On October 28th Our Napa Tasting Room will celebrate its 1st Anniversary after the 2013 grand opening in historic downtown. The neighborhood took a hard hit in the early morning hours of August 24th, so we spent some time this week to speak with the Tasting Room Manager, David Gadlin, about the being in Napa, the earthquake, and the future.
Debra: How has the first year gone for Lucero Olive Oil’s Napa Tasting Room?
David: The first year has been great! We have been warmly embraced by Napa residents, visiting tourists, local hotels and wineries, and we’re starting to establish ourselves as part of the food and wine community. We look forward to building even stronger relationships in the coming years.
Debra: What are some highs and lows of the past year?
David: The highs are all about the people. We have developed some great relationships with many local businesses, wineries and resorts. We have terrific food and walking tours that come to us regularly and they are always a pleasure to host. We love our frequent tasting events at Silverado Country Club and love getting involved in local events and charities, too. Our product is being sold in a number of local wineries now, and that one of the things of which we can be most proud. Oh, and we have been featured on the menu multiple times at the amazing Oenotri Restaurant, and those dishes were amazing.
The lows are very few. A 6.0 earthquake will dampen anybody’s spirits, however we consider ourselves truly fortunate in that there were very few injuries in the area as a result of the quake, we had no major structural damage, all our staff was okay at home and we were able to reopen after a 1 day clean up with the support and help of our home office team in Corning. The community showed a ton of support in the days that followed.
Debra: What events do you have planned this fall?
David: Here are just a few of the things we are excited about:
- The Marin Country Club Christmas gala on December 5th.
- Black Stallion Winery is now proudly selling Lucero Olive Oil and Balsamic vinegars
- We are currently finalizing a private label project for a local winery’s new tasting room
- The new Archer hotel and shopping area will be great for all of downtown and all of Napa.
Debra: Which Lucero products do you use at home?
David: I am pretty much a purist. I use Three Star Blend EVOO for most of my every day needs and Ascolano EVOO when using a finishing oil and I want it to really shine. I use the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar a lot as well as the Pineapple Balsamic for water, lemonade and cocktails. Finally Beer & Blaze mustard for all my grilling, BBQ, sauces, glazes and marinades. I am also very excited about the upcoming release of this year’s Olio Novello!