Napa Valley Festival del Sole 2014 Prepares for Kick Off

By Paul Joseph

The 9th edition of the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, one of America’s biggest summer cultural festivals, is preparing for kick off next Friday.

Now in its 9th season, the 10-day festival will see an array of cultural events taking place across a range of lavish venues throughout Napa Valley, including wineries, resorts and estates.

Guests will be able to enjoy classical music, jazz, opera and ballet along with curated culinary, wine and wellness adventures and glamorous gala evenings featuring renowned artists and musicians.

Among the festival highlights will be a tribute evening to film star Sophia Loren called “Bella Italia!” Taking place at the Far Niente winery, the evening will be hosted by actress Whoopi Goldberg and will feature Loren’s son, the conductor Carlo Ponti who will debut his new Los Angles Virtuosi chamber orchestra.

Meanwhile “A Taste of Napa” will showcase around 70 Napa Valley wineries, food artisans and chefs and will feature live cooking demonstrations, BBQ artisans and Napa craft breweries, plus a wellness conversation by Dr. Melina Jampolis.

Other notable events will include a performance by Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell in the courtyard of the Castello di Amorosa winery, a Dance Gala featuring ballet sensation Polina Semionova and a patron dinner at the HALL St. Helena winery estate hosted by celebrated winemakers Craig and Kathryn Hall.

VIP Passes for the festival range from $700-$8,500 and offer ultimate Napa Valley insider access with Vintner’s Luncheons and Patron Dinners along with prime concert seating, VIP Lounge access and concierge service.

By Paul Joseph