Adler Fels adds Ballentine Vineyards to portfolio

Adler Fels Winery, one of the country’s leading producers of negociant and private label wines from California wine regions, has added Ballentine Vineyards to its growing portfolio of brands.

Together, Ballentine Vineyards owners Van and Betty Pocai Ballentine represent two of the Napa Valley’s oldest wine families, whose roots in the valley date back to the early 1900s. After years of selling their grapes to top wineries including Caymus and Mondavi, they launched their own label in 1992. Ballentine Vineyards resurrected the winery license of the original Ballentine’s Deer Park Winery, founded by Van Ballentine’s father in 1933.

Researchers: Grape consumption may reduce heart disease

Consuming grapes may help protect heart health in people with metabolic syndrome, according to research presented this week at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego. Natural components found in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for these beneficial effects.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, low HDL (the good cholesterol) and increased blood triglycerides — significantly increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a major public health concern, and is on the rise in the U.S. For more information, visit GrapesFromCalifornia.com.

Musical Bonanza! will be May 12

The Judd’s Hill annual Musical Bonanza! will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Judd’s Hill Winery, 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa. The event, a benefit for the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, includes a barbecue lunch paired with library, current and future releases of Judd’s Hill wine. This year’s entertainment features the “old timey swing” sounds of Out of the Blue, inspired by the music of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.

The Judd’s Hill Musical Bonanza! is free for Judd’s Hill Wine Club members and $55 for nonmembers. There is no charge to join the wine club. To RSVP or purchase tickets, call 255-2332 or visit JuddsHill.com.

Taste of Howell Mountain is June 16

The 17th annual Taste of Howell Mountain wine tasting and auction will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena.

The event benefits the children of Howell Mountain Elementary School and includes Howell Mountain wines, food from the winery chefs, a silent auction, a bid board wine auction, a live auction and raffle, filled with varied and unique lots of hard-to-find wines, winemaker dinners, tours and tastings, travel, recreation and resort opportunities. Tickets are $125 and available at HowellMountain.org or by calling Sam Peters, 965-2665.

CIA Worlds of Flavor registration opens

The Culinary Institute of America’s 2012 Worlds of Flavor International Conference and Festival, “Arc of Flavors: Reimagining Culinary Exchange, from the Mediterranean and Middle East to Asia,” will be held Nov. 1-3 at the CIA’s campus. The event will explore how these flavor trends are playing out in the evolution of menus with talented chefs and food service entrepreneurs.

Now in its 15th year, Worlds of Flavor is a professional forum on world cuisines, food cultures and flavor trends. Register at WorldsofFlavor.com.

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