Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

by Karen on January 29, 2009

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Just in time for Super Bowl weekend we’ve got a boatload of local events for you. If you’re looking for ways to pass the time before the big game, then you’ve come to the right place.

The weather should be absolutely beautiful and the mustard is now in full bloom, so get out there and enjoy!

Friday, January 30th

  • Downtown Napa’s Back Room Wines will host ‘Blow Out XXX’, which features a walk-around tasting. For just $15 per person, you’ll get to visit and taste with three local winery owners/winemakers and one wine importer. No reservations are required and the event runs from 5pm – 8pm. Call 707-226-1378 for more information

Saturday, January 31st

  • The St. Helena Kiwanis Club will host the 20th Annual ‘Naked Vine’ fundraiser to benefit local youth programs and scholarships, as well as senior citizen activities and community improvement projects. For $50 per person, you’ll be treated to an evening (6:30pm – 9:30pm) of hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs, wine tasting from select Napa Valley wineries, an auction of original art created to reflect the ‘Naked Vine’ theme, a fabulous silent auction of Napa Valley wines and events (see partial auction lot list here), and a live auctioning of selected lots. The event will take place at St. Supery Winery in Rutherford. Call 707-963-1123 for all the details
  • The folks at Peju Province Winery will host a Cabernet Franc release party from 7pm – 9pm to celebrate the release of their 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc. For $60 per person ($50 per person if you’re in the wine club) you’ll get to taste some limited production Cab Franc that will be paired with “Wild Fare” from Peju Chef Chris Manning. Reservations should be made by calling 800-446-7358
  • This weekend also marks the start of the 16th annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival. The festival kicks off with the grand opening ‘Mustard Magic’ event at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Enjoy food, wine and a live auction and come dressed in Art Nouveau attire–full details are here. Cost is $150 per person in advance, $175 per person at the door. Time: 7 p.m. Call 707-938-1133 for more information

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Back Room Wines, Peju Province Winery, St. Supery Winery, Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Mustard Magic, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone]

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has written 195 posts on The Cork Board. She's lived in the heart of the Napa Valley for nearly a decade and is a foodie with a love of photography. Follow her on Twitter @KRJ99 and visit her website.

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