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Vineyard to Vintner, April 24-26, 2015

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Back-Stage Open Houses

Below are 2014's Open House descriptions. Please look for 2015 updates early next year.

Baldacci Family Vineyards

Our Open House this year includes all the classics—music, BBQ, and of course fantastic Stags Leap District Cabernet (as well as a few of Tom and Brenda's personal favorites). Stop by from 11:00am-5:00pm for our Open House. For a special treat, we will be conducting three library/vertical tastings. Tasting times: 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Reservations are required as space is limited. Please email to reserve a spot for the library/vertical tasting.

On Sunday, visit our tasting room where V2V participants will enjoy a complimentary tasting of our new releases.

Chimney Rock Winery

Something unique is in store for you this year: the opportunity to sample the 2006 vintage — the inaugural vintage — of our famous Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon... RIGHT BY THE VINEYARD! Your visit starts with a barrel taste of the 2012 vintage of Tomahawk at our production facility. Next, take a brief drive on our beautiful new 6 passenger touring car right out to where we source the grapes for this stellar wine. Once by the vineyard you'll taste the 2006 Tomahawk while taking in the beauty and surroundings that make Chimney Rock so unique. This offer is limited by prior reservation and is available weather permitting only on the hour at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Each offering is limited to a total of 6 persons. Please RSVP via email to by Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

For those who do not reserve, Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna and Assistant Winemaker Jeff van de Pol will be offering barrel samples of the 2012 vintage coupled with bites of artisanal cheeses and light hors d'ouevres. These open house tastings will be available for V2V guests between the hours of 11am and 4pm on Saturday.

Cliff Lede Vineyards

We look forward to welcoming you to Cliff Lede Vineyards, where V2V guests will be given exclusive access to visit the winery. Guests that day are the first to experience a pre-release taste of the latest Rock Block Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 Moondance Dream. We will also be featuring our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District and a rare sneak peak of next October's release of the allocated Poetry Stags Leap District. Enjoy tasty bites from one of Napa's favorite food trucks while mingling with Cliff Lede Vineyards Director of Operations, Remi Cohen, and Winemaker, Chris Tynan.

Clos Du Val

Join us for an intimate walking tour and tasting through our Stags Leap District vineyards and cellar. This is an exclusive event offered only to V2V guests. Enjoy special barrel selections perfectly paired with scrumptious delights, preview our 2010 Clos Du Val "Joie du Vin" Cabernet Sauvignon, stroll amongst the very vineyard blocks we harvest from, and meet our team: Kristy Melton, Winemaker, Jason Jardine, President, Al Wagner, Director of Vineyard Operations, and more. Tours will be offered from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday April 25, 2014.

Please email to reserve a spot.

Hartwell Vineyards

We look forward to welcoming you to Hartwell Estate Vineyards, where V2V guests will be given exclusive access to visit the winery. Bob and Blanca will be welcoming guests on Saturday, April 26th from 11:00 to 3:00pm. Join us for a unique sampling of our highest quality Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon with BBQ and other mouth watering food fare. Our Winemaker, Benoit Touquette will be on hand to discuss his take on viticulture, fermentation and aging process.

Our small Stags Leap District Estate Vineyard on Wappo Hill uniquely combines a southern hillside exposure for maximum ripening potential of our red Bordeaux varietals along with cool, fog-filled evenings that allow for optimum structural development yielding greater precision in the harvested grapes. The rare granitic soils (Wappo Hill is believed to be an extinct volcano) retain heat and minimize water retention, stressing the vines causing them to push their roots deeper in search of nourishment. Careful planting of specific varietals with regards to subtle differences in soil depths, composition and daylight exposure, mirrors the fundamental terroir concepts used for centuries on both the Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux.

Ilsley Vineyards

Ilsley Vineyards is a small, limited production winery that is open once a year to welcome V2V guests. Join the Ilsley family as we look back on 60 years of farming in the Stags Leap District and celebrate the 10th vintage of our Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy a sampling of Ilsley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and discover where these fine wines begin and what makes them so special. Chef Ron Stainer is working on an exciting new savory slider to pair with our latest fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon and our unique Seis Primas cookies. The Ilsley family will be welcoming guests on Saturday from 11:00 to 5:00. Please come by and join us!

