By Emma Krasov, photography by Yuri Krasov
If wine is king in Napa, then mustard is definitely the queen. This year, her majesty was duly pampered at the new location – Rubicon Estate, (Niebaum Coppola Winery - rubiconestate.com) where the grand finale of the beloved annual festival was celebrated with the appropriate luxury and style. The stone and iron Chateau with its chic tasting rooms, grand staircase, stained glasswork, and lavish décor seemed a perfect setting for the centerpiece of the Festival that combined the art exhibit of mustard-themed photography with gourmet food, great wine, and live entertainment.
A sold out event, as always, attracted crowds of art and mustard lovers, and served as a booster for local businesses, bringing together the community at large.
Some of the favorite wine presenters included Black Stallion Winery (the host of Mustard Awards a week earlier), Girard, Falcor, Ballentine Vineyards, and many others. Let’s not forget the Lagunitas and Blue Frog breweries and their invigorating brews.
Among the stellar food offerings there were Artisan Sonoma Foie Gras (always a winner); delicious mustard greens and green garlic soup from Napa General Store; meatballs with whole grain mustard and micro mustard greens from chef Peter Pahk (Silverado Resort); roast beef finger sandwiches with mustard and horse reddish from Brix Restaurant; seafood paella from Entourage Catering; handmade hot dog buns from Metropolis Baking Company, chocolates from Vintage Sweet Shoppe, and others.
Alas, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival 2010 ended last Saturday, but the celebration continues with the Photography Contest Exhibit through the end of April.
What a great chance to come to Napa, look at amazing art, see golden-green fields of wild mustard in bloom, taste more wine, and try more wonderful foods! Additional information at mustardfestival.org.