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Napa Valley Oscar Telecast Viewing Party, AIDS benefit per Miss Chandralier

The Napa Valley Oscar Viewing Party will be on Sunday at a location different from last year, moving from Mondavi to a place called 500 1st Street in Napa and with twenty of the valleys best restaurants and many fine wineries including Domain Chandon. The food and wine just keep coming all evening as the 26th annual salute provides the glitz and glam. It’s actually a relaxed and friendly party with no black tie necessary and all the money goes to a fabulous cause, AIDS and HIV research at the Queen of the Valley medical center. The center supports those living with AIDS, cancer and other chronic diseases.

"You have to learn to crawl before you can walk . . . the red carpet that is."
"You have to learn to crawl before you can walk . . . the red carpet that is."
Jay Brewner
Miss Chandralier, Director of Fabulosity Jay Brewner at Judd's Hill Winery
Jay Brewner

Related: 2013 Napa Valley Oscar Viewing Party benefitted AIDS/HIV research

This year Miss Chandralier will be strapping on her high heels, her purse and her gown which last year was so revealing it showed the tattoos on her muscular arms. Jay Bruner actually works as the director of fabulosity at Judd Hill winery and took to dressing in drag when he realized it was a big money maker for the cause.

And now for your englightenment, here are this year’s winners according to Miss Chandralier.

Best Picture, American Hustle

Best Actor in a Leading Role, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Best Actress in a Leading Role, Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Best Animated Feature, Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)

Best Cinematography,Nebraska (Phedon Papamichael)

Best Costume Design, The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)

Best Directing, 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)

Best Documentary Feature, The Square (Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer)

Best Documentary Short, CaveDigger (Jeffrey Karoff)

Best Film Editing, 12 Years a Slave (Joe Walker)

Best Foreign Language Film, The Great Beauty (Italy)

Best Original Score, Her (William Butler, Owen Pallett)

Best Original Song, Happy (Despicable Me 2)

Best Production Design, The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)

Best Animated Short Film, Feral (Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden)

Best Live Action Short Film, Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)

Best Sound Editing, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Brent Burge, Chris Ward)

Best Sound Mixing, Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)

Best Visual Effects, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds)

Best Adapted Screenplay, 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay, Her (Spike Jonze)

Here’s what Miss Chandralier said to me via email about this year’s dress.

Miss Chandralier continues.

This year for the viewing party I cannot give away too many secrets as so my wardrobe for the occasion but it will definitely be a SHOWSTOPPER. Let's just say it’s a combination of royalty meets vintage couture.

Since I'm amongst girlfriends, I'll be sporting a nod to the 1920's film noir with a Slinky Sequin Silver Number with a Sexy Side Slit; Matching Silver 5" Heels; Silver Purse; and a vintage Rabbit Fur to complete the look. You know what they say, blondes do have more fun!

What’s in the purse

You gotta crawl before you can Walk *The Red Carpet that is*. See the slideshow.

But she adds . . . I can't always be held responsible for her actions on camera.

What's in the purse: The Bare Essentials and actually some Bare Essentials Powder. The usual lipstick, perfume and pepper spray.

You can never be too careful around winemakers since they spend months locked up in a cellar. Pepper spray doubles as a condiment in case a few dishes are lacking flavor.

A credit card with a high limit since silent auctions are my weakness and I love raising money for charity.

The card of a town car service, just in case you don't find a suitable gentleman caller to give you a ride home.

This year I'll be bringing a small camera to document the fashions for a new bi monthly piece called "Napa Valley's Fierce Fashion's" which will be published in Napa Life Magazine.

Meanwhile . . .

My official title at Judd's Hill Winery is the Director of Fabulocity which means I'm a one man juggling act. Handling everything from hospitality to dealing with press and accolades to doing our Judd's Hill Winemaker notes to processing and fulfilling wine club shipments to dealing with shipping and compliance issues. In other words The Fun never ends and it's never a dull moment here at the Hill.

As far as any "acting goals" I have I'd say I'm pretty open to new projects. For me, it's all about falling in love with a concept, a script, a cast, or an opportunity that just seems too good to pass up. I always have a hard time saying no, probably why I'm constantly on the GO GO GO.

