Casual Friday

Enjoy a casual summer evening on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. at The Napa Valley Reserve with wonderful friends, food and wine. Members are welcome to bring guests and their favorite wine to share in the beautiful surroundings of The Reserve. Wine from our cellar will be available for purchase.


Dinner Menu Will Feature:
Melon & Prosciutto


Grilled Mary's Organic Chicken

Wild Rice

Curry Glazed Carrots


Pavlova with Fresh Strawberries & Whipped Cream

Casual Friday
Friday, July 28, 2017
6:30 p.m. | Reception
7:15 p.m. | Dinner

An Afternoon with Winemaker & Mad Fritz Master Brewer Nile Zacherle
Educational tasting and lunch

Members and guests are invited to a private tasting of exceptional barrel-aged ales and lagers by St. Helena's own Mad Fritz Brewing Company. Owner and Brewmaster Nile Zacherle, also a Napa Valley winemaker, will lead the tasting and share his approach to malting and brewing terroir-inspired beers with a ‘Farm to Foam’ focus. The special connection between beer and wine will be explored and how Zacherle incorporates his traditional winemaking methods into brewing using locally-sourced grains and water that define the characteristics of Mad Fritz beers. These techniques include aging in Cabernet barrels, brewing with Petite Sirah grape must, and cultivating exotic & wild yeasts. Natural fermentation results in a soft, elegant carbonation, and the flavor profiles range from classic to completely unique. This memorable tasting will be followed by a summer lunch paired with wines by The Reserve.


Mad Fritz Brewmaster Nile Zacherle at The Napa Valley Reserve

Saturday, July 29, 2017

11:00 a.m. | Reception

11:30 a.m. | Mad Fritz Beer Tasting

12:30 p.m. | Lunch Paired with Mad Fritz Beer and Wines by The Napa Valley Reserve

August, 11, 2017
Casual Friday


Enjoy a casual summer evening on August 11 at 6:30 p.m. at The Napa Valley Reserve with wonderful friends, food and wine. Members are welcome to bring guests and their favorite wine to share in the beautiful surroundings of The Reserve. Wine from our cellar will be available for purchase.


Dinner Menu Will Feature:

Watermelon, Feta & Arugula Salad


Fried Chicken

Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Corn & Pepper Salad


Lemon Bars



Casual Friday
Friday, August 11, 2017

6:30 p.m. | Reception
7:15 p.m. | Dinner

Château La Conseillante

Members are welcomed to The Napa Valley Reserve for a dinner alongside Jean Valmy Nicolas and Château La Conseillante. The evening will begin with a champagne reception followed by dinner with wines by Château La Conseillante and an intimate discussion with Jean-Valmy Nicolas, a fifth generation heir to this unique vineyard.


Located in the heart of Pomerol on an outstanding terroir, Château La Conseillante is one of the most emblematic properties in the Bordeaux winegrowing area. It can trace its history back to 1735 when the influential Catherine Conseillan gave the property its name. In 1871, the Nicolas family acquired La Conseillante, whose 30 acres and vineyard plots have remained unchanged since that time. While this in itself is a guarantee of excellence, the consistency of quality in La Conseillante wines comes above all from the care and attention given to over 145 vintages.


Saturday, August 12, 2017
6:30 p.m. | Champagne Reception
7:15 p.m. | Dinner Paired with Wines by La Conseillante

Cocktail Attire

August 18, 2017
Casual Friday

August 19, 2017
An Evening with Author Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, and Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape
Exploring Gazzaley's book, “The Distracted Mind; Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”



We are living in extraordinary times. Rapid advances in information technology continuously transform our lives in countless ways. But we are now aware that our increasingly information-saturated world places excessive demands on our brains. The consequences are detrimental effects on our safety, education, workplace, and relationships with family and friends.


Member Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist and trailblazer in the study of how our brains process information, will take Members and guests on a journey into how and why we struggle with interference that emerges from both our inner and outer worlds. He will then share a novel approach out of his research center at UCSF  - Neuroscape - that uses custom-designed video games to achieve cognitive optimization. Gazzaley will show how these new technology tools which integrate virtual reality, motion capture, and physiological devices can help improve our focus in this distracting, high-tech world. He will take the discussion even further as he presents a vision of how this technology can be used as new approaches for eduction, mental health and maintaining cognitive function as we age.


After the talk, you will have a unique opportunity to peer inside a functioning brain in virtual reality and try out Neuroscape technologies that have not yet been released.


This special lecture and interactive demonstration will be followed by lively conversation at a dinner paired with wines by The Napa Valley Reserve. Gazzaley's new book, "The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”, winner of the 2017 PROSE Award, will be available for signing at the close of the evening.


Saturday, August 19, 2017 

5:30 p.m. | Welcome Reception

6:00 p.m. | Presentation by Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.
7:00 p.m. | Virtual Reality Demonstrations

7:45 p.m. | Dinner Paired with Wines by The Napa Valley Reserve

September 1, 2017
Casual Friday

September 2, 2017
An Evening at Pulido - Walker
An evening with Vintner Members Mark Pulido & Donna Walker at their Napa estate with wines by Thomas Brown

September 9, 2017
Peter Michael Foundation Dinner
with Michelin Star Chef Douglas Keane

September 15, 2017
Casual Friday

October 6 & 7, 2017
Harvest Weekend
Picking & Sorting, Children’s Harvest & Evening Celebration

October 27, 2017
Casual Friday

November 3 & 4, 2017
Legends of Motorsport Weekend
Friday dinner, Saturday rally and celebratory evening honoring a legendary racer

Great cars, fine wine and like-minded automotive enthusiasts will come together once again at The Napa Valley Reserve. Please save the date for our 13th annual Legends of Motorsport event on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

This year we are honoring four-time IndyCar Series Champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti. He is one of only five drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the series title in the same season more than once. Franchitti is currently seventh on the all-time wins list with 31 victories. With 90 podium finishes, he passes Al Unser Jr. and Bobby Rahal for fourth on the all-time list. By winning the 2012 Indianapolis 500, he became the 10th driver in history to win the race three times. In March of 2017 Franchitti was elected to the Auto Racing Hall of Fame at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.


We look forward to Members and special guests joining us for a casual rally and scenic drive through Napa Valley. Attendees are highly encouraged to drive their exotic and classic cars. Following the rally there will be a memorable reception and dinner followed by fireside chat with honoree Dario Franchitti. We hope you will join us for this special occasion!


Bruce Meyer                                           
Director of Motorsports                            

H. William Harlan                                                  

Friday, November 3
6:00 p.m. | Casual Welcome Dinner

Saturday, November 4
8:30 a.m.| Check-In & Continental Breakfast at Meadowood
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.| Rally & Luncheon
5:30 p.m.| Reception & Dinner at The Napa Valley Reserve

November 10, 2017
Casual Friday

November 11, 2017
Olive Harvest

November 18, 2017
A White Truffle Dinner with Commentary by Antonio Galloni, Creator of "Vinous"
A special dinner featuring fresh white truffles from Alba with wines paired

December 2, 2017
Holiday Celebration

December 9, 2017
Wine Education Series:
An Exploration of Napa Valley & Bordeaux Wines