WineCountry Staff: October 2011 Archives

msWordClipArt_MovieRoll.jpgby Courtney Cochran

Temperatures may be cooling in the Napa Valley come November, but two dynamic events could make your visit the hottest in memory.  Both in their debut year, the Napa Valley Film Festival (Nov. 9-13) and Flavor! Napa Valley (Nov. 16-22) bring with them a host of diverting events that are rewriting the month's reputation - from a sleepier time to one that's buzzing with eclectic food-and-wine-fueled attractions.

Napa Valley Film Festival ~ 11/9- 11/13

Flavor! Napa Valley ~ 11/16-11/22

Flavor! Napa Valley 2011

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by Courtney Cochran

Silverado Resort & Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

flavorLogo.jpgA four-day gustatory tour de force highlighting farm-to-table cuisine, Flavor! Napa Valley brings together some of the valley's most accomplished food and wine personalities for a powerhouse lineup of events November 16-22nd. 

The highlight of the weekend should be The Appellation Trail: Tasting Napa Valley, a mega tasting of more than 120 wineries' best pours and 30 restaurants' best bites in a festive walk-around format at the Culinary Institute on Friday night. With more big-name purveyors on hand than you'll find in any other place - think Silver Oak Cellars, Robert Mondavi Winery, Stags' Leap Winery, Staglin Family Vineyard and Morimoto Napa, Ad Hoc, La Toque and The Restaurant at Meadowood to name just a few - plus live demos by the likes of chef Tyler Florence, the Appellation Trail should be a phenomenal way to experience the best of the valley in just one night.

Come daytime, attending an intimate workshop with one of the valley's foremost culinary players affords rare insights into the philosophies and methods of these larger-than-life luminaries. Oenobuffs and new wine fans alike should enjoy "The Noblest of Grapes: A Celebration of Cabernet Sauvignon," a seminar hosted by the inimitable Karen MacNeil (authoress of The Wine Bible) and Fred Dame, a charismatic Master Sommelier and one of the nation's foremost wine educators. Sushi fans won't want to miss Iron Chef America star Masaharu Morimoto's "Sushi & Sashimi 101" demonstration, where the reliably entertaining maestro will guide guests through the nuances of this Japanese delicacy. 

For more on the weekend's full lineup, lodging packages and ticketing info, visit FlavorNapaValley.com.

Napa Valley Film Festival 2011

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by Courtney Cochran

nvFilmFestival.jpgSelect venues throughout the Napa Valley

Founded by Bay Area locals and Bottle Shock producers Brenda and Marc Lohrmer, the first-ever Napa Valley Film Festival promises a chockablock schedule of feature, documentary and short film screenings, sneak previews, gala events, and conversations with film industry insiders over five days. 

Highly anticipated festivities will take place in venues from Carneros to Calistoga, with a gala kick-off reception going down at Robert Mondavi Winery on Thursday, November 10.  Thirsty film-goers will be able to sample pours from a diverse lineup of local vintners at wine pavilions, pre-screening pourings and winery open houses throughout the valley as well as at "Festival Front Porches," unique venues offering check-in rewards, live music and social media interactivity. Access Hollywood fans, take note: host Billy Bush will emcee the festival's Tribute Night program on Saturday in Yountville. 

Sweet Whites: A Napa Valley Itinerary

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girlsDrinkingWhiteWineOutside.jpgby Courtney Cochran

If you enjoy a crisp, off dry Muscat (aka "sweet wines") on a warm afternoon or kicking back with girlfriends, this itinerary's for you. Come along as we visit three Napa Valley wineries offering pours of sweeter whites, and learn about shopping excursions and nightlife options, too. Here's to enjoying a sweet day in wine country!

Napa Valley Marathon

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KAISER PERMANENTE NAPA VALLEY MARATHON WELCOMES THE INN AT SOUTHBRIDGE

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Napa, CA - The Inn at Southbridge in St. Helena has announced a runners' package for marathoners for the 34th Annual running of the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon on March on March 4, 2012. Race Director Rich Benyo commented: "We're delighted to welcome the Inn at Southbridge to the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. Runners stay throughout the Valley and we are happy to have St. Helena, and specifically The Inn at Southbridge as part of 34th Annual race." Details will be available on the Marathon website's Getaway Weekend tab.

innAtSouthbridge_guestroom.jpg"The Inn at Southbridge is delighted to be a part of the annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. We trust that this will be another memorable marathon for all participants.  With a  great night's rest, nutritious breakfast and seamless transportation to and from the event - we look forward having our guests achieve new PB's this March!"
 - Marcelle Adderley, Hotel Manager

The Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon is a certified qualifier for the Boston Marathon; has served as the national marathon championships of the Road Runners Club of America from 1998 to 2009; for the last two years has been the Western Regional Championship for RRCA and will be so again in 2012.

On Sunday, March 4, celebrating the 34th Annual Running of the Napa Valley Marathon, along beautiful Silverado Trail, from Calistoga, south to the finish line at Vintage High School in Napa, the Napa Valley Marathon is known as the "biggest little marathon in the West." The Napa Valley Marathon has also earned a reputation for outstanding runner support, attention to detail, and a beautiful course. Runners, 60% of whom are from Northern California, are treated to panoramic views of the valley, flowering fruit trees, and dormant vineyards carpeted with golden mustard flowers. The Expo on Saturday March 3 is free and open to the public the day before the marathon.

Please see the website www.napavalleymarathon.org for more information or to read about the special speakers.Registration is now OPEN!

What Are Your Halloween Plans?

