This year, in a departure from tradition, the Wine Seminar and our 53rd Annual Tasting are on two different weekends.

The Wine Seminar, “Winemaking in Two Worlds: France and Napa,” is Saturday, May 9 at CIA-Greystone, Saint Helena.

The Annual Tasting, “A Toast to 2012,” is Sunday, August 9 at Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa. Further information and Seminar tickets as well as our co-sponsored Books on Wine Event follow. 

We look forward to having you us join us at each and every event.



25th Annual Wine Seminar, "Winemaking in Two Worlds: Napa Valley and France: Burgundy and Bordeaux"

Saturday, May 9, 2015
9 am to 1 pm
CIA-Greystone, 2555 Main Street, Saint Helena

Please join our four celebrated Napa Valley vintners in a discussion of making wines here and abroad. Wine glass in hand, you'll assess King Cab and Le Vin des Rois, Pinot Noir and Vin Rouge de Bourgogne, as each panelist presents wines chosen for the Seminar and takes questions from the floor. Every panelist and the moderator is actively involved with the making of wine in Napa Valley and France and eager to share their experiences with you.

We are most appreciative of the time our vintners have set aside from their twin growing seasons to take part in the Seminar and are confident you will find it a lively and informative day.

The moderator is Master Sommelier Gilles de Chambure.

The panelists are:

  • Jean-Charles Boisset - Raymond Vineyards
  • Philippe Melka - Atelier Melka
  • Aaron Pott - Pott Wine
  • Michael Silacci - Opus One

Registration is at 9:00 am; the first panel is at 9:30 am; the event concludes at 12:15 pm, followed by a buffet lunch in the Grove of Raymond Vineyards. Tickets include all wines and lunch, and are limited in number.

The Seminar is $160 for members and their guests; $175 for non-members. Ticket(s), are available via EventBrite or by check. Checks may be made out to NVWLA and sent to Post Office Box 328, Saint Helena, CA 94574.


Recent Events

8th Annual Books on Wine Event with Alder Yarrow, of the blog, and his recently released book, The Essence of Wine


Alder Yarrow presented a lively, provocative and most practical program as he recounted his own history and that of the book’s, and read sample entries to a full house.

Alder describes the flavors and aromas–the taste–of four main groups of wines, each group depicted by Leigh Beisch and stylist Sara Slavin with lusciously appealing images.  Alder has also included the names of several wines with each entry so the reader can know which wines taste like June or October, stone fruit or fiddleheads, and choose accordingly. 

A reception preceded the presentation, co-sponsored by the George and Elsie Wood Public Library (aka Saint Helena Public Library) and Napa Valley Vintners.