Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

by Karen on August 27, 2009

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It’s certainly beginning to feel a lot like Fall around these parts, particularly in the early mornings, when the air is a bit crisp and the sun rises a bit later.

If you happen to be in or around the Napa Valley this weekend, check out the following events.

Saturday, August 29th

  • While the free Blues, Brews & BBQ event will be in full swing from 1pm – 6pm in downtown Napa, the folks at Bounty Hunter will host a very fun winemaker rib eatin’ contest at 3pm. Ten Napa Valley winemakers will compete for the title of ‘Bounty Hunter Top Rib Eater’ by devouring as many of the Bounty Hunter’s St. Louis Cut Ribs as they can. Contestants are expected to include Andy Beckstoffer (Beckstoffer Vineyards) Brian Brown (Round Pond/Emmerson Brown), Marco DiGiulio (Girard), Mike Drash (Luna Vineyards), Glenn Hugo (Hugo Family Cellars), Marbue Marke (Caldwell Vineyard), Kevin Mills (Trinitas Cellars), Tim Milos (Bounty Hunter Rare Wine Co.), Zeke Neeley (Trefethen Vineyards) and Matthew Rorick (Elizabeth Spencer/Forlorn Hope). Check it out!

Sunday, August 30th

  • From 1pm – 5:30pm the first annual Barn Tour will take place near St. Helena. For $45 per person, you’ll tour a total of five late 19th century barns (including live-work, traditional, retail, renovated and more) in an open-house style format. There will also be special diversions, including an artist’s gallery and quick stop-overs at quirky, old places. The tour will conclude at the White Barn on Sulphur Springs Road, where noshing, nibbling and acoustic blue grass will be going on. Several local artists will exhibit and a brief presentation will be made by Preservation Napa Valley director Wendy Ward about the history, importance and rehabilitation of Napa Valley barns. Should be interesting, call 707-258-9286 for more information


[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, St. Helena, Yountville, Barn Tour, Preservation Napa Valley, Bardessono]

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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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