Kickoff the weekend as our vintners welcome you into their wineries, vineyards and cellars for casual parties. You'll gather at farmhouse tables, wander through grapevines abundant with ripening fruit and unwind in the pale summer light. Who knows what might ensue?

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.

Under the Stars at Continuum Estate
Continuum Estate

Time and Location: 6:30 PM
Max Guests: 22
Attire: Comfortably Elegant

Continuum Estate welcomes you to a very special evening under the stars , hosted by founders Marcia and Tim Mondavi at their magnificent mountain winery, Continuum Estate on Pritchard Hill. Begin with a champagne reception amongst 100-year-old olive trees in Robert’s Grove, then sit down to an incredible chef's menu prepared by culinary legend and author Sarah Scott. Each dish will be expertly paired with fabulous wines, including multiple vintages of Continuum. Prepare yourself for this once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Mondavi family as the stars come out, high above Napa Valley.

Host Bio(s):

  • Tim Mondavi and Marcia Mondavi Borger
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An Evening in Oakville
Gargiulo Vineyards

Time and Location: 6:30 PM
Max Guests: 30
Attire: Dressy Casual

Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo invite you to their stunning Oakville Estate Winery for an evening to remember, featuring some of Napa Valley’s finest cuisine and entertainment. Chef Nash Cognetti, who has been creating iconic menus as the executive chef of the famous Tra Vigne restaurant in St. Helena since 2007, will be your culinary host. Dinner will be assembled with fresh, locally farmed ingredients sourced through Greenleaf, the Bay Area's top supplier of organic provisions and then paired with Gargiulo’s single-vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignons. As in past years, the evening will include music performed by Jeff Gargiulo and some of his famous Nashville friends!

Host Bio(s):

  • Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo
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Auction Napa Valley Sunset Dinner at Hourglass
Hourglass

Time and Location: 7 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Casual

Guests will be treated to a wine reception and elegant but informal dinner at the Hourglass winery, hosted by vintners Jeff Smith and Carolyn Duryea- Smith and winemaker Tony Biagi. The event will include an intimate tour of the winery.

Host Bio(s):

  • Jeff Smith
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20th Anniversary Melka Wines Spectacular
Melka Wines

Time and Location: 6:00 PM
Max Guests: 22
Attire: Napa Casual

As we celebrate 20 years in the industry, this event will be one not to miss. This intimate sit-down dinner will be held outdoors at the Montbleau Estate overlooking the valley. Featuring chef Ken Frank from La Toque, the dinner will include some library selections from our cellar to compliment the phenomenal meal. Be prepared to kick off Auction week with an amazing first night at the Melkas!

Host(s):

  • Philippe Melka
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Dine in the Vineyard with Mira
Mira Winery

Time and Location: 6:30 PM
Max Guests: 16
Attire: Casual

Mira is the Latin root of miracle, our logo is the symbol for a good harvest. Each year we harvest by hand the best blocks from acclaimed vineyards in the most celebrated wine-producing region in the world - Napa Valley. Mira wines are hand-crafted, all natural, and a true expression of what the vines produce year to year. Come meet Mira's winemaker and president in one of these key Napa Valley vineyards. Dine al fresco in the vineyard and enjoy a relaxing evening with food, wine and new friends.

Host Bio(s):

  • Gustavo A. Gonzalez
  • Jim "Bear" Dyke
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Spectacular Sunset Auction Welcome Dinner
O'Brien Estate

Time and Location: 7:00 PM
Max Guests: 0
Attire: Casual

Join Bart and Barb O'Brien for an elegant dinner under the stars in the back lawn of their 40-acre estate overlooking the Mayacamas Mountains, Stag's Leap, and hundreds of acres of vineyards. After dinner, we will enjoy a tour of the vineyards by lantern light. Wine pairings will include the 2012 Unrestrained Reserve, rated 96 points by Robert Parker.

Host Bio(s):

  • Bart and Barb O'Brien
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Crystal Cellar Celebration
Raymond Vineyards

Time and Location: 7 p.m.
Max Guests: 40
Attire: Cocktail Attire

Enjoy an evening of decadence while dining in the exquisite Crystal Cellar at Raymond Vineyards. Begin with bubbles and hors d'oeuvres in the luxurious Red Room, then enjoy an intimate dinner in the striking Crystal Cellar, where fine wine and luxury come together to create the ultimate Napa dining experience.

Host(s):

  • Jean-Charles Boisset
  • Stephanie Putnam
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Dinner at Rudd Oakville Estate
Rudd Oakville Estate

Time and Location: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: A touch of red

This evening will be a rare opportunity to experience our private Estate in Oakville, known for its red volcanic soils, and to meet the team behind Rudd. You will walk through the Estate gardens, experience our sun-filled boathouse and be one of the first to view the new and unique winemaking facility. Chef Trevor Kunk, from acclaimed restaurant PRESS in St. Helena, will create a menu inspired by seasonal produce from Rudd Farms, to be enjoyed with our limited production wines.

