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. The Annual Tasting, “V” is for Vintage 2012, is Sunday, August 9. Further details for these events 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.


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

Friday, February 20, 2015
4:30 pm to 6 pm
Saint Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, Saint Helena
Robyn Orsini,

Please join Alder as he discusses the research and writing of his book about the sensing of wine--how we think it looks, smells and tastes, and why. And if any wine is ever the same way twice in the glass, moments or months apart.

Wines accompany the presentation; there is no charge for this event, which is co-sponsored by the George and Elsie Wood Public Library (aka Saint Helena Public Library).

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

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

A select number of winemakers and winery principals discuss the challenges and rewards of making wine in Napa Valley and France, comparing and contrasting terroir, tradition, and technique. The panels of principal and consulting winemakers will share their experiences and philosophies with wines chosen especially for this event.

Each session includes a winetasting and Q&A's with the panelists moderated by Gilles de Chambure, Master Sommelier and director of wine education for Meadowood Napa Valley.

Registration is at 9:00 am; the first panel is at 9:30 am and the event concludes by 1:00 pm. Tickets are limited in number and will go on sale in February.

The confirmed panelists to date are:

  • Jean-Charles Boisset, Raymond Vineyards
  • Aaron Pott, Pott Wine

53rd Annual Tasting,
"V" for Vintage 2012

Sunday, August 9, 2015
5 pm to 7 pm
Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa

This year, Napa Valley wineries are being invited to pour wines from their 2012 vintages, wines made from one of the more celebrated harvests to date. The tasting is a vintner's choice and is sure to include a broad spectrum of wines, especially those from small productions.

We expect at least 75 Napa Valley wineries to pour, and will begin posting a list of wineries and their wines in June.