The Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting, a favorite among connoisseurs and lovers of fine wine, hand-crafted beers, celebrity chef samplings, and specialty foods, promises to deliver an even bigger and better experience than in previous years. The event, which takes place in the centrally located depot plaza will be teeming with happy faces and joyful grins on June 24th when the Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting happens in what’s been named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the nation’s top twenty best small towns in America – Mill Valley, known for its natural beauty snuggled at the base of Mt. Tamalpais. From award-winning wines, hand-crafted specialty beers, and delicious gourmet food served by local producers and chefs from the finest restaurants in the area, the Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet has blossomed into Northern California’s premier wine and gourmet food event of the season.
This year brand new and returning vintners will be pouring fantastic varietals from Napa, Sonoma, Alexander Valley and Mendocino, as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. International wines will also be plentiful – including vintners from France, Spain, Australia, Greece and Argentina.
For Cabernet devotees and collectors, highlights include Spence Winery, Dunn Vineyards, Lewelling Vineyard, Robert Craig, Speedy Creek and Alexander Valley’s Silver Oak. For Chardonnay aficionados there’s Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Frank Family, Freemark Abbey, Robert Keenan, MacRostie, Rombauer and Truchard. And for you Pinot Noir lovers, the producers include Adastra, Athair, Balletto, and Fog Crest. Sauvignon Blanc fans will find Buttonwood, Husch, Carica, Honig, Mattiasson, Matanzas Creek and Trecini. And for the Zinfandel and Syrah enthusiasts, there’s Boeger, Elyse, Green & Red, Hendry, Jus Soli, Limerick Lane, Orento, Edmeades and Rock Wren.
Delightful treats from local restaurateurs will be plentiful, offering up samples of their favorite recipes to complement the wines you’ll taste. And, this year will offer more in the way of specialty foods from a variety of food vendors including The Soups On (Kentfield), Table Café (Larkspur), Sacred Chocolate (San Rafael), The One Bar (fruit bar snacks, Mill Valley), Meringue O (Tiburon), Applebaum Bakery (Novato), Edgie Veggie (Larkspur), Rustic Bakery (San Rafael), Mead & Meads (maple syrup, San Francisco), Nana Mae Organics (Sebastapol), ICIO Water, Nicasio Valley Cheese (Nicasio), Cici’s Italian Butterhorns (Lafayette), McEvoy Ranch (Petaluma), Rosetti biscotti (Clovis), Tates Cookies (New York), B.R. Cohn Olive Oil (Glen Ellen) and more.
Local restaurants and their chefs will offer some of their signature recipes for sampling. This year, more restaurants than ever will participate including Balboa Cafe, Bungalow 44 ,El Paseo House of Chops, Hawk’s Tavern, Pasta Pomodoro, Piatti, Piazza D’Angelo, Shoreline Cafe, Small Shed Flatbread, Tony Tutto Pizza.
And to mediate the heat of the day, the beer drinkers in the crowd will have some lush and flavorful hand-crafted beers from local producers including 21st Amendment (San Francisco), Lucky Hand Brewery (Novato), Mill Valley’s own Mill Valley Beerworks, 3rd Street Aleworks (Santa Rosa), Drakes Brewing Company (San Leandro), Iron Springs Brewery (Fairfax), Speakeasy (San Francisco), Trumer Brauerei (Berkeley), Lagunitas Brewery (Petaluma), Moylans and Marin Brewing Company (Novato/Larkspur), Anderson Valley Brewing Company and North Coast Brewing (Fort Bragg).
Founded in 1981 by Jim Canepa, former owner of Mill Valley Market, as a “little wine and cheese gathering,” the Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting has evolved over time to become the preeminent event of its kind in the greater Bay Area. Noted for its crème de la crème selection of hard-to-find and sought after wines, as well as an amazing array of gourmet products and the hottest recipes from the culinary world, this is a connoisseur opportunity not to be missed!