Join us for our final Wine Tasting course of the Summer!
Wine Tasting 101 - Saturday, September 21st
Napa Valley Wine Library Wing, St. Helena Public Library
Nine until Noon
Class size is limited – Sign up now and guarantee your spot at the Aroma Wheel!
Come taste our hills and Valley floor in a wineglass. Compare steel to oak.
Give the Aroma Wheel, your nose and memories of fragrances a whirl when you join a Wine Educator from Trinchero Napa Valley for this two-hour introductory class to wine tasting.
Enrollment is limited to the first 20 registrants per class.
$50.00 members and winery staff; $65.00 non-members.
To register, click here
Pairing Words & Wine Winemakers’ Seminar and the 51st Annual Tasting
A terrific weekend in Napa Valley
Saturday and Sunday, August 10 – 11, 2013
On Saturday, August 10th, author Chelsea Prince moderated our 26th Winemaker’s Seminar, “Pairing Words and Wine,” featuring a panel of five young vintners drawn from the eleven interviewed by Chelsea for her book, Rock and Vine. Those taking the seminar included Wine Library members, UC Davis students from the Viticulture and Enology program, wine writers, and members of the press. The panelists were our own Angelina Mondavi of Dark Matter and NVWLA board member, Danny Fay with Envolve Winery, Tony Leonardini with BNA Wine Group (and the St. Helena Volunteer Fire Department), Jordan Kivelstadt of Free Flow Wines and Kivelstadt Cellars, and Maggie Pramuk from Robert Biale Vineyards. The seminar concluded with a book signing and wine tasting on the sycamore-shaded terrace, allowing for continued discussions and conversation.
Sunday, August 11th, the “Winemakers’ Favorites” theme or the 51st Annual Tasting brought together over 70 Napa Valley wineries and more than140 wines to be tasted under the oaks in the Grove at Silverado. Nearly 700 participants at the open air tasting avidly compared and contrasted a wide variety of wines chosen by their winemakers, many of whom were on hand to pour, as were winery principals. Nearly half the wines offered were from small production lots of less than 500 cases making this such an incredibly unique and exceptional tasting in the valley each year. Throughout the afternoon, tasters could move from whites to rosés or sparklers, and then on to reds and many unique varietals. The perfect weather ordered up for the occasion, embraced the event with plenty of shade and a welcoming breeze.
Thank you vintners all, and our membership, for celebrating the wines of Napa Valley in such a meaningful way with your participation in our 2013 Napa Wine Library Weekend.
Summer 2013 REPORT – Innovation
Since our Summer 2012 and Winter 2013 REPORTs celebrated the history of NVWLA, for this issue we sought out local innovation. The wonderful govino glasses—those flexible plastic wine goblets--came immediately to mind, and Joseph Perrulli was glad to give an interview. Next, Rosemary Cakebread suggested we talk to Cindy Pawlcyn about the extensive wine-by-the-glass program at her newest restaurant in Napa Valley. Cindy readily agreed, but asked that Jennifer Ingellis be the one interviewed, and also proposed Michael Ouellette at VinTap. Our interviews with Jennifer and Michael resulted in a visit to Burgstahler Machine works and an impromptu interview with Wayne Burgstahler. Surely, Napa Valley embraces and supports innovation to enhance the enjoyment of wine and food in the company of friends.
Founded in 1963, the Napa Valley Wine Library Association dedicates their efforts to the acquisition, preservation and sharing of information about wine and its history in the Napa Valley and around the world. In 1966, the Association offered the first wine appreciation classes in the Napa Valley and today continues to host seminars and other educational events, as well as maintain a collection of new and rare books, images, oral histories, and scholarly and popular journals related to every facet of wine. The collection offers incomparable resources for wine enthusiasts and professionals alike, and is available at the St. Helena Public Library (hot link as previously) in St. Helena, California.
Membership supports the mission to collect and preserve a diversity of wine-related materials and maintain access to these treasures for generations to come.
- Free admission to the Annual Wine Tasting event in August
- Special rates for wine education courses and seminars
- Subscription to a semi-annual members’ magazine, The Napa Valley Wine Library REPORT