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Beringer Announces New Napa Valley Culinary Program

May 15, 2001 Napa Valley, CA

Beringer Vineyards is proud to announce its new Master Series on Food and Wine. Beginning this July, enthusiasts who love to cook and enjoy great wines can take part in a unique adventure: the opportunity to personally meet and talk to world-class chefs and winemakers, to savor the best of their creations, and to discover some of the "hidden" cultural treasures of the Napa Valley.

The Beringer Master Series sessions will be limited to small groups of 10-12 guests for an intimate, highly-focused experience. "The people they will meet and the things they will learn cannot be duplicated," says Tor Kenward, Master Series founder.

Ever finish a wonderful meal at a 3-star restaurant and longed to ask the chef how she made that marvelous reduction sauce? Or sipped an estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon that presented extraordinary flavors and wanted to know the winemaker’s secrets? Participants in the Beringer Master Series will have the opportunity to do both.

"The key to making this program truly exceptional," says Kenward, "is the willingness of these chefs and vintners to open the doors of their private kitchens and exclusive wineries to us. And to teach, answer questions, and share their knowledge with our small groups."

A list of participating chefs in the Master Series reads like a Who’s Who of famous culinary artists, among them: Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustards and Miramonte, Terra’s Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani, Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko, Bradley Ogden of Lark Creek Inn, and Jerry Comfort of the Beringer’s Hudson House, former home of Madeleine Kamman’s School for American Chefs. In November Julia Child will hold court over a one-day class to finish the 2001 programming.

The Master Series vintners tend to specialize in rare, distinctive wines, including: Amizetta, Barnett, Constant, David Arthur, Far Niente, Kongsgaard, Long Meadow Ranch, Spottswoode, Staglin, Stags’ Leap Winery, Viader, Vine Cliff, and of course, Beringer.

During the summer months and into harvest season, Beringer plans five 5-day Master Series sessions. The schedule for 2001 is July 6-11, July 13-18, August 10-15, September 7-12, and October 5-10. The cost of each session starts at $5,800 and will feature different itineraries and daily experiences.

"What sets the Master Series apart," says founder Kenward, "is the opportunity to spend hours in intimate association with these renowned chefs and vintners, discovering new varieties of flavor, texture, and aroma, and, by Series end, enjoying a fully rounded experience."

For example, one afternoon may be spent with Thomas Keller in the garden of The French Laundry, discussing the importance of local purveyors and what to look for in the selection of fresh ingredients. The day would culminate in a unique and richly rewarding dining experience at The French Laundry with an insider’s knowledge of what has gone into the presentation of this extraordinary meal.

Another day may start with a hands-on demonstration of the winemaking process. Guests then participate in a walking tour of Beringer’s Bancroft Ranch on Howell Mountain, discussing the natural influences that contribute to the grape’s distinctive bouquet and characteristics. It is this journey through distinctive vineyard terroir that will bring an enlightened appreciation of Beringer’s rare vineyard-designated Merlots and Cabernets.

Beringer Master Series guests will stay at Meadowood, a resort that is itself a singular Napa Valley experience. They will be part of the same small group for all five days, fostering a relaxed and friendly spirit.

"We have created a memorable experience," says Kenward, "an energizing forum that cannot be replicated…in a place that cannot be duplicated."

For more information on sessions and dates, please contact:
David Mitchel, Director of Operations or Tor Kenward at (707) 967-4451

Accommodations: Meadowood, Napa Valley

Class #1
Arrive Friday, July 6, 2001 – Depart Wednesday, July 11, 2001
- $6,000
Participating wineries: Beringer Vineyards
Chappellet Winery & Vineyard
Constant-Diamond Mountain Vineyards
Opus One
Spottswoode Vineyard & Winery
Stags’ Leap Winery
Viader Vineyards & Winery
Vine Cliff Winery
Participating chefs: Jerry Comfort, Beringer’s Culinary Director
Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko
Gerald Hirigoyen, Fringale, Patise
Thomas Keller, The French Laundry
Kelley Novak, Spottswoode Vineyard & Winery
Carmen Quagliata, Tra Vigne
Class #2
Arrive Friday, July 13, 2001 – Depart Wednesday, July 18, 2001
- $6,000
Participating wineries: Beringer Vineyards
Chappellet Winery & Vineyard
David Arthur Vineyards
Hess Collection Winery
Stags’ Leap Winery
Participating chefs: Jerry Comfort, Beringer’s Culinary Director
Hiro Sone and Lissa Dumani, Terra Restaurant
Thomas Keller, The French Laundry
Carmen Quagliata, Tra Vigne
Donna Scala, Bistro Don Giovanni
John Vlandis, Hess Collection Winery
Class #3
Arrive Friday, August 10, 2001 – Depart Wednesday, August 15, 2001
- $6,000
Participating wineries: Far Niente Winery
Honig Vineyard & Winery
Luna Vineyards/Kongsgaard
Spottswoode Vineyard & Winery
Staglin Family Vineyard
Stags’ Leap Winery
Participating chefs: Jerry Comfort, Beringer’s Culinary Director
Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko
Thomas Keller, The French Laundry
Kelley Novak, Spottswoode
Cindy Pawlcyn, Mustards Grill, Miramonte
Carmen Quagliata, Tra Vigne
Sean Knight, Pinot Blanc
Class #4
Arrive Friday, September 7, 2001 – Depart Wednesday, September 12, 2001 - $6,000
Participating wineries: Amizetta Vineyards
Barnett Vineyards
Beringer Vineyards
Livingston-Moffett Wines
Long Meadow Ranch
Stags’ Leap Winery
 Participating chefs: Jerry Comfort, Beringer’s Culinary Director
Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko
Thomas Keller, The French Laundry
Bradley Ogden, Lark Creek Inn
Mariano Orlando, Cantinetta
Carmen Quagliata, Tra Vigne
 
Class #5
Arrive Friday, October 5, 2001 – Depart Wednesday, October 10, 2001
- $5,800
 Participating wineries: Amizetta Vineyards
Beringer Vineyards
Constant-Diamond Mountain Winery
Grace Family Vineyards
Long Meadow Ranch
Stags’ Leap Winery
Vine Cliff Winery
 
 Participating chefs: Jerry Comfort, Beringer’s Culinary Director
Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko
Thomas Keller, The French Laundry
Mariano Orlando, Cantinetta
Cindy Pawlcyn, Mustards Grill, Miramonte
Carmen Quagliata, Tra Vigne 

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WINERIES

Amizetta Vineyards
Barnett Vineyards
Beringer Vineyards
Chappellet Winery & Vineyard.
Constant-Diamond Mountain Vineyards
David Arthur Vineyards
El Molino
Far Niente
Grace Family Vineyards
Hess Collection Winery
Livingston-Moffett Winery
Long Meadow Ranch
Luna Vineyards/Kongsgaard
Opus One
Spottswoode Vineyard & Winery
Staglin Family Vineyard
Viader Vineyards & Winery
Vine Cliff Winery
 

 

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