Thursday, April 21, 2022
5:00 p.m. – Reception
5:30 p.m. – Program

Live and streamed at
Frog’s Leap Winery
8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford

31st Annual Wine Seminar | 2022

“A Mentor and his Students: Six Winemakers Share Their Experiences with Warren Winiarski While at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars”

Moderator: Tegan Passalacqua of Turley Wine Cellars and Sandlands

Keynote speaker and Mentee: Abe Schoener of Scholium Project speaks to the ancient Greek tradition of teacher and student

Mentor Warren Winiarski expounds on the necessity and responsibility of mentoring

Mentee Panelists:
John Williams of Frog’s Leap Winery |
John Kongsgaard of Kongsgaard |
Nicki Pruss of Nicolette Christopher |
Françoise Peschon of Drinkward Peschon | and Heimark Vineyard |
Michael Silacci of Opus One |

All are honored to share their mentee experiences with Warren and as mentors in their own careers and each has been invited to pour one wine.

  • Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2020 Napa Valley Arcadia Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Frog’s Leap Winery 2019 Napa Valley Shale and Stone Chardonnay
  • Kongsgaard 2019 Napa Valley The Judge Chardonnay
  • Nicolette Christopher 2016 Saint Helena Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Araujo Estate 2005 Napa Valley Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Opus One 2010 Napa Valley “Opus One”

Thursday, October 21, 2021

5:30 p.m. - Reception
6:00 p.m. - Author’s Talk and Book Signing
In the Wine Library Wing of the
George & Elsie Wood Public Library
1492 Library Lane
Saint Helena 

Program hours are subject to change in observation of Covid-19 restrictions at Saint Helena Public Library. Event must conclude by 7:30 p.m.

Books on Wine Evening

James O. Gump, Professor Emeritus and author of
Maestro: André Tchelistcheff and the Rebirth of Napa Valley

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History Professor Emeritus, James O. Gump of University of San Diego, has been coming to the Napa Valley since the 1980’s. He and his wife were drawn to its beauty as well as its wines and would regularly travel up from San Diego. As Dr. Gump drew near retirement he resolved to research and write a life of André Tchelistcheff, a man he had heard of for almost 40 years. André was easily the most influential force in wine not only here but throughout the state and our country, yet he had had no definitive biography.

For our program, Dr. Gump provided an excellent overview of his research and writing. The uncertain weather had turned dry and mild and a Courtyard reception before his talk was enhanced by a Beaulieu Vineyard 2018 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon given by Beaulieu for the occasion. Heidi Barrett’s 2020 La Sirena Rosato and a Grgich Hills 2018 Napa Valley Estate Chardonnay gave amiable company. All these wines had close ties to André.

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These wines had close ties to André

Thursday, September 16, 2021
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Mount View Hotel & Spa
1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga 

Dinner and a Movie Under the Stars

with Special Guests Heidi & Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena

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Evening’s Menu
Dinner and a Movie Fundraiser

Mount View Hotel | Amaro Italian Kitchen
Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the Napa Valley Wine Library

Each served course will be paired with Chateau Montelena wines
chosen by Heidi & Bo Barrett especially for this evening.

Cheese and Antipasti Platters

- Choice of -
Heirloom Tomato Salad
fresh burrata, basil, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt
- or -
Local Cantaloupe
prosciutto di parma, arugula, aged balsamic

- Choice of -
Mary's Half Chicken Piccata
mashed potatoes, greens, lemon and capers
Roasted Eggplant
fresh ricotta, chef's marinara, balsamic reduction
Italian Braised Beef
risotto, carrots, roasted tomato sauce

Chocolate Ricotta Cake

The purpose of the Napa Valley Wine Library is to preserve and disseminate information regarding viticulture, enology and wine lore, particularly as it pertains to the Napa Valley.

A fun evening with great food, delicious Chateau Montelena Wines, and a showing of the film Bottle Shock, a 2008 American comedy-drama based on the 1976 wine competition termed the “Judgment of Paris”, when California wines defeated the French in a blind taste test.

Enjoy the entire event outdoors at the Mount View Hotel patio and Moonshine Theater.

