this Terroir to Table you will also taste a three-year vertical of six wines — two of which have not been released, including the 2015 Rosé, and three of which are single vineyard block barrel samples which will be sipped in the blocks of the vineyard from which they came. Wine will be paired with special cheeses and bites.

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Chef Demonstration: Pizza Making with Chef Tony Gemignani

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone - 2555 Main Street Saint Helena, CA 94574

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Come see Chef Tony Gemignani, the chef and owner of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Capo’s, Tony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, Slice House by Tony Gemignani, Pizza Rock, and Tony’s of North Beach and Slice House. An 11-time World Champion, Tony has been making pizza for more than two decades and holds an impressive set of awards for his pizza making and throwing. Don’t miss the chance to learn how to toss a pie, catch a pie, and taste a slice!

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Wine Class: Preservation Society

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone 2555 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Before Cabernet Sauvignon became the most popular grape in the Napa Valley, most of the full-bodied red wines were made with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Charbono and other legendary grape varietals referred to as “mixed blacks.” Come find out what the proprietors of Biale Vineyard, Hendry Vineyards, Turley Cellars and other boutique producers are doing to preserve these special old vineyard sites.

Participants include:
Robert Biale, Proprietor, Robert Biale Winery: Aldo’s Vineyard
Tegan Passalacqua, Winemaker, Turley Wine Cellars, Hayne’s Vineyard, Mike Hendry, Proprietor, Hendry Winery: R.W. Moore Vineyard, Russell Bevan, Winemaker, Chase Cellars: Hayne’s Vineyard, Genevieve Janssens, Robert Mondavi Winery: To Kalon Vineyard

Moderator: Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier, Wine Educator, Journalist

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Wine Class: Aromatic White Wines for Spring

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Copia - 500 1st Street Napa, CA 94559

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Love refreshing wines with aromatic aromas? Or simply looking for a crisp alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc? Then check out the new delicate styles of white wine from Napa Valley that are becoming very fashionable to pair with so many styles of fine cuisine.

Participants include:
Mike Chelini, Winemaker, Stony Hill Vineyard, Spring Mountain
Jeff Virnig, Winemaker, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Carneros
Francis Mahoney, Mahoney Vineyards, Carneros
Ry Richards, Chappellet Winery, Pritchard Hill
Craig Becker, Priest Ranch/Somerston Estate, Napa Valley
Moderator: Robert Bath, Master Sommelier & Professor, Wine and Beverage Studies, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

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The Young Guns Pop-up Dinner: An Evening with the Bay Area’s Rising Star Chefs, Winemakers, and Sommeliers

Location: Inglenook - 1991 St Helena Hwy Rutherford, CA 94573

Time: 7:00pm -10:00pm


Join us for a dinner featuring seven of the Bay Area’s brightest rising star chefs for a very inspired collaboration. These chefs are filled with creative vision and a passion for local ingredients. This is a rare opportunity to celebrate their collective talent with five courses paired with exceptional wines from Inglenook. It will truly be a night to savor.

Participating Chefs:
Alex Lovick, Host Chef, Inglenook
Perry Hoffman, Executive Chef, Shed
Sean Massey, Chef de Cuisine, Morimoto Napa
Trevor Kunk, Executive Chef, PRESS Restaurant
Jason Raffin, Executive Chef, Scotland Yard
Ari Weiswasser, Executive Chef, Glen Ellen Star
Laura Cronin, Pastry Chef, Perbacco/Barbacco/Volta
Phillippe Bascaules, Host Winemaker, Inglenook

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After-party at BRIX

Location: BRIX - 7377 St Helena Hwy Napa, CA 94558

Time: 9:30pm -11:00pm


Want to keep the party going? We invite you to keep it up – Napa Valley style. Enjoy bites, sweets, and more… wine, of course!

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Saturday
March 19, 2016

Chef Demonstration: Cooking with Top Chef Winner Richard Blais

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone - 2555 Main Street Saint Helena, CA 94574

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


Perhaps most recognizable as the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars, Richard Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Blais went on to train at French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli. This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with this young star and let him share some of the talent which has made him a successful restauranteur, chef and TV personality.

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Wine Class: Forward Thinking, The Young Stars of Napa Valley

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone 2555 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


Meet the next generation of talented winemakers in Napa Valley. Find out the new wine trends they are applying to their family vineyards, discover the intriguing grape varietals they are working with, and taste the signature styles of wines which set them apart from the rest!