Drag Royalty: $3000 in a couple of hours for charity

I have had the pleasure of growing up in the Bay Area surrounded by Drag Royalty. Drag was something I never thought I’d dabble in but when an opportunity to came about to raise money for local Napa Valley Charities how could I say no.

I strapped on my first pair of 6" Stilettos and walked that runway. The very first drag brunch show we hosted at Carpe Diem in Napa was a first of its kind in the area. We were able to raise over $3,000 in a matter of a couple of hours. After that, I was hooked.

Rupaul is a cultural ICON who has flooded the airwaves from my childhood on. She has accomplished so much for not only the Drag Community but the LGBT Community as well. I would feel honored to be selected to compete on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE as a representative of the Bay Area. In the meantime, I'm quite happy raising funds for local charity and adding a bit of pizzaz to every event I attend.

Unfortunately with our winery being so small (producing a mere 2800 cases annually with a staff of 14 total) we are not able to participate in pouring at the Academy Awards Gala. We always donate silent auction items for the event. I will be there to represent our brand with a Smile & a Wink for All.

Welcome to NAPA!

Note from Cindy, if one looks at Jay Brewner’s Google profile, you see what a clean cut and professional young gentleman he appears to be. He actually attended the Academy of Art University.

Gala details

26th Annual Salute to the Silver Screen!

Napa Valley Academy Awards® Telecast Viewing Party

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 5:00 p.m., 500 1st Street in Napa, California


The Napa Valley will present the 26th Annual Salute to the Silver Screen at the Napa Valley Academy Awards® Telecast Viewing Party


Sunday, March 2, beginning at 5:00 p.m.


500 First Street (formerly Copia), 500 First Street in Napa, Napa Valley, California.

Who and Why:

The Napa Valley Academy Awards® Telecast Viewing Party raises funds for the CARE Network at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, supporting those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other chronic diseases.

Over twenty of the valley's finest restaurants, including Auberge du Soleil, Carpe Diem, Morimoto Napa, Lulu's Kitchen at 1313 Main, Tarla, and Napkins Bar & Grill will be providing tasty treats paired with current release and library wines from many of the Napa Valley’s renowned wineries, such as Domain Chandon, Pine Ridge, Raymond, Rutherford Ranch, and Reynolds Family.

Domain Chandon and the wine train tour

Domain Chandon hosts tours for the Napa wine train as do several other wineries. The Castle Tour offered by the wine train is actually Castello di Amorosa, the spectacular “must see” built like a 17th century castle complete with knights armour in the cellar where visitors taste.

The wine train and caviar dreams with Chef Kelly Macdonald

The wine train participates in the Oscar Viewing Party and last year Chef Kelly Macdonald attended in person. Take a look at the tantalizing menu on the wine train too, which offers some house made sorbets among the desserts on board. The train actually offers different types of vintage railway cars, including an elegant dome car for 360 degree vistas and panorama. The gourmet car is another option, a particularly cushy and spacious car with well-stuffed upholstered lounge chairs facing the windows.

Ferry to the wine train from San Francisco

The wine train sponsors transportation to the train from San Francisco, providing ferry transport with a connection to a shuttle driving to the train. The ferry charges the usual ticket prices but the shuttle operates as part of the wine train tour. Bicycle commuters can lock bikes at the rack at the ferry building near the docks. BART at Embarcadero Center maintains a locked bicycle cage for pennies an hour.

Gala host Bob Sarlatte

Back to the gala, the celebrity emcee and host will be once again Bob Sarlatte. The 26th annual event includes silent & live auctions, drawings for prizes, dancing to Bay Area favorite DJ Rotten Robbie, along with the glamour of the awards.


Tickets start at $125 per person, with VIP tickets available at $200 or $850 for a reserved table of six.

All tickets include food & wine, viewing of the Oscar® Telecast and silent & live auctions. VIP tickets also include viewing of the event in VIP fashion with seated, table service in the dedicated VIP lounge. VIP tables also include a magnum of Napa Valley wine and table signage.

Tickets are available at, or by email

Special lodging

Special lodging rates are available at many of the valleys hotels and resorts, including the Napa River Inn, River Terrace Inn and Riverpointe Napa Valley.

Sponsored by 500 First Street, and in association with 1313 Main, Valley Flora, Classic Party Rentals, Cort Furniture, La Tavola Linen, The Napa Valley Register, and 99.3 The Vine.

For more information, please visit

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