2021

Scroll down to explore the 2021 event schedule, wineries, expert panelists, sponsors, and more! This incredible weekend consists of 22 tasting experiences, as well as gourmet lunches and luxurious dinners each day. Guests can purchase full weekend passes, individual day passes, or a Grand Tasting pass. Hotel accommodations may be booked separately by visiting the Meritage Resort & Spa or Vista Collina Resort websites.
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Event Schedule

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19TH

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Event Registration & Information Table Open

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Cabernet Sauvignon Seen Through the Eyes of the Antinori Family

  • Join Antica General Manager, Glenn Salva, as he guides you through the 635-year history of the Antinori family via Cabernet Sauvignon. This tasting features one of the family’s flagship Cabernet Blends, Guado Al Tasso from the hills of Tuscany, as well as 5 other wines spanning Italy, Chile, Washington, and Napa.
  • Featured Wines:
    • Marchesi Antinori, Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy
    • Le Mortelle Botrosecco, Maremma, Toscana, Italy
    • Haras Albis, Maipo Valley, Chile
    • Col Solare, Red Mountain, Washington
    • Antica, Townsend Vineyard, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
    • Guado al Tasso, Bolgheri, DOC Superiore, Italy

12:30 – 2:00 PM Antinori Sponsored Private Lunch

  • Exclusive lunch featuring wines from the Antinori portfolio. Space is limited, RSVP during registration.

12:30 – 2:00 PM Gourmet Buffet Lunch

2:30 – 4:00 PM Around the World with Cabernet

  • Taste some of the greatest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards all over the world. Master Sommeliers Jay Fletcher, Thomas Price, and Gillian Ballance will transport you directly to the vineyards virtually. This tasting encompasses 10 featured wines from 10 unique wine regions located in 5 different countries. Panelists: Jay Fletcher, Thomas Price, Gillian Balance, and Donald Patz.
  • Featured Wines:
    • 2017 Secret Door, Sage Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
    • 2017 Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
    • 2017 Klipsun, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, Washington
    • 2017 Capture, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cloverdale Peak , Sonoma
    • 2016 La Reserve de Comtesse, Bordeaux, France
    • 2015 Castello Rampolla, Vigna d’Alceo, Tuscany, Italy
    • 2014 Casas del Bosque, Cabernet Sauvignon “Gran Bosque”, Alto Maipo, Chile
    • Penfolds, Bin Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia
    • Almaviva, Cabernet Based Blend, Chile
    • + More to be announced

4:30 – 5:30 PM Chocolate Pairing with Trinitas Cellars

  • Join Trinitas Cellars for an unforgettable tasting that pairs handcrafted Napa chocolates with their fine wines. RSVP required at ticket purchase. *Limit one per person over the course of the three-day event.

7:00 – 9:00 PM Taste of Cabernet Dinner Event With Yalumba and Vasse Felix

  • Grazing dinner with wine and food stations. | Event Lawn, Vista Collina

9:00 – 11:00 PM Anything but Cabernet

  • Imbibe in something other than Cabernet… Winemakers showcase other varietals, craft cocktails, and more. | Rooftop Terrace, Vista Collina

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20TH

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Event Registration & Information Table Open

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Vineyard Tour and Tasting

  • Tour the Meritage vineyard with Trinitas winemaker, Kale Anderson, to learn about the different vines, leaves, and grapes and enjoy tasting Trinitas wines that come from the property. NOTE: comfortable/walking shoes are required.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Vinotherapy

  • Optional Add on Activity (additional cost of $195/treatment)
    • Choose 1 of 3 Vinotherapy Spa Treatments at Spa Terra.
    • Enjoy a 50-minute Vinotherapy Swedish Massage, using the healing power of our Napa Valley Organic grapes. The resveratrol in grapes naturally improves elasticity and aids in cell repair giving an all-over silkiness to your skin.
    • Indulge in the 50-minute Trinitas Tranquility Facial, a comprehensive treatment for unparalleled radiance that leaves the skin smooth and firm. The natural grape seed oil extracts and other botanicals help your skin look its best while replenishing it with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
    • Or, opt for the 50-minute Trinitas Un-Wine’d Massage. Luxurious natural grape seed oils provide a sensory massage to harmonize the body and calm the mind. The unique milling process of the grapes helps to protect the nourishing properties of the oils, leaving your skin completely moisturized, soft and silky, while melting away the stress of the day.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Cooking with Cabernet Lunch sponsored by Trinitas Cellars

  • Create a beautifully crafted lunch incorporating Cabernet both in and with your dish during an interactive cooking class paired with Trinitas Cellars fine wines. *Limit one per person over the course of the three-day event.

