A wine country weekend that hit all the right notes

On July 17, the Napa Valley Festival, one of the wine country’s most anticipated events, hosted its annual Arts for All Gala on the grounds of Nickel & Nickel, just behind the winery’s historic 19th-century farmhouse. In support of the host association’s mission to make the arts accessible to all and the expansion of its year-round educational programs in Napa County schools, the evening dining experience , designed and executed by Tyler Florence, and the live auction were followed by a performance by Grammy-winning country music star Trisha Yearwood.

Exceeding all expectations, the auction raised $3.75 million, beating last year’s record total of a handsome million dollars. Top-performing lots included a seven-night stay for up to eight people at Tatiana and Garret Copeland’s Toucan Hill villa in Mustique which, thanks to a bidding war, was tripled and given away to three lucky bidders for a total of $410,000. Another experience that took a couple from Paris to Monaco for the 2023 Formula 1 Grand Prix – courtesy of Athena and Timothy Blackburn in part – netted $120,000 and a culinary-inspired six-night stay at Casali di Casole in the Tuscan campaign – courtesy of Darioush and Shahpar Khaledi – went for $140,000.

Returning for its 16th season – and regularly called the “10 Best Days of Summer” – this year’s Americana-themed festival (with lineup through July 24) celebrates the best from across the county through live music and impeccable food and wine. Opening weekend began with a Friday night performance at Charles Krug by the Festival Orchestra Napa – conducted by Carlo Ponti, Jr. – as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series, followed of a sold-out dinner party at Hall Winery. Saturday afternoon’s itinerary included the Taste of Napa, hosted at the Meritage Resort and Spa, where VIP guests were treated to delicious bites and a selection of reserve wines from Ackerman Family Wines, Alpha Omega and St. Supery, owned by Chanel, among others. The Young People’s Chorus of New York presented an inspiring CIA program at Copia that evening, which included both the debut of Gordon Getty’s “Young America” ​​and the world premiere of Nia Imani’s “Polaris.” Franklin. Afterwards, patrons headed to Quintessa for another sold-out dining experience under the stars.

Among the weekend revelers: Gordon Getty, Maria Manetti Shrem, Carlo Ponti, Jr., Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Paul Pelosi, Honorable Trevor Traina and Alexis Traina, David and Mary Beth Shimmon, Mayor of San Francisco London Breed, former Mayor Willie Brown, Sonia Molodetskaya, Jack and Pam Preston, Dagmar Dolby, Philip and Carol Norfleet, Lisa Zabelle and Cindy Rachofsky, and event committee members including Robin Baggett, Kathryn Walt Hall, Lauren Ackerman , Oliva Hsu Decker, Leslie Frank, W. Clarke Swanson, Michael Polenske and Maggie Oetgen.

Carlo Ponti and Suymaya Slim

Job Maarse, Alexadra Armantrading, Christine Gembadzka, Gordon Getty and Pearl Woolf

Maria Manetti Shrem and Race of London

Nancy Pelosi and Maryam Muduroglu

Olivia Hsu Decker and Afie Roya

Priscilla Geeslin and Dagmar Dolby

Semira Moshayedi and Mark Moshayedi

Susan MacTavish Best and Suzanne Deal Booth

Trevor Traina and Alexis Traina

Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetskaya

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