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Napa Essentials: Guest House, Tastings, Meals, and a Driver!

Whoever snags this lot will get to experience Napa by the book. You’ve got a guest house stay, tastings, lunch, dinner, and a driver. Check, check, check, and check! Three couples will get all the basics covered with this exciting trip to Napa with tastings at Dakota Shy, Bryant Family Estate, Boich Family Estate and more!

Lot Details

Let’s start with your accommodations. Your home base for your three-night weekday stay is the luxurious estate home at Dakota Shy. Dakota Shy sits atop a rare valley floor piece of property, a six-acre gem with a boundary profile that keeps it well hidden from the nearby traffic of both the Silverado Trail and Sage Canyon Road.

This spectacular estate in the heart of wine country has been home to Dakota Shy Wines since 2014, but for over 50 years preceding Dakota Shy’s ownership, the estate was the Napa home of the de Limur family, San Francisco socialites and one of the oldest and most important families in California history. The stunning main house and guesthouse are decorated in a modern French Provincial style to honor the French heritage of the original owners.

The guest house features large master suites with lovely views of the grounds. Each bedroom/bath suite has full amenities, including king sized beds and 55-inch TVs. There is a full gourmet kitchen and a formal dining room. A swimming pool is nestled between the main house and guesthouse.

For your two days of tasting appointments, Darren Schauer of Eclectic Tour will manage your transportation needs with panache! Darren has worked a number of Nashville Wine Auction trips in the past, supports our cause, and knows how to treat our high bidders well.

Day One
Arrive at the guest house and get settled in and ready for your first tasting. You are in luck, a stay at the Dakota Shy estate includes the opportunity to taste their remarkable wines and the serene ambiance and world-class offerings of a unique property and winery. Recently, Wine Spectator magazine named Dakota Shy a “rising star in California Cabernet” and Antonio Galloni in Vinous raved, “Dakota Shy is one of the most exciting young projects I have tasted in some time.”

Day Two
A leisurely morning awaits, as your first appointment is for lunch! Considered to be one of California’s premier First Growth wines, the Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is now among Napa Valley’s most acclaimed labels. You’ll arrive at Bryant Estate for spectacular views of Napa Valley, followed by lunch with library wines. Guests will also have the option of joining the exclusive Bryant Estate allocation list.

After lunch you have a unique opportunity for an extraordinary adventure in Napa Valley! Join your host, K. Laz Wine Collection for a private cult wine tasting at their tasting room in Yountville. This sit-down tasting will include six hard-to-find, sought-after wines with a seasonal cheese platter. Known for their collection of coveted wines, K. Laz will generously open its cellar to provide you a tasting experience unlike any other. The tasting will consist of a line-up of California wines that would be almost impossible to replicate anywhere. Past tastings have included wine from Abreu Vineyards, Eisele Vineyard, Favia Wines, Realm Cellars, Rudd Estate, and Spottswoode. This promises to be an incredible experience for those who love great wine.

Day Three
Start your day with Promise! Head to this beautiful private 100-acre ranch located on Pritchard Hill and tour the family’s organic fruit and vegetable garden, meet their chickens and feed heritage Mangalitsa pigs. Then sit back and relax in a gorgeous cottage with breathtaking views and indulge in their portfolio of world-class wines from Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

PROMISE is an 18-year-old artisan wine label that has received cult status among collectors and critics alike. The wines are not distributed, and they do not offer tastings to the public, so this is a rare opportunity to taste incredible, highly sought-after wines and hear the inspiring story behind the family, wines and farm. Fans of PROMISE include Robert Parker who said, “A profound Cabernet has emerged from this producer…. Absolutely spectacular… staggeringly rich…” and Antonio Galloni who revealed “This is a stunningly beautiful wine… I love it… A rich textured Cabernet… Seamless polished beauty.”

Dinner starts promptly at 5:00 pm and you do not want to be late! You’ll be heading to the Boich Family Estate in the Mount Veeder AVA for an evening of food, wine, and entertainment. Enjoy current release wines and some back vintage gems from the estate private cellar paired with delectable cuisine.

Boich Family cellars crafts small quantities of single vineyard designated wines from the region’s most iconic and proven vineyards, including Beckstoffer To Kalon, Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III, Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard, and Ritchie Vineyard for Chardonnay. Their wine making style emphasizes elegance and balance while maintaining the concentration and complex characteristics of wines from these esteemed sites.

And there you have it. All the essentials for a well-balanced trip to Napa. You’ll return with full bellies and full American Express cards… Soon to have full cellars!

Trip for 3 couples includes:


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Restrictions: Itinerary subject to change. Subject to availability. Guest House booking must be reserved in 2023. Not available on holidays or weekends, or during September or October. Trip does not include airfare or rental car. Trip restrictions apply, see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog.

Donated by Dakota Shy, Bryant Estate, K. Laz Wine Collection, Promise Wine, Boich Family Cellar, Eclectic Tour