On Friday, June 5, after a rousing and festive day at the Napa Valley Barrel Auction, ticket holders will gather in private settings throughout the valley with vintner hosts in their homes or wineries. Here, "Vintner-Hosted Dinners" offers more intimate dinners where you and your host will savor the food, the wine and the conversation providing the quintessential Napa Valley experience.

Please view the enticing offerings from the vintners and to select the style and theme of the evening that intrigues you most. You will be asked for your preferences during the registration process. We cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to a particular event but completing all six preferences when you register will improve the likelihood that you will. Also, we will give priority to the VIP Auction Napa Valley Experience package holders.

ADAMVS
Intimate Howell Mountain Estate Dinner

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Wine Country Elegant

Join vintners Denise and Stephen Adams and winemaker Philippe Melka for an intimate evening among friends at ADAMVS. Enjoy a sparkling wine reception at the Cypress House, followed by a tour through the vines and grounds of their Howell Mountain estate. Relax into a sumptuous multi-course al fresco wine dinner, prepared with the finest estate grown and locally harvested ingredients by one of Napa Valley’s most noted chefs and foragers, John Gerber.

Host Bio(s):

  • Denise and Stephen Adams
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Alpha Omega
An Extravagant Evening from Beginning to End

Start Time: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Max Guests: 30
Attire: Dressy Casual

Join Alpha Omega vintners Robin and Michelle Baggett, along with winemaker Jean Hoefliger, for an evening of fine wines, extravagant dining and live music on a grand piano, all outside under the stars. You’ll be welcomed on our expansive terrace, taking in the waning light over vineyards as you savor exotic appetizers and a selection of our reserve and library wines. Dinner will be an elegant BBQ feast prepared by Robin (who also wears the hat of Kansas City Barbecue judge) and Feast’s Chef Jessie McQuarry. Hot off Robin’s state-of-the-art smokers will be suckling pig, leg of lamb and freshly caught whole salmon flown in from Alaska. Barrel samples of the much-anticipated 2013 Alpha Omega vintage will be tasted throughout the evening.

Host(s):

  • Robin and Michelle Baggett
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Araujo Estate Wines
Araujo Dinner by Chef Jean-François Piège

Start Time: Cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
Max Guests: 24
Attire: Dressy Casual

Araujo Estate Wines is pleased to invite you to an intimate dinner in the Pinault family’s private residence on the Eisele Vineyard property. Frédéric Engerer, the CEO of Artemis Domaines (Chateau Latour, Domaine d’Eugenie, Chateau Grillet, and Araujo Estate Wines), will host this wonderful evening. Our exceptional multi-course meal will be prepared by acclaimed two-star Michelin chef Jean-François Piège, who will join us from Paris for the occasion. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will bring together the iconic wines of the Eisele Vineyard, spanning multiple decades from the estate's library, and one of the most celebrated chefs in France.

Host(s):

  • Winston Chang
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Blackbird Vineyards
An Intimate Evening at Ma(i)sonry with Blackbird Vineyards and Mandarin Oriental

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner
Max Guests: 16
Attire: Dressy Casual

If your appreciation of the finer things in life embraces wine, art and design, join Blackbird Vineyards and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group for an intimate reception and dinner at Yountville’s Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley. Originally built in 1904 as a private residence, the Ma(i)sonry manor is one of three stone buildings in Yountville, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Mingle with Blackbird Vineyards founder Michael Polenske, president Paul Leary and winemaker Aaron Pott while touring the sculpture garden and the art, design and furnishings of the gallery before succumbing to a refined, wine-paired dinner prepared by esteemed Chef Adam Mali of the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco.

Host Bio(s):

  • Paul Leary
  • Michael Polenske
  • Aaron Lott
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BOND
Dinner at BOND

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Wine Country Elegant

The Harlan family invites you to join them for an intimate dinner at BOND, co-hosted by daughter Amanda and winemaker Cory Empting. Enjoy a unique culinary experience, wines from the BOND library, engaging conversation and enchanting entertainment in a breathtaking hillside setting overlooking the Napa Valley.

