The Rutherford Dust Society (RDS) recently held the original Rutherford Chili Ball on a beautiful warm Sunday evening in August at the Pestoni Family Winery.
This festive, family-friendly event included a Chili Cook-off competition between vintners, growers, firefighters, chefs, and self-proclaimed chili connoisseurs of the Rutherford community. A live vote by attendees decided that Alpha-Omega got the ultimate glory and bragging rights for having the best chili in Rutherford! However, Honig’s chili was my personal fav as it hinted of mole and cornbread flavors.
Wines by RDS members were available throughout the afternoon. A very notable red, St Supery’s Merlot, was quickly enjoyed by many. All these great Rutherford wines were complimented by a full BBQ spread from Black Bean BBQ as well as all the chili from the (8) contestant wineries.
Most fun of all though was an opportunity to buy (for only $25 each) premium Rutherford wines which were hidden in bags. My two surprise purchases yielded a Caymus Zin and a Honig Cab. What a score!
Large format bottles of Rutherford wine and tasting experiences throughout the appellation were available to buy at the silent auction. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit local non-profits like the Rutherford Fire Dept who were in attendance.
#Rutherford Dust Society (RDS)
#Pestoni Family Winery
#Rutherford Fire Dept
Recently attended Crush MS in Napa which focuses on raising awareness, support to orgs helping those suffering, funds, and a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS).
Each year over 400 people come together for this very worthy cause at the Reid Family Vineyards to enjoy some of the area’s best wine, great food, music and company. And a silent and live auction were held.
The one hour symposium by the Clinical Neuroimmunology team at Stanford University was the highlight though.
For those in attendance, it was clear that this event promotes a sense of community and a support system for those with MS and family members. All were seeking knowledge, hope/belief in a cure, and inspired by those afflicted.
From an educational perspective, I learned:
- MS involves immune system turning against body
- Origin not known
- 400K in US / 2.5M in World suffer
- Inhabitants of Equator not susceptible
- Elders post 85 unlikely to get; strikes in one’s prime (when young)
- MRI in 1980s allowed physicians to visualize MS in RT
- New therapy evolved afterwards
- Nature holds cure; Protein based disease
- Project BIG (brain immune gut) is key Stanford initiative
- Too few physicians involved with MS; poor access to care
#REID FAMILY VINEYARDS
#COUNTER PUNCH WINES
#FONTANELLA FAMILY WINERY
#JOSE WINE CAVES
During Premiere 2018, Cliff Lede Vineyards hosted what many consider a must attend event, “Bring Your Own Bottle”. The event is so named because each attendee brings a nice bottle to share with others. Some notable tastings included:
Poetry 2004 Stags Leap Cabernet
Silver Oak 1972 North Coast Cabernet
Trefethen Family Vineyards is a Napa Valley pioneer. They are one of the very few family-owned wineries to celebrate five decades of winemaking in the Napa Valley. They proudly claim that “Wines have been handcrafted from the estate and we have been farming since 1968“. Most interesting about this event was a private lecture and tasting of vintage wines by proprietor Loren Trefethen and winemaker Bryan Kays. Also, the restoration and last year’s renovation, post Napa earthquake, of the of the historic tasting & barrel room (McIntyre Building), was spectacular. The McIntyre Building remains integral to the winery’s operations. The first floor is still used to age wine and also houses the winery’s Estate Tasting Room and Wine Library. The second floor, which displays the Eshcol winery’s original de-stemmer/crusher, is a barrel-aging cellar for the winery’s Bordeaux variety red wines.