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Contents

SALUT! | THE MAGAZINE OF THE NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL | 2019

features 62 Perfect Couples

84 All You Need is Love

World-renowned vintners and chefs team  Inspired hosts offered four divine vintner up at privately hosted dinners. dinner parties—all with the theme of love. BY LINDA MARX BY MARK SPIVAK

82 The Kids Are Alright

MICK ROCK



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Wondering who benefits from the generous donations made to the Naples Children & Education Foundation? Find out here. BY NANCY MATTIA

92 The Fruits of Their Labor

 Vintners Valerie Boyd and Jeff Gargiulo share a glimpse of their Napa Valley lifestyle. BY NANCY MATTIA

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Contents mise en scène 29 A Joyous Occasion

Let’s get the party started

30 Schedule of Events

This year’s festival calendar

34 How Legends are Made

Honored Vintners, Daphne and Bart Araujo of Accendo Cellars

36 Redd-y for Action

Chef de Cuisine Richard Reddington of Redd Wood

38 The Heart of a Man

Philanthropist extraordinaire, Ed Staros

40 Grape Minds

18 Master Sommeliers with impressive resumes

44 A Pristine Presentation

The Vintage Cellar: Véronique Drouhin- Boss of Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon

46 Eyes on the Prizes

A tempting peek at some of this year’s auction lots

48 Volunteers Speak Out

departments 20 Welcome Letter 24 Meet the 2019 Festival Co-Chairs 26 About the NCEF 98 Album: NWWF 2018

ON THE COVER: Photography by Emma K. Morris/ emmakmorris.com Shot by Salut! on location at Gargiulo Vineyards, Napa, California

104 Call to Action

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LOUIS VENNE

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Thoughts from the pulse of the NWWF

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WELCOME LETTER

Greetings From the Naples Children & Education Foundation

ROLAND SCARPA

Looking back on this past year, we reflect on many wonderful highs and harrowing lows and appreciate how lucky we are to be a part of such a strong, supportive community. Continuing our commitment to serve the most fragile children in our area, the team at the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) is thrilled to bring “Joy to the World” to this year’s edition of Salut!magazine, giving you an inside peek of what’s to come. Generating an incredible $15.1 million last January, the 2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival demonstrated once again the kindness of our guests and the superb array of auction lots. Patrons went over the top for the special Fund a Need appeal, donating a record $2.4 million to combat children’s hunger and improve oral health. NCEF awarded festival proceeds to 33 of the most effective non-profits and six of NCEF’s strategic initiatives to make life-changing, head-to-toe improvements for underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. As we eagerly anticipate another exciting year and festival, we’re happy to welcome Jeannelle and Brian Brady and Linda and Tom Koehn as our 2019 festival co-chairs. Working tirelessly since the festival tent came down last year, they have set the stage by securing the greatest chefs, vintners and sommeliers from around the world while assembling some of the most sought-after experiences and wines for the 2019 auction lot items. This year, NCEF has selected children’s mental health as the Fund a Need, with proceeds going to help mental health care be more accessible to children by expanding those services in schools, after-school programs and summer camps. During the past 19 years, NWWF has raised more than $176 million, and NCEF has awarded grants to more than 40 non-profit organizations that have markedly improved the lives of over 275,000 children. On behalf of the board of directors, trustees, and staff of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, we thank each one of you for your generosity and for your continued support in helping us to provide programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of children in Collier County. We hope you’ll join us in bringing “Joy to the World” from January 25-27 for the 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples for what promises to be an incredible weekend!

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Jeannelle and Brian Brady

Even with three grown sons and eight grandchildren, Jeannelle and Brian Brady manage to find the time to The theme of ‘Joy to the World’ volunteer copious hours to community philanthropy. They have been involved with the NCEF for over seven is an homage to the spirit our years, Jeannelle serving on the Grant Committee from 2013-2017 and Brian as a member of the Board of community displays through the Directors since 2014. The Bradys are committed to helping children succeed and actively support advancing support of local organizations and educational opportunities and services. In 2017, the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County, Indiana, celebrated initiatives benefiting the underthe opening of the Brian and Jeannelle Brady Center, a club that serves up to 350 children a day. Brian has privileged kids in Collier County.” served as President and CEO of Damon Corporation and Heartland Recreational Vehicles and additionally —JEANNELLE BRADY has served on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph Capital Bank. Currently, he is a director and trustee of Lumet Corporation. Jeannelle began her career as a chemist with Mile’s Laboratories. She currently serves as chair of the University of Notre Dame Performing Arts Council and is a Board Member of Premier Arts of Elkhart County, Indiana. As co-chairs, of the NWWF, the couple is thrilled to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children of Collier County, noting that it takes a village to change a life.

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One afternoon I visited one of the charities that the NCEF serves, and I stopped to talk with a four-year-old girl. When I turned to go, she cried ‘Don’t leave me.’ My commitment to the NWWF is my way of sticking around.” —LINDA KOEHN

Linda and Tom Koehn arrived in Naples in the mid-1990s, searching for a reprieve from the long Iowa winters. After attending their first Naples Winter Wine Festival in 2010, they were so impressed with the community’s contributions to the Naples Children & Education Foundation; they knew they had to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand. The couple has been trustees of the NCEF since 2013, offering their expertise to help champion the cause with an array of opportunities for underprivileged and at-risk children. Their life-long dedication to over 30 philanthropic organizations awarded them the honor of “Outstanding Individual Philanthropists” in 2015 by the Central Iowa Association of Fundraising Professionals. Currently, Tom serves as a trustee of the Des Moines Art Center, and when he is not serving on a humanitarian project, he is steering The Waldinger Corporation and Quality Manufacturing Corporation as CEO and owner. Linda has an accomplished 20-year career in education, teaching high school English and later working with emotional and handicapped children. She currently serves as a trustee of Cornell College and Simpson College and is on the Board of Directors of the Des Moines Botanical Garden. As co-chairs, the couple is looking forward to topping last years’ mark of $15.1 million, all the while keeping an eye on the prize. Linda couldn’t have said it better, “we do it for the kids.”

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Thanks to the generosity of the patrons of the NWWF, children can learn, explore, and have fun just being a kid.

A PROFOUND PURPOSE BY LEXI DWYER

In 2000, the founders of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) hatched an ingenious (and delicious!) plan. To help raise money and awareness for the Collier County children who most needed their help, they’d create a luxurious fundraiser celebrating fine food and wine, bringing together the world’s most famous chefs, vintners, and sommeliers. Talk about a win-win situation. Some 19 years later, the Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF) has transformed into something extraordinary. Since its inception, the festival, which includes a lively auction, has raised more than $176 million for NCEF. (Wine Spectator has named it the number one charity wine auction for 12 years in a row.) The festival makes a splash during one January weekend, but for the rest of the year, the NCEF works diligently to transform the lives of families living in poverty. They’ve awarded grants to more than 45 nonprofit groups, touching the lives of some 275,000 local children. But rather than simply handing out money, NCEF develops active partnerships with public and private charities, using these seven strategic initiatives as its guidelines: 1. CHILDREN’S EARLY LEARNING

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee,

With an eye on kindergarten readiness, the NCEF has worked to enhance teacher quality and improve both access and affordability of education-focused care for kids from birth to age 5. They have helped create heavily subsidized, high-quality early learning centers and preschools, and train teachers in areas such as early literacy and behavior analysis.

and Redlands Christian Migrant Association

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2. CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE

NCEF was the driving force behind the renovation of the primary-care clinic at Immokalee’s Isabel Collier Read Medical Campus, leveraging savvy partnerships, a $2 million investment and matching funds from the Florida State University College of Medicine. The clinic provides prenatal, postnatal and infant pediatric care.

Feel-good Facts $15.1 MILLION RAISED AT THE 2018 NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL $3,844,076 IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOLARSHIPS EARNED THROUGH THE NCEF’S INVESTMENT AND THE CHILD CARE EXECUTIVE PARTNERSHIP’S MATCHING FUNDS 4.6 MILLION COMMUNITY MEALS SERVED THROUGH THE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK 143,442 PEDIATRIC EXAMS PERFORMED SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE NCEF CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE INITIATIVE 20,000 CHILDREN SCREENED ANNUALLY FOR VISION ISSUES

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PUTTING DOWN ROOTS

5. CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH

AFTER 19 YEARS WORKING IN TEMPORARY SPACES, THE NCEF IS HAPPY TO BE MOVING INTO A HOME OF ITS OWN

Partners: Florida State University College of Medi-

Built in 2008, the state-of-the-art NCEF Pediatric Dental Center at Florida SouthWestern State College is staffed by residents from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and includes a health educator who teaches parents about proper dental care. A mobile school-based program for second graders offers screenings, sealant (fluoride varnish) applications, and referrals when necessary.

cine and Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

Partners: Florida SouthWestern State College,

of permanent headquarters. This past

Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, and

fall, NCEF purchased land to build

University of Florida College of Dentistry

a 15,000-square-foot office building

3. CHILDREN’S HUNGER

When children are hungry, it affects their physical development and their ability to learn and thrive. Through mobile pantries and refrigerated trucks that supply food pantries with nutritious food, families who live in remote areas of the county that otherwise wouldn’t have access to healthy food are provided access.

After nearly 20 years of helping children thrive and achieve their goals, NCEF has reached a very important milestone of its own: the construction

in Naples. The building is expected 6. CHILDREN’S OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME

to be completed in late 2019, in time

The NCEF helps develop fun, engaging programs during after-school, holiday and summer hours that help keep kids safe while offering intellectual and physical stimulation.

to launch the 2020 Naples Winter

Partners: Harry Chapin Food Bank of SWFL and

Partners: Boys & Girls Club of Collier County,

founding trustees’ living rooms to var-

Meals of Hope

Guadalupe Center, Redlands Christian Migrant As-

ious rented offices and storage spaces

sociation, Southwest Florida Workforce Develop-

over the years as the organization

ment Board, and The Immokalee Foundation

evolved,” said NCEF Chief Executive

4. CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

NCEF has worked to improve communication among health-care providers, community mental health professionals, social services workers, and public-school staffs. This collaborative approach helps to identify and prevent more mental health issues in at-risk children. Other partnerships focus on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) education and grief support.

Wine Festival. “The Foundation’s administrative activities have progressed from the

Officer Maria Jimenez-Lara. “NCEF 7. CHILDREN’S VISION

has grown from a small group of volunteers to a staff of 12 dedicated em-

Partners: David Lawrence Center, Florida State

Vision problems have been directly linked to poor academic outcomes. The NCEF has worked to ensure that children in Collier County’s Title I schools and high-need early childhood centers receive vision screenings and, when medically appropriate, a vision exam and two pairs of eyeglasses each.

University College of Medicine, Golisano Children’s

Partners: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Florida Li-

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kitchen and dining area for employees

CHILD ADVOCACY

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can be used as meeting space for non-

Programs that provide children

Programs that provide medical

profit groups.

with basic needs, social services,

support to children who need it and

For the NCEF, this new command

legal assistance, resources and

services to children with disabilities

center is so much more than just a phys-

referrals, and crisis counseling

OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME

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Programs that serve children in

tion’s promise to continue to work tire-

Educational programs that serve

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SCÈNE A JOYOUS OCCASION Every January, the red carpet is rolled out for the highly anticipated Naples Winter Wine Festival, an event that has raised over $176 million in the last 18 years for the Naples Children & Education Foundation. This year’s theme, “Joy to the World,” needs no lengthy explanation or flowery prose to describe its meaning. What better gift can you give, or receive, from a child than a simple smile of joy? It takes a village of seasoned philanthropists, vintners, chefs, sommeliers, and volunteers to show the rest of the world how fundraising is done. On the following pages, you will learn about the fabulous festivities and worldrenowned auction that is carefully choreographed for the most talked about, and coveted, ticket of the season; all to lessen the struggles of the children of Collier County and help bring more joy to their world. SALUT!

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Schedule of Events

Naples Winter Wine Festival Online Auction SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 – THURSDAY, JANUARY 31

The Vintage Cellar

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 The 2019 Vintage Cellar is an exclusive ticket offering an exceptional luncheon at the Bay Colony Golf Club, and an intimate conversation with Véronique Drouhin-Boss, head winemaker and guiding palate at Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon, and moderated by Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker Wine Advocate. Recounting the history of her family vineyard which was founded by her great-grandfather Joseph Drouhin in 1880, Véronique will 30

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Don’t be left out. Get the insider scoop and bid on your favorite auction lot before the live auction begins. In our online auction, guests and others are invited to bid on exceptional wines, one-of-a-kind travel packages, and dozens of jaw-dropping items. Early bidding opens on Sunday, January 20 at 12:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, January 31 at 12:00 p.m. (EST); nwwfonlineauction.com.

also share with the lucky attendees some of the Estates’ best-known vintages that have been kept in pristine condition in the Drouhin cellars since release. Prepare your palate for a taste of heaven from Burgundy and the Dundee Hills of Oregon. Additional ticket required. $2,500 per person. For more information about tickets for this limited seating event, call 239.514.2239 or email barrett@ napleswinefestival.com. Tasting 10 a.m. to noon;

luncheon 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Bay Colony Golf Club, Naples; resort casual attire, no denim.

