As you might imagine, I love the Napa Valley, and I particularly love the little towns that line Highway 29, the main route linking the valley’s south and north ends.
That includes Yountville, where the valley’s first grapevines were planted in 1838, and where today one can dine at a different Michelin starred restaurant four nights per week.
In mid-March, the town will open its culinary arms wide as it plays host to one of the most eclectic and enjoyable food-and-wine events around. The details are in this media release…
The townsfolk of Yountville invite visitors and friends alike to discover their town during Taste of Yountville, Friday through Sunday, March 14-16. The annual event — including the town’s signature street party and the Napa Valley Open Studio Artists’ Art Show — often coincides with bud break in Napa Valley vineyards, when the hillsides are lush and green, the mustard is blooming, and the vines are coming to life.
The pull-out-all-the-stops Taste of Yountville street party promises tasty fun Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Food and wine lovers will sip and sample while strolling down Yountville’s charming main thoroughfare, indulging in savory bites from this culinary mecca’s famed restaurants, and tasting microbrews and wines from dozens of Napa Valley wineries.
Tasting tickets are $1 each. Block party tastemakers in this Michelin-star studded village have previously included Bouchon Bakery, Bottega, étoile at Domaine Chandon, Lucy, Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar, Redd and others. Wineries include Cliff Lede, Domaine Chandon, Hestan, Cornerstone and many more.
Master Gardener Aaron Keefer will lead tours of The French Laundry’s acclaimed gardens on the hour beginning at noon. There will be live entertainment at several locations along the route, including Sweet Burgundy and local surf band The Deadlies.
There also will be an arts and crafts fair to meander through, and an exciting “passport” program with a punch — attendees who have their Taste of Yountville Passports stamped in five spots along the route will be entered to win gifts from Yountville.
A juried show showcasing the fine art, jewelry and photography created by more than 30 local artists will round out the festivities. KTVU Channel 2 Sports Anchor Mark Ibanez will emcee.
For more information and updates on Taste of Yountville events, contact the Yountville Chamber of Commerce at 707-944-0904 or click here.