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!

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.


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!

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Join Us for the Taste of Yountville Grand Tasting Event


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! 




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!



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.

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


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



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 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.

Join Us for the Red Carpet Gala with Chef Stephanie Izard and the X Ambassadors



Every trip to Chicago finds me making a reservation at the Girl & the Goat. My taste buds simply refuse to miss out — even once — on the delicious eats provided by Chef Stephanie Izard, the James Beard Award-winning chef who also recently won Food Network’s Iron Chef challenge (and crowned Bravo’s Top Chef long before that).

So I was pleased to learn she is the featured chef for the Yountville Live Red Carpet Gala that will take place on March 16th. With three Award winning Chicago restaurants under her ownership (Girl and the Goat, Little Goat, and Duck Duck Goat), Izard is a true master at her craft and we are in for a treat.

A four course treat to be exact.


The glorious bites served will be paired with a beautiful selection of Charles Krug Wines, which happens to be the oldest winery in Napa Valley. Fun fact about Charles Krug Wines — the winery was established in 1861 and 2018 marks the 75th Anniversary of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi’s purchase of the winery, their family has been making incredible wines ever since. We think the perfect way to celebrate their success is to promise to drink all the wine they provide for the event while we devour everything Stephanie and her team places in front of us. 


After the epicurean extravaganza ends, guests will be escorted to an intimate performance space, featuring a very exclusive performance by multi-Platinum selling group X Ambassadors, who are best known for their hit singles “Jungle,” “Renegades” and “Unsteady” from their debut LP VHS. The food and wine should be enough — but there is entertainment too! Great entertainment! 

Our MC for the evening is Kelly Rizzo, the host of “Eat Travel Rock TV,” the popular on-demand entertainment series where she goes behind the scenes and off the cuff with master chefs, rockstars, and other creative industry heavyweights. 

This is a very special event, one you are sure to have FOMO over if you miss it. So don’t!