Category Archives: Appellation

Learn about Aromatic White Wines at Flavor! Napa Valley

So excited to be working on the fabulous Wine Classes with star winemakers at Flavor! Napa Valley: Selfie with fellow somms Christie Dufault & Robert Bath MS (your moderator!).
So excited to be working on the fabulous Wine Classes with star winemakers at Flavor! Napa Valley: Selfie with fellow somms Christie Dufault & Robert Bath MS (your moderator!).

Here is a refreshing opportunity!  Join moderator, Bob Bath, Master Sommelier and Professor of Wine and Beverage Studies at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and at COPIA as well to check out the new delicate styles of white wine from Napa Valley that are becoming very fashionable to pair with so many styles of fine cuisine.

Aromatic White Wines for Spring
The Culinary Institute of America at Copia
500 1st Street Napa, CA 94559
Friday, March 18, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Get your tickets!

As one of the panelists talented winemaker Heidi Barrett (pictured here with husband Bo) will be showcasing a new release from the family's La Sirena Wines.
As one of the panelists talented winemaker Heidi Barrett (pictured here with husband Bo) will be showcasing a new release from the family’s La Sirena Wines.

This Flavor! Napa Valley class will enlighten you to some crisp alternatives to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, with lovely aromatic aromas.  An amazing crew of panelists will be in attendance as well: Heidi Barrett, La Sirena Wines; Mike Chelini, Stony Hill Vineyard; Jeff Virnig, Robert Sinskey Vineyards; Craig Becker, Priest Ranch/Somerston Estate; Ken Foster, Mahoney Vineyards; Ry Richards, Chappellet Winery.

Enjoy!

Learn about High Elevation Wines Part 1: Eastside with me!

Mia Klein & Tina Mitchell - the two talented women winemakers at Palmaz Vineyards - will be joined by Remi Cohn of Cliff Lede Vineyards master somm Gillian Ballance of TWE Global as part will be in attendance!
Mia Klein & Tina Mitchell – the two talented women winemakers at Palmaz Vineyards – will be joined by Remi Cohn of Cliff Lede Vineyards master somm Gillian Ballance of TWE Global as part will be in attendance!

International Women’s Day couldn’t be better with this star line up of talented females in the wine industry!  I will be moderating this exciting panel for the upcoming Flavor! Napa Valley.

High Elevation Wines Part 1: Eastside
The Rudd Center at
The Culinary Institute of America Greystone, St. Helena
Saturday, March 19 / 10:00 – 11:30am
Get your tickets!

This will  be a detailed exploration of complex wines made with grapes grown on high elevation sites in the rugged eastern hills of the Napa Valley. We will be joined by Remi Cohen, President, Poetry Wines/Cliff Lede Vineyards: Stags Leap District,  Glenn Salva, Antica Napa Valley, Atlas Peak,  Gillian Balance, Beringer/Treasury Wine Estates, Howell Mountain, Tina Mitchell, Palmaz Vineyards, Coombsville  and Mia Klein, Cimarosso, Howell Mountain.

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Hope you can join us!
Christopher

 

Me & Traci talking bubbles at Flavor! Napa Valley

Another delicious Flavor! Napa Valley opportunity to join co-moderator Traci Dutton, Manager, Public Wine and Beverage Studies, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and myself for this fabulous panel!

Bubbly Sensations: Exploring the Top
Sparkling Wines of Napa Valley
The Meritage Resort and Spa
875 Bordeaux Way Napa, CA 94558
Sunday, March 20 / 9:30am – 11:00am
Get your tickets!

Start your Sunday off in style by tasting through the top sparkling wines of Napa Valley with us.  Find out where the grapes are grown and how the winemakers create levels of flavor and complexity that make their sparkling gems so special.

Bubbles and knowledge in every sip!  With extra special guests Eileen Crane, Winemaker at Domaine Carneros, Tom Tiburzi, Winemaker, for Domaine Chandon,  Ludovic Dervin, Winemaker at Mumm Napa  and Hugh Davies, Proprietor of Schramsberg Vineyards.

Pop on over!
Christopher

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Join my panel for High Elevation Wines Part 2: Westside

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Love the pure mountain fruit flavors of the Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon from Mt. Veeder, come hear Mariano Navarro from the winery talk about the wine.

