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Behind the Vines: Favia Wines

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

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 [...]

Behind the Vines: Flora Springs

By | November 12th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Film, Food & Wine|Tags: , , |

Flora Springs stems from sustainable living and organic farming. Their love for land influences simply everything that they do, including accruing land in Napa Valley's most bountiful and lustrous appellations: Rutherford, Oakville, St, Helena and [...]

Behind the Vines: Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine, News|Tags: , , , |

Nestled in one of Yountville’s most historic places, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley offers a truly one-of-kind experience in wine country. It’s a mecca of culture, filled with highly edited furnishings and artwork. The collections of art [...]

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1211, 2016

Behind the Vines: Flora Springs

By | November 12th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Film, Food & Wine|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Flora Springs stems from sustainable living and organic farming. Their love for land influences simply everything that they do, including accruing land in Napa Valley's most bountiful and lustrous appellations: Rutherford, Oakville, St, Helena and Carneros. Flora Springs was one of the first wineries to pick grapes at night, crafting a practice that delivers cool and pure fruit. Every wine Flora Springs produces aims to capture hearts, and express the beauty straight from the soil. “Love the land and it will love you back.” – Flora Komes This is more than a motto for Flora Springs wines—it's breathed into every bottle. Flora had love for all things living, and ensured the land she cared for was an integral part of her heritage and legacy. This sentiment is infused into every bottle of Flora Springs. There are two ways to experience Flora Springs in Napa Valley, at their Tasting Room or within their Estate Winery. The tasting room is a modern design that embodies naturalistic styles of hillside caves and crushing springs. They have a Vineyard Courtyard picnic area—an amazing area to swirl a glass and nosh on your favorite bites over lunch. Their Rooftop Lounge has a stunning view of vineyards, with colors of [...]

1211, 2016

Special Profile: Napa River Inn

By | November 12th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Travel|Tags: |0 Comments

  The historic Hatt/Napa Mill Building is located at the intersection of 5th and Main Street and is part of the old sea and river commerce center of late 1800s and early 1900s Napa City. This historical significance has garnered the complex local landmark status and National Register of Historic Places listing. Within their walls, the Hatt/Napa Mill Buildings have been a warehouse for more than commodities. Now the home of the Napa Valley Film Festival Culinary Stage, Napa Wine Pavilion, and Napa Festival Box Office, this complex stores the histories of the lives and times of the owners, workers and community of Downtown Napa for more than 130 years. The first signs of Captain Albert Hatt's plans to build a new warehouse were on January 20, 1882. On that date, the Napa County Reporter documented the sale of one block of property at Main and Fifth streets. Hatt purchased the property from William H. Coombs, Napa founder, for $1.00. Hatt also had a steamship in connection with the business that he named after one of his daughters, “Amelia” which is now the name of the boutique located in the lobby of the Napa River Inn. An interesting addition to [...]

911, 2016

Behind the Vines: Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: Festival, Food & Wine, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Nestled in one of Yountville’s most historic places, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley offers a truly one-of-kind experience in wine country. It’s a mecca of culture, filled with highly edited furnishings and artwork. The collections of art on display include Napa Valley favorites, Bay Area’s most esteemed painters, as well as notable artists worldwide—all of which are available for purchase. “From a wine perspective, these art pieces create a wonderful pairing for an inspiring wine experience.” - Brian Ball, Wine Director They search for artists who exude luster and innovation to complement their wine. Recently, Mai(s)onry started showcasing Heidi Barrett, the world famous winemaker and impressive painter. You can buy a bottle and a painting—now that’s a perfect pairing! This experience doesn’t really compare anywhere else. It’s a “living gallery” atmosphere with a stylized backdrop to limited boutique wines—including Blackbird Vineyard’s portfolio of Pomerol-inspired blends. Back in 2008, it started out with Blackbird winery. Then they took this old, historic and majestic building in Yountville, creating and curating to Napa Valley producers and winemakers, and showcased wines next to one another. Mai(s)onry’s collection of wines represent the top AVAS in Napa Valley, only the most sublime and high-quality wines. When asked about which wine tactics [...]

711, 2016

HP JOINS NVFF16

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: Festival, News|0 Comments

HP joins NVFF for the first time in 2016, showcasing the role of HP technology throughout the four festival villages. HP’s association with film actually began more than 75 years ago in David Packard’s garage, where he and Bill Hewlett created HP’s first product, an audio oscillator that was later sold to Disney and played a key role in supplying sound effects for its seminal work, Fantasia. Today many of the world's major award winning film, VFX and post production studios rely on HP Z Workstations--innovative ultra-fast and highly reliable technology that stays out of the way of creative flow. Be sure to check out the HP Technology Corner open each day at the Riverfront. (Image here of a filmmaker at a workstation) Be on the lookout for the HP Sprocket Team roaming the festival with the new pocket-sized photo printer that instantly prints 2x3" sticky-back photos from your smartphone. Sprocket brings your favorite Film Festival memories to life with vibrant smudge-proof photos you can share, or peel and stick. Good news for all passholders: no more wondering what film is playing where with the HP Information Stations at all of the Box Offices. All the film times, culinary seminars [...]

311, 2016

Special Profile: Don Shindle of The Westin Verasa Napa

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Festival, Travel|Tags: |0 Comments

Each year the Napa Valley sees thousands and thousands of tourists. It's up to passionate experts like DON SHINDLE from The Westin Verasa Napa to ensure that their experience in the Valley is unforgettable. The hotel visitors choose has a much greater impact on their trip than just quality of a night's sleep. "Even more so today, people have high expectations of their hotel experience and we need to over-deliver to create guest loyalty. My role, as General Manager, is to support and coordinate all the efforts of my entire team. Whether in a large or small hotel, the complexities of the business and dealing with guests' needs do not change," explains Don. The entire staff at The Westin is well educated on local wineries, restaurants, events, and experiences to ensure that guests continue to be impressed and gratified long after they leave the lobby. This exemplary service is not possible without a team leader with a genuine love of this Valley and commitment to service. And that's Don. Don advocates that the most essential factors in hospitality. This exemplary service is not possible without a team leader with a genuine love of this Valley and commitment to service. And [...]

211, 2016

NVFF16 Doc Shorts About Conservation and Preservation

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Festival, News|0 Comments

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM 3: Six unique stories challenge our thinking about changes in our environmental history, beautiful landmarks, and agriculture foundations. Our Documentary Three Shorts Program combines elements of beautiful scenery, heartwarming storytelling and sweet sentiments. This is what magic behind the camera looks like, in purest form—truly a collection of shorts not to miss at NVFF16. Long Live the Mish  The Mishawaka is a 100-year-old music venue nestled in the Poudre Canyon, north of Denver, Colorado. The Mish, asit quickly became known, was founded in 1916 as a canyon hideaway for family, friends, and community to come together to play and listen to music while soaking in the beautiful sounds and sights of the canyon itself. Through nearly as many twists and turns as the Poudre River itself, Mishawaka has become one of the top outdoor music venues in the US, hosting many big name artists across all genres. Today, The Mish remains a humble, special place to visit. A standing testament ofour common, ancient desire to celebrate life through music amongst the stars. The Mish holds true to its roots of music, community, family and friends. A century-old Mishawaka is a rarity in our modern age, and this [...]

NVFF17 • NOV 8 - 12

NVFF17 • NOV 8 – 12