Friday, March 13, 2009

Mustard fest in the Napa Valley

The wild mustard is in bloom all over northern California right now, but nowhere does it look more, well, delicious than when it carpets the vineyards of Napa Valley, simply because it signals the start of the Napa Valley Mustard Festival (now through March 28). The festival's a really good excuse to sample so many flavors of the bountiful Napa Valley.

One big even happens this weekend (Mr.14-15): the Marketplace at Oakville's Robert Mondavi Winery (11-5 daily). Of course, there will be wine tasting, music, art and food booths and cooking demos. It's not inexpensive ($35 in advance, $40 at the door) but that includes 8 tickets for food and 5 for wine tasting.

Next Saturday, Mr. 21 from 11-5, Yountville rolls out the yellow carpet with itws own 16th Annual Taste of Yountville. It's an all-Yountville showcase, featuring traditional samplings of gourmet restaurant fare, olive oils, vinegars, mustards, fine wines, and micro-brews. Buy tasting tickets on-site. Live entertainment will filter throughout Yountville’s downtown area.

For more information, check the web at or call the Yountville Chamber of Commerce at 707/ 944-0904.

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