With his Pacific Division Champion Vegas Golden Knights in San Jose Monday to face the Sharks during their second-round NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs series, team owner and Foley Food & Wine Society founder Bill Foley welcomed Golden Knights fans to his flagship estate in Napa Valley – Foley Johnson.
Fans in town to support their beloved Golden Knights were offered the opportunity to board a private charter bus, known as the “VGK Express,” to the Rutherford winery, where they enjoyed a custom tasting of select Foley Johnson wines, small bites curated by Culinary Director & Executive Chef for Foley Family Wines Larry Forgione, a Vegas Golden Knights GoVino shatterproof wine glass, and a surprise visit by Foley himself.
“The views have been beautiful,” said Golden Knights fan Paul Sousy. “They fed us great food. Chef had a beautiful spread out here. And then trying all of Mr. Foley’s wines and now getting to hang out with Mr. Foley – it’s been pretty cool.”
“Well, I think it’s fantastic,” remarked Foley. “You know, all of these people basically traveled from somewhere to get to San Jose to go to the game tonight. I thought it would be great if we could share the wine experience with them – and they came up, a big bus-load. They’re having a good time…and they’re drinking some of the best wine in California.”
Located along Highway 29 in the prestigious Rutherford AVA, Foley Johnson exemplifies the understated elegance and casual warmth of the Valley. The winery produces two tiers of wines: Napa Valley and Handmade. The Napa Valley tier focuses on Bordeaux varieties from the nearly 50 acres of estate vineyards around the winery in Rutherford. The Handmade tier features special small-lot bottlings from some of the renowned winemakers in the Foley Family Wines group of wineries. Foley’s son Patrick has served as head winemaker for the past two years. During that time, Foley Johnson has earned multiple acclaims for several of their varietals, including numerous 90+ scores from leading wine publications each year.
The wines poured during Monday’s event included the 2012 Handmade Napa Cabernet, 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 Estate Merlot, 2014 Estate Meritage, 2015 Handmade Zinfandel and 2016 Handmade Napa Chardonnay.
To purchase these and other wines, call the Foley Johnson tasting room at 707-963-1980 or shop online.