St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery Presents: The Art of Cheese
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is proud to present The Art of Cheese throughout the month of April in conjunction with the Arts Council Napa Valley’s Arts in April. Cheese will take center stage at St. Supéry Estate every day throughout the month where winery guests will have the opportunity to enjoy artwork from renowned cheese artist, Mike Geno, daily interactive wine and cheese experiences and weekend workshops led by top cheesemongers dedicated to all things cheese.
“All of us at the winery love cheese, so it is only fitting that we dedicate a month to the perfect wine and cheese pairings,” says St. Supéry CEO, Emma Swain. “We always enjoy looking at the art of wine and complementing it with different art forms from painting, to cooking, to learning the craft of cheesemaking. We are thrilled to showcase cheese in so many different ways and pair the selections with our favorite wines.”
Sample local and imported cheeses from rolling cheese carts with the opportunity to delve further into the art of wine and cheese pairing with St. Supéry’s Chef’s Table. This four course food and wine pairing, offered by appointment, will captivate your palate and elevate your taste buds to a new level of appreciation. The seated Chef’s Table experience features the finest ingredients from St. Supéry’s Dollarhide Ranch and Estate Culinary Garden along with cheese from local Bay Area creameries.
Explore St. Supéry’s art gallery with over 50 paintings dedicated to cheese. Philadelphia based artist, Mike Geno, best known for his ongoing series of cheese portraits, recreates the same hunger inducing attraction with paint that he finds in his most appetizing food models. See art imitate life as you sip wine and sample cheese from some of the same local Bay Area creameries featured in his spectacular pieces. “I only paint things that I find attractive and appetizing. I like to translate what I find the most seductive about my subject,” says Mike, “and cheese, it turns out, is the absolute perfect match for the way I paint.” Paintings from American artist, Wayne Thiebaud are also on display in St. Supéry’s upstairs art gallery. Wayne, a celebrated artist and an inspiration to Mike Geno, is best known for his still life paintings of sugary treats like cakes, pies and candies.
Experience cheese like never before through St. Supéry’s weekend workshops. Executive Chef Nash Cognetti of St. Helena’s Tre Posti will demonstrate how to make homemade mozzarella while a number of Bay Area creameries from the California Artisan Cheese Guild will be on hand to sample and educate cheese lovers including Skyhill Farms, Laura Chenel, Marin French and Point Reyes. Taste your way through a range of cheeses from Switzerland in The Cheese Board Collective’s workshop, Cheese from Switzerland or learn the art of painting cheese firsthand with Mike Geno in Cheese Paining 101: The Art of Cheese.
Janet Fletcher, publisher of popular Planet Cheese blog, author of the bestselling Cheese & Wine and recipient of three James Beard Awards will share her favorite pairing strategies as you taste six St. Supéry Estate grown, sustainably farmed wines and six cheeses that are a match made in heaven in Wine Meets Cheese: Six Slam-Dunk Pairings. With your newfound knowledge of wine and cheese pairings, meet 2017’s Cheesemonger Invitational winner, Jessica Lawrenz. Jessica will share her techniques and tricks of the trade as she mentors eager cheese aficionados on The Art of Making the Perfect Cheese Plate. With your cheese selection, wine pairings and plating complete, you are ready to wow at your next party.
Daily opportunities to join The Art of Cheese conversation will be presented throughout the month on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your favorite St. Supéry wine and cheese pairings and submit your artisanal grilled cheese recipe using #ChooseTheCheese. On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, St. Supéry will celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with a showdown of the top artisanal grilled cheese recipes submitted by fans and prepared by St. Supéry’s Estate Chef with only one crowned the victor.
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is open by appointment. Reserve your next tasting or a seat at a cheese inspired workshop online or please call 707.302.3448. Additional cheese inspired events are being added daily so make sure to visit stsupery.com/artsinarpil