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Flowering of the Vines Saturday Night Gala Dinner
A sense of impending fun swirled around The Reserve for the first dinner gala of 2016. The intermittent rain that plagued the day just hours before the party was distant history as attendees in their brightly colored spring attire arrived at the Hospitality Barn. It was a homecoming of sorts, and the largest Flowering of the Vines dinner to date. Long-lost and just-made friends heartily greeted each other as if they hadn’t seen each other in years—even if they might’ve reconnected the evening before at the casual Friday night dinner.
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The Games People Play—On Safari in Africa: New World Wine With a Healthy Dose of Giraffes
We can all appreciate that wine is the common thread that weaves everything at The Napa Valley Reserve together—travel included. Naturally, even when The Reserve goes to Africa, taking at least one safari is a must—and six days on safari is more like it. After all, with the many great things Napa Valley has to offer, lions, giraffes, hippos and elephants aren’t part of the picture. Needless to say, we took full advantage of every aspect of this year’s destination, which included spotting all kinds of exotic animals in their natural habitat and also tasting the best wines from the Cape Winelands.
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An Evening with Pierre Lurton of Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem

One of the many benefits of good wine is that it brings good people together. Another bonus is that it’s both an intellectual and a sensory exploration that knows no bounds. All of this was evident at The Reserve one clear, beautiful spring night in April. That’s when the esteemed General Manager of Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem, Pierre Lurton, joined us for dinner and shared seven of his legendary Bordeaux wines in the elegant comfort of our hospitality barn.