Join City Winery as we welcome renowned sommelier and author Kelli White. She will guide us on a tour of Napa’s history as well as some of Napa Valleys classic wines. You’ll journey with Kelli through the early days of Napa winemaking to it’s current stardom, while tasting wines from producers like...
There will also be a ‘bite flight’ prepared by our Executive Chef Nick Anderson. In addition to tasting delicious wines, you’ll also receive a copy of Kelli’s book ‘Napa Valley Then & Now’. It’s a must-have for any wine lovers collection, and this is a rare opportunity to meet and speak with the author. *ticket price includes 2-oz of each wine, ‘bite flight’ food, and a copy of Kelli White’s book Napa Valley Then & Now (valued at $95)*
ABOUT KELLI WHITE:
White's work as a sommelier, first at New York City’s Veritas and then at PRESS in St. Helena, has been covered by many of the wine industry’s top publications, including Food & Wine, Vinous, The Wine Advocate, The Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle, World of Fine Wine, and Forbes; in 2013 she was named one of Food & Wine’s top ten sommeliers in the country. Her writing has appeared in World of Fine Wine, Robb Report, Sommelier Journal, Le Pan, and Vinous.
At Vinous, Kelli was a key member of the maps team, and worked with famed Italian cartographer Alessando Masnaghetti to map many of the appellations of Napa Valley. In 2016, she was nominated for the highly prestigious Roederer Award for Best Emerging Wine Writer. Her book, Napa Valley, Then & Now, was released in November of 2015 and has received enormous critical acclaim, winning both the IACP award for Best New Wine, Beer, or Spirits Book as well as a Graphis design award.
In 2011, she co-founded a small wine brand, Houndstooth, with her fiancé Scott Brenner, and she also made a brief appearance in 2015's documentary Somm II: Into the Bottle. In October of 2016, Kelli led a wine tasting seminar at Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women's Summit in Laguna Niguel, CA. Most recently, she joined GuildSomm as Senior Staff Writer.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Napa Valley, Then & Now is an in-depth look at the history, the land, the wineries, and the wines of Napa valley, with a special emphasis on tasting notes of older vintages.
Written by sommelier Kelli Audrey White, this book serves as a much-needed definitive guide to one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions. Exhaustively researched and thoughtfully organized, Napa Valley, Then & Now chronicles the rise of Napa’s wine industry from its earliest days to its current glory, examining its triumphs and failures along the way.
Critically, it also checks in on the current state of many of Napa’s historic wines and vintages, just as interest in this heretofore marginalized category of wine is starting to grow.
For too long, California wines were considered unworthy of great age. White seeks to dispel that notion, and is uniquely qualified to do so, having spent the last several years tasting through the cellars of countless vintners and private collectors in Napa Valley and beyond. In these pages, she guides the consumer through her findings, not only highlighting what to pursue and what to avoid, but providing context for each wine so that it might be understood as part of a larger historical narrative. In short, this is a singular, exceptional work that is a great addition to the annals of wine scholarship.