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Behind the Vines with RiverHouse by Bespoke Collection

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The Bespoke Collection is becoming the ultimate experience within the Napa Valley, finding a delicate balance between hospitality, wine, art, scenic locations, and design. Talking with Creative Director, Founder, and Owner Michael Polenske, he [...]

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley: An Art, Wine, & Design Gallery

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The quintessential space for guests to experience Napa Valley living, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley is setting itself apart from all of the wineries in the Valley. When guests arrive at this historic stone building in [...]

2017 Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  The Festival, held from November 8-12, screened [...]

Eleven Eleven Wines: Experience the Unconventional

By | November 7th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Eleven Eleven Wines chose its name to represent the “meant-to-be” moments in life that are worth celebrating and symbolize every surprising, awe-inspiring or fated moment that awaits us all. Ellie Anest, a co-founder of [...]

Nancy Meyers: The NVFF17 Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For over three decades, Nancy Meyers has been writing, directing, and producing films that portray the female experience. Tapping into the very heart of modern relationships, she chronicles women and men, at work and [...]

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1211, 2017

2017 Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  The Festival, held from November 8-12, screened 124 films, including the 18 in NVFF’s core competition categories, throughout the 9 screening venues located around the Valley. Each of the festival winners received a large format wine bottle from one of the festival’s esteemed Vintner Circle winery partners. The two winners of the 18 films that vied for the title of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature, as determined by the respective juries, were awarded $10,000, presented by Meadowood Napa Valley. Directors of the Narrative and Documentary films in competition participated in NVFF’s unique Artists-in-Residence Program where they received a six-night stay at the luxury resort Meadowood Napa Valley. The residency included master classes with industry leaders and networking opportunities with their peers and festival patrons at lavish receptions and winemaker dinners. Juried Awards: Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature presented by Italics Winegrowers, and with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley goes to Stuck. Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature presented by John Anthony Vineyards, [...]

711, 2017

Eleven Eleven Wines: Experience the Unconventional

By | November 7th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Eleven Eleven Wines chose its name to represent the “meant-to-be” moments in life that are worth celebrating and symbolize every surprising, awe-inspiring or fated moment that awaits us all. Ellie Anest, a co-founder of Eleven Eleven Wines, discusses how a series of mysterious strokes of fate led to the winery’s creation.  “Although there are many, three serendipitous moments immediately come to mind.” The first moment was when Ellie and Aurelien Roulin met on an international flight, and immediately bonded over their entrepreneurial spirit and aspirations. This connection led to their lifelong friendship and drive to create a winery together. The second was the passion and support of Ellie’s lifelong friend, Carol Vassiliadis, who helped the duo purchase a vineyard house nested on 3 ½ acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and further develop their overall vision. The third was when Kirk Venge, “one of the most recognized and sought-after winemakers in Napa and Sonoma” agreed to consult as their Winemaker, making Eleven Eleven Wines his final and eleventh client. Five years later, Eleven Eleven is still going strong. “We continue to be blessed by serendipitous encounters and everyday moments that make life extraordinary through our guests, employees, family and [...]

611, 2017

Nancy Meyers: The NVFF17 Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

For over three decades, Nancy Meyers has been writing, directing, and producing films that portray the female experience. Tapping into the very heart of modern relationships, she chronicles women and men, at work and in love, in a singular fashion that makes each film instantly recognizable as a Nancy Meyers movie. Meyers co-wrote and produced her first film, Private Benjamin, in 1980. The film, starring Goldie Hawn, was a groundbreaking story, as it proved a female lead could open a movie without a male star. The screenplay earned Meyers and her co-writers the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen, and the film earned three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Recently, when asked about the on-going debate surrounding opportunities for women in film, Meyers responded saying, “There was some research that just came out that showed there were more opportunities for women in 1998 than today. It appears like there are more women making movies today and there is more talk about it, but sadly that’s not the case.” Following her success on films like Irreconcilable Differences, Baby Boom, and Father of the Bride, Meyers [...]

511, 2017

NVFF17: Variety’s 10-to-Taste

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

During Variety's 10 to Taste ten uniquely talented chefs will showcase their fresh spin on dishes inspired by iconic film scenes. Invited participants include Bay Area chefs who are focused on presenting pop-up style experiences, rather than establishing themselves in brick and mortar locations. A distinguished panel of celebrity chefs, filmmakers and actors will sample the dishes (along with all attending guests), and then “dish” about personal favorites, the latest culinary trends and the role of food in film. Dishes will be paired with Stella Artois and select wines from Vintage Wine Estates. This popular Patron Circle only event is now open to any passholder for just $25! The Chefs From the milkshake in Pulp Fiction to Coq Au Vin Wings in Julia & Julia, there are going to be wonderful, if unexpected food choices for attendees to taste and try. Each chef will explain why they chose their dish, as well as discuss what film and film scenes inspired it. Victor Eddleman of Spelletich Family Wines will be making a dish from Breakfast at Tiffany’s Brett Schaublin has chosen to make the “Martin and Lewis $5 milkshake” from Pulp Fiction Christian Graze of Culinary Mercenary will prepare [...]

411, 2017

Meet the NVFF17 Artists-in-Residence Faculty

By | November 4th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the Napa Valley Film Festival’s esteemed Faculty for 2017. This group of industry professionals include a wide-range of talents and experience, from Oscar winners to ground-breaking screenwriters and producers.  The faculty will share their insights and expertise with our core competition filmmakers during the Artists-in-Residence Program at Meadowood Napa Valley. Several of our esteemed Jurors also will also participate in this year’s faculty, acting as mentors to the amazing group of versatile filmmakers that make up the Artists-in-Residence program. Read below to learn more about each faculty member participating at NVFF17. Lee Aronsohn is a television producer credited for work on shows such as The Love Boat, Murphy Brown, and Cybill. He is also one of the creative minds behind television’s hit sitcoms Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. Nnamdi Asomugha starred in and produced Amazon/IFC's Crown Heights, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — where it won the audience award for U.S. Dramatic Film. Prior to Crown Heights, Nnamdi played in the National Football League with the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles for 11 years. He is also a graduate of University [...]

311, 2017

Charles Krug Winery: The 4th Generation

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Charles Krug Winery, the oldest and most iconic winery in the Napa Valley, is entering its fourth generation of Mondavi leadership. Or, as Angelina Mondavi puts it, “Between my grandfather, Peter Sr., and great uncle Robert, we have massive shoes to fill.”    The six heirs to the Charles Krug Winery — Angelina, Alycia, Riana and Giovanna (Marc Mondavi’s children) and Lucio and Lia (Peter Jr.’s children) — are making sure that the legacy of the winery remains intact, while continuing to innovate for the future.   Currently, Angelina and Lucio sit on the board of the winery, but all of the 4th generation children are involved. Riana, who lives in Dallas, handles the winery’s restaurant relationships throughout the United States. Giovanna lives in Boston, but continues to hold tastings and events on the East Coast to build the brand of the winery. Alycia, who is local, like Angelina, participates in events on-site at the winery and around the neighboring communities within the Napa Valley. And they all have one goal in mind.   “For us, it’s all about innovation. We’ve been about innovation since day one with Charles Krug. From Charles Krug using a cider press to make wine to my grandfather creating and really instilling cold fermentation — [...]

NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

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