Spec'sSpec’s, the Reef, and  the Napa Valley Vintner’s sponsored a special tasting and preview of selected wines from the 2014 Premiere Napa Valley Auction portfolio.   The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is the nonprofit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier wine growing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 500 Napa Valley wineries and is a leader in the world-wide wine industry.

The annual Premier Napa Valley Auction and grand tasting, held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, helps to fund NVV’s work to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation.NVV at the Reef

At Premiere Napa Valley, wine sellers capture one-of-a-kind wines to offer in their shops, on their wine lists and to their most discerning customers. The professional peer-to-peer networking and relationship-building with more than 225 of Napa Valley’s vintners is often likened to a homecoming for wine professionals.

Vintner hosts for the evening included:

  • Altra’s Margo Culcasi
  • Cosby Roamann’s Juliana McBride
  • Favia Erickson Winegrowers’ Andy Erickson
  • Gallica’s Rosemary Cakebread
  • J. Davies Estate and Schramsberg’s Hugh Davies
  • Keenan Winery’s Michael Keenan
  • Notre Vin’s Denis and May-Britt Malbec
  • ZD Wines’ Kendra Gillette


Gallica's winemaker, Rosemary Cakebread with Houston Wine's Mary Ellis LaGarde
Gallica’s winemaker, Rosemary Cakebread with Houston Wine’s Mary Ellis LaGarde









Hugh Davies from J. Davies Estate
Hugh Davies from J. Davies Estate