Photos from the Welcome Reception, March 15, 2018

Photos from the Welcome Reception, March 15, 2018

We kicked off Yountville Live this year on Thursday March 15, 2018 with an array of decadent noshes and delectable wines… and an incredible performance by Foy Vance! If you haven’t heard him play yet, you need to head on over to your favorite music service and do so right now. His recent live album, Live in London is an epic recording from his “Evening With” tour.


Thank You for Joining Us at Yountville Live 2018!

Thank You for Joining Us at Yountville Live 2018!

The fourth annual Yountville Live took place between March 15th-18th, 2018, centered around the 25th Annual Taste of Yountville with nearly four thousand people joining us across the long weekend to hear music performed by Foy Vance, X Ambassadors, NEEDTOBREATHE, Rita Wilson, Emerson Hart, The Sisterhood Band, Maggie Rose, Jon McLaughlin, Dave Barnes and many many more.

Attendees were treated to delectable bites provided by local and out of town renowned chefs like Stephanie Izard, Bob Blumer, Lisa Dahl, Ken Frank, Bob Hurley, Tiffany Sewell, Frank Bonnanno and more. Tastings by some of the best wineries that the Napa Valley has to offer as well as specialty cocktails by Basil Hayden, Knobb Creek, Tahoe Blue, Makers Mark, water was provided by San Pellegrino and beer by Golden Road and Stella Artois were seen across two pavilions. With over three locations set up around Yountville attendees had their senses dazzled all day long and had a chance to engage with major activations by Southwest Airlines, Lynx Grills, DC Solar and Sacramento International Airport and vendors ranging from jewelry, food, high end bags by Brahmin and more.

The biggest success was seen through the generosity of attendees, sponsors and especially partners of Yountville Live who donated money as well as items for auction in the wake of the tragic shooting at The Pathway Home on March 9th. Yountville Live joined our charity partner and the Town of Yountville to honor the three lives that were lost, Ms. Loeber and Drs. Gonzales and Golick through the 3 Brave Women Fund that was created to support the victim’s families. With the help of Mayor John Dunbar who spoke eloquently about the 3 Brave Women Fund, Pathway Home and honoring the lives lost, $6,000 dollars was raised over the course of the weekend from our Silent Auction held on Saturday Macy 17 and direct donations given through our “dipjar”.

Yountville Live has just launched an online auction to raise even more money for the 3 Brave Women Fund with help from our generous community, wineries, media partners and others. The eBay auction is live now and includes a pair of VIP tickets for next year’s event, a flyaway package to see NEEDTOBREATHE, concert tickets, tastings, dinner and much more.

We owe a great deal of gratitude to all of our attendees, sponsors, musicians, chefs, wineries, restaurants, staff and especially the Town of Yountville for making Yountville Live 2018 such a wonderful memory. While we battled some intermittent rain, it was nearly impossible to dampen everyone’s spirits. We learned a lot this year and are already busy at work on improvements for next year to make it an even more amazing time. Thank you for your patience, your suggestions and your contributions to another terrific long weekend in Yountville, “the culinary capital of Napa Valley”.

See you in 2019, or if you are lucky, maybe you will win our contest for Live in the Vineyard Goes Country

Photographs from The Weekend at Taste of Yountville

Auction For Concert Tickets, Wine Tastings and More To Benefit The #3BraveWomenFund

Auction For Concert Tickets, Wine Tastings and More To Benefit The #3BraveWomenFund

Following the success of our silent auction during Taste of Yountville, we have nine (9) more items that are now available via online auctions on eBay. We hope you will bid often, and bit a lot, as all the proceeds go to benefit the #3BraveWomenFund.

(2) Tickets to NEEDTOBREATHE 2018 Tour + Meet & Greet + Airfare
GRAMMY-nominated group NEEDTOBREATHE are set to hit the road on a headlining tour across the country and you and a friend can bid on a chance to attend a mutually agreed upon show on the tour, as well as meet the band. See tour dates here*.

Round trip air travel for you and a friend on Southwest Airlines-operated, published, scheduled service in the United States and Puerto Rico. (Ground transportation and hotel accommodations are not included). Note: If you pick a show in a city or country not served by Southwest Airlines, you will be responsible for transportation to and from the nearest airport served by Southwest Airlines.

(2) Tickets to Hall & Oates + Train at Golden 1 Center (May 1, 2018)   
Multi-platinum and award-winning artists Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train today announced their momentous co-headline North American summer tour, kicking off May 1st in Sacramento, CA. Fans can expect full sets from both Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, followed by a show stopping joint set. You and a friend can bid on a chance to attend! (Transportation and hotel accommodations are not included).


