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Wine Industry Expert Kerrin Laz Announces Second Annual Inspire Napa Valley

by Press Release
March 21, 2019

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (March 21, 2019) – Wine industry tastemaker, Kerrin Laz, founder and proprietor of K. LAZ WINE COLLECTION, announced today the second annual Inspire Napa Valley, to take place May 3-5 in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. After a successful inaugural year, the world-class fundraising event is inspiring change in Napa Valley by bringing together wine enthusiasts and industry leaders to advance research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia and enhance care and support for families affected by the disease. In 2018, Inspire Napa Valley raised over $1 million for the cause.

“I was so touched to see our incredible community come together last year to help support this cause that is so close to my heart, and many others who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s. The funds raised last year and this year go towards nationwide research and to those affected in Northern California,” said Laz.

Co-chaired by Bettina Bryant and presented by Bryant Estate, Inspire Napa Valley will offer wine enthusiasts, philanthropists, and industry leaders a unique opportunity to mingle with Napa’s top vintners and winemakers. The VIP weekend begins with an “Oakville Neighborhood Block Party” wine reception and dinner on Friday, May 3 at Rudd Estate in Oakville, hosting alongside Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Futo Estate and VHR. After the reception, attendees will be led into the middle of Rudd Estate’s vineyard for a quintessential sit-down, family-style dinner featuring live music by the Sow Belly Trio.

The weekend will continue with a special wine tasting and seminar experience on the morning of Saturday, May 4 at The Napa Valley Reserve. This event will feature exceptional wines chosen by distinguished wine industry panelists such as Food & Wine magazine’s executive wine editor Ray Isle and will be moderated by Vinous Founder, Antonio Galloni. Dr. Maria Carrillo, Chief Science Officer, Alzheimer’s Association, will begin the VIP seminar with an update on Alzheimer’s research followed by a Q&A session.

The day continues Saturday afternoon at The Estate Yountville with a walk-around wine tasting featuring 30 of the most legendary wineries in California including BOND, Bryant Estate, Continuum Estate, Harlan Estate, Promontory and Realm Cellars, and more. Saturday’s tasting will be followed by a seated dinner with a live auction of 10-12 lots and will conclude with an after party with specialty cocktails by Savage and Cooke and Distillery No. 209 with live entertainment.

The weekend concludes on Sunday, May 5 with a VIP Farewell Brunch at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc + Addendum, featuring fried chicken and waffles, Bouchon Bakery pastries, seasonal fare and a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.

VIP tickets to attend all the weekend events for Inspire Napa Valley can be purchased for $5,000 per person or individual tickets to Saturday’s wine tasting, seated dinner, and auction are available for $1,000. Tickets are available online at inv.givesmart.com. For more information, please visit www.inspirenapavalley.org.

About Inspire Napa Valley

Founded in 2016 by Kerrin Laz, Inspire Napa Valley (INV) is committed to inspiring change in the Napa Valley by bringing wine enthusiasts and industry leaders together to advance research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia and enhance care for those living with the disease. INV raises critical funds to help families in Northern California struggling with Alzheimer’s care, and it will help fund cutting-edge research nationwide. For more information, visit inspirenapavalley.org.

About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit http://www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900.


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