A group of a dozen Hungarian winemakers, all from the Tokaj region, brought their dry Furmint wines to the Napa Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area last week.
Rosé wines are the olive branch of the wine industry. They share the refreshing nature of white wines, yet with the flavors of red. While rosé may be the salve on arguments about whether it’s red or white with dinner, this is just one of the benefits the style can boast. Rosé wines pair with light and rich foods: from shrimp salad to barbecue chicken to pasta in a heavy cream sauce. You won’t pay what you do for red wines in most cases, and Napa Valley vintners are giving rosés some serious attention; making them better than ever before.
Even though there were depressing accounts of a murder, suicide, police shooting, discovered bodies, etc., spring “springs” eternal with bud break, mustard blossoms in the vineyards, and beautiful weather to remind us that Napa Valley is one of the most desirable places anywhere.
Deep black fruits, a seamless integration of oak-influenced flavors, and great balance mark this wine as something special. There is a nice touch of spice on the finish.
The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association announced the recipients of its 2015 Wine List Awards at its quarterly membership meeting on Tuesday. More than 70 local restaurants, from Napa to Calistoga, were recognized for their emphasis on serving local wines.
Have a preference for lighter or darker colored rosè? From a hint of salmon to darker pink and medium red, these wines come in a full palette of rosy colors. It used to be, the lighter the better, for my go-to rosè hue. This St. Supery ($16) reminds me to be open-minded.
A grand opening celebration of the Eleven Eleven Wines will from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at 620 Trancas St. in Napa. The celebration will showcase the inaugural five wines of Eleven Eleven with live music, food and art that feature local artists Jeff and Lisa Jacklich. General admission is $25.
Bill Foley, proprietor of Foley Family Wines, has announced that Steve Nelson has been appointed winemaker at Chalk Hill Estate. Nelson will manage all aspects of winemaking and production. For the past three years, Nelson has been the assistant winemaker at Lewis Cellars in Napa.
Peju Province Winery will be hosting a wine tasting, food and music event to benefit the Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Peju Province Winery, 8466 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford. The Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation rescues and finds homes for animals scheduled for death due to lack of space in California shelters. The cost of the event is $125 per person. For reservations, contact Gisela Campagne at 714-328-8661.
T-Vine Cellars is promoting its new tasting room at 810 Foothill Blvd., Calistoga, with a seasonal menu for its food and wine experience, featuring farm-fresh ingredients paired with its single-vineyard wines. It's offering six single-vineyard wines paired with six small bites for $45 per person. Reservations are required at 942-1543.
The Culinary Institute of America will be holding its first annual wine conference from 1:30 to 7 p.m., from Sunday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 28, at the CIA at Greystone, 2555 Main St., St. Helena. The summit will host wine industry leaders and leading sommeliers in the United States. Tuition is $225. To register, visit ciawine.com/sommelier-summit.
V. Sattui Winery, at 1111 White Lane, St. Helena, has launched a new education series designed to teach visitors about wine, how it is made, and how to enjoy it at home with friends and family. The series runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $65 for wine club members or $75 for nonmembers. Reservations are required at 963-7774.
The San Francisco Luxury Marketing Council will be holding its 2015 Winery Boot Camp Series from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 19, at the Charles Krug Winery, 2800 Main St., St. Helena. The theme will be “Niches We Must Embrace: Millennials and the Luxury Consumer.” General admission is $50 at winerybootcamp4.eventbrite.com.
The annual Stags Leap District “Vineyards to Vintner” celebration will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. The event is an opportunity to taste the Stags Leap appellation’s cabernets with winery owners and vintners. The event provides access to the open houses at the 19 Stags Leap District’s wineries on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a grand finale vintner-hosted brunch at 10:30 a.m., Sunday at Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa. Prices range from $175 for a single-day pass and $300 for a two-day pass. Tickets are available at stagsleapdistrict.com/V2V.
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers have chosen longtime grapegrower Mike Wolf as the 2015 Napa Valley Grower of the Year. Wolf will be honored for his contributions to Napa Valley farming and the community on May 15 at the 40th annual NVG dinner.
NAPA — Tens of thousands of Napans have had to straighten out their daily lives since the August earthquake. So, too, has the Trefethen Family Vineyards – only literally.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, staff at the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co. will be learning how to use its new coffee equipment and, although closed to the public, will be giving away free espresso to emergency personnel.
This wine is big and beautiful. A mix of wild berries and spice, it has everything lovers of big reds want: a full, rich body, powerful fruit, and good tannin structure; yet it also has distinctive floral aromas and a fresh lift of acidity, giving it great balance.
Oxbow Public Market developer Steve Carlin and two other firms will create an Oakland version of Napa’s Oxbow market.
Allison Molinatti is bringing to the Napa Valley a sister shop to her Manhattan Beach store, Allison [by the beach], through which she sells women’s clothing and accessories. Her new venue is called Allison [in wine country], and with it she hopes to provide a line of products more tailored to her new location.