The Winner of VIP Tickets and Roundtrip Airfare to Yountville Live is…

Please join us in congratulating Megan Houston who just won two roundtrip airline tickets, compliments of Southwest Airlines, and two VIP tickets to enjoy all the festivities during Yountville Live. This includes concerts from gifted singer-songwriters, demonstrations from some of the nations top rated chefs, mouth-watering eatsand all the wine [and beer] that one can consume, responsibly of course.

If you are friends with Megan, now would be the time to pick up the phone and give her a call to remind her that you are available during the long weekend of March 15th – 18th in case she was looking for someone to take with her. 🙂 

Congrats to you Megan! We look forward to hosting you in Yountville next weekend!

 

Rita Wilson Joins the ACM in the Round at Yountville Live!

Rita Wilson is a multi-talented actress, producer, singer/songwriter who has acted in the hit films Sleepless in Seattle, It’s Complicated, has had recurring roles on the TV shows Girls, and The Good Wife, starred on Broadway in Larry David’s smash hit Fish in the Dark, as well as the musical Chicago. Rita Wilson She won a Visionary Award from the Producer’s Guild of America, and a People’s Choice Award for producing My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She has also produced Mamma Mia! the movie musical and it’s soon to be released sequel.

Rita, however, is passionate about music. She released her first album of covers, Am/Fm, and followed it with her eponymously named album of original music for which she cowrote all songs. She has had songs placed on the TV show Nashville, the films Dawn Patrol, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and the upcoming Simple Wedding. She has toured with the legendary band Chicago and has created a live show, Liner Notes, which celebrates songwriters and the stories behind their hits.

We are thrilled to announce she will be joining us on Sunday, March 18th to perform during our ACM in the Round event.

“Ms. Wilson has a catch in her voice that conveys yearning and potential heartbreak behind a façade of cheer.  As a stage performer, she is gregarious and forthright; a natural entertainer.” ~ New York Times.

Don’t miss your chance to hear her sing! 

Performing alongside Rita will be Jillian Jacqueline, Whitney Woerz and Jaden Michaels, three powerful singer-songwriters making their mark on the pop and country charts.

Jillian Jacqueline is taking the music scene by storm with her effortlessly raw vocals and new-school, no-holds-barred storytelling. The bold up-and-comer has already intrigued country fans and media alike with her 9-song EP, SIDE A, featuring debut single “Reasons.” Named as one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” and praised by American Songwriter, Jacqueline is the first Country artist to make Vevo’s elite dscvr: Artists To Watch list while also earning spots on Pandora’s Country Artists To Watch 2018 and CMT’s coveted Next Women of Country list, as well as the network’s taste making “18 for 2018” rundown of emerging artists.

Whitney Woerz is a rising 17-year-old singer/songwriter and junior at the High School of the Performing Arts in New York City. She combines an alternative pop sound with lyrics firmly rooted in personal experience, possessing a depth and sonic maturity that extends well beyond her years. With a significant presence on social media and radio, Woerz’s recent single “Idea of Her” has surpassed over 18 million views on YouTube and continues to spark radio and online play. She is committed as a teen ambassador for actor Glenn Close’s non-profit organization, BringChange2Mind, supporting and advocating against bullying through her music.

Jaden Michaels is an American born country singer, songwriter and musician. During her career as a songwriter, she has collaborated with some of pop music’s biggest stars including Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Robin Thicke, Jordin Sparks, Lea Michele and Naya Rivera. In 2009, her song “Love Game” became a triple-platinum hit for Namie Amuroin Japan. Jaden grew up in Davenport, Iowa, but currently lives in Nashville, TN where she is working on her upcoming solo debut. Her first single “Preach” landed the Spotify all genre weekly buzz in less than a week of release. Watch for her new music coming very soon.

Get your tickets now and join us for what is sure to be a wonderfully entertaining event featuring four incredibly talented women sharing one guitar and a whole lot of good times.