As excitement grows for the upcoming Flavor! Napa Valley, I want to take time to invite you to this special class I will be moderating:
High Elevation Wines Part 2: Westside on Saturday March 19th.

Join me and an amazing list of participants (see below!) to explore flavorful selections of wines made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and other special varietals used to create limited release wines and proprietary blends from hidden sites on the Mayacamas Range overlooking Napa Valley.

High Elevation Wines Part 2: Westside
The Rudd Center at The Culinary Institute
of America Greystone, St. Helena
Saturday, March 19 / 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Get your tickets!

Participants include: Hugh Davies, Proprietor, J Davies/Schramsberg, Diamond Mountain Christopher Howell, Winegrower/GM, Cain Winery & Vineyard, Spring Mountain Stuart Smith, Winemaker, Smith Madrone Vineyards & Winery, Spring Mountain Mariano Navarro, Viticulturalist, Mt. Brave/Lokoya Wines, Mt Veeder Jay Turnipseed, Mount Veeder Winery, Mt. Veeder

Hope to see you there!
Christopher

Celebrating Sonoma County wines at Super Bowl City!

Smiles everyone smiles, welcome to ‪Super Bowl 50‬! Great fun stopping by the ‪Taste of Sonoma‬ Lounge in ‪Super Bowl City‬ in SF this weekend. Even better seeing enthusiastic football fans from across the nation lovin’ the wines from ‪Sonoma County‬!

Make sure to visit Ferry Building Wine Merchant & Wine Bar, Hogsland Oyster Co, Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Shop, Slanted Door, and the other amazing food and wine purveyors inside the Ferry Bldg this week too!
Make sure to visit Ferry Building Wine Merchant & Wine Bar, Hogsland Oyster Co, Cowgirl Creamery Cheese Shop, Slanted Door, and the other amazing food and wine purveyors inside the Ferry Bldg this week too!

Here are some photos to pique your curiousity:  Later this week, catch me at Market One restaurant on Feb 5 & 6 as a featured pre-game sommelier!

My kind of trophy! Festive SB50 photo taken by Carolyn Stark of Sonoma County Vintners.
My kind of trophy! Festive SB50 photo taken by Carolyn Stark of Sonoma County Vintners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous lineup of wines from Sonoma County producers Lambert Bridge Winery, Sehesio Family Vineyards and Parmeson Wines.
Fabulous lineup of wines from Sonoma County producers Lambert Bridge Winery, Sehesio Family Vineyards and Parmeson Wines.

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The Taste of Sonoma Lounge at Super Bowl City in San Francisco
The Taste of Sonoma Lounge at Super Bowl City in San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selfie Delux with great friends from Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma County Tourism, and a happy photo bomber in the background! — with Carolyn Stark, Capo Creek Winery, Ken Fischang, #designatedphotobomber and Marta Hayden at SB50 Super Bowl City.
Selfie Delux with great friends from Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma County Tourism, and a happy photo bomber in the background! — with Carolyn Stark, Capo Creek Winery, Ken Fischang, #designatedphotobomber and Marta Hayden at SB50 Super Bowl City.

El Dorado County: Apples & Wine in the California Foothills

If you want to get away this holiday season, without a long trek, or crowded streets, then consider a drive up to the wine and apple farm region of El Dorado County. Just east of Sacramento this quaint foothill region, along historic Hwy 49 with legends of gold, can still stir up remembrances of times past.

(Photo credit Dianne Reber Hart)
(Photo credit Dianne Reber Hart)
This recent Press Democrat article Placerville’s Apple Hill Serves Up Tasty Fall Fun expounds the farm bounty and family activities to experience in the region!

Follow that up with an educational tour of the El Dorado Appellation that I wrote for Buywine.com. Be sure to share your tasty foothill adventures with us all here!

2015 Grand Harvest Awards!

First I want to congratulate Balletto 2012 Zinfandel from Russian River Valley which was the Top Wine of the Grand Harvest Awards this year. Get yourself a bottle to find out why!

GH2015dThe entire list of winners will be revealed soon so keep an eye out for the link here in the upcoming weeks. Until then if you are interested in a little background about the Grand Harvest Awards then check out the Wine Competitions site. Here are a few pictures to whet your mental palate!

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