The Soul Of Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole: Kevin Spacey


The most lauded and versatile performer of our generation will headline Festival del Sole’s Annual Festival Gala at Meadowood Napa Valley on Sunday, July 19. Kevin Spacey, the Academy, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning actor of TV, film and stage, producer and director will dazzle the audience this time with his singing talents during Hollywood & Vine, a glamourous evening of song and entertainment celebrating Hollywood’s Golden Era.

With his wide-ranging talents, love of performing, and tireless support of young artists through his Kevin Spacey Foundation, Spacey embodies the spirit of Festival del Sole in its landmark 10th anniversary season. The signature evening event takes place on the beautiful glen and fairways of Meadowood with dinner by estate chef Alejandro Ayala paired with Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, followed by the equally exciting live auction whose proceeds help underwrite the free community concerts during the festival as well as provide grants for local public school arts programs.

The signature Annual Festival Gala at Meadowood featuring Kevin Spacey is available for $1,000/per person (including a $700 tax deduction) and is sure to sell-out fast. Sponsored tables are also available and start at $15,000.

Ten Days, Tenth Year

Arturo Sandoval performing at the Festival Gala at Meadowood, 2014. Photo: Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography

The Festival del Sole (July 17-26) features dozens of world-class opera, classical, jazz, theater, and dance performances in beautiful venues throughout Wine Country, plus active pursuits that further the sense of well-being such as yoga at Solage Calistoga and the new 5K and 10K Sun Runs.

Celebrating The Art Of Life

Patron dinner Alpha Omega Winery, 2014. Drew Altizer Photography

The Festival del Sole experience wouldn’t be complete without feeding the soul with mouth-watering lunches and elegant dinners hosted by iconic Napa Valley vintners in mesmerizing settings. Famed chef and restauranteur Charlie Palmer will also host one of the patron dinners at his soon-to-be-opened Harvest Table at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena.

A Festival For All

A Taste of Napa 2014. Photo: Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography

Festival del Sole is accessible to all, with options that range from free concerts and single-event tickets to a variety of day, evening, weekend, and all-access passes (Patron Passes include a tax-deductible donation). Visit the website for a detailed calendar of performances, lavish feasts, and other activities, and to book early.

The annual Taste of Napa ($75/per person) on Saturday, July 18, a walk-around food and wine event, this year features over 70 wineries, restaurants, and artisan producers, and a cooking competition that pits Napa chefs against SF and Oakland chefs. Early-bird tickets purchased through April 15 are $39/per person.