 

Experience the Culinary Mastery of Stephanie Izard at Yountville Live

Stephanie IzardSome of us fell in love with her on Bravo’s Top Chef show, where she took the title (in 2008). Others discovered her as you watched her dominate the kitchen, and also take the title, recently on Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet. Maybe you made a reservation at one of her award winning restaurants and that is when it all clicked for you.

No matter how or when you discovered this James Beard award winning chef, you know Stephanie Izard does not mess around when it comes to creating incredible bites for you to swoon over, time and time again.

And lucky for you, there are a couple opportunities to enjoy the creative mastery of Izard during Yountville Live! You can catch the What’s Shaking Little Goat?” demo* on Saturday, March 17th from 12:00pm where she will bring the flavors from her book, Girl & The Goat and the spices that go with it, cooking sauces and spice mixes to give you some new ideas to take home and test out.

At 2:00pm that same day*, Stephanie will join her husband, Gary Valentine, the “Sommelier of Craft Beer,” as he explores the hoppier side of life with some tasty treats from Golden Road Brewing and other yummy things produced by Stephanie’s incredibly creative hands.

We are thrilled to have Stephanie, and you too Gary!, be part of Yountville Live and know the Goat Army cannot wait to see her too. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from an incredible chef, and an even more amazing human being. Get your tickets today!

* These special events are not included in the standard Taste of Yountville ticket.

Eat, Drink and Dance The Night Away at our Late Night VIP Parties

KingsboroughYou’re sure to fall in love with the upbeat ambiance at all our daytime events, and we’re keeping the good times rolling all night long too! Snag a ticket while you can to one of our swanky Late Night VIP After Parties to meet and mingle with the weekend’s performing artists, chefs, and winemakers.

After our Red Carpet Gala on Friday, head over to Hotel Villagio’s historic Barrel Room, originally the location of the 1870 Gregory Winery. Lofty ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers, and soft accent lights combined with the comfort of a modern event space create the perfect rustic atmosphere for this chic event.

Here you’ll enjoy a live, high energy performance from rock band Kingsborough while nibbling on delicious late night bites and sipping some bubbly.

On Saturday night, our Late Night VIP After Party will be hosted at Ottimo, one of Downtown Yountville’s hottest Italian cafes.

Flowing with wine courtesy of Chiarello Family Vineyards, craft cocktails from regional mixologists, and an assortment wood-fired pizzas, this social soiree is the recipe for a good time! Also at the party will be local favorite DJ Chris Garrity, known for his eclectic mixes of Funk, 90’s Hip-hop, and Indie Rock.

There’s no better place to wine, dine, and be dazzled than our Late Night VIP After Parties packed with tons of elegance. These are only offered on Friday and Saturday night from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM, and they’re only offered by Yountville Live!

Grab a ticket and find more information at https://yountvillelive.com/buy-tickets/.

Join Us for the Taste of Yountville Grand Tasting Event

Grand CruWINE AND DINE ALL WEEKEND LONG.  

It’s only 2 weeks until our legendary Taste of Yountville Grand Tasting event, and we’ve got the ultimate trifecta coming your way!

Jam packed with sensational food, vintage wines, and acoustic music, this is an event unlike any other. Buckle up for this unforgettable 2-day weekend, because it’s going to be one wild ride.

Primely located in the heart of picturesque Napa Valley, there’s truly no better place for a once-in-a-lifetime experience like this.

Three tasting venues across town will be hosting 35 top restaurants, over 60 wineries, 18 live musical performances, and 6 chef demos! 

 

CHEF DEMONSTRATIONS AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES 

Sawyer

Kicking off the Grand Tasting is a 30-minute demo with the one and only Carl Hazel, who will be pairing marbled meats with perfectly aged whiskey. If seafood is your style, pop over to Shrimp, Spin & Rock at the Villagio Pavillion for a taste of Jarvis Green’s succulent shrimp! Wherever you decide to go, all events will be delivering tunes from the best up and coming artists in the music industry.