Host Bio(s):

  • Harlan Family
  • Cory Empting
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Bryant Family Vineyard
An Evening with Bettina and Don Bryant

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Festive Attire

Bettina and Don Bryant invite you to join them for an intimate setting at their new home in the hills above St. Helena for an evening celebrating the beauty of art and wine. For the first time, they will open their doors to guests to experience their extensive modern and contemporary art collection, inlcuding works by Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Gerhard Richter and Pablo Picasso. A meal prepared by one of Bon Appetit magazine’s favorite chefs to complement Bryant Family Vineyard wines will bring together an evening unique in the world of wine, food and art.

Host(s):

  • Bettina and Don Bryant
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Chase Cellars
Sunset Dinner in the Historic Hayne Vineyard

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 10
Attire: Casual

Join fifth-generation vintner Katie Hayne Simpson for a sunset tasting of our incredible estate wines, made by Russell Bevan, along with dinner among the 112-year-old historic vines of the famous Hayne Vineyard. This festive evening will include a beautiful, organic family-style meal prepared by one of our favorite wine country chefs, Mark Raymond. Over dinner, you’ll have the rare chance to hear first hand the rich Napa Valley and California history of the Haynes family and its renowned vineyard, with Katie sharing the sort of stories that have become lore, including her great-uncle's famous Drunks Dinner celebrating the end Prohibition, the state's largest gold mine strike and the very early days of winemaking in Napa Valley.

Host Bio(s):

  • Katie Simpson
  • Russell Bevan
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City Winery and Crocker & Starr Wines
Winemaker Dinner with Pam Starr at City Winery

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Dressy Casual

Enjoy an evening of food, wine and fun with Crocker & Starr owner and winemaker Pam Starr. Your dinner with Pam will be in the exclusive private dinning room at the top of the historic Napa Valley Opera House, recently renovated by City Winery Napa, affording you sweeping views of the Napa River and the surrounding mountains. Crocker & Starr wines will be expertly paired with a meal created exclusively for this occasion by City Winery Executive Chef Joseph Panarello and the culinary team at City Winery.

Host Bio(s):

  • Michael Dorf
  • Pam Starr
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Colgin Cellars
Dinner at Colgin

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Cocktail

Ann Colgin and Joe Wender invite you to an enchanting evening of exquisite wines and extraordinary flavors at the beautiful Colgin Cellars Winery. Delight in a rare selection of wines from the Colgin library that will pair perfectly with the refined cuisine of celebrated Chef Thomas Keller and the French Laundy team. Ann and Joe will also be serving some very special wines from their cellar in honor of their Auction Live Lot partner, famed Italian fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli. This festive evening will be a work of art combining wine, food and fashion you won’t want to miss.

Host(s):

  • Colgin Cellars
  • Ann Colgin & Joe Wender
  • Thomas Keller
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Continuum Estate
A Special Evening at Continuum Estate on Pritchard Hill

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Napa Casual

Wine and dine with Continuum Estate founders Marcia and Tim Mondavi under the stars at their magnificent winery above Oakville on Pritchard Hill. Your hosts will tell the magical tale of Continuum and the Mondavis' century of wine-growing excellence as they walk you through their dramatic cellar and mountain vineyards prior to sitting down to an incredible chef's menu prepared by Napa culinary legend and author Sarah Scott. Each dish will be expertly paired with sumptuous wines, including multiple vintages of Continuum. Join Tim and Marcia for this once-in-a-lifetime experience as you watch the sun set over Napa Valley and San Francisco Bay.

Host Bio(s):

  • Tim Mondavi and Marcia Mondavi Borger
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Dalla Valle Vineyards
Dinner at Dalla Valle Vineyards

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 10
Attire: Napa Valley Elegant

You are invited for an elegant dinner hosted by Naoko Dalla Valle at her hillside home in Oakville with a stunning view of the valley. Acclaimed chef Richard Reddington of Redd and Redd Wood Napa Valley will prepare a delectable dinner of his interpretation of contemporary wine country cuisine. This beautifully orchestrated dinner will be paired with various vintages of Maya - our proprietary blend showcasing the exquisite terroir of Dalla Valle.