Mount View Hotel Moonshine Theater
Bottle Shock
Chateau Montelena Wines

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
6:00 p.m. PDT

Online via StreamYard

Napa Valley Wine Library Association


Marc and Angelina Mondavi discuss the 75th Anniversary of CK Mondavi and Family

In 1946, CK Mondavi, a new line of affordable, everyday wines was released, the first wines to have the Mondavi name on the label. During this Perspectives event Marc Mondavi and his daughter Angelina will share details of CK Mondavi & Family’s 75 years in the wine industry. The 3rd and 4th generation Mondavis look forward to continuing the family legacy well into the 21st century.

Our Recorded Virtual PERSPECTIVES
60 minutes

Marc Mondavi
Angelina Mondavi
Where it all began
CK Mondavi 75th Celebration

Thursday, July 22, 2021
6:30 p.m.

Online via StreamYard

Napa Valley Wine Library Association

Oral Histories, Past and Present

Guest: Former St. Supéry CEO, Michaela Rodeno

For decades the Napa Valley Wine Library had collected oral histories; the transcriptions and recordings of which are housed within the wine library. Two years ago we began recording new versions on video, which we call Visual Oral Histories.

Join us and guest Michaela Rodeno, owner of Villa Ragazzi winery, and former senior executive of St. Supery and Domaine Chandon, as we share excerpts from her Visual Oral History. We will also share portions of visual oral histories featuring George Hendry of Hendry Ranch Wines, and Dr. Richard Peterson, a Napa Valley winemaster, innovator and author.

During the presentation you’ll learn how you can access past oral histories and our recent Visual Oral Histories from the Napa Valley Wine Library as we continue to fulfill our mission to disseminate, preserve and share information regarding viticulture, enology and wine lore as it pertains to Napa Valley.

Our Recorded Virtual Oral Histories Past and Present
40 minutes

Michaela Rodeno, owner of Villa Ragazzi winery
George Hendry of Hendry Ranch Wines
Dr. Richard Peterson, a Napa Valley winemaster

Thursday, June 17, 2021
6:30 p.m.

Online via StreamYard

Napa Valley Wine Library Association


Two Visions. Varied Experiences. Truly Inspiring.

A conversation with Cathy Corison, Corison and Colleen FitzGerald of Pine Ridge Vineyards

Colleen FitzGerald is ten years into her career in the wine industry. She has been inspired by the innovation and determination of Cathy Corison, whose journey began nearly 45 years ago.

Colleen earned her BS in biochemistry from Cal Poly in 2012 and began working for Pine Ridge as a harvest intern in 2013. She became its enologist in 2015 as well as assistant winemaker in 2018. In 2020, Pine Ridge launched its first new label in 25 years, a sparkling version of their proprietary Chenin Blanc+Viognier blend guided by Colleen.

After graduating from Pomona College, Cathy earned an MS in enology from UC Davis in 1978 while working in the tasting room of Sterling Vineyards. She then interned with Freemark Abbey, going on to become winemaker at Yverdon in 1979. In 1980, Cathy was hired by Chappellet Winery as winemaker before founding Corison Winery in 1987.

This Perspectives event provides a rare opportunity for Colleen and others to learn and be inspired by Cathy's experience and the hurdles she’s had to overcome.

Our Recorded Virtual PERSPECTIVES
57 minutes

Colleen FitzGerald of Pine Ridge Vineyards
Cathy Corison of Corison Winery

Saturday, May 15, 2021
10:00 a.m.

Via ZoomLogo

2021 | 30th Annual Wine Seminar

“Napa Valley’s Old Vines and the Wines They Give Us”

Our online moderator, Tegan Passalacqua, is not only winemaker for Turley Wine Cellars and the magnums of Barney’s Backyard Petite Syrah bottled exclusively for NVWLA; Tegan is also co-owner and winemaker for Sandlands and a founder of Historic Vineyard Society, committed to preserving the old vine vineyards of California.

Tegan had moderated our 29th Annual Wine Seminar in 2019, “A History of Italian Vines and Wines in Napa Valley,” and readily accepted our invitation to moderate an Old Vines and Wines seminar in 2020. That live program was postponed, changed to virtual, and began with alacrity on May 15.

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Kelli White, sommelier, author, and currently Director of Education for the Pacific Union Company, provided a swift but riveting historical overview of winegrowing in Napa Valley. Tegan then introduced our panelists and their wines. Tegan also presented an Old Vine Wine he had made for Turley.

