Tickets for two of Calistoga Winegrowers Association’s upcoming events are now on sale.
Now in its fifth year, tickets are on sale for the annual Calistoga Food and Wine Event that that will be held on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-12, with proceeds of ticket sales donated to fire relief. And the second Calistoga Uncorked on July 12 is one of those rare opportunities where patrons can taste the wines of more than 30 Calistoga wineries and buy the wine they like on the spot.
The celebration of Calistoga’s premium wines and food has evolved each year since its inception and is the vision of Brandon Sharp, former executive chef at Solbar, which earned a Michelin star for seven consecutive years. Sharp said before the inaugural event that he wanted to highlight Calistoga’s food and wine scene because it is on par with Yountville’s but lacks that town’s reputation.
This year, in addition to the Grand Tasting – the headliner event that offers tastes of more than 40 Calistoga wineries – there is a VIP reception, pasta class and lunch, and winemaker dinners that includes a lobster feed.
The VIP Reception is just a warm-up for the weekend. To be held on Thursday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bennett Lane Winery, food from Solbar and Lovina (and possibly more restaurants) will be paired with the top tier wines of Bennett Lane, Storybook Mountain Vineyards, Switchback Ridge, Kenefick Ranch Winery and The GRADE Cellars. The cost is $195 per person.
New this year is the Pasta Class and Lunch, an opportunity to pick the brain of Massimo Falsini, executive chef of Solbar, who will demonstrate how to make pasta, guide guests through the process then sit down to dine with them. He’ll show how to perfectly slice papparadelle noodles and fill and crimp raviolis. This three-course meal will be enjoyed with and at Hindsight Vineyards. The cost is $95 per person.
Friday night take advantage of local restaurants offering complimentary corkage fee for specific Calistoga AVA wines. Participating restaurants and wineries include Sam’s Social Club with Canard Vineyard, Brannan’s Grill, Solbar with Phiffer Pavit Wines, and Lovina with August Briggs Winery.
Jericho Canyon Vineyard is holding a Lobster Feed Friday, May 11 starting at 6 p.m. There will be a bounty of seafood including lobster, prawns, corn, artichokes, potatoes, Louisiana all beef hot links, sourdough bread, It’s It Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Jericho Canyon wines – Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, and Cabernet Sauvignon — among the vines. Casual attire is recommended for this event which is $160 per person. For more details and to purchase tickets, call the winery at 707-331-9076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday’s Grand Tasting is a grand opportunity to taste difficult-to-find wines from some of the region’s smallest boutique wineries, many that don’t have tasting rooms. Held on Solage Resort’s Solstice Grand Lawn and Barn more than 40 Calistoga wineries will pour samples of their wines while food is offered from the likes of All Seasons Bistro, Solbar, Gustavo Rios of Evangeline, James Richmond with Veraison Shaun McGrath with Lovina Ross Kilkenny from Calistoga Ranch, and Reylon Agustin with Rosewood Sand Hill. Additional participating chefs will be announced in the coming weeks. The cost is $95 per person.
Calistoga Food and Wine Event wineries participating include: 2880, Amici Cellars, August Briggs Winery, Baldacci Vineyards, Barlow Vineyards, Bennett Lane Winery, Bragg Vineyards, Canard Vineyard, Chateau de Vie, Chateau Montelena, Clos Pegase, Coquerel Family Estate Wines, Davis Estates, Dutch Henry, Fairwinds Estate Winery, Harris Estate Vineyards, Hindsight Wines, Huge Bear Wines, Jack Brooks Vineyard, Jax Vineyards, Jericho Canyon Vineyard, Jones Family Vineyards, Kenefick Ranch Vineyards, Knighton Family Vineyards, La Sirena, Olabisi, Phifer Pavitt Wine, Poggi Wines, Romeo Vineyards & Cellars, Sebright Cellars, Shypoke, Storybook Mountain Vineyards, Sterling Vineyards, Summers Estate Winery, Switchback Ridge, Tofanelli Wines, Tom Eddy Winery, T-Vine, Twomey Cellars, Von Strasser/Lava Vine, and Weppler Vineyards.
Besides being the only time the Calistoga Winegrowers Association wineries participate in a large tasting event outside of Calistoga, what makes Calistoga Uncorked so special is that guests can purchase wines at the event – which is allowed because the event is being held on federally owned property at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio.
Most of the wineries pouring are not open to the public, so this is the Bay Area’s opportunity to visit San Francisco and taste the wines of 30 wineries in one place. Light bites will be available and a silent auction will have packages such as trips, tastings and special bottles of wine.
Tickets are $75 in advance and $95 at the door. Tickets be purchased on EventBrite.
Participating wineries at Calistoga Uncorked include: 2880, August Briggs, Baldacci Vineyards, Ballentine Vineyards, Barlow Vineyards, Bennett Lane Winery, Bragg Vineyards, Canard Vineyard, Chateau de Vie, Chateau Montelena, Coqueral Wine Estate, Fairwinds Estate Winery, Hindsight Vineyards, Huge Bear Wines, Jack Brooks Vineyard, Jax Vineyards, Jericho Canyon Vineyard, Kenefick Ranch Vineyards, Knighton Family Vineyards, La Sirena Wine, Lava Vine/Von Strasser, Next Door wines, Poggi Wines, Phifer Pavitt Wine, Romeo, Storybook Mountain Vineyards, Switchback Ridge, The Grade Cellars, Tom Eddy Winery, and Weppler Vineyards.