Saturday, July 18 | 8:00PM
Patron Dinner at Far Niente
The words were found carved in a stone that was part of the original circa 1885 building—“Far niente,” or “without a care.” That’s how guests will feel at tonight’s Patron Dinner, dining alfresco under an elegant cover, surrounded by 13 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and facing Far Niente’s historic, tri-level winery. A gourmet dinner by Meadowood’s five-star culinary team will be paired with Far Niente’s exquisite Cabernet and Chardonnay. The evening ends on a sweet note, with dessert and Dolce, admiringly known as “liquid gold from the Napa Valley,” in the Cabernet Grill.
Established in 1885, Napa Valley’s Far Niente winery prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when the winery ceased operation and the buildings and estate were abandoned. Sixty years later, in 1979, the old stone shell of a winery underwent a three-year renovation, which restored the building to its original, 19th century grandeur. During restoration the name, “Far Niente,” which romantically translated means “without a care,” was found carved in stone on the front of the building. Now on the National Register of Historic Places and 100 percent solar powered, Far Niente produces Napa Valley estate bottled Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines that are renowned for their consistent house style and ability to evolve with extended age.