At The Napa Valley Reserve, our mission from the outset was to create unforgettable experiences around wine that also manage to extend well beyond Viticulture. As we embark on our 14th year, it’s evident that our mission continues to evolve—and that’s mostly due to our diversely accomplished Members. Each year, Members lend their expertise to further an idea, a discussion and experiences that shed light on topics in a way that no other wine club can.
Since joining in 2014, the Isaacs simply started by getting their wine allocation. But their curiosity soon led them to get more involved. Not too long after joining, they took the leap into blending their own wine and creating their own label. Brian says, “The label is more of a commitment, and we didn’t want to rush into it. Wine is a generational thing, so we spent some time thinking of what our label would be.”
One of the great benefits of The Reserve is that we can tap into a wealth of resources—notably our Members—to help us investigate intellectual pursuits that run the spectrum of science, health, and technology. This September evening was a case in point. This time, the topic was Alzheimer’s Disease—specifically, we discussed the causes of the growing disease that’s expected to climb from 5.4 million cases in 2016 to 13.8 million in 2050.
Needless to say, it was an honor and a pleasure to host Château Margaux—one of the most iconic French chateaux in Bordeaux—at The Reserve this past October 22.
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
Curry Glazed Carrots
Pavlova with Fresh Strawberries & Whipped Cream
Friday, July 28, 2017
6:30 p.m. | Reception
7:15 p.m. | Dinner
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
11:30 a.m. | Mad Fritz Beer Tasting
12:30 p.m. | Lunch Paired with Mad Fritz Beer and Wines by The Napa Valley Reserve
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
Roasted Corn & Pepper Salad
Friday, August 11, 2017
6:30 p.m. | Reception
7:15 p.m. | Dinner
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
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
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!
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