Participants include:
Alan Viader, Viader Vineyards & Winery
Judd Finkelstein, Judd’s Hill
Alex Llamas, Winemaker, Llamos Winery
Joe Harden, Robert Mondavi Winery
Patrick Foley, Foley Johnson Winery

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Terroir to Table: St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery Aromatherapy with a Corkscrew

Location: St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery - 8440 Saint Helena Highway Rutherford, CA 94573

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


Explore wine aromas suggestive of fruit character, barrel aging and terroir while tasting four estate grown St. Supéry wines. Exercise your sense of smell through a series of aroma identifications designed for you to discover how your personal sensory memory impacts how you recognize aromas. This interactive sommelier-led experience includes a mystery wine game and ultimately guides guests to develop a savvy for identifying more aromas in their glass which heightens the enjoyment of wine. This is a fantastic way to begin your visit to Napa Valley.

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Wine Class: High Elevation Wines, Part 1 – Eastside

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone - 2555 Main Street Saint Helena, CA 94574

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am


Join us for this detailed exploration of complex wines made with grapes grown on high elevation sites in the rugged eastern hills of the Napa Valley.

Participants Include:
Remi Cohen, President, Poetry Wines/Cliff Lede Vineyards: Stags Leap District
Glenn Salva, Antica Napa Valley, Atlas Peak
Gillian Balance, Beringer/Treasury Wine Estates
Tina Mitchell, Palmaz Vineyards, Combsville
Mia Klein, Cimarosso, Howell Mountain

Moderator: Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier and Founder of SawyerSomm.com

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Napa Valley Wine Tour

Location: Visit Napa Valley Welcome Center 600 Main Street Napa, CA 94559

Time: 10:30am - 4:00pm


Imagine seeing Napa Valley through the eyes of the estate vineyard owners, proprietors, winemakers, and your very own sommelier! Each day, twelve lucky people will get to take part in this unique experience which includes tastings at elite wineries and secret locations; conversations with winemakers and proprietors; a fabulous lunch; comfy transportation provided Pure Luxury; and a talented sommelier to answer your questions along the way. Value: Priceless. Get your seats before they are gone!

Led by Anani Lawson, Court of Master Sommeliers, Lucy’s Restaurant at Bardessono, stops include:
Spring Mountain Vineyards, Rudd Farms and Lunch by Oakville Grocery, Kuleto Estate, Goosecross Cellars

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Chef Demonstration: Offal Good – Cooking with Star Chef, Chris Cosentino

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone - 2555 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574

Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm


Famed Chef Chris Cosentino has a flare for creating delicious offal creations at both Boccalone and Cockscomb in San Francisco. Not only has he appeared on Food Network shows such as Top Chef Masters, the Next Iron Chef America, and Chefs vs. City, his journalistic contributions can be found in many culinary publications around the world, and he has written a cookbook entitled Beginnings: My Way to Start a Meal.
Don’t miss this chance to get up close and personal with this charismatic star Chef.

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Terroir to Table: A Kitchen Experience – The World’s Best English Muffin at Model Bakery

Location: Model Bakery - 875 Sousa Lane Napa, CA 94559

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Every community has its hometown bakery, and the Napa Valley calls The Model Bakery its own. Join proprietors Karen Mitchell and Sarah Mitchell Hansen as they lead a behind the scenes tour of the valley’s beloved bakery and share its many secrets – including how to make the “World’s Best English Muffins”. As a bonus, participants will receive an autographed copy of The Model Bakery Cookbook, one of the hottest cookbooks of the year. This is a not-to-be-missed experience for the baker in everyone!

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Chef Demonstration: What Happens in Napa…Vegas Meets the Valley with Chef Rick Moonen

Presented by Feast it Forward and Sunset

Location: Culinary Institute of America at Greystone - 2555 Main Street Saint Helena, CA 94574

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Join celebrity chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, AKA- KING of Hearts, for a unique Las Vegas inspired FEAST challenge. Alongside Sunset Food Editor, Margo True, AKA – ACE of Spades, Feast it Forward host Katie Hamilton Shaffer, AKA – QUEEN of (wine) Clubs, will lead these foodies through a live fire throwdown as ingredients meet their match at the gambling table. Enjoy the JACKS of Diamond (mountain) tasting with Stolzle glassware for a stellar line up from premier Napa Valley wineries, while the entertainment of quick wit betting will determine the outcome of this culinary game show. Smile! You’ll be on camera for a Feast it Forward upcoming episode.

KING of Hearts – Chef Rick Moonen, Las Vegas: RM Seafood & RX Boiler Room & Feast it Forward Host
QUEEN of (wine) Clubs – Katie Hamilton Shaffer, Feast it Forward Founder & Host, Feast it Forward
ACE of Spades – Margo True, Food Editor, Sunset
JACKS of Diamond (mountain) – Wineries to be announced soon

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Wine Class: High Elevation Wines, Part 2 – Westside

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone 2555 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Explore flavorful selections of wines made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and other special varietals used to create limited release wines and proprietary blends from hidden sites on the Mayacamas Range overlooking Napa Valley.

