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Merryvale Vineyards to host dinner, wine tasting at Pala Casino

2 February 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Napa Valley’s Merryvale Vineyards will host a five-course dinner and wine tasting at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, 15 March, in the underground wine cave at Pala Casino Spa and Resort. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Tickets, $85 per person, plus an 18% gratuity, are available by calling (877) 946-7252 and ask to book the Merryvale wine dinner.

Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings from Merryvale’s portfolio of fine wines.

Dining and tasting will start with Big Eye Tuna Carpaccio with Ancho Chili Aioli, Avocado and Mango Spicy Sriracha Caviar paired with a Merryvale Rose of Pinot Noir Starmont. The second course will feature Mussel Bisque En Croute with a Chardonnay – Merryvale, followed by Open Fire Roasted Grouper with Saffron Bacon Sweet Pea Risotto and a Sauvignon Blanc – Merryvale. The fourth course will offer Wild Boar Chop Saltimbocca with Goat Cheese Polenta and Crispy Prosciutto Huckleberry Sauce paired with a Merlot - Merryvale. Dessert will be Chocolate in Paradise and a Cabernet Sauvignon - Merryvale.

Visiting Merryvale Vineyards in St. Helena, CA, is like taking a walk back into the history of Napa Valley. Lining the walls of the winery’s inner sanctum are rows of 100-year-old, 2,000-gallon wooden casks, proudly enduring like retired ships — heroes in their day. It was one of the first wineries built in Napa after Prohibition ended, and its long history includes stints as a production facility and a co-op. The winery has also been the workplace and training ground of some legendary Napa figures including Cesare Mondavi and his two sons, Peter and Robert.

As a brand, Merryvale started in 1983. The first wines were made at a custom crush facility in Calistoga by Bill Harlan and Bob Levy. Harlan bought the historic St. Helena facility in 1986 and moved the Merryvale operation there in 1991, the same year that Jack Schlatter became a partner. This was the beginning of the modern era at Merryvale. Schlatter became the winery’s sole owner in 1996 and it is still a family business today — Jack’s son René is now president of Merryvale along with the family’s other estate, Starmont Winery and Vineyards.

Merryvale is an excellent source of superbly well-made wines with classic Napa character. Fruit for the wines is sourced from some of the top sites in the valley and also grown at the family’s two estate vineyards, the Stanly Ranch Vineyard and the Schlatter Family Vineyard. The Stanly Ranch Vineyard sits on the eastern edge of the Carneros AVA, and is planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and a tiny amount of Viognier. There is quite a bit of history associated with the property, which was part of Judge Stanly’s original estate in the 1800s — one of the first to grow grapes in California. In the 1950s, important Chardonnay and Pinot Noir clonal trials were conducted there by the University of California at Davis along with the Wente family and Louis Martini.

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