The American Wine Classic – 33rd Annual Wine Auction
2013: The Marvels & Miracles
Event Chairs: Garen and Shari Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard
Beneficiaries: Programs benefiting healthcare and child development in Napa County
*** Raised: $16.9 million ***
– Saturday May 26, 2013: E-Auction Opens for online bids on 170 lots. Raised $430,000.
After we spoke about GAYOT.com and what I like to eat, Riddell got our insights on the Northern California restaurants that won a place in the GAYOT 2013 Restaurant Issue. They include restaurants from chef Thomas Keller, the recipient of the title “Best Restaurateur in the U.S.”
During two challenges, The Mystery Basket yesterday, and The Signature Dish today, ten competitors had to prove to the judges that they can cook. The chef judges were Rick Moonen, Tony Mantuano, Jean Joho (2012 GAYOT.com Best Restaurateur in the US), Michel Richard, Susur Lee, and Mark McEwan; the media judges Dana Cowin, Mitchell Davis, Jacob Richler, Betsy Andrews, and me.
While Napa Valley farmers can earn $5,000 a ton or more for wine grapes, there’s another crop that puts that figure to shame. Truffles can fetch a whopping $1,200 dollars per pound which is the equivalent of $2.4 million per ton. It’s the most expensive crop in the world, even though truffles are actually 83 per cent water.
The 3rd annual Napa Truffle Festival took place recently to celebrate the revered fungus – specifically the prized Périgord black winter truffle – through a series of ethereal meals and fascinating educational seminars. Ground zero was Napa’s Westin Verasa and its La Toque restaurant – though actual ground played a role as well during truffle orchard and wild mushroom forays.
Explore Northern California Wine Country at the North Block Hotel
A stylish boutique hotel in the charming Napa Valley town of Yountville, North Block Hotel invites lovers of the good life to savor its new Wine Explorer package.
Your Wine Explorer escape will begin with tasting visits to a trio of boutique and well-known wineries. Escorted by a private driver, you will visit each winery and then enjoy a wine country gourmet picnic for two overlooking the panoramic Napa Valley. The next morning, linger over breakfast before indulging in a treatment at the pampering North Block Spa.