Ray Signorello hosts William Shatner for a private dinner at the winery
Ray Signorello hosted William Shatner for a post-Premiere Napa Valley 2008 dinner here at the winery with CRN's Mike Horn. They dined on a specially prepared meal of Snake River Farms Kobe (Wagyu) beef by Winery Chef Michelle Eiser. Each course was perfectly paired with each of the Signorello Estate's wines.
Overall, Premiere Napa Valley 2008 raised a total of $2.2 million dollars and benefits local non-profit organizations. Signorello Estate donated 10 cases of a specially blended wine just for the cause. The 10 cases of the "Big Rock Cuvee" would ultimately go for $13,000 at the Live Auction held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California.
|Ray Signorello and Pierre Birebent with William Shatner and his lovely wife||Ray Signorello, Chef Michelle Eiser and William Shatner with the rest of the guests|
Auction Napa Valley 2007
This year's Kobe & Cabernet Auction dinner held on Friday, June 8th went off without a hitch as we dined on Snake River Farms Kobe Beef and Kurobuta Pork expertly prepared by Iron Chef Winner Beau MacMillan. We dined on 5 courses perfectly paired with Signorello wines and listened to the sounds of Alvon on a perfect Napa Valley night!
View entire menu here.
|Another beautiful night in the Napa Valley||Chef Beau MacMillan in action|
During the evening, Ray Signorello surprised his guests with a private auction by putting up a 9 liter bottle of Padrone, a 9 liter bottle of Edge Cabernet, along with a donation from Snake River Farms, which fetched a whopping $26,000 for cancer research.
|Ray donating a 9 liter bottle of Padrone||And the winner is...|
The night ended on a high note with every guest enjoying the smooth sounds of Alvon on the dance floor.
|The smooth sounds of Alvon|
The next day, Saturday, after a little fun in the sun, it was time for the main event of Auction Napa Valley; the Live Auction at Meadowood Resort.
Our lot, called "Kobe & Cab - 2 ways" included 20 specifically selected bottles from the Signorello and Baldacci libraries, 4 seasonal deliveries from Snake River Farms, 2 nights accommodations at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain for 2 couples plus dinner at Elements restaurant, and 2 nights accommodations in Napa for 4 couples and a cooking class at Signorello Vineyards for 8 people. The lot was auctioned off for $30,000! We also donated a barrel of the 2005 Padrone for the Live Barrel Auction. With the top ten bidders receiving a case of wine, the high bid was $900 dollars and the whole barrel would go for a total of $6525!
Overall, the Auction raised a total of $9.8 million dollars, which goes to the communities of Napa Valley benefiting Affordable Housing, Health Care, and Youth Services.
We are very pleased with how the weekend and the auction turned out and we look forward to next year!
|John, Tanya, and Kathy..."Trouble"||Mike and his sister|
|Piero makes a moving speech||Signorello Crew|
|Chef Beau Macmillan and his all-star crew|
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Ray Signorello meets Angelo Gaja in Europe
Angelo Gaja, owner and president of the Gaja Winery, is a fourth-generation Piedmontese winemaker. Internationally acknowledged as one of Italy's and the world's greatest winemakers, Angelo Gaja has been responsible for bold innovations in the vineyards and the cellars. Among his innovations in Piedmontese winemaking are the use of barriques (225-liter French oak barrels) for aging wines and his plantings of the region's first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard of the 20th century as well as its first Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards.
Angelo Gaja is known for producing elegant, opulent wines that are true to their origins. He is a pioneer in the production of single-vineyard wines in Piedmont. The quality of his wines is such that they have been described by Wine Spectator, a leading consumer wine publication, as "perhaps the finest Italian wines ever made." Angelo met Ray Signorello on a recent trip Ray made to Europe to tour a number of wine regions there and share winemaking skills.