July 15

What to Expect Day 2

Day two means it is time to dash, dine, and dance. First up is the 5K and 10K Sun Run, followed by the festival's signature event, Taste of Napa. Come evening, choose between two outstanding experiences: Seasons of Cuba at Far Niente.

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5K and 10K Sun Run at Yountville Community Center
8:00 AM
Dust off those running shoes for Festival Napa Valley's third annual Sun Run. The popular 5K /10K race starts at Yountville’s Community Center, and participants can choose to run, jog, or walk the course along the Vine Trail, through charming downtown Yountville, and through surrounding vineyards.

Proceeds benefit the Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance
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Taste of Napa at the Napa Valley Expo
11:00 AM
Taste of Napa is the definitive food and wine happening. More than 70 local wineries, restaurants, and food artisans join together to make this a celebratory occasion. Participating wineries pour some of their most coveted wines. Add in live music and tasty bites, and you have a superb summer afternoon in wine country.

Reserve Tasting Salon sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country Brokerage
Vintner's Luncheon at Zakin Family Estate (invitation only)
12:00 PM
Jonathan and Janice Zakin’s bespoke three-acre estate, rimming the Howell Mountain AVA, contains some of the last intensely steep hillside vineyards procured in Napa Valley, making it a rare site indeed. Rare also is the Cabernet Sauvignon gleaned and made here by the renowned Phillipe Melka, whose love of both the science and art of winemaking has made him one of the most in-demand craftsmen in the Napa Valley.

With the sounds of classical guitarist Jiji plucking out a perfect St. Helena-worthy soundtrack, guests at today’s luncheon will be treated to a taste of Melka’s small-production 2013 Zakin Family Estate Cabernet (normally available to wine list members only). Overlooking astounding views of the valley, guests will also enjoy well-curated ANC barrel samples paired with expressive dishes from The Restaurant at Meadowood’s famed chef, Christopher Kostow.

Today’s luncheon is a special, invitation-only affair, and recognizes the major bidders who have supported the festival’s Arts for All Gala.
Patron Dinner at Far Niente
6:00 PM
available exclusively with multi-day patron pass purchase.
please contact patron services at 707-927-3874 or email

The benchmark producer of luxury Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, Far Niente has hosted some of Festival Napa Valley’s most legendary events. Beth Nickel and Larry Maguire invite guests to dinner in the Chardonnay Cellar, a glorious, historic space that is made available for only the most exclusive of events. Featuring high ceilings and gorgeous redwood support beams from the 1880s, the Chardonnay Cellar plays an essential role in Far Niente’s winemaking - it is where the iconic Far Niente Estate Bottled Chardonnay matures in French Oak Burgundy barrels. Guests will be treated to the winery’s ever gracious hospitality and exhilarating food and wine pairings.

Whittier Trust Patron Dinner Series
Joshua Bell's Seasons of Cuba at Far Niente
7:30 PM
One of the great wine estates of the world, Far Niente hosts tonight’s celebration saluting the music and culture of Cuba. Headlining is renowned violinist and conductor Joshua Bell – a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso.

The festivities begin at Far Niente’s Cabernet Grill, where Cuban and other culinary delights will be paired with Far Niente’s superlative vintages.

Then Bell leads the Havana Chamber Orchestra, pianist Aldo López-Gavilán and soprano Larisa Martínez in a vibrant program that ranges from Vivaldi classics to Piazzolla tangos and beyond. This artistic collaboration, which began in 2016 when Bell traveled to Havana as part of the US government’s inaugural cultural mission to Cuba under President Obama, illustrates cultural diplomacy at its very best.

A spirited after party, featuring the infectious rhythms of a live Latin band, Dolce-jitos (made with the winery’s “liquid gold” Dolce) and Cuba’s highly prized cigars, caps off this celebratory evening.

Havana Chamber Orchestra appearance made possible with generous support from Claire and Steven Stull
Larisa Martínez appears as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series