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Culinary Artistry at the Central Coast Wine Classic

Culinary Artistry at the Central Coast Wine Classic

Central Coast Wine Classic Wine Tasting

Central Coast Wine Classic Wine Tasting

Last weekend Delia sat on the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Symposium panel entitled, “The Venerable, the Relatively New & the New,” held at the fabulous Central Coast Wine Classic held in San Luis Obispo. Her panel was held at the magnificent  Avila Beach Golf Resort and other members of the panel included her colleagues from Opus One and Spottswoode.

The event is always a pleasure for Delia as it attracts many wine connoisseurs from the area and many Viader fans. But an added benefit , Delia says is her “ability to taste my colleagues’ wines and listening to their stories.”  Often,  its fun to realize “how interconnected we are as the ‘old veterans’ of a small community like Napa Valley,” Delia says.
Central Coast Wine Classic with Viader Wines

The Central Coast Wine Classic is a four-day celebration of gastronomic indulgences held in San Luis Obispo County.   Since 1984, the Classic has welcomed the international community of preeminent vintners, sommeliers, chefs, artists, writers and educators to California’s Central Coast for a weekend of gastronomic celebration. Festivities include the annual soirée at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, symposia, tastings, cooking demonstrations and dinners prepared by celebrity chefs, as well as the Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Auction that benefits local non-profit organizations through the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation.

Organizers Archie McLaren and Carissa Chappellet, longtime friends of Delia’s,  make the event  entertaining and it invariably draws a high caliber of the presenters in wine and the culinary arts. This year, Delia had a chance to share stories with her panel attendees about good times past when Viader and Spottswoode shared viticulturist David Abreu and winemaker consultant Tony Soter.  She also recalled a memory from back in the 1980′s; a particular Viader auction lot at the annual Napa Valley Wine Auction. It was a  map of Napa Valley “drawn on” the body of a beautiful Athena sculpted by a local artist.  Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Delia recalls,  perceived the strategic location of Opus One right below the navel while Howell Mountain landing on the right breast with Spring Mountain on the left.  The Baroness exclaimed “My dear I knew that the location of Opus One was a good one but I am now realizing that aside from very good it is also (sexy) “hot.” the crowd got a good laugh as they sipped some of the finest wines from Napa Valley.

Viader "V" Red Wine
Delia and her fellow Napa winery owners enjoy connecting at events such as this. Back in  Napa Valley, they are more often passing ships in the night. She was ecstatic about pouring her wines to this captive and engaged audience. Being part of such a worthwhile charity is also another bonus.

 

The Central Coast Wine Classic foundation focuses on specific projects of 501(c)3 non-profit corporations in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties whose missions are in the Healing, Performing or Studio Arts. Over the past seven years the Foundation has conferred grants totaling $1,615,943 to 76 such non-profits.

Visit the Central Coast Wine Classic website to learn more, and perhaps you can join Delia next year! Please also subscribe to our blog and come visit us . We’d also like for you to join our email list to stay on top of our new releases and special pre-release offers.