B Cellars Winery Announces Enhanced Wine and Food Experiences

Hell’s Kitchen Winner Chef Christina Machamer Will Lead the Winery’s Programs

B Cellars Chef Christina MachamerCALISTOGA, Calif. (April 18, 2011) – B Cellars (www.bcellars.com), a premium winery and tasting salon located on the picturesque Silverado Trail in Calistoga, is proud to announce a number of enhanced tasting programs and the appointment of Chef Christina Machamer as wine educator and chef. Machamer, a Hell’s Kitchen winner, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) graduate and certified sommelier, will bring her epicurean expertise to B Cellars versatile, award-winning wines to offer guests a more fully rounded, sensory wine tasting experience.

Since the winery’s inception, B Cellars multi-vineyard winemaking strategy and the resultant versatility of its wines have made it a favorite of chefs and restaurateurs.  A modern-day négociant in the classic French model, B Cellars crafts exceptional blends produced from grapes procured from Napa Valley’s most coveted vineyard properties.  The B Cellars approach delivers flavor profiles rarely available from single-vineyard, single-varietal wineries, making B Cellars vintages ideal for pairing with creatively articulated foods.

To better showcase the versatility and depth of B Cellars wines, Chef Machamer has been brought on board to develop and lead expanded interactive food and wine tasting programs for winery guests, with the goal of demonstrating through sensatory experience the flexibility and depth of B Cellars wines.

“B Cellars was keen to attract a person with solid culinary credentials who could help us convey to winery visitors the reasons for our ‘food-centric’ reputation in the culinary community,” said Duffy Keys, principal.  “We were impressed with Chef Machamer’s qualifications and culinary work experience at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro and with Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel in Los Angeles – not mention her incredible personality.”

The B Cellars tasting experiences offer a number of expanded options:

Chef’s Perspective:

Why do wine and food work so well together – or in some instances compete?  Chef Machamer shares her hints on wine and food pairing basics.  Guests taste five vintage wines (one white and four reds) as Chef Machamer provides an insider’s look at how chefs taste wine and what they look for in food pairings.  Food complements will help guests understand and take home fundamental wine and food paring principles that can be recreated in the home kitchen.

This program is offered Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. on a semi-private basis unless arrangements for a private session have been booked.  Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.  Cost:  $40 per person.

Private Library and Reserve Wine Tasting:

Working with sommelier Gretchen Bender and her capable team of wine educators, guests have an opportunity to taste unique, limited production wines in a private setting.  From the B Cellars Library and Reserve collection, this is a wine tasting experience that showcases the extraordinary depth and diversity of Napa Valley’s terroir while also savoring charcuterie, cheeses and other items presented by Chef Machamer.

This private tasting program is offered daily; reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Starting cost:  $40 per person (with upgrades depending on wine selection and food options).

Preview Tasting & Patio Lunch:

Reserve a spot in the tasting salon, where guests will preview three flagship wines (one white and two reds) and then enjoy a Chef Machamer-inspired picnic lunch served on the Patio.

Preview Tasting & Patio Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. subject to seasonality and weather conditions.  Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.  Cost:  $35 per person; wine with lunch is priced separately based on selection from ½ or full bottles.

The Vintner’s Table Exclusive:

This exclusive tasting experience offers B Cellars guests the opportunity to enjoy the luxury of having their own private sommelier and personal chef.  The planning for this exclusive experience begins with a walk through the cellar with Sommelier Gretchen Bender to assemble the tasting flights to be reviewed and included at the Vintner’s Table; then a sit down with Chef Machamer to discuss menu direction for the perfect wine and food pairings tailored to your personal palate. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two in a quiet corner of the barrel room, in the salon or on the Patio, or wine and hors d’œuvres served on the Patio followed by a hosted dinner for family and friends, Sommelier Gretchen Bender and Chef Machamer will create a one of-a-kind experience – a perfect way to celebrate the bounty of Napa Valley in the spirit or your special occasion.

This program is offered seasonally with advanced planning.

Flagship Tasting:

This is a classic wine tasting featuring four vintage wines (one white and three reds) from

B Cellars current releases, showcasing Napa Valley’s most coveted vineyards.  Served in the winery’s tasting salon or outside on the patio, guests enjoy presentations from the winery’s talented wine educators while also sampling “B Bites” – designed by Chef Machamer.

This program is offered seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Reservations are not required and drop-ins are welcome.  Cost:  $15 per person.

For reservations and further information on all programs, call 707.709.8787 or e-mail laura [at] bcellars [dot] com.

Chef Machamer began her culinary career with an apprenticeship with world renowned chef Larry Forgione at An American Place and classes at Forest Park Community College in St. Louis.  She enrolled at the CIA in Hyde Park, New York.  Part way through her final semester she was chosen to compete in the fourth season of Hell’s Kitchen, the fiery reality show hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.  After taking the Hell’s Kitchen “Season Four Grand Prize,” Machamer finished her degree at the CIA and then moved directly into a position as sous chef at the Gordon Ramsay restaurant in West Hollywood.  Before joining B Cellars, Machamer served on the opening team at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills where her experience included garde manger, canapé, entremétier and poissonnier.  Machamer also studied wine and viticulture at the CIA Greystone in Napa Valley and passed the certified sommelier exam with The Court of Master Sommeliers, based in London.

B Cellars, located in a picturesque setting on the Silverado Trail, offers the very best of Napa Valley hospitality.  The cozy Calistoga tasting salon is open seven days a week with no appointment needed.  Guests are also invited to enjoy the charming patio overlooking the pond and the surrounding vineyards.

About B Cellars

Founded by Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys in 2003, B Cellars is a premium winery and tasting salon located on the picturesque Silverado Trail, just minutes from downtown Calistoga.  A modern-day négociant in the classic French tradition, B Cellars employs a multi-vineyard winemaking strategy, acquiring and blending Napa Valley’s finest grapes to produce matchless varietals favored by chefs and restaurateurs for their distinct character, depth, and food-friendly “layers” of flavor.

Current releases created by award-winning winemaker Kirk Venge includes four proprietary wines known as ‘Blends – 23, 24, 25, and 26’  – and eight small production, single-varietals – Carneros Syrah, Mt. Veeder Syrah, Caldwell’s Kreuzer Canyon Syrah, Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon, To Kalon Cabernet, Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Petite Syrah.  The extremely food-friendly wines expand pairing options beyond the traditional parameters.

B Cellars wines have received glowing reviews from wine writers and critics, including Robert Parker, who has consistently awarded B Cellars wines scores ranging from 90 to 95.

The B Cellars tasting salon is open seven days a week – no appointment necessary.  Visit

B Cellars on the Web at www.bcellars.com.