Charles Krug Winery Day

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KRUG_Event_TastingsOnLawn_2.jpgTasting on the Lawn Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Napa's First Winery

Where will you be this Saturday? Hopefully you already have tickets (and if not - CLICK HERE) to the annual Tasting on the Lawn celebration at Charles Krug Winery where they will toast the winery's 150th anniversary!

Enjoy tastings of Charles Krug's current releases, barrel tastings, rare tasting of older, vintage wines, food and wine pairings, live music, and there will be several opportunities to meet members of the Peter Mondavi Family.

KRUG_Bottle_NV_CS_06_Beauty.jpgCelebration Highlights:

  • Tastings of all Charles Krug's current releases, from sauvignon blanc to cabernet sauvignon, including the winery's Limited Release and Family Reserve wines. Food pairings by Knikcbockers' Catering

  • Chefs from several Napa Valley restaurants serving samples of their specialties also paired with Charles Krug wines. Featured restaurants include Michael Chiarello's acclaimed Bottega, Cindy Pawlcyn's eclectic Backstreet Kitchen, and her brand new Mediterranean eatery, Brassica.

  • "Easy Everyday Pairings" -- Charles Krug wines served with fun, casual foods like pizza from the wood-fired oven, grilled burgers, tacos and even popcorn.

  • Actors portraying Charles Krug and his wife Carolina Bale Krug will stroll the Great Lawn in period costume, presenting vignettes from their lives 150 years ago.

  • Special pourings from magnums of Charles Krug's 150th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon and a rare tasting of older wines from the estate's cellar in the ballroom of Charles Krug's 1881 Carriage House.

  • Meet members of the Peter Mondavi Family, who will be on hand for photos and to sign bottles for visitors.

  • Live music on the main stage will provide a backdrop for all of the festivities. Featured is the popular Steely Dan tribute band, Steely Scam.
You won't find a better place this weekend in Napa Valley than Charles Krug Winery to experience a small slice of history, excellent wines paired perfectly with food, and of course the beauty of Napa Valley during crush and harvest season.

Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and sun hats are encouraged for the September 10 event, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online ($40) at www.charleskrug.com.  Admission for Wine Club members is complimentary, by calling Wine Club Manager Colin Wright at 888.747.5784. Charles Krug Winery is located at 2800 Main Street, St. Helena.

~ About Charles Krug Winery ~
KRUG_Bottle_NV_CS_06_Beauty_2.jpgFounded in 1861, Charles Krug Winery represents the birthplace of Napa Valley wine. Peter Mondavi Jr. puts the winery's history in perspective: "1861 was the year President Lincoln was inaugurated, and the year the Civil War began." The venerable winery has been in the Peter Mondavi Family for nearly 70 of its 150 years.

When he built the first winery in Napa Valley and pulled out all his Mission grapes in favor of European varietals, Prussian activist and revolutionary Charles Krug launched a regional wine industry that burgeoned and eventually shaped the way wine is made - and perceived - not only in California but the world over.

Peter Mondavi Sr. and family instituted industry innovations almost taken for granted now but whose historical impact on the wine business was monumental. For example, Peter Mondavi Sr. championed cold fermentation and cold sterile filtration, now almost requisite for making modern white wines. Since 1943, Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon traces the entire evolution of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon.

The newest generation has brought a new direction to Napa Valley's first winery: stewardship of the land and the transition to sustainable farming practices in order to preserve the land for future generations. Peter and family have invested almost $30 million in improvements and renovations at the winery and in the vineyards over the last 10 years.

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