NVFF: Food, Wine & Movies
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I had no idea what to expect when I was asked to cover the Napa Valley Film Festival this year. I should’ve guessed that, aside from movies, the emphasis would very much be on food and wine (which I have absolutely no problem with, obviously)!
I was graciously put up in the guest home (aka the “Fest Nest”) located at new winery Italics Winegrowers, the recent subject of the Netflix documentary Decanted. The house was spectacular (sadly I didn’t get a photo of the heated pool, but you get the idea), the wine caves were a lot of fun, and their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate was so good I’m still dreaming about it.
The NVFF schedule was jampacked with not only film screenings, but also culinary demos, wine tastings and celebrity Q&As (featuring Will Ferrell, Michael Shannon, Nikki Reed and so on). It was pretty much impossible to not enjoy myself, but what I didn’t anticipate was that I'd leave NVFF feeling so inspired. I was able to dine with the filmmakers and subjects in The Ataxian on Friday night at the Grgich Hills Estate (yes, the Chardonnay is as good as everyone says) and then watch the documentary later that weekend. If you get a chance, I highly recommend checking it out (although prepare to cry for a solid hour).