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Behind the Vines: Wolf Family Vineyards

By | December 27th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine, News|Tags: , , |

Wine tasting is a transporting experience from the sound of the clink-and-cheers, to the taste that allows you to vividly recall a special moment; and visiting places where the wine is made like Wolf Family [...]


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512, 2016

Have You Visited Liana Estates Yet?

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: Festival, News|0 Comments

Opened in October 2016 and located among the beautiful rolling hills of Carneros in Napa Valley, Liana Estates offers a fresh approach to the modern winery experience and is one of the fall openings we are most excited about. Breaking the traditional Napa wine tasting mold, Liana Estates aims to provide distinct and extraordinary wines – including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, unique “lost grape” varietals, and sparkling from award-winning winemaker Sara Fowler – while offering immersive experiences inspired by the winery’s beautiful surroundings to elevate the overall wine tasting experience. Think: wellness activities such as “Brunch and Yoga,” a peaceful yoga class overlooking the scenic vineyard followed by a nourishing local Carneros bento box brunch paired with Liana bubbly; culinary experiences such as “Local Wine and Culinary Picnic,” which explores the many varietals of Liana wines followed by a specialty picnic of Carneros-inspired treats and a bottle of Liana wine; and scenic offerings including “Bayview Barn Sunsets,” which showcases the natural beauty of Carneros sunsets overlooking the San Pablo Bay along with Liana wines and gourmet bites on the property’s signature hillside. Liana Estates is a passion project of sisters Lisa and Ariana Peju, who grew up surrounded by their family’s [...]

512, 2016

Behind the Vines: Italics Winegrowers

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: Festival, News|0 Comments

Italics Winegrowers is located in the mosaic pasture land of Coombsville, set among rolling hills with a smattering of horses amongst the vines. This crevice of Napa is a true hidden jewel, the 16th Napa AVA (American Viticulture Area). “A tasting room is a place to sip and swirl and meet new people and make new friends. But there’s no reason it has to be a room.” – Taylor Martin, Italics Partner and General Manager Our favorite thing about visiting Italics is that while you’re sipping your favorite varietal, you’re breathing the same air and walking on the same earth that it was created in. “It’s like you’re a part of the magic,” as Italics Partner and General Manager, Taylor Martin says. Dive into the full experience of winemaking; learn about vine spacing, trellising, pruning; and everything that goes into making a remarkable wine. The team at Italics also offers tasting in the caves. Yes, Italics has 16,000 square feet of caves, where their wines slumber and evolve. Exquisite and romantic. Italics winemaker is Steve Reynolds, and he likes to say, “Location is everything and soil is king, but on the path of turning fruit into wine, man must intervene.” He loves lush, ripe berries and lots of them. Who doesn’t, right? He makes sure [...]

2911, 2016

Behind the Vines: Duckhorn Vineyards

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine, News|0 Comments

Duckhorn Vineyards is in the quaint and charming village of St. Helena. On a mosaic lane that has a beautiful garden and a waterfowl collection. This crevice of the valley is simply lustrous and majestic to visit anytime of the year; and Duckhorn Vineyards, delectable wines to sip anytime of the year. All of exquisite tastings are set in a traditionally designed Estate House. The place to sip, swirl and indulge. Have a new experience, soaking-in Napa Valley’s profound culture. "This winery was built on the belief that great wines begin in the vineyard." - Dan Duckhorn, Co-founder Dan and Margaret Duckhorn formed Duckhorn Vineyards in 1976, and has since become one of the premier producers of Napa Valley wines. It stemmed from modest begins with an inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978. Then the addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982. Duckhorn Vineyards has always been, and always will be a tradition of quality and excellent, selecting only the finest fruit. "For nearly four decades, the commitment to crafting wines of distinction has remained at the heart of the Duckhorn Vineyards philosophy." -Renée Ary, Winemaker All of Duckhorn wines reflect the unique character of the vineyards, harvesting flavors that have [...]

2211, 2016

Behind the Scenes: NVFF16 Culinary Stage

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Festival, News|0 Comments

Napa’s historic riverfront and the Napa Mill buildings were used in the second half of the 1800s as a sea and river commerce center. Over 150 years of rich Napa Valley history later, the complex played host to our Culinary Stage, Napa Box Office, Napa Wine Pavilion, and more. This lively, walkable corner of Downtown Napa was the go-to location throughout the festival for experiencing curated afternoon winetastings, festival merchandise for sale, culinary demonstrations, film screenings at Silo’s, and the latest in technology from HP. Culinary Demonstrations Wine: Does Age Matter? Tasting Terlato Wines with MaryAnn Worobiec of Wine Spectator and Chimney Rock Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna The majority of wines are crafted to taste delicious right upon release; but some can also benefit from time in a cellar. MaryAnn Worobiec of Wine Spectator, and Chimney Rock winemaker Elizabeth Vianna shared three vintages of Chimney Rock Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District. Guests tasted the difference between young and old wines and learned how both youth and age lend beautiful but different qualities to wine. How to Taste Wine with John Terlato Winery owner John Terlato lead a fun, interactive blind tasting of four exceptional wines. He shared insider tips on [...]

2111, 2016

Behind the Vines: Favia Wines

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Favia Erickson Winegrowers is a collaboration between Annie Favia and Andy Erickson. These two find vivacious, one-of-kind vineyards that are ideal for growing sensational wine grapes. Favia Wines are known for fruit-forward, renowned varietals, each having unique and distinct aromas and characteristics. But it’s all about the grapes. Favia Wines has been growing grapes and making wine in Napa for over twenty years, and it all started with a love story. When Annie and Andy first met over two decades ago. They started by making wine in their garage in 1995, and eventually served their first vintage at their wedding three years later. There is magic in every bottle at Favia Wines. "Our passion is Cabernet Franc, but we produce a number of wines from unique vineyard sites." - Annie and Andy Through their passions, they have continued to grow and expand their collections. They are inspired by and committed to organic, sustainable viticulture. It's the minimalistic winemaking that really highlights the power of their special vineyard sites.  Annie and Andy are huge film buffs, and are ecstatic about the opportunity to be a part of NVFF from the beginning. We're so glad they're along for the ride with us (and that they bring [...]

1311, 2016

Special Profile: Cathy Buck of Cameo Cinema

By | November 13th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Film|Tags: |0 Comments

Thanks to the hard work of dedicated dreamer Cathy Buck, the Cameo Cinema of St. Helena celebrated its 103rd birthday in May of 2016. This charming venue is now considered utterly quaint in the wake of modern megaplex theaters. And it’s the longest continuously running single screen theater in the country! The Cameo is both a symbol of grand, old world Hollywood and small town entertainment at the same time. Meaning: Cathy has the unique experience of sustaining a business through offering what a megaplex cannot. As it so happens—under Cathy’s guidance—the charm, charisma, and carefully hand-picked movie line up that the Cameo brings to those who live in or love to visit St. Helena is more than enough. How did this new chapter in Cathy’s life begin? During a fateful haircut in 2008, Cathy’s friend Sean Labrou overheard that the place was for sale. He told Cathy about what he’d heard, to which she responded, “We should buy it!” It was a brave idea that, sure enough, Cathy intended to follow through on. The pair then set out to get to know the preceding leaseholder, Charlotte Wagner, and the landlady. Quickly all were convinced of Sean and Cathy’s commitment [...]

NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12