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NAPA VALLEY, CA

wineTrainHaunted.jpgOctober 28 -- Napa Valley Wine Train Trick or Train
Celebration, Holiday: For Halloween, step back in time. Ride in the same train cars that our ancestors rode in -- some of whom are not amongst the living. A dinner on our antique train is the perfect way to celebrate this mystical holiday. After dinner, join us in the station for a ghoulish costume party and dancing with prizes for the best costume.

Location: 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa CA;
Fee: $155 Gourmet Express/$185 Vista Dome/$30 After Party Only;
Time: 5:30pm - 1am; Phone Number: 800-427-4124

October 28 -- Haunted Opera House Masquerade Party
Celebration, Benefit: Kick off your Halloween Weekend at the Napa Valley Opera House for a masquerade evening filled with great wine, nibbles and music. There will be a few tricks, but mostly treats at this benefit evening for the NVOH and Arts Council Napa Valley.
Location: 1030 Main St., Napa
Fee: $25 Time: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Phone Number: 707-226-7372

October 29 -- The Pagan Ball at Castello di Amorosa
Celebration: Castello di Amorosa, Dario Sattui's authentically styled, 13th century Tuscan castle and winery celebrates Halloween with The Pagan Ball. Haunted underground chamber tours, sinfully decadent food and wine, fortune telling in the Chapel, Haybale Hell Smoking Lounge & Bar, Bone Shaking music and dancing with VJ Kidd Karter. Reservations required. Location: 4045 North St. Helena Hwy, Calistoga CA
Fee: $95 Member/$115 Guests/$110 VIP/$130 Member Guest; Time: 8pm-Midnight;
Phone Number: 707-967-6274

October 29 -- Downtown Halloween Family Day
Family Fun: Visit downtown Napa and any merchants displaying black and orange balloons, as they invite all ghosts and goblins to come in for treats. Lots of photo opportunities as the characters from the Flintstones, Wizard of Oz and more are all dressed up and a part of amazing backdrops for photos with the whole family.
Location: Downtown Napa CA
Fee: Free; Time: 12pm-3pm; Phone Number: 707-257-0322

CLICK HERE for more Halloween Events in Napa Valley!

ARTwalk launches 2nd Exhibition in Downtown Napa

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FishOnByTerrenceMartin.jpgNAPA, Calif.-- Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) and the Napa Community Redevelopment Agency have announced the return of the Napa ARTwalk public sculpture tour. The 2nd ARTwalk, titled "Momentum: Art that Moves (Us)", will launch on October 19th 2011 and will be on exhibition through April, 2013.

Downtown Napa's first-ever interactive public art exhibition and tour first launched in July 2010, and received an unprecedented amount of local support and media attention. Due to the success of the inaugural exhibition, the 2nd Napa ARTwalk will feature 13 new sculptures (an increase from 10 in 2010), as well as last year's People's Choice winning sculpture, "Fish On", by artist Terrence Martin (pictured to the right). One of the most familiar pieces in the 2010 exhibition, "Fish On" is a metal sculpture of a largemouth bass; it will also remain on view until 2013 . Napa ARTwalk's 2011-13 new artists include: Marissa Carlisle, Andrew Ferrales, Eric Furman, Matt Gil, James Haire, Loren Madsen, Ulises Meza, Robin Murez, C.J. Rench, Patricia Vader and Jeff Zischke.

The Napa ARTwalk will give the public an opportunity to vote on favorite sculptures online at www.napaartwalk.org throughout the 18-month exhibition period. Tour brochures, featuring a sculpture map, will be available year round in several downtown locations, including: Napa City Hall, The Goodman Library, Napa Valley Welcome Center, Artists of the Valley Gallery, and the Napa City-County Library. 

Crush Season in Napa Valley

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October 8 -- Crush Party at V. Sattui Winery
Celebration: Make your reservations today! V. Sattui Winery Production-Fermentation Floor, Crush Pad, Underground Cellars & Caves, Vittorio's Vineyard, Vittorio Room & Tasting Room.
Location: 1111 White Lane, St. Helena CA
Fee: $89/$79 Club Members, plus tax Time: 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Phone Number: 707-963-7774

October 8 -- Peju Club Crush: An Outdoor Lounge Experience
Celebration, Wine Education: Club Crush offers guests an unconventional peek into the harvest experience with an outdoor chill lounge, views of the vineyard, music to move your mood and exquisite small bites to pair with our wines. Taste actual fruit from this year's Harvest Say Flavor!
Fee: $65 plus tax; $55 + tax for club members Time: 5pm - 8pm Phone Number: 800-446-7358

October 8 -- Sequoia Grove Harvest Party & Lobster Feed
Celebration: Join us for our annual Harvest Party. We will be celebrating the bounty of Napa Valley with the bounty of the sea with our Lobster Feed! Come enjoy a rare harvest evening filled with succulent lobster, special pourings from our library and great games. Location: 8338 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558
Fee: $100, $85 wine club Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Phone Number: 707-944-2945 ext. 111

October 15 -- Havrest Party at Bourassa Vineyards
Celebration: Come and join us for another Grape Stomping Harvest Party at Bourassa Vineyards! Live Music Bourassa Vineyards Wines Napa Smith Beer Roast Pig On site Wood Fire Pizza Kitchen Cigars and Port!
Fee: $75, $40 for wine club members Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Phone Number: 707-254-4922

Every Saturday, October - November 5, 2011 - Harvest Experience at St. Supery
Wine Education: Be part of a small group of guests that experience Napa Valley harvest. Each tour includes wine tasting in the cellar from tank or barrel and a guided tasting of finished wines in one of St. Supery's private tasting rooms. Please call to reserve a tour.
Location: 8440 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford CA
Fee: $50 Time: 11am-12:30pm Phone Number: 800-231-9116

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