Mount Veeder Calls: The 2016 Appellation Wine Tasting

2016 Mount Veeder Appellation Wine TastingMark your calendars and prep your tastebuds because the Mount Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting is less than a month away, on Saturday, August 6th. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to taste and enjoy wines from 25 Mount Veeder wineries, including several that aren’t normally open to the public, all gathered at The Hess Collection (4411 Redwood Road, Napa).

Between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm that day, the Tasting will celebrate the amazing wines from this appellation accompanied by small bites, live music and a silent auction.  General Admission is going to be $100 per person but if you move quickly you may still be able to purchase Special Advance Tickets for only $75 each. For more details, and to purchase tickets, please go here.

Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

Participants in the Mount Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting include wineries both big and small, with experience all the way up to 40 years in the business. This event offers a delightful opportunity to enjoy Fontanella Family Winery Chardonnay, Godspeed Vineyards Chardonnay, Yates Family Vineyard Cheval (Cabernet Franc), Lagier Meredith Tribidrag (Zinfandel), Robert Craig Winery Cabernet Sauvignon and Y. Rousseau Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, among others.

As you can probably tell, we encourage people to attend this event because we always find wines to love and recommend ourselves at each year’s tasting. Some of the other wineries pouring this year will be Anthem Winery & VineyardsChateau PotelleThe Hess CollectionMarketta Winery, Mayacamas VineyardsMithra WineryMount Veeder WineryO’Shaughnessy Estate WineryProgenyRubissow Wines and Vinoce.

On the southwestern side of Napa Valley, Mount Veeder is an appellation where richly intense, age-worthy wines have been produced since the 1860’s. The white wines made from grapes grown here display luscious stone fruit, hints of citrus, and herbal aromas and flavors.  Mount Veeder red wines typically exhibit dark fruit flavors of blackberry or raspberry, sweet herbal notes and deep stony minerality with forest flora aromatics.

Roasted Pork Sandwich

Roasted Pork Sandwich

In addition to the great wine, a major attraction of the Mount Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting is the food, prepared by Hess Collection Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson for attendees to enjoy between sips.  Last year, guests’ choices included Charcuterie, Nuts, Cheeses, Radishes with Sea Salt, Caprese Skewers, Grilled Figs, and a Roasted Pork Sandwich with Roasted Peppers, Bacon and Arugula.

And let’s not forget the music, because The Hummingbirdz will be performing live once again. 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.

Y Rousseau Wines

Y. Rousseau Wines

The Mount Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting is presented by the Mount Veeder Appellation Council. The appellation covers about 16,000 square miles in Napa Valley within the Mayacamas mountain range that separates Napa and Sonoma Counties.  Due to the scarcity of plantable sites on Mount Veeder, only about 1,000 acres out of 25 square miles are planted to grapes.  Yields on the mountain vineyards are exceptionally low (about half the Napa Valley average) which helps produce richly intense and age-worthy wines in this appellation.

Once again, for complete details about the event and/or to purchase tickets, please go here.


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