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Cabernets to be released Saturday

Oakville’s Far Niente Winery will release a limited-edition giclée along with its cabernet sauvignons from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

“The Collection” Connoisseur’s Case, which is a custom-made, hand-finished, cherry wood “briefcase,” with branded images of the Far Niente estate, envelops a signed and numbered, limited-edition giclée of Arvid’s latest painting, “The Collection.” The giclée is accompanied by a six-bottle vertical of Far Niente Cave Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Oakville, from the 2003, 2004 and 2005 vintages. Only 500 cases were produced.

Admission to the release day is $50 per person and complimentary to wine club members. For details call 944-2861.

Galzignato hired as Krug winemaker

David Galzignato has been named winemaker at St. Helena’s Charles Krug Winery. His appointment marks a return to Krug for the innovative winemaker, who initially served in that capacity from 2003 to 2006. During his earlier tenure at Charles Krug, Galzignato helped revamp Charles Krug’s wine portfolio and created a new line of Peter Mondavi Family vineyard-designated wines.

After earning degrees in viticulture and enology, plus Italian, from UC Davis, Galzignato first tapped his Italian upbringing and language degree at acclaimed winery estates in Italy. Later, as Kendall Jackson’s enologist, Galzignato worked with numerous grape varietals. He subsequently worked for several boutique Napa Valley wineries, including Paraduxx, Mark David Winery, and Lewis Cellars.

“There’s a new direction here at Charles Krug, and a renewed commitment to producing wines of surpassing quality,” says Proprietor Peter Mondavi, Jr. “David’s passion and creativity will reinforce all of our efforts to take our Peter Mondavi Family wines to a whole new level.”

Hands Across the Valley event

The 15th Annual Hands Across the Valley fundraising event is slated for Saturday, Aug. 23 on the grounds of the Trinchero Family Estates Zinfandel Ranch in St. Helena. It will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

This year’s celebrity host is Rob Schneider. Scrumptious food sampling will be provided by dozens of acclaimed Napa Valley restaurants, and 35 Napa Valley wineries will be pouring their best vintages. Festivities include a live and silent auction and dancing under the stars to Dick Bright’s SRO.

Proceeds from the event help fund Napa Valley Food Programs including the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and Holiday food baskets for families in need.

General admission tickets are $125, with reserved seating at $200 each. Sponsorships are available. For more information, to purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call 226-6136.

Restoration of Krug buildings complete

Nearly two years and $8 million after it began, restoration of two national historic landmark buildings at Peter Mondavi Family’s Charles Krug Winery are now complete.

On Sept. 27, family, friends and colleagues will gather to unveil the winery’s 1872 Redwood Cellar and the 1881 Carriage House at a formal dedication to Peter Mondavi, Sr., 93.  

The tribute to Mr. Mondavi commences on the magnificent expanse of lawn under a canopy of heritage oaks that are hundreds of years older than the winery itself. The soiree will include tours of the cathedral-like Redwood Cellar, a working winery building normally closed to the public, and the elegantly preserved Carriage House, a popular venue for special events. Both are registered national and California historic landmarks.

 As part of the week-long festivities to celebrate the dedication of the renovations, an open-house for the winery and hospitality trade is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Charles Krug’s popular annual public “Tasting on the Lawn” will take place from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. The afternoon features tastings of Charles Krug new releases, barrel tastings in the Redwood Cellar, food and wine pairings, picnicking under the oaks, and dancing to music by The Revells.  For more information, visit

 Sixth Annual ‘Diamonds in the Rough’

 Diamond Creek Vineyards will present its Sixth Annual “Diamonds in the Rough” fundraising dinner to battle Parkinson’s disease on Saturday, Oct. 4.

 Hosted by Diamond Creek Vineyard’s proprietor, Boots Brounstein, this year’s event features the culinary delights of master chef Traci des Jardin of Jardiniere Restaurant in San Francisco. She is the recipient of both the James Beard Award for “Regional Best Chef of the Year” and of San Francisco magazine’s “Chef of the Year.”

 After dinner, singer Andrew Moore will entertain. Hailed as a “dashing, earnest troubadour” and “talented entertainer,” Andrew, a pianist-vocalist, is a frequent entertainer in the Napa Valley area

 The fundraiser, held at the Diamond Creek Vineyards winery, is limited to 50 guests at $2,500 per guest. The previous “Diamonds in the Rough” dinners have raised over $1.5 million for research at The Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale.

 For further information please call Diamond Creek Vineyards at 942-6926.

 2004 Elivette to be released

 Spring Mountain Vineyard is releasing its signature wine, the 2004 Elivette, at an event that recreates the atmosphere of a French bistro. The party will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the St. Helena winery.

 The event will highlight the 2004 Elivette and all of the previous four vintages and will include French food, a French gypsy jazz group that reminds one of Django Reinhardt. There will be a sketch artist and a local artist or two painting en plein air.

 Cost is $60 per person and space is limited.  Call 967-4188 for tickets or send an e-mail to

 Viticultural Fair is Nov. 5

 The Napa Valley Grapegrowers present the Napa Valley Viticultural Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Napa Valley Expo Fairgrounds.

  More than 125 key industry suppliers will exhibit products and services at the show, representing everything from farm equipment to vineyard software programs. Seminars are in both English and Spanish, eligible for continuing education credits are offered.  Seminar topics will be announced next month. The event also includes a wine bar, hosted by Wine Business Monthly.

 More information on the Vit Fair can be found at

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