2018 ASBA WINTER MEETING

February 23-25, 2018 • Meritage Resort & Spa • Napa, CA






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Wine Tour
Must be 21 years of age to attend

ASBA has created a great Wine Country experience to provide attendees access to some of the most iconic and authentic production winery experiences. Attendees will visit one of Napa’s most historic and architecturally significant wineries, paired with a smaller scale winery where the production facilities will be toured and the story of winemaking, from grape to glass will be presented. Tour participants will be picked up by a private motor coach with a knowledgeable Verve Napa Valley host to manage the logistics of the day and provide interesting and insightful commentary.

Judd’s Hill Winery
The Finkelstein Family has been making wine in The Napa Valley since the 1970s. Judd is the second-generation winemaker, and continues to produce signature wines that are fruit-driven and concentrated while remaining well-balanced and food-friendly. He takes an intimate and personal approach to winemaking, limiting his annual production to less than 3,000 cases. Judd’s Hill also provides an intimate experience for each visitor. A wine knowledgeable educator introduces and explains each wine and guests are free to see the production facilities where wine is transformed from grape to glass.

Inglenook Winery
The Inglenook legacy began in 1879 when Gustave Niebaum, a Finnish sea captain, wine connoisseur and entrepreneur, came to Rutherford to build a wine estate that would rival Europe's finest. When Niebaum's grandnephew, John Daniel, Jr. inherited the chateau and vineyards in the 1930s, Inglenook had already earned international acclaim. Francis and Eleanor Coppola purchased the property in 1975 and have spent forty years reuniting the original vineyards, returning winemaking operations to the chateau, and restoring Inglenook's illustrious heritage with the help of renowned wine consultant Stephane Derenoncourt and Managing Director and Winemaker Philippe Bascaules. In honor of this estate and its historical significance, we have restored the name, Inglenook.

Learn the rich history of this impressive historic winery, tour the barrel aging cave and taste a flight of award winning wines.

Charles Krug Winery
Charles Krug Winery, the oldest winery in the Napa Valley, recently renovated its historic Redwood Cellar, turning it into one of the most stunning Tasting Rooms in all of Napa Valley. Howard Backen, Napa’s architect to the stars, designed the remodel adding elegance and comfort while maintaining the historical significance and charm of the century-old structure. Originally established by Prussian immigrant Charles Krug in 1861, with over 150 years of history, the winery is a must-see destination for visitors traveling to the Napa Valley. Purchased by Cesare and Rosa Mondavi in 1943, it is home to America's first family in wine.

Pine Ridge Cellars
Pine Ridge founder Gary Andrus, inspired by the illustrious wines of Bordeaux, believed in the Napa Valley’s potential to produce wines of similar stature. He planted the property’s original namesake vineyard on a steeply terraced hillside flanked by a dramatic ridgeline of pine trees in the Stags Leap District. Gary’s pioneering efforts with this first vineyard were met with tremendous success as the Bordeaux varietals he planted – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot – thrived and produced wines of great distinction. In the following years, Pine Ridge continued to acquire exceptional vineyard sites across the region. Today, the Estate’s 200-acres span over five renowned Napa Valley appellations – Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Oakville, Carneros and Howell Mountain.

Follow the path of the grapes as they arrive at the winery during harvest – from the crush pad, to the fermentation tanks, to the barrels. Walk through the extensive barrel aging cave and taste their superb wines among the barrels in the cave.

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