St. Helena’s AKA Bistro now open, other Napa Valley news

by TrevR on October 17, 2008

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The weekend is nearly upon us–hurrah! Here are a couple Napa Valley news items that caught our eye this morning.

a|k|a Bistro now open in St. Helena
The Napa Register reports that a|k|a Bistro is now officially open in downtown St. Helena. The menu includes sandwiches and burgers (including the “sushi grade ahi tuna burger” for $16), pasta (‘Howl at the Moon’ parpardelle pasta for $16) and more. The wine list includes some 600 options and there are plenty of whites, roses, reds and dessert wines by the glass. We’ll have to pay a visit and write-up our review in the coming weeks.

Details on Atlas Peak’s Au Sommet
Jon Bonné over at The Cellarist has details on Atlas Peak’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon, dubbed Au Sommet, which is being created by industry heavyweights Heidi Peterson Barrett, John Schwartz and Jim Barbour. Here’s a key excerpt:

Though the trio had previously worked together, all three went in as partners on the new parcel, purchased last year. Originally planted in 1998 to clones 4 and 337 Cabernet, plus a bit of Petite Verdot, it will eventually include a winery with a 40,000-gallon permit, though this year’s vintage is being made off-site. The fruit previously had been sold to other sources, though the team hit a reset button for the vineyard, skipping the 2007 harvest and giving the vines a year off before the new project.

The inaugural 2008 vintage is expected to be released in 2010.

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