We were pleased to attend the first annual Flavor Napa Valley Food and Wine event at the Culinary Institute of America in Saint Helena. The Greystone Building, formerly the Christian Brother’s Winery, was all decked out for this tasting trek along the Napa Valley Appellation Trail. There were more than 100 wineries and over 25 Napa Valley restaurants offering tastes as well as access to Celebrity Chefs and Winemakers who were happy to chat and have their photo taken.

Christopher Kostow from The Restaurant at Meadowood

We decided to taste the fabulous cuisine first then go back to sample the wines. We met and enjoyed the cuisine created by the following Celebrity Chefs: Christopher Kostow from The Restaurant at Meadowood, Michael Chiarello from Botega, Masaharu Morimoto from Morimoto Napa, Chris Jones from Brix, Neela Paniz from Neelas, Clint Davies from Fish Story, Dave Cruz from Ad Hoc, Robert Curry from Auberge du Soleil, Steven Tevere from Farm, Almir Da Fonseca from Greystone, Michael Collins from Siena, and Brandon Sharp from Solbar. All of the cuisine was outstanding including the exceptional Beef Bourguignon, Spicy Ahi Tacos, delicious Lamb Chops and sumptuous Braised Pork Shoulder.

Lamb Chops

Napa Valley’s world class wines were next on our agenda. There was no way to taste all of the hundreds of wines but we did find a few favorites. We enjoyed the Grgich Hills and Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignons and the Provenance and Flora Springs Sauvignon Blancs. Flavor Napa Valley was truly a Grand Tasting that one should not miss in 2012!! www.FlavorNapaValley.com



By Carol & Joe Davis