Over the last several weeks I have been sharing some highlights from Festival Napa Valley 2016, a 10-day celebration and of music, art, food, wine and dance that raises funds to enrich art and community programs in Napa Valley. It’s the third season in a row I have covered this event, formerly known as Festival del Sole.
This year I had the opportunity to attend most of the events on the Festival Napa Valley calendar, which was such a privilege. In my last post about Festival Napa Valley, I shared some unforgettable moments from the Tribute to Margrit Mondavi that took place at Far Niente.
This time, I want to tell you about one of my other favorite days attending Festival Napa Valley. The day began at Jarvis Conservatory in the city of Napa. Bill and I attended a concert which was part of the popular Bouchaine Young Artist Series.
Award-winning violinist Alexi Kenney performed this concert that was free to the community.
After Kenney’s outstanding performance concluded, we made our way up Napa Valley to St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery for the Festival Napa Valley’s Vintner’s Luncheon.
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is a 100% estate grown, Napa Valley winery that is sustainably farmed.
We were a bit early so we decided to walk around the grounds a bit. I have been to St. Supéry before, but it had been many years since my last visit even though I regularly buy St. Supéry wines. Their Sauvignon Blanc is almost always found in our refrigerator!
Such beautiful grounds with lots of trees and gardens and sculptures.
Parts of the property remind me of Paris. Which reminds me to tell you that Chanel, Inc. bought the holdings from the Skalli family, St. Supéry’s founding family and previous owners, in 2015. Yes, that Chanel!
We took our time taking in the beauty of the winery. When I saw my husband standing in front of the ivy-covered wall at St. Supéry looking so handsome, I just had to snap his photo while he wasn’t paying attention.
It was a beautiful summer day, despite the heat – typical July weather in Wine Country. It was lovely to sit in the shade by a fountain and enjoy the light breeze. I could have stayed outdoors the entire time but there was wine to taste, food to eat and things to see!
We made our way toward the entrance to the tasting room.
And passed this chic patio area on the way. So Parisian looking!
Once inside, we walked upstairs where were greeted with a glass of St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc. On this level, there is an art gallery.
While we were admiring the art, Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supéry, came into the gallery and showed us around. What a treat to meet her! She has had a long and successful career in the wine industry, is a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves as the Board Chair of the Napa Valley Vintners. Emma volunteers with several local charities and is an avid runner. She is warm, welcoming, interesting and has a great sense of both humor and style. Bill and I were delighted to share a table with her at the luncheon.
Emma showed us this gnarly grapevine that is on display in the gallery. It was taken from one of St. Supéry’s vineyards and exhibits how deep a grapevine’s roots can be and what the soil is like in this part of Napa Valley, the Rutherford growing region.
After spending some time in the gallery, we made our way to the other section of the second floor, this stylish tasting area where a violinist and pianist entertained guests.
Bill and I sat down to listen to them and enjoy some appetizers.
Soon we were told it was time to make our way outside to the luncheon. Darling yellow parasols were on hand for guests to use on this sunny day.
What a beautiful and relaxing setting on the lawn!
Chef Britny Sundin of St. Supéry prepared a mouthwatering menu for us. The luncheon started off with St. Supéry Melon Salad with Blistered Padrón Peppers, Grilled Prawns, Feta, and St. Supéry Herb Vinaigrette.
Next we were served Grilled Pork Tenderloin with St. Supéry Garden Ratatouille, Watercress Purée, Crispy St. Supéry Garden Potatoes.
For dessert we had Dollarhide Stone Fruit Shortcakes with Buttermilk Buscuits with Dollarhide Ranch Peaches and Nectarines and Fresh Whipped Cream. As you can imagine, it was hard not gobble down every single morsel of this phenomenal meal!
The wine was spectacular too! We enjoyed 2015 St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Rosé, 2012 St. Supéry Napa Valley Rutherford Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and with our dessert we had 2014 St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Moscato.
After the luncheon, we went back to our hotel to relax, get a bit of work done and change our clothes for the next event. I was excitedly anticipating the evening’s event at Harvest Inn. It’s one of my favorite places in Napa Valley. In fact, I have written about it before on the blog here and here and here!
Chef and hotelier Charlie Palmer bought Harvest Inn in 2014 and has steadily been making fantastic and luxurious improvements to the woodsy and charming Wine Country property ever since.
Chef Palmer was in attendance at this event and welcomed the crowd to the Full Moon Party. I regret not taking photos of the appetizers that were offered. We had a small roast beef sandwich that Bill and I are still talking about, it was that tasty!
Along with wonderful food, a festive atmosphere, and a breathtaking setting, there was live music.
One of the most exciting parts of the evening was watching a fire dance performed by Fire Fleye to live drumming. She captivated the audience with her amazing skills. It was truly unforgettable!
I have even more to share with you about Festival Napa Valley in the coming weeks!
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Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: I was asked to attend Festival Napa Valley and write about my experiences. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.