Book Signing with Author Jon Bonné

Jon Bonne book cover

The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines
Ten Speed Press, Emeryville; 2013

Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm
St. Helena Public Library, St. Helena

Please join us for an informative evening with Jon Bonne, wine critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. The New California Wine is Jon’s first book, in which he details the sources and styles of the California wines he prefers with descriptions of his travels down often un-paved and un-marked wine roads of our state with winemakers, both veteran and new to the discipline. Detailed maps delineate the vineyards Jon finds outstanding.

His local winemakers of note include Steve Matthiasson and Tegan Passalacqua. Tegan is now winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars and, therefore, of Turley Library Vineyard Petite Syrah, which includes the fruit from NVWLA’s 91-vine “Barney’s Backyard.” Turley bottles magnums of this wine for NVWLA each year; NVWLA, in turn, donates its Barney’s Backyard Library Cuvée to organizations that benefit education in Napa Valley.


Napa Valley Wine Library Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10

  • Saturday, August 9, 24th Annual Winemakers Seminar
  • Sunday, August 10, 52nd Annual Tasting at Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa

Watch this space for further details on tasting matchless library wines with their winemakers, both at the Seminar and the Tasting.

Glasses ready for tasting

2013 Retrospective
Pairing Words & Wine Winemakers’ Seminar and the 51st Annual Tasting
A terrific weekend in Napa Valley
Saturday and Sunday, August 10 – 11, 2013

2013 seminar panel

On Saturday, August 10th, author Chelsea Prince moderated our 26th Winemaker’s Seminar, “Pairing Words and Wine,” featuring a panel of five young vintners drawn from the eleven interviewed by Chelsea for her book, Rock and Vine. Those taking the seminar included Wine Library members, UC Davis students from the Viticulture and Enology program, wine writers, and members of the press. The panelists were our own Angelina Mondavi of Dark Matter and NVWLA board member, Danny Fay with Envolve Winery, Tony Leonardini with BNA Wine Group (and the St. Helena Volunteer Fire Department), Jordan Kivelstadt of Free Flow Wines and Kivelstadt Cellars, and Maggie Pramuk from Robert Biale Vineyards. The seminar concluded with a book signing and wine tasting on the sycamore-shaded terrace, allowing for continued discussions and conversation.

Photos from 2013 tasting

Sunday, August 11th, the “Winemakers’ Favorites” theme or the 51st Annual Tasting brought together over 70 Napa Valley wineries and more than140 wines to be tasted under the oaks in the Grove at Silverado. Nearly 700 participants at the open air tasting avidly compared and contrasted a wide variety of wines chosen by their winemakers, many of whom were on hand to pour, as were winery principals. Nearly half the wines offered were from small production lots of less than 500 cases making this such an incredibly unique and exceptional tasting in the valley each year. Throughout the afternoon, tasters could move from whites to rosés or sparklers, and then on to reds and many unique varietals. The perfect weather ordered up for the occasion, embraced the event with plenty of shade and a welcoming breeze.

Panorama of 2013 tasting

Thank you vintners all, and our membership, for celebrating the wines of Napa Valley in such a meaningful way with your participation in our 2013 Napa Wine Library Weekend.

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Summer 2013 REPORT – Innovation

Since our Summer 2012 and Winter 2013 REPORTs celebrated the history of NVWLA, for this issue we sought out local innovation. The wonderful govino glasses—those flexible plastic wine goblets--came immediately to mind, and Joseph Perrulli was glad to give an interview. Next, Rosemary Cakebread suggested we talk to Cindy Pawlcyn about the extensive wine-by-the-glass program at her newest restaurant in Napa Valley. Cindy readily agreed, but asked that Jennifer Ingellis be the one interviewed, and also proposed Michael Ouellette at VinTap. Our interviews with Jennifer and Michael resulted in a visit to Burgstahler Machine works and an impromptu interview with Wayne Burgstahler. Surely, Napa Valley embraces and supports innovation to enhance the enjoyment of wine and food in the company of friends.

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Founded in 1963, the Napa Valley Wine Library Association dedicates their efforts to the acquisition, preservation and sharing of information about wine and its history in the Napa Valley and around the world. In 1966, the Association offered the first wine appreciation classes in the Napa Valley and today continues to host seminars and other educational events, as well as maintain a collection of new and rare books, images, oral histories, and scholarly and popular journals related to every facet of wine. The collection offers incomparable resources for wine enthusiasts and professionals alike, and is available at the St. Helena Public Library (hot link as previously) in St. Helena, California.

Membership supports the mission to collect and preserve a diversity of wine-related materials and maintain access to these treasures for generations to come.

Member benefits:

  • Free admission to the Annual Wine Tasting event in August
  • Special rates for wine education courses and seminars
  • Subscription to a semi-annual members’ magazine, The Napa Valley Wine Library REPORT