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Lot 121 | Crushing on Napa with Cornell Vineyards and Friends

A trip to Napa is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Even better? ...When the wineries open their doors in friendship, fostering memories and relationships that last a lifetime.

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Three couples will walk away tonight with a jam-packed Napa experience at some of the coolest spots in town. This is your chance to enjoy personalized visits and unique perspectives from several different wineries. Your home base will be the Guest House at Cornell Vineyards, and you can expect to experience Napa as a treasured VIP guest.

For the high bidder on this lot Nashville Wine Auction will book your trip and also provide a driver for three days of your tasting itinerary. Here’s how the rest of the trip will unfold:

Day One
Arrive in Napa and head to the beautiful Cornell Vineyards in the Mayacamas Range just west of the Spring Mountain District. Not only is it the site of your first tasting, but the Cornell Vineyards guest house is also your home for your stay in Napa.

Under the guidance of winemakers Francoise Peschon and Elizabeth Tangney, Cornell Vineyards strives to make a Cabernet Sauvignon that is faithful to the diversity of the impressive 240 acres of land on which they reside. Indeed, Cornell was hailed by Antonio Galloni as “One of the most exciting and dynamic estate wineries in northern California,”  You’ll check in with these trend-setters and then enjoy a chef-prepared dinner paired with Cornell’s wines on the Vineyard House deck.

Day Two
Today is all about life on the mountain. Your first appointment is just down the road at Fisher Vineyards. For five decades, they have remained steadfast in their mission to produce wines that pay tribute to the land, as they strive for classic balance and style that transcends time. Taste for yourself at Fisher!

Next, head up to the highest peak on Spring Mountain for your lunch appointment with Terra Valentine. The views are expansive views and stretch from Mt. Tam in Marin to the Sonoma Coast range to the Napa Valley, with the Palisades and Mount St. Helena as the backdrop. Competing with the view in the foreground will be Terra Valentine’s array of tantalizing red wines paired with lunch. This experience is like no other!

Keeping the mountain theme alive, your next appointment is at Fantesca Estate & Winery. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by an estate host to explore stunning Spring Mountain views and savor world-class wines crafted by Heidi Barrett and Tony Arcudi. The unparalleled hospitality and scenery of Fantesca’s historical Cabernet vineyard will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Day Three
Enjoy a drive through wine country on your way to Pritchard Hill and Continuum Estate. There you’ll enjoy a private, immersive tour of Continuum Estate’s Sage Mountain Vineyard and winery. Following the tour, guests will enjoy a seated tasting of the winery’s current Continuum and Novicium vintages paired with local artisan cheese.

Your next tasting experience will be with Roy Estate. Their exceptional landscape immediately south of the renowned Stags Leap District is perfect for planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot grapes. With two noticeably distinct sites divided by the creek, acclaimed winemaker Philippe Melka, says it is, “akin to the Right Bank and Left Bank in Bordeaux.” There you’ll enjoy a private tasting followed by a picnic lunch.

Just a little further south you’ll find a real gem. Chances are you’ve had fruit from Hyde Vineyards Estate Winery without even knowing it. Founded by Larry Hyde in 1979, Hyde Vineyards produces some of the most coveted grapes in Napa Valley. Selling fruit to over 35 different wineries, Hyde Vineyards retains a small quantity of vines for their estate wine program. Discover these lovely wines during a private tour and tasting at their estate in Carneros.

Day Four
Begin your day with the study of the general physical characteristics of rocks, more commonly known as Lithology. With names like Alejandro Bulgheroni, Philippe Melka, Beckstoffers To Kalon and Dr. Crane in their lineup, we can guarantee this VIP tour and tasting will be spectacular.

Your lunch appointment is open today! Head to St. Helena and check out Acacia House, Archetype or maybe even stop by The Model Bakery. You have a bit of time to visit the shops before heading out to your afternoon appointment. And if you are feeling really adventurous, your new friends at Fisher Vineyards could set you up with a tasting appointment at Mad Fritz Brewery!

The historic estate of William Cole Vineyards is the next stop. A Pairings favorite, William Cole Vineyards has been a family-operated winery consisting of small production, exquisite wines for decades. You’ll love learning about their property and wines during the private tour and tasting with a cheese and charcuterie pairing.

Day Five
Wave goodbye to Cornell Vineyards and your new friends in Napa, and head back to Nashville with hearts full of memories, bellies full of food and wine, minds full of wine notes, and cellars soon to be full of wine allocations!

This trip for 6 includes:



VIP Tastings

Restrictions:  To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date. Itinerary subject to change based on availability at time of booking. 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 Cornell Vineyards, Fisher Vineyards, Continuum Estate, Roy Estate, William Cole Vineyards, Terra Valentine, Hyde Vineyards Estate Winery, Lithology, Fantesca Estate & Winery