Napa Valley is perhaps the most popular wine region in the USA. Visit this part of California not only to sample wines but to experience its fine-dining scene as well. If you are planning a holiday here in March 2016, you will also get an opportunity to participate in popular the annual festival Flavor! Napa Valley. This legendary festival is scheduled from 16th to 20th March.During these five days, the festival hosts 40 events including winemaker workshops, wine tasting sessions, celebrity chef demonstrations, and exclusive dining experiences. Let’s check out the top picks of Flavor! Napa Valley.
First Taste Napa – The Downtown strEAT Market
Flavor! Napa Valley kicks off with this colourful event on 16th March at 6pm. Visit the new CIA Downtown Campus at Copia to enjoy creative demonstrations of street foods by numerous chefs. Several restaurants are participating in this event and you can join various tasting sessions as well. Awe-inspiring street performances are sure to add more to this event.
A Celebration of the Judgment of Paris Dinner
Visit Silverado Resort and Spa on 17th March to experience the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Judgement of Paris, a legendary wine competition which took place in 1976. This 4-hour long event will start at 6pm and you can enjoy wines from notable wineries including Stags Leap Wine Cellars, Chateau Montelena and Spring Mountain Vineyard. Besides, an exquisite five-course meal also entices epicureans to this event.
The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is going to host an array of wine classes on 18th and 19th March. At these classes, you can learn about several local as well as international wines. Upcoming winemakers will showcase their talent at a wine class named Forward Thinking, The Young Stars of Napa Valley. High Elevation Wines, and Aromatic White Wines for Spring are other popular wine classes you can attend.
Legendary Napa Valley, The Grand Tasting
This is probably the key draw of Flavor! Napa Valley. On 19th March, you can sample vintage wines and delectable dishes served by some of the most celebrated chefs and vintners from Napa Valley. Tickets are available online for this grand event, scheduled to be held from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.