Flavor! Napa Valley

By, Diane Sukiennik

If ever there was a destination worthy of a world class food, wine and lifestyle festival, it would be Napa. The very mention of this renowned wine producing area evokes savoring swoons among those who have sipped the nectar of the gods produced here.

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Even more delirious with delight are those who know the history of this venerable wine area and how in 1976, the wines from some of Napa’s producers upended the wine world by winning blind competitions over France’s most esteemed wines. (See the movie “Bottle Shock,” ( 2008) to experience firsthand, the history, serendipity, drama, and pride that this victory created.)

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Yet, despite its long and illustrious reputation for excellence in the viticulture and culinary world, it has only been since 2011 that Napa has hosted its own festival,Flavor!Napa Valley.

Having attended, one might say it was worth the wait. Taking place the week before Thanksgiving, five days and nights are devoted to the celebration of all things Napa. Here, in one place, you have the origins of what has made the American wine scene so renowned. Imagine being in the spot where the combination of people, place and product makes for sensational synergy.

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