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Seasons at the CIA Greystone

When the Culinary Institute of America was looking to create a second campus for continuing education back in the 1980s, it scouted out more than 50 locations in the Wine Country of Northern California. The school settled on the historic Greystone edifice, a former Christian Brothers winery in St. Helena, and opened its doors in August of 1995. Since that time, the CIA Greystone campus has served as magnet for food-and-wine aficionados, from local chefs like Michael Chiarello and tourists to… Read More »

Rhubarb cake for Hanna

Hanna Winery & Vineyards, which produces a minerally, food-friendly sauvignon blanc, will  celebrate its 25th anniversary at 4 p.m. Saturday with a  blending competition and winemaker dinner  at the Alexander Valley tasting room. Founded in 1985 by Dr.  Elias Hanna, who purchased 12 acres in the Russian River Valley, the winery has since grown to include 600 acres in the Russian River, Alexander Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma. Saturday’s celebration will uncork with  teams of guests trying  to… Read More »

Fabulous favas at K-J Farm Stand

The tomato plants were flying out the door at Kendall-Jackson Wine Center last Saturday, during the launch of the first ever K-J Farm Stand, a celebration of food and wine that will continue on the First Saturday of the month through October. Lots of local chefs who turned up to purchase some of the pristine produce from the garden included Doug Keane of Cyrus in Healdsburg . Cheesemaker Sheana Davis doled out tastes of her fresh Delice de la Valle… Read More »