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Napa Valley Wine Library's wine seminar set

The Napa Valley Wine Library will host its 27th annual wine seminar on blending red wines, including cabernet sauvignon, on Saturday, May 13 at Silver Oak Wine Cellars in Oakville. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. The event includes lunch.

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Napa Valley Vintners reach a green milestone

The Napa Valley Vintners has announced that 50 percent of its eligible members (those who own a winery, vineyard land or both) are now in the Napa Green environmental sustainability program.

Napa Green is a third-party certification program for vineyards and wineries in the Napa Valley. It employs a comprehensive, "soil to bottle" approach to stewardship, integrating holistic management practices throughout the grape growing and winemaking process.

Certification of farms and winemaking facilities is provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Napa County, the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the California Green Business Program. The program was developed in the early 2000s by more than 20 stakeholders from the wine industry, environmental groups, government and regulatory agencies.

In March 2015, the Napa Valley Vintners stated its goal that all eligible members will be in the Napa Green program by the end of 2020. Of the trade association’s 533 members, 435 own their own winery or vineyard land, making them eligible. As of today, officials said half of those eligible NVV members are enrolled or certified in the Napa Green program.

Wine library offers seminar on blends May 13

Napa Valley Wine Library Association considers “To Blend or Not to Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon and the Red Bordeaux Varieties,” at its 27th annual Wine Seminar on Saturday, May 13, at Silver Oak Wine Cellars in Oakville.

Moderated by Michael Silacci, winemaker for Opus One, the panelists for the seminar are winemakers Nate Weis from Silver Oak, Alan Viader from Viader Vineyards & Winery, Sally Johnson-Blum from Pride Mountain Vineyards and Chris Howell, winemaker and general manager for Cain Vineyard & Winery.

An al fresco four-course lunch paired with Silver Oak and Twomey wines by Silver Oak chef Dominic Orcini completes the day.

The Wine Seminar is $195 for members and their guests and $210 for non-members. Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m., the seminar is at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. To register for this event via Paypal, visit

Promotions at Frank Family Vineyards

Liam Gearity has been promoted to director of direct-to-consumer sales and hospitality, and long-time tasting room employee Zahava Kraiser has been promoted to the role of tasting room manager for Frank Family Vineyards.

A veteran of the restaurant hospitality industry, Gearity has held long-term leadership positions at high-end restaurants in New York and Los Angeles. In his new role, Gearity oversees all divisions of Frank Family’s tasting room, wine club, and events departments.

A former employee of Hewlett-Packard, Kraiser began working as a sales associate in the tasting room in 2010. In her new role, Kraiser oversees everything from employee scheduling to inventory, and makes sure the tasting room runs smoothly.

Spring Soiree at Stewart May 13

Stewart Cellars presents a Spring Soiree from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at 6752 Washington St., Yountville. The event will feature their first vintage of Sonoma Mountain Rosé, live music, flower crown creations, and Southern inspired snacks. The Stewarts will also showcase their 2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay wines.

Festivities include live music by The Hot Shots; a photo booth by Giggle and Riot, and flower crowns by Tango and Foxtrot. Hog Island Oysters will be serving oysters; Noble Ice Cream will feature a specially made Stewart Cellars Frozé; and Gather Café will offer popcorn and waffles.

Tickets are $35 for adults and free to members of the Stewart Cellars Wine Club. To purchase tickets, go to