Finally, Napa's celebrated varietal has its own festival! The Town of Yountville will be the host and sponsor of the first ever Napa Valley Cabernet Festival (CabFestNV) March 1 and 2, 2014, with a festival Kickoff Concert the night of February 28th. The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Center presents a three-day celebration featuring more than 100 of the biggest names in the wine industry as well as the best of the boutique wineries. But there is much more to CabFestNV than just enhancing the appreciation and appeal of Cabernet Sauvignon, it will be a weekend filled with fine wine, fabulous food, fantastic parties and world-class entertainment.
Through tastings of current and library wines, expert panels, educational and interactive seminars and keynote presentations, CabFestNV will spotlight the many facets of Cabernet Sauvignon’s complexity and mystique. The weekend will also be laced with great music from rock to classical, great food, and fun and fabulous events for all those who attend. Here is the great lined up:
- Festival Kickoff Concert - The entertainment begins with Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, performing a lively mix of country-rock music at the on Friday, February 28. Jeff Bridges’ talented daughter Jessie Bridges will open the concert, as well as perform a solo set at the exclusive “Cigars & Guitars” after-party. The VIP after-party, only open to All-Access Ticket holders, will also feature a rare guitar exhibit co-sponsored by the Napa Valley Museum, Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s cigar-sampling tent, great fortified wines and library Cabernets, and a “meet and greet” with Jeff Bridges.
- Grand Tastings Saturday and Sunday – CabFestNV will feature more than 100 of Napa Valley’s exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon producers, tastemakers and the hottest boutiques. Participating vintners include Silver Oak Cellars, CADE Estate Winery, Gargiulo Vineyards, Crocker & Starr, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Antica Napa Valley, Rocca Family Vineyards, MerryvaleVineyards, Freemark Abbey Winery, Girard Winery, Whitehall Lane and Peju Province Winery.
- Saturday night - The entertainment continues throughout the weekend, including the Wine Industry Insiders “Meet-Up & Concert” starring The Silverado Pickups, a very popular “winemaker / musician” band. This special concert is open to the public for just $10.
- Throughout the weekend - This spectacular three-day wine weekend will be filled with great Cabernet, keynote presentations “What Makes Great Cabernet Sauvignon Great” and “Cab on the Couch” by Karen MacNeil, bestselling author of “The Wine Bible,” educational seminars by The Culinary Institute of America, informative panels, exceptional food by noted Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, special perks and surprises.
For tickets prices and packages visit the event’s website or call (707) 944-9900.