For the second year, Jessup Cellars in Napa Valley is bringing style to Wine Country. That's right, the fabulous event, Dress to the Vines, is back! And I'll be joining in once again, pairing the wonderful wines from Jessup Cellars with artisan perfumer Sarah Horowitz Parfums amazing fragrances. This is an olfactory experience you don't want to miss.
"Our belief is that the Napa Valley has more than just influenced the culinary landscape of America, it's also setting trends for style and fashion from coast-to-coast," says Joel Quigley of Jessup Cellars. "This is what we're celebrating!" Yountville, in the heart of Napa Valley and home to Jessup is fashion central for three days and nights June 26th to June 28th.
The Dress to the Vines weekend kicks off on Thursday, June 26 poolside at the Bardessono Hotel & Spa with the hotel's Dive Bar Fashion Party2, from 6-8 pm. This is where I'll be pairing Jessup Cellars wines with Sarah Horowitz Parfums. The Spa at Bardessono will make a splash with a swimwear show, featuring designer Mia Marcelle, with eyewear by Kahoy Kollection. Lucy's Bartender Brady Wilkens will serve up exclusive cocktails created with Tito's Vodka and Maestro Dobel Tequila, while Chef Victor Scargle offers up delicious bites.
There's no cover for this stylish event, so make sure to get there early as space is limited. There's wine of course, and a full bar will be mixing up tasty libations.
On Friday, June 27, the evening begins with sips of Jessup Cellars just released 2013 Sauvignon Blanc in the private dining room and intimate patio at Lucy at the Bardessono. Special guest fashion designer and stylist Marta Kappl of Bespoke Fashion & Styling in St. Helena will share her story of how she uses the finest, most exclusive cotton available to create her custom, cotton shirt line. As she explains, "Cotton is a luxury fiber that has its own terroir, much like wine." Marta will also explore the health aspects of wearing natural, organic cottons. Over dinner, Jessup Cellars will present its flagship wines and how the winery approaches designing its signature blends, while executive chef Victor Scargle of Lucy will demonstrate how to achieve the "look" of presentation with each dinner course, including to-die-for dessert.
On Saturday, June 28, the new Dress to the K-Nines Stroll is sure to become a signature event of Dress to the Vines. Dog lovers and their best friends will meet at 10am to gather for a photo shoot at Jessup Cellars, and then stroll south through town, past The French Laundry gardens, and finish at V-Market Place for an informal Best Dressed Contest. ArtyChokers, creators of designer, interchangeable dog collars, will be on hand with a pop-up for consultation and shopping to outfit humankind's best friends.
Following the stroll, the style experts at Sisters Boutique in the V Marketplace will be offering tips on getting that sun-kissed look paired with Jessup's refreshing white wines. The boutique is also offering special makeup and blowout appointments for those attending the evening's events. (Appointments must be booked separately.)
Wrapping up the weekend is the debut of Jessup resident artist Cynthia Carey's exhibit Art is Fashion II at the Jessup Cellars Gallery. There will be delicious wine, exceptional bites, and special treats. Created in multiple mediums, the beauty of fashion inspires each of these original pieces. The evening's fashion mixer will be Webcast live by CellarPass TV and showcase Napa Valley's top boutiques, including Cake Plate, Amelia Claire, Sole Provider and Vintage Trunk, all sharing their favorite looks for summer in wine country.
A portion of the weekend proceeds, as well as an accessory drive, benefits Dress for Success San Francisco, a non-profit that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, network support, and career development.
It's a full on fashion weekend you won't want to miss. Click here for tickets and more information. See you there, and come dressed to the vines!