Meet the Kids Day FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

Anyone who’s attended the festival in previous years will tell you, Meet the Kids Day is one of the most impactful and memorable events of the weekend. Start the morning by listening to

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Festival trustees open their doors and their hearts to host eighteen intimate dinner pairings with award-winning chefs and acclaimed vintners. The wine, food, ambiance, music and entertainment rival any Hollywood soirée and will take place in private homes, or other venues throughout Naples. Judging from previous years, there will be a few surprises to make this a most memorable event. Look out for your invitation announcing the time and attire for this sensational evening. Times and locations will vary.

Live Auction

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 The suspense is over. The live auction is what everyone has been talking about all weekend, and it’s time to get your paddle ready. But not so fast! First, take a stroll around the tent while you enjoy gourmet creations prepared by the extraordinary Ritz-Carlton chefs. Sip on some pretty spectacular wines as you try to decide which auction lot is yours. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the owners and winemakers as they prepare for the 32

Wine Down

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 The night isn’t over yet. “Wine down” to more great food and exceptional wine, as you toast the winning bidders and marvel at the scope of their philanthropy. Dance, mingle, or just sit back and relax. Another year, another great festival. Following the live auction; The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; come as you are attire.

Celebration Brunch SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

This is the perfect ending to a whirlwind weekend. It’s time to relax and enjoy a Champagne brunch with the chefs, vintners, and sponsors. Share stories of the last few days with newly made friends and don’t forget to mark your calendars for the same time next year. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; resort casual attire.

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main event. Be cheered and celebrated as you enter the electrifying atmosphere under the tent to bid on extraordinary wines, travel packages and one-of-akind experiences found nowhere else in the world. Good luck and paddle up! 11: a.m. to 5 p.m.; The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; resort casual attire.

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guest speakers describe the remarkable impact and life-changing results that the proceeds from the NWWF have had on underprivileged children in Collier County. The best part? Meeting the children and hearing first-hand how their lives have turned around from hopeless to hopeful. Following the presentations, meet celebrated vintners while tasting exceptional wines and enjoying a savory lunch. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; busses departing from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples at 8:30 a.m.; casual attire.

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MISE EN SCÈNE: HONORED VINTNER

How

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Honored Vintners for the 2019 NWWF, Daphne and Bart Araujo are Napa legends, stewards, and owners of Accendo Cellars

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As stewards of the land, the Araujos produce wines with all the balance and restraint that any oenophile would love BY MARK SPIVAK

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his year’s Honored Vintners, Daphne and Bart Araujo, have attended the Naples Winter Wine Festival over a dozen times since its inception in 2001. “We had very good friends in Napa, the Swansons and the Gargiulos, who were involved from the beginning,” recalls Bart. “We were particularly impressed by the dedication of the trustees: They not only raise a lot of money for charities, but they also make sure that money is well spent. Their diligence has benefited many deserving causes that haven’t necessarily had a lot of exposure.” The Araujos are Napa legends in many ways. In 1990 they purchased the Eisele Vineyard, one of the valley’s most celebrated vineyard sites. Over the next 23 years, Araujo Estate Wines produced a series of stunning wines from that property, but Daphne and Bart never saw themselves as the owners: they viewed their role as stewards of the land for the next generation. They became famous for a powerful yet

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elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon, consistently rated between 95 and 99 points by Robert Parker, Jr.’s The Wine Advocate. Even more unusual was their insistence on bottling a Sauvignon Blanc from the Eisele Vineyard. The Araujos realized that parts of the vineyard were too cool for Cabernet but perfect for Sauvignon Blanc; so they took their cue from Bordeaux, where an estate’s Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes more sought after than the benchmark Cabernets. Enhanced by a dollop of Viognier, their Eisele Sauvignon Blanc was aromatic, mineral-infused and intense. Everything changed in 2013 when they received an unexpected offer to purchase the estate from François Pinault’s Artemis Group, which also owns Bordeaux First Growth Château Latour.

“We wanted to pass along the vineyard to a person or entity just as committed as we were,” says Bart. “Château Latour has had hundreds of years of history, and they had the resources to do things right. Like us, they were also practitioners of both organic and biodynamic farming.” Surprisingly, the new owners didn’t insist on a non-compete clause. Within one year, the Araujos had embarked on their new venture, Accendo Cellars (accendo is taken from the Latin word, which means “to illuminate, inflame or arouse”). As they did at Araujo Estate, they produce a small amount of Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc from “extraordinary vineyards owned by friends,” who farm to their specifications. Many of the same team members have enlisted with them again, notably consulting enologist Michel Rolland and viticulturist Steve Matthiasson. The goal at Accendo is to produce wines with the balance and restraint that Napa exhibited in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. More importantly, two of their children are now involved, creating a multi-generational legacy. Daughter Jaime Araujo Bezian and son Greg Araujo moved back from Europe, where they were living with their spouses and children, to join their parents as partners at Accendo. “It was a surprise to be asked to be the Honored Vintners for 2019,” says Daphne. “We were particularly humbled as we hold the festival in such high regard. It’s a privilege to share our wines with likeminded people and to contribute to worthy causes through our wines. When we return to Naples it will be with happy hearts, knowing that we will see many friends again and knowing that we’ve made a difference in the lives of others.”

Accendo Cellars produces some of the most powerful and elegant Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc in the Napa Valley

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MISE EN SCÈNE: CHEF DE CUISINE

Redd-y for Action!

One of the most talked-about chefs in Napa Valley, Richard Reddington will be cooking up great food and fun at the Naples Winter Wine Festival BY NANCY MATTIA

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For Richard Reddington, the eighth time’s the charm. When the executive chef of REDD (which shuttered its doors in October) and Redd Wood, two acclaimed Napa Valley, California restaurants, brings his cooking skills to the 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival, he’ll do it as the Chef de Cuisine. “It’s a great honor,” says Reddington, who first worked the festival in 2003. “I like the people involved in it and the energy and the camaraderie among the other chefs,” who in the past have included such all-stars as Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, and Tom Colicchio. Reddington also likes visiting the young beneficiaries of the festival’s fundraising. “On Friday morning of auction weekend, you can go to Meet the Kids Day and listen for yourself how they’ve benefited from the auction.” After the morning meet-and-greet, Reddington will head to one of the 18 Naples homes that are hosting vintner dinners for up to 40 guests. “It’s a big deal,” says the Rochester, New York, native. “They decorate their homes, have music, and you get to know them and their staff.” During the year leading up to the event, the chef will work closely with one or two vintners, planning the five-or six-course meal around the featured wines, all donated by more than two dozen preeminent wineries from around the world. The dinner will give the laidback chef a chance to showcase the sophisticated but unpretentious style of cooking that has made him a star in the culinary world. But Reddington’s path towards a culinary career took a roundabout course. After graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a business degree, he took three months off to backpack around Europe, where a tight budget fortuitously led him to discovering the pleasures of eating fresh, local food. When he returned home, Reddington got a sales job with Hallmark Cards. But after he was transferred to Indianapolis, the twentysomething took up reading cookbooks to fill his lonely, nonworking hours. That sparked an interest in cooking, first soups then breads. “I hated my job,” he says, “and really looked forward to cooking.” Realizing it was time for a change, he quit sales and moved to San Francisco, where he found himself cooking for a houseful of roommates. That’s when he had a life-changing revelation: “I want to have a restaurant because I like to entertain people.” Not sure how to go about such a feat, in 1990 Reddington wrote letters

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Foie gras trio served with seasonal fruit and toasted brioche; soy caramel glazed pork belly with apple purée and frisée salad; pork buns with hoisin sauce and Asian slaw; Redd Wood’s inviting and iconic dining room

to 20 chefs in the San Francisco area, asking for advice. One chef, Roland Passot from the celebrated La Folie restaurant, tried to persuade the young Reddington to get a job using his business degree instead of cooking, but he agreed to let him observe how his kitchen worked. “I did it one day,” Reddington remembers, “and called my dad and said, ‘I’m going to be a chef!’ and he said, ‘You’re out of your mind.’” But he was determined and was eventually hired as La Folie’s garde manger making salads before getting a spot on the line cooking fish and meats. After working at La Folie for more than a year, Reddington realized getting a proper education in classic French cuisine meant going back to school. “But I was already paying off student loans from business school, and I didn’t want to go into more debt,” he says. “And I wanted to work for some of the chefs I had heard about.” So he flew to France, landing jobs in such prestigious restaurants as Arpège in Paris and Le Moulin de Mougins on the French Riviera. Upon returning to the U.S., he worked at renowned eateries like Spago Beverly Hills and Restaurant Daniel in New York, and later at Jardinière in San Francisco as chef de cuisine. As executive chef at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley for four years, Reddington cemented his reputation as a star and, in 2003, was named “Best Rising Chef” by San Francisco magazine. His original goal—to have his own restaurant—finally became a reality in 2005 when he opened REDD, a fine-dining restaurant in Yountville that put a modern spin on wine country cuisine, with Asian, Mexican, and French influences. “At the time there was a lot of molecular food and cooking everything in a bag,” he remembers. “So I said, let’s just do really good food and wine. But I didn’t want to do another French restaurant—Yountville had four already, including the amazing French Laundry. What does the town not have? Okay, let’s do sushi, let’s do moles.” People took to REDD immediately. “We opened the doors, and it was busy,” he says with pride. Seven years later, also in Yountville, he opened Redd Wood, a casual Italian-inspired restaurant featuring innovative takes on pizzas and pastas. He’ll be bringing all that expertise to the vintner dinners in January. “It’s a different experience from cooking in your restaurant but also more satisfying because you’re taking part in something that will hopefully raise millions and millions of dollars for the kids.” SALUT!

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MISE EN SCÈNE: PROFILE

The

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Entrepreneur, mentor, father, husband and philanthropist, ED STAROS lives a life that’s full of passion and purpose BY NANCY MATTIA

As one of the founders of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, which was formed in 1983, Edward V. Staros is well-known in the hospitality industry for his business savvy, work ethic and commitment to excellence. But this successful entrepreneur is also a big community supporter, especially of organizations that help children in need. Staros, who stepped away from a globe-trotting corporate position with the company in 1999 to become the vice president and managing director of The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples so he could stay closer to home, was instrumental in establishing the acclaimed Naples Winter Wine Festival, an annual philanthropic event held at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. All monies raised benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), which works with organizations that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. We recently talked to the hotelier about his work ethic, why he believes in mentoring his employees, and how his daughter taught him the true meaning of philanthropy. What got you interested in the hospitality industry?

I fell in love with it as a kid and grew up wanting to serve the public. My father was in the food and beverage business in New York, and he would often take me to his business lunches at the Plaza Hotel or the Waldorf-Astoria. I was five or six years old and loved to dine out on fine foods—I remember once ordering 38

swordfish! I saw there was a spirit of positive energy in those fine restaurants. The maître d’ would smile and say to my father, “Mr. Staros, what a pleasure to see you.” In the eyes of a child, it seemed like a really welcoming, wonderful environment where you were happy to serve people. Your work ethic involves your quest for excellence. Where did that come from?

My father. He was a Greek immigrant who believed in doing things as well as you could get them done, not merely getting them done. He was very organized and had a work ethic like no other human being. Throughout your career—first at Hyatt

Hotels then at The Ritz-Carlton Company—mentoring others became an important part of your job. Why?

I’ve succeeded because of the people who mentored me, including my parents, siblings, and [fellow Ritz-Carlton founders] Horst Schulze and Colgate Holmes, and in return, I wanted to do the same. When you see up-andcoming talent, you have the opportunity to mentor them. They have their knowledge, and you can bestow upon them your knowledge so they become greater than yourself. The greatest compliment is if you can mentor somebody and they can eventually compliment what you’re doing and become your boss. My mentoring work was recently recognized by the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s Business Hall of Fame, and that felt wonderful. To be recognized outside of my industry as a business leader for the coaching and mentor-

ing I do, made it special. How did you get involved with the Naples Winter Wine Festival?

Remember Y2K? That night we were throwing a millennial celebration in the ballroom. A couple of patrons approached me and said they were thinking about starting a wine festival to help disadvantaged and at-risk children and those with special needs. I said, “Well, you’ve got my attention.” They didn’t know at the time I had a child with special needs. [His daughter, Christina, has autism.] They wanted it small and refined. We agreed we’d have the festival in February 2002. About a month later, I got a call: “Everybody is so excited about this wine festival, nobody wants to wait until 2002.” So we worked hard and held it in February 2001 under a tent on the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, which was still going up, and we raised $2.2 million for the local Boys & Girls Club of Collier County and Youth Haven. We had to pinch ourselves that it turned out so well. In 18 years, we’ve raised $176 million. Why does the festival and its mission appeal to you?

It’s an organization of brilliant people, the trustees, who have been successful in their own lives and businesses and wanted to give back to the community. Fifteen years ago we built a pre-K school because migrant workers couldn’t afford to put their children in pre-K. So while mom and dad were picking fruit, the kids would play in the back of their truck. The school fed the kids three times a day and taught

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them English so when they got to first grade, they could compete with the other kids who already spoke English. We got them dental care and got eyeglasses for those who needed them. How are those kids doing today?

Last year, 77 of our kids who were in the original preschool were graduating high school and going to college. One kid was going to Stanford on a full ride! What is your role with the NCEF?

For the last several years, I’ve volunteered on the Grant Committee. As the parent of a child with special needs, I immerse myself in and read the grants as that parent. Where can we get the most for the children we want to serve so they can grow up and be part of a vibrant society? Why is the NCEF so critical to the community?

