Superstar Winemakers, Vintners and Sommeliers Join Inaugural CabFestNV, the Napa Valley's first Cabernet Sauvignon Festival Featuring World-Class Wine, Food and Entertainment
(Yountville, CA) – CabFestNV, the inaugural three-day celebration of the king of Napa Valley wine varietals, kicks off Friday, Feb. 28 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville, California featuring more than 100 of the biggest names in the wine industry. In addition to previously announced CabFestNV concert headliner Jeff Bridges, keynote presentations by “The Wine Bible” author Karen MacNeil, innovative seminars from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and cuisine by Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, CabFestNV has added superstars of the Napa Valley wine community including Bob Bath, Master Sommelier and wine instructor at the CIA, vintner and water witch Marc Mondavi, wine auctioneer and vintner Fritz Hatton, renowned pioneer grape grower Andy Beckstoffer, star vintner Paula Kornell, and noted winemakers such as: Heidi Peterson Barrett, Celia Welch, Martha McClellan, Amy Aiken, Sara Fowler and Dawnine Dyer.
The festival begins on Friday, February 28 when ticketholders to any CabFestNV event can travel the “CabFestNV Kickoff Winery Tasting Circuit” at more than fifteen select, participating wineries from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for complimentary wine tastings. At 7:00 pm, famed Oscar-winning actor, singer and songwriter Jeff Bridges and his country-rock band, The Abiders, take the stage at the Lincoln Theater for the CabFestNV Kickoff Concert, with Bridge’s talented daughter Jessie Bridges as the show opener.
Following the Festival Kickoff Concert, the exclusive “Cigars & Guitars” afterparty (open to VIP All-Access Pass holders only), will feature an intimate post-concert, private performance by Jessie Bridges, Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s cigar-sampling tent (AJ Fernandez, Room 101 and Casa Magna Cigars), whiskey tasting (Redbreast by Pernod Ricard USA), a rare guitar exhibit (co-sponsored by the Napa Valley Museum and Gibson Guitars) and exceptional fortified wine and library Cabernet wines.
The “CabFestNV Grand Tastings” (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2) will feature more than 50 of the Napa Valley’s most exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon producers each day. Both the enduring tastemakers, as well as the hottest boutiques, will be represented. A small sampling of participants include: Silver Oak Cellars, Silverado Vineyards, Trefethen, Spottswoode, Caymus, V. Sattui, Etude, Beaulieu Vineyard, Crocker & Starr, Clos du Val, Peju, Ackerman, Frank Family, Louis M. Martini, Chappellet, CADE, Monticello, Spring Mountain, Girard, Antica Napa Valley, Cakebread Cellars, Swanson, Hall, Hess Collection, Whitehall Lane, Chimney Rock, Sequoia Grove, Arrow & Branch, Cliff Lede, Jessup, St. Clement, Round Pond, Pride Mountain, Priest Ranch and Darioush.
The entire weekend is packed with entertaining presentations, challenges, and demonstrations by world-renown experts from the worlds of wine, food and entertainment at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. Throughout the “CabFestNV Grand Tastings” attendees can watch, learn, taste and absorb.
Saturday, March 1, Grand Tasting (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.):
- All-day. “How Music Affects the Taste of Wine” a musical exploration of “tasting notes” by Symphony Napa Valley’s Orchestra Institute Fellows and guest artists;
- 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. “Napa Valley Rocks” film, presented by the Napa Valley Vintners;
- 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation by Karen MacNeil: “What Makes Great Cabernet Sauvignon Great” - Interactive keynote address, with a fun blind-tasting mission. (Wine tasting limited, first-come basis)
- 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Take the “Last One Standing Challenge” presented by The Culinary Institute of America: A blind-tasting and knowledge challenge that will put everyone in the starting lineup as CIA Wine Instructor, Robert Bath, MS asks a series of progressively probing questions about Napa Valley Cabs. Someone will be the "Last One Standing." Prizes and bragging rights will be rewarded!
- 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. VIP All-Access Pass holders only – Panel tasting and demonstration by the Napa Valley Vintners: “Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” The Paris Tasting of 1976 launched Napa Valley into the international spotlight, and Cabernet hasn’t been the same since. Includes a panel discussion and wine tasting with some of Napa Valley’s most renowned and iconic Cabernet Sauvignon producers.
