Hello, welcome to my first-ever wine blog for Marin Magazine. I thought I’d get things started by plugging a party taking place this Saturday night, August 8, at the Clos du Val winery in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District. As a wine writer who’s married to a winemaker, I definitely attend more than my fair share of wine events, but last year’s reserve release party at Clos du Val was bar none the most enjoyable and festive that I’d been to in a long time. The theme didn’t hurt: Gods and Goddesses, with attendees and winery staff all decked out in togas and laurels, feasting on an incredible array of gourmet treats and drinking not just Clos du Val’s current releases, but a couple of vintage Cabs from the ’70s as well.
This year, ancient Greece and Rome have been traded in for a Prohibition-era Speakeasy, so get out your Jazz-Age finery and make the quick trip from Marin to the southernmost winery on Napa’s Silverado Trail (click here for directions). The cost is $75 per guest if you’re new to Clos du Val, $35 for wine club members.