Festival del Sole: Music, Food, Wine and Wellness

Festival del Sole: Music, Food, Wine and Wellness

Festival del Sole in Napa Valley has concluded. What a truly magnificent experience it was! I am forever grateful to have been part of it this year. I attended five events over the course of the 10-day event.

Festival del Sole

First I enjoyed an outdoor yoga class, then I spent the afternoon tasting and sipping the best of Napa Valley at A Taste of Napa. Then last Wednesday, my husband Bill and I attended a concert at Castello di Amorosa.


Pinchas Zuckerman and his ChamberPlayers performed outdoors to a packed house.

Zukerman ChamberPlayers

The setting and the performance were both magical.

Castello di Amarosa

I wore what I had planned to and was mostly happy with my decision except for my shoes. Pointy heels, even if they are on the low side, do not play nicely with uneven stone walkways.

Adrienne Shubin - Castello di Amorosa

Luckily I had this guy to keep me steady.

Adrienne and Bill Shubin

I was relieved I dressed up. There were some gorgeously dressed men and women at the performance, making for excellent people watching opportunities.

 Castello di Amorosa

During intermission, Bill and I watched the sunset from inside the castle walls.

Sunset at Castello di Amarosa

It looked like a painting!


After the concert concluded, we headed several miles south to Robert Mondavi Winery for a special dinner honoring Pinchas Zukerman’s birthday.


We were delighted to sit at a table with the pianist, Angela Cheug, who was friendly and engaging. What a talent she is!

Pianist Angela Cheung

Bill and I enjoyed lively conversation at our table while filling up on delicious wine and food (inhaling the contents of the bread basket as it was nearly 9:30 before we ate dinner).


Just two tables away sat Maestro Zukerman, his wife, cellist Amanda Forsythe and Margrit Mondavi. Mrs. Mondavi, who is 90-years-young, got up to speak to the crowd. She is humorous and full of vigor. It was an honor for me just to be in the same room with her.

The evening was spectacular and included impromptu singing by Julia Bullock, a round of the Happy Birthday song for Pinchas Zukerman, and cake served with Moscato that was semi-frozen because that’s the way Margrit likes it.


It was a night I will never forget!

Saturday, I attended my last event, a Wellness Conversation at Bardessono. I started off the morning with a big glass of vegetable juice with lots of kale. It seemed like the appropriate thing to do!

Kale Juice

Dr. Garo Kassabian, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, author and researcher, spoke first. He lectured about the benefits of vitamins and has created a vitamin IV therapy that he gives his clients to give them energy and vitality. Feeling particularly daring, I signed up to get vitamin therapy. I am so glad I did. I felt clearheaded and full of energy for the rest of the weekend. The next time I am in Los Angeles, I will be visiting Dr. Kassabian for another!

 LiftMd IV Vitamin Therapy

After Dr. Kassabian’s lecture, we were given a tour of the garden at Bardessono. Lucy, the property’s highly acclaimed restaurant, prides itself on being farm-to-table, using unique ingredients in creative ways. Have you heard of Pakistani Mulberries? Lime Thyme? Pineapple Tomatillos? Neither had I. Eating at Lucy just rose to the top of my list of things I want to experience, and soon!


Once we returned to the conference room, Dr. Wendy Bazilian took the stage and spoke about the benefits of eating well, moving more and utilizing herbs and spices to promote health.

Dr. Bazilian encouraged us to start thinking differently about eating healthy. Rather than focusing on eating less of the foods that aren’t healthy for us, turn attention to eating more of what is good for us. I think that is a philosophy that can be applied to many other areas of our lives. Instead of trying to banish negative thoughts, think more positive thoughts. Instead of making an effort to sit less, just move more. I like this way of thinking!

Festival del Sole 2014 was such an amazing, beautiful, educational and delicious experience, I’m crossing my fingers I’ll be invited to return next year.

I am leaving Thursday for BlogHer ’14 and will be running around taking care of errands and doing my best not to over pack until then. I hope to have a post up before I depart but if I don’t, I will be posting lots of photos from this huge three-day event on my Instagram feed.


 Before you leave, be sure to enter my Stella Carakasi giveaway going on now. Three winners will be chosen!


How I Wear My: White is right around the corner. Please send your photo and a blurb about your look to howiwearmy@yahoo.com by the end of the day on August 4th to featured.


Make it a rich day and thanks you for reading!



 Disclosure: My pass and my husband’s pass to Festival del Sole were complimentary. All opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.


  1. July 22, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    So much activity! Way to keep moving and still have a great time! Like being in Europe where you walk everywhere, eat and drink everything and still feel fit! Awesome post!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      July 23, 2014 / 9:29 am

      I don’t think I walked enough to burn off all the bread and wine but that’s okay. It was totally worth it!

  2. July 22, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    You get to do so many fun things! This looks like an awesome event! You look beautiful as always!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      July 23, 2014 / 9:29 am

      Thank you, Pam!

  3. July 22, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    Hi Adrienne! I’ve heard wonderful things about Zucherman. What a treat that must have been. The entire thing!
    I too have a lovely companion to keep me steady on uneven ground. I fell on our first date so I hang on now!
    You look lovely in your elegant dress!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      July 23, 2014 / 9:32 am

      It was such a treat. It really was a memorable night. I have since set up a Pinchas Zukerman channel on Pandora. Such soothing music!
      It’s lovely to hear from you, Joni. I hope all is well!

  4. July 22, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    Looks like so much fun – and your pictures are beautiful. You looked fantastic in your dress. Have fun at BlogHer – I hope to attend some day!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      July 23, 2014 / 9:09 am

      Thanks, Lana! I am really looking forward to BlogHer. I have never been to a blog conference before. I am so thrilled my friends will be there…will make things a little less intimidating.

  5. July 23, 2014 / 5:40 am

    I’d been seeing the news about this festival all over the Bay Area news and you look like you had an amazing time! Castello di Amorosa is one of my favorite wineries and you captured such beautiful photos and I can imagine the people watching was a good time too. :))


    • Adrienne Shubin
      July 23, 2014 / 9:06 am

      Have you? It really is an amazing event. I am so sad it’s over!
      You should try to go next year, if you’re in the Bay Area next summer.
      Hope all is well!
      xo, A

  6. July 23, 2014 / 8:11 am

    I love the gray handkerchief hem dress you have on in one of the left bottom pics. Is that a recent purchase and if so, could you share where I could find one like it?

    • Adrienne Shubin
      July 23, 2014 / 9:05 am

      Hi Allison,

      That is the “It’s All About the Dress” dress from Stella Carakasi. I have a giveaway going on now that you may want to enter…the link is above in the post.
      It’s actually a grayish-green color – a muted olive, I guess would best describe it.
      Here is the link to the dress:
      It’s so comfortable and easy to wear. I love mine!

  7. July 23, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    Sounds like a slice of heaven…In Napa, yes of course it was. I’m proud to be a Californian. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself!

  8. Linda Salazar
    July 23, 2014 / 10:10 pm


    What an amazing week you had! Just a tad jealous.

    When we were in Napa a few years ago Tony and I stopped by Castello di Amorosa after we left Sterling but did not actually go in because we were at Sterling for a LONG time. We did take quite a few photos though. What a beautiful setting for a concert. You looked gorgeous and I love the pic of you and Bill!

    Have fun at BlogHer!


  9. Linda Salazar
    July 23, 2014 / 10:24 pm

    P.S. I put Pinchas on my Pandora too…I need to listen to something soothing these days…wedding stress! 🙂

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