Participants include:
Hugh Davies, Proprietor, J Davies/Schramsberg, Diamond Mountain
Christopher Howell, Winegrower/GM, Cain Winery & Vineyard, Spring Mountain
Stuart Smith, Winemaker, Smith Madrone Vineyards & Winery, Spring Mountain
Mariano Navarro, Viticulturalist, Mt. Brave/Lokoya Wines, Mt Veeder
Jay Turnipseed, Mount Veeder Winery, Mt. Veeder
Moderator: Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier and Founder of SawyerSomm.com

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Wine Class: Exploring the Rhone Zone

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone - 2555 Main Street Saint Helena, CA 94574

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm


From aromatic white wines and elegant red blends, to bold and spicy vineyard designates, taste and discover why many talented winemakers in Napa Valley are working with grape varietals that were originally made famous in the Rhone Valley of France and other special regions around the globe.

Participants include:
David Miner, Proprietor, Miner Family Winery
Joanne Wings, Stags’ Leap Winery
Carolyn Meridith, Proprietor, Lagier Meredith Vineyard
Ashley Hepworth, Winemaker, Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Jeff Cohn, Jeff Cohn Cellars

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Legendary Napa Valley, The Grand Tasting

Location: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone 2555 Main Street St. Helena, CA 94574

Time: VIP Admission Doors Open: 6:00pm | General Admission Doors Open: 7:00pm


This epicurean adventure showcases a collection of the Napa Valley’s most celebrated and innovative vintners and chefs. The Legendary Grand Tasting will feature nearly 80 wineries and fare from over 25 of the Valley’s best restaurants, all presented in The Culinary Institute of America’s historic Greystone building. Meet the magic behind the labels as an unparalleled sampling of winemakers personally pour their favorite vintages and reveal how the soils, microclimates and topography influence the wide array of distinctive grapes in this premier wine-growing region.

Participating Restaurants:
1313 Main, Atlas Social, Angele Restaurant, Bardessono, Bistro Jeanty, Ca’Momi, Cococlectic, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Del Dotto, Eiko’s Restaurant, Harvest Table, Heritage Eats, Jamieson Ranch Vineyard, Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa Valley Marriott, Panevino and Subrosa Salumi, PRESS Restaurant, Scotland Yard, Silverado Resort and Spa, Zuzu

Participating Wineries:
Ackerman Family Vineyards, Acumen, Alpha Omega, Antica Napa Valley, B Cellars, Ballentine Vineyards, Barnett Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard, Beringer, Cairdean Estate, Cakebread Cellars, Ca’Momi, Canard Vineyard, Chappellet Vineyard, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Conn Creek Winery, Crocker & Starr Winery, Darms Lane Wine, Del Dotto Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, Duckhorn Vineyards, Eagle Eye Winery, eleven eleven wines, Etude, Farella Vineyard & Winery, Frank Family Vineyards, Gamble Family Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, Hall Wines, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Jean Edwards Cellars, Joseph Carr, Kenefick Ranch, Krupp Brothers, Laird Family Estate, Leto Cellars, Louis M. Martini, Merryvale Vineyards, Oakville Ranch, Oberon, O’Shaughessy Estate Winery, Parallel Napa Valley, Parry Cellars, Peju Province Winery, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Pope Valley Winery, Priest Ranch, Provenance, Purecru Winery, Quixote Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, Salvestrin Winery, Schweiger Vineyards, Signorello Estate, Stags’ Leap Winery, Sterling, Stony Hill Vineyard, Summers Winery, Trefethen Family Winery, Tres Sabores, Truchard Vineyards, Tudal Winery, V. Sattui Winery, Wallis Family Estate, William Cole

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Sunday
March 20, 2016

Bubbly Sensations: Exploring the Top Sparkling Wines of Napa Valley

Location: The Meritage Resort and Spa - 875 Bordeaux Way Napa, CA 94558

Time: 9:30am - 11am


Start your Sunday off in style by tasting through the top sparkling wines of Napa Valley! Find out where the grapes are grown and how the winemakers create levels of flavor and complexity that make their sparkling gems so special. Bubbles and knowledge in every sip!

Participating Wineries:
Domaine Carneros, Domaine Chandon, Mumm Napa, Schramsberg

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Brunch Party – Meet Your Maker: The Butcher, The Baker, and the Sparkling Winemaker

Location: The Meritage Resort and Spa 875 Bordeaux Way Napa, CA 94558

Time: 11:00am - 1:30pm


Cap off the weekend with an exclusive brunch party hosted by The Meritage Resort and Spa. Engage with the ‘makers’ and learn how to cure bacon with artisan meat purveyors, bake with local pastry chefs, build a benedict with Meritage chefs, and more — all while sipping local sparkling wines and imbibing from roving bloody mary carts!

Participating Wineries:
Domaine Carneros, Domaine Chandon, Mumm Napa, Schramsberg

Participating Artisans:
Cate & Co., Cococlectic, Napastak, Napa General Store, Napa Valley Cookie Co., Olive and Poppy, Platanito Pupusas

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