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Third Annual Carneros Cornhole & Wine Tasting to Benefit Local Fire Departments- Aug 10

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What started out as a fun way to get folks together for some wine and friendly competition in the summer of 2017 looks to be turning into a yearly occurrence.  As we prep for the third annual Carneros Cornhole & Wine Tasting on August 10, 2019 at Etude Wines, proceeds of which benefit the Carneros and Schell-Vista Fire Departments, The Carneros Wine Alliance is taking its cornhole seriously.  The AVA, which straddles the southern edges of both Napa and Sonoma Counties and is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is not the only one; I see cornhole boards popping up everywhere from coffee shops to country clubs and even now on major sports channels. The American Cornhole League Championship (yes, it’s that official) has a broadcast deal with ESPN and the ACL Commissioner Stacey Moore says the beanbag-tossing sport even has Olympic-level ambitions.

Whatever your ambitions, it’s now a fact that cornhole pairs well with wine, food, music and fun. This year, the Carneros Cornhole and Wine Tasting will be held on the lawns of Etude Wines, located on Cuttings Wharf road.  Ticket prices include a walk-around wine tasting from Carneros Winery Alliance member wineries including Artesa, Calmére, Ca’ Momi, Cuvaison, Etude, Poseidon Vineyard, Schug, Saintsbury, Sangiacomo, Truchard, and Viansa, as well as small bites from popular Carneros eateries.

GraphicAs we approach the second anniversary of the devastating 2017 Wine Country Fires, which ripped through the Carneros hills in the very first hours of the fire the night of October 8, it seems especially appropriate that the event’s proceeds will benefit the Carneros and Schellville Fire Departments.  Though the Carneros area has largely recovered from the fires, it’s always a good idea to support the local fire teams which were among the first on the scene in 2017 and will continue to be vigilant as the surrounding hills dry out and turn golden as Harvest approaches.

I had the opportunity to chat with the Carneros Wine Alliance Vice-Chair, Nichole Peterson, to ask her more about this year’s event.

Q:  How does 2019 (the third annual) differ from the past two Carneros Cornhole & Wine Tasting events?

A:  This year we are thrilled to have the addition of Carneros-area fare from BoxCar Fried Chicken and Carneros Resort! This event has grown in the last three years and to have the partnerships with Hint water, along with our food vendors to support our local volunteer fire departments has been amazing to see. We are also excited to be able to add a raffle this year with our wineries graciously donating experiences for the participants to win.

Q:  Do you have to come with a planned partner or will people be put into teams?
A: Once you check in you are able to either be placed on a team with your planned partner or you can be paired up should you wish.

Q: Any secret tips for winning at cornhole?
A: None that I am aware of aside from holding a glass of Carneros wine to balance you out as you toss!

Here are the details:  Carneros Cornhole Tournament & Wine Tasting

What:  Taste exceptional Carneros wines from Carneros Wine Alliance member wineries including Artesa, Calmére, Ca’ Momi, Cuvaison, Etude, Poseidon Vineyard, Schug, Saintsbury, Sangiacomo, Truchard, Viansa, and then compete against local winemakers in a Cornhole Tournament! All proceeds go to the Carneros & Schell-Vista Fire Districts.

When:  Saturday, August 10 2019, 4-6 PM

Where:  Etude Wines, 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa CA 94558

Tickets:  $60, which includes participation in the cornhole tournament, wine tasting with our 12 wineries and small bites by BoxCar Fried Chicken & Biscuits and The Carneros Resort and Spa plus special guests Hint Water and California Olive Ranch.   Buy tickets here, proceeds go to the Carneros and Schell-Vista Fire Departments.

ABOUT The CARNEROS WINE ALLIANCE:

The Carneros Wine Alliance is a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA).  Carneros is the bridge between two major wine regions, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  A cool-climate appellation influenced by the waters of the San Francisco Bay, Carneros has long been known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine production.  The Carneros Wine Alliance is committed to promoting the distinction, diversity and above all, quality, of grapes and wines from Carneros. www.carneros.com

 

Alison Crowe is the Director of Winemaking for Plata Wine Partners which produces Garnet Vineyards, Picket Fence Vineyards wines as well as bespoke and custom wines for retailers and restaurants and is happy to disclose that she’s a member of the Carneros Wine Alliance.   @alisoncrowewine  ancrowe@hotmail.com

 

 

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