It’s the conduit that allows us to serve a community that may be disadvantaged or might not have any services unless we provided them, like the medical and healthcare initiative, which provides services to 37,000 children countywide. What is your vision for the Naples community?

My vision is for more companies that will be leaders of their industries coming to the Greater Southwest Florida area. We already have Arthrex, a high-tech company in the medicaldevice world that’s blossomed to an international level. It’s gotten the attention of other companies looking at Naples or Collier County as a place to potentially bring their businesses. Having companies that are part and parcel with tomorrow’s future will help the city grow. What has working with the wine festival and the NCEF taught you about giving?

I always thought philanthropy was giving money to a fund or organization but my daughter taught me when she was very young that that’s not philanthropic at all. Philanthropy is immersing yourself in people that need your help. It’s very rewarding.

The greatest compliment is if you can mentor somebody and they can eventually compliment what you’re doing and become your boss.” —ED STAROS SALUT!

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MISE EN SCÈNE: MASTER SOMMELIERS

Clockwise from top left: Gillian Ballance, Bob Bath, James Bube, Craig Collins, Will Costello

GRAPE MINDS Meet the Master Sommeliers—18 in total—who will bring their expertise to this year’s festival BY LEXI DWYER

GILLIAN BALLANCE Gillian Ballance, the 21st woman to earn a Master Sommelier title, began her career under the guidance of celebrated sommelier Andrea Robinson at the Rainbow Room in New York City. The two also worked together at Windows on the World, which, with its 100,000-bottle cellar, was an ideal learning laboratory. Other career highlights for Ballance include opening Cello in Manhattan and working as a wine director at California resorts like Santa Barbara’s Bacara and Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito. Currently, Ballance is the national education manager for Treasury Wine Estates, a global wine company whose portfolio includes brands like Acacia, Rosemount and Penfolds. Ballance judges competitions around the country and has been featured in publications like Wine Spectator and Food & Wine.

BOB BATH Native Californian Bob Bath passed the Master Sommelier exam in 1993, becoming one of the first 25 Master Sommeliers in the United States. His multifaceted career has included developing Wine Spectator “Grand Award” restaurant programs, working as a sales manager at Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, and consulting for high-profile clients like The French Laundry and Crystal Cruise Lines. Bath is a profes40

sor at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, where he helped develop the groundbreaking Accelerated Wine and Beverage Program. He judges and speaks at wine symposiums, writes for publications like Santé and The SOMM Journal and has appeared on the “Moveable Feast” (PBS) and “Fifty Wines in Fifty States” (Fine Living Channel).

JAMES BUBE Jim Bube is the national wine director for Chicago’s Hogsalt Restaurant Group, which includes Au Cheval and the California Clipper. His recent accolades include winning the “2017 GuildSomm Online Competition,” as well as second place honors in the “2016 National TopSomm Competition.” Bube is the former director of education for Heritage Wine Cellars, an import company in Niles, Illinois, and he enjoys mentoring fellow Chicago sommeliers through organizations like the Second City Sommeliers Tasting Group. He also loves cooking and is on a quest to create the perfect canelé, a mini French pastry with a custard center.

CRAIG COLLINS A college job at a winery sparked Craig Collins’s interest in wine, which led to him studying abroad in Italy during his senior year at Texas A&M. After gradua-

tion, he spent the next two decades delving deep into the beverage industry, working at vineyards and restaurants and learning the specifics of distribution and importing. His love of Italy is still evident in his current position as the Italian Portfolio Manager for the VINTUS import company, where he represents some of the country’s most esteemed and established wines. Collins frequently attends food and wine festivals around the country as both an educator and competition judge and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers.

WILL COSTELLO Will Costello currently works at Thornhill Companies in Las Vegas, where he represents the estate wines of Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estates, two vineyards on California’s Central Coast. Previously, he oversaw the wine program for the restaurants at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, including TWIST, noted French chef Pierre Gagnaire’s only U.S. outpost. He was named one of Wine & Spirits magazine’s “Top New Sommeliers of 2013,” and has been quoted in publications like The SOMM Journal and Eater National. Given his impressive credentials, it’s tough to believe that he has time for other pursuits, but he also has a commercial pilot’s license and has climbed worldfamous mountains like Denali and Kilimanjaro.

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DES ECHAVARRIE Before he even turned 30, Des Echavarrie had earned two trophies that would make any aspiring sommelier envious: The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs “Best Young Sommelier U.S. Competition” (which he won at 22) and, a few years later, the “U.S. Top New Sommelier Competition.” He gained wine experience at restaurants like The French Laundry, but it was his time at Realm Cellars as director of sales where he honed his business skills managing both wholesale and direct transactions. Thanks to his years at Realm, he had the confidence to start his own company, Scale Wine Group, in 2016. Today, his mission is to help smaller wineries elevate their brands through the wholesale market.

Clockwise from top left: Des Echavarrie, Keith Goldston, Kyungmoon Kim, Michael McNeill, Jonathan Pullis, Chris Miller, Élyse Lambert

KEITH GOLDSTON Keith Goldston was one of the youngest recipients of the Krug Cup, which meant that he passed all three parts of his Master Sommelier exam on the first try. (Trust us, it doesn’t happen often.) A veteran of restaurants like Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak, The Grill Room and Bryan Voltaggio’s Aggio, he still enjoys helping diners select their wine at the table. Wine Spectator called him “a wizard at matching food with interesting wines,” and he’s known for his playful, demystifying approach. (On one of his wine lists, he compared bottles to musicians like Elvis Presley and Miles Davis.) Goldston’s motto is “have corkscrew, will travel,” and his journeys have led him to open wine bars in India and making saké in Japan.

KYUNGMOON KIM For someone like Kyungmoon Kim, who realized early on that he had an exceptional palate and impressive memory, there was only one possible career path: Sommelier. He attended both the Culinary Institute of America and also the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he studied hospitality management. A faculty member of the International Culinary Center, Kim has also won many wine-related awards, including third place in the Concours National du Meilleur Sommelier en Vins de France en Corée. He helped open both the original Jungsik, an upscale Korean restaurant in Seoul, as well as its sister location in Manhattan. In 2015, he became sommelier at The Modern, Danny Meyer’s restaurant at The Museum of Modern Art.

New York. He’s a two-time national champion of the “Best Sommelier in America” competition and has represented the United States at the world finals in Paris and Tokyo. Currently the only active Master Sommelier in the state of Georgia, he is the director of training and education for Quality Wine & Spirits in Georgia, Stacole Fine Wines in Florida and The Country Vintner in South Carolina, all part of the Winebow Group, a national importer and distributor.

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A female pioneer in the wine industry, Élyse Lambert was only the second Canadian woman to earn the title of Master Sommelier. She’s won “Best Sommelier of Canada,” “Best Sommelier of the Americas” and, most recently, finished fifth as “Best Sommelier in the World.” Born in Montréal, Lambert held sommelier positions at prestigious Canadian spots like Relais & Châteaux Restaurant L’Eau à la Bouche and The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal. She also created the wine program for Montréal’s popular Le Local restaurant, and in his review, Lenny Chesterman of the Montréal Gazette called her “one of the best at working a restaurant floor.” Today, Lambert speaks and teaches both nationally and internationally, writes for Journal de Montréal and can be heard on “Médium-Large,” Radio-Canada’s morning show.

Originally from New Orleans, Chris Miller grew to appreciate wine while spending his college years working at Big Easy restaurants. A fortuitous visit to Washington wine country—and a particular disdain for cubicles—prompted Chris to abandon a promising career in finance, moving to Seattle to work as a sommelier while commuting to Walla Walla to pursue winemaking. Chris relocated to California when Wolfgang Puck personally asked him to build a Wine Spectator “Grand Award” wine program for Spago in Beverly Hills. Today, Miller is back amid the grapevines at Seabold Cellars in Marina, California, a Monterey County vineyard known for its superb Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

MICHAEL McNEILL Michael McNeill has worked alongside chefs like Gray Kunz (Lespinasse) and Craig Shelton (The Ryland Inn), as well as at luxury hotels like the St. Regis,

JONATHAN PULLIS Jonathan Pullis began his career at pastoral-luxe hotels like The Pitcher Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, and The Little Nell in Aspen, where he worked his way up from server to wine director. In 2014, he became the SALUT!

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CEO of Chefs Club in Aspen, an unusual residency program at the St. Regis that invites visiting chefs to take over space for several months; Time named it “one of the 100 best restaurants in the country.” After helping open the second Chefs Club in Manhattan’s iconic Puck Building, Pullis accepted a wine director position at 7908 Aspen, an innovative new supper club in Aspen owned by actor Roger Wilson.

Clockwise from top left: Jim Rollston, Jarad Slipp, Pier-Alexis Soulière, Jill Zimorski, David Yoshida, Laura Williamson

JIM ROLLSTON Jim Rollston, who Food & Wine named one of their “2017 Sommeliers of the Year,” has two decades of experience in both winemaking and hospitality, including sommelier positions at highly regarded properties like The Lodge at Pebble Beach and Cyrus Restaurant in Healdsburg. Rollston earned a Rudd Scholarship from the Guild of Sommeliers, one of the industry’s highest honors, and was invited to join the prestigious Rudd Masters Roundtable, a training program in Napa. He is currently wine director at David Kinch’s Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos, California, which is known for its farm-totable tasting menus and has Three Michelin Stars.

JARAD SLIPP Two fun facts about Jarad Slipp: His favorite beer is Miller Lite, and he loves adrenaline-rush activities like heli-skiing and skydiving. As for his wine chops, he’s worked as the restaurant director at several New York City and Washington, D.C. restaurants such as CityZen and Fiamma. He’s currently the estate director at RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia, and if you can’t imagine what Old Dominion wine might taste like, know that Robert Parker, Jr. called the RdV wines “complex, velvety and world class.” Slipp is also a mastermind in the kitchen and has degrees from both the Culinary Institute of America and Italy’s International School of Italian Cuisine.

PIER-ALEXIS SOULIÈRE Although Pier-Alexis Soulière originally hails from Montréal, his career has brought him to restaurants on three different continents, with stops in London (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), Sydney (Est.), New York City (The Modern) and Los Gatos, California (Manresa). He has been honored with awards like the “World Young Sommelier of 2014,” “Québec’s Best Sommelier 2017” and “Best Sommelier of the Americas 2018.” Keep an eye out for 42

him in March 2019, when he will head to Belgium to represent the United States in the finals of the “Best Sommelier in the World” competition.

LAURA WILLIAMSON How’s this for irony? Laura Williamson, who passed her Master Sommelier exam at a time when only 13 other women in the world had done so, originally hails from a dry county in Arkansas and she fell in love with wine while she was studying abroad in Paris. Williamson has held wine director positions at Manhattan restaurants like Asiate, in the Mandarin Oriental New York, as well as the Michelin-starred Jean-Georges. Author of Unlock Your Palate: How to Taste Wine, Impress Your Friends and Become a Wine Pro, Williamson is currently working as a consultant and educator. She has been featured as an expert on CBS, FOX, and NBC, and quoted in Forbes and Wine Spectator.

DAVID YOSHIDA As a former hospital chaplain, Dave Yoshida is probably the only Master Sommelier to also hold a Master of Divinity degree. His resume is nothing if not eclectic, with stints at Yale University, where he taught a course about wine; Gramercy Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington, where he had a winemaking internship; and AvroKO Hospitality Group in New York City, where he was a sommelier. His

current passion project is his small-but-mighty start-up Pollux Wine, an online shop focused on small American producers, with carefully curated selections chosen by Yoshida himself. When he’s not sipping and swirling, he continues to prioritize service work by teaching ethics classes as a volunteer at California’s San Quentin State Penitentiary.

JILL ZIMORSKI Jill Zimorski started her impressive career in the hospitality industry while studying sociology at the University of Virginia. She moved from Charlottesville to Washington, D.C. in 2003, and after two years at Charlie Palmer’s Steak on Capitol Hill, she left to work as a sommelier for José Andrés at his Penn Quarter restaurant, becoming the first beverage director for the ThinkFood Group which includes Jaleo, minibar by José Andrés, Oyamel, Zaythinya, and Atlantco. Her impressive credentials took her to Aspen in 2012 as the wine director for Hotel Jerome. Never letting the grass grow for too long, Zimorski relocated to Chicago in 2015 where she landed as the wine director of the Alinea Group. She segued her attention to a more educative role and currently holds the title of Champagne specialist representing the Champagnes of the Moët Hennessy portfolio teaching, leading tastings, and conducting staff trainings to increase awareness of Champagne.

