SAVE THE DATE: The NVWLA 54th Annual Tasting will be held on Sunday, August 14 at Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa.

We look forward to having you join us at this extraordinarily informative, satisfying and pleasant wine appreciation event. Free admission to the tasting is a benefit of NVWLA membership.

Our 25th Annual Wine Seminar, “Winemaking in Two Worlds: France and Napa,” was Saturday, May 9 at CIA-Greystone, Saint Helena. Please scroll below for a description of the event and a listing of the panelists and their wines.

The NVWLA 53rd Annual Tasting, “A Toast to 2012,” was held Sunday, August 9 at Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa. Click here for a list of the wines that were poured.

Books on Wine Evening
with Dick Peterson

Thursday, December 3, 2015
7 pm to 9 pm
Saint Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, Saint Helena

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Dick Peterson, winemaker for Gallo, Beaulieu, Monterey, California Cellars, Atlas Peak, and ultimately his own Richard G. Peterson wines, has just published a candid memoir, The Winemaker.

His is a superb look as a practitioner at winemaking in California and America as our state's wines zoomed to fame.

Dick recounts his vinous adventures from the 1960's to 2014, prefaced by homely skills in Iowa learned tending the family's farm and his formal education at UC Berkeley.

We hope you will appreciate the wine in your glass more deeply by learning more of its modern history as Dick recounts his own development as a wine grower and winemaker, and the challenge of balancing innovation with tradition. We look forward to your joining us.

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.