In the midst of a busy week, we’ve got a couple Napa Valley winemaker-related news tidbits to share with you.
Kirk Venge named winemaker for St. Helena’s Tudal Winery
Thirty-three year-old Kirk Venge has been named winemaker for Tudal Winery, the St. Helena-based winery that produces around 2,000 cases per year of estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Venge began his relationship with the St. Helena-based winery with the 2009 vintage and he will reportedly continue to make wine for his family’s Venge Vineyards (Calistoga) as well as a number of other small Napa Valley brands. In discussing the appointment, winery owner John Tudal noted the job comes “…without the pressure of creating the next Napa Valley cult wine.”
Winemaker Chris Phelps to host ‘Tasty Tuesday’ at a|k|a on 11/17
Following the recent appointment of David Frakes as executive chef, St. Helena’s a|k|a a Bistro is rolling out a ‘Tasty Tuesday’ series in hopes of enticing diners into the dining room on what is typically one of the slowest days of the week at most restaurants. On November 17th, Swanson Vineyards’ winemaker Chris Phelps will be at the bistro between 6:30 – 8pm to greet guests and offer a tasting of four wines from Swanson. The flight of wines (for $9) includes the 2007 Pinot Grigio, 2005 Alexis (Cabernet Sauvignon), 2005 Merlot and 2005 Tardif (Late Harvest Chardonnay). Dinner can be ordered from a table or from the bar and there is no specific dinner-dish-wine pairing of a|k|a’s menu with the Swanson wines.