During the Wine Tasting hour, you will have the opportunity to speak with the winemakers and vintners as they personally serve you some of their finest red and white wines. More vintners to be come.
Rob Jensen, Testarossa Winery
“We have talked to other winemakers, and they said that the quality of people who attend this event, who appreciate fine food and fine wine, is higher than any other event in the area, so we said, this is where we would like to be! We reached out and were very fortunate to be selected to be here.”
Tom Fogarty Jr., Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards
“I can count on one hand the number of fundraising tastings I've done where I felt like the quality of the participating wineries was high across the board and the guests truly appreciated the wines...It's a pleasure when that happens, and you guys nailed it."
Jim Varner, The Council
“I find the event to be very elegant. It’s nice to see everyone dressed up. I love the international aspects; I have had wonderful conversations with people from diverse cultures. I think the school motto, “Many Cultures. One World.” is a great spirit to live by.
Wine is always a calling card. When we go visit another country we can always count on the hospitality of a winemaker, and count on them to explain the culture in a much deeper way than a tourist would get. The language does the same thing. If you go to a foreign country because you are studying a language, you will learn the culture because the language is really the insight into the culture.”
Mark Vernon, Ridge Vineyards
“We always like this group because they really love wine. When it’s a group that appreciates good wine, it gives us a chance to talk about it, share our stories and our ideas."
Jim Clendenen, Au Bon Climat
“The important thing for me is that my life changed when I learned French. I used my knowledge of French to go to Burgundy to learn how to make wine and start my own company. I gave my winery a French name, the nicknames for the wines are French, and I gave my daughter a French name. So immediately when I came in and I met the French founders of the event and school, and I saw their passion for teaching French and French culture, it sort of validated what I did and my career, and has made me happy to come back each year. French culture totally changed my life. I feel a real connection to the school.”
Thierry Nivaggioli, Former Soirée du Vin Chair, 2005-2016
"My favorite part of the event is meeting with the winemakers, to hear them describe their wine and what is going on at their wineries.”
Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, VGS Chateau Potelle
Special Guest Speaker
Jean-Noel Fourmeaux is a 35 years veteran of the wine industry in Napa Valley, yet, his winery, VGS Chateau Potelle, is known only by those who search for wines that have dimension, subtlety and definitive character. Their assertiveness is all in the nuances and their successive layers, not in the overripeness of fruit. “To make 'mainstream' wines has never been my calling,” proclaims Fourmeaux.
Sent to the Napa Valley by the French government in 1980 “to spy” for 6 months, this son of Bordeaux sent a telegram home “Looks good, I stay”. Fourmeaux was seduced by the exuberance and generosity of the Napa Valley fruit.
Live Auction Lots
Each year features fine wine lots carefully selected by wine connoisseur, Philippe Dietz, Head of School for the International School of the Peninsula. There are also trips and experiences that cannot be found anywhere else!
See below for offerings from last year's event. Stay tuned as we curate this year's live auction lots!
Lot #1: Cheers!
2005 Dom Pérignon Served Tableside
Champagne, the worldwide drink of celebrations, will make this spectacular night even more enjoyable! Treat your table with two chilled bottles of the incomparable Dom Pérignon vintage champagne, complete with a tray of glasses, ready to share!
Lot #3: Estate Tasting at the Deerfield Ranch
VIP Tasting for 6 with Winemaker Robert Rex
You are invited for an estate tasting with Winemaker Robert Rex, in his home at the Deerfield Ranch, overlooking Sonoma Mountain and the Valley of the Moon. Enjoy several renowned Deerfield wines while you learn about the shapes of the flavors of different grape varietal, the subtleties derived from blending and more. Luxuriate under the majestic oaks, and enjoy a unique sensory experience that is much more than the average tasting.
Lot #5: Santa Barbara Wine Experience
2-Night Stay + Private Tour & Tasting
Adding to an already highly coveted lot, affable winemaker Jim Clendenen invites you for a two-night stay at his Rancho La Cuna, located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country. The spacious ranch house sits on a bluff of his 100 acre estate with majestic views overlooking the valley and his vineyards. It offers three bedrooms, a magnificent living area, and a kitchen that is every chef’s dream. Use as a launch pad to explore the area or just sit back and relax. After gaining an insider’s view of the winery, you’ll sit down with Jim and the winery staff for a gourmet lunch prepared by the winemaker himself and featuring an extensive collection of ABC wines.