Host(s):

  • Naoko Dalla Valle
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Dana Estates
An Evening at Dana Estates

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 10
Attire: Napa Valley Elegant

Proprietor Hi Sang Lee invites you to join him for an exclusive evening at Dana Estates, enjoying an inventive menu prepared by Sean O’Toole from TORC. Chef Sean O’Toole’s cuisine will be paired with wines from the Dana Estates library, along with selections from the Lee family’s personal cellar.

Host Bio(s):

  • Hi Sang Lee
  • Sean O'Toole
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Diamond Creek Vineyards
A Casual Evening at Diamond Creek Vineyards with Proprietor Boots Brounstein

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 14
Attire: Casual

Serenity will surround you the moment the gates of this estate open at your arrival. The property's abundance of water-lagoons, lakes, waterfalls and Diamond Creek itself will soothe every sense as you enjoy Cabernet Sauvignons produced from the estate's distinct and renowned vineyards: Red Rock Terrace, Gravelly Meadow and Volcanic Hill. Dinner will be savored by candlelight as you overlook the graceful vineyards and gardens while enjoying the gentle sound of new and old friends in conversation around the table.

Host Bio(s):

  • Boots Brounstein
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Grgich Hills Estate
Iron Chef Japan meets Hall of Fame Vintner

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Wine Country Casual

Join Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich at Grgich Hills Estate when these two iconic figures join forces to create a culinary experience that will reign supreme. Chef Morimoto will present his unique contemporary Japanese cuisine that infuses traditional dishes with Western ingredients and techniques while maintaining a refined French style of presentation. Mike Grgich will elevate these culinary masterpieces with exquisitely balanced and elegant wines, handcrafted to pair perfectly with Chef Morimoto’s food. Expect some fireworks—the heat will be on!

Host Bio(s):

  • Miljenko "Mike" Grgich
  • Masaharu Morimoto
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Joseph Phelps Vineyards
A Joseph Phelps Vineyards Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception
Max Guests: 18
Attire: Napa Valley Festive

The family of Joseph Phelps invites you to join Bill Phelps for an evening of extraordinary wine, food and conversation to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Joseph Phelps Vineyards Guest Center in St. Helena. You will be treated to a tour of the winery and its spectacular views of the valley, followed by an intimate multi-course dinner paired with a selection of Joseph Phelps wines, including rare library vintages of Insignia and Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Host(s):

  • Bill Phelps
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Ovid Napa Valley
At 1,400 Feet: Dinner with the Founders of Ovid Napa Valley

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 12
Attire: Festive

Please join us at Ovid for a gracious dinner with founding partners Mark Nelson and Dana Johnson at their spectacular Howard Backen-designed home with its breathtaking views of Napa Valley. Located on Pritchard Hill, Ovid Napa Valley produces rare amounts of elegant wine from the red and rocky soils of its estate vineyard. Acclaimed San Francisco chef Melissa Perello of Frances will showcase a sensational seasonal menu of the freshest and finest ingredients paired with a selection of Ovid library wines, plus a few gems from Mark and Dana's private cellar.

Host Bio(s):

  • Mark Nelson, Dana Johnson and Janet Pagano
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Pride Mountain Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards Exclusive Cave Dinner

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Dressy Casual

Experience the sweeping vineyard views and panoramic vistas at this secluded dinner in Pride Mountain Vineyards’ stunning Summit Room, located in the winery’s caves high atop the Mayacamas Mountains. Current and library wine selections from the Pride family cellar will be paired to perfection with a multi-course gourmet dinner by Chef Peter Hall showcasing the region’s superlative ingredients. During a break between courses, your hosts, Steve Pride and winemaker Sally Johnson will take you into the caves to barrel taste their award-winning wines. Join this “memory in the making” as the Pride family celebrates their 12th annual Auction Napa Valley wine dinner and 25 years at the top of Spring Mountain.

Host Bio(s):

  • Suzanne Pride Bryan
  • Steve Pride
  • Sally Johnson-Blum
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Raymond Vineyards
Raymond Auction Napa Valley Welcome Dinner

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Black Tie

Join us for an exclusive black-tie gathering at Raymond Vineyards, one of Napa Valley’s iconic, pioneering wineries hosted by proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset. Upon arrival, you will be treated to libations in the luxurious JCB Lounge followed by appetizers and some of our favorite wines in the velvet-ensconced Red Room. You will then be whisked away into the Crystal Cellars for a multiple-course gourmet dinner prepared by world renowned chef, Michel Cornu, director of hospitality and cuisine for Boisset Collection. The evening will gracefully come to its conclusion with dancing to a magical live musical performance.

