Monday, June 10, 2013

6/3-Michael Horn and Nicole Nielsen talk to Patsy McGaughy, Beth Costa & Dr Joel Fisher

Patsy McGaughy - Community Director, Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley was one for the record books, achieving $16.9 million in overall fundraising for healthcare and youth education nonprofits in Napa County. The American Wine Classic’s record-breaking results exceeded 
the previous record of $10.5 million raised in 2005 by more than 60 percent, reaffirming Auction Napa Valley’s position as the world’s most celebrated charity wine event. 
“Even after 33 years, Auction Napa Valley still has some surprises up its sleeve, commented   Shari Staglin, owner and CEO of Staglin Family Vineyard. “We are grateful to the bidders, the vintners and the 500 community volunteers who, year after year, work together to showcase what makes Napa Valley such a special place – good food, great wine and a community spirit unlike any other. So many lives will be changed by the ‘irrational generosity’ of the wonderful bidders from around the globe. Our family thanks them from the bottom of our hearts.” Shari, husband Garen and children Shannon and 
Brandon served as honorary chairs of this year’s Auction Napa Valley. The four-day celebration of Napa Valley’s extraordinary wines, culinary delights, scenic beauty and 
spirit of generosity brought 1,000 bidders and vintner hosts to Meadowood Napa Valley on Saturday for the Live Auction Celebration and more than 2,000 revelers to Raymond Vineyards for the Napa Valley Barrel Auction on Friday. 


Winding through some of the most picturesque wine country in California, Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County, takes visitors on a sensually gratifying journey of natural beauty, sublime tasting experiences and memorable personal encounters with the state’s most devoted and individualistic winemakers. Even for veteran wine travelers already well acquainted with California wine country, Wine Road is likely to be uncharted territory, sure to imbue a fresh sense of discovery. Along the way are some of California’s oldest wineries, run by vintners whose commitment to tending the vines and producing world-class wines, true to the appellation, runs back generations.

Founded more than 30 years ago, Wine Road is an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys of Northern Sonoma County. From its modest beginning as an organization of nine wineries, it has grown into a spirited constellation of more than 150 wineries and 50 lodgings. It’s not actually a “road” in the sense of a single, continuous stretch of paved highway, but more of a treasure map to the many jewels nestled among the hills and valleys of a region where fresh air, fine wine and exquisite cuisine await those who traverse it.

This lively and committed organization has created a myriad of programs, events and services certain to enhance any visitor’s experience of the region, among them three major events: Winter Wineland, Barrel Tasting and A Wine & Food Affair (schedules and more information can be found at www.wineroad.com). A complimentary Wine Road map is the key to exploring the glories of the area and is also available online at www.wineroad.com. The area is nothing if not rich in history. The Russian River takes its name from the Russian fur trappers who established a trading colony in the early nineteenth century, and following on their heels were French and Italian immigrants who brought their own centuries-old traditions of winemaking to the area. Wine has been made in Sonoma County for over 130 years. Even during the Prohibition years (1920-1933) many wineries continued to make wine for medicinal and sacramental purposes.

The Russian River itself meanders among three AVAs of vineyards that, combined, represent a pastiche of micro-climates and soils that yield a startling diversity of ultra-premium varietals. To be sure, each appellation has its stars: Russian River Valley’s are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; Dry Creek Valley is known for its Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc; and Alexander Valley is known for its Cabernet and Merlot. But literally dozens of other international varietals are grown in all of these regions, including Barbera, Carignane, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Grenache, Reisling and Gewürztraminer, just to name a few.


2013 LA WineFest – June 8 & 9

Be treated like the VIP you are! Buy a VIP upgrade on Saturday for only $35 and:
* Skip the lines! Enjoy 1-hour early admission.
* Relax in the lovely VIP garden, which will have exclusive tastings & a place to rest.
* Receive a seriously fantastic gift bag stuffed with goodies and amazing discounts.
Also, don’t forget to check out all the cool seminars offered. Stretch your mind & rest your feet for a half hour! See Fest Facts for more info, and Tickets to buy.
Get your LAWineFest TICKETS now before they sell out!

The 2013 LA WineFest is around the corner. Limited exhibitor and winery space still available. Contact us to get involved!
Over 500 wines, spirits & brews  •  Lifestyle exhibitors Educational classes in wine, scotch, pairings and more Gourmet food trucks • Live music



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