- 5:30 p.m. Saturday night comes alive at the Lincoln Theater with Wine Industry Insiders “Meet-Up & Concert” starring The Silverado Pickups, a local band whose members are esteemed winemakers by day, and distinctive wine country rockabilly musicians by night. Truly a “Party for the Valley” and open to the public, tickets are priced for everyone at just $10 per person and doors open at 5:30 p.m.
- 7:00 p.m. Cab is King Cult Wine Dinner – off-site event at the CIA Greystone in St. Helena – For those seeking a once-in-a-lifetime gourmet/wine-pairing experience The Culinary Institute of America has raided its world-renowned cellar and called upon celebrity Chef Larry Forgione (known as the “Godfather of American Cuisine”) to create the “Cab is King Dinner,” an extraordinary five-course “fundraising” dinner at its Conservatory Restaurant at the CIA Greystone. Wines include: Groth Vineyards Reserve 1994, Dalla Valle Maya 1996, Dominus Estate 1997, Bryant Family Vineyards 1999, Corison Winery, Kronos Vineyard, Premier Napa Valley Lot 2002, and Joseph Phelps Insignia 2004 ($500 per person, of which $300 is tax deductable. Very limited. To reserve seats call Michelle Sanchez at 707-967-2568).
Sunday, March 2, Grand Tasting (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
- All-day. “How Music Affects the Taste of Wine” a musical exploration of “tasting notes” by The Symphony Napa Valley Orchestra Institute Fellows and guest artists
- 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. “Napa Valley Rocks” film, presented by the Napa Valley Vintners
- 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation by Karen MacNeil: “Cab on the Couch,” a spontaneous conversation and uncensored observations featuring such well-known vintners as Charles Krug’s Marc Mondavi (aka the Water Witch); Food & Wine Magazine’s “Winemaker of the Year” Aaron Pott; wine auctioneer, musician and vintner Fritz Hatton; pioneering Napa Valley grape grower Andy Beckstoffer; Blake Gilbert, director of ultra-premium winery Bond, and other surprise stars.
- 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Take the “Last One Standing Challenge” presented by The Culinary Institute of America: A blind-tasting and knowledge challenge that will put everyone in the starting lineup as CIA Wine Instructor, Robert Bath, MS asks a series of progressively probing questions about Napa Valley Cabs. Someone will be the "Last One Standing." Prizes and bragging rights will be rewarded!
- 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. VIP All-Access Pass holders Only: “To Blend or Not to Blend” featuring a star-studded lineup of Napa Valley winemakers moderated by Paula Kornell and including Heidi Peterson Barrett, Celia Welch, Martha McClellan, Amy Aiken, Sara Fowler and Dawnine Dyer. A panel discussion and tasting exploring the blending of Cabernet Sauvignon with master winemakers noted for their high-end Napa Valley wines.
Tickets are now available online at www.lincolntheater.org or by calling 707-944-9900:
- CabFestNV VIP All-Access Ticket (Limited to 100 attendees, includes Friday night VIP “Cigars & Guitars” Party, preferred seating for both concerts, Grand Tastings, Private Tastings, VIP Lounge): $500
- Grand Tastings Only: Two-Day Pass $225 & Single-Day Pass $125
- Kickoff Concert (Jeff Bridges & the Abiders, Jessie Bridges): $100, $75*, $65*, $55* (*discounts available with purchase of a Grand Tasting Pass, 20% off with a two-day pass and 10% off with a one-day pass)
- Wine Industry Insiders “Meet-Up & Concert” (The Silverado Pickups): $10 (open to the public)
CabFestNV Sponsors and Partners include: Comcast, San Francisco Chronicle, Cindy Pawlcyn Napa Valley, The Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Riedel Glass, Cigar Aficionado Magazine, Wine Spectator, Gibson Guitars, Carl F. Bucherer, Pernod Ricard USA, AJ Fernandez Cigars, Room 101 Cigars, Casa Magna Cigars, Napa Valley Museum, Town of Yountville, Napa Valley Vintners, Napa Valley Marriott, Meritage Resort and Spa and Visit Napa Valley.
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater is Napa Valley’s premier performing arts venue as well as a leading provider of arts education and outreach. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley on the grounds of the historic Veterans Home of California, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center is home to Lincoln Theater, a 1,200 seat state-of-the-art performance venue. The Performing Arts Center offers a wide variety of year-round performances featuring community and educational programming and world-class entertainment, including its resident Symphony Napa Valley. For more information, visit www.lincolntheater.org.