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MISE EN SCÈNE: THE VINTAGE CELLAR

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This year’s Vintage Cellar kicks off the festival with rare vintages from the cellars BY MARK SPIVAK of Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon

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n a very short time, the Vintage Cellar has become one of the country’s most important and sought-after exclusive wine tastings. Held on the Thursday before the three-day festival weekend, it provides an opportunity to explore the history of a great wine estate through the eyes of the person responsible for creating the wine. This year’s Vintage Cellar will be held on Thursday, January 24 at the Bay Colony Golf Club. The tasting will focus on Maison Joseph Drouhin, one of the most historic estates in Burgundy. Leading the event will be Véronique Drouhin-Boss, head winemaker for Maison Joseph Drouhin and moderated by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Master of Wine of Robert Parker Wine Advocate. The tasting will run from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The cost will be $2,500 per person. Founded in 1880, the fourth-generation Maison Joseph Drouhin winemaker expanded to Oregon in 1987. “For Chardonnay and Pinot Noir,” says Drouhin-Boss, “there could hardly be two better places on earth to be rooted to.” She has dug deep into her family’s collection to give attendees the perspective of history. “I’ll present five vintages of our best-known estate Chardonnay, the Premier Cru Clos des Mouches (2016, 2014, 2010, 2000 and 1986). For the red, we’ll focus on the Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot, one of the most famous châteaux in Burgundy, where we own a beautiful parcel. We’ll be fortunate to taste the 2015, 2005, 2002, 1999 and 1990.” The lucky attendees will not only have the chance to sample these stellar vintages but also get the opportunity to taste them in pristine condition: all the wines have been stored in the Drouhin cellars since release. The luncheon will be accompanied by the 2013 Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montra-

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The vineyards of Domaine Drouhin Oregon; Véronique Drouhin-Boss, head winemaker .

chet in Magnum, and a wine from Domaine Drouhin in Oregon, the 2014 Cuvée Laurène Pinot Noir. The day will conclude back in Burgundy with the Vosne-Romanée Petits Monts, Veronique’s personal vineyard located a few steps from the celebrated Romanée-Conti estate. The Vintage Cellar has special significance given her personal history with the festival. “My connection with Naples goes back quite a few years,” she says. “When I first attended the festival it was beyond anything I had expected: the incredibly efficient organization, the extraordinary ambiance during the auction itself, the amazing vintner dinners and all the charities that were supported. “I’m delighted to return to Naples to share some of our family wines and history, and to have Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon contribute to the Naples Children & Education Foundation.”

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MISE EN SCÈNE: AUCTION

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PRIZES

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Talk about a win-win—when you bid at this year’s auction, you’ll also be supporting a worthy cause. Here’s a preview of the most tempting lots, like Hamilton house seats and the chance to blend your own wine BY LEXI DWYER

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

Above: Former Mets first baseman, Rusty Staub; an aerial view of downtown New York City

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Shari and Garen Staglin are two of the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s longest participating vintners. Together with their children, Shannon Staglin and Brandon Staglin, they manage the Staglin Family Vineyard, a 61-acre estate on the slopes of Mount St. John in Napa. But they have a greater purpose beyond the delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Bordeaux wines they produce. “Great wines for great causes” has been a longtime motto for the family, and since 2001, they’ve raised a whopping $4,387,500 for the NWWF—making them one of the highest contributors to date. There’s no doubt that bidders will be frantically waving their paddles to nab this year’s prize, which is a weeklong trip to New York, with stops in both The Big Apple and Cooperstown—and an elegant limo to shuttle you between the two. The experience was designed to honor the Staglins’ late friend, philanthropist and former Major League first baseman Rusty Staub, noted for being the only player to have earned 500 hits for four different teams, including the Mets and the Astros. The journey will begin and end with first class flights to New York City. Other highlights include private tours of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Fenimore Art Museum and the Cooperstown Distillery; batting practice with the New York Mets; and house seats at shows like Hamilton and Pretty Woman. (Seen them already? Other options will be offered.) Pack an appetite, since you’ll be having dinner at celebrated Manhattan restaurants like Danny Meyer’s Union Square Café, Geoffrey Zakarian’s Lambs Club, Del Frisco’s Steak House, and Oceana, known for chef Bill Telepan’s exquisite seafood dishes. In Cooperstown, you’ll rent a powerboat and tool around the stunning Otsego Lake, as well as enjoy alfresco dinners at the waterside Blue Mingo Grill. You’ll return home with signed baseball bats and other memorabilia honoring Staub, not to mention several rare and commemorative vintage wines from the Staglins’ private cellar. It’s safe to say that with this year’s prize donation, the Staglins have knocked it out of the park.

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The vineyards at Continuum in St. Helena; Sonoma grains with wild nettle and duck broth at SingleThread Restaurant

BESPOKE BORDEAUX BLENDS

Obsessed with Cali wine? Prepare to bid on this four-day bucket-list trip that will bring two couples to Napa and Sonoma to mingle with third and fourth-generation vintners Tim and Carlo Mondavi. The experience will begin in Sonoma with a two-night stay at SingleThread Inn in Healdsburg, a farm, restaurant and inn that Eater National called “The Biggest Opening of 2016.” With Carlo Mondavi as your host, you’ll explore RAEN (Research in Agriculture and Enology Naturally), his Pinot-Noir–focused winery on the Sonoma coast followed by a picnic lunch in the vineyard, and a private tour of the SingleThread Farm with chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, farmer Katina Connaughton. In Napa, you’ll spend two nights at Auberge du Soleil, a manicured estate that evokes the French countryside. After recharging with a spa treatment or a swim, you’ll head to dinner at the home of Tim Mondavi. Chef Sarah Scott, former executive chef for Robert Mondavi Winery, will create a seasonal tasting menu that will be paired with wines from Tim’s personal collection. The next day, Tim will show you around his Continuum Estate, which produces a renowned Bordeaux-style single estate wine. He’ll lead you through a private blending seminar, and you’ll leave with your own nine-liter bottling. Along with your personal blend, your parting gift will include several bottles from both vineyards, including the 2019 Continuum and RAEN library wines.

Imagine having friends over and pouring them a Bordeaux that you’ve blended yourself, in France, with guidance from an expert winemaker. The Cazes Family of Château Lynch-Bages will make this fantasy come true for one couple, who will spend three nights at the Château Cordeillan-Bages, a Relais & Châteaux property with a Michelin-starred restaurant. The New York Times called the VINIV experience “a sophisticated world closed to ordinary tourists” and your itinerary will be filled with mouthwatering meals, tastings, and private tours, including the chance to preview the new Château Lynch-Bages winemaking facility. But the highlight will undoubtedly be the experience of crafting your own wine, which can include varietals from several local vineyards. Once you’ve perfected your blend, the folks at Château Lynch-Bages will handle tricky logistics like harvesting, aging, and bottling. You’ll receive 12 cases (or 144 bottles) of your creation, plenty to share with family and friends back home. But be warned: Once you finish the last glass, you may start dreaming about returning to create your next masterpiece.

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MOVIES IN MANHATTAN Following the events of September 11, 2001, Robert De Niro founded the Tribeca Film Festival with producer Jane Rosenthal and her husband, investor/philanthropist Craig Hatkoff. The inaugural 2002 festival was planned in two months and staffed largely by volunteers, but it quickly became one of the country’s leading showcases for independent filmmakers. Today it draws three million visitors annually, but most of them don’t get the kind of VIP access

these winners will receive as a guest of luxury jewelry brand (and festival partner) BVLGARI. Two couples will fly business class to and from New York City, stay four nights at a luxury hotel and receive all-access festival passes for three days. Since no one should go to a film festival without walking a red carpet, guests will also attend the premiere of BVLGARI’s two short films. Although the next festival will take place at the end of April/early May 2019, winners may defer until 2020 as well. SALUT!

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MISE EN SCÈNE: VOLUNTEERS

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Every year, more than 300 volunteers offer their time and talents to serve wine, stuff hundreds of gift bags, set and clear tables, act as spotters for the auction and hosts for the media, and so much more. These dedicated supporters are the backbone to the success of the NWWF and are an integral part of its triumph and execution. They are the reason why the NCEF can bring “Joy to the World” of Collier County’s underprivileged and at-risk children. A warm and heartfelt thank you to each and every one.

Billie Jean Ferguson has been a volunteer at the NWWF since its inaugural festival in 2001. She began by serving patrons wine and food and over the years worked her way up to “spotter” where her role was to signal to the auctioneer that someone was bidding. While this might appear to be a glamorous position, it takes indefatigable enthusiasm and concentration to stay in step with the auctioneer, as if doing a pas de deux without a dress rehearsal. A rising star, she didn’t stop there and was soon promoted to “runner,” whose role it is to take the auction lot bid sheet from the stage, deliver it to the winning bidder, collect their signature, then take the sheets to accounting to be reconciled. She is currently runner captain and with her expertise and spirit, the sky’s the limit. “One of my favorite memories was the first year Dick Grace of Grace Family Vineyards led a group of patrons to meet the kids that were being served by the NCEF, and from there, Meet the Kids Day was born,” says Ferguson. “There were just a handful of guests in attendance that first year (2003), and it has now grown into a large crowd and a fundamental event during the festival weekend. There are so many attendees each year, it requires multiple buses to take all of the patrons to meet the children of Collier County.” A dedicated and integral figure to the NWWF, her personal mission is an admirable one, to “always help others, each and every day.” 48

Dedicated volunteers ready for another record breaking year

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER? “The cause. I grew up being a part of The Boys & Girls Club and wanted to support them as an adult.” —Ashley Kennedy “I love supporting a foundation that provides the opportunity for children to excel and move beyond any challenge in my local community.” —Dominique Rihs DESCRIBE THE BEST PART OF THE WEEKEND “The excitement the festival generates and the awareness it brings to our community.” —Bob Spano

“Working with other volunteers and seeing the generosity of so many people that attend. Seeing the enormous success of the festival...that makes it wonderful.” —Kathy Hubert WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE? “This year it was the wind. We were constantly replacing tablecloths and toppled tables. But if that was the worst challenge, then there really wasn’t a challenge.” —Brenda Reaves “Standing on my feet for 10 hours.” —Tracy Connelly

DESCRIBE YOUR GREATEST REWARD “Knowing that this is the largest charity wine fundraiser in the country and the money was going to the children in the area.” —Mary Ella Donleavy “Feeling part of something so impactful.” —Colleen Cornwall

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Perfect Couples TOP CHEFS AND VINTNERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE PAIR UP AND BRING THEIR A-GAME TO THIS YEAR’S VINTNER DINNERS, PRESENTED BY 18 OF NAPLES’ MOST CHARITABLE HOSTS BY MARK SPIVAK

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE HOSTED BY: LAURA & JIM DIXON WITH KATHY & DAN MEZZALINGUA AT THE “MAN CAVE”

Clockwise from above: The chic rustic dining room at Valette; chef Dustin Valette; organic Sonoma country salad at Valette; the Persian influenced courtyard at Darioush; Shahpar and Darioush Khaledi; a 2017 Darioush Signature Viognier

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It’s a long journey from Iran to Napa’s Silverado Trail, but Darioush Khaledi and his wife Shahpar made the transition seamlessly: anyone driving by the ornate winery would be instantly transported back to the grandeur of ancient Persia. That feeling is reinforced by a theory of hospitality that aims to make the visitor “feel more at home than home itself.” The Darioush estate comprises 120 acres in Southern Napa Valley spanning the Mount Veeder and Oak Knoll AVAs, and its varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Malbec. For fourth-generation Healdsburg resident Dustin Valette, his restaurant is a family affair. In the same building where greatgrandfather Honore Valette operated a bakery in the 1940s, brother Aaron Garzini anchors the front of the house and oversees the wine program while Dustin sends out fresh, playful cuisine from the open kitchen. His dishes range from house-made charcuterie and pokestyle Hawaiian ahi to Kurobuta pork loin and halibut crusted with Padron peppers. Deeply connected to local farmers and artisans, Valette will bring that focus across the country with him to Naples.

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Vintners: Shahpar & Darioush Khaledi | Darioush | Napa, CA Chef: Dustin Valette | Valette | Healdsburg, CA

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Grilled pork shoulder with fava beans, spinach, grilled herbs and crème fraîche at The Barn at Blackberry Farm; chef Cassidee Dabney (far right)

BLOWING IN ACROSS THE SEA HOSTED BY: SHARON & CHUCK HALLBERG WITH SUSIE & DAVID MCCURRY

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Honored Vintners: Daphne & Bart Araujo | Accendo Cellars | Napa, CA Chef: Cassidee Dabney | The Barn at Blackberry Farm | Walland, TN

Clockwise from above: The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland; Wheeler Farms where Accendo Cellars creates its wine; Daphne and Bart Araujo

Daphne and Bart Araujo are masters of the art of reinvention. After producing profound Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc from the Eisele Vineyard for 23 years, they sold Araujo Cellars to the parent company of Château Latour. Within one year, on the theory that “our best wine has yet to be made,” they had embarked on their new venture, Accendo Cellars (accendo is taken from the Latin, which means “to illuminate, inflame or arouse”). Assisted by daughter Jaime Araujo Bezian and son Greg Araujo, they are once again producing small amounts of wine from “extraordinary vineyards owned by friends,” who grow grapes to their specifications. Accompanying them in the kitchen is Cassidee Dabney, executive chef of The Barn at Blackberry Farm, a James Beard Award-winning restaurant located in one of America’s premier resorts. The daughter of a wildlife biologist in the Forest Service, Dabney is an avid gardener and canner. She is also a proponent of The Barn’s philosophy of Foothills Cuisine: taking locally sourced and foraged ingredients and creating menus that are rustic and elegant at the same time. Like the Araujos, she delights in transforming nature’s bounty into a work of art that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Honored Vintners

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From left: Nicholas, Steve and Marshall Miller; below: PierFilippo Abbruzzese

Clockwise from above right: Picturesque hills at the Bien Nacido Estate, Santa Maria; Vermont steak tartare with local quail egg yolk and house grown micro greens at The Downtown Grocery; chef Rogan Lechthaler; an expansive view of the Bien Nacido Estate.

