Freemark Abbey Celebrates 125th Anniversary

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freemarkAbbey_125thCelebrationJuly.jpgWine lovers are invited to raise a glass to history at a special event in July.

ST. HELENA, Calif. -- Freemark Abbey invites wine lovers on July 16 to join in a "Toast to 125 Years" as the winery celebrates 125 years in the Napa Valley. From 1 to 4 p.m., guests will enjoy past, present and future vintages of Freemark Abbey wines paired with small bites presented by Chef Cindy Pawlcyn. The winery will also unveil "History," its highly anticipated 125th anniversary blend, a limited-edition red wine that was crafted from the finest lots in the cellar spanning vintage, variety and vineyard.

"The history that this winery has seen and been part of is incredible," said Ted Edwards, director of winemaking who has been with Freemark Abbey for 26 years. "Freemark Abbey started when the Napa Valley's biggest crop was prunes, not grapes. We survived Prohibition, participated in the Paris Tasting and have watched wine become an important part of American culture. "

Tickets to the event are $50. For reservations or more information, call (800) 963-9698. Or e-mail kimberly.reed@freemarkabbey.com. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Not able to make it to the celebration on July 16th? Plan a a wine tasting visit anytime through the end of July and take advantage of a special two for one tasting offer. CLICK HERE!
History
One of the first 16 wineries in the Napa Valley, Freemark Abbey possesses a long history that is deeply entwined with the region's ascendancy to fame. The winery was founded in 1886 by Josephine Marlin Tychson, one of the earliest female winery owners in California. It was shut down during Prohibition but resurrected in 1939. Freemark Abbey was the only winery to present both red and white wines in the 1976 Paris Tasting, the event which put the Napa Valley on the map as an internationally renowned wine region.

In addition, the St. Helena-based winery was one of the earliest to use several winemaking innovations, including the use of stainless steel tanks, inoculation for malolactic fermentation and the use of small oak barrels. Today, the winery is best-known for crafting elegant cabernet sauvignons that age gracefully for many years.

To learn more, visit www.freemarkabbey.com.

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