Friday
July 21

What to Expect Day 8

Bulgari’s iconic jewelry designs take center stage at a luxurious luncheon at B Cellars. Tonight the San Francisco Ballet returns to Festival Napa Valley for the annual Dance Gala. Epicurean adventures follow at Kitchen Collective and the newly opened CIA at Copia.

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Bulgari Luncheon (invitation only)
12:00 PM
Feast your eyes on bold pieces by Bulgari and satiate your senses with an incredible lunch inspired by Napa’s high-season bounty.

An emblem of Italian luxury, Bulgari has become synonymous with artisanal craftsmanship, avant-garde materials, and unrivaled design. Bulgari’s creations take inspiration from the Eternal City’s architectural beauty and offer classic yet contemporary designs with an enduring sense of style.

Situated in the famed Oakville Cross, B Cellars handles its dual focus of food and wine with great aplomb. Many of the ingredients for today's luncheon will be harvested from the estate’s culinary gardens. Crafted by Kirk Venge (declared one of the "Top 20 New Winemakers of the World" by Food & Wine magazine), B Cellar’s small-production wines pair with the cuisine to ensure this afternoon will be a rare gem.
Vintner's Luncheon at Silver Oak Cellars
12:00 PM
Art, music, science, food, wine – when these things connect, it’s as if the entire universe comes to a perfect, synchronized hum. Despite all the accolades and iconic status of Silver Oak, the Duncan family, along with current winemaker Nate Weis, still adheres to their longtime motto: “We have yet to make our best bottle of wine.”

You might beg to differ while sipping on vintages of their complex and elegant reds at this luxurious lunch, prepared by winery chef Dominic Orsini. What you will agree on is that adding music into the mix makes this powerful connection come alive.

California native and pianist George Ko – awarded the prestigious designation of Steinway Young Artist – will perform on Silver Oak’s circa 1912 rosewood Steinway piano and discuss his Harvard-based project connecting the way music affects our perception of wine. Expect a fascinating experience at this glorious Oakville estate.
San Francisco Ballet at Lincoln Theater
First Republic Bank Stage at Lincoln Theater
6:00 PM
The festival is thrilled to bring back one of the world’s great dance companies, the San Francisco Ballet, at the annual Dance Gala.

America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet created the first American productions of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, and in recent decades has commissioned and premiered works by leading contemporary choreographers including Mark Morris, William Forsythe, and Christopher Wheeldon. Under Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s creative leadership, the company, which The New York Times called “one of the world’s most important vehicles for new ballet choreography,” has earned a reputation as among the ballet world’s finest. Accompanied by the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, led by maestro Martin West, it presents a rich mix of contemporary and classic works, performed with unfailing passion and grace.

This production is generously underwritten by Dede Wilsey
Allegro After Party at Kitchen Collective
8:30 PM
Inspired by the gastronomic societies in the Basque region of Spain, Napa’s new Kitchen Collective is America’s first private club for cooking enthusiasts. It is also the destination for this Friday night party. Add in live entertainment by Morris LeGrande, aka “the wine country guitarist,” and you have all the necessary ingredients to kick off the festival’s closing weekend in fine form.
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Patron Dinner at CIA at Copia
8:30 PM
The Culinary Institute of America’s new facility at Copia, a superb addition to the food scene and heritage in the valley, is an awe-inspiring playground for food and wine lovers.

A gourmet dinner by Michelin-starred chef Matt Accarrino, served alfresco in the gleaming new Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater alongside the Napa River, will both thrill and soothe the senses. Add in pairings with best-in-class Napa Valley wines selected by Carlton McCoy, wine director at Aspen’s famed The Little Nell, and you have a recipe for an evening where everyone graduates with flying colors.

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