We cherish the history of our wine community in Napa Valley and the chance to provide wine appreciation events throughout the year.
We look forward to your participation.

Upcoming Events


Thursday, June 4, 2020
6.00 pm - Refreshments
7:00 pm - Program
Wine Library Wing
Saint Helena Public Library
1492 Library Lane,Saint Helena  

Books on Wine Evening

Women Winemakers book cover

Authors Lucia Albino Gilbert and John C Gilbert,
Professors Emeriti, Santa Clara University
Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys

Please join us for an informative as well as energizing evening.

Authors Gilbert introduce their book, its inspiration and illuminating subject: the career path of a woman winemaker. Women winemakers in California are discussed in particular, with additional examples world-wide from France, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain.

The work begins in 1965, takes us through the Judgment of Paris and then into six international wine countries. Next come the four pathways the authors have defined which challenge a beginning woman winemaker. 8 Personal Odysseys are included and each is that of a Napa Valley woman winemaker. The third part of the book is devoted to contemporary skills.

Invited to join the authors to discuss her own odyssey are those 8 winemakers: Sandi Belcher (ARNS), Cathy Corison (Corison), Geneviève Janssens (Portfolio), Sally Johnson-Blum (Pride Mountain), Julianne Laks (Cakebread, retired and Consulting), Diana Snowden Seysses (Snowden and Domaine Dujac), Pam Starr (Crocker & Starr), and Celia Welch (Corra and Consulting).

Together the Professors Gilbert have also developed the website Women Winemakers of California and Beyond which is a wonderful reference work kept meticulously updated.

There is no charge but space is limited
and reservations are a must


You will receive a confirmation via your email address.


Questions about registration please contact us at:

For further information about this event: editor@napawinelibrary.com

Wine News


Professor Emeritus Harold Olmo

Professor Emeritus Harold Olmo played an integral role in establishing UC Davis' international reputation in wine. (Academic Technology Services Photographs Collection, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library)

Renowned Viticulturist’s Papers to Be Digitized
UC Davis Library
February 18, 2020

A map of the areas traversed by Dr Harold P. Olmo in 1948.

A map of the areas traversed by Dr Harold P. Olmo in 1948. Credit: BMC Plant Biology

Remembering Harold Olmo: The ‘Indiana Jones of viticulture’
Decanter Magazine
January 16, 2020

Annual Events


Saturday, May 16
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Stags’ Leap Winery, Napa

2020 | 30th Annual Wine Seminar

“Napa Valley’s Old Vines and the Wines They Give Us”

Our moderator, Tegan Passalacqua, is not only winemaker for Turley Wine Cellars and the magnums of Barney’s Backyard Petite Syrah bottle exclusively for NVWLA. Tegan is also co-owner and winemaker for Sandlands and a founder of the Historic Vineyard Society committed to preserving the old vine vineyards of California.

The seminar includes a panel of practitioners and their old vine wines. Confirmed to date are Bob Biale, Robert Biale Vineyards; David DeSante, DeSante Wines; Mike Hirby, Relic Wines; Christophe Paubert, Stags’ Leap Winery; and Morgan Twain-Peterson, Bedrock Wine Company.

A catered Mediterranean-style al fresco lunch concludes the day.

For event questions or more information:
Diana H Stockton – editor@napawinelibrary.com

For registration questions and assistance:
Rick Brennan – rick@napawinelibrary.com

— 2020 —
Registration for the 30th Annual Wine Seminar

Check-in at Stags’ Leap Winery begins
May 16 at 9:30 am.
The seminar starts promptly at 10:00 am
Lunch al fresco concludes the day

Price includes lunch and all the wines poured

Wine Seminar at CIA Copia, Napa in 2019 | Photography: Yu Ding

Sunday, August 16
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Grove at Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa

2020 | 58th Annual Grand Tasting

“Exploring the Napa Valley—
Varieties that Define and Refine”
A Vintners’ Choice

Our 58th Annual Grand Wine Tasting provides 60 to 65 prestigious wineries will pour select wines from case productions of all sizes—less than 50 or more than 3,000—but most are from 1,000 cases or less.

The tasting is outdoors in The Grove at Silverado —a beautiful setting for a truly delicious as well as educational afternoon. Expect to taste very special wines. Explore varieties, vintages, or wineries new to you and kindle new friendships within our Napa Valley Wine Community.

Plan on joining us for this exceptional tasting.
An updated list of participating wineries and their wines will start posting in June.

— 2020 —
Admission to the Grand Tasting
Includes a year’s membership in NVWLA

Admission for One person

Admission for Two people at same mailing address

© Napa Valley Wine Library Association
All rights reserved
P.O. Box 328
St. Helena, CA 94574

Events Information:
Diana H Stockton
Editor and Events Manager

Membership information:
Rick Brennan
Accounts Manager

The Napa Valley Wine Library Collection
is housed at the St. Helena Public Library.
For information please be in touch with Lynne Albrecht,
Technical Services Supervisor,
Saint Helena Public Library
(707) 963-5244 x 706 or lynne@shpl.org

The purpose of the Napa Valley Wine Library is to preserve and disseminate information regarding viticulture, enology and wine lore, particularly as it pertains to Napa Valley.