Donor Exclusive: Jean-Yves Thibaudet at Darioush

Darioush and Shahpar Khaledi, passionate and longtime supporters of Festival Napa Valley, have a love of art, wine, and hospitality imbued by the rich traditions of their Persian heritage. To them, these are vital components of a life well-lived and generously shared.

A couple whose passion for music is rivaled only by their prowess in making outstanding wines, the Khaledis host an exclusive donor dinner and private concert at their magnificent Napa estate, which is inspired by the ancient capital city of Persepolis. Guests will be treated to a very special concert in the winery’s picturesque amphitheater, featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who over the past three decades has built an unsurpassed reputation as one of the world’s top pianists. “Every note he fashions is a pearl... the joy, brilliance and musicality of his performance could not be missed,” raved The New York Times.

A Persian-inspired dinner prepared by Executive Chef Sean Massey will be paired with Darioush’s exquisite Bordeaux-style wines. Capping off the evening is the crown jewel of the estate, Darius II, an intense but elegant and age-worthy, limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon.


Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Through elegant musicality and an insightful approach to contemporary and established repertoire, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has earned a reputation as one of the world’s finest pianists. He is especially known for his diverse interests beyond the classical world, including numerous collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art.




Noted for its Bordeaux style estate wines and inspired by a rich cultural heritage, Darioush crafts singular wines infused with tradition and energized by modern technique with the belief that truly unique wines reflect great vineyards but also the character of the people behind them.