VINO ON-SCREEN: One might assume that the Napa Valley Film Festival, at first glance, might show a lot of films about food and wine. The answer to that is yes and no. Yes, the celebrated five-day cinema party, which spreads out over four villages, does spotlight movies that have something to do with the setting; this year the documentary "SOMM" will screen (it is indeed about sommeliers, if you guessed that). We'd also posit that one would be hard pressed to find a film that doesn't have something to do with our daily bread and drink. Oh, we're not talking about the "Big Night" and "Like Water for Chocolate"-type films, movies built around meal-making. But the majority of movies tend to show a character sitting down to supper or having a drink at some point. So a film festival have strong ties to a food-loving location?
DATES AND DETAILS: The festival rolls from Wednesday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 11 over four villages: Calistoga, St. Helena, Napa, and Yountville. Special events include the Food Arts Panel Series, Winemaker Dinners, and other tasty haps. Oh, and the film events? Special screenings and a panel on pitching are two to-dos that are less foodie, more filmy. As for the celebrities set to show? Alan Cumming and Imogen Poots are two names on the main page; bet a top-name toque or vintner or two will also be in the mix. Honest, if someone were to ask us about our perfect film festival setting, we would very much make it a fest that involves a strong cuisine aspect, as Napa Valley does. We love our popcorn and snacky candies, but we'll also opt for some pinot and tapas after a film, too, and pretty dang quickly.