A great milestone for the library, the Napa Valley Wine Library Association is celebrating 50 years with its Wine Library Weekend, August 18 and 19, 2012.
This tasting will be happening on Sunday, August 19, at Silverado Resort and Spa. There will be a seminar the day before at CIA | Greystone, in which winemakers will discuss the demands and opportunities that family-owned wineries offer, regarding changing or adhering to family tradition as they present a selection of their wines.
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The Napa Valley Wine Library Association expects over 100 Napa Valley wineries to participate in its 50th Annual Tasting on Sunday, August 19. This summer, the Napa Valley Wine Library Association has invited Napa Valley wineries to pour two wines: a current release and an older vintage for the landmark tasting, “A Toast to History: Vintner’s Choice” in the Oak Grove at Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, where the event has been held for the past twenty-five years. This tasting is still a favorite event among local vintners, with winery principals and winemakers taking turns pouring their wines.
Preceding the tasting is a seminar with winemakers at CIA-Greystone in St. Helena on Saturday, August 18. At “A Toast to the Future: the Next Generations,” second, third, even fifth generation vintners from Napa Valley wineries will present their wines as they discuss the challenges and opportunities to meet changing market conditions while maintaining family tradition. The panels will focus on the wineries, vineyards and daily operations. After the seminar, an informal lunch from Bouchon Bakery will be served in the gardens of Spottswoode, where the Association’s Annual Tastings were held from 1966 until 1970. A tour of the adjacent vineyards and winery of Spottswoode Estate, celebrating its 40th anniversary, concludes the Saturday event.
The organization’s first Annual Tasting was in 1963, when the handful of Napa Valley wineries then in business poured their Johannisberg Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon in the former showroom of a liquidated lumber company in St. Helena (where Safeway is located today). After the first annual tasting, the Association offered Napa Valley’s very first wine appreciation classes in 1964. Since its founding, the Association has been an exceptional resource for wine education in Napa Valley and has sought to develop and maintain a diverse resource of materials for wine-related studies at St. Helena Public Library. An irreplaceable collection of books, videos, oral histories, wine labels, and scholarly and popular journals relating to Napa Valley and the winegrowing world is constantly added to for use by historians, wine enthusiasts, wine professionals, and artists alike.
The Annual Tasting is free for members. Membership is $75.00 or $80.00 on the day of the tasting. The seminar is $95.00. For more information on how to join the organization or register for the seminar call 707.963.5145, visit www.napawinelibrary.com, or write Napa Valley Wine Library Association, PO Box 328, St. Helena, CA 94574.
- Diana Stockton, Events Administrator