DEEP BLUE SEA WORLD Vintners: The Miller Family | Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estates | Santa Maria, CA PierFilippo Abbruzzese | Valdicava | Montalcino, Italy Chef: Rogan Lechthaler | The Downtown Grocery | Ludlow, VT Bob and Steve Miller came together with the shared vision of developing a vineyard that would be acknowledged as among the elite vineyards of the world. That vineyard was planted in 1973, and the Millers called it Bien Nacido, meaning “well-born” in Spanish, a nod to the passion and commitment they shared in bringing it to life. The Valdicava estate traces its history back several generations, to when PierFilippo Abbruzzese’s ancestors worked the land as sharecroppers. Now, the winery is noted for producing intense and richly flavored Brunellos, as well as its location, high on a plane close to Montalcino.

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HOSTED BY: DARLENE & DON DEMICHELE WITH SHIRLENE & BOB ELKINS AT THE HOME OF ANITA & TOMAŽ LOVŠE

At The Downtown Grocery in Ludlow, Vermont, Rogan Lechthaler transforms the bounty of the Green Mountains into edible art: he makes his own pasta, cures his own meats, and sources sustainable seafood and fresh produce daily. Despite stints at Blackberry Farm and The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, this Vermont native has always returned home to his roots. His constantly changing menu and blackboard specials reflect whatever he found in the market that day, but he invariably displays what the James Beard Foundation called “New England with a Southern heart.” SALUT!

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The OVID estate atop Pritchard Hill, Napa (left); David Duncan (below)

A WHOLE NEW WORLD

Clockwise from right: chef Angelo Auriana; OVID cellars; Rotem and Mounir Saouma; Milanese Risotto roasted with wood-oven bone marrow at Officine Brera

HOSTED BY: SANDI & TOM MORAN WITH JEANNELLE & BRIAN BRADY

Vintners: Rotem & Mounir Saouma | Lucien Le Moine | Beaune, France David Duncan | OVID | St. Helena, CA Chef: Angelo Auriana | Officine Brera | Los Angeles, CA

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In Burgundy, a region of iconoclasts, Rotem and Mounir Saouma have consistently defied convention. Their estate Lucien Le Moine turns out micro-lots of wine from some of the best Premier and Grand Cru sites, sometimes more than 40 in a single vintage. The goal is to produce wines of “exceptional purity,” with each “an accurate and focused expression of its origin.” At the other end of the stylistic range is OVID, high atop Pritchard Hill in Napa. Founded in 1999 and owned by David Duncan (of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars fame), OVID specializes in proprietary red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wines of both estates are difficult to find, and the chance to experience both in one evening is remarkable. Bridging the gap between these two unique wine personalities is chef Angelo Auriana of Officine Brera in Los Angeles. Inspired by the cuisine of his native Po River Valley in Northern Italy, Auriana’s menus include risotto, shellfish and river fish, lardo and porchetta, pork shanks and beef cheeks. He concentrates on authentic Italian flavors and specializes in combining traditional recipes with modern, contemporary cooking techniques.

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BILL TUCKER

BABY, IT’S A WILD WORLD HOSTED BY: TERRY & BOB EDWARDS WITH LINDA & TOM KOEHN

Vintner: Beth Novak Milliken | Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery | St. Helena, California Chef: Tom Colicchio | Crafted Hospitality | New York, NY The entrance to the beautifully restored Victorian home on the Spottswoode estate is a prelude to the charm of the wine itself. Originally founded in 1882, the winery was brought back to life 90 years later by the late Mary Novak. Today her two daughters, Lindy Novak and Beth Novak Milliken, manage the property and oversee the annual release of Spottswoode’s exceptional Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Those wines have garnered endless accolades, and Robert Parker, Jr. noted that “when the history of Napa’s great vineyards is written, the 40-acre Spottswoode vineyard…will be counted among the finest Grand Cru vineyards of the region.” Paired with this Napa legend is a gregarious Northeastern chef with a penchant for enjoying his art. Tom Colicchio is the winner of five James Beard Awards, co-founder of Manhattan’s Gramercy Tavern with Danny Meyer, and the executive producer and a frequent head judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. He operates six restaurants under the umbrella of his company, Crafted Hospitality. Colicchio’s culinary wingspan covers a range from sandwiches to steak and everything in between; his signature establishment in New York, Craft, is a bastion of New American cuisine featuring familystyle dishes with simple preparations that highlight the pristine ingredients.

Clockwise from above: Beth Novak Milliken; an impressive entrance to the Spottswoode Estate, St. Helena; 2014 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; Crafted Hospitality’s clubby dining room; spring agnolotti; short ribs; chef Tom Colicchio

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COURTESY OF CLIFF LEDE VINEYARDS COURTESY OF CLIFF LEDE VINEYARDS

JENNIFER OLSON

Clockwise from above: A refreshing summer radish salad with watermelon at Rioja; chef Jennifer Jasinski; the casual yet elegant dining room at Rioja.

Views from Cliff Lede Vineyards, Napa (top); Cliff Lede Estate, home to the ”White Room,” named after The Beatles’ White album (middle); Cliff Lede (right)

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MOMENTO VIVERE HOSTED BY: LINDA RICHARDS MALONE WITH BARBARA & RON BALSER AT THE HOME OF DYAN & JOHN SMITH

Vintner: Cliff Lede | Cliff Lede Vineyards | Napa, CA Chef: Jennifer Jasinski | Rioja | Denver, CO

Canadian-born Cliff Lede has made Napa’s Stag’s Leap District his home. After purchasing his 60-acre estate in 2002, he set about combining his love of art, wine and rock and roll: The art is on display in the winery, the vineyard blocks are named for classic rock tunes, and the wines range from luscious Sauvignon Blanc to vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignons and blends. In 2009 he expanded his focus by acquiring an additional winery in the Anderson Valley. Named FEL Wines in honor of his mother, Florence Elsie Lede, the property has been transformed into a source of stellar Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Chef Jennifer Jasinski operates a quartet of restaurants in Denver, but her heart solidly belongs to Rioja, her flagship location in historic Larimer Square. As a disciple of Wolfgang Puck and a ten-year veteran of his culinary empire, Jennifer inherited her mentor’s passion for perfection and originality. At Rioja, she has created a Mediterranean menu that makes the best possible use of local and seasonal Rocky Mountain ingredients: starters such as kanpachi tiradito are followed by handmade pasta such as tortelloni stuffed with artichoke mousse, and capped by innovative entrees such as octopus wrapped in Serrano ham or a whiskey-brined pork chop.

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STEPHEN ROTHFELD

CELEBRATE HOSTED BY: USHA & MONTE AHUJA WITH JOAN & BOB CLIFFORD

Vintners: Tim Mondavi and Carissa Mondavi | Continuum | St. Helena, CA Cinzia Merli | Le Macchiole | Bolgheri, Italy Carlo Mondavi | RAEN Winery | Sonoma, CA Chef de Cuisine: Richard Reddington | Redd Wood | Yountville, CA The legacy of Robert Mondavi resonates in the Napa Valley—not just through the heritage of his own wines, but also in the family lineage he left behind. His son Tim produces exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon at Continuum, his estate on Pritchard Hill. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the focus at RAEN Winery on the Sonoma Coast, where fourth-generation vintner (and Robert’s grandson) Carlo Mondavi crafts a bevy of single-vineyard wines. For this dinner, Tim, Carissa and Carlo are joined by the indomitable Cinzia Merli, who along with her late husband Eugenio Campolmi founded Le Macchiole. It was considered a risk: the winery was one of the first established in Bolgheri, an area best known for its proximity to the sea, as well as its abundant fruit and grain production. Now, the winery continues to evolve in both the vineyards and the cellar to allow the soil characteristics from the property to be the defining identity in the wines. The signature grape varieties are Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Not far from the original Robert Mondavi winery, in the town of Yountville, chef Richard Reddington has turned out light and graceful cuisine for nearly 15 years at the now shuttered REDD. Reddington earned his stripes at Three-star Michelin palaces Arpège and Moulin de Mougins in France and worked at home with mentors such as David Burke, Roland Passot and Daniel Boulud. Richard’s restaurant Redd Wood is devoted to simple Italian dishes such as pizza and pasta and demonstrates he is as comfortable on the casual end of the culinary scale as he is on the refined peak.

Clockwise from above: Continuum Estate on Pritchard Hill in St. Helena; Tim Mondavi; Carlo Mondavi; a night harvest at the vineyard; Chef de Cuisine Richard Reddington; sashimi of hamachi, sticky rice, edamame, and lime ginger at REDD; Cinzia Merli; the cellar at Le Macchiole

Chef de Cuisine

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Clockwise: chef Thierry Rautureau; a seat with a view at Loulay; duck breast with a peppecorn glaze

PEACE, LOVE AND GRAPES HOSTED BY: BECKY & LEWIE CARD WITH DONNA SOLIMENE

Vintners: Shari & Garen Staglin | Staglin Family Vineyard | Rutherford, CA Chef: Thierry Rautureau | Luc and Loulay | Seattle, WA

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Left to right: A Staglin Family Vineyard Estate wine portfolio; Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford; Brandon, Shari, Garen, and Shannon Staglin

STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD

STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD

STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD

For more than three decades, the names of Shari and Garen Staglin have been synonymous with both quality wine and philanthropy. They produce a series of distinctive releases from their Rutherford Bench estate, including a Cabernet Sauvignon from the famed Bella Oaks vineyard and their highly sought-after red wine blend, INEO. All proceeds from the Cabernet and Chardonnay made for their other label, Salus, are donated to mental health research; and to date, they have raised and donated more than $900 million through their One Mind initiative, which focuses on finding cures for brain injuries and illnesses. The warmth and generosity of the Staglins are complemented by Thierry Rautureau, whose trademark fedora has earned him the nickname of “The Chef in the Hat.� Rautureau migrated from the Loire Valley to Seattle and brought his earthy, homespun cooking with him: grilled leg of lamb, Boeuf Bourguignon made with Kobe-style beef, onion soup, and Salade Lyonnaise. His restaurants Loulay (named for his hometown) and Luc (which honors his father) have won countless awards, but Rautureau remains committed to the simple enjoyment of food, wine, hospitality, and friends.

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CHASING RAINBOWS HOSTED BY: DEBBI & BILL CARY WITH LINDA & VICTOR GRIJALVA

Vintners: Jim Bailey | Knights Bridge Winery | Calistoga, CA | Barbara Banke | Gran Moraine Winery | Yamhill, OR | Zena Crown Vineyard | Salem, OR Chef: Nancy Oakes | Boulevard Restaurant | San Francisco, CA

ED ANDERSON

One of the few personalities more recognizable in the world of wine than Barbara Banke was her late husband, Jess Jackson. Under her leadership, Jackson Family Wines has gone from strength to strength. Nowhere is this more evident than in the stunning Pinot Noir produced at their two Oregon properties, Gran Moraine and Zena Crown, that will be showcased at this dinner. Co-founded by Jim Bailey and friends in 2006, Knights Bridge is tucked on the pristine west side of Knights Valley, the warmest appellation in Sonoma County, and the perfect spot to produce exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Long before women were normally found in commercial kitchens, Nancy Oakes was winning a James Beard Award at Boulevard, her signature San Francisco restaurant. Oakes has been a pioneer in the development of New American cuisine, sourcing the best in local ingredients and showcasing their flavors with natural cooking techniques. Her menus are known for their balance and harmony: while drawing heavily on the freshest available seafood, she also offers artful presentations of lamb, squab, Berkshire pork and Angus beef.