(2) Tickets to Ed Sheeran at AT&T Park in San Francisco (August 21, 2018)
GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran is heading out on his 2018 North American Stadium Tour and we have tickets to his San Francisco show on August 21, 2018 at AT&T Park.

You and a friend can bid on a chance to attend. Transportation and hotel accommodations are not included.


Tour + Wine & Food Pairing for (6) at Hess Collection Winery
You will receive a guided tour of The Hess Collection Art Museum, featuring works from Donald Hess’ private collection, and pairing of three current release wines expertly matched with three exquisite creations from The Hess Collection’s Executive Chef, Chad Hendrickson. You will also receive a one-time 10% discount on all wine and merchandise purchases on the day of your scheduled event.


Signature Tour and Wine Tasting for (4) at Robert Mondavi
This in-depth winery tour follows the path of the grape from the vineyard to the cellar to the finished wine.

Guests walk into the To Kalon Vineyard, visit the winemaking cellars (including fermentation and barrel aging) and receive a seated educational tasting of three wines with one of our wine education specialists.

Lunch or Dinner for Two at Cook St. Helena
Mix two of Napa Valley’s most beloved chefs together, place them in adjoining shared restaurants and then throw in a big handful of family and you get this lovely spot. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch or dinner at this petite eatery that draws locals with its locally sourced Northern Italian cuisine & elegant atmosphere.


(2) Tickets to The Best in Wine Country Awards
The Best of Wine Country Awards recognize the wine country community for its excellence in all things that make wine country so great — the creative, innovative, philanthropic, eco-friendly and unique components of wineries we know and love.

We have a second set of tickets available in case you are a party of four.


Chris Heuer(2) VIP Tickets to Yountville Live 2019
Enjoy two VIP tickets to Yountville Live 2019, the ultimate, luxury getaway event, featuring exclusive performances from some of today’s hottest recording artists, exquisite foods from world-class restaurants and award-winning chefs, paired with a unique variety of some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wineries.


We will have a couple of signed guitars from various artists who played during Yountville Live … more details on those coming next week!

$6,000 Raised During Live Silent Auction for #3BraveWomenFund

Following the recent tragedy that took place at our charity partner, The Pathway Home, we wanted to do more to help the organization as well as the families of the three women who lost their lives that day through the #3BraveWomenFund.

While there was only a few days between the incident and our event, we scrambled to put together a silent auction at the Taste of Yountville event. We put a call out for donations to our many amazing partners and wineries, media companies and other local businesses jumped to action to contribute.

We received offers of almost 30 bottles of wine, artwork, show tickets, and gift certificates for meals and tastings. The next day, thanks to the efforts of Chris Heuer and Susan Rousseau, who put the auction together in record time, as well as Nanette Humer, who helped to oversee the live auction as well as many other volunteers, we placed 16 items out for bid during our event. With the incredible support of the Taste of Yountville attendees, we were able to raise almost $5,000.00!

In addition to the silent auction funds, we introduced everyone to the Dip Jar, which enabled us to collect nearly $1,000.00 in credit card donations during the event.

Above: ABC 7 News did a short piece on our efforts.

Below: You can click on the image below to see a few photos taken during the live auction.

We wish to send a heartfelt thank you to the following organizations who donated their goods and services to help support the #3BraveWomenFund. We are lucky to work within a true community where so many wonderful people jump to action in times of need. 

In fact, there was so much support from the community that we could not auction it all during our live event. We have nine (9) more items that will now be sold in online auctions!

Unfortunately, this will not include the rest of the incredible wine we had available as we are prohibited from selling these items on eBay, and we were unsuccessful in finding another economical auction platform that could support our efforts. Because of this, we will be returning the wine bottle donations back to the following wineries who also offered their support:

We are grateful for their offers to help, and we are deeply sorry we were not able to get their donations into the live auctions to support the families even further.

I would like to thank our local community for springing into action to help us raise money for the #3BraveWomenFund. It is now up to all of us to show our support of all of these organizations — buy their wine, eat at their restaurants, and use their goods and services.

And remember, we are not done yet.

X Ambassadors Meet & Greet Photos @ Yountville Live

A few lucky contest winners and birthday celebrators got a chance to meet the X Ambassadors after their performance. It all went so surprisingly quickly we didn’t get everyone’s names properly, so if you see a friend in here, please let them know where to find their photos!

Like The Expensive Stuff? Check Out the Grand Cru Tasting Experience

Upgrade your Grand Tasting experience with access to the Grand Cru Wine Tasting Pavilion.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 2pm – 5pm, we will be featuring some of Napa Valley’s most admired and sought after winemakers and wineries like Cliff Lede, Hill Family Estate, Peju Province Winery, Eleven Eleven Winery, and more who will be pouring only their premier wines from their portfolio. 

