Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta honors Napa Valley’s Frank Family Vineyards as “Winery of the Year”

(August 2, 2022; Calistoga, Calif.)—Rich and Leslie Frank, co-founders of Frank Family Vineyards in Napa Valley, are proud to announce that Frank Family has been selected as the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta “Winery of the Year” from among more than 90 winery participants. Celebrating its 31st year, the Fiesta will take place Sep. 21-25, 2022. Those interested can learn more about Frank Family’s participation here.

“As Frank Family nears the celebration of its own 30th anniversary, having first opened our tasting room doors in 1993, we are thrilled to honor the history and evolution of the wine and hospitality industry alongside the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta,” says Leslie Frank.

Hosted at the historic Magers Field at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe, this year’s Fiesta will feature more than 60 restaurants and 90 wineries, with an expected 3,500 guests traveling to Santa Fe for the event. Frank Family Co-Founders Rich and Leslie Frank, as well as Director of Hospitality Liam Gearity will be in attendance and Frank Family wines will be highlighted at several events throughout the Fiesta’s five-day celebration, including a Thursday Wine Dinner at Saźon, the Live Auction and Guest Chef’s Luncheon, The Reserve Tasting, and the Grand Tasting. Gearity will also host a “Great Wine Happens Every Day” seminar on Friday, Sep. 23 alongside the Franks which will focus on the many ways Frank Family approaches Napa Valley’s two leading grape varieties: Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Each year the Fiesta Board of Directors and Events Committee seeks to highlight a special winery that reflects the elevated status of Santa Fe and its outstanding restaurant community,” says Mary Hallahan, Executive Director of Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta. “Frank Family is not just a household favorite, but consistently ranks among the best restaurant wines in the country and we are proud to showcase the Frank Family wines alongside the culinary delights our acclaimed local chefs will be preparing.”

Founded in 1991 by New Mexico restaurant legends Mark Miller, Al Lucero and Gordon Heiss, the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta is today a world class wine and culinary destination event. What started as a one day event many years ago, has grown into a five day epicurean extravaganza. The festivities begin on Sep. 21-22 with a series of seminars, chef demos and winery dinners. Friday, Sep. 23 has been designated by the Fiesta as “Chile Friday,” featuring an afternoon of tasting great New Mexican food and local craft-beers served by over a dozen New Mexico Breweries. The festivities culminate with the Saturday Grand Tasting of 90 world-class wineries and bites from more than 60 of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants. To learn more about the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta please visit www.santafewineandchile.org.

About Frank Family Vineyards
Frank Family Vineyards was founded in 1992. Through tireless work, focus and engagement with trade and consumers alike, founder Rich Frank, former President of Disney Studios, along with his wife Leslie, a former Emmy-award winning broadcast news journalist, gradually built the winery over the years, making it one of today’s most successful California wineries. Winemaker and General Manager Todd Graff has been crafting Frank Family’s wines since 2003. First constructed as the Historic Larkmead Winery in 1884, the stone building on Frank Family’s property is the third oldest in the Napa Valley and appears on the National Register of Historical Places. Today, Frank Family Vineyards sources from 380 acres of estate vineyards in the Napa Valley. Frank Family’s Carneros Chardonnay ($40), Carneros Pinot Noir ($40), Napa Valley Zinfandel ($45) and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($60) are distributed nationally.

For more information about Frank Family Vineyards, please visit www.frankfamilyvineyards.com

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