RANDALL CORDERO

NADER KHOURI

Clockwise from above: Cabernet grapes at Knights Bridge in Calistoga; Jim Bailey; a street shot of the Boulevard Restaurant; chef Nancy Oakes; quail with red chard and pistachios

Zena Crown Vineyard lineup (above); Barbara Banke (left)

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ON CLOUD WINE HOSTED BY: SISSY & BILL WILSON WITH JULIA VAN DOMELEN

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BEALL + THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY

COURTESY OF IL BORRO

BEALL + THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY

COURTESY OF IL BORRO

Vintners: Dimitri Augenblick | Cos d’Estournel | Saint-Estèphe, France Salvatore Ferragamo | Il Borro | San Giustino, Italy Chef: Joseph Lenn | JC Holdway | Knoxville, TN For more than two centuries, Château Cos d’Estournel has stood out as one of the greatest wines of Saint-Estèphe and of Bordeaux itself. Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the wine is described by the châteaux as “opulent and voluptuous,” superlatives that are understatements in the best vintages. Director of development Dimitri Augenblick will share his insights on the winegrowing, winemaking, soil and soul of this great property. Joining him will be Salvatore Ferragamo who has transposed his love of fashion to his Il Borro wine estate in Tuscany. The grandson of the original Salvatore, he presides over the restored 16th-century property that mixes a country villa, a wellness program and a collection of classic and graceful wines made from Sangiovese. After five years as executive chef of the fabled The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Joseph Lenn decided to return to his roots, opening JC Holdway in his native Knoxville. The restaurant pays homage to his great-uncle Joe Holdway and embraces the spirit of hospitality exuded by him. His menu is a roll call of local and imported Southern treats: Springer Mountain Chicken, North Carolina Catfish, Cheshire Pork Loin—and, of course, Benton’s Bacon. While precise, Lenn’s cooking is evocative of the region that nurtured him. Clockwise from above: Château Cos d’Estournel, Saint-Estèphe; Dimitri Augenblick; smoked trout at JC Holdway; chef Joseph Lenn; Salvatore Ferragamo; the grand entrance to Il Borro Toscana Relais & Châteaux, San Giustino

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DILLON BURKE

An ochre view of the hills of Fontodi; Giovanni Manetti (below)

PEACE, LOVE AND JOY HOSTED BY: VALERIE BOYD & JEFF GARGIULO WITH NANCY & JOE MASTERSON

PAIGE GREEN

SUE NEGRINI

Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo’s dream of owning a wine estate was nurtured by Valerie’s cousins, Napa icons Bella and Barney Rhodes. After establishing their winery in Oakville, they focused on the goal of creating a world-class winery devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon and blends; today they’re joined in that quest by daughter April and son-in-law Mitch. On the other side of the ocean, the Manetti Family has been engaged in a similar crusade with Sangiovese since 1968. Their grapes come from estate vineyards in the Panzano region of Chianti. Whether they are a simple Chianti Classico or the world-renowned Flaccianello della Pieve, the Fontodi wines share the same relentless pursuit of excellence that characterizes Gargiulo Vineyards. Few chefs have garnered more acclaim than Charlie Palmer. Since opening his flagship restaurant, Aureole, in 1988 (which still holds a Michelin Star), he has been a champion of Progressive American cooking and an innovative entrepreneur. He currently operates nine restaurants in Manhattan as well as outposts in Napa, Sonoma, Reno, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. Whether dealing with Icelandic cod, Hudson Valley foie gras or Colorado lamb, Palmer is known for his light, fresh and appealing execution.

DILLON BURKE

Vintners: Giovanni Manetti | Fontodi | Greve in Chianti, Italy Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo | Gargiulo Vineyards | Oakville, CA Chef: Charlie Palmer | Aureole | New York, NY

Clockwise from above: Marinated heirloom tomatoes, Vermont mozzarella, and basil pesto; Long Island duck breast, white asparagus, fava beans, pickled rhubarb with sauce béarnaise at Aureole; chef Charlie Palmer; distinctive handcrafted Cabernets by Gargiulo Vineyards; Valerie Boyd and Jeff Gargiulo

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MARDI GRAS JOY HOSTED BY: SUSAN & GARY GARRABRANT

Vintner: Jean-Charles Cazes | Château Lynch-Bages | Pauillac, France Chef: Donald Link | Herbsaint | New Orleans, LA

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LINK RESTAURANT GROUP

LINK RESTAURANT GROUP

LINK RESTAURANT GROUP

Clockwise from above: Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac; Jean-Charles Cazes; Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Grand Cru Classé; a dining experience at Herbsaint; savory and authentic New Orleans gumbo; chef Donald Link

The Cazes family has been intertwined with the history of the Bordeaux peninsula for more than a century. In 1938, Jean-Charles purchased the Classified estate of Château Lynch-Bages. Since 1972 it has been managed by his grandson, Jean-Michel, who has upgraded the famed property located just outside the town of Pauillac. Composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with smaller amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine is a beautiful example of traditional style infused with modern techniques: full-bodied yet seamless it is perfectly balanced and a joy to drink. To succeed as a chef in New Orleans, you need to be at the top of your game. Donald Link began his professional career at 15, inspired by the Cajun cooking of his grandparents. Over the past decade, he has opened a string of impressive restaurants in the Warehouse District, including Cochon, Cochon Butcher, Calcasieu, La Boulangerie, Peche Seafood Grill and his flagship, Herbsaint. At Herbsaint, Link works closely with local purveyors to produce his unique blend of French, Italian, and Cajun cuisine, celebrating the bounty of Louisiana with everything from oyster and gumbo to Muscovy duck leg confit.

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Maya Dalla Valle and Naoko Dalla Valle (below); the outer gate at Dalla Valle Vineyards

JOIE DE VIE HOSTED BY: PAT & DAVE GIBBONS WITH KAREN & DALE MEDFORD

Vintners: Elisabetta Gnudi | Borgo Scopeto & Caparzo | Montalcino, Italy | Naoko Dalla Valle and Maya Dalla Valle | Dalla Valle Vineyards | Oakville, CA Chef: Markus Glocker | Bâtard | New York, NY

MARTIN PARZER

ANDRIS DZEGUZE

It’s a singular occasion when some of the best wines of Napa and Tuscany are served under the same roof. Dalla Valle Vineyards has ranked as one of California’s “cult Cabernets” for several decades, particularly at the top of the range in their blend called Maya (named for Naoko’s daughter, current director of the winery). Vines planted high above the valley floor in Oakville yield both Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for wines that are, in the words of winemaker Andy Erickson, “incredibly dark, aromatic, dense, but very balanced.” Elisabetta Gnudi, an equally dynamic personality, is the proprietor of both Borgo Scopeto and Caparzo in Tuscany. Whether you prefer the rustic, old-school style of Chianti embodied by Borgo Scopeto or the elegant Brunello of Caparzo, you’ll leave this event sated and happy. As soon as Markus Glocker started working a summer job at his uncle’s Austrian hotel, he realized he wanted to be a chef. In 2014 he partnered with Manhattan restaurateur Drew Nieporent to open Bâtard in Tribeca, which earned a James Beard Award and a Michelin Star in its first year of operation. Glocker prides himself in offering an experience of “refined simplicity.” Whether drawing on his Austrian heritage to create Berkshire pork schnitzel, crossing over to France with a foie gras and rabbit terrine, or expanding into Italy with merguez tortellini, he adheres to a philosophy of honest and assertive flavors.

Clockwise from above: Long Island duck with crispy quinoa at Bâtard; chef Markus Glocker; Elisabetta Gnudi; the ageing cellar at Borgo Scopeto

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POLINA REVUNOVA

PAUL JOHNSON

Chef Bill Telepan; lobster bolognese at Oceana

Clockwise from above: an ethereal view of a Paul Hobbs vineyard in Sebastopol; Matt Hobbs; Lucas Löwi; barrel rolling at Bodega Numanthia

A SEA OF JOY HOSTED BY: KATRINA & RICK KASH WITH CAROL & JOHN WALTER AT THE RITZ-CARLTON BEACH HOUSE

Vintners: Lucas Löwi | Bodega Numanthia | Valdefinjas, Spain Matt Hobbs | Paul Hobbs Winery | Sebastopol, CA Chef: Bill Telepan | Oceana | New York, NY Growing up on a farm in upstate New York, Paul and Matt Hobbs helped their father plant and harvest wine grapes. It was a skill they were later to perfect in California at Paul Hobbs Winery and Crossbarn, as well as in Argentina, France and Armenia. Since 2001, Matt has been involved in various strategic roles and is currently the primary ambassador and educator on all wineries under Paul Hobbs Wines. Matt will provide an overview of the Hobbs empire, and a peek at their new projects in the Finger Lakes and Galicia, Spain. They’ll be joined by Lucas Löwi, director of Bodega Numanthia in the Toro region of Spain. Fragrant, intense and concentrated, Numanthia was a pioneer in the Toro region and the first wine estate

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to fully grasp the significance of the Tinta de Toro clone of Tempranillo. Chef Bill Telepan is one of New York’s leaders in sourcing quality ingredients from small farms and local purveyors. In New York, Bill served as the executive chef at Judson Grill, where he earned a three-star review from The New York Times which influenced his 2004 cookbook, Inspired by Ingredients. In 2005, he opened Telepan, which earned him copious accolades including one Michelin star, a Two-star review from The New York Times and the title of “Best Newcomer” from Zagat. Now, he brings to Oceana his commitment to using the finest ingredients, combined with his classic training and contemporary influences.

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Clockwise from left: Ceretto Monsordo Bernardina Estate in Alba; Roberta Ceretto; the wine cellar at Monsordo Winery

JOURNEY TO A NEW WORLD HOSTED BY: ANNE WELSH MCNULTY AT THE HOME OF KATHY & RODNEY WOODS

Vintners: Nicholas Allen | Carte Blanche Wine | Napa, CA Roberta Ceretto | Ceretto | Alba, Italy Chef: John Tesar | Knife at The Highland Dallas | Dallas, TX

MARY STEINBACHER PHOTOGRAPHY

KEVIN MARPLE

KEVIN MARPLE

Talk about having wine in your blood: Nicholas Allen’s great-grandfather, Clarence Dillon, owned both Château Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion in Bordeaux. Allen branched out on his own in 2007 with Carte Blanche, making a range of wines from selected vineyards in Napa, the Sonoma Coast and Bennett Valley. The same respect for family and tradition flourishes at the Ceretto winery in Piemonte. Carrying on from her grandfather, Riccardo, who founded the estate in the 1930s, Roberta oversees the production of their famous Arneis Blangé as well as their crus in Barbera, Barolo and Barbaresco. For several decades, John Tesar has been one of the most innovative and controversial chefs in America. He’s currently best known for his Dallas restaurant, Knife, which seeks to reinvent the steakhouse experience. Located in The Highland hotel, part of the Curio Collection, Knife serves three meals daily in addition to room service. For Tesar, it’s all about the details: steaks are dry-aged in a meat locker, including the 240-day Creekstone rib eye. Exotic cuts of beef are complemented by raw bar selections, charcuterie, butter-poached lobster and pepper-crusted tuna.

Clockwise from above: Nicholas Allen; Carte Blanche rich reds; grapes from the Missouri Hopper vineyard are some of the most sought aftter in the Napa Valley; chef John Tesar; a refreshing salad with pea shoots and prosciutto at Knife

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GATELY WILLIAMS

Clockwise from below left: chef Mike Lata; chef Jason Stanhope; FIG’s ricotta gnocchi alla bolognese; a peek at FIG’s warm and welcoming bar

IN THE VINEYARD OF THE FROG PRINCE ANDREW CEBULKA

HOSTED BY: CAROL & HARRY ROSE WITH ANGELA & DON SMITH

Véronique Drouhin-Boss, (right); Maison Joseph Drouhin cellars (below)

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Vintner: Véronique Drouhin-Boss | Maison Joseph Drouhin | Beaune, France and Domaine Drouhin Oregon | Dundee, OR Chefs: Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope | FIG | Charleston, SC Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has been the standard of excellence in Burgundy. Véronique Drouhin, the fourth-generation head winemaker, is sometimes referred to as the guardian of the Drouhin style. The Drouhin Family also has one foot in the Pacific Northwest: In 1988, they purchased land in the Dundee Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley for what would become Domaine Drouhin Oregon (the motto is “French soul, Oregon soil”). Using her natural charm and grace, Véronique will take diners on a tour of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the best of both the Old and New Worlds. In a city filled with exceptional restaurants, FIG exemplifies everything that has put Charleston on the culinary map: attention to detail, impeccably sourced ingredients and a relaxed, warm atmosphere. Mike Lata was inspired to become a chef in college when he heard Julia Child speak, and he learned by trial and error rather than culinary school. Lata has revolutionized the dining scene by partnering with local fishermen to feature previously ignored species such as rudderfish, amberjack and triggerfish. Along with his executive chef, Jason Stanhope, who is also a winner of the James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast,” Lata will take diners on a tour of glorious Lowcountry cuisine.

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ANDY KATZ PHOTOGRAPHY

JOY! VINO AND VITALY! HOSTED BY: THE HONORABLE FRANCIS & MRS. KATHLEEN ROONEY

Clockwise from above: A stunning view of the Domaine Serene Vineyards in Oregon; Grace and Ken Evenstad; the Crown Margherita pizza with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil at Paley’s Place; chef Vitaly Paley

ASHLEY MARTI

Grace and Ken Evenstad are as passionate about philanthropy as they are about wine. They’ve participated in the festival every year since its inception in 2001, and Grace has served as a past festival chairman. In the world of wine, they are committed to the production of world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, starting at Domaine Serene in Oregon in 1989. In 2015 the couple purchased Château de la Crée in Santenay, a historic Burgundy estate dating to 1341. With one foot in the Old World and another in the New, the Evenstads are combining their love of wine with an unparalleled sense of community. South of Domaine Serene in the city of Portland, Vitaly Paley is regarded as the dean of Oregon chefs. His journey to the kitchen was an improbable one: trained as a concert pianist, he emigrated to America from Kiev to study at Juilliard. Two years later, he traded his piano for a stove. A cavalcade of restaurants followed, beginning with Paley’s Place and including Imperial, Headwaters and the Portland Penny Diner. This gregarious and outgoing chef is equally at home with wood-fired steaks, seafood paella, duck meatballs, or his favorite combination of dumplings and Russian tea.

