5:22am | February 18, 2012
Napa Valley’s Blue Oak School – La Familia Fundraisers
My wife and I are big supporters of progressive education and are proud of Napa Valley’s Blue Oak School. This year, we joined Napa locals and vintner friend Oscar Renteria, by hosting La Familia: Beneath the Canopy Wine Auction. And when friends collaborate for a great cause – 35% of the student families receive financial assistance –amazing things happen. In honor of the deep Hispanic roots in the Napa Valley, Oscar and I have created an event that celebrates the best in Mexican culture. We’re pouring tequila from our friends south of the border as well as Napa’s own Charbay Tequila. My favorite part? With amazing heart and soul, I’ll be getting help from the experts –two of our Blue Oak abuelas will be preparing fresh tortillas with their friends at the auction. Check out the amazing live lots here: La Familia Live and Silent Auction Catalog . And if you can’t join, place your proxy bids on Harlan, Colgin, Barrett, or great trips to Napa Valley, New York and Argentina.
As an extra bonus, we are hosting an intimate dinner on March 2nd, to reflect a recent trip I took to Spain. There are just 20 seats left for a “Night in San Sebastian.” Join us for a unique and unforgettable night –an authentic tapas bar and porron demonstrations (we’ve even got smocks!), and an interactive paella station. All the food that evening will be paired with the unbelievable portfolio of wines offered by Renteria Wines . This dinner is a great excuse for a night out if you’re a local, and an even better excuse to visit the Napa Valley for a long weekend if you aren’t!
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