Lot #7: A Taste of the 19th Century
VIP Tour + Wine-Paired Luncheon for 10
Proprietor Rob Jensen, whose passion for winemaking developed through extensive travels to Europe’s winegrowing regions, will guide you and nine guests on a tour through Testarossa’s 19th century winery. Revel in old-world charm as you enter The Cave, a cool, dimly lit stone room adorned with images of the winery’s rich history. On completion of the tour, relax in the cellar for a luncheon prepared by Testarossa’s culinary team, paired with special Testarossa wines.
Lot #9: Courtside with the Golden State Warriors
2 Center Courtside Tickets at Oracle Arena
This is your opportunity to watch the Golden State Warriors, champions of the 2016-2017 season, with 2 courtside seats at Oracle Arena! You and a guest will see many of the NBA’s best players up close with center court seats, just three rows from the floor behind the scorer’s table. But don’t let the monitors’ statistics pique your curiosity because just a few feet away, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Zaza Pachulia will lead you in a high-energy, high-scoring game! Feel the frenzy of the entire arena reverberate in the loudest home court that is the Roaracle.
Lot #11: Wine Retreat on Howell Mountain
Clif Family Winery’s Cold Springs Guesthouse
Howell Mountain is home to a rich tapestry of rolling hills and microclimates that produce some of the best wines in Napa. Nestled among the top of this mountain, amid a sprawling five-acres of Sauvignon Cabernet vines, sits a charming craftsman guest house, your home base to an authentic Napa Valley retreat. In this stylish 4-bed, 3-bath guesthouse, your party of six will wake up to the quiet mumblings of nature that extend along 22 acres of this gorgeous winemaker’s property. Enjoy with a private wine and food pairing on site!
Lot #13: Into the Groove
80s Dance Party
Satisfy your 80s nostalgia with an 80s-themed celebration in the home of ISTP parents Wendy and Kian W! Enjoy 80s-style drinks and light appetizers while you dance the night away under a disco ball, strobe lights, lasers, and a fog machine. Three party DJs, including vinyl aficionados and ISTP dads, Bertrand I and Sanjiv N, will be spinning dance music from their massive record collection of over a thousand albums on two classic Technics SL1200 turntables throughout the night. Get ready to sing fervently to Soft Cell’s Tainted Love and all the top hits from the 80s. It's not just a dance party, it's a way to share our love of this era and its music. Don’t forget to wake me up before you go-go because this is one party we don’t want to miss!
Lot #16: Chef Dietz’s Special Cheese Discovery Dinner
Wine-Paired Dinner for 8 in Your Home
Philippe Dietz, International School of the Peninsula's Head of School and curator of the Soirée du Vin wine collection, will impress you with a special edition of the deluxe wine-paired dinner he offers each year! Using wine as the focus of the meal, he will craft a pairing menu featuring one of wine's beloved partners - fromage.
Lot #19: Exclusive Window into Women’s Wineries
Insider Visit to Women-Led Napa Wineries for 6
Discover wine country with a unique insider visit of Napa, led by women vintners of some of the most noteworthy wineries in the region. Start the day at Nadalié, a true emblematic cooperage manufacturing facility. You will move on to enjoy a food and wine pairing experience with Molly Hill, lead winemaker at Sequoia Grove Winery. Next, you will enjoy a signature tasting in the beautiful veranda of Cliff Lede Vineyards with views of the Stags Leap District palisades. As a bonus, receive a gift certificate to indulge in a back-of-the-winery tour at Twomey Cellars-Calistoga.
Lot #21: A Sequel to the Judgment of Paris
Wine-Paired 5-Course Dinner with Sensational Performance for 6
The highly coveted wine-paired dinner returns and invites you in a sophisticated discovery of Californian and French wine with meticulously selected food pairings for each one of the five delectable courses. During the cocktail hour, you will be graