Taste of Atlas Peak: Enjoying Wines from a 200-Year-Old Source

Taste of Atlas Peak PostcardCome discover (and/or rediscover) wines from the Atlas Peak Appellation (a source of exemplary grapes since 1810) at the Taste of Atlas Peak event on Saturday, September 26th.  Taking place between 1 pm and 4 pm in the Ranch House at Black Stallion Estate Winery (4089 Silverado Trail, Napa), the Taste event promises an enjoyable afternoon of wine tasting, food pairings, live music and a silent auction.

Trinchero Napa Valley

Trinchero Napa Valley

Once known primarily for Zinfandel, the appellation now also produces top-notch wines made from Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot) and white wine varietals such as Chardonnay, Marsanne and Sauvignon Blanc. Wineries offering tastes of their wines made from grapes grown in Atlas Peak on the 26th include Alpha Omega Winery, Black Stallion Estate Winery, Dos Lagos Vineyards, Hill Family Estate, Krupp Brothers Estates, Lagniappe Peak, Lobo Wines, Trinchero Napa Valley and VinRoc Wine Caves.

Tickets for Taste of Atlas Peak are $75 in advance or $100 at the door.  However, if you move quickly, you may still be able to purchase Special Advance-priced tickets for only $50 per person (so maybe you should just go do that right now). Several of these wineries are difficult to find and/or not normally open to the public so you should really consider taking advantage of this rare opportunity to taste these small production gems all together in an easy-to-get-to-and-park-at location. To purchase tickets online, please go here.

Caprese IngredientsIf you attend the event, you can also enjoy food offerings from Maverick’s Catering to accompany the wines.  The menu for the day includes Cheeses (and Crackers), Bocconcini Skewers (with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Balsamic and Olive Oil), Stuffed Potato Skins (with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Sour Cream and Chives) and Chicken Empanadas (with Braised Chicken and Tomato Coulis).

Musical entertainment at Taste of Atlas Peak will be courtesy of The Hummingbirdz.  Originally formed in the spring of 2004, the band gained a loyal following in the Bay Area playing covers and original songs inspired by blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Junior Wells.  You can hear a sampling of their songs by following this link.

Atlas Peak AVA MapThe Atlas Peak region is located in Napa County on the western slopes of the Vaca Range, separating the Napa and Sacramento valleys, and is named after the most prominent peak in the area (with an elevation of 2,663 feet). The region was originally approved as an American Viticultural Area in 1992 and today there are over 1500 acres planted to vineyards in the 11,000+ acres of land that encompass the appellation.

The Atlas Peak Appellation Association (APAA) boasts a membership of wineries and wine growers committed to growing and producing world-class wines but they also welcome consumers to their family of supporters.  Friends of Atlas dues are $50 per person, and if you sign up for a membership your benefits will include:

  • Invitations to all APAA events, including the Annual Picnic and Meeting
  • Invitation to participate in other events/activities that the APAA organizes or endorses with a 20% discount on tickets
  • Discounts on wine tastings and wines from participating member wineries
  • Room discounts at several high-end hotels including Silverado Resort & Spa and the Napa River Inn 

You can learn more about APAA membership by going here.  Hope to see you at the Taste of Atlas Peak next Saturday!



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