The Philippe Melka experience...
Day One... The Arrival
Welcome to Luxury... ❚❚ VIP Airport pickup from private jet at Napa Airport ❚❚ Check Into Auberge de Soleil, Napa Valley ❚❚ Dinner at Leisure The Philippe Melka Experience is one like no other. Recently named as one of the top 9 wine consultants in the world by Robert Parker, Philippe has become a household name in the wine industry. This experience will take you on a journey through some of the most extraordinary wineries that he has consulted on their path to excellence...
spent much of my youth in Bordeaux, France, earning my geology degree from the University of Bordeaux. On a whim, I took a wine course in my final year of study - a decision that changed my life. My journey started at Chateau Haut Brion (where my passion for cabernet-based blends and sauvignon blanc began) and I completed a masters program in Agronomy and Enology under the direction of Professor Sequin, the renowned terroir specialist. I was fascinated by the relationship between soil and wine quality, a fascination which continues today. Yearning to know more, I set out for Napa Valley (Dominus Estate), Western Australia (Chittering Estate), Chianti in Italy (Badia O Coltibuono) and Bordeaux (Chateau Petrus) where I divided my time between soil study and winemaking. However, the great diversity of terroirs I found in Napa Valley, and its potential for extraordinary wines, was a revelation to me. So, with the knowledge I’ve gained around the world, I’ve devoted the past 15 years to winemaking here in Napa Valley – both as a consultant to the most highly regarded estate wineries, and as co-proprietor of Melka Wines with my wife, Cherie. We’ve also found time to raise a beautiful family together.”
Auberge de Soleil
- Philippe Melka
Auberge de Soleil - terraced down the hillside, all accommodations at Auberge du Soleil feature
Mediterranean-inspired décor with original contemporary art. All rooms feature Italian linens, down bedding and duvets, Auberge du Soleil’s custom-made bath amenities, plush robes and slippers and private outdoor terraces for relaxing or dining. Accommodations also include flat-screen TV, DVD, CD and stereos, mini-bars stocked with complimentary beverages and snacks, coffee makers and toasters, wall safes, voicemail, data ports, turn-down service, welcome amenity and fresh fruit replenished daily. Breakfast is included daily.
Day Two... The Wine
The Tasting Begins... ❚❚ ❚❚ ❚❚ ❚❚ ❚❚ ❚❚
9:45 AM - Driver/Guide pick up at Auberge de Soleil 10:00 AM - Moone Tsai Winery 11:45 AM - Kristine Ashe Vineyards & Gourmet Lunch 3:30 PM - Vineyard 29 5:15 PM - Return to Auberge de Soleil Dinner Melka Montbleau Estate
Moone Tsai Winery -We are delighted to present Moone-Tsai wines, whose pedigree is rooted in an
extraordinary combination of exceptional fruit, terroir, and artisanal winemaking. As fine friends and partners building Napa Valley wine businesses for over twenty years - including the creation of three celebrated #1-rated wines in the world - we established Moone-Tsai Wines with the simple mission of crafting the finest wines we know how.
Kristine Ashe Vineyards - Welcome to Kristine Ashe Vineyards, a small family estate winery ded-
icated to hand-crafted exquisite wine making, located in the heart of Napa Valley. “Our wine derives its strength and soul from the bonds“Entre Nous” (between us). We believe that the connections between us bring the greatest joy, the highest passion and the most authentic satisfaction in our frequently impassive, impersonal and impatient world. This fundamental belief has inspired the Entre Nous wines. Our team’s shared passions and dedication to world-class wine making brought us together but our mutual affection provides the very soul of our wine.” – Kristine
Vineyard 29 - Since the release of our first vintage, we have been determined to produce the best wines
we can, reflecting all the beauty and quality of this special place on earth. We rely on unmatched vineyard sites and classic winemaking techniques to create our 29 Estate, Aida Estate and CRU wines. Each of our wines are hand-crafted in small lots in our technologically sophisticated, gravity flow winery and caves in St. Helena.
The Melka Montbleau Estate – What a way to end the first day of the Melka experience with
none other than a hosted dinner at his private estate. The eight acre property located in the St. Helena appellation also boasts a beautiful hillside vineyard that yields approximately 125 cases of exquisite high end cabernet sauvignon. The Estate features a modern and sustainable dwelling designed to be an extension of the landscape. Signature sliding glass “walls” bring in light and air and provide stunning views of the Napa Valley.
Day Three... The Beauty
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Breakfast at Leisure 10:30 AM - Driver/Guide pick up at Auberge de Soleil 11:00 AM - Gandona Estate Winery with Gourmet Lunch 2:45 PM - Tusk Estate Winery 5:30 PM - Dinner at French Laundry Return to Auberge de Soleil
Gandona Estate Winery - The story Gandona is rooted in tradition and a passion for transforming
land into something extraordinary. It’s born from an estate that rests upon a sloping hillside high above the beauty of Napa Valley and Lake Hennessey – its vineyards, carved from the steep terrain and planted in four blocks, each possess their own distinct personality. The art of winemaking at Gandona is rooted in the ageold practice of apprenticeship, and the unique bond between mentor and protégé. The result is a tight-knit team well versed in tending to their craft and dedicated to the stewardship of land and the development of hand-crafted wines.
Tusk - A luxury wine custom designed to fit your lifestyle. Five years in development. Three lifetimes in the
making. Tusk is the wine we were born to create; the loving result of our passion, commitment and belief. Born from the best vineyards in Napa Valley, we believe that Tusk is master winemaker Philippe Melka’s finest masterpiece and will be the next great luxury brand. In 2007, three friends embarked on such a quest. Our dream was to create the ultimate luxury wine experience. This quest was not about profit but passion. Tusk Estates was formed on this creed by Michael Uytengsu, Tim Martin, and Philippe Melka who have each taken their vast experience in the food and beverage industry and applied it to create something truly special. Regardless of time, money, or individual accomplishments, we have committed our hearts, souls, and minds to this endeavor.
The French Laundry – Three Michelin Star - Thomas Keller’s Magnum opus in Yountville may be
famous for being famous but consider yourself royalty if you land a table at the “haute” French-American restaurant. Built in 1890 as a French Steam Laundry, this rustic two-story stone house is surrounded by a country garden planted with vintage roses, perennials and seasonal herbs. The Three Star Michelin French Laundry Restaurant has an intimate dining room with 15 tables. The dining time is 3-4 hours with two prixfixe menus to choose from and jackets are required for gentlemen.
The Memories You Take
The Conclusion... • Breakfast at Leisure (Included) • Departure from Auberge de Soleil to Airport
Inclusions: • Round trip airport transfers • Transfers for wine tours and dinners off site • Viviani hotel amenities • 2 full day wine tours as described with lunches and wines • California state sales tax
Exclusions: • All alcoholic beverages with meals unless specified. • Hotels incidentals • Guide gratuities • All dinners Currently, no services are on hold.
Our staff is always on hand and ready to assist you with any questions you may have about your program. Please feel free to shoot us an email or give us a ring anytime. 2800 Jefferson St, Suite 5 Napa, California 94558 Tel: (707) 265-1940 Fax: (707) 265-1947 Web: www.viviani.com Email: email@example.com
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Published on Aug 11, 2012