“And the wine was bottled poetry.”
The sign that greets visitors as they enter Napa Valley is both whimsical and promising. But as one of the world’s most well-known and well-respected wine growing regions, the promise is easily fulfilled.
The wines coming out of Napa Valley may have an extraordinary reputation (and for good reason), but what’s even more incredible is the actual size of the region producing such impressive vino. Napa Valley is actually one of the world’s smallest wine-growing regions, comparable to one-eighth the size of France’s Bordeaux region, yet it’s international reputation is just as widespread. Even on a regional scale, its reputation far surpasses its size. Only 4% of California wine is produced in Napa Valley, yet it’s arguably the most notorious wine region in the state.
Almost all Napa Valley wineries (a staggering 95% to be exact) are family-owned businesses, many passed down through generations. Majority of these wineries produce only 10,000 cases per year. Nearly 500 of these wineries are members of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, a non-profit organization that promotes and protects the region, as well as gives back to local communities.
The Napa Valley Vintners Association recently partnered with select wine educators around the country to help promote their wines. One of those selected was Salt Lake City’s Jim Santangelo, owner of the Wine Academy of Utah, who was chosen for his enthusiasm and dedication to wine education. If you’ve ever attended one of Jim’s wine classes through the University of Utah Continuing Education or his monthly wine pairing classes at The Leonardo, you know exactly why he was picked.
As part of the partnership between the Napa Valley Vintners Association and the Wine Academy of Utah, The Leonardo hosted a Napa Valley Wine Social where wine-lovers learned about and tasted four Napa Valley wines paired with bites created by the Salt Bistro’s chef Zanetta Jones. The social was informative, yet fun, and I left armed with tons of Napa Valley knowledge and a list of wines to buy at the liquor store.
The next partnership event is taking place right now at the BTG Wine Bar, called Taking Over the Taps, where a bunch of Napa Valley wines are featured at the bar until September 27, 2014. It’s a great chance to taste your way through several of the region’s wines, thanks to the bar’s design-your-own wine flights and the availability of 3 oz. pours for tastings.
The finale to that event is the Napa Valley Wine Pairing Dinner featuring a four-course meal from the Molise region of Italy paired with eight Napa Valley wines. The dinner is at the BTG Wine Bar on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 7 pm. Click here to learn more and/or sign up for the event or call 801.359.2814.
Both events are not to be missed. After all, how can you resist having a glass of bottled poetry?
Disclaimer :: I was graciously treated to the Napa Wine Social at The Leonardo by the Wine Academy of Utah. All opinions are my own.