Lindstrom Wines

Please join us for a unique tasting opportunity at Lindstrom Wines, rarely open to the Public. Vintners Greg and Carol Lindstrom are delighted to welcome you to their stunning vineyard tasting venue overlooking the Stags Leap palisade. Taste the critically acclaimed, limited production Lindstrom Estate Cabernets along with gourmet paella by Gerard's Paella. We look forward to sharing our wine with you!

Malk Family Vineyards

As the smallest producer of hand crafted wine in the Stags Leap District, Vineyard to Vintner (V2V) is the one day of the year we open our home for wine tasting. This day is very special to us as we welcome old and new friends to our home. Nancy and I, together with our highly acclaimed winemaker Robbie Meyer, will be present to answer your questions regarding our wines while you savior the beauty of the manicured vineyards below. Several members of the Malk family will be pouring our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, which has been exceptionally well received. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to taste our yet-to-be-released 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.

Join us under the beautiful Palisades on our deck. Enjoy the magnificent views of the valley floor, while relishing the cool afternoon breezes. Relax with other wine enthusiasts, while enjoying vintage cheese, and fresh berries in season. As always, Tres Classiques will be offering a wide variety of their delicious and creative vinegars and infused olive oils. Make sure you visit us Saturday; we will not be open on Sunday, April 27th.

Odette Estate Winery

Odette Estate is thrilled to invite V2V guests to come celebrate the legendary terroir of Stags Leap District! As the newest member of the famed district we invite guests to join us for an afternoon of delicious fare and even more delicious wines. From 11 am- 2pm, pick the brain of Odette's incredibly talented winemaker, Jeff Owens, who will be on hand sharing exclusive barrel samplings from our first vintages of the highly anticipated Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Or visit our open house any time until 5pm! Guests will be offered a sneak peak of our new, state-of-the-art winery facility features modern design and several green elements — including a living roof. Odette Estate looks to serve as a beacon for both the past and future greatness within the region, and we hope you'll join in our tribute!

Pine Ridge Vineyards

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Stags Leap District with a traditional French country picnic Saturday, April 26th, from 11am to 3pm at Pine Ridge Vineyards. Mingle with renowned Pine Ridge Vineyards Winemaker Michael Beaulac while enjoying our limited availability Stags Leap District Cabernet, Le Petit Clos Chardonnay, specially-selected library wines and breathtaking views of the Stags Leap District Palisades. For the gourmands, we will be serving up our infamous salumi of Cabernet alongside traditional French cheeses to recreate the nostalgia of the gardens of France. Reservations are recommended but not required. Please call 800.575.9777 or email to reserve your spot for this unforgettable afternoon. For guests who would like to visit Sunday, we will be offering complimentary tastings for V2V pass holders.

Regusci Winery

Regusci Winery is excited to welcome Vineyard to Vintner guests to the Ranch for the day from 11:00am to 5:00pm to enjoy classic Stags Leap District wines, delicious appetizers and warm hospitality! The Regusci Ranch is one of the oldest properties in the Napa Valley and features a stunning, historical gravity flow winery building. Guests will enjoy small bites prepared by winery Chef Angel Perez, taste current release wines and sample future wines directly from the barrel, while listening to live music performed by Sean Carscadden (12:00pm - 3:00pm). The Regusci family and staff look forward to welcoming V2V guests and sharing the family's rich farming heritage within the Napa Valley.

Robinson Family Vineyards

Relax with the Robinsons as we welcome you with open arms — and cellar — to our quiet estate winery nestled at the base of the majestic Palisades in the heart of Stags Leap District. We're showcasing three generations of family winemaking with a vertical tasting of our luscious estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Relax on our sundrenched patio with current vintages of our celebrated Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc paired with our famous fresh pizzas pulled directly from our outdoor brick pizza oven.

We will be open Sunday, by appointment only, for a complimentary private tasting for V2V pass holders - (707) 944-8004.

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer extends a warm welcome to this special V2V event and celebration of Stags Leap District, our home since 1973. John Shafer, who led the effort with our neighbors to establish the District (a four-year process from 1985 through 1989) will be on hand throughout the day to greet you along with winery president Doug Shafer and winemaker Elias Fernandez. Doug will be available to sign copies of his book "A Vineyard in Napa," published by University of California Press, which offers an insider account of the formation of the District as part of its overall scope of the past 40 years in Napa Valley. This year we'll uncork two of our Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignons, the 2011 One Point Five, which is a newly released wine, and 2005 Hillside Select, which we will pull from our library especially for V2V guests. Our friend Chef Visconte will prepare delicious hors d'oeuvres to accompany the wines. Our wines available for sale will be 2012 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, 2011 Merlot, and 2011 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon. Our other wines are sold out; likewise because of the extremely limited amount of 2005 Hillside Select in our library, it will not be available for purchase. Please note: Because the of the ticketed V2V morning seminar at Shafer, our event runs from noon to 4 pm.

