Jennifer Boden, of KRON4, gives the festival a detailed write-up, saying that it "offers amazing opportunities to sample some of the world’s best food and wine as part of a larger experience..." and then goes on to review several events in great detail. In the end, she concludes that "there’s no substitute for actually attending. The experience is both enlightening and immersive, offering delights to satisfy every sense."
The Napa Valley Register's Pierce Carson offers a review of Moscow Nights at Castello di Amorosa, saying "[it] took us from concert hall to the steppes of Russia and back again. It was... a memorable Russian party, one where some of us familiar with the haunting Moscow nights tune could actually sing along. The whole affair was 'otlitschno.'"
"Like a fine vintage wine," write Catherine Bigelow of the San Francisco Chronicle, "the Festival del Sole has blossomed into a mighty summer music series celebrating the enological and cultural bounty of Napa Valley." The article looks at the history and achievements of the festival and includes interviews with Richard Walker, Maria Manetti Shrem, and Darioush Khaledi.
Calling Festival del Sole "a 10-day Smörgåsbord of activities that titillates all five senses," GB Opera Magazine raved that Nadine Sierra's Opening Night performance was "an unexpected, but delightful surprise."
On SFGate.com, Catherine Bigelow notes that, over its 10 years "Festival del Sole has developed a depth and richness that has enhanced its cultural bandwidth each successive year." She then interviews jazz legend Herb Alpert about his July 23 festival concert at Castello di Amorosa. "I’ve spent my entire career trying to make music interesting," Alpert says.