If you’ve got a few thousand dollars to blow on a one-of-a-kind wine experience, Flavor! Napa Valley 2012 has got a doozy for you.
The second annual “celebration of food, wine and fun” co-sponsored by Napa Valley Vintners, Silverado Resort and Spa and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone — with a kick in the pants from Visit Napa Valley — is once again slated for mid-November in wine country. The five day festival benefits CIA Greystone’s scholarship programs.
While there are numerous wine events scheduled — including last year’s popular tasting of wines from all of the valley’s appellations to be held again at CIA Greystone — the big daddy of them all is “The Definitive Tasting of Napa,” offered to only 32 individuals willing to pony up $3,500 for the experience.
According to festival producer Herb Karlitz, one of Flavor! Napa Valley’s highlights is a two-day tasting of wines “that have and continue to put Napa Valley on the map, reaching back to the post-Prohibition wines of the 1940s through the present day.”
Featured wines to be poured the first day include the ’57 Louis Martini Pinot Noir, ’66 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, ’76 Joseph Phelps Insignia, ’77 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, ’78 Heitz Wine Cellars Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, ’78 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, ’79 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, ’83 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon and 2001 Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Blancs Late Disgorged bottling, among others.
On day two, attendees experience special tributes to legendary winegrower Andy Beckstoffer and winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett, including wines from Bacio Divino Cellars, Carter Cellars, Schrader, Tor Kenward Family Wines and La Sirena as well as library wines from David Arthur Vineyards, Hundred Acre and many other local producers.
Karlitz told media attending a press preview earlier this week that the tastings will take place in the morning of Nov. 16 and 17, stretching into the noon hour, featuring amazing wines pulled from the cellars of both producers and collectors.
Curated by Anthony Dias Blue, of The Tasting Panel magazine, and the Napa Valley Vintners, the tasting features winemakers and vintners sharing personal perspectives on their wines and their place in Napa Valley’s enological history.
On Friday evening, Nov. 16, The Appellation Trail, the festival’s signature tasting scheduled at CIA Greystone, will feature the wines from 110 valley producers, paired with food prepared by the culinary teams at Morimoto Napa, Oenotri, Auberge du Soleil, Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca, Bistro Jeanty, Brix, Ca’ Momi Enoteca, Ètoile Restaurant, Farm at the Carneros Inn, Farmstead Restaurant, Fish Story, French Blue, Gott’s Roadside, Hurley’s Restaurant, JoLé, La Condesa, La Toque, Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono, NapaStyle Cafe, Norman Rose Tavern, Press, Redd, Restaurant Cuvée, Siena at The Meritage Resort and Spa, Silverado Resort and Spa, Solbar, VINeleven and The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant.
Cost of The Appellation Trail is $120 for locals, available on the event website, flavornapavalley.com. Ranging from $85 to $325 — and $3,500 for the two-day tasting — tickets for all events are on sale on the website.