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“Listen to the vines – they will tell you what to do” is a piece of advice that the Staglin Family has not forgotten since it was told to them in 1992 by famed enologist Andre Tchelistcheff. This very special winemaker dinner, with proceeds benefiting the One Mind Institute, will showcase the vines in their Rutherford Bench estate and the close collaboration that the family has with their winemaker and vineyard manager to carefully farm the land and coax optimal ripeness, complexity and intensity from the vines with each harvest.
We will begin the evening with a reception and a refreshing glass of Salus 2014 Estate Chardonnay between the vines and under one of our majestic oak trees in the shadow of Napa’s Grape Crusher Statue. As the reception concludes we will walk between the vines begin our five-course dinner set outdoors on the Meritage Resort’s Vineyard Deck featuring a few of the family’s favorite wines and vintages. The Meritage Resort culinary team will create a variety of mouthwatering flavors, while Instagram worthy memories will be made with the dessert table, a 60-foot table of cheese, filled with local and imported cheeses, with a variety of textures, flavors and unique preparations. Throughout the evening we will have musical guests performing to provide added entertainment between courses and while learning about the beautiful history and winemaking style of the Staglin family from Shari Staglin.
Garen and Shari Staglin purchased their Rutherford Bench estate in 1985 after spending many years learning about wine together. Their longtime dream to farm a vineyard and produce wines of great quality was something they wanted to share with their family and wine lovers. Since their first harvest they have been on a mission to create the highest quality wine possible, while respecting and improving the environment, and giving back to the community.
Today all members of the family work in day to day operations of the vineyard and winery. Shannon serves as President, Brandon as Director of Marketing Communications, Shari as Chief Executive Officer and Garen as the Public Relations Manager.
Reception and Dinner: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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$75 from each ticket purchased will be donated to the One Mind Institute, founded by the Staglin Family to support research and advocacy to prevent and treat brain health.
Reception and dinner will be held outdoors among the hillside vineyards behind The Meritage Resort and Spa. We recommend wearing appropriate footwear (walking surfaces include compacted dirt pathways, areas between the vines and a deck) and bringing a light sweater or jacket.
About the One Mind Institute
When Shari and Garen Staglin's son Brandon was diagnosed with schizophrenia, they realized that advancements in scientific research were vital to understanding mental illness. And so they took action, starting the One Mind Institute in 1995. The Staglin’s have made great leaps to help increase funding and awareness for brain disease and injuries research. Learn more at OneMindInstitute.org.
SALUS Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2014, Napa Valley
King Crab Lobster Roll
Chicken Chicharron | Chicken Mousse | Black Truffle
Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam | Ibérico Ham | Shattered Blood Orange
Pastrami Cured Salmon | Homemade Rye | Pickled Mustard Seed
End of Season Tomato
STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD Estate Chardonnay 2015, Rutherford
Scallop | Spot Prawn | Golden Caviar | Coconut Sabayon on Ice
STAGLIANO Estate Sangiovese 2015, Rutherford
Local Lamb Tartare | Kohlrabi | Herbed Dashi
SALUS Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Rutherford
Rohan Duck Dumping | Pho Consume | Cured Hiramasa | 62 Degree Quail Egg
STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Rutherford
Porcelet & Crispy Poussin | Foie Gras BBQ
STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Rutherford
Miyazaki A5 Wagyu | Hot Rock | XO | Smoked Mushroom | Truffle
STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Rutherford
Cheese Table – 60-foot table topped with Local and Imported Cheeses, a variety of textures, flavors and unique preparations
Chef Jenny’s Chocolate Boxes
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