Executive Chef Steven Topple and The Narrows culinary team have been lucky enough to host events with some of the globe’s most incredible winemakers. Our guests have tasted from Idaho to Italy and loved every sip along the way. But on Saturday, February 7, the winemaker dinner experience will feature a new level of expertise as we welcome an industry pioneer: Charles Krug – the Napa Valley’s very first winery.
The Charles Krug Winery was founded in 1861 by the then 27-year-old Prussian immigrant. His ways were innovative, as he introduced the first cider press for winemaking, and his leadership was inspirational, as he carefully selected rootstocks, varietals and vineyard sites more precisely than ever before. The trailblazer set a new standard for winemaking and influenced the development of Napa into the world-renown wine region we know today. In 1943, the celebrated Mondavi family took over ownership of the winery, introducing planting and filtration techniques that solidified Peter Mondavi as one of the ‘living legends’ of the industry. Peter and his sons continue their dedication to the brand, still operating on the original 850 prime acres that Charles first founded.
We are thrilled to bring this history Napa Valley icon to McCall, Idaho for our next winemaker’s dinner event. The evening will be hosted by Riana Mondavi, the first of the fourth generation Mondavis to work full time at the winery (a path she started at age 10 as an assistant to the lab manager). Guests will enjoy five-courses of Chef Topple’s acclaimed cuisine, each paired with a Charles Krug varietal served alongside panoramic views of Payette Lake. Riana will be on hand to discuss the nuances of each wine and share tales from her family’s inspiring lineage.