26th Annual Wine Seminar: “Winemaking in the New World: South America and Napa Valley”

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:30 am to 2 pm
EcoLab Theatre, CIA-Greystone and Quintessa, Saint Helena or 707.478.9829


Moderated by Gilles de Chambure MS, the seminar brings together a wide variety of wines selected from just four South American countries as we consider their development of vineyards, wines and wineries from the time of its European discovery of the continent through to today.
Keynote speaker and native of Chile, Agustin Huneeus, Sr. takes us through the history of winemaking in Chile. Next, Argentinian Enrique Herrero, vineyard manager for Inglenook, presents winegrowing in Argentina. A sparkling wine from Vinicola Aurora's Carnaval in the Vale dos Vinhedos of Brazil introduces the dozen wines to be tasted during the seminar.
Following Agustin's sharing of wine ventures in Chile, we taste Ritual Sauvignon Blanc, Primus Cabernet Sauvignon and a red blend from 120 year-old vines grown at Neyen all from the Huneeus Family portfolio; Herencia Carmenère and Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Carolina complete the Chilean wines.
Gilles then presents an overview of winegrowing in Uruguay with Tannat from Carrau in Cerro Chapeu, Albariño and Tannat from Garzón in Maldonado, and a unique red blend from Artesana in Canelones.
We conclude the morning's tasting with wines from Argentina. From Bodega Colomé in Salta, at the highest altitude of any winery in the world, we taste Torrontes and Malbec. From Paul Hobbs' La Consulta in Valle de Uco we also taste Malbec. A red blend from Bodega Vistalba in Luján de Cuyo is our final seminar wine. Q&A’s are taken with each presentation.
Following the seminar, we join the Huneeus family for a formal lunch on the terrace at Casa Quintessa. Catered by Visconte Catering of Corte Madera, the day's menu embraces Latin cuisine with its grace notes of flavor pairing neatly with wine.
 Price includes all wines, an informal tasting and lunch at Quintessa.
Members and Guests @ $195
Non-members @ $210

Books on Wine Evening with Richard Mendelson, author of Appellation Napa Valley

Thursday, June 16, 2016
7 pm to 9 pm
Saint Helena Public Library or

Appellation-Napa-Valley-cover-and-dust-jacketPlease join us for Richard's presentation of his just-published history of the extraordinary achievement of federal designations for Napa Valley's winegrowing regions in his Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure. We are all indebted to Richard for his counsel throughout. 

Co-sponsored with Saint Helena Public Library, the evening includes wine and small bites, Q&A's with the author, sales of his book and his signing of same.

There is no admission charge for this event.