LOCAL HAVEN

Vintners: Grace & Ken Evenstad of Domaine Serene | Dayton, OR | Château de la Crée in Burgundy, France Chef: Vitaly Paley | Paley Hospitality Group | Portland, OR

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ANTONY TAHLIER PHOTOGRAPHY

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OPUS ONE WINERY

Clockwise from above: Arrabbiata at Monteverde Restaurant; chef Sarah Grueneberg; the casual yet sophisticated dining room at Monteverde Restaurant; a breathtaking sunset at Opus One Winery in Napa; David Pearson; a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée; Olivier Krug

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY HOSTED BY: SHIRLEY & PETER WELSH WITH JERRI & DAVID

OPUS ONE WINERY

HOFFMANN AT THE NAPLES YACHT CLUB

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Vintners: Olivier Krug | Krug Champagne | Reims, France David Pearson | Opus One Winery in Oakville, CA Chef: Sarah Grueneberg | Monteverde Restaurant | Chicago, IL Everyone has heard the adage: “There is Champagne, and then there is Krug.” Even so, it’s hard to appreciate the uncanny combination of richness, elegance and precision until you sample a range of Champagne Krug. Olivier Krug, the seventh generation in a lineage dating back to 1843, will give diners an idea of what it takes to produce a triumph in the art of blending. Joining him will be David Pearson, CEO of Opus One in Napa. Since its first vintage in 1979, the joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild has defined the upper limit of quality in the Napa Valley. Like Krug, it is a blend, in this case of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec—or, as the winery puts it, tradition and innovation. Sarah Grueneberg, chef/owner of Monteverde Restaurant in Chicago, will accept the challenge of producing dishes to match these formidable wines. Grueneberg earned her stripes as executive chef at Spiaggia, where she achieved a Michelin Star. At Monteverde, she draws on her travels around the world to create dishes that are genuine and soulful, complementing her love of Italian food with accents from France, Asia and her native Texas. Her repertoire ranges from skate schnitzel and smoked fish rillettes to grilled Creekstone Farms rib eye and authentic Genoese pesto.

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MEET THE KIDS DAY LUNCHEON AND THE VINTAGE CELLAR Keep an eye out for these 5 vintners who bring their expertise to this year’s festival BY CARLA EVANS

Meet the Kids Day Luncheon

The Vintage Cellar

Samantha and Patrice Breton | Vice Versa, St. Helena, CA

Everyone appreciates a good love story. Take Samantha and Patrice Breton. When Patrice was 20, he became impassioned with the color, complexity, and perfume of wine, as well as the hard work that went into its creation. Fast forward to 2011, when he met Samantha and on their first date, they enjoyed a bottle of 1982 Château Lafleur. Shortly afterward, Samantha, who is a PharmD pharmacist, found herself in love with wine (and Patrice). The couple is now co-proprietors of Vice Versa in Napa Valley, which was launched in 2003, after Patrice spent several years working alongside influential winemaker Paul Hobbs. They chose Napa Valley for its creative and innovative spirit which allows them to push boundaries while also respecting the land. Samantha and Patrice make it a point to be hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, from production to sales.

Larry Stone | Lingua Franca, Salem, OR Talk about an impressive resume. A couple of months after becoming America’s ninth Master Sommelier, Larry Stone became the first American to win the Grand Prix de Sopexa, crowned as the “Best International Sommelier in French Wines” in Paris. Shortly after he relocated to San Francisco and partnered with New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent, and some impressive A-listers such as Robert DeNiro, the late Robin Williams, and Francis Ford Coppola to open Rubicon Restaurant. From 1994 to 2008, this dynamic team of Rubicon and Stone went on to earn a Michelin Star, the Wine

Spectator “Grand Award,” a “Silver Spoon” from  Food & Wine, and more. In 2012, Stone purchased a prime EolaAmity Hills property in the Willamette Valley, which he then planned, planted, and completed in 2016 as Lingua Franca Estates. Everyone at Lingua Franca is a firm believer in winemaking that respects the environment, believing that organic farming and undisturbed ecosystems produce the most interesting wines.

Kevin Kinsella | Kinsella Estates, Sonoma, CA

Before buying a vineyard and producing wine in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, Kevin Kinsella founded Avalon Ventures. Like most successful entrepreneurs, his venture into winemaking comes with a backstory, or should we say with a little help from his friends. They told him about a special property on a hillside elevated 500 feet above the Russian River. By 2007 Kinsella had purchased the 12 acres of land that would ultimately become Kinsella Estates. The vineyard is farmed organically and is composed of three distinct blocks, one of which is named Jersey Boys Vineyard, a nod to Kevin’s investment in the Broadway megahit, Jersey Boys. These same friends introduced him to noted winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and a successful business and friendship was formed.

Ann and Dick Grace | Grace Family Vineyards | St. Helena, CA With little experience in winemaking, Ann and Dick Grace started Grace Family Vineyards in Napa Valley in the late 1970s. Intuition and good guesses, including the decision not to use pesticides, propelled them into being one of California’s first “cult’ wines. Chalk their success up to Dick’s 35 years in the Marine Corps and as a business executive at Smith Barney which contributed to his drive. With this never-dreamed-of success, the Graces wanted to make their life’s mission one of charity and compas-

sion. The couple founded the Grace Family Foundation, and it has raised more than a million dollars annually for charitable causes including pediatric AIDS and abused children. While making award-winning Cabernet is the Grace Family Vineyards success story, helping children who are underserved and dealing with health issues is their greatest joy.

Véronique Drouhin-Boss | Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Beaune, France and Dundee, Oregon

The House of Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin Oregon is a family business run by Joseph Drouhin’s four grandchildren—Véronique Drouhin-Boss and her three brothers. As head winemaker, Véronique has been crowned the guardian of the Joseph Drouhin style: balancing harmony, finesse, and character to achieve elegance and perfection in her wines. She grew up exploring the vineyards and cellars of Maison Joseph Drouhin and went on to earn her National Diploma of Oenology from the University of Dijon in 1987, immediately following with an advanced degree for her work on the Pinot Noir grape varietal. In 1987 her father Robert expanded operations and purchased land in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, where she vinified the estate’s first vintage. When she is not blending wines and running the family business, Véronique likes to garden at her primary residence in Beaune, France and spend time with her husband and three children.

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The Kids Are

ALRIGHT

Wondering who benefits from the generous donations made to the Naples Children & Education Foundation? Zander, Camryn, Ricardo, and thousands of other Southwest Florida children in need BY NANCY MATTIA

EVA, 18

ROBERTH, 8

The numbers tell an amazing story: A whopping 98 percent of the struggling students enrolled in The Immokalee Foundation’s Immokalee Readers program have made significant gains in their reading skills. Immokalee Readers matches more than 110 high school tutors with nearly 650 elementary students identified as struggling readers. One of the children who’s made big progress is Roberth, a second grader who joined the program when he was reading at an early kindergarten level. His tutor, Immokalee High School senior Nohemi Vasquez, said that Roberth was very shy at first. “As time went on, he was more outgoing and has made a lot of progress, from losing his timidity to improving his reading skills,” she says. Aided also by a curriculum specialist, Genie Rincon, Roberth already reads at a mid-first grade level after only a few short months. His teacher expects he will soon be reading at grade level, setting the stage for a lifetime of progress. 82

Eva came to David Lawrence Center in Naples with a history of depression, self-harming behavior, and suicidal thoughts. She smoked, had poor grades in school, and had relationship problems at home, even though her family was supportive. The teen received intensive treatment at the center’s crisis unit, including psychiatric evaluation, individual and group therapy, and medication service. After she was discharged, Eva got care at the Collier Wrap Around Program where she has been able to participate in her treatment plan and identify her problems. She now practices mindful awareness of her thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and replaces unrealistic beliefs. Eva’s goals were to be happier, more motivated and self-confident, and get better grades— and she’s done it! Through determination and therapy, she has improved from failing grades to A’s and B’s and learned and implemented strategies such as acceptance of herself and her emotions. Her relationship with her family has improved significantly, and she is planning to attend college to be a nurse.

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Camryn Williams was just five years old when her beloved mom suffered a brain aneurysm and died. Angela Melvin, an adult volunteer who met Camryn at a bereavement camp for kids, understood the little girl’s pain: Her own mother had been killed in a car accident when she was 10. That meeting became the inspiration for creating a place in Southwest Florida for grieving children and families to share their pain and be understood. Valerie’s House, named after Angela’s mom, opened in Fort Myers in 2016, and Camryn was the first child enrolled. Today the 10-year-old is thriving: She is a straight-A student, likes writing poetry about her mom, and has even started a club at school that collects art supplies for Valerie’s House. Says Camryn, “Valerie’s House helped me, and I want to help make it bigger to help more kids who miss their mommy and daddy.” She’s learned how to take her loss and turn it into love.

The youngster barely spoke a word of English—or any language—when he started attending Grace Place for Children & Families. “Ricardo was one of the shyest little boys I’ve ever met,” says Claudia MacDonald, the early childhood education manager at Grace Place, which uses education as the tool for children and families to overcome poverty. “He would cry every time he ventured out of the classroom unless he was holding the teacher’s hand.” And now? “He’s one of the most outgoing students in the class!” The young boy interacts with his teacher and other students and is confident around new people, thanks to the Bright Beginnings family literacy program. Not only has he made incredible strides socially and emotionally, but he is succeeding academically too. Based on an assessment tool, Teaching Strategies Gold that tracks each child’s progress, Ricardo has shown steady gains all year and is on his way to being kindergarten-ready.

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Can you imagine a child not being able to leave his home and go to the local playground, park, or zoo? That was the plight of Emmanuel Miranda, who was diagnosed with autism at age two. Because he lacked the skills to communicate or socialize, his behavior was aggressive and self-destructive. At age three, he began attending the Early Intensive Intervention Institute at ABLE Academy, and his life improved. Through an intensive verbal behavior program coupled with behavior interventions, Emmanuel began to speak, and his aggressive behavior diminished. His mother, Noemi, also received training so she could help him use his new skills with family and peers. He’s progressed from attending a small group setting with the support of a therapist to the full-time clinical classroom group program without additional support. Next year he’s expected to attend a typical kindergarten. And he’s begun to make friends! “Our boy is thriving,” says Noemi, “and he’s learning and growing by leaps and bounds. We have such hope for his future.”

ZANDER, 4

The young parents had lost their jobs and, along with their two-year-old son, Zander, were being evicted from their home and had nowhere to go. Neither parent had family or a trusted friend to take care of the toddler while they searched for employment and saved up for housing. Then FlourishNow’s Safe Families for Children program stepped in, and the couple found hope and a local host family who offered a temporary home for their child. The host family’s charitable act prevented Zander from ending up in foster care, and they made sure to meet his educational, physical and emotional needs. During the hosting period, Safe Families provided coaching, guidance and support to Zander’s parents, working with them to help obtain jobs, create a budget and, once they had enough money saved, obtain housing. Not only did Zander form a relationship with the host family but so did his parents. SALUT!

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Depicting the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s theme of love, creative hosts offered four divine vintner dinner parties for guests who aspire to make a difference in the lives of Collier County children BY LINDA MARX

HEART OF GOLD

HOSTS: Debbi & Bill Cary with Pat & Dave Gibbons Custom designed gold hearts projected through the lighting followed guests as they approached the front door of Debbi and Bill Cary’s waterfront Port Royal home. In the living room, roses dipped in gold hung from an artistic piece of gold metal for the dining table centerpieces. “The Cary home looked stunning,” says Pat Gibbons. “The monochromatic gold decor was perfect for our Heart of Gold dinner theme.” Special vintners for the 36 diners were Barbara Banke and Christopher Carpenter of Cardinale in Oakville, California, who joined chef Nancy Oakes of Boulevard in San Francisco. After a six-course meal with individual wine pairings for such delicacies as Quail Isadora, aged Zabuton beef with winter truffles, and a dessert of Meyer Lemon Drop pudding with lemon crinkle cookies and toasted meringue, guests gathered around the Carys’ outdoor pool deck for lively entertainment. Award-winning songwriter-musicians Monty Powell and Anna Wilson, who are members of the band Troubadour 77, sang a beautiful rendition of Neil Young’s popular 1972 tune “Heart of Gold,” along with other favorites. The evening ended with gift bags containing Mt. Brave wine from Christopher Carpenter, Nancy Oakes’ Boulevard: The Cookbook, and a signed Troubadour 77 CD. “We also reminded everyone that the purpose for our dinner was to help children at-risk and in need,” says Dave Gibbons.“People come to our dinners because they want to give back to a well-run charity.”

LUMINAIRE FOTOS

VINTNERS: BARBARA BANKE AND CHRISTOPHER CARPENTER OF CARDINALE IN OAKVILLE, CALIFORNIA CHEF: NANCY OAKES OF BOULEVARD IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

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TUNNEL OF LOVE

HOSTS: Joan & Bob Clifford with Barbie & Paul Hills at the Naples Botanical Garden

VINTNERS: LAURA CATENA OF BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA IN MENDOZA, ARGENTINA, ANNETTE & DOUG SHAFER OF SHAFER VINEYARDS IN NAPA, CALIFORNIA CHEF: ERIC ZIEBOLD OF KINSHIP IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

LOUIS VENNE PHOTOGRAPHY

After enjoying Champagne and hors-d’oeuvres outdoors, 38 guests entered Kapnick Hall, the evening’s dinner space which was transformed into an underground urban Tunnel of Love, highlighted with modern street art graffiti on the walls. Dining tables, draped in multi-colored linens, featured center openings for shooting lights which gave the room a mysterious mirror effect. “We created a ring of luscious blooms around the protruding light and then speckled the tablescape with light filled acrylic boxes,” says Joan Clifford. The look was enhanced with acrylic menus, and an opalescent charger finished with a Philippe Stark inspired chair. Vintners Laura Catena of Bodega Catena Zapata in Mendoza, Argentina, and Annette and Doug Shafer of Shafer Vineyards in Napa, California, paired courses prepared by chef Eric Ziebold of Kinship in Washington, D.C. Guests enjoyed spiced roasted Peking duck breast with 2006 Catena Adriana Malbec and 2007 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet. Crispy braised short ribs were paired with 2014 Shafer Relentless and 2013 Catena Fortuna Terrae Malbec. After a dessert of Valrhona chocolate custard cake, guests were entranced with the tricks of a mentalist who entertained and bewildered by bending a spoon and guessing what page a person was reading from a book that he provided. The evening ended with couples gathered around the piano of Washington, D.C. pianist Jeremy Ragsdale, singing the 1967 Beatles classic “All You Need Is Love,” the festival’s theme.

