Atlas Peak Holiday Party

Atlas Peak Vintners Dinner

Were moving mountains for wildfire reliefas the world-class wines from Atlas Peak AVA are coming to Napa Valley Country Club for the Atlas Peak Vintners Dinner!  Proceeds from the event Silent Auction and Raffle go to the Soda Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.

Our thoughts and concerns remain with our neighbors, friends and first responders who have witnessed significant loss during the recent fires, but what we have not lost is our spirit to work together to Rebound, Rebuild and Reopen…#NapaValleySpirit!  So please come out and support our Atlas Peak AVA wineries as they #PressOn at the Atlas Peak Vintners Dinner.

Saturday, December 9
6:00 p.m. Walk-Around Wine Tasting with Atlas Peak AVA wineries and Hors Doeuvres
7:00 p.m. Three Course Seated Dinner with Atlas Peak AVA Wine Pairings
Napa Valley Country Club, 3385 Hagen Road, Napa

Purchase your $125 tickets NOW before they sell out again!

WALK-AROUND WINE TASTING with Atlas Peak AVA wineries
~ HORS D’OEUVRES: Buckwheat Blini Cakes with Smoked Salmon & Crème Fraiche; Chicken Satay
~ ENTRÉE with your choice of either:

Poached Loch Duart Scottish Salmon with a Julienne of Vegetables and a Soy Butter Sauce and Chives OR
Grilled Dry Spice rubbed Certified Angus Steak, Heirloom Potatoes, Zucchini, Red & Yellow Peppers and a Red Wine Reduction OR
Wild Mushroom Ravioli

~ DESSERT Chocolate Molten Cake
~ WINE PAIRINGS with each course from our Atlas Peak wineries.  Please feel free to bring wine to savor and share as well.

DONT MISS OUT this is a RARE opportunity to taste the small production gems from Atlas Peak AVA wineries, while benefiting the Soda Canyon Volunteer Fire Departments great cause…fighting fires throughout Napa Valley!

So go ahead and indulge yourself in wine, food and fun and if you want to dress up, it’s black tie optional!  HO HO HO…you’re ready to go…wine & dine with the Atlas Peak AVA! We look forward to seeing you there…CHEERS!

RRVW Annual Paulee 2017

The RRVW Annual Paulee – An Amazing Wine Experience Not To Be Missed by John Dyrek of VinStars
The Russian River Valley Winegrowers hosted the ultimate winemaker dinner, the Annual Paulée, on September 1st, 2017 at Landmark Vineyards Hop Kiln Estate, featuring 26 Russian River Valley Wineries pouring world class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. (source:
La Paulée is a harvest dinner celebrating the end of the grape harvest in BurgundyFrance where it’s customary for everyone to bring a bottle of wine to share. Winemakers would compete to bring the best bottle of wine to impress their favorite clients. However, the spirit of La Paulée means much more than geography. It’s about sharing and enjoying prized wines with strangers. Large format bottles make appearances along with older vintages.
The name “La Paulée” comes from the French word for sauté pan, poile. In the early days, the post-harvest meal was so simple that it was cooked in a single poile.
In the spirit of the Paulée tradition, the Russian River Valley Paulée did manage to bring some great winemakers and collectors together to enjoy an elegant multi-course meal paired with wines from winemakers and guests’ personal cellars, including special, limited and rare vintages. And the event included an auction for some very special wines too.
When I arrived at the historic Hop Kiln Estate for the evening festivities, I immediately felt the 110 degree heat. As I looked out at the long rows of tables sitting across the lawn where guests would later enjoy the evening, I was worried that the heat might adversely impact this wonderful event. Well, as it turned out, it was not an issue.
With the celebration starting inside this historic, cavernous building, guests enjoyed a very cool climate with some amazing wines from DeLoach, Dutton, Gary Farrell, Korbel, Kosta Browne, Landmark, Ramey, Williams Selyem, and many others. And when we finally ventured back outside, it had cooled enough (low 90s) to fully enjoy the real party.
The pre-dinner event was clearly the start of a fete that had the makings of remarkable adventure. As the evening ensued, guests were served some amazing food like Olive Oil Poached Yellow Tail mixed with Grilled Late Summer Vegetables and Herb Chimichurri (by Chef Ben Davies of Russian River Vineyards). And the bite size desserts (by Chef Condra Easley of Pâtisserie Angelica) were all so good that I cannot tell you which one was my fav.
While eating, we enjoyed many quality recent vintages and library wines from the Sonoma and the Russian River Valley. I was personally honored to sample a Zinfandel and Petite Sirah blend (2013 Christopher Creek), some Pinot Noir (2012 Bucher, 2009 Landmark, 2006 Williams Selyem) and some Cabernet Sauvignon (2009 A. Rafanelli, 1987 Hanzell). These extraordinary wines were a testament to the Sonoma County artistry. In the spirit of sharing, a bottle of 1982 Travaglini Gattinara was poured too.
If you truly want to enjoy a unique wine experience that includes interesting people, wine, food, a great venue and a festive atmosphere rarely found at most wine events, then the RRVW Annual Paulee is not to be missed.