Saturday, March 12, 2011

Taste of Yountville Piques Palates

Bottega: Bold Italian Flavors from the Heart of California's Wine CountryYountville is in the heart of California wine country and this Napa location is also known for its top restaurants and hotels. Next weekend you can experience much of what Yountville has to offer all at one time.
The 18th Annual Taste of Yountville Piques Palates is a town wide food, wine and art tasting extravaganza will begin on  Thursday, March 17th with a St. Patrick Day’s menu from corned beef and cabbage to whiskey cake at Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar.  Also that day you can take part in a NapaStyle cooking demonstration and book signing with television personality Michael Chiarello at V Marketplace.  On Friday, check out the new “Art, Sip & Savor” self-guided trolley tour, which will be free to visitors from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  From the trolley, you can hop on and off at wineries such as Domaine Chandon, Hill Family Estate and Cornerstone Cellars , as well as check out the Yountville Art Walk Sculpture Collection.

On Saturday, walk down Washington Street and enjoy the live entertainment, arts and crafts fair and ribs-and-links barbecue. If you prefer gourmet food, Yountville is home to more Michelin stars than most people see in a state.  Take advantage of special deals at iconic places like Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and French Laundry (where special garden tours will be available; ├ętoile; Bardessono; Pacific Blues and more.

For more information on the food and wine festival, visit the official Yountville website, where you will also find special packages that include accommodations.

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