Napa Valley Vintners Ride Into Texas and Oklahoma

More Than 65 Napa Vintners to Visit the Lone Star and Sooner States


10/4/2010 - St Helena, CA--From October 11-14, 2010, winemakers and principals from more than 65 Napa Valley wineries will visit Houston, Dallas, and Oklahoma City to showcase America's premier wine region as part of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) association's signature "Taste Napa Valley" program. During the week in the Southwest, the NVV will sponsor a wide range of trade/media, consumer, and charity-fundraising events featuring Napa Valley wines
--and the people behind them.

These events provide an opportunity for Texas and Oklahoma residents--including sommeliers, retailers, journalists, and consumers--to learn more about the Napa Valley, its individual wines, and even the 2010 harvest, which is already in full swing.

The list of events open to the public (tickets required), as well as the major trade/media tastings, are below:

The "Taste Napa Valley: TX & OK" Schedule:


Taste & Tweet
6:00 - 8:30 pm
$15/person (in advance, $20/person at the door)
Block 7 Wine Company
720 Shepherd Drive
Houston TX 77007
Learn more about Napa Valley wines and meet the vintners behind them. A $15 pass (or $20 at the door) includes fifteen tastes and appetizers. During the tasting, say what you think about the wines by tweeting your tasting notes using the hashtag #TasteNapa. After the event, enjoy a 25% discount off food in Block 7's restaurant.
*To purchase tickets, please visit or call 713.572.2565.


Houston Media/Trade Tasting (MEDIA AND TRADE ONLY)
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford
Houston TX 77002
More info at

"A Night in Napa"--Women of Wine Charity Tasting for Houston Area Women's Center
6:30 - 8:30 pm (6:00 - 6:30 pm is VIP entry)
The Allen Center
1200 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002
Join the Women of Wine (WOW) as they raise money for a worthwhile cause while sipping on the very best from 11 Napa Valley wine producers. All money raised from this spectacular wine tasting will be donated to the Houston Area Women's Center - a safe haven for women suffering from domestic or sexual violence.
*To purchase tickets, please visit or call 713.532.6907


Dallas Media/Trade Tasting (MEDIA AND TRADE ONLY)
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Cityplace Conference Center
2711 North Haskell Avenue, 42nd Floor
Dallas, TX 75204
More info at

Meet the Vintners at Centennial Fine Wines & Spirits (three locations)
5:30 - 7:30 pm
6805 West Northwest Highway store

8123 Preston Road store

Addison, TX store at 15055 Inwood Road
972.239.5891: HONIG VINEYARDS

These in-store events feature great Napa Valley wineries and the people behind them--and they give customers a unique opportunity to purchase (and learn about) several limited-edition Premiere Napa Valley wines. Premiere Napa Valley is the NVV's annual barrel tasting and auction, the American wine industry's most prestigious gathering for the wine trade, held each February. Bidders from across the country and around the globe purchase the 200 unique, small-lot crafted-only-for-PNV offerings.

"Angels & Aces"--March of Dimes
Signature Chefs of Dallas Event
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Frontiers of Flight Museum
6911 Lemmon Avenue
Dallas, TX 75209

The 15th annual Signature Chefs of Dallas will feature 20 chefs' dishes paired to Napa Valley wines. The evening will feature Lead Chef Kent Rathbun and 19 other Dallas area top chefs. Festivities will begin with a VIP reception, followed by culinary samplings paired with exquisite wines from 40 of Napa Valley's finest vintners. A live auction with one-of-a-kind items wrap up the evening's festivities. Proceeds benefit research to find causes for birth defects and improve infant health. In addition, it provides support for perinatal education and programs about healthier babies.
*To purchase tickets, contact Katie Sperry at 972.232.1355

Keenan, La Sirena, and ZD Wine Dinner
Abacus Restaurant
6:30 pm
$160/person (plus tax and gratuity)
4511 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Enjoy amazing Napa Valley wines--and talk to vintners--from Keenan Winery, La Sirena, and ZD Wines, paired with a special menu at Kent Rathbun’s renowned Abacus restaurant.
*To reserve, contact Julie Baker at 214.520.0151

Peju Wine Dinner at The Place at Perry's
7:00 pm
$85/person (plus tax and gratuity)
2911 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75205
Join Herta Peju for a multi-course dinner featuring a stellar selection of Peju Province wines, including the 2009 "Pink" (a special wine whose proceeds go in part to support breast cancer research and awareness.)
*To reserve, call 214.871.9991


Oklahoma City Media/Trade Tasting (MEDIA AND TRADE ONLY)
2:00 - 4:00 pm
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
More info at

Taste Napa Valley Fundraiser for
The National Cowboy & Heritage Museum
6:00 - 8:00 pm
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Sam Noble Special Events Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
From 6 to 8 pm, guests can savor wines from nearly three dozen Napa Valley wineries, accompanied by foods from local chefs. The tasting provides visitors a unique opportunity to meet the people behind Napa Valley wines and a chance to participate in a silent auction raising money for the nonprofit Museum.
*To purchase tickets, visit
or call 405.478.2250 Ext. 219

For more information about "Taste Napa Valley: TX & OK," including a list of participating wineries, or to arrange an interview with a winemaker, contact:

Michael Gitter
First Press Public Relations

Terry Hall
Napa Valley Vintners

About the NVV
The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the country’s premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 400 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the world-wide wine industry.

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Contact: Terry Hall, Communications Director 707-968-4217