One of my favorite places to visit while in Napa is the The Culinary Institute of America. On  March 13, 2010, the CIA (at Greystone) will honor their 2010 Vintners Hall of Fame inductees, during a day-long Celebration of California Wine & Food. This will culminate with the Vintners Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The ceremony will be preceded by a 6:00 p.m. reception,  featuring the wines represented by the 2007, 2008, and 2009 inductees.

The 2010 class to be inducted includes the following illustrious crew:

  • Leon Adams, a founder of the Wine Institute
  • Andy Beckstoffer, longtime Napa Valley grower 
  • Al Brounstein, founder of Diamond Creek Vineyard
  • Randall Grahm, founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard
  • Zelma Long, veteran winemaker

The evening celebration continues with a walk-around dinner in the school’s Teaching Kitchen, with celebrity chefs and wine makers including the following:

  • Michael Chiarello
  • Todd Humphries
  • Christopher Kostow
  • Anne Gingrass-Paik
  • Sarah Scott

Guests will be able to dance the night away to the sounds of Jeffrey Campbell & Megan Slankard, while enjoying desserts created by renowned pastry chefs, including Emily Luchetti of Farallon.

If you would like to join this year’s Celebration, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a morning Wine & Food Salon at the CIA. This will then be followed by a wine-country lunch, tour, and tasting at a prestigious Napa Valley winery.

There are a limited number of seats available for Creating Flavor: The Art of Food & Wine Pairing featuring wine expert and Chair of the CIA’s Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies, Karen MacNeil, and CIA Chef Bill Briwa. Wine writer and chair of the VHF Electoral College, Blake Gray, will join David Breitstein for the morning’s other Wine & Food Salon, Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Tasting Historic Magnums from the California Collection of David and Judy Breitstein. Link

Proceeds from the Vintners Celebration of California Wine & Food will provide scholarships for the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the CIA at Greystone.

The cost of the evening reception, induction ceremony and walk-around dinner is $250 ($150 tax-deductible). Each $250 ticket includes the opportunity to purchase a Wine & Food Salon seat and a tour, tasting and lunch at a Napa Valley winery for an additional $150 ($75 tax-deductible).

For more information on the 2010 Vintners Hall of Fame Induction celebration, please contact Reuben Katz, 707-967-2305 or

For more information on the Vintners Hall of Fame and to view the list of 2007, 2008 & 2009 inductees with their photos and biographies, please visit

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