17th Annual Taste of Yountville

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By • Jan 13th, 2010 • Category: Wine and Liquors

Get to know the culinary corners of Napa, Calif., at the 17th Annual Taste of Yountville.

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Spring gets spicy in Napa Valley as the annual Mustard Festival unfolds and the region’s top toques team up for a one-day street party at the 17th Annual Taste of Yountville, Saturday, March 20, 2010. This gourmet gallop puts foodies on the fast track to the town’s 13 renowned restaurants, 20+ local wineries and an array of mustard and olive oil producers on tap for tastings. The 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. event is free; tasting tickets are $1.00 each.

Sporting six new Michelin stars, two new hotel properties and three new restaurants, Yountville is primed for a season of rebirth and renewal. Its prominence as one of the West Coast’s top culinary hot spots continues with the addition of Hotel Luca and Cantinetta Piero (Nov./2009), Bardessono hotel, spa and restaurant (Feb./2009) and Laura Cunningham’s Vita (summer/2010) teamed with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group.

The town-wide event with billowing white tents along Washington Street, V Marketplace and Washington Square turns up the heat with dishes crafted from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, Redd, Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar, Mustard’s Grill, Cantinetta Piero, Bardessono,├ętoile at Domaine Chandon,Brix, Bottega and Bistro Jeanty. A special garden tour of the French Laundry’s two-acre culinary masterpiece is also in the lineup on an hourly basis with head gardener Tucker Taylor. Visitors can also tap into the one day Passport which features trips and giveaways at day’s end.

Wines from the Yountville appellation will flow along with an arts and crafts exhibit, live entertainment and a ribs and links barbeque sponsored by the Yountville Fire Department. Key participants include Domaine Chandon, Jessup Cellars, Bell Wine Cellars, Goosecross Cellars, Hopper Creek Winery and Hendricks Wines, among others. Tri-Eagle Beverage will belly up with beer.

Sponsored by the Yountville Chamber of Commerce, the “Taste of Yountville” is a prime time to cash in on the town’s off-season hospitality including 20 percent savings on hotel packages. Work off those worldly pleasures with a leisurely bike tour through the vineyards, stint at the spa or morning hot air balloon ride. Packages available at www.yountville.com/accommodations.

Site of Napa Valley’s first planted vines (1838), Yountville sits at the epicenter of the region’s culinary scene sporting the Valley’s top-ranked restaurants (six Michelin stars), 28+ wineries and/or producers and 11 lodging properties. An ideal base for the avid oenophile, Yountville offers the county’s only hot air ballooning launch, five National Register of Historic Places sites, a microclimate pedigree with its own AVA, world-class shopping and performing arts. Located 55 mi./88 km. north of San Francisco, travelers can arrive via scenic Highway 29 or via Napa County Airport, Sacramento (SMF), Oakland (OAK) or San Francisco (SFO) international airports.

For more information and travel inquiries, contact the Yountville Chamber of Commerce at 707.944.0904 or www.yountville.com.

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