Esperanza Comes to Calistoga Ranch

Fiesta De Los Sentidos
A Feast for the Senses
November 14th to November 17th, 2014

Calistoga Ranch brings Mexico to the Napa Valley with three days of events celebrating the culture, food, and wine of both regions. Join our executive chef, Aaron Meneghelli, along with guest chef Gonzalo Cerda from Esperanza, on a culinary journey that features multi- course meals, exclusive Baja California wines, combined with tequila tastings and cooking classes.

Evening Fiesta in the Vineyard
A magical evening starting with a welcome reception that begins with a tequila tasting journey, guiding guests through the process and the flavor profiles of tequila. A margarita competition with different fruits and flavor components will be judged by a master tequilero. A selection of canapés will be passed with specialty cocktails from both Calistoga Ranch and Esperanza, combined with
a selection of Mexican wines. Dinner will consist of traditional regional Mexican dishes highlighted by whole roasted pig, open-fire cooking of vegetables and tortillas, a variety of salsas, and guacamole, all served in a family style and paired with
a selection of Mexican wines and libations. Enjoy sounds of the Mariachi strolling the vineyard!


El Media Mañana Brunch
Join the chefs in a demonstration of fresh and roasted sauces preparation, followed by a carnival melody of fresh fruits, smoothies, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, pozole, agua frescas, Mexican hot chocolate, and other delicacies.

Salsa con Salsa Afternoon
With the “Salsa con Salsa” experience, guests will discover the art of Mexican salsa in two festive ways—making a salsa recipe and dancing the salsa. Join the chefs in a hands-on salsa-making class, where they will use fresh produce and herbs from Calistoga Ranch’s organic garden to prepare salsas with various heat levels while sipping Esperanza’s signature Cabo Green Margaritas. Guests will also enjoy a salsa dancing class led by a local Latin dance instructor.

Cocktail and Canapé Reception
The perfect start to a wonderful evening. Enjoy inspired cocktails at the Lakehouse overlooking Lommel Lake as guests mix and mingle with friends prior to our Gala Dinner.

La Celebracion Gala Dinner
This evening the wine cave carries the tradition of elegance with a five-course culinary extravaganza engaging the talents of both Chef Cerda and Chef Meneghelli. The flavors of Napa Valley and the essence of century-old Mexican recipes entice guests “sentidos.” Pairings will include wines from both Napa Valley and the Baja California wine region. A perfect evening while enjoying the echoes of a classical guitar.

Farewell Breakfast
Awake and stroll to the Creekside Clubhouse where a Desayuno Continental a la Mexicana will be served. Enjoy Mexican Pastries with fresh fruits, juices, smoothies, granola, yogurts, and other delights to start the day, bidding farewell to “La Fiesta de los Sentidos”.

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