Host(s):

  • Jean-Charles Boisset
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Redmon Wines, Robinson Family, Taylor Family, Malk Family
Evening with Four Boutique Winery Owners

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Casual

If you want to experience Napa Valley like the locals, come party with us in the heart of Stags Leap District, surrounded by vineyards in one of the most welcoming settings around. With the Stags Leap Palisades as the backdrop, four small family vintners will share with you their version of Napa Valley living. Explore our wine cave and stroll through the vineyards, while enjoying the sunset. We will wine you, dine you and excite your senses with a meal including a variety of local artisan cheeses, grilled filet mignon, seared sesame seed crusted ahi tuna and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery chocolate-chocolate cake.

Host Bio(s):

  • Lisa Redmon
  • Brain Malk
  • Brian Malk
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Robert Mondavi Winery
Five Decades of Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Start Time: 7 p.m.
Max Guests: 25
Attire: Dressy Casual

Join hosts Margrit Mondavi and director of winemaking, Genevieve Janssens, for an evening of Napa Valley, past and present. You’ll join Margrit and Genevieive outside for a reception featuring oysters and Margrit's favorite local sparkling wine from Schramsberg Vineyards. Following the reception, guests will be seated for dinner on our South Patio for several courses, paired with fives decades of our critically acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, starting in the 1970s and finishing with our current vintage.The entire evening will be an al fresco affair, set against the dramatic topography of the Mayacamas Mountains for a truly unique Oakville experience, one that Robert Mondavi loved throughout his life.

Host(s):

  • Genevieve Janssens
  • Margrit Mondavi
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ROY Estate
Soiree

Start Time: 7 p.m.
Max Guests: 26
Attire: Napa Fun

Shirley Roy invites you into her home at Double Eagle Ranch, where the owners of Houston’s renowned Reef restaurant, Bill Floyd and Chef Bryan Caswell, will compose a gustatory experience to delight your senses. These award-winning restaurateurs and Jean-Georges Vongerichten alums exude a creative fusion of refined culinary technique with Bayou soulfulness that will complement our Philippe Melka-crafted wines as we sit on the terrace, watching the light fade from the day. Sprinkle in laughter and warm camaraderie and you have the recipe for a great evening.

Host Bio(s):

  • Bill Floyd
  • Bryan Caswell
  • Shirley Roy
  • Bill Floyd
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Seven Stones Winery
Seven Stones: The Art of Cabernet and Contemporary Crafts

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 10
Attire: Jackets Preferred for Men

The evening begins at the home of Ron and Anita Wornick on the 45-acre Seven Stones estate. Enjoy a sparkling wine reception with the Wornicks and winemaker Aaron Pott on the terrace overlooking St. Helena from the hills above Meadowood. Afterwards you’ll be welcomed into the Wornick's home to enjoy an elegant dinner paired with current and past vintages of Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon. With only 300-400 cases produced annually, you won't want to miss this rare opportunity. Before the evening closes, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Wornick's home, viewing one of the largest collections of contemporary craft art in the country.

Host Bio(s):

  • Ron and Anita Wornick
  • Aaron Pott
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Signorello Estate
Vintner Dinner

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Festive

Join us for the quintessential Napa Valley evening, enjoying the best that we have to offer in wine, food and ambience. Proprietor Ray Signorello will be your host, leading you through our limited production estate wines from the luxurious poolside terrazo set against a backdrop of sweeping vineyard views.

Host(s):

  • Ray Signorello
  • Ray Signorello
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SLOAN ESTATE
The SLOAN Spectacular

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 16
Attire: Cocktail

Vintner Jenny Pan invites you to her home perched high atop the hills of Rutherford. Join Jenny and winemaker Martha McClellan for a tour of the winery and a candlelit reception in the magnificent caves, followed by an intimate evening of epicurean delights prepared by Chef Edward Voon, Culinary World Master. Internationally acclaimed for his creative cuisine, Chef Voon and his team will travel from Hong Kong to Napa to prepare an artistic culinary experience inspired by the season and designed to pair perfectly with a rare selection of SLOAN wines from our library. We welcome you to join us for an unforgettable evening in an exquisite hillside setting.

