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Napa’s Definitive Wine Country Festival

Napa Valley may be small in size, but it is giant in impact. With over 400 wineries and counting, this valley first put California wine on the map by winning the Judgement of Paris blind competition 40 years ago, an event recounted in the 2008 film, Bottle Shock. Having just wrapped upon March 20, the 5th annual Flavor! Napa Valley celebrated this historic moment (along with many others) during their huge four-day festival. 

Flavor! Napa Valley began on Wednesday evening on the grounds of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia. Called the Downtown StrEAT Market, this event showcased the talented chefs, artisans, sommeliers and artists of the city itself, which has become a mecca for famished foodies. Among the dishes we tasted were curried shrimp from Kitchen Door, wood-fired pizza from Ca’Momi, ribs and slaw from Bounty Hunter and truffle risotto from Tarla—all enhanced by boutique wines. 

Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Diane Sukiennik is an internationally recognized writer, coach, keynote speaker, consultant, educator and licensed therapist. She is the author of The Career Fitness Program: Exercising Your Options, 11th edition, Prentice Hall, the most widely used text in colleges and universities in the subject area. A self-proclaimed 'leisurologist,' she speaks French and Spanish, is an avid world traveler and...(Read More)

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