2Earthy Delights Chefs, scientists, growers and
gourmands gather to celebrate the
“black diamond” fruit of fungi at the
Napa Truffle Festival. Enjoy culinary
demos at Oxbow Marketplace, truffle
lunches at Merryvale and Jamieson
Ranch vineyards, an ambrosial
Truffles and Wine Dinner at La
Toque prepared by Michelin-starred
chefs, and special appearances by
canine truffle sniffers Rico and Lola
from the Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Truffle Orchard. January 15–18.
1Dionysian Decadence At this five-day fete, culinary
legends and luminaries reveal
the bounty found in Napa Valley.
Flavor! Napa Valley kicks off with
a Downtown strEAT Market
party including street performers,
gourmet takes on street fare, and
unexpected pours from local sommeliers. Also look for chef demos,
intimate winemaker workshops
and a grand tasting highlighting
100 wines and 30 restaurants at
the Culinary Institute of America.
March 16–20. flavornapavalley.com
3Season of the Olive Sonoma celebrates the thick-skinned drupe with monthlong
merriment, including a Blessing of
the Olive ceremony at the Sonoma
Mission, a shaken-versus-stirred
bartender contest called Martini
Madness, and the Feast of the
Olive, where top toques and winemakers mastermind a five-course
menu in homage to the olive and
its cherished oil. January 1– 31.
From truffle-tracking dog demos and martini madness to elevated
street fare and mind-blowing wine dinners, there’s decadent fun
to be had at these not-to-miss wine country events. ANN W YCOFF
Sip and Savor Socials
GAME ON With the Bay Area hosting Super Bowl 50, Auberge du Soleil is playing
along and putting its game face on with one-night specials. Football fans score a
Maison King Room and gourmet party snacks paired appropriately with a bottle of
Vermeil Proprietary Red (the winery co-owned by former NFL coach Dick Vermeil).
Guests also receive a complimentary wine tasting at Vermeil Wines, resort credit and
a discount at the luxe spa. We suggest the Gametime sports massage and head-to-
toe treatment. The Gametime package starts at $898. aubergedusoleil.com ANN W YCOFF
BUBBLES IN THE
MAIL After seeing the
same five mass-produced
choices being offered for
bottles of her favorite
Sherri Corker launched
Champagne. Corker decided it was
both an opportunity and a duty to
Champagne patrons like herself
to offer a carefully curated collection of grow-er-produced
bubbly from France.
Sheri’s Champagne will
deliver six unique bottles,
twice a year, to your door.
A portion of the proceeds
benefit women and girls in
STEM education through
The Buck Institute’s
Double X’s program.
sherrischampagne.com M. T.