Tegan and Kelli are joined by:

Bob Biale, Founding Owner
Robert Biale Vineyards |

Rosemary Cakebread, Owner and Winemaker
Gallica |

Michael Hirby, Winemaker and Proprietor
Relic Wine Cellars |

Morgan Twain-Peterson MW, Winemaker and Owner
Bedrock Wine Company |

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Tasting kits were available the previous afternoon for pick up in Saint Helena. Tegan said it was so enjoyable catching up with colleagues as he handed out the kits, it quite made his day.

The program lasted almost two hours, and never lacked for candor, information, rapport, reflection, and a true appreciation for the winegrowing community of Napa Valley.

To all those who so generously took part with their time, wine, other supplies, and expertise, our profound thanks.

Our Recorded Virtual 30th Annual Wine Seminar
1 hr, 48 min.

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Top: Bob Biale, Robert Biale Vineyard; Morgan Twain-Peterson MW, Bedrock Wine Company
Middle: Tegan Passalacqua, Turley Wine Cellars
Bottom: Rosemary Cakebread, Gallica; Michael Hirby, Relic Wine Cellars

Wine List

Bedrock Wine Company
Morgan Twain-Peterson MW, Winemaker
*2019 Oakville Farmhouse Red Wine
175 cases
14.2% ABV

Rosemary Cakebread, Winemaker
2016 Saint Helena Petite Sirah
60 cases
14.2% ABV

Relic Wine Cellars
Michael Hirby, Winemaker
The Archive
2019 Calistoga Alfred Frediani Vineyard Carignane – Old Vines
99 cases
14.1% ABV

Robert Biale Vineyards
Tres Goetting, Winemaker
*2018 Oak Knoll Aldo’s Vineyard Zinfandel
320 cases
14.8% ABV
Turley Wine Cellars
Tegan Passalacqua, Winemaker
*2018 Saint Helena Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel
650 cases
15.9% ABV

* Wines made from vineyards registered with the Historical Vineyard Society

Thursday, August 13, 2020
5:30 p.m. - Virtual Program

Via ZoomLogo

Books on Wine Evening

Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys

Evening’s Schedule

Kelli is happy to direct questions via the Chat feature from the audience throughout the program

5:30 pm PDT

Diana H Stockton, Events Manager, NVWLA


Kelli A White, our Host and Director of Education for the Pacific Union Company

Kelli introduces the program, our authors and each of our winemakers;

We then hear from:

Celia Welch, owner and winemaker, Corra Wines
2019 Rogue Valley “Tail Feathers”

Pam Starr, owner and winemaker, Crocker & Starr
2016 Napa Valley AVA Napa Valley Red Blend of Cabernet Franc

Sally Johnson-Blum, Pride Mountain Vineyards
2017 Napa and Sonoma Counties Cabernet Sauvignon

Cathy Corison, Corison
2017 Saint Helena Cabernet Sauvignon

Sandi Belcher of Arns, owner and winemaker, ARNS
2013 Melanson Vineyard Napa Valley Syrah


Lucia A and John C Gilbert, Authors
Women Winemakers:Personal Odysseys
and brief Q & A with Kelli


Moderated discussion among all the presenters on the issues raised by the book as our five wines are shared and enjoyed

7:00 or later

Concluding remarks

Wine List

We suggest the wines all be opened before the start of our program at 5:30 pm. Pour a taste of each or have a dump bucket at the ready to pour one at a time.  After each of the winemakers is introduced at the start there will be more time to enjoy their wines during our panel discussion at 6:30.

Celia Welch
Corra Wines

2019 Rogue Valley, Oregon “Tail Feathers”
40% Muscat, 35% Riesling, 25% Viognier
alcohol 12.5%
300 cases

Pam Starr
Crocker & Starr

2016 Napa Valley “AVA Napa Valley Red Blend of Cabernet Franc” 
60% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, 6% Malbec
alcohol 14.4%
899 cases

Sally Johnson Blum
Pride Mountain Vineyards

2017 Napa and Sonoma Counties Cabernet Sauvignon
53% Napa, 47% Sonoma Fruit
92.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Merlot
alcohol 14.4%
5,848 cases

Cathy Corison

2017 Saint Helena Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
alcohol 14.2%
2,200 cases

Sandi Belcher

2013 Melanson Vineyard, Napa Valley Syrah
100% Syrah
alcohol 15%
200 cases

Books on Wine Virtual event
Featuring Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys
Thursday, August 13, 2020
5:30 pm PDT via Zoom

With five stellar winemakers

THANK YOU authors, winemakers and host.
The evening’s presentations, Q&A’s, and sense of camaraderie could not have been improved upon.

