On the Scene
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Festival Napa Valley
The annual 10-day festival featured live music, a wide variety of fine wines, and delicious food. Some standout events included the opening-night ceremony; the patron dinner at Far Niente Winery; and the Arts for All Gala, with a performance by the singer Seal, which raised $2.6 million to help fund arts programs for children. Photos by Drew Altizer (1-3).
Attendees at this epicurean extravaganza sampled local food and wines to help kindergartners start saving for college. Bites and drinks came courtesy of Cruess, Leo Steen Wines, Gros Ventre Cellars, Jordan Vineyard and Winery, Alley 6 Craft Distillery, and Catelli’s and Valette restaurants. Photos by Stephanie Hopkins (4-7).
The weekend benefit kicked off on Friday night with a grand tasting that presented wines from Arietta, David Arthur Vineyards, Riverain Vineyards, Sire Estate, and more. On Saturday, wine and animal lovers enjoyed tastings, a pet parade, and a concert featuring the Sun Kings at One Hope Winery. All proceeds went to Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch in St. Helena. Photos by Emma K. Morris (8-9).
Inspire Napa Valley
Wine enthusiasts and wineries came together for this second annual event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Photos by Bob McClenahan (10-12).
Yountville International Short Film Festival
At this yearly, four-day festival, cinephiles celebrated non-feature-length films while attending exquisite wine and culinary events hosted by Yountville wineries. Genre-spanning shorts—from comedy to science fiction to thrillers—premiered, and special children’s screenings were also included. Photos by Partners 2 Media (13-14).
2019 Paulée Dinner
Russian River Valley winegrowers, winemakers, and guests took over DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa for an evening of fine dining. Those in attendance enjoyed a multicourse, family-style meal and food and wine tastings from more than 30 premier wineries. Photos by Adam Decker/Russian River Valley Winegrowers (15, 17) and Landon McPherson/Russian River Valley Winegrowers (16).