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Beringer 125th Anniversary
This past September marked the celebration of 125 years in the winemaking business for Beringer Vineyards. To showcase and commemorate Beringers rich history in the Napa Valley they hosted several events at their St. Helena estate.
Throughout the month of September Beringer hosted Wine Country al Fresco tours of the winery open to the public. The guided tour included the original St. Helena Home Vineyard and was followed by a plentiful wine country buffet lunch prepared by David Frakes, Beringer Vineyards Executive Chef, and the Hudson House Culinary team. The meals were intended not only to please the palate, but also to demonstrate the principles of paring wine and food. During the following weeks, Beringer hosted special guided tours, also open to the public, that highlighted the incredible estate, the Old Stone Winery, the hand-dug caves created in 1877, and the original Victorian home of co-founder Frederick Beringer, the Rhine House.
On September 29, 2001 WineCountry.com was invited to Beringers exclusive anniversary party to celebrate 125 years in winemaking and the 25th anniversary of current winemaker, Ed Sbragia. The event featured an incredible tasting of Beringers new release of the125th Anniversary Cabernet, as well as an assortment of Knights Valley, and Private Reserve, along with many others. The party was complimented with extraordinary catering of fine cut meats, pastas, and decadent desserts. The sound of the band guided guests as they strolled along estate grounds to explore the cave cellars and place a bid in the silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction were dedicated to the Easter Seals, as that is Mr. Sbragias favorite charity.
The anniversary celebration was a complete success as the Napa Valley community was able to experience the result of a dream of two young Beringer brothers. As you plan your next late summer trip to the wine country, be sure to visit the Beringer Estate and learn how you can participate in their next celebration.
Cal-Italia Wine Tasting
September 29, 2001 marked the Fifth Annual Consorzio Cal-Italia Wine Tasting at the Herbst Pavillion at Fort Mason in San Francisco. WineCountry.com was a sponsor of the event and participated in the exhibit.
The Consorzio Cal-Italia event was created by the Italian-American wineries of California. The ultimate goal of the Consorzio Cal-Italia is to highlight the contribution of the early Italian-American pioneers and to introduce consumers to the pleasures of Cal-Italia wines. The event showcased the incredible California grown Italian varietals, such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Refosco and Teroldego; it also demonstrated how fruity, bright and delicious these wines are when paired with a variety of foods. As guests strolled through the aisles tasting Cal-Italia wines, a dazzling array of olive oils, cheese, salamis, biscotti and sorbetti were also available to tease the taste buds.
This year, along with over 65 wineries and 200 Cal-Italia wines, Consorzio Cal-Italia featured the founding chef of Napa Valleys renowned Tra Vigne restaurant, Michael Chiarello, as he hosted a cooking demonstration stage. Also, to highlight the pairing of Cal-Italian wines and food, guests were presented with a complimentary book, Companions at Table: Food to Serve with American-Grown Italian Varietals, by Margaret Acton Smith and Barbara J. Braasch. Ms. Smith was at the event available for autographs.
In the spirit of community, a silent auction was held during the tasting to raise funds for Hands On San Francisco, a volunteer organization that aids the San Francisco community with issues such as the environment, healthy living, youth and elderly, and many more.
This event provided guests a peek into the vast world of California-Italian wines and allowed for participants to contribute to a great cause. The Consorzio Cal-Italia should find its way on to your calendar next year!
Events For October
October 13 -- Oktoberfest Bocce Tournament: Brutocao Cellars
October 27 & 28 -- Country Pumpkin Fest & Parade
October 6 - 7 -- Indian Summer Music Festival
October 27 -- Man's Best Friend Costume Competition
October 7 -- Yountville Days Parade & Festival
St. Helena Hometown Harvest Festival
October 6 - 7 -- Santa Barbara Symphony - Concert One
MS Bike Tour & Fest
October 5 - 7 -- Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October 13 - 14 -- ARTrails Open Studio Tour 2001
This Month's Recipe
Pecan Pie Surprise Bars
October's recipe is courtesy of Nicole Griffith of WineCountry.com. Nicole says this is a quick and easy dessert she learned from her mom, and WineCountry.com reader, Kathy.
Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!
If you have a favorite "Wine Country inspired" recipe you would like to share, please send your entries to email@example.com.
Grease bottom and sides of 13" x 9" baking pan. Reserve 2/3 cups of dry cake mix for filling. In a large mixing bowl combine remaining dry mix, butter and one egg. Mix. Press into prepared pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 or 20 minutes until light brown.
Meanwhile prepare filling. Pour over partially baked crust, sprinkle with pecans. Return to oven - bake 30 to 35 minutes until filling is set.
Carolyn Lewis, Director of Sales and Marketing for WineCountry.com recently had the pleasure to dine at one of Napa's finest restaurants, Celadon, located in downtown Napa. Celadon's owner Greg Cole and his wife Beth Fairbain established the restaurant in 1996. In their pursuit to bring sophistication and popularity to downtown Napa, they also brought an upscale and stylish avenue for global comfort food. Celadon strives to have the best of a little bit of everything, with courses that range from hearty American dishes to rich Mediterranean and flavorful Asian cuisine.
Celadons current Chef De Cuisine, Zoilan Ruiz created Carolyns dinner choice, squab. This incredible dish was prepared with fresh haricot verts, wild mushroom risotto, and a squab reduction sauce. Carolyn loved this, and chose a Gregory Graham Viognier to compliment her meal.
As with every visit to Celadon, Carolyn was delighted with the service, the selection and her meal. Carolyn and WineCountry.com would strongly recommend this restaurant to our WineCountry.com readers!
NEW UPDATE TO OUR CONTEST RULES!!
In the past, each month WineCountry.com Lifestyle Newsletter invited you to participate in a variety of contests to win many wonderful Wine Country inspired prizes. Now, the contests are even better! Just by being a subscriber to our Wine Country Lifestyle Newsletter you will be automatically entered in a random drawing to win!
This month we are offering a $100 gift certificate to the incredible John Ash & Co. Restaurant in Sonoma!
The winner will be chosen on October 29th and will be notified via email.
One of our readers and past contest winners wrote in to share their thoughts on a recent prize:
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