Our staff member Taylor describes her experience at Yountville’s “First Taste” Event in Napa Valley, California this February…
Yountville’s ‘First Taste,’ event held Thursday February 21, 2013, by the Yountville Appellation Association (YAA), is a Trade/Media- only preview of upcoming releases from the Yountville Appellation producers located in premiere Napa Valley ( An appellation is a legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine were grown ).This particular event is once a year before the Napa Valley Vintner’s Premier Napa Valley Auction. This auction is for trade to bid on special barrel lots, so this is not something that caters to consumers. People in the wine industry gathered in a wood/brick accented room where the ambiance was designed perfectly for divine wine tasting. Roughly, 350 Buyers, Winery owners, Restaurant owners and People in the wine trading business attended the charming event Thursday afternoon. The tasting welcomed people in the wine trading business to be the first to witness the sixteen wineries’ debut wines of this year. Charles Krug’s ‘New Generation’ wine made it’s first debut at an event tasting this Thursday and I’ll be the first to inform you; It’s one to keep an eye out for.
One of my favorites of the event was Ad Vivum’s 2009 Cabernet; however, there was quite the debate over their 2009 and 2010. Any 49ers fans out there? If so, you might get kick out of the fact that Carmen Policy has a winery called, ‘Casa Piena’ which is in the appellation and he is also a board member of the YAA. This event not only offered the luxury of wine tasting but also an array of great locally grown cheeses ranging from Blue Cheese, Cheddar, Goat Cheese, and Gouda; however, it didn’t stop there. What better to pair with a phenomenal glass of wine than the finest cheeses, crackers, nuts, and grapes? I can’t think of anything! Sounds like one of our Sunshine and Vine Wines Gift Baskets! However, if an atmosphere filled with great food, talented wine makers, and a room exploding with people obtaining a high volume of knowledge about the wine industry isn’t enough then walk outside and enjoy being in the heart of wine country and exquisite restaurants. From the looks of everyone’s faces the event was a complete success for both the Napa Vintners Appellation and the wineries.
After the event, I had time to wonder around the town of Yountville and explore because this was my first time in such a beautiful quaint town. Did you know that Yountville, CA is known as the Epicurean epicenter which is home to many famous Michelin starred restaurants in town (French Laundry, Bistro Jeanty, Bouchon, Redd, Bottega, etc). For those of you who haven’t been their either, I’ll fill you in on what I saw first hand. Walking down the street you can find; restaurant, bakery, hotel and wineries one after the other. The smell of delicious food traveled in the warm winds which unfortunately made me extremely hungry! The locals suggested Pacific Blues, but sadly it was so popular I couldn’t sit down. I ended up walking into a store called ‘Napa Style’ which had a courtyard with romantic flowers, water fountains and tons of field of green grass. Everywhere you turn you have a fantastic view of the vineyards. With that being said, Yountville is definitely a town worth visiting. In the end, my California Delicious was that Thursday turned out better than I could have imagined because the event was executed flawlessly with a great team of helpers, everyone had a good time, met genuinely friendly people and explored a new town which I now love! But If I had to choose just one; My California Delicious would be Ad Vivum’s 2009 Cabernet.
Here are some fun facts about wine; found on this website as well as other information about Napa’s Vintners Appellation.
Fun Facts about Wine:
- One barrel of wine equals roughly 20 cases, which equals 1200 glasses.
- A ton of grapes makes about 720 bottles of wine, or 60 cases.
- One vine annually produces between four and six bottles of wine, or between 20 and 30 glasses.
Check out participating wineries at www.yountvillewines.com under ‘Wineries’
Check out Wineries mentioned- Direct Links to website:
Casa Piena- http://www.casapiena.com/
Ad Vivum- http://advivumcellars.com/
Charles Krug- http://www.charleskrug.com/