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THE LOVE BOAT

HOSTS: Jerri & David Hoffmann with Shirley & Peter Welsh

HEATHER FOSTER

Guests were greeted by actors dressed as Captain Merrill Stubing and Julie McCoy, stars of ABC-TV’s popular series, The Love Boat, (19771987) which was this dinner party’s clever theme. The Hoffmanns’ home was designed like a cruise ship so the 40 guests could walk up a ramp to enter. “We had it roped off, so everyone enjoyed cocktails on the back patio before entering the living area that was designed like a lovely dinner aboard a ship,” says Shirley Welsh. Navy blue and white striped tablecloths set the stage for gold-rimmed glass plates under blue napkins and menus, and small red and white anchors were flanked by gold flatware. “We went for elegance because we wanted our guests to have a special evening,” says Shirley. Vintners Shari & Garen Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, California, and chef Neal Fraser of Redbird in Los Angeles, made sure guests enjoyed the best wines paired with foie gras, fowl, pheasant, and steak followed by chocolate and vanilla gelato and delicious chocolate candy. After the meal, guests were both excited and surprised to encounter jazz great Ramsey Lewis jamming with an armful of musicians. “There was such a great flow that evening,” says Shirley. “People were in a good mood, and there was a lot of positive energy.” Both host couples are believers in the charity and giving back in general. “All of our guests are fortunate people, and we are so pleased that they also give back,” says Shirley. “So we wanted to give them an evening to remember on our version of The Love Boat. ”

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VINTNERS: SHARI & GAREN STAGLIN OF STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD IN RUTHERFORD, CALIFORNIA CHEF: NEAL FRASER OF REDBIRD IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) is one of the most beloved Christmas films and was selected by Pam and George Hamel, Jr., because of its inspirational message: There is value in not doing great things but doing small things in a great way. About 40 guests entered the Hamels’ waterfront Port Royal home and enjoyed cocktails on the porch. Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne in Reims, France, who was the Hamels’ vintner partner for the dinner, served 2008 Grand Cuvée during cocktail hour. Inventive chef Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco, California, prepared appetizers of buckwheat blini with smoked salmon, golden Osetra caviar and glazed oysters. Chef Danko continued his culinary magic by serving a dinner of lobster salad with avocado, duck breast, and herbencrusted lamb loin with pomegranate before finishing with crumb fresh cheesecake paired with 1988 Krug Champagne. Guests wrapped up the evening on the lanai which was decorated like a late nightclub for a concert by Nashville performers Billy Dean and Frank Myers. White gift bags contained appropriate bread, salt and wine accompanied by significant quotes from the film: “Bread that this house may never hunger know;” ‘Salt that life may always have flavor;” “And wine, so joy and prosperity may reign forever.” Such wisdom goes hand in hand with the charity’s commitment to the children. “The charity changes the lives of children one small step at a time,” says Linda. “Together we are better.” 90

MATT STEEVES PHOTOGRAPHY

HOSTS: Linda & Tom Koehn with Karen & Dale Medford at the home of Pam & George Hamel, Jr.

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VINTNERS: PAM & GEORGE HAMEL, JR. OF HAMEL FAMILY WINES IN SONOMA; OLIVIER KRUG OF KRUG CHAMPAGNE IN REIMS, FRANCE CHEF: GARY DANKO OF RESTAURANT GARY DANKO IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

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The Fruits of their Labor By NANCY MATTIA Photography by EMMA K. MORRIS

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Winemakers Valerie Boyd and Jeff Gargiulo live it up with grapes, guitars and giving back at their Napa Valley vineyards

V The perfect Napa afternoon lunch complemented by a Super Oakville Blend from Gargiulo Vineyards.

alerie Boyd likes to tell the story about the time P!nk, the pop superstar, visited Gargiulo Vineyards—which Boyd owns with her husband, Jeff Gargiulo, and daughter April—and asked for a tour. “So, of course, Jeff goes, and they do a tasting, and he tells her about his music studio,” says Valerie. (Jeff is passionate about music and plays lead guitar in a popular local band.) “P!nk wants to see the studio, which is on the other side of our property. They start walking there, and suddenly P!nk grabs his hand, and they walk like that the whole way, like kids,” she remembers. “It was just so cute.” Cute, yes, but also indicative of the relaxed atmosphere Valerie and Jeff have cultivated at their 60-acre property, a picturesque spot atop a knoll in Napa Valley that, besides the music studio, includes two Oakville vineyards (Money Road Ranch and 575 OVX), a winery, a tasting room decorated with handmade guitars, and a restored 1960s farmhouse where they live. SALUT!

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Jeff, a lifelong farmer whose Naples, Floridabased family owned a successful produce business, and Valerie, who worked in real estate and banking, now spend their days walking the vineyards, tasting the grapes, and enjoying the idyllic views of the vines and the valley steps from their back door. Life is good for the long-married couple, and they work hard to show their appreciation: Each week they entertain dozens of vineyard guests, 94

whether rock goddesses, film stars, politicians, loyal customers, charity benefactors, or good friends, often 20 to 30 people at a time. The lunches and dinners, usually prepared by a private chef but occasionally by cooking enthusiast Jeff, are known for their warm, friendly vibe and signature touches such as a fresh mozzarella-making demonstration. On a recent autumn day on a terrace behind their farmhouse overlooking the vineyards and

cooled by San Francisco Bay breezes, the two vintners prepared a seasonal meal for four friends visiting from Nashville. Well, actually, Jeff did the cooking—locally sourced grilled sausages, and lamb, spinach and peach salad, an eggplant and tomato dish, figs and prosciutto, and strawberries with whipped cream—and Valerie set the table. “I try to make it look interesting and include ‘treasures,’” she explains, “things that represent

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The family was drawn to Napa Valley for its Tuscan feel and laid-back yet elegant ambiance. The Gargulio family home (right) overlooks acres of undulating vineyards and valleys. Below, Jeff plays for his guests one of his many handcrafted guitars. Opposite: Valerie Boyd enjoys a reflective moment in the afternoon shade.

our history and the past, significant to Jeff and me, our journey, our being here in the Valley.” For this lunch, the treasure was a pair of faux orange birds that Margrit Mondavi, the widow of renowned Napa Valley winemaker Robert Mondavi, brought them the last time she came for lunch. [Margrit passed away in 2016.] Valerie and Jeff’s journey into the world of wine began when they were in their mid-20s and devel-

oped a passion for vintages from all over the world. Before long, they’d amassed a 5,000-bottle collection, some of which they served at the frequent dinner parties they threw for family and friends at their Naples home. They became interested in owning a vineyard, and in the early 1990s purchased land in Napa Valley and planted it with Barney Rhodes’s help. Barney and his wife, Belle, were wine pioneers in the Valley who also happened to be Valerie’s cousins. The Rhodes provided the fledging winemakers with much-needed advice and introduced them to the established vintner community. “It gave us credibility,” says Valerie, of their relationship to the Rhodes. “Everyone knew we weren’t just wealthy people who showed up in town and wanted to buy a winery.” Back in Florida, they’d expanded the family business to grow strawberries, grapes, plums and other SALUT!

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produce. In the late 1990s, they sold it to the global agricultural company Monsanto, and Jeff made a career move that brought the couple and their three children nearer to the grapes. “We packed up and moved to L.A. [in 2001] so I could become the CEO of Sunkist,” he says. “It meant we were a lot closer to Napa Valley.” Their interest in the wine business grew. “We originally thought we were just going to be growers,” says Jeff, “and then we bought our second property and started harvesting our grapes and making our own wine. From then on, it’s progressed to what it is today.” Gargiulo Vineyards produces about 5,000 cases of wine annually, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon; it also produces smaller quantities of Sangiovese, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Rosé. With a thriving business and passion for their work, Jeff and Valerie are living the Napa Valley lifestyle. But what exactly is that? “It’s when you are really connected to the land,” says Valerie. “We feel the soul of this property. The

outdoors becomes such a part of your lives. In January you’re pruning. In May you’re bud-breaking. You live your life and the season by what’s happening in the vineyards.” Jeff adds, “It’s a bit of how people live in France and Italy. We have our own version of it—respect for the land, high-quality food and wine, and sharing with our many visitors. We throw music into the mix, and it’s something organic and special.” The couple, who often bypass working at their big partner’s desk in favor of working together at the kitchen table, say they feel blessed by their success and devote much time, effort, and money to giving back. Eighteen years ago, they were founding trustees of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, which raises money for the Naples Children & Education Foundation, an organization that supports the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County, Florida; more than $176 million has been raised. Another of their favorite charities, Notes for

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Kids, provides musical instruments for children in Napa and Nashville whose families wouldn’t be able to afford them. “We do the event here,” says Valerie. “We have a beautiful stage—it’s more like an amphitheater—near a big oak tree that looks out over the vineyards.” Jeff and his band, the Silverado Pickups, a group comprised of winery owners and associates, play the fundraiser, along with such country and folk-music favorites like Brandi Carlile and Billy Dean. Music, in fact, holds a prominent place at Gargiulo Vineyards. Besides the studio, there’s the tasting room’s impressive guitar collection, each instrument handcrafted by a luthier. Though valuable, the instruments aren’t meant to be looked at from afar. “We encourage guests to pick them up and play them,” says Jeff. His professional musician buddies are especially fond of the collection. After spending time on the road, they like to relax at the farmhouse, sitting around the kitchen table while Jeff cooks and playing his guitars. “It’s part of what happens here,” says Valerie. So is that part of the Napa Valley lifestyle too? With a laugh, Valerie says, “It’s a part of the Gargiulo lifestyle!”

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Valerie and Jeff enjoy a relaxing afternoon with good friends, good food, and of course, good wine.

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PHOTOS BY MILA BRIDGER, PIOTR FALENCIK, ERIC STRACHAN, LOUIS VENNE, TONY ZOLLO

ALBUM: NWWF 2018

PHOTOLOGUE RELIVE ALL THE MAGIC MOMENTS FROM THE 2018 NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL

Clockwise from top left: Rick and Katrina Kash; Shahpar and Darioush Khaledi; a taste of wine prior to the auction; Randy Lewis, Valerie Boyd, Eddy Taylor, Kary and David Duncan enjoy lunch at Meet the Kids Day; Lewie Card; Anna Wilson, Billy Dean, Ray Barnette; Paul Scharf and Lisa Simington; Master Sommeliers working the Vintage Cellar event; pre-auction sushi 98

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Clockwise from top left: NCEF beneficiary children with Ed and Tricia Staros; Amy and Bret Baier; David and Kerri Call; tables set for brunch; Ritz-Carlton chef prepares delicious temptations; Joan Clifford, Karen Scott, Amy Perella; Lewie Card and Donna Solimene congratulate Bill and Debbie Toler ; McLaren 720S in Nerello Red with a grape motif throughout; Laura Catena

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ALBUM: NWWF 2018

Clockwise from top left: Olivier Krug and Jamie Soriano; Silver Oak wine on auction day; Kathy and Dan Mezzalingua (standing) celebrate with Tracy Mezzalingua and Vittorio Bassan; Tasia Bade and her son; yogurt parfaits; Pat Gibbons, Kelly Stephens; Ritz-Carlton chef preparing Sunday brunch; Robin Baggett of Alpha Omega; table dĂŠcor on auction day; Becky and Lewie Card 100 SALUT!

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Clockwise from top left: patrons dancing to the Wine Down band; auctioneer Humphrey Butler; Maxence Dulou, Korinne Munson, Olivier Gailly; Lewie Card with Stewie the Duck; Valerie Boyd walking by the Rolls-Royce Phantom; sommeliers at the Grand Crew party; NCEF beneficiary Florida’s Vision Quest; Gary and Susan Garrabrant with Lindy Salvi

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ALBUM: NWWF 2018

Clockwise from top left: Antonio Galloni of Vinous and David Pearson of Opus One; Dave and Susie McCurry, Kathy and Dan Mezzalingua, Becky and Lewie Card; Linda Grijalva, Terry Edwards, Victor Grijalva, Bob Edwards; Sandi Moran celebrates Christine Williams’ win; Marilisa Allegrini and Barbara Balser; NCEF beneficiary Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast; corks from Opus One; Ritz-Carlton chef; Bruce Nichols

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Clockwise from top left: NCEF beneficiary children with Jonathan Jenkins; Becky Card, Susie McCurry, Kathy Mezzalingua, Karol Holden, Sarah Foss; compact portions of sumptuous delights; Will Costello; wines from the 2018 Grand Crew Party; Billy and Sarah Chapin, Bridget and John Milligan; Mladen Stoev and Higor Valle; a NCEF beneficiary gets a helping hand

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CALL TO ACTION

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