Premiere Napa Valley Attracts Wine Enthusiasts from Around the World

It’s wine party weekend in the Napa Valley beginning this Thursday as nearly 200 wineries will act as hosts at nearly 40 preview tastings.  The sneak-peek tastings will lead up to the famous barrel and live auction for 23rd Annual Premiere Napa Valley (PNV19) happening Saturday, February 23 at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Ca.  This yearly sold-out event will attract approximately 1,200 wine professionals, including more than 750 top trade and media from around the world.  PNV19 is touted as the homecoming for the wine trade and wine collectors.  The week builds up to Saturday’s Barrel Tasting and Live Auction, where bidders will be among the first to taste vintages yet to be released and secure distinctive Premiere Napa Valley wines as part of wine collector’s portfolio. 

Premiere Napa Valley wines are the most unique wines made from Napa Valley’s top winemakers. 187 lots will be sold this year from mostly 2017 vintages with a selection from 2016 and 2018.  These one of kind wines are limited edition with offerings of 240 bottles or less.

Last year’s PNV brought in more than $4.1 million to support the Napa Valley Vintners’ mission to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley. Top selling lots from last year included offerings from Silver Oak, Alpha Omega, Rombauer Vineyards, Vine Hill Ranch, Staglin Family Vineyards, Chappellet Vineyard, Hourglass, Ovid Napa Valley, Shafer Vinyeards, Quilt Wines and Duckhorn Vineyards.


Vintage Perspective Tasting and 20 Case Lots Preview Tasting, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Freemark Abbey

This walk-around, blind tasting will explore Cabernet Sauvignon in a vertical of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages, Chardonnay in a vertical of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 vintages from producers throughout the Napa Valley as well as the 20-case lot donors.


Barrel Tasting & Live Auction, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

This is it! Taste and network with owners and winemakers from 175 Napa Valley producers, enjoy lunch prepared by The Culinary Institute of America, and experience the fast-paced and high-energy Live Auction of the wines previewed earlier in the day. Space is limited. Reserve your tickets early for next year.

  • 9 to 9:30 a.m. — Barrel Tasting Preview for past successful bidders
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Barrel Tasting
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lunch
  • 1 to 3:30 p.m. — Live Auction

To view the PNV Wine portfolio, visit


Photo Credit: Alex Rubin

Author: Kari Ruel courtesy of Napa Valley Life Magazine