Two Days of Sampling and Sipping at the Calistoga Food and Wine Event
Napa Valley is synonymous with unbelievable wine experiences, from famed wineries and their wares, to behold-the-majesty of nature and weep scenery to pair. Beyond the favored beverage, the valley is considered a culinary capital of the world. A location where world-renowned chefs culminate to assess their skills and showcase the bounty of the regions provisions. The combination of the two is a next level pairing and these attributes makes the Valley a go-to when it comes to exploring the latest flavors of food and drink.
Continue upvalley and you’ll hit Calistoga; the rustic and refined hat of the region. Known for the geothermal waters that flow beneath and the plethora of spa services that coincide, there’s a small town feel but it truly is anything but tiny. A downtown strip of local shops, delightful restaurant, and petite tasting rooms welcome you to explore, but beyond these boundaries is an extensive list of notable wineries waiting to be savored.
In celebration of all things food and wine in Calistoga, the Calistoga Winegrowers and Solage Calistoga are hosting an epicurean adventure with their fourth annual Calistoga Food and Wine event on April 21st-22nd. Bringing together the top chefs and boutique wineries from the acclaimed AVA, this two-day event will celebrate the signature, sensorial delights of the region and the exceptional individuals behind them. This opportunity to interact with the purveyors of wine and food will take guests beyond to gain a broader understanding of the diverse, local industry and the many facets that make it noteworthy.
Two signature events will bookend the weekend with each being housed in a notable, Calistoga location. Choose your favorite or attend both for the full flavors of some of the most hard to find, boutique wineries and notable local chefs and restaurants. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga.
Friday, April 21st – Winemaker Dinner at Fairwinds Estate
Friday festivities have a special, intimate location in Fairwinds Estate’s 22,000 square foot wine cave. Join Chef Rick Warkel, of Calistoga Kitchen, for a crafted meal beginning with local cheeses and charcuteries, leading to family style samplings of colorful roasted beets, akaushi, flavorful short ribs, and creamy risotto (along with much more!) And the final encore of flourless chocolate cake with raspberries and Chantilly cream. This decadent meal, in an absolutely spellbinding setting, will include wines from a trio of local wineries. Thoughtful pours will complement each memorable course and highlight the Calistoga AVA.
Saturday, April 22nd – Grand Tasting at Solage
The Palisades and beautiful outdoor lawn of Solage will be the setting for part two of the weekend’s events. The Grand Tasting is truly an afternoon of delights. This epic exploration is hosted by Solbar and will boast the skills of eight Calistoga culinary greats with delectable small bites and interactive cooking stations. Sip the fruits of the labor of over 40 local wineries, some without their own brick and mortar locations, and sample the diversity of the region’s most crisp whites, hearty reds, and everything in between.The Moonglow Trio will be the complementary soundtrack to the picturesque views and elevated tasting event.
Gustavo Rios of Evangeline
Nick Montanez of Calistoga Inn
Gayle Dierkhising of All Season’s Bistro
Reylon Agustin of Rosewood Sand Hill
Gina Carlin of Regina’s Heavenly Treats
Bryan Moscatello of Calistoga Ranch
James Richmond of Veraison
Jamie Anzalone of Calistoga Olive Oil
August Briggs Winery
Bennett Lane Winery
Chateau de Vie
Coquerel Family Estate Wines
Fairwinds Estate Winery
Harris Estate Vineyards
Huge Bear Wines
Jack Brooks Vineyard
Jericho Canyon Vineyard
Jones Family Vineyards
Kenefick Ranch Vineyards
Knighton Family Vineyards
Laura Michael Vineyards
Phifer Pavitt Wine
Storybook Mountain Vineyards
Summers Estate Winery
Tom Eddy Winery
Make a weekend out of the event and book your stay at Solage to take advantage of staying on site, and the use of their swimming pool and spa facilities for the ultimate in wellness and food and wine weekends.