Best part? You can upgrade this for a mere $50. Come see us in the General Will Call area to get you set up. Cheers!


Information About On Site Ticket Sales

For those of you planning to buy tickets to Yountville Live on site during the event, please note you will need to come to the Yountville Community Hall located at 6516 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599.


Our registration desk will be open during the following hours:

  • Thursday 10am-5pm*
  • Friday 9:00am-5pm*
  • Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 10am-4pm 

Make sure you bring your credit card and your ID as we are a cashless event. Plastic rules here!

BONUS: We are offering a discount for locals who can show a valid ID with a Yountville address. Come ask us about it!

* If you are joining us for the Welcome Reception or the Red Carpet Gala and cannot get to the General Will Call before 5pm either day, we will be on site at the event (at the V Marketplace in downtown Yountville).

For other logistics about parking, weather considerations, attire, and more, please go here. Hope to see you there!

The Yountville Live Welcome Reception Offers Music, Wine and Instagrammable Food

Style and class are the essence of our Welcome Reception that kicks off the Yountville Live weekend! Beautifully maintained landscaping, perfuming flowers, and twinkling string lights paint the picture of this trendy event that will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on March 15 at the V Marketplace Pavilion.

With food and wine pairings from Napa Valley’s star chefs and winemakers, as well as an intimate, enriching performance by singer-songwriter Foy Vance, the Welcome Reception is an event not to be missed.

The critically acclaimed musician will also be sharing how his rich Irish background shaped a unique aesthetic of Southern-style rock n’ roll that has been featured in numerous TV shows!

Spirit lovers will enjoy sipping on drinks courtesy of Tahoe Blue and Maker’s Mark, while beer enthusiasts can throw back a cold Stella Artois or an IPA by Golden Road.

And of course, we’re stocking this event with some excellent wine! Savor pours from Whetstone Wine Cellars, Mersenne Wines, Hestan Vineyards, and Somerston Estate, all while tasting flavorful bites of chefs from all over the country.

Yountville is known as “The Culinary Capital of Napa Valley,” so you can expect to be blown away by the food! Indulge in delights whipped up by Denver chef Frank Bonanno, Art Coutinho, and Nick Ritchie, each designed to pair perfectly with a glass of vino!

With so many amazing wineries and chefs in one place, plus the acoustic enchantment of Foy Vance, you’ll want to snag a ticket will you still can!

Yountville Live Supports #3BraveWomenFund

Yountville Live Supports #3BraveWomenFund

[UPDATE: THUR, MARCH 15, 2018: While the status of The Pathway Home’s future is still being determined, our efforts to raise funds this weekend with our silent auction, and donation ‘dipjar’ are all going to the #3BraveWomenFund to support the families of the victims. We remain committed to their mission of serving the needs of post 9/11 Veterans and will determine how we will best be supporting whatever course they choose for their future.]

In the wake of Friday’s tragic shooting at The Pathway Home, Yountville Live will join our charity partner and the Town of Yountville to honor the three lives that were lost. We are asking attendees and supporters of our event to help donate to the families of Ms. Loeber and Drs. Gonzales and Golick through the 3 Brave Women Fund that has been created (#3bravewomenfund).

You can send donations directly to c/o Mentis, 709 Franklin Street, Napa CA 94559 or make a donation onsite at this weekend’s events. Those who wish to provide support to The Pathway Home directly are encouraged to donate at, where messages of condolence and support can also be posted.

[UPDATE: You can now send in donations online.]

Yountville Live will also donate a portion of the proceeds from Saturday and Sunday’s “Taste of Yountville” ticket sales to both the 3 Brave Women Fund and The Pathway Home, as well as curating auction items that people will be able to bid on to benefit both (more details on this shortly).

In a truly devastating moment like this we need to come together and show support for not only a community that has experienced a huge loss, but to an organization that has done so much to guide and assist veterans, The Pathway Home. Join us Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th for the 25th Annual Taste of Yountville and help us raise awareness and funds for the 3 Brave Women Fund!

Logistics Galore — What to Wear, Where to Park, Where to Stay, Special Event Bus Info, And More.

It is hard to believe it is almost here! In just one week we’ll be greeting you at the registration desk, providing your Yountville Live badge (sure to be a keepsake), a handy dandy map to all of the venue locations, restaurants and activities taking place during the weekend. And then we will let you loose!

But there are a few things you need to know about now — before you get on an airplane, or in your car, or on the train.


Please note that everyone will need to check into their respective Registration Desk to pickup your badge and other pertinent event information to attend the festivities.