12:00 – 1:30 PM Catena Zapata Sponsored Private Lunch

  • Exclusive lunch featuring Catena Zapata. RSVP during registration.

12:00 – 1:30 PM Joseph Phelps Sponsored Private Lunch

  • Exclusive lunch featuring Joseph Phelps Vineyards. RSVP during registration.

2:00 – 3:30 PM A Retrospective of Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Travel back in time with 3 iconic Cabernets from 3 different vintages and terroirs. Join Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher and Thomas Price, along with fourth generation vintner of Catena Zapata, Laura Catena MD, to learn and taste firsthand how the nuances of each vintage influence wine, and how Cabernet evolves with 5, 10, and 15 years of cellar time. Panelists: Jay Fletcher, Thomas Price, Laura Catena, and Jay James.
  • Featured Wines:
    • 1996 Freemark Abbey, Cabernet, Sycamore Vineyard, Napa
    • 2006 Freemark Abbey, Cabernet, Sycamore Vineyard, Napa
    • 2016 Freemark Abbey, Cabernet, Sycamore Vineyard, Napa
    • 2005 Joseph Phelps, Cabernet, Backus Vineyard, Oakville
    • 2012 Joseph Phelps, Cabernet, Backus Vineyard, Oakville
    • 2016 Joseph Phelps, Cabernet, Backus Vineyard, Oakville
    • 2006 Nicolas Catena Zapata Bordeaux Blend, Argentina
    • 2011 Nicolas Catena Zapata Bordeaux Blend, Argentina
    • 2016 Nicolas Catena Zapata Bordeaux Blend, Argentina

4:00 – 5:30 PM Shape of the Glass Tasting with Riedel

  • This is your chance to put your taste buds to the test to learn firsthand how each glass uniquely accentuates a wine’s aromatics and flavor. 

4:30 – 5:30 PM Chocolate Pairing with Trinitas Cellars

  •  Join Trinitas Cellars for an unforgettable tasting that pairs handcrafted Napa chocolates with their fine wines. RSVP required at ticket purchase. *Limit one per person over the course of the three-day event.

6:30 – 9:00 PM Evolution of the Grape Dinner with Etude, Georges de Latour, and Beringer.

  • 6 course experience pairing an ever-richer expression of the Cabernet grape with the perfect food complement. | Event Lawn, Vista Collina.

9:00 – 10:00 PM Behind the Bottle with Master Sommeliers 

  • Join Master Sommeliers, in an informal tasting session. Enjoy some of the old and rare wines from the SommFoundation Cellar, discuss the state of wine for 2021 & have a chance for Q&A. | Vintner’s Room, Vista Collina. 
  • Featured Wines:
    • 2009 Pewsey Vale Contours Dry Riesling, Australia
    • 2012 Yalumba, The Caley, Australia
    • 2015 Yalumba, The Caley, Australia
    • Woodlands Cabernet Sauvignon Matthew
    • 2018 Maritana, Russian River Valley
    • 1989 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage Blanc
    • 1996 M. Chapoutier, Hermitage De L’Orée
    • 2014 Vocoret, Chablis, Montee de Tonnerre
    • 2005 Domaine Huet, Vouvray Demi Sec
    • 2004 Château Leoville Barton, Saint Julien
    • 2004 Château Montrose, Saint Estephe 2004
    • 1998 Château La Gomerie, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
    • 1996 Hospices de Beaune, Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
    • 2010 Domaine Gros Frère et Sœur, Echezeaux Grand Cru
    • 2005 Mongeard-Mugneret, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
    • 2006 Domaine Gros Frère et Sœur, Richebourg Grand Cru
    • 1999 Delas Frères, Hermitage Les Bessards
    • 2014 Janasse, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
    • 2017 Secret Door, Hirondelle Vineyard Block A1B
    • 2016 Bergstrom Wines Pinot Noir, Cumberland Reserve Willamette Valley
    • 2007 Williams Selyem, Bucher Vineyard Russian River Valley
    • 2018 Maritana, Jenkins Ranch Russian River Valley
    • 1997 Luciano Sandrone, Barolo Le Vigne
    • 2009 Prunotto, Barolo Bussia
    • + More to be announced

9:00 – 11:00 PM Anything but Cabernet

  • Imbibe in something other than Cabernet… Winemakers showcase other varietals, craft cocktails, and more. | Rooftop Terrace, Vista Collina.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21ST

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Event Registration & Information Table Open

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Sip and Paint

  • Sip on a mimosa while expressing your creativity in an instructed painting class. 

