NAPA, CA, July 12, 2016 – Festival Napa Valley (formerly Festival del Sole) is a ten-day celebration of art, music, dance, theater, cuisine and, of course, wine. This eleventh annual festival, taking place July 15-24, 2016, is truly a celebration of life, as the wine country lifestyle meets the big city arts scene with exclusive engagements by preeminent classical, opera, jazz and dance artists.
Festival Napa Valley attendees will be able taste the finest cuisine and wine at vintner luncheons and winemaker dinners, while rub elbows with Napa Valley winemaking elite. One thing is for sure: guests attending Festival Napa Valley are treated to a spectacular experience that will tease their palates and leave them wanting for more.
With 10 glorious days of food and wine events to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Here are suggestions on what promise to be the best wine and culinary experiences of the festival.
Patron Dinner at The Napa Valley Reserve – Friday, July 15th, 8:30pm
The lush, rolling vineyards and pristine gardens of The Napa Valley Reserve provide a striking, 80-acre backdrop to this year’s opening night dinner. Guests will dine on a feast prepared and executed by the remarkable culinary team at Meadowood Napa Valley.
Dinner will be paired with some of the luscious, private label wines produced by the same Harlan Estate winemaking team that is responsible for creating what The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker says “might just be the single most profound red wine made not just in California, but in the world.”
Taste of Napa at Cairdean Estate, Saturday, July 16th, 11:00am
Winelovers, this is the event for you! Festival Napa Valley’s signature wine and epicurian event, Taste of Napa, brings together a killer collection of 70+ wineries, restaurants and food artisans in a gorgeous estate setting accompanied by live music and the spectacular Napa Valley scenery.
Attendees are invited to explore the grounds of Cairdean Estate in St. Helena, tasting coveted Napa wines paired with an expansive selection of small bites from the region’s most talked about restaurants and food artisans. Not to miss wineries include: VGS Chateau Potelle, Vintners Collective, Qunintessa, Alpha Omega, Cardinale, Priest Ranch, HALL Wines, Eleven Eleven Wines and Bryter Estate.
Not to miss food artisans: Carpe Diem, Solbar, Calistoga Inn & Brewery, and Brasswood Bar + Kitchen.
Patron Dinner at HALL Wines – Saturday, July 16th, 7:30pm
Craig and Kathryn Hall open their artfully crafted hilltop home for this dinner in the luscious Rutherford appellation. Sweeping views of the Mayacamas Mountains and a sensational contemporary art collection that includes works from Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein serve as a backdrop for this dinner.
Guests will dine alfresco on a gourmet meal expertly paired with extraordinary wines from HALL and WALT. If that weren’t enough, the live music will certainly get your shoulders and hips swaying. The evening will feature Ed Neff’s Blue & Lonesome band playing bluegrass tunes.
Full Moon Harvest Party at Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer, Tuesday, July 19th, 7:30pm
Charlie Palmer’s Harvest Inn toasts the timeless allure of a full moon, with a red-hot After Party that looks to the night sky for inspiration. There will be fire dancers, refined wines from Whitehall Lane, and delectable hors d’oeuvres from Harvest Table Executive Chef Levi Mezick.
Allegro Pass holders will mingle, drink and dance on the Harvest Patio. This promises to be one of the hottest after parties of the season.
Vintner’s Luncheon at Cliff Lede Vineyards , Wednesday, July 20th, 12:30pm
Patrons are invited to a perfect pairing of wine and musical expertise at Cliff Lede Vineyards. The folks at Cliff Lede love music and wine so much that their estate vineyards are named after rock-‘n-roll songs. Their flagship wine, Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, has been called “bottled perfection (Robert Parker).”
The party will begin in the White Room (an homage to the Beatles’ White Album) where guests will enjoy select vintages to a soundtrack of carefully curated musical gems from Lede’s personal music collection.
Patron Dinner at the Culinary Institute of America, Friday, July 22nd, 8:30pm
This particular evening will be for all the foodies attending the festival. If you only choose one dinner to attend, this is it. Perched above the vineyards in St. Helena, The Culinary Institute of America is one of the world’s foremost educational centers for food and wine.
With an impressive list of culinary alumni that include Charlie Palmer, Grant Achatz and Cat Cora, this is the destination for food and wine enthusiasts who want to dig deeper into food and wine while explore their palates.
Celebrity chef Tiffany Derry, who starred on Top Chef, designs and executes the evening’s exquisite dinner. She will feature a custom menu with seasonal ingredients from local farms and the Institute’s culinary gardens that will be paired perfectly with a selection of wines from Caymus and Rombauer.
Allegro Wrap Party at VGS Chateau Potelle, Saturday, July 24th, 8:00pm
Every year Festival Napa Valley carefully selects the ideal venue for it’s wrap party. They’ve more than exceeded expectations with this year’s festival closer at VGS Chateau Potelle. Raise a glass and toast the festival’s closing night as you sip on the luscious juice from this oh so easy to drink wine. At VGS they like to say they are “civilized but not completely domesticated.”
The winery was born in France but moved to Napa Valley in 1980 and hasn’t looked back.
Their old world winemaking style marries perfectly with their vineyard sites. These wines have style, flare and character. The evening will be filled with a bit of French country elegance meeting modern Napa Valley style in what promises to be an ideal close to the fest. Live large and drink VGS all night.
Now it’s showtime! Visit the festival website for the full schedule and to purchase tickets.