Carneros Wine Alliance hosts first wine tasting and cornhole tournament

They call it “The Championship of Bags,” and ESPN was there. Sort of.

In July, players of all skill levels gathered in North Carolina for the American Cornhole League’s championship tournament. Before you ask, yes, there is an American Cornhole League. Their main event caught the attention of ESPN3, the go-to channel for competitive video gaming, ultimate frisbee, and hot dog eating contests.

Televised cornhole has yet to arrive in Napa, but on a recent Saturday afternoon a more discreet tournament took place. The scene was Carneros, Napa Valley’s southernmost region originally known for its sheep, then its wines — and now, for flying beanbags.

Organized by The Carneros Wine Alliance (CWA), a marketing group focused on promoting the Carneros AVA, the event at Liana Estates on Las Amigas Road doubled as a fundraiser for the Carneros and Schell-Vista fire departments. Like most Napa Valley fundraisers, wine and food were abundant. But the latter-day version of lawn darts was a new feature...

Carneros Wine Alliance
The Carneros Wine Alliance is a non-profit association of wineries and grape-growers in the Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA).  Carneros is the only appellation located at the crossroads of two major wine regions, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  Influenced by the maritime breezes and fog from its southern border with the San Pablo Bay, Carneros produces the region’s finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines. The Carneros Wine Alliance is committed to promoting the distinction, diversity and above all, quality, of the grapes and wines from Carneros.