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The Patron Circle Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Festival|

The Napa Valley Film Festival is introducing new parties, venues and special event locations! This year, members of the Patron Circle will experience all of these exciting festival additions as well as receive the most exclusive access to [...]

Trade in a Summer Blockbuster for an Indie Darling

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Film, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In 1975, the term “blockbuster” was created. Steven Spielberg’s Jaws had just been released, and the response to this movie going experience quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Moviegoers were flocking to the cinema time [...]

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 [...]

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512, 2017

Behind the Vines with RiverHouse by Bespoke Collection

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 admits that since his time in college, he knew that he wanted to balance business, wine, and the great hospitality found within the Napa Valley at some point in his career. “When I graduated, I graduated with a degree in finance and an interest and a love of wine. I said I want to marry my two passions. I love what I’m doing in financial services, but I would love to do it in the wine industry.” Yet Michael’s start in wine country would take a back seat to his first job with American Express Financial Advisors, who would have Michael working in wine country zip codes, but only part of the time. Instead, his other energy was spent in the burgeoning location that would quickly become what is modern day Silicon Valley. This technology boom, however, was a blessing to Michael as he was promoted to President and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank & Trust Co after heading up the private banking [...]

2111, 2017

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

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 downtown Yountville, they are introduced to an art, wine, and design experience. Not only does Ma(i)sonry have the distinction of being curated by Arena Galleries & Gardens, it is also a unique wine collective home to over 100 boutique wineries around the Valley, creating an incomparably idyllic setting for all those who visit. “We partner with 20 world-class winemakers who focus on very high quality production and low allocation. A lot of these wines aren’t found outside of these walls. They are the gems of Napa Valley and Sonoma,” said Justin Vazquez, a Ma(i)sonry Wine Consultant dedicated to creating a guest’s perfect tasting experience. A Ma(i)sonry tasting experience is entirely designed to fit each guest’s preference. From the get-go, when guests first enter the large glass doors of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, they are introduced to a curated art gallery by ÆRENA Galleries & Gardens. Once inside, if they want more information regarding the art, consultants are on hand to answer questions or take guests on [...]

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 [...]

NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

NVFF18 • NOV 7 – 11