10:00 – 11:30 PM Barrel Making Seminar

  • The barrel is an integral element to how your wine looks, smells, and tastes. Each wine barrel is skillfully hand-made and toasted to perfection to bring out the component the winemaker desires. Learn more about the craft of barrel making in this unique seminar. 

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Vinotherapy

  • Optional Add on Activity (additional cost of $195/treatment)
    • Choose 1 of 3 Vinotherapy Spa Treatments at Spa Terra.
    • Enjoy a 50-minute Vinotherapy Swedish Massage, using the healing power of our Napa Valley Organic grapes. The resveratrol in grapes naturally improves elasticity and aids in cell repair giving an all-over silkiness to your skin.
    • Indulge in the 50-minute Trinitas Tranquility Facial, a comprehensive treatment for unparalleled radiance that leaves the skin smooth and firm. The natural grape seed oil extracts and other botanicals help your skin look its best while replenishing it with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
    • Or, opt for the 50-minute Trinitas Un-Wine’d Massage. Luxurious natural grape seed oils provide a sensory massage to harmonize the body and calm the mind. The unique milling process of the grapes helps to protect the nourishing properties of the oils, leaving your skin completely moisturized, soft and silky, while melting away the stress of the day.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Cooking with Cabernet Lunch

  • Create a beautifully crafted lunch incorporating Cabernet both in and with your dish during an interactive cooking class. *Limit one per person over the course of the three-day event. 

12:00 – 1:30 PM Gourmet Buffet Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 PM Legends of Bordeaux and Napa

  • Meritage Resort Lead by Master Sommelier, Jay Fletcher, this tasting will feature legendary producers from the two most iconic regions for Cabernet: Bordeaux and Napa. This incredible flight of Bordeaux wine will span each of the 5 main communes of the Left Bank: St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St-Julien, Margaux, and Pessac-Léognan. While the wines from Napa will hail from some of the most acclaimed producers in the valley, all sourced from esteemed vineyard sites of diverse terroir. Panelists Jay Fletcher, Thomas Price, Jay James, Shilah Salmon, and Gillian Ballance.
  • Featured Wines:
    • Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
    • Cardinale, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
    • 2013 Joseph Phelps, Insignia, Napa Valley
    • 2018 Diamond Creek, Gravelly Meadow, Napa Valley
    • 2007 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley
    • 2003 Château Cos d’Estournel, St-Estèphe, France
    • 2012 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Paulliac, France
    • 2017 Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan, France
    • 2017 Château Léoville Poyferré, St-Julien, France
    • 2017 Chateau Rauzan-Segla, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
    • + More to be announced

4:00 PM Cabernet Grand Tasting Festival Check-in Open

4:00 – 6:30 PM Cabernet Grand Tasting Festival

  • Join us for the 2021 Cabernet Classic Grand Tasting Festival on the Village Lawn at Vista Collina Resort. Sip wines from over 30 wineries from right here in Napa Valley and beyond. Taste small bites from Napa’s local restaurateurs while enjoying the shade with a view of the vineyards. Event Lawn. Wineries include: 
    • Beringer, BV Georges Latour, Etude, Stag’s Leap Winery, Chappellet, Chateau Montelena, Leeuwin Estate, Penley, Joseph Pehlps, Elderton, Tyrrell’s, Catena Zapata, Antica, Antinori, Cakebread, Anarchist, Jarvis, Revana, Trinitas, SR Tonella, Merus, Kuleto, Foley Johnson, Silver Oak, Twomey, ZD Wine, Cornerstone, Rombauer, The Debate, Denali, AXR

7:00 – 9:00 PM Cabernet Classic Concluding Dinner – Sponsored by Chateau Montelena

9:00 – 10:30 PM After-dinner Reception & Dessert

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Hotel Accommodations

The Meritage Resort & Spa + Vista Collina Resort

The Meritage Resort and Spa and Vista Collina Resort are set on 40 acres in the middle of beautiful Napa Valley. Nestled under the iconic grape crusher statue, guests can enjoy luxury accommodations, a world class spa and a grand lawn surrounded by wine tasting and culinary offerings.

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