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Black truffles will be the stars of the show at the fourth annual Napa Truffle Festival.

Truffle Festival coming to Napa Valley

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 - 11:54 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Just how “gourmet” are you? If you say “very,” then you should know the fourth annual Napa Truffle Festival will be Jan. 17-20. Once again, it offers an a la carte lineup of tastings, events and special lodging packages. The star of the show is the black truffle, a treasured ingredient in haute cuisine and one of the most precious delicacies in the global marketplace. As in $2,000 to $2,500 a pound.

Festival highlights will include truffle-accented lunches at Nickel & Nickel and Hall wineries, food-and-wine pairings and tastings, and a special truffles-and-wine multi-course dinner at the four-star La Toque restaurant.

Also: cooking demonstrations, truffle cultivation seminars, truffle orchard tour, winery tours, and a marketplace that will showcase specialty wines and foods in the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.

Returning will be a wild mushroom-foraging expedition, followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch at Hall winery, prepared by a Michelin star guest chef.

Tickets are limited and the festival sells out early each year, bringing foodies from all over California and a few foreign countries. For more information and to reserve a spot: (888) 753-9378 or

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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