The Winemakers of Fulton Lane

by Jana Harvey on February 26, 2009

Living in St. Helena in Napa Valley definitely has its advantages.  The natural beauty is spectacular but one of its best attributes is the people. Scott and I are fortunate to reside on historic Fulton Lane, just 1/2 mile northwest of the center of town.  After several get-togethers over the years, we realize we have five winemaking families within a couple blocks of each other.  We decided to form an association call the Winemakers of Fulton Lane.  Here's a picture of our first official breakfast plannning meeting.Planningmtg The wineries consist of David Fulton, Chiarello Family Vineyards, Big Horn Cellars, Calafia, and our line of Scott Harvey Wines.  We decided our first event should be  walk-around tasting to several of our homes and our resident Fulton Winery.  It was to be trade-focused so we piggy-backed onto the Premiere Napa Valley event held every year at the CIA–just up the street.  Sunday morning between 9:00 am and 12:00 would be good before everyone started heading back home.  One of the challenges was what food to serve that early with wine–especially with David Fulton's Petite Sirah.  Our friend Dean Weitz, a chef from So Cal, was up to the challenge.  Breakfast potatoes, quiche, smoked salmon, sausage wellington, were just a few delectables that were available.  The morning of the event was pouring rain and we all figured we'd be eating breakfast potatoes for the next seven days.  At 9:00 sharp we had tasters knocking on our door, Wooters from different parts of the country.  The pace never let up until afternoon.  We figured we had about 60 people all in all going from house to house trying different wines and interesting food pairings.  Not bad for a first event.  We realized we have something very special that is difficult to duplicate–especially when a writer from the Chicago Times said she was in town to write a story about Premiere but the real story was our unique neighborhood gathering.

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