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Freemark Abbey TasteMaker Dinner

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Freemark Abbey, a historic 1886 winery and pristine estate, features a team of some of the most respected winemakers in Napa Valley. Their extensive wine library stretches back decades and includes nearly 50 Cabernet Sauvignon vintages from the region. And women are a key part of the winery’s story: a pioneering, unstoppable woman founded the property 135 year ago, and today an equally unique and determined woman is taking charge.

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Meet the winemaker

Today, Freemark Abbey’s winemaker, Kristy Melton, brings over a decade of experience and was featured in Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers.” This recognition of her talents, along with her formidable winemaking skills, has set the stage for a promising future at the winery.

Trailblazing Women

The roots of Freemark Abbey began with Josephine Tychson, one of the first ladies of the California wine industry. With her husband, she purchased nearly 150 acres of property just north of St. Helena, where they planted Zinfandel, Riesling, and Burgundy vines to establish their winery. After her husband passed away five years later, Josephine continued to cultivate the land and constructed a redwood cellar – becoming the first woman to own and operate a viticultural estate, and one of the first female winemakers in the Napa Valley. Her trailblazing vision was much like our founder, Ruth Fertel, who risked it all to buy a small steak house in New Orleans.

Amuse Bouche

Pan-Roasted Shrimp
basil gremolata, lemon aioli

paired with

Freemark Abbey Sauvignon Blanc

First Course

Roast Pork Panino
garlic broccoli rabe, provolone sauce

paired with

Freemark Abbey Chardonnay

Second Course

Red Gravy Pappardelle
crunchy parmesan, basil oil

paired with 

Freemark Abbey Merlot

Third Course

Filet Pizzaiola

paired with 

Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon


creamy polenta & brussels sprouts a la cacio e pepe


Fourth Course

sweet ricotta & mascarpone, orange marmalade, pistachio

paired with 

Coffee & Tea

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Please note: you are submitting a reservation request. This request does not mean you have a secure a reservation. Your request will be sent to the local restaurant management team who will contact you about reservation availability**. 

*Items are served raw, or undercooked, or may contain raw or undercooked ingredients. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of food-borne illness. We ask all attending to drink responsibly. Due to the exclusive nature of this event a credit card is required to secure your reservation. A $50 charge will be incurred for reservations not cancelled 24 hours in advance. Not available in all locations. An RSVP does not secure your reservation. A member of the local management team will contact you about reservation availability once your RSVP has been received. 

**participation may vary

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