• Masters and Makers @ Meritage - The Ultimate Napa Valley Food and Wine Experience

    POSTED January 6, 2015
This February, the Meritage Resort and Spa will host the second annual Masters and Markers @ Meritage. This weekend-long food and wine event features the best of Napa Valley and Sonoma County vino and farm-fresh creations. Guests can also enjoy interactive seminars and culinary classes at the event, taking place Feb. 13- Feb. 15.  A winemaker dinner to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay will be held in the Estate Cave, including a gala and tasting that will feature Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.
The Meritage strives to teach each attendee, regardless of wine tasting background, about the Napa Valley wines. A variety of interactive, educational and unique activities are available to guests throughout the weekend of tastings and events.
“We’re looking forward highlighting what the Napa Valley does best, wine and food, at this year’s Masters and Makers @ Meritage,” said Michael Palmer, general manager of The Meritage Resort and Spa. “This is more than just an event, it is an experience that only Napa Valley can offer and we know that attendees will come away with an increased appreciation for the art of winemaking.”
Friday, February 13 – Amuse Bouche:
 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., The Masters and The Makers
Enjoy a Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Trinitas Cellars, and Master Sommelier as they taste and review five quintessential wines from Napa Valley. $40/person
Friday, February 13 - 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., The Stag’s Leap Reserve Winemaker Dinner in the Estate Cave
Guests will experience food and wine through master Sommeliers and wine makers with Meritage Executive Chef Krisztian Karkus. The event will feature wines from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. $175/person
Saturday, February 14 – Á la Carte Saturday:
 (Guests are able to choose from several activities)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., “Dirt and Rocks” by Quintessa
 Learn about how soil and climate influence finished wine, through a Barrel Sample Exploration of Napa Terrior. The event, hosted by Quintessa, includes tasting five wines, two finished wines from two different vintages and three barrel samples (current vintage terrior expressions of Cabernet). Lunch will also be served. $90/person
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Cook to This! Trinitas Cellars Cooking Class and Wine Pairing
 Guests sip wine as they help create each course of their lunch with custom recipes paired with wines from Trinitas Cellars. $90/person
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Trinitas Cellars Shape of the Glass Tasting with RIEDEL
Join Trinitas Cellars and RIEDEL at the Trinitas Library and experience some of the finest wines in their portfolio, while becoming an expert of the different shapes of glasses. Learn about how to match your stemware to your wine and enjoy the benefits of improved bouquet, texture, flavors and finish. $60/person (optional event, not part of all-access pass)
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Gala and Grand Tasting
 Guest have the opportunity to pair a variety of exquisite wines with a wonderful selection of seafood, delightfully prepared meats, caviars, cheeses and decadent desserts, including chocolates from le Belge Chocolatier, while enjoying contemporary live music. The Grand Ballroom is transformed into a majestic tasting room with 30-40 wineries from Napa Valley and Sonoma County showcasing many of the finest wines produced in the region. A portion of the proceeds from the Gala and Grand Tasting will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay.$125/person
Sunday, February 15 – Prendre Un Verre:9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Bubbles and Brunch

Guests are treated to a farewell brunch paired perfectly with the sparkling wines of Napa Valley. $49/person, add tastings from Napa’s top sparkling winemakers $20/person

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Appellation Tasting
Enjoy a casual afternoon tasting of 30-40 wines from both Napa and Sonoma Valleys paired with cheeses and charcuterie. $40/person

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