Napa Valley Wineries headed to Houston!

The Napa Valley Vintners are headed to Houston as part of a week-long pass through Texas and Oklahoma to promote Napa Valley wines. Houston is the site of the kick-off Monday, October 11, beginning with a One-Day Wine Symposium hosted by the Society of Wine Educators. The kick-off will continue with an evening wine tasting, “Taste and Tweet” at Block 7 Wine Company, a hip, and  friendly restaurant, retail and wine bar located in the up-and-coming Washington Corridor just west of Downtown Houston.

“A Napa Get-Away” One-Day Wine Symposium

The symposium, “A Napa Get-Away” will focus on Napa Valley wines and includes four professional development seminars and a wine luncheon at The Hilton Houston Post Oak. The symposium includes an educational presentation, “Napa Valley Rocks,” profiling the unique combination of soils, climate, geology, and leadership that make the Napa Valley a premier winegrowing region. Also included is a tasting of the stylistic differences of Napa Valley Chardonnay as well as lunch, featuring alternative wine varieties from the Napa Valley (not Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon). There is also a tasting of hillside vs. valley floor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; and a quiz and blind tasting challenge.

The symposium is open to all SWE members and non-members who would like to join, and all attendees will receive a certificate of completion for attending the course. Cost for members is $95; with a non-member rate of $125.

Download a flyer about the event here. To sign up for this event, fill out this form, and send it via facsimile to the Society of Wine Educators. For additional information you can contact Gregory Dolan at (202) 408-8777 (phone) by fax at (202) 408-8677 or by email at

The Society of Wine Educators was founded in 1974. A non-profit educational organization (501c3) its mission is to advance wine education through professional development and certification. To learn more about the Society of Wine Educators visit their website at

Napa Valley Vintners Taste & Tweet

In the evening, wine lovers and social media buffs are invited to Block 7 Wine Company where they can be real-time wine critics, using Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites during the event scheduled for 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. A NVV Taste and Tweet pass includes 15 tastes of wine and appetizers. This event is open to anyone who would like to purchase a pass in advance for $15 or $20 at the door. Block 7 Wine Company is located at 720 Shepherd Drive Houston, TX 77007, just south of Washington Avenue.

During the tasting, tell NVV what you think about the wines by tweeting your tasting notes using the hashtag #TasteNapa. At the end of their week in Texas, NVV will add up all the #TasteNapa tasting notes from Twitter and randomly choose two winners to receive some local gifts, care of the Napa Valley.

After the event, participants can enjoy a 25% discount off food in Block 7’s restaurant.

To learn more or purchase a pass in advance, please visit

The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 400 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the world-wide wine industry. Learn more about Napa Valley Vintners by visiting their website at


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A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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