Host(s):

  • Jenny Pan
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The Vineyardist
Intimate Dinner with Vintners Dirk Fulton and Becky Kukkola

Start Time: 7 p.m.
Max Guests: 8
Attire: Festive

Join vintners Dirk Fulton and Becky Kukkola for a festive dinner at their historic Victorian house nestled on the 120-acre Diamond Mountain estate, formerly the home of Calistoga winemaking pioneer Lorenz Peterson. Following a walking tour of the 1879 property, new estate winery and our hillside vineyards with commanding views of the northern Napa Valley, you will be treated to a multi-course dinner created from the bounty of the estate’s own organic culinary herb gardens and orchards. Each course will be paired with The Vineyardist wines from Dirk and Becky’s library collection. Chefs for your meal will include Wendy Sherwood, proprietor of atelier La Forêt and formerly principal chocolatier and chef de partie for the renowned French Laundry restaurant.

Host Bio(s):

  • Dirk Fulton & Becky Kukkola
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TOR Kenward Family Wines
A Very Personal and Historic Cellar Raid

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 8
Attire: Napa Valley Casual

Susan and Tor Kenward are looking forward to welcoming you to their scenic estate overlooking Napa Valley for an evening of Tor’s fabled storytelling of Napa Valley lore, Susan’s James Beard award-winning cuisine and a deep, deep raid into their cellar for rare and historic Napa wines. To go along with those wines and thoughtful selections of TOR Kenward Family Wines, Susan will oversee a menu reflecting the glory of local gardens and nearby purveyors. Join us around the family table for an evening of relaxed immersion into the spirit of hospitality for which Napa Valley is justifiably known.

Host Bio(s):

  • Tor & Susan Kenward
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Viader Vineyards & Winery
Escape to Argentina

Start Time: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 18
Attire: Dressy Casual

Allow yourself to be transported to Buenos Aires, capital of Argentinian cuisine and the birthplace of the world's most sensory dance, the tango. Join the Viader family at their estate on Howell Mountain and enjoy your favorite Viader wines, including our signature "Liquid Cashmere" Viader proprietary red blend. While professionally-trained Chef Mariela Viader spoils you with Argentine-inspired cuisine, you’ll be dazzled by live performers and their beautiful interpretation of the tango. "If you get tangled up, just tango on." -Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman

Host Bio(s):

  • Delia Viader
  • Alan Viader
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Vineyard 7&8
Dinner at Vineyard 7 & 8

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.
Max Guests: 16
Attire: Napa Valley Dressy Casual

The Steffens family invites you to join them at their estate on the top of Spring Mountain for an evening of casual elegance, great friends, food and wine. Begin with bubbles, canapés and fruits de mer from the raw bar on the terrace before heading into the winery’s great room for a multi-course meal celebrating the best of France in Napa, prepared by Chef Ross Melling and the culinary team from Thomas Keller’s Michelin-starred Bouchon Bistro. As you enjoy stunning sunset views from 2,020 feet above the valley floor, the evening’s meal will be paired with multiple vintages of Vineyard 7 & 8’s estate wines, including selections from the library and a first-taste of new wines, yet to be released, which you’ll be savoring alongside the Steffens family and Vineyard 7 & 8’s winemaker, Martha McClellan.

Host(s):

  • Wesley Steffens
  • Launny & Weezie Steffens
  • Martha McClellan
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William Cole Vineyards
One Enchanting Evening

Start Time: 7 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Dressy Casual

Experience an intimate dinner at the William Cole Vineyards estate with hosts William and Jane Ballentine. After a personal tour of their historic stone winery and cellar dating to 1878, guests will be seated for a spectacular food and wine pairing dinner. Acclaimed Napa Valley Chef Gay Penir will craft a multi-course menu reflecting the nuances of a vertical tasting of William Cole Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons.

Host Bio(s):

  • William Ballentine
  • Jane Ballentine
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