WHAT: The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is the ultimate celebration of new film, food and wine, in the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year, November 12-16. In addition to amazing film, attendees enjoy food panels, culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, winemaker dinners and more.

WHEN: November 13-16, 2014

WHERE: Join us at the Traditional Home Culinary Stage as food, film, and wine experts share their creativity and mouthwatering insights. Also, the Terlato Lounge is open Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and features Chimney Rock, Rutherford Hill, and Terlato Family Vineyards wines.

  • Calistoga Wine Pavilion is located at 1506 Lincoln Ave at the Contemporary Calistoga Gallery at Indian Springs
  • Helena Wine Pavilion is located at 738 Main Street, St. Helena at Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch
  • The Traditional Home Culinary Stage* and Yountville Wine Pavilion are located at 6525 Washington Street at V Marketplace
  • Napa Wine Pavilion is located at 500 First Street in the Lifestyle Pavilion


Thursday, November 13, 2014
Traditional Home Culinary Stage

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.: Kara Lind Presents: Kara’s Wine Infused Cupcakes

  • Kara Lind prepares a batch of chocolate cupcakes with delightful hints of wine from Terlato Family Vineyards.

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Wine & Popcorn Pairings

  • An assortment of varietals from Chimney Rock, Rutherford Hill and Terlato Family Vineyards are matched with a gourmet popcorn selection, provided by 479 Degrees, to create a delectable and complementary pairing experience. Moderator: MaryAnn Worobiec, Senior Editor, Wine Spectator

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Mixing it up with Bar Stars

  • Three cutting-edge bartenders showcase the techniques and flavors driving the booming cocktail scene.
  • Moderator:  Jim Poris. Bar Stars: Scott Beattie (Meadowood Napa Valley), Andrew Salazar (Fagiani’s Bar at The Thomas, Napa) and Caitlin Laman (Trick Dog, SF)


Yountville Wine Pavilion

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. It’s all about Cocktails Today!

  • Mixologists shake up samples for NVFF Passholders enjoying the Wine Pavilion location in Yountville.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Traditional Home Culinary Stage

10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Kollar Chocolates: An Artform

  • Chris Kollar shares how classic hand-rolled truffles are made and how their colorful chocolates are created.

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Two Chefs Zoom In on the Napa Valley Food Culture

  • Chef Sean O’Toole (Torc, Napa) and Chef Ryder Zetts (Archetype, St. Helena) divulge their insights and cooking styles as they demo some of their signature dishes. Moderator: Jim Poris

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. How to Taste like a Pro

  • Senior Editor Mary Ann Worobiec from Wine Spectator instructs audience members how to have the best possible tasting experience, tasting wine from Chimney Rock, Rutherford Hill and Terlato Family Vineyards.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. “We’re Drinking Merlot!”

  • A prestigious panel of wine experts discuss the virtues and characteristics of select Merlots from the Napa Valley floor to the top of the mountains.
  • Moderator: Sean Quinn, Wine Program Manager, Napa Valley Film Festival. Panelists: Jim Laube, Editor, Wine Spectator; Tom Rinaldi; Chris Carpenter, Winemaker, La Jota; Hailey Trefethen, Trefethen Family Vineyard


Yountville Wine Pavilion

2:30– 5:00 p.m. Sideways

  • In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the movie Sideways, we will be showcasing some of our favorite “hillside” and “valley floor” producers while a group of Merlot experts and enthusiasts discuss this underappreciated varietal.


Napa Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Crusher Wine District

  • A collaboration of avant-garde wineries dedicated to cutting edge wines and honest hospitality.


St. Helena Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Next Generation in Wine

  • As representatives of established wineries, the members of the Next Generation in Wine came together to create a wine-friendly community that offers younger wine enthusiasts an alternative way to access their wineries


Calistoga Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. “Downtown Tasting Room Wineries”

Before you head into the weekend, try some amazing wines from producers who have all their tasting rooms within a quick walk of our Film Festival Village.

