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Alison Cochrane
 
July 9, 2013 | Alison Cochrane

Midsummer Medieval Festival 2013

We hosted our annual Midsummer Medieval Festival on June 22 this year, and our guests (and staff) had a fantastic evening filled with wine, food, and a whole array of medieval games and entertainments. Please enjoy a few of our favorite moments from the event below, and we're looking forward to next year's festival already!

It was a perfect June day in the Napa Valley as our guests arrived for a glass of wine on our Il Passito patio before the Joust

Our president, Georg Salzner, graciously welcomed our wine club members and their guests to the festivities (and even found a fair maiden whose costume matched his!)

A few of our guests in their medieval finery welcoming the knights to the Joust!

Sir William and his companions, our noble knights of the Joust

 

Everyone eagerly awaiting the start of the Tournament

 

A fair guest was invited to challenge one of the knights, whom she soundly defeated in battle

 

He graciously gave her a rose in thanks for not being too rough on him

  

The knights displayed their skill on horseback in a number of Tournament events

The highlight of the evening: the Joust!

   

Noble Lords and Ladies of the Tournament

 

 

 

Our guests were enjoying the chance to be noble (and not-so-noble)

 

A taltented troupe of singers entertained as our guests learned the "latest" dance steps

 

Fire Dancers mesmerized the audience with a spectacular evening finale in the Courtyard

Even the Supermoon made an appearance above the Castello as the festivities drew to a close.

Want to see even more pictures from this great event?

Check out our album on our Facebook page, and see even more photos on our Flickr feed!

Alison Cochrane
 
June 10, 2013 | Alison Cochrane

"Stay Rad Wine Blog" reviews our 2012 Pinot Grigio and 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Recently, Jeff of "Stay Rad Wine Blog" came "back to the Castle" to review our 2012 Mendocino County Pinot Grigio, pairing it with a scrumptious looking Mac n' Cheese. Here's what he had to say:

"Color: Very pale yellow.  Think of the color of hay.

"Nose: Massive amounts of honeysuckle (maybe due to the 3.8 g/L of residual sugar) create a nice backdrop for the green apple and honeydew fruits.  The nose isn’t overly sweet.  There are plenty of wet rocks to balance everything out.

"Taste: There is a surprisingly nice petrol note to this wine which provides for a very fun, viscous mouthfeel.  As with most Pinot Grigios, there is a brightly acidic backbone to this wine that delivers a variety of citrus fruit flavors of lemon and lime zest.  There is a nice combination of honey and minerality at play here too.

"Score: I get it.  Castello di Amorosa makes wines consisting of mainly Italian varieties of grapes, and no self-respecting “Italian” winery would ever label a bottle as “Pinot Gris”, but… This is not one of those ordinary, 20-dollar, flat-lemon-lime-soda-tasting, Italian Pinot Grigios that have been taking over your local super market in recent years.  This drinks like one of those rich, subtle, and intriguing Oregonian Pinot Gris that I have been grooving on in recent months.  Stylistically, these guys have done everything right with the grape they call the “Grey Pine”.  At 87+ points, you may want to introduce this Pinot Grigio to your favorite housewife."

Check out the rest of his review on his blog here, and be sure to scroll down to see his fantastic comments about our 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir as well! 

Alison Cochrane
 
May 7, 2013 | Alison Cochrane

Thumbs Up Wine visits THE CASTLE!

Recently, Joe and Matt of Thumbs Up Wine paid a visit to the Castello, and had a blast making this fantastic video. It's THE CASTLE!

Matt and Joe from Thumbs Up Wine

"If you're coming to the Napa Valley either for a day or for a week, there are certain things you have to see. We call them the Seven Wonders of the World, and this is one of them: THE CASTLE!" - Joe, Thumbs Up Wine

Toasting our Il Barone with Dario

The Thumbs Up Crew with Dario

Thank you Matt and Joe for such a great review of the Castello! We're looking forward to your next visit!

Alison Cochrane
 
April 30, 2013 | Alison Cochrane

Ragin' Cajun spices things up at the Castello

On Saturday, April 20th, New Orleans came to the Castello for our Ragin' Cajun party.  As the sun went down, the beads and beats came out, and the Castello was transformed into a sizzling scene full of live music, tarot readings, and hot and spicy Cajun foods paired with our Castello wines!

The main event featured Gator Beat, a high-energy Zydeco and New Orleans R&B band based out of Sonoma. They kept the Cajun beats going throughout the evening out in our courtyard, where guests dressed in their best Creole "style" danced the night away.

In all I'd say it was a "ragin'" success, but you can see for yourself in the photos below!

You know it's going to be a great night when Fantasia is flowing!

 Gator Beat getting the party started out in the courtyard.

A few of our favorite Wine Club members with the Voodoo King.

Guests enjoying some of the delicious Cajun cuisine (and Castello wines!) in our Great Hall.

So many good things in one pot!

All of the delicious Creole cuisine at the party was provided for our guests by Oak Avenue Catering. Ca c'est bon!

Way to rock that New Orleans style!

The featured cocktail of the evening was the "Hurricane di Amorosa," a tantalizingly effervescent mix of our Fantasia with orange sorbet. Santé!

Who wants to hear their future? Tarot card readings in the chapel.

Feelin' the love!

Ragin' Cajun Ladies

Willard Blackwell on washboard keeping the Zydeco beats bumping through the night.

Out on the dance floor. Laissez les bon temps roulet!

Il Barone himself, Dario Sattui, made an appearance later on in the evening.

Our wonderful events team celebrating the fruits of their labors. Merci boucoups for throwing such a great party!

Another fantastic Wine Club event at the Castello. We're looking forward to next year already!

 

Photos by Raymond Ibita Photography. Check out his album here or visit our Facebook page!

Time Posted: Apr 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

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