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Napa/Sonoma, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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June 5-7
Be among the guests heading to Auction Napa Valley: The American Wine Classic for a weekend of culinary delights and regional varietals this summer. Attend vintner-hosted parties on Thursday and Friday evenings that range from casual to formal attire. Enjoy chef-prepared meals all the while being surrounded by the scenic landscape of hills and vineyards. On auction night, bid for one-of-a-kind Napa Valley wines or unique vacation experiences. The proceeds from the auction help support funding for community health and youth education. Tickets range from $500 to $1,700 per event or $3,000 for the whole experience. For more information, call 707-963-3388 or visit
July 15-26
Napa Valley Festival del Sole is celebrating its 10th year! Come be a part of the milestone that has combined the beauty of the culinary and performing arts by indulging in the 10-day event. Various passes give guests access to fine dining, 100 wineries and more than 60 event options, including musical, theatrical and dance performances. With the Opening Weekend All Access Pass, guests receive the opportunity to attend events such as A Taste of Napa, patron dinners at wineries (Castello di Amorosa and Far Niente) and the Annual Festival Gala at Meadowood featuring two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey. Proceeds from the gala go to support the festival's programming and Napa County arts education programs. To purchase single, day or multi-day passes, call 888-337-6272 or visit the official website

Rubicon Estate has three wine tasting options ranging from $15-50. The $25 and $50 options include a half- hour walking tour. While at the estate, guests can also view Francis Ford Coppola's extensive collection of pre-cinematic devices including Magic Lanterns and Zoetropes. The child-friendly winery provides wooden sailboats for kids to play with in the courtyard fountain. For more information, visit
The Signature Bar at J Vineyards and Winery presents daily wine-only tastings, featuring wines such as Cuvée 20, Russian River Valley Chardonnay; Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, and Russian River Valley Pinotage. Tastings run all day, and cost $20 for five pours of wine. For more information, call 707-431-3646 or visit The Signature Bar, J Vineyards and Winery, 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg, CA 95448, 707-431-3646.

For additional information on wine events, please contact:

Dean & DeLuca
607 South St. Helena Highway
St. Helena, CA 94574

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