  • General Will Call: Heritage Community Center (6516 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599)
  • VIP Ticket Holders: Olive Room in the Hotel Villagio (6481 Washington St, Yountville – located on the north side of the hotel, walk down side street between the hotel and the JCB Tasting Salon)

The registration desk(s) will be open several hours each day, as noted below:

  • Thursday 10am-5pm*
  • Friday 9:00am-5pm*
  • Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 10am-4pm (General Will Call only) 

If you are planning to buy your tickets at the door, please go to the General Will Call desk and make sure you bring your credit card as we are a cashless event. Plastic rules here!

* If you are joining us for the Welcome Reception or the Red Carpet Gala and cannot get to the General Will Call before 5pm either day, your badges will be available onsite at each of the events (V Marketplace in downtown Yountville).


Rain or shine, we’ve got you covered. Literally.

While we will hope for sun, Mother Nature likes to randomly water the wildflowers this time of year, so we are doing our best to prepare for anything she brings.

Each main stage area will be covered by a tent to help you stay dry or prevent a crazy sunburn.

Have no worries here. We got you.


Not from around here? Still need to book a hotel room? We have plenty of options for you. The hotels in downtown Yountville are all nearly sold out, so you need to act quickly! There are also great places to stay close by in Napa.


Need directions to Yountville? We’ve left some breadcrumbs out for you whether you are coming from the north, south, east or west. We’ll also have signage once you enter the town of Yountville to make sure you get to the place you need to be.

Yountville is a small town and totally walkable, however, parking is really limited. If you will be driving into Yountville for the day, we have secured free parking for you on the beautiful grounds of the Veterans Home of California, their address is: 260 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599. We will have a shuttle service available from the Veterans Home parking lot to each the event venues, including the will call/registration area.

The shuttle will run as follows:

  • Thursday 4pm – 8pm
  • Friday 4pm – 11PM
  • Saturday: 11am – 6pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Please be responsible. Do not drink and drive. Identify a designated driver or plan to use ride services like UBER or LYFT, or one of the local taxi options. Add one or more of these into your phone before you arrive:

  • Uber – Get the Apple or Android App
  • Lyft – Get the Apple or Android App
  • Black Tie Taxi 707-259-1000
  • Napa Red Cab 707-257-3222
  • Yellow Cab 707-226-3731


In the Round, In Wine Country!If you have a ticket to the ACM In the Round event on Saturday featuring Jillian Jacqueline, The Sisterhood Band, Maggie Rose, and Tenille Townes at Regusci Winery, please note there is absolutely no parking at the venue.

We have arranged for a bus to pick everyone up at the Veterans Home of California at 260 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599 and it will carry you from the parking lot to the front door of the venue, and back again.

Really important — you need to be at the Veterans Home of California parking lot by 10:30am on Saturday in order to get on the bus. If you happen to arrive later, you are welcome to take an Uber, Lyft or taxi to the venue (it is about a 12 minute ride). Again, there is no onsite parking, so please do not drive your own car to the venue.


Bubbles Brunch with NEEDTOBREATHEIf you have a ticket to the Bubbles Brunch event on Sunday featuring NEEDTOBREATHE, first — lucky you! Next, there is absolutely no parking at the venue.

We have arranged for a bus to pick everyone up at the Veterans Home of California at 260 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599 and it will carry you from the parking lot to the front door of the venue, and back again.

Really important — you need to be at the Veterans Home of California parking lot by 9:35am on Sunday in order to get on the bus. If you happen to arrive later, you are welcome to take an Uber, Lyft or taxi to the venue (it is about a 30 minute ride). Again, there is no onsite parking, so please do not drive your own car to the venue.


Wear threads you will be comfortable in. Depending on the weather, we will see everything from t-shirt and shorts to sundresses to jeans and sweaters. Even if it is sunny, it will be a little cool, so dress in a way that will ensure you can hang all day long (and night long too if you are attending the VIP parties!).

We expect some will get a little more fancy for the Red Carpet Gala, and for the 8@8 dinners, but this is wine country and everything goes here. Just remember the odds of getting your photo taken with an artist or celebrity chef are pretty good here, so let that help share your wardrobe selection. 🙂

As for shoes, if you can stand for an hour in stilettos – great! – my knees envy you. There will be a little walking involved as you roam from stage to stage, or master class to master class, or from one wine vendor to another wine vendor (priorities!), and the ground will be a mix of cement, wood decking. Choose your shoes wisely.


If you happen to misplace something or need medical attention of any kind, please go to the General Registration/Will Call Desk by the Heritage Demo Stage (where Yount Street and Washington Street meet) and we will assist you as needed.

Look forward to seeing you all in Yountville next weekend!