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Monday, November 22, 2010

11/23 - Italian Winemaker Dario DeConti of Ca' Momi and Dr. Judith Caldwell, Chairwoman of the Arts for Yountville

Chef & Winemaker Dario DeConti

Slow Living Radio celebrated the Italian lifestyle in appreciation of food, wine, art and culture. Guest chef & winemaker Dario DeConti dished up the pleasures of the Italian table from Ca' Momi, while Dr. Judith Caldwell offered the broader brush stoke of a deep and meaningful love letter of art and culture from Italy to Napa Valley.

The Ca' Momi Story - Ca’ Momi Wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to Momi dea Bionda, the previous owner who was famous for his obsession with the house, his grapes and his wine. 

A Dario original at the Enoteca
at Napa's Oxbow Market

 When we came to America, we knew we wanted to make wine here, and to capture some of the spirit of our family traditions.  Of course, we are just a little bit obsessive about our wines, too! We want them to be fresh, fruity, and full of life.  They are wines to be enjoyed. 

Dario De Conti and Stefano Migotto, our winemakers, spend a lot of time finding just the right sources for our grapes and wines in California.  Napa Valley is great for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and our red and white table wines: Rosso and Bianco.  Carneros for Pinot Noir, and other vineyards around California for our Pinot Grigio, and our Moscato.  Also, we have introduced something new to California; Ca’ Secco, the first Prosecco style sparkler made in California.

And for dessert...
the amaretti!

We are the first winery in the U.S. to feature the Nova Twist closure. This plastic cap makes the bottle 100% recyclable (unlike traditional metal screwcaps), has no sharp edges, and has approximately 1/3 the carbon foot print of metal screw caps. That’s good for Mother Earth!

La Dolce Vita: In Italy, wine is a part of life, and we want you to make Ca’ Momi wines a part of your life, too.  We craft impressive Napa Valley wines at reasonable prices, so that you can enjoy a great glass of wine every night for dinner, just like we do!

Dr. Judith Caldwell
Dr. Judith Caldwell’s richly diverse professional experiences in education have provided her with opportunities to incorporate the arts into both the early elementary grades as well as the University level . . . and now into the community. Judith was a pioneer in conceptualizing, planning and developing Art Enrichment Programs for the Connecticut Public School System and was a pivotal co-founder of the Napa Valley Charter School, a Waldorf-based, arts-infused educational setting.  Judith’s academic degrees and educational background include a Doctoral Degree in Staff Development from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago Investigating the Process of Learning, a Masters Degree in Spirituality from Santa Monica University, Certification in Art Therapy from The New School of Social Research in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame in South Bend, IndianaDr. Caldwell is an Advisory Board member of Insight University’s Masters degree program in Leadership based in New Mexico. A community-minded and service-oriented woman, Judith’s 5-year political term on the Yountville Town Council demonstrated her commitment and creativity to the town of Yountville.

An art glass sculpture by artist
Gordon Heuther is one of many brilliant
pieces throughout Yountville procured
through Dr. Caldwell's efforts

Judith served on the Napa Valley Arts Council and Napa County Commission of Art and Culture. She is now the Chairwoman of the Arts in Yountville, California, where she lives with her husband, Jay, and their son, Michael.  Extensive travel throughout the United States, Europe (especially Italy) and Canada as well as her ministerial work with multiethnic people have afforded her opportunities to understand, respect and appreciate cultural diversity.  ###


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