And Zoom’s transmission was terrific.

Thank you Acme Fine Wines, Napa Bookmine, ARNS, Corison, Corra, Crocker & Starr, and Pride, Brennan Solutions, Brian Nash Design, and Paladin Wine for your support and expertise.

The wines we tasted were:

Corra label

Celia Welch, Corra Wines
2019 Rogue Valley, Oregon “Tail Feathers”
Celia grew up in Medford, OR and knows fresh, crisp and delicious

Crocker & Star label

Pam Starr, Crocker & Starr
2016 Napa Valley “AVA Napa Valley Red Blend of Cabernet Franc”
Vines from the 1870’s inspired Pam's first 100 cases, and continue to

Pride label

Sally Johnson-Blum, Pride Mountain Vineyards
2017 Napa and Sonoma Counties Cabernet Sauvignon
Sally loves how this vintage catches the voluptuousness of the mid-palate

Corison label

Cathy Corison, Corison
2017 Saint Helena Cabernet Sauvignon
This is the 34th year for this belovèd label begun by Cathy

Arns label

Sandi Belcher, ARNS
2013 Melanson Vineyard, Napa Valley Syrah
In bottle it needs to taste just like it did in the vineyard

Sandi Belcher (ARNS)
Sally Johnson-Blum (Pride Mountain)
Pam Starr (Crocker & Starr)
Celia Welch (Corra and Consulting)
Cathy Corison (Corison)
Authors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John C Gilbert, Professors Emeriti, Santa Clara University

Together the Professors Gilbert have also developed the website Women Winemakers of California and Beyond which is a wonderful reference work kept meticulously updated.

Thursday, March 5, 2020
6.00 p.m. - Refreshments and Winery Tours
7:00 p.m. - Program
In the Tasting Room
and Hospitality Center of
Trinchero Napa Valley
3070 North Saint Helena Highway
Saint Helena  

Books on Wine Evening

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Heather Sandy Hebert, author of
The New Architecture of Wine: 25 Spectacular California Wineries
with Bob Torres, Principal & Vice Chairman, Trinchero Napa Valley and Erin Martin of Erin Martin Design.

Twelve of the 25 wineries in Heather’s new book are in Napa Valley, including Trinchero Napa Valley. Each was built or, in the case of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, renovated in the last ten years.

Please join us to hear from Bob what Trinchero Napa Valley envisioned for its new winery campus, how Erin interpreted the interiors, and from Heather the how and why of choosing wineries for her book.

Celebrate the sophisticated blend of agriculture and style that defines California wine country.”

As wine tourism has increased, California vintners have embraced the call to create splendid spaces where visitors can taste their unique varieties and enjoy conversation about wine.

Please join us in the Tasting Room of Trinchero Napa Valley at 6:00 pm for a glass of wine and a chance to tour the adjacent winery with Bob Torres. The Hospitality Center next door opens at 6:30 pm with wine and small bites to be followed by the evening’s program at 7:00 pm.

Copies of Heather’s book will be on sale for signing with the author.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:30 p.m. - Refreshments
7:00 p.m. - Program
In the Wine Library Wing of the
George & Elsie Wood Public Library
1492 Library Lane
Saint Helena 

Books on Wine Evening

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Jullianne Ballou
Warren Winiarski Wine Writer Collection Fellow,
UC Davis Library

Jullianne is here to discuss year one of her inaugural two-year Wine Writer Fellowship at UC Davis Library where she is engaged in active research to document the influence of wine writers on the kinds, styles and qualities of wine in the United States since Prohibition and to develop and provide content and access for the materials at UC Davis Library. Our Napa Valley Wine Library Collection has played a prominent role in her research. Selections from its archives will also be on exhibit

Thursday, November 14, 2019
5.30 p.m. - Appetizers & Refreshments
6:30 p.m. - Program
At the main house of historic
Glendale Ranch
750 Conn Valley Road
Saint Helena

Books on Wine Evening

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Alexandria Brown and her just published
Hidden History of Napa Valley

"Napa Valley is known for its wine and winemakers, but just beneath the fertile soil lies another, more complex version of its history. Uncover the story of Napa’s first Chinatown—once home to nearly five hundred immigrants—that dwindled to fewer than seventeen residents before the last buildings were razed in the early twentieth century. Meet the small but determined group of African American farmers and barbers who called Napa home and the indomitable May Howard, a successful businesswoman and brothel owner. Learn about the Bracero Program that kept many of Napa’s wineries, including Krug, Beaulieu and Stag’s Leap, thriving during World War II. Join author Alexandria Brown as she explores these lesser-known stories of the ordinary people who helped shape modern-day wine country.”