Silverado Vineyards

Make your reservation now! Join winemaker Jon Emmerich as we celebrate 10 years of SOLO with selected past vintages paired with well-chosen cheese from local purveyors. Napa's very own cheese guru, Janet Fletcher, will personally select artisanal cheeses to pair with each rare wine. Janet is the weekly cheese columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of two best-selling books on cheese: Cheese & Wine and The Cheese Course. Please note: reservations are required for this very limited event. There are two seating times - 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. These seatings will be the only chance V2V participants have on Saturday to join us here at Silverado as we will be busy preparing to host everyone for the extraordinary Sunday brunch. We apologize that we will not be able to accommodate drop-ins, so please make your reservations now by calling (707) 259-6617.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is home to two of Stags Leap District's most iconic vineyards: FAY Vineyard is the first cabernet vineyard in the district. It was planted by pioneering grape grower Nathan Fay (who went against the conventional wisdom of the day and planted cabernet in a region that was "too cool for cabernet"). Adjacent sits the S.L.V. vineyard, where wine from two-year-old vines bested some of France's greatest Bordeaux in the famous 1976 Paris Tasting that helped put American wine on the map.

V2V guests will be hosted by members of our winemaking and viticulture teams for an exclusive Alchemy of Fire & Water seated tasting at 11am, 1pm and 3pm in one of our private estate venues. Discover what makes these historic estate vineyards unique by savoring the "water-like" elements of FAY and the "fire-like" elements of S.L.V. Winemaking is certain to open up a library wine for the occasion. Space is limited for the seated tastings and an advance reservation is required to reserve your space at 707.261.6495. For guests who are unable to make the seated tasting time, a complimentary estate tasting will be offered in our tasting room.

Stags' Leap Winery

Stags' Leap Winery invites you to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the acclaimed Stags Leap District at one of the oldest wine estates within the appellation. In honor of this special occasion, winemaker Christophe Paubert will be on hand throughout the day pouring his newest releases as well as exclusive library and large format selections. Be amongst the first to experience the inaugural 2010 release of the limited production Audentia Cabernet Sauvignon, and hear firsthand from Christophe what makes this inimitable wine a tribute to our elegant estate and a must-have for your cellar. Rarely open to the public, the historic Manor House porch will be yours for the afternoon to enjoy Cantinetta Tra Vigne pizzas (noon - 2:30pm) alongside these exceptional selections. Special V2V pricing will be extended to guests.

Steltzner Vineyards

Join Steltzner Vineyards where we began over 45 years ago beneath the Stags Leap District Palisades, for a V2V exclusive event. We have closed the tasting room and moved locations so we are out of the caves into the vineyards here in the Stags Leap District. Meander down the back roads and tucked between Malk Family and Robinson Family you will find Steltzner Vineyards Poolside. Overlooking our 30 acre Estate, taste our newest releases, meet our family and nibble some delicious steaks — cooked Argentinean style. Tasting will include a pre-release of our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Sangiovese, and our 2011 Estate "Pool Block" Cabernet Sauvignon. Stroll the vineyards, peek in our garden and enjoy the view from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

Taylor Family Vineyards

V2V guests can stroll and sample our handcrafted confections under the oak trees, surrounded by three generations of the Taylor Family while sipping our estate grown 2009 SLD Reserve Cabernet. In addition, you can enjoy our newly released 2011 Hillside Chardonnay and our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.

At 11:00 and 12:15 we will offer a special sit down food and wine pairing hosted by Sandy Taylor including our current releases plus our inaugural and limited (49 case) production of Cumulus. Seating is very limited; please call us at 707.255.3593 to reserve your place at our table.

Terlato Family Vineyards (open house at Chimney Rock Winery)

Future & Past: Join our winemaking team in our original barrel room and experience a barrel sampled taste of our beautifully crafted Cabernet Sauvignon that will be available to you sometime in the future. Follow that with a taste of a library vintage highlighting the superior aging ability of a wine from the decade past. Tastings will be coupled with bites of artisanal cheeses and light hors d'ouevres. Open house tastings will be available for V2V guests between the hours of 11am and 4pm on Saturday.

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