Location: Calistoga Wine Pavilion


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Traditional Home Culinary Stage

10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Spotlight On: Elizabeth Binder

  • Chef Binder (Top Chef: Seattle, and Chef/Owner Hand-Crafted Catering, Napa) creates the perfect Zepole (italian ricotta doughnuts) to share with lucky audience members.


12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Spotlight On: Chef Michael Chiarello

  • How does an Italian chef enjoy dinner and a movie?  With Pizza (Fritta) Montanera Starita, of course!  Made famous by Sophia Loren in L’Oro di Napoli, Chef Chiarello (Bottega, Napa; Coqueta, San Francisco) will show you how to create this unique olive oil fried pizza.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. The Chef and the Farmer

  • Chefs and their farmers come together to discuss the relationship between production and culinary creation.
  • Moderator:  Jim Poris, Panelists: Chef Ross Melling (Bouchon, Yountville)/ Farmer Aaron Keefer, Chef Tyler Rodde (Oenotri, Napa) / Farmer Jessica Barren


Yountville Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Stags Leap District House of Cab

  • The Stags Leap District Appellation Collection, comprised of one Cabernet Sauvignon from each of the Association’s member wineries, provides a unique opportunity to taste the power and grace that are hallmarks of the Stags Leap District.


Napa Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. “Off the Path” wineries around Napa

  • A chance to discover some of the great Napa Valley wines that are often hidden in tucked away corners of the valley.  These are just a few of the gems from around the city of Napa.


St. Helena Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Spring Mountain District AVA

  • Above the Napa Valley, on the eastern slopes of the Mayacama Mountains that separate Napa Valley from Sonoma Valley, lies the Spring Mountain Winegrowing District with a diverse topography, climate, and collection of soils.


Calistoga Wine Pavilion

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Non-traditional Varietal Tasting

  • A unique opportunity to sample some of the less well known grape varieties that call the Napa Valley “home”. Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo, are just some of the varieties you may find.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Traditional Home Culinary Stage

10:30 – 11:20 a.m. “We [Heart] Cooking” with The Twin Chefs

  • Join Sonoma’s own Twin Chefs, Lilly and Audrey, as they whip up an original and organic dish from their new cookbook. The twelve-year old chefs will be available after the demonstration for a book signing and photo op!

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Spotlight On: Chef Ken Frank

  • Chef Ken Frank from La Toque at the Westin Verasa in Napa shares his secrets for how to cook the perfect steak.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. DIY Sushi

  • Chef Jake Rand of Eiko’s Modern Japanese Restaurant in downtown Napa gives an interactive sushi demonstration, incorporating fresh and seasonal ingredients.


Yountville Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Rutherford Dust Society Grand Tasting

  • Dedicated to encouraging and promoting the highest quality standards in grape growing and winemaking in the Rutherford Viticultural Area, the Rutherford Dust Society’s mission is to help wine lovers and the wine trade discover Rutherford’s unique expression.


Napa Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Mexican-American Vintners

  • Features wines from Mexican-American vintners, who advocate quality standards for its members, and promote and support the contributions of Mexican-Americans in the wine industry.


St. Helena Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Appellation St. Helena

  • A chance to taste wines from the birthplace of the Napa Valley wine industry and the valleys oldest Viticultural Association.  This is a small group of wines that highlight the exceptional balance of geography, climate, history, and community.


Calistoga Wine Pavilion

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. “Off the Path” wineries around Calistoga

  • A chance to discover some of the great Napa Valley wines that are often hidden in tucked away corners of the valley.  These are just a few of the gems from around the city of Calistoga.


*The Culinary Stage is sponsored by: Traditional Home, Whole Foods,  Terlato Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Rutherford Hill Winery, Williams Sonoma, Charbay, and Wine Spectator.


CONTACT:    Ron Hofmann / Allyssa Rapp

B|W|R Public Relations

310.248.6133 / 310.248.6126 /


MORE:           For information or to buy passes, visit or call 707-226-7500.  Join the conversation online by following NVFF on various multimedia channels including  FacebookTwitter, TumblrInstagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.


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