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,

alder_yarrowAlder Yarrow presented a lively, provocative and most practical program as he recounted his own history and that of the book, and then read a sample entry or two to a full house.

The Essence of Wine is brilliantly alive with wonderful photographs by Leigh Beisch and stylist Sara Slavin. Its 60 images are lusciously appealing. Alder has also included 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.


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

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 here in Napa Valley and in France in Bordeaux and Burgundy, 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 former 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, to be followed by lunch at a winery nearby. Tickets are limited in number and go on sale shortly.

Confirmed panelists are:

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


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.