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Castello di Amorosa

Jim Sullivan
July 14, 2010 | Jim Sullivan

Bien Nacido Vineyards

Bien Nacido Vineyards chosen "Vineyard of the Year" by California State Fair.

In January of 2010, Castello di Amorosa's 2007 Bien Nacido Vineyards Chardonnay was awarded Double Gold, Best of Class at the American Fine Wine Competition in Florida; it was the top Chardonnay of over 50 Chardonnay producers from around the U.S.

And now comes confirmation of the quality of the grapes that comes from this historic, vineyard-- Bien Nacido Vineyards of Santa Maria -- it won a the prestigious "California Vineyard of the Year" at this year's California State Fair. This award recognizes a California vineyard which has consistently - over several growing seasons - produced grapes that have contributed directly to wine of superior quality and marketability within commercial sales systems and among fine wine judges.

Congratulations Bien Nacido Vineyards.

Fog descends on Bien Nacido Vineyards near Santa Maria, California (Photo courtesy of Bien Nacido Vineyards)

Time Posted: Jul 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM
Jim Sullivan
July 7, 2010 | Jim Sullivan

Cast of

Hit Broadway Musical Cast of "Young Frankenstein, The Musical" Visits the Castello


The cast of Young Frankenstein in the tasting room at Castello di Amorosa. (Photo: Jim Sullivan)

The cast of the highly-acclaimed, hit Broadway Musical, "The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein, The Musical," were in the Napa Valley and dropped by the Castello recently for a tour and tasting during one of their rare days off. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, Elizabeth, Inga, The Monster, Frau Blucher, Inspector Kemp, Igor, Villagers and Ensemble- they were all here and in rare form.

Based on Mel Brooks comedy masterpiece, the story follows bright, young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Dr. Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. (Now I see why we spent so much time in the Castello's Torture Chamber!) Together with his oddly-shaped and endearing helper Igor (that's Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant, Inga and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fianc, Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster-- but not without scary, and quite often hilarious complications.

There were no scary complications, no real monsters and, heavens, no corpse when they toured here. Just plenty of comedy. And I mean plenty.

Click on the link below to purchase ticket to the show and watch the video which includes Mel Brooks.

To purchase ticket and view the video

Time Posted: Jul 7, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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