Wine Takes Center Stage At Flavor! Napa Valley

When Flavor! Napa Valley arrives November 20 – 24, heralded names in food such as Chiarello, Carbone, Choi, English, Forgione, Kostow, Morimoto, Pawlcyn, Reddington, and Torrisi will share the stage with another superstar, Napa Valley wine. The wines that made the Napa Valley legendary will be woven throughout the five-day culinary festival with seminars, retrospective tastings, food pairings, and intimate winery and vineyard activities.  

“Wine is an integral part of our lifestyle here in the Napa Valley,” stated master sommelier and Flavor! presenter Andrea Robinson. “We are fortunate to have many of the world’s finest wineries here and participating in Flavor! Napa Valley. If you’re a fan of wine, you will love what we have in store during this five day celebration of the best in the culinary arts.”

New and seasoned enthusiasts will delve into what makes Napa Valley vintages some of the most sought after wines at events such as the Exploring the Rutherford AppellationWhy You Like the Wines You Like, and the grandest tasting of the festival, The Appellation Trail.  Seasoned enthusiasts can partake in theWine Lovers Boot Camp, or match wits with esteemed wine experts at the Top Taster™ event. Toss in exclusive retrospective tastings including a 10-year vertical tasting of Joseph Phelps Insignia, a tasting tribute to Robert Mondavi, 40 years of Cakebread Cellars and a retrospective of the wines of Louis M. Martini, and Flavor! delivers something for every palate.

Other memorable wine-focused events include a private tasting with wine legend Mike Grgich at Grgich Hills EstateThe New California Wine seminar and tasting with Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle, an exclusive tasting of wines featured at Premiere Napa Valley with wine journalist Alder YarrowDiscovering the Diversity of Napa Valley wines with Dean & Deluca wine director Kerrin Laz, and the ever popular Dinner with Napa Valley Winemakers

Guiding attendees through the vintages and varietals are wine authorities such as master sommelier Andrea Robinson, master sommelier Larry Stone, master of wine Tim Hanni, Karen MacNeil, author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, and renowned winemakers such as Charles Krug Winery proprietor Peter Mondavi Sr., Stephanie Putnam of Raymond Vineyards, Danielle Cyrot of CADE Estate Winery, and Marcus Notaro of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.

Flavor! Napa Valley wine events range from $100 to $1200 per person and are available at

Flavor! Napa Valley continues to deliver an acclaimed array of Napa Valley restaurants, vintners, sommeliers, and artisanal food producers, and The Culinary Institute of America alumni celebrity chefs, offering demonstrations, tastings, dinners, lunches, and one-of-a-kind experiences that can be found only in the Napa Valley. Flavor! Napa Valley net proceeds support student programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone Campus in St. Helena, Napa Valley.
The five-day Flavor! Napa Valley™ Celebration of Wine, Food & Fun is an annual event featuring world-class Napa Valley wines alongside Napa Valley’s master chefs and graduates of The Culinary Institute of America. Net proceeds from the event support programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena. The event is hosted by founding sponsors Silverado Resort and Spa and Dolce Hotels and Resorts, in partnership with Visit Napa Valley, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and the Napa Valley Vintners, and is produced by Karlitz & Company. For more details on the festival, including where to stay, please visit Additionally, visit us on Facebook at, and follow @FlavorNV on Twitter.