Copies of the book available for sale

Saturday, September 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. to Noon

Saint Helena Library, Saint Helena

Hands-On Vine Care
with David Heil

“How to Tell If It’s Ripe!”

Session begins by Barney’s Backyard at the Saint Helena Public Library and then moves into vineyards adjacent.

We’ll be covering veraison, sugar levels, crop estimates and other essentials at harvest time.

Thank You

Wine Weekend | 2019

29th Annual Wine Seminar
“Because it Looked like Home—A History of Italian Vines and Wines in Napa Valley”

57th Annual Grand Tasting
Vintner’s Choice: “Discovering Wine Styles of Napa Valley”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
200 Taplin Road
Saint Helena, CA

Books on Wine reception

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Please join us for a celebration of The Best We Can Be: The Life and Wisdom of Joseph Phelps with members of the Phelps family at the winery.

This wonderful book of Joe's memoirs has been published by Val de Grace Books, Inc., Napa
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We interviewed Joe for our Summer 2005 REPORT; his granddaughter Allie just poured for Phelps at our 2018 Annual Tasting.

Joseph Phelps Vineyard wines and small bites from the winery’s in-house chef will be served and the Phelps family will join us for reminiscences and Q&A’s at 6:00 pm

Please note: Joe’s book, The Best We Can Be: The Life and Wisdom of Joseph Phelps, is only available at the winery. There is a special price for all NVWLA members at this event.

Thank You

Wine Weekend | 2018

28th Annual Wine Seminar
“Napa Valley, Alta California and the Wine Legacy of New Spain”

56th Annual Grand Tasting
Vintner’s Choice: “Designated Vineyard Wines of Napa Valley”

Wednesday, March 13, 2018
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Napa Valley Wine Library Wing of
the George and Elsie Wood Public Library
1492 Library Lane
Saint Helena, CA

Books on Wine reception

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Bianca Bosker, author of the recently published Cork Dork will discuss and sign copies of her book.

Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn't know much about wine—until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor.

She has written about food, wine, architecture, and technology for The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and The New Republic, among other publications.

Refreshments will be served

Co-sponsored with the George and Elsie Wood Public Library

This event is free of charge
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Friday, September 29th, 2017
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Napa Valley Museum
55 Presidential Circle
Yountville, CA
707 944-0500

Panel Discussion

Napa Valley Museum will host a panel discussion relating to the Smithsonian “Bittersweet Harvest” exhibition and "Braceros: The Napa Valley story,” featuring L. Stephen Velasquez of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, author Mireya Loza, Rosaura Segura and Dr. Sandra Nichols from Napa Valley College, detailing the impact and legacy of the Braceros program both in Napa Valley and nationwide. Free to the Public.
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2017
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Napa Valley Wine Library Wing of
the George and Elsie Wood Public Library
1492 Library Lane
Saint Helena, CA

Author Talk

St. Helena Local Marcus Marquez
Presented by Napa Valley Wine Library Association & Friends & Foundation, St. Helena Public Library
Come and meet Marcus Marquez and discover his new book, a perfect read for locals looking to further explore their hometown.

Marcus Marquez is General Manager of Brasswood Estate and co-creator of Goose & Gander. He has co-created Michelin recommended restaurants, an award-winning winery, and launched and represented wine brands.

Refreshments will be served.

SH Public Library Friends & Foundation

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St. Helena, CA 94574

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Diana H Stockton
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Rick Brennan
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The Napa Valley Wine Library Collection
is housed at the St. Helena Public Library.
For information please be in touch with Lynne Albrecht,
Technical Services Supervisor,
Saint Helena Public Library

“The purpose of the Napa Valley Wine Library Association is to collect and share the stories of the wines and vines of Napa Valley and in Wine Country Around the World.”

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and all proceeds benefit the NVWL Collection and our public programs