The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley and Charbay Distillery, with location host CIA at Copia, raised more than $10,000 for families affected by the fires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties Monday night, Oct. 30, at their first annual Wizards of Elixirs Cocktail Competition.
The Grand Prize-winning team of Kelly Dallas and Mel Valencia from Solbar in Calistoga impressed the 300 attendees with “Garnet Horizon,” a fall elixir featuring Charbay Pomegranate Vodka, The Perfect Purée Pear, Rittenhouse Rye, hazelnut liqueur and garnet yam juice.
Second place was awarded to Adam Welch of the Geyserville Gun Club Bar & Lounge for “The Shogun,” with third place going to Vincent Lundeen of Andaz Napa with “Monkey’s Breakfast.” (See full recipes below or follow this link for photos, recipes and The Perfect Purée’s image use policy.)
“Response to the competition from attendees was overwhelmingly positive,” says Michele Lex, President & Chief Marketing Officer for The Perfect Purée. “The wildfires were devastating, but the display of compassion and resiliency of our North Bay community is inspiring to us all.”
Sixteen of wine country’s top bartenders vied for the People’s Choice Award at The Wizards of Elixirs, a friendly cocktail competition fashioned in walk-around style at the Culinary Institute of America’s Copia location in Napa. Attendees sampled the competing cocktails along with apps and light snacks prepared by the CIA then attended the Halloween costume dance after-party.
Proceeds from ticket and raffle sales totaling more than $10,000 will be distributed between four counties severely affected by the October fires, which killed 42 people and destroyed an estimated 7,000 homes and other buildings.