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Solage Kicks Off Three-Day Annual Celebration of Upper Valley Vintners, Farmers and Chefs in Calistoga, Napa Valley

Calistoga, Calif. (APRIL 11, 2019)Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, the award-winning Napa Valley resort located in Calistoga, has partnered with Calistoga Wine Growers to host the sixth-annual Calistoga Food & Wine Event, a multi-day event showcasing the talents of celebrated Calistoga wineries and chefs from Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11, 2019.  Founded by Solbar at Solage in 2013, the annual event brings the community together through culinary creativity, distinct regional wines and live entertainment.

“Solage is honored to team up with some of the top culinary masterminds and award-winning vintners in this region for this spectacular event that celebrates the Calistoga community,” said Donald Stamets, General Manager, Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We look forward to this annual celebration each year as it brings together both newcomers and old friends as they experience the local flavors of the region through innovative dishes, unique pairings and wines prepared by the very best.”

For the ultimate luxurious experience, Solage is offering guests a special Calistoga Food & Wine Package, which includes a nightly room rate in one of Solage’s expansive studios and two tickets to The Grand Tasting event with over 40 wineries to taste from.

The weekend will kick off on Thursday, May 9 with an exclusive reception highlighting three exceptional local chefs including Solage’s Executive Chef Gustavo Rios and seven wineries pouring their top-tier wines at Clos Pegase Winery, a classic Napa Valley destination for award-winning, estate wines and awe-inspiring architecture. On Friday, May 10 participants will join Solbar’s Executive Chef Rios for a delectable four-course tasting experience set among the rolling vineyards of Hindsight Wines. During this intimate tasting experience, guests will enjoy seasonal flavors prepared by Chef Rios while sipping on exquisitely paired Hindsight Wines.  Later that afternoon, participants can sip, savor, mingle and learn about Calistoga wines at the Calistoga Winemakers Roundtable led by Leslie Sbrocco, famed television celebrity and host of “Check Please Bay Area”. During this interactive roundtable discussion, guests will be able to enjoy light bites and taste wines from each participating winemaker while learning about the unique characteristics of their wines and the Calistoga AVA. Following the roundtable discussion and Q and A session, guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the winemakers as well as make arrangements to visit their wineries. In the evening, participating local restaurants will be offering a customized Calistoga Food & Wine dinner menu, which will include complimentary corkage for Calistoga AVA wines.

The week culminates on Saturday, May 11 at Solage for The Grand Tasting event with Solbar Executive Chef Gustavo Rios and the Calistoga Winegrowers. The annual event features over 40 of Calistoga’s premiere wineries paired with tastings from local restaurants. Solage provides an elegant yet welcoming backdrop to showcase the region’s top-tier and most sought-after wineries along with delicious small bites and live cooking stations from local restaurants highlighting locally-grown seasonal ingredients.

Availability for all Calistoga Food & Wine Events are limited and requires tickets to be purchased in advance on Eventbrite.

Participating Calistoga wineries include: 2880, Amici Cellars, August Briggs Winery, Baldacci Vineyards, Ballentine Vineyards, Barlow Vineyards, Bennett Lane Winery, Bragg Vineyards, CAMi Vineyards, Canard Vineyard, Chateau Montelena, Clos Pegase, Coquerel Family Estate Wines, Davis Estates, Dutch Henry, Fairwinds Estate Winery, Fisher Vineyards, Girard, Hindsight Wines, Huge Bear Wines, Jack Brooks Vineyard, Jericho Canyon Vineyard, Jones Family Vineyards, Kaiser Family Winery, Kenefick Ranch Vineyards, Knighton Family Vineyards, La Sirena, Phifer Pavitt Wine, Poggi Wines, Romeo Vineyards and Cellars, Sebright Cellars, Shypoke, Storybook Mountain Vineyards, Sterling Vineyards, Switchback Ridge, Tom Eddy Winery, Twomey Cellars, Von Strasser/Lava Vine, Weppler Vineyards and Ziata.

Participating restaurants include Solbar at Solage. Auberge Resorts Collection, The Lakehouse at Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, Lovina, Evangeline, Johnny’s, Veraison, Drake Bay Oysters and more.

About Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection

Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, redefines “fun” in the heart of California wine country with 89 design-focused and environmentally conscious studios, each featuring complimentary cruiser bicycles for guests use and a 130-foot landmark swimming pool. A local favorite and destination for foodies, the resort is home to acclaimed signature restaurant Solbar, which offers a living menu that has no borders and is guided by the seasons. The award-winning Spa Solage offers 20,000 square feet of health and wellness with 14 treatment rooms, Bathhouse, state-of-the-art gym and a Yoga & Movement Studio with complimentary daily fitness classes. Since opening in 2007, Solage has garnered numerous industry awards, including recent appearances on the Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards List and U.S. News’ Best Hotels of 2018 List.

About Auberge Resorts Collection

Auberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each property is unique, all share a crafted approach to luxury and bring the soul of the locale to life through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. With 19 hotels and resorts across three continents, Auberge invites guests to create unforgettable stories in some of the world’s most desirable destinations. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit aubergeresorts.com. Follow Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook at facebook.com/AubergeResorts and on Twitter and Instagram at @AubergeResorts and #AlwaysAuberge. 

About Calistoga Wine Growers

Located at the top of the Napa Valley, Calistoga Wine Growers (CWG) mission is to promote and protect the past, present and future of grape growing and winemaking in the Calistoga AVA.  The AVA was approved in 2009 and became official in 2010 though it has always been considered a unique wine grape growing location, with viticultural and winery census data dating to 1880 listing Calistoga as a distinct region separate from Napa. Rich volcanic bedrock and sediment provide a geologic uniformity, while the AVA’s diverse topography ranges from steep mountains to valley floor making Calistoga entirely unique to other Napa Valley AVAs.  The Calistoga AVA is cooled by air currents drawn in from the Russian River; these currents are strong enough to support the sailplanes that were headquartered for years at the Glider port in downtown Calistoga. The hot air rises and mixes with cooling breezes from the Russian River in the late afternoon until after sunset, cooling the valley floor to about 65 degrees. In addition, cooling breezes flow down the slopes of both the Vaca and Mayacamas mountains, and on fog-free nights, the cool air moving downslope can bring the temperature down another 12-15 degrees.  Calistoga’s wines, people and businesses make’s a visit a great Napa Valley experience.  For more information, please visit www.calistogawinegrowers.com.

About The Friedkin Group

The Friedkin Group encompasses a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GSM, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, NEON, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit www.friedkin.com

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