Napa Valley Festival del Sole: A celebration of art and wine

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Founders Dinner at Stull Residence by Susana Bates

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA, July 18, 2014 – Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole is in full swing, right in the middle of a ten-day celebration of art, music, dance, wellness, cuisine and, of course, wine. Festival del Sole is truly a celebration of life, and the wine country lifestyle meeting the big city arts scene.

 

2013 Opening Night Dinner at Castello di Amorosa
2013 Opening Night Dinner at Castello di Amorosa

Napa Valley is the ideal backdrop to this fine celebration. Guests will be able to witness breathtaking performances, taste the finest cuisine at vintner luncheons and winemaker dinners, and rub elbows with Napa Valley winemaking elite.

With ten action-packed days, it might be difficult to know where to start. One might choose a focus such as the wine, then base their agenda around where to gain access to top wineries; one could choose music as the theme and craft one of the best musical experiences in the country.


Wine-Focused Agenda

–       Patron Dinner at HALL, St. Helena: Friday July 18th

–       Bella Italia! Tribute to Sophia Loren at Far Niente: Saturday July 19th

–       Vintner’s Luncheon at Aloft Wine: Saturday July 19th

–       Wine Country Brunch at Ehlers Estate: Sunday July 20th

–       Closing Night Dinner at Chimney Rock: Sunday July 20th

Under the Stars at Opus One
Under the Stars at Opus One

Music-Focused Agenda

–       Dance Gala: Polina Seminova and Friends: Friday July 18th

–       Community Concert: Carlo Ponti and LA Virtuosi Debut: Saturday July 19th

–       Bella Italia! Tribute to Sophia Loren at Far Niente: Saturday July 19th

–       Opera Gala: Sunday July 20th

 

One thing is sure, guests attending Festival del Sole are treated to a spectacular experience that will tease and arouse all the senses.

Founders Dinner Stull Residence Table View
Founders Dinner Stull Residence Table View

Sight: your eyes will be treated with visions of rolling vineyards, iconic Napa Valley wineries, and clarity of the fine wines you will be drinking. Catch yourself gazing at the cellist as she gracefully drags her bow across the strings. Find yourself entranced watching the delicate ballerinas as they tip toe, swirl and leap across the stage.

Sound: your ears will rejoice, hearing all the sounds of Festival del Sole. Listen closely as the opera singers fill their lungs, exhaling their arias and gasping for breath with each song sung. Listen closely to the sound of peacefulness and serenity while stretching and rejuvenating doing yoga in the vineyards.

Touch: feel the weight of the wine glass in your hand, the tremendous mouthfeel that the wines possess and the amazing texture of the food you are eating. Feel the gentle caress of your partner’s hand in yours as you experience all that is Festival del Sole.

Smell: inhale the intoxicating aromas of wine country, of course the wine. But also take in the nuances of the expertly crafted juice in your glass. Try to distinguish one wine from the next. Is that dark cherries covered in mocha you are smelling? Perhaps a touch of cassis and earth?

Taste: once you’ve inhaled the wine in your glass, note if it tastes as you expected it to taste, or if there is an unexpected surprise in the mid-palate or finish of the wine. How does that change once you’ve tasted the wine with one of the perfectly paired food dishes?

 

2013 Festival Gala at Meadowood featuring Arturo Sandoval
2013 Festival Gala at Meadowood featuring Arturo Sandoval

One thing is certain, no mater which course you take at Festival del Sole, all of your senses will be delighted. You will have experienced a magical moment in Napa Valley and if just for that moment, whether you come from near or far, you will feel at home and full of joy. Get tickets for remaining events while you can. The festival wraps up this Sunday, July 20th.

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