You won’t want to miss out on songwriter Jaden Michaels performing her hit single “Walk On” at Stewart Cellars, and the feel good music doesn’t stop there.

Throughout the day this fine winery will be featuring performances by indie pop group Sawyer, rock star David Hodges, and ‘Beauty in Despair’ producer Emerson Hart w/ David Ryan Harris.

At the gorgeous Jessup Cellars we’re bringing back old soul and rock n’ roll with Kingsborough, and continuing the good vibes with Quiet on the Set. Later in the day, you’ll hear acoustic gold from Keelan Donovan and end the day with a blend Folk and Blues from Corey Harper.

The best part: this is all just on the first day. Sunday’s Grand Tasting event has even more signature dishes from celebrity chefs, local wineries serving up divine blends, and international recording artists!

 

KICK IT UP A NOTCH

If you’re a wine aficionado, upgrade your weekend with some vine to wine knowledge. Offering even more luxury and class is the Grand Cru Tasting, where Napa Valley’s most extraordinary winemakers will be offering exclusive selections of their top-shelf wines.

Situated in a chic art lounge that’s sponsored by RION DESIGNS, this elevated experience is the epitome of elegance. You’ll enjoy wines from Cliff Lede, Hill Family Estate, Peju Province Winery, Eleven Eleven Winery, and more. 

It’s all almost too good to be true, we know. But it is, and it can only happen at Yountville Live. Find out more about the premier Grand Cru wine event and buy your tickets to the Taste of Yountville Grand Tasting here.

A Big Easy Cajun Throwdown with Marc Broussard, Ted Broussard and Chef Tiffany Sewell

Marc BroussardThere is one thing I have been missing in my life, and his name is Marc Broussard.

It sometimes happens when you get lazy and don’t change the radio station often enough. You stay in a lane too long (looking at you POP playlist).

When going through the Spotify list for Yountville Live, I quickly realized how important it is to mix up my stations every day to ensure I don’t miss out on exciting talent like Marc.

Marc is a talented singer-songwriter, born and bred on the bayou. His big voice and big heart shines through his music which is a beautiful mix of classic R&B and soul.

From the first note you’ll agree — he is “Easy to Love.”

Now that I have seen the error of my ways, I have changed my stations to go like this: Monday is now EDM * Tuesday is reggae * Wednesday is country * Thursday is latin jazz * Friday is Marc Broussard * Saturday is pop * Sunday is buddha lounge. See? All better.

Now that my love of Marc has caught up with the rest of the world, we can move on…

He is coming to Yountville Live on Friday, March 16th, where he will be playing alongside his father, Ted Broussard, an acclaimed Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist and former member of The Boogie Kings. While they are strumming, singing and storytelling, Chef Tiffany Sewell of famed New Orleans Restaurant Brennan’s will be preparing delectable Cajun bites that will surely make you want to book the next flight to New Orleans to experience all of the goodness that is this region — the people, places, the music, and especially, the food.

Tickets are available*, but space is limited so we encourage you to buy them now!

* This is a special event and not included in the standard Taste of Yountville ticket.

Be My Valentine featuring Gary Valentine and Stephanie Izard

Gary ValentineGary Valentine, known as the “Sommelier of Craft Beer,” turned his passion of the [non-wine stuff] into studies at Chicago-based Siebel Institute of Technology & World Brewing Academy, and is now a beer consultant to restaurants and brewers around the world.

During this demo on Saturday, March 17th (2:00pm – 3:00pm), Gary will explore the hoppy side of Napa Valley, courtesy of Golden Road Brewing.

You’ll also experience tasty dishes prepared by his special guest — his better half and favorite valentine — Chef Stephanie Izard.

Their energy is contagious, and their passion for food and drink is not to be missed. Get your tickets today!*

* This is a special event and not included in the standard Taste of Yountville ticket.

