Though each of the ten evening events at Festival 2016 was extraordinary, the one honoring Margrit Mondavi at the Far Niente Winery was to journalist Jeanne Lawrence the most extraordinary of all. [Download PDF]
"Like a fine wine, Sophia Loren just gets better with age! 'When you are 20 years old, you don't think you will turn 80, but when you do, you still can't believe it,' notes the timeless beauty, 81, who wowed guests when she attended a gala thrown at the Far Niente Winery in Oakville, Calif., on July 23."
"When actress Sophia Loren recently landed in Napa Valley from Zurich, her luggage didn’t follow. Yet she was so determined to attend a Festival Napa Valley dinner honoring her friend, arts philanthropist Margrit Mondavi, that she briefly considered borrowing the pajamas of her son, conductor Carlo Ponti. Thankfully, Loren’s luggage arrived just before dinner. And Mondavi, who just celebrated her 91st birthday, delighted 250 guests at this Far Niente Winery finale of the 2016 festival in her honor."
"The Napa Valley: what better place on earth could you go to celebrate the fusion of the fine arts paired up for 12 days with world-class culinary experiences and amazing wine?"
"Festival Napa Valley just wrapped up 10 glorious days of music, wine, food and art. This beloved cultural event featured 60 events that celebrated the superstars of opera, symphony, dance, theater, wine, food and art."
"They decorated the venue with thousands of roses. They prepared a special meal, paired with the best wine. They sent video tributes. They sang to her. They sang her praises. They embraced her with heartfelt hugs, kind words, and the respect she's earned as a champion of the arts. Last Saturday night, Festival Napa Valley, Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem along with Far Niente Winery hosted an awesome tribute to the first lady of Napa Valley wine, Margrit Mondavi, on the eve of her 91st birthday."
"For two weekends every July, the place to see and be seen in California's Napa Valley is undoubtedly Festival Napa Valley. Held at wineries and estates around the county, this two-week celebration, formerly known as Festival del Sole, includes concerts, dinners, tastings, lectures, fashion shows, galas and more."
"In its 11th year, Festival Napa Valley has emerged as one of the region’s most spectacular celebrations. Consider the scope of their offerings: 60 events, ten days of food, wine, music and dance, spread throughout the lush Napa Valley landscape. Amazing chefs partner with some of the finest wineries to produce unimaginable feasts."