I was fortunate to be invited by the good folks at CellarPass and Tastelive to participate in interactive tastings coinciding with the inaugural 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival. Rather than follow the festival model of starting small and building on success, the inaugural Napa event will encompass four towns, 12 screening venues and 112 films. The event brings together great filmmakers, films, wines, top chefs, and food during the weekend of November 9-13.
Several wine bloggers were invited to participate in online tastings throughout the weekend hosted by Editor-in-Chief Alan Kropf of Mutineer magazine. Kropf offerd the following about the events: “We’ll be producing five shows in three days. Along with our scheduled line up, we’ll be inviting talent off the red carpet for spontaneous interviews, and responding to questions posted by our blogger panelists. It’s going to be a bit of a thrill ride that should deliver some sweet surprises.”
I will be participating in four tastings during the weekend beginning with the Opening Night Gala at Robert Mondavi winery in Oakville. Anyone interested in following along with some the festivities can join the conversation at Tastelive. I'll be posting recaps on all the events over the next week or so. For now, on to the wines.