Host Bio(s):

  • Oscar Henquet
  • Samanatha Rudd
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Shafer Paella Party
Shafer Vineyards

Time and Location: 6:30 PM
Max Guests: 43
Attire: Wine Country Casual

Shafer invites you to enjoy an evening with an accent on flavor and fun. We’ve asked our friends at Zuzu, a favorite Napa restaurant that draws from the culinary traditions of Spain and South America, for a dramatically delicious oak wood- and grapevine-fired paella with all the trimmings. The evening also features a wide selection of Shafer wines of older and newer vintages as well as Spanish music during the dinner hour. After the dessert course get ready to fire up the dance floor as stars begin to decorate the Stags Leap District night sky.

Host(s):

  • John and Doug Shafer
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Welcome Dinner at the Historic Sinegal Estate
Sinegal Estate Winery

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

Please join vintner David Sinegal and the winemaking team of Tony Biagi and Ryan Knoth, for an evening of intrigue and exploration. As esteemed invitees of Auction Napa Valley, all guests will receive an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at St. Helena’s newest gem - a destination with a refined past, lush with patina and honed through a tenacious attention to detail. While touring the historic grounds and dining beneath the stars, you will taste Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Sinegal’s inaugural, highly-coveted vintage. Guests will also be among the first to experience Sinegal Estate’s new tasting room and terrace, wine caves, old-meets-new-world wine cellar and VIP lounge. The state-of-the-art facility was designed by Signum Architecture of St. Helena, whose previous work includes: HALL Winery, CADE, and BRAND Napa Valley. The 30-acre property’s dynamic layout creates a quintessential, yet idyllic, Napa Valley experience. The land includes a 19th-century Victorian home, two-acre lake, olive orchards, hillside vistas, immaculate gardens to wander, and a classic poolside cabana. Dressing warmly is recommended, as both the tour and dinner will be outdoors.

Host Bio(s):

  • David Sinegal
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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Judgment of Paris
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars & Chateau Montelena

Time and Location: 6:00 PM
Max Guests: 50
Attire: Napa Valley Casual

Join winery principals from Chateau Montelena Winery and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in a festive celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Judgment of Paris, where the Chateau Montelena 1973 Chardonnay and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon took top honors, triumphing over the best wines of Burgundy and Bordeaux. Enjoy a festive evening celebrating Napa Valley wine with special library vintages and current releases alongside a delicious gourmet feast. Attendees will have the chance to taste a few select wines “blind,” just as the judges did in Paris.

Host Bio(s):

  • Marcus Notaro
  • Matt Crafton
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Night at the Museum
The Hess Collection Winery

Time and Location: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 20
Attire: Cocktail

Join The Hess Collection Winery for a night of wine, food and the arts atop Mount Veeder. Guests will enjoy a private museum tour of founder Donald Hess’ famed art collection, followed by a wonderful dining experience with dishes created by executive chef Chad Hendrickson. Each course will be artfully pared with The Hess Collection's Mount Veeder wines to complete an evening that entices all the senses.

Host(s):

  • Tim Persson
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An Unforgettable Evening with Chef Hubert Keller & the Trinchero Family
Trinchero Napa Valley

Time and Location: 6 p.m.
Max Guests: 30
Attire: Festive Attire

Celebrate one of the Napa Valley's pioneering families with an unforgettable evening featuring world-renowned guest chef Hubert Keller. Chef Keller will tantalize guests with his contemporary French cooking accented with Mediterranean and Napa Valley-inspired flavors. Guests will dine al fresco at Trinchero's state-of-the-art winery in St. Helena overlooking the beautiful Napa Valley. Wines from Bob Trinchero's private cellar, spanning six decades, will be flowing.

Host(s):

  • Roger Trinchero
  • Hubert Keller
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A Food and Wine Pairing Dinner with Owner WIlliam Ballentine
William Cole Vineyards

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

Join the owner and winemaker of William Cole Vineyards, William Ballentine and his wife Jane, for an evening of amazing food and wine under the stars. The evening will begin with a tour through the historic winery with William. After the tour, there will be a multi-course food and wine pairing dinner from renowned Napa Valley chef Gary Penir. Not only will you enjoy the exclusive allocation-only Cuvée Claire Cabernet Sauvignon, but William will also be pouring a selection of library and collection wines. It will be a dinner you won't soon forget.

Host(s):

  • William Ballentine
  • Jane Ballentine
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