Featured Restaurant on Rick's DineSite Journal


Culinary Institute of America
at the

Greystoke Mansion


2555 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574

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Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
Our first Napa Wine Experience Dinner hosted by us that was held at the CIA  Greystoke
Restaurant featured Robert Craig of Robert Craig Wines and his associate winemaker Rudy Zedema as guests. Held in 1998, we served a horizontal tasting of then ten-year-old 1988 Bordeaux cellar selections from our cellar (below) that included Chateau's Cantemerle, Cos d' Estournel, Ducru Beaucaillou, Figeac,  Leoville Las Cases, Palmer, and Chateau Suidirant, matched up against Robert Craig Affinity and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The fabulous food selection matched to complement the wines was graciously served by the attentive and understanding Greystoke staff including Reuben Katz, Director of Wines (pictured below). One of the memorable moments of the evening was to be lead into Reuben's office to see that he had laid on his desk a large sheet of white butcher paper on which he had dripped and then labeled a round splotch of wine from each of our selections. "Look at the colours," he mused. Only a true lover and student of wine would relate!

We repeated the event the next year, again with Robert Craig as our guest, only this year to be joined by his wife and business partner, Lynn Craig, and to enjoy ten-year-old 1989 vintage Bordeaux.

Atmosphere - Whether dining outside on the terrace with placid views of the valley below, inside the stylish restaurant, or in one of the private dining rooms, Greystoke offers a unique and memorable dining experience. 4.75/5

Food - You can count on the CIA to always feature imaginative selections of the finest continental and California cuisine. 4.5/5

Service - Being affiliated with the CIA and Wine Spectator nurtures a sensitivity and appreciation for the combination of food and wine. The wine culture combined with the zest for fine food that is found in the world's great wine regions such as Napa Valley provide an extraordinary tasting experience where they not only tolerate but add value to a special wine tasting such as our Napa Wine Experience events! 5/5

Winelist - An extensive winelist features global style offerings (Cal-Italia, Rhone-Esque), through the breadth and depth of Napa Valley and other California producers -  as well as hard to find, emerging, and stalwart name producers - including a selection of half bottles and magnums, and a respectable offering by the glass. 4.5/5

Overall 18.5/20

Robt Craig Dinner @ CIA.

Napa WIne Experience 98 with Robert Craig and Rudy Zedema

CIA Cline dinner 88 Bordeaux flight.
Bordeaux Horizontal Wine Flight with Robert Craig Wines.

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Repeat in '99, with Robert & Lynn Craig and Reuben Katz (hiding) at CIA.

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Liat giving advice to Robert Craig.

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