The Napa Valley, widely regarded as America’s premier wine and food capital, shares the best from its culinary and vintner stars at the inaugural Flavor! Napa Valley festival, from November 17 --‐ 20, 2011, a four--‐day culinary exploration of tastings, cooking demonstrations, winemaker dinners, and more. And no single Flavor! event exemplifies the culinary and winemaking prowess of the Napa Valley better than “The Appellation Trail: Tasting Napa Valley,” being hosted on Friday evening, November 18th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the historic Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in St. Helena, Napa Valley.
As guests stroll through the Appellation Trail Tasting, they’ll encounter more than 120 wineries pouring representations from Napa Valley's varied sub--‐appellations, and varietals from Albariño to Zinfandel. A veritable alphabet of famous names and boutique brands will abound, including Beringer Vineyards, Cakebread Cellars, Chiarello Family Vineyards, Crocker & Starr Wines, Etude, Grgich Hills Estate, The Hess Collection Winery, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Mumm Napa Valley, Robert Mondavi Winery, St. Clement, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards, Silver Oak Cellars, Staglin Family Vineyard, Stags’ Leap Winery, and William Hill Estate.
And along the “trail” will be savories and delectables from over thirty of Napa Valley’s terrific restaurants and artisanal food purveyors, including Ad Hoc, La Toque, Morimoto Napa, and The Restaurant at Meadowood.
Dave Cruz, Chef de Cuisine at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Restaurant in Yountville says, “What grows together, goes together. The Appellation Trail is going to be an extraordinary way to experience the foods that are born from the same soils that produce the Napa Valley wines known around the world. My team and I are looking forward to this weekend --‐ this is going to be a great event!”
In addition, Tyler Florence and Richard Blais will be the featured chefs at the “Live Fire” area, where guests can gather around a live fire grill to watch and enjoy tastes in the adjacent Infiniti Lounge area. Florence, who recently opened Rotisserie & Wine in Napa, will man the grill at the “Live Fire.” Florence was awarded the 2011 “Restaurateur of the Year” award by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.