Anthony Cosacchi and Christy Bell Making Life-Long Memories at Yountville Live

Drawn to the musical talent featured during the first Yountville Live, Anthony Cosacchi and his fiancé Christy Bell have been enjoying this special weekend each year since we launched the event back in 2015.

They fell in love with Yountville the minute they stepped into town. So much so that Anthony chose the backdrop of the Villago as the place to propose. And we are happy to report, she said yes!

Congrats to you both — makes me wonder where the wedding will take place … so many vineyards here, so many options.  

Some of the standout concerts for them have been from Justin Furstenfeld (Blue October), Matt Nathanson, OAR, Colbie Calliat, and Scars on 45.

Anthony and Christy also enjoy discovering new artists, the Bubbles Brunch, and the Eight at Eight dinner series. A bonus was sitting next to Justin at dinner and being able to chat with him throughout the evening. 

Anthony even picked up a signed guitar from one of our pledge campaigns while at the event. Nice little keepsake for him to take home in addition to the presents his ears, and tummy, received throughout the weekend. 

They have made lasting friendships here — from our fearless leader Bobbi Hach Jacobs, to winemakers Mitch and Robin from Mersenne Wines, Tim and Janet from Minnesota (celebrating four years with us too!), two-time Yountville Livers Curtis and Renee from Maryland, and Howard and Dean who they first met at a Silver Trident Wine Club event.

“We appreciate everything Bobbii does with these events. She is such a great person and you can tell she truly loves these artists, the chefs and meeting the attendees. Her passion for producing this event shows through and we always enjoy getting to talk with her.”

The experiences you have at Yountville Live are really like no other. This is not a 100,000 person festival where you wait in line for an hour to get a corndog. This is an intimate gathering of people who appreciate great music, incredible food and some of the best wine in Napa Valley. This is a place where you get the chance to meet the artists, the chefs and the winemakers who are hanging out at the event because they love being there too. It really is something to be able to walk up to an artist and talk about life, wine, food, travel, and so much more without a bunch of screaming fans all around. 

It is an experience you have to experience to fully understand how it feels to be there. To be that close. To just be.  

Something we are sure our friends at Southwest Airlines will love to hear, Anthony, once a loyal US Airlines customer, has become a loyal Southwest Airlines advocate, A-list Preferred, and Companion Pass holder. He loves their service, their perks, and is currently hoarding points to enjoy more concerts, like the Matt Nathanson [Chase] event they attended in Phoenix, AZ.

We want to thank Anthony and Christy for being part of Yountville Live, especially for coming back year after year, for sharing their story with us and for saying a lot of nice things about the event too.

Hey you two, drinks on us when we see you [again] in Yountville!

 

Giving Love to Our Sponsors

Events like Yountville Live would not be possible without the love and support from our beloved sponsors. We are blessed to have companies participate not just with a check, but with their heart and soul, and by providing their high quality products, to ensure you have a wonderful time while with us for the weekend.

FOOD AND LIBATIONS

Celebrity Chef and Music DemonstrationsOur food and beverage sponsors spare no expense to fill your bellies with divine savory and sweet eats and even more delicious drinks.

You be enjoying bites prepared by chefs from restaurants like La Toque, Bottega, Girl & The Goat, Protea, Smoke, and Hurley’s.

If you have eaten at these establishments before, you know you are in for a treat. If you have not [yet], please believe me, you are in for a treat. Not to mention all the crazy cool Instagram photo opportunities you will have. It’s a #foodies paradise.

Grand Cru We’ll have some of the best wineries that Napa Valley offers and one of my favorite breweries refilling your glasses throughout the weekend — Charles Krug, Regusci, Caymus, Jessup Cellars, Raymond, ZD, Peju, Stewart Cellars, Stella Artois, and Beringer to name just a few (there are over 100 wineries supporting this event — while I did not list every one, please know we love* you all!

* Note: this is real love, like we’ll be visiting your tasting rooms real soon and buying bottles of your liquid gold kind of love, not just that lazy simple shout out kind of love.

