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Appellation St. Helena Wine and Food Competition Features James Beard Winners and Industry Experts as Professional Judges


ST. HELENA, Calif.Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Saturday, March 30, Appellation St. Helena (ASH) will host their 10th annual wine and food pairing event, bASH. The event, which draws attendees from all over the country, provides guests with the experience to taste wines from one of Napa Valley’s most respected viticulture areas, paired with creations from local restaurants and rising star chefs. Attendees explore the art of food and wine pairing and vote on their favorites alongside notable industry professionals.

Held in the historic barrel room at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), guests visit tasting stations where wines from about 30 wineries will be paired with savory bites prepared by culinary students, as well as by esteemed winery chefs and St. Helena restaurants. Attendees also serve as judges, tasting each combination and voting on their favorites throughout the evening, to determine the “People’s Choice” awards. Attendees consistently call it “the best food and wine event in Napa Valley.” 

This year will feature new “Critic’s Choice” awards for Best Pairings, voted on by five industry professionals. The judges are: Susie Heller – James Beard Award recipient, food media maven and cookbook author; Leslie Sbrocco – James Beard Award recipient, lauded wine personality and critic; Virginie Boone – Wine Enthusiast contributing editor and wine author; Christopher Sawyer – Master Sommelier; and Soleil Ho – San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic.

This sell-out event celebrates St. Helena’s winemaking legacy that began with innovative vintners and continues today with some of the most famous cult wine vineyards and winemakers in the world. “As far as I am aware, this is the only advanced and serious high-level wine and food pairing competition of its kind” says Lars Kronmark, head student chef instructor at the CIA. bASH is produced in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America, Sunshine Foods Market, and the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets and event information are available at http://2019bash.eventbrite.com

About Appellation St. Helena

Appellation St. Helena is comprised of roughly 12,000 acres, of which approximately 6,800 are planted to grapes – more than any other AVA in Napa Valley. As Napa Valley’s epicenter of wine, its mission is to promote the quality of grapes grown and wines produced from the St. Helena AVA, representing more than 50 wineries and 20 growers. For more information, visit www.AppellationStHelena.com 

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