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The Mustard Season offers a full palette of food, wine, art, entertainment, and cultural activities staged throughout the world-famous grape growing region of Napa Valley from approximately the end of January through the month of March each year.




Press Quotes - 2010

The time of year once known as Napa’s slow season has blossomed into a multi-month festival of food, wine, art, entertainment and cultural activities.
Where San Francisco
March, 2010

Experience the legendary Napa Valley during the magical mustard season, from January through March. Immerse yourself in the most creative food, wine, and art events of the year.
Diablo Magazine
January, 2010

You know spring is just around the corner when Wine Country vineyards are carpeted in yellow. This annual salute to Napa Valley’s humble cover crop is not just one event, but a string of pearls from January through March.
Savor Wine Country
September, 2009

The Mustard Festival is about much more than those gorgeous flowers that blanket the hills this time of year. It is a winter carnival of sorts, bringing together food, wine, and camaraderie throughout the Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Destination Council touts it as the premier off-peak-season event.
Marin Magazine
March, 2010

If wine is the king in Napa, then mustard is definitely the queen. This year, her majesty was duly pampered at the new location – Rubicon Estate, where the grand finale of the beloved annual festival was celebrated with the appropriate luxury and style.
Art and Entertain Me Blog
March 30, 2010

If you’re picturing a card table holding open jars of condiments, that isn’t quite it. Rather, picture the mustard fields of wine country, all hued-out with yellow blossoms that can only be described as well, the color of mustard.
Worth the Drive - NBC Los Angeles
January 27, 2010

The Napa Valley landscape is slowly turning a different color – mustard yellow. That can only mean one thing for locals and visitors in the know…The Napa Valley Mustard Festival will be in full bloom in only a couple more weeks!
January 13, 2010

Martha Stewart Living Radio is heading out west for some fun in the sun? Hear favorite hosts wine, dine, and broadcast live from the Napa Valley Mustard Festival, in beautiful, warm, sunny California. Tempt your palatte with the region’s finest in food, wine, and art – lift your spirits with some of the world’s best jazz performances, and find out this year’s winning mustard recipes.
March 3, 1010

The Mustard Festival Marketplace was a shot in the arm for downtown businesses, and they want a repeat.
Napa Valley Register
March 17, 2010

This sprawling celebration of the humble mustard seed spands many weekends and includes samples of things this area is known for – wine, food and art.
Sunday Telegram, Worchester, MA
Boston Sunday Globe, Boston, MA
January 3, 2010

With spring just around the corner, the Napa Valley is getting ready to roll out the golden carpet for the annual Mustard Festival, a tantalizing blend of food, wine, art and music that continues through March.
Press Democrat
January 17, 2010

Call Napa Valley mellow yellow – mustard time is about to begin. The best thing about wild mustard is its yellow sheen glowing like sunshine just when winter seems it will never end. The best thing about the Napa Valley Mustard Festival is that it treats the winter-weary to not only the pungent plant but also its close compatriots, wine, olives, and other local savories.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 24, 2010

Winter is a quiet time in Napa Valley. Which makes it a very good time to visit.

With harvest over and future bottles of wine resting peacefully in barrels and tanks, your chanced of chatting with a winemaker when you visit a winery is higher. And as temperatures drop so do crowds and prices....

It all makes for some good eating weather.... Now is the time to feast on the hearty braises and roasts that go best with Napa's robust red wines.----

In late January the valley gets a shot of color when mustard, planted as a cover crop for vines, erupts in a bust of yellow. From January 30 - March 27 the humble plant is celebrated in a festival that includes, music, art, dining, and of course wine.....

For some exterior heat jump into a med bath in Calistoga....

If you're staying in Napa, a shortcut is to buy a $20 "Taste Napa Downtown" card from the Napa Valley Visitor Center......

For wine tasting with a difference try Castello di Amorsa..... For a dash of history visit Schrambserg Vineyard....Far Niente --- is another historic winery....

After a long day of tasting it's time to curl up by the fire, - or sink into a hot tub.

The Napa Valley Destination Council lists some specials at

If you go: Mustard Festival through March 27;

Associated Press Alton Telegraph, Alton, IL – February 16
The Daily News, Huntingdon, PA – February 18
Herald-Standard, Uniontown, PA – February 18
Register-Pajaronian, Watsonville, CA – February 18
Eldorado News-times, Eldorado, AR – February 19
Merced Sun-Star, Merced, CA – February 20
Record, Stockton, CA – February 21
The News-Star, Monroe, LA – February 21
Southtown Star, Tinley, IL – February 21
The Ithaca Journa, Ithaca, NY – February 20
The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN – February 21
Sikeston Standard Democrat, Sikeston, MO – February 21
Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA – February 21
Columbian, Vancouver, WA – February 21
The Sunday Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY - February 21
Courier-Post, Cherry Hill, NJ – February 21
Abilene Reporter-News, Abiliene, TX – February 21
Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghampton, NY – February 21
The Times Herald, Clean, NY, February 21
Sunday Recorder, Amsterdam NY – February 21
Daily Tribune, Mt. Clemens, MI – February 21
Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA – February 21
Corpus Christi Caller Times, Corpus Christi, TX – February 21
The Frederick Post, Frederic, MD - February 21
Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, IA – February 21
Globe Gazette, Mason City, IA – February 21
Saline Journal, Salina, KS – February 21
Ventura County Star, Ventura, CA – February 21
Caller-Times, Corpus Christi, TX – February 21
Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, TX – February 21
Sunday Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA – February 21
The Ponca City News, Ponca City, OK – February 24
Daily News Tribune, Waltham, MA – February 25
The Dispatch, Lexingon, NC – February 26
Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, IL – February 27
Times Observer, Warren, PA – February 27
Oakland Press, Pontiac, MI - February 28
Mercury-News, San Jose, CA – February 28
Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant, MI – February 28
Erie Times-News, Erie, PA – February 28
Heritage Sunday, Southgate, MI – February 28
Democrat Herald, Albany, OR – February 28
Tri-Valley Herald, Pleasanton, CA – February 28
San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego, CA – February 28
The Forum, Fargo, ND – February 28
Sunday News-Herald (South Zone Edition), Southgate, MI – February 28
Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, GA – February 28
Watertown Public Opinion, Waterdown, SD – February 28
Forum, Fargo, ND – February 28
Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH – February 28
Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, AZ – February 28
New Haven Register, New Haven, CT – February 28
Sunday News-Herald (North Zone Edition), Southgate, MI – February 28
Heritage Sunday, Southgate, MI – February 28
Reporter, Vacaville, CA – March 1
Times Herald, Vallejo, CA – March 3
View, Belleville, MI – March
Daily Republic, Fairfield, CA – March 6
Denver Post, Denver, CO – March 6
Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie, NY - March 7
Courier Journal, Louisville, KY – March 7
Home News Tribune, East Brunswick, NJ – March 7
Journal News (Westchester/Putnam), White Plains, NY – March 7
Journal News (Rockland Edition), White Plains, 7
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI – March 7
Tribune Star, Terre Haute IN – March 7
Review Journal & Sun, Las Vegas, NV – March 14
Citizen, Holdrege, NE – March 19
Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA – March 28
Enterprise-Record Chico, CA – February 28




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