CATERER TO THE STARS, MARY GIULIANI - TIPS ON SPRING AND SUMMER ENTERTAINING
Mary grew up in the same house as her Italian grandparents, which is where her love for cooking and entertaining began. They spent every Saturday cooking and prepping for Sunday dinner where they hosted nearly 20 people, an experience that influenced her career.
Today, Mary shows off her entertaining skills as a regular contributor on the Rachael Ray Show, and has a partnership with Chef Mario Batali. They started MARIO by Mary as a corporate catering business together and have now expanded with a soup and sandwich shop at the Pennsy in NYC.
MICHAEL BEAULAC - GENERAL MANAGER & WINEMAKER, PINE RIDGE VINEYARDS
Pine Ridge founder Gary Andrus, inspired by the illustrious wines of Bordeaux, believed in the Napa Valley’s potential to produce wines of similar stature. He planted the property’s original namesake vineyard on a steeply terraced hillside flanked by a dramatic ridgeline of pine trees in the Stags Leap District. Gary’s pioneering efforts with this first vineyard were met with tremendous success as the Bordeaux varietals he planted – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot – thrived and produced wines of great distinction. In the following years, Pine Ridge continued to acquire exceptional vineyard sites across the region. Today, the Estate’s 200-acres span over five renowned Napa Valley appellations – Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Oakville, Carneros and Howell Mountain.
ESTATE VINEYARD DISTINCTION
Poised, balanced and classically proportioned, the expressive wines born from our estate vineyards spanning the Napa Valley reflect a distinctive Old World approach to winemaking coupled with a commitment to future sustainability and innovation.
The desire to uncover and showcase the exceptional qualities of the diverse estate vineyards that span 200-acres across five appellations is the core of the Pine Ridge winemaking philosophy. A thirty year relationship with the land brings a deeply layered knowledge of the specific climates, soils and vines of each vineyard. Over the years, a deep knowledge and savoir-faire has developed of which rootstocks do best in each respective vineyard, specific block requirements to produce the most optimal fruit and what each vineyard contributes to the flavor profile of the wines. Every season brings new knowledge and understanding to apply and continuously fine tune the entire growing and production process in order to encourage the fruit – and the wines – a purity of flavor distinct to their site.