If there’s a word that describes why the Trefethen family is on its third thriving generation in the Napa Valley wine world, it’s passion: From the winery’s pioneering founders, Eugene and Catherine; to their son, John, whose winemaking prowess brought reputation-making accolades, and his wife, Janet; to their children, Lorenzo and Hailey, now eagerly entering the family business. That passion doesn’t stop at the vineyard; it’s long been how wine, art, and food all intertwine here. And as to the latter, that’s Janet’s specialty—and a special part of this Patron Dinner.
In 1973, Janet, her mother-in-law, Catherine, and a group of female vintners pioneered the promotion of wine with food by creating the groundbreaking Napa Valley Cooking Class. They designed a special space at Trefethen to host the courses: The Villetta. Situated poolside at The Villetta—which, over the years has presented luminaries such as Jeremiah Tower and Wolfgang Puck—today’s dinner is by Trefethen Winery Chef Chris Kennedy Aken. His menu pairs perfectly with a selection of treasures pulled from the Trefethen family’s special stash of library wines and features vegetables grown in their estate gardens specifically for this dinner. The evening promises to wow.