 

SERVICES

The folks at DC Solar make sure the lights are always on, and they do so while helping to protect Mother Earth’s resource, thank you for that! And powering the fire to cook ALL THE MEAT (ok, and a few veggies), is Lynx Professional Grills

TRANSPORTATION

Our travel partner, Southwest Airlines**, helps bring folks from across the U.S, as well as from the city next door to our quaint town of Yountville. And when they arrive, they’ll have a lovely place to stay if you happen to choose on of our hotel partners.

** If you have not seen the “Live at 35” series hosted by Southwest Airlines, check out these videos now. They surprise guests on select flights with performances from some of our favorite artists. Best inflight entertainment we can think of.

PRESS

Our media partners like Entercom, SF Magazine and the Academy of Country Music help us get the word out, which is important, as selling tickets helps us keep doing this year after year. Shocker how that works, right?  

THE CREATIVES 

Sisterhood BandThen we have the chefs and artists who carve out time in their schedule to be part of Yountville Live. Their artistry comes across their various platforms and each one creates a unique experience for our attendees. 

Some of them carry names you will recognize. Others have been hit makers for years — both in music and in restaurants — but you may not realize that until you research them (happens to me all the time).

You’ll soon be filling your music library with their songs and making reservations to eat in their restaurants, and be very happy that you did, both.

While not a typical type of sponsor, they do support this event and deserve a mention here. When you realize all the talent that comes together for this one weekend, you’ll find yourself rushing over to that [buy tickets] button if you have not done so already.

Thanks to these sponsors, you will [hopefully] discover your new favorite artist or chef and be able to get up close and personal to them during this event. Help us show them love by giving them your business when you can. Thank you. 

Artists — Chefs — Restaurants — Wineries — Sponsors

Stories Behind The Song featuring Emerson Hart, David Ryan Harris, and David Hodges 

Join good friends and incredibly talented artists and songwriters in their own right Emerson Hart, David Ryan Harris and David Hodges as they do an “in the round” guitar pull telling the stories behind some of the greatest hits they either sang or had a hand in writing.

Emerson Hart

EMERSON HART

Songwriter, producer, vocalist and guitarist, is best known as the frontman for the multi-Platinum selling band Tonic who had smash hits “Open Up Your Eyes” and “If You Could Only See.” I think I played this album on repeat for six months straight. So, so good. Though now that I think about it, I do think there needs to be more songs about girls with hazel eyes. We are an underrated bunch.

Yountville Live veteran, Hart has had great success as a solo artist as well releasing two albums and hand-picked Harris and Hodges to join him for this event.

David Ryan Harris

 

DAVID RYAN HARRIS

Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that has built an impressive catalog in a near three-decade career in early bands such as Follow For Now, Brand New Immortals and has amassed a great fan base with seven full-length solo albums, the latest of which was released in June of 2017 Songs For Other People. 

Harris is also highly celebrated for producing, writing and/or performing with the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews, India.Arie and more. There are so many “Reasons Why” I love David Ryan Harris, but his raw talent is leaving me speechless, so I have “Nothing More To Say” right now. See what I did there? Right, moving on…

David Hodges

DAVID HODGES

David rounds out the three remarkable talents as a songwriter, producer, composer and vocalist who might be best known as a member of the GRAMMY-Award winning group Evanescence, who sold over 16 million albums worldwide. Their first full-length album, “Fallen” was another record that I played on repeat as I tried to sing along, nailing every single note (not even close).

Over his close to two decade long career Hodges has written and produced for the likes of Kelly Clarkson (“Because of You), Celine Dion (“This Time”), Daughtry (“What About Now”), Carrie Underwood (“Play On”), Christina Perri (“A Thousand Years”) and so many more winning several BMI Awards.

 

The intimate event will be capped with a specialty tasting presented by Basil Hayden that will be paired with delectable small bites. This event is not to be missed on a true Sunday Funday Yountville Live style! Secure your seat here*.

* This is a special event and not included in the standard Taste of Yountville ticket.