Sunday
July 24

What to Expect Day 10

The festival’s final day begins with an idyllic Wine Country Brunch at the tranquil Auberge du Soleil. International opera stars Isabel Leonard and Michael Fabiano headline the season finale Opera Gala, before Season 11 is brought to a dazzling close with a Patron Dinner at Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa’s landmark winery, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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Wine Country Brunch at Auberge du Soleil
11:00 AM
All the ingredients for a perfect Sunday come together at the festival's Wine Country Brunch at Auberge du Soleil. This luxury resort — one of a timeless collection of exceptional properties by Auberge Resorts — has been a destination of note for more than three decades. Guests will brunch on the resort's magnificent terrace, surrounded by twisted olive trees and a stone-sculpted fountain, overlooking unsurpassed views of the Napa Valley.

The day’s menu, featuring the culinary talents of Executive Chef Robert Curry, will be inspired by the bounty of the region and paired with select wines, designed to usher in the beauty of the Napa afternoon.
Town & Country Cook Off at Culinary Institute of America
1:00 PM
Last year’s Town & Country Cook-Off debut at Festival Napa Valley was so popular we had no choice but to make it an annual tradition.

The fun and food begins when some of the top chefs from Napa take on some of the top chefs from Oakland in a course-by-course throw down guaranteed to leave everyone salivating. While a panel of celebrity judges use their keen skills to critique and score each course, celebrity chef Tiffany Derry will be on hand to call the play by play in the entertaining, warm and charming style that is her trademark.

Join us for an afternoon of great fun, and a unique opportunity to see these truly talented artisans at work in real time.
Opera Gala
Isabel Leonard and Michael Fabiano
Carlo Ponti Conducts
5:30 PM
Conductor Carlo Ponti and the Festival Orchestra NAPA are joined by two of opera's most exciting young stars – tenor Michael Fabiano and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard – for an unforgettable night of arias and duets.

Fabiano, whom the San Francisco Chronicle called "the hardest working opera singer in show business" and a singer "with a muscular and mellifluous tenor voice," has earned raves for his performances at major houses like the Met and San Francisco Opera, where last month he starred in the title role of Verdi's Don Carlo.

Praised by The New York Times for her "consistently gorgeous tone and elegant demeanor," Isabel Leonard has wowed critics and audiences from New York to Vienna. She won a 2013 Grammy Award for Thomas Adès' opera The Tempest.

Concert is part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series

Festival Orchestra NAPA’s appearance is made possible through a generous gift from Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, proprietors of Bouchaine Vineyards
Closing Night Dinner at Robert Mondavi Winery
8:00 PM
Fifty years ago, Robert Mondavi founded his namesake winery at To Kalon Vineyard. He was fueled by his passion for good wine, food and art and his determination to make wines that measured up to any the world had to offer.

With the help of his wife Margrit, to whom the festival dedicates its 2016 season, he not only achieved his goal of bringing international acclaim and attention to Napa Valley winemaking, he also transformed the cultural life of the region and beyond.

Tonight the festival toasts that fruitful 50-year legacy with a very special dinner at Robert Mondavi Winery. The evening begins with wines overlooking the famed To Kalon Vineyard, which produces some of the world's finest Cabernets and the Sauvignon Blanc grapes from which Mondavi made his signature Fumé Blanc.

The 2016 season comes to a magnificent close with an elegant meal prepared by esteemed Executive Chef Jeff Mosher. Dinner will be paired with wines from Mondavi's prized collection, selected by winemaker Genevieve Jannsens. Guests will dine in the Margrit Mondavi Vineyard Room, named for Margrit in recognition of her lifelong efforts to blend fine wine, art, music and cuisine – the hallmark of so much that is special about Napa.
Allegro Wrap Party at VGS Chateau Potelle
8:00 PM
It's a wrap! Raise a glass and toast the festival's closing night at VGS Chateau Potelle's sophisticated maison just south of St. Helena. Chateau Potelle's mantra is most fitting for tonight's Wrap Party: "fun, easy, sometimes irreverent but never pretentious." Allegro Pass holders will be treated to light bites paired with VGS Chateau Potelle's award-winning wines in the winery's flower-filled gardens and tasting room, a seamless blend of French country elegance and modern Napa style.