Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford has purchased a 178-acre site and submitted plans for a winery, production and warehouse facility along Cordelia Road south of Fairfield.

“Vineyards positioned strategically within our maritime climate of California are the core of Wagner quality, yet some areas of the winemaking process can be best performed elsewhere,” said Caymus owner Chuck Wagner. “In our own small way we will be helping protect the iconic Napa Valley by reducing truck traffic caused by bottling and supply deliveries. Vineyard land has been protected as an agricultural preserve since 1968, and it is about time that our two-lane highway system has some equal consideration.”

If approved, the project would be complete in 2016 or 2017.

Wine Tasting 101 at the library

The Napa Valley Wine Library Association will offer an introductory wine tasting class, Wine Tasting 101, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 20, at the St. Helena Public Library.

Discussions, teamwork and Q&As will help the curious recognize significant differences among wines and how to talk about and remember their impressions.

Classes will also be offered on Aug. 17 and Sept. 21. The cost is $50 for NVWLA members and winery staff, and $65 for nonmembers. To register, go to

Wine writers symposium scheduled

The next Symposium for Professional Wine Writers will be held Feb. 18-21 at Meadowood Napa Valley.

The event, now in its 10th year, is open to professional editorial writers and editors who specialize in wine-related topics. In addition to 10 open fellowships and five Editor’s Choice fellowships, the symposium is adding a new fellowship in honor of the late Frank Prial. The $1,940 value of each fellowship covers the registration fee and lodging at Meadowood. Interested writers may submit writing samples for evaluation between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1.

Registration for the 2014 Symposium, instructions for fellowship applications and the preliminary program schedule will be available in late summer at

Hayman joins Hestan Vineyards

Hestan Vineyards has hired Napa Valley hospitality veteran Jeff Hayman as manager of its new downtown Yountville tasting room.

Hayman will oversee the July opening of the tasting room, which will be on Washington Street two doors north of Bouchon Bistro. The tasting room will house the winery’s three limited production wine labels as well as a collection of Italian cookware from winery owner Stanley Cheng’s cookware company.

“We want our tasting room experience to be as elegant and memorable as the wines themselves,” said Cheng. “In Jeff, we’ve found the perfect blend of expertise, personality and passion to ensure that goal.”

Prior to joining Hestan, Hayman was direct-to-consumer manager at Beaulieu Vineyard. He’s also worked for Vinifera Wines, Brehm Vineyards and Lugano Imports.

For details visit

Dishcrawl returns to Napa

Dishcrawl, an event that made its Napa debut in March, will return to downtown Napa on Wednesday, July 24.

The event’s mission is to show food lovers the best dishes in local restaurants, organizers said in a statement. “Dishcrawl will stretch into downtown Napa hoping to get people to come out and have a fun food-filled night while also helping local restaurants gain exposure,” they said.

The names of participating restaurants won’t be announced until 48 hours prior to the event. Emails will notify ticketholders of the location of the first restaurant.

For reservations, visit

TripAdvisor honors Grgich Hills

Grgich Hills Estate has earned a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, which named the winery among the top-performing 10 percent of businesses reviewed on the world’s largest travel site.

The award honors hospitality excellence, based on traveler reviews posted on TripAdvisor. To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received in the last 12 months.

For details about the winery, located at 1829 St. Helena Highway (Highway 29) in Rutherford, visit

A taste of Mount Veeder

The 14th annual Mount Veeder Appellation Tasting will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Hess Collection Winery, 4411 Redwood Road in Napa.

The tasting offers the rare opportunity to taste the wines from 28 Mount Veeder wineries. Tickets include wine and food pairings from Hess Collection Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson, with blues music from the Hummingbirdz, raffles and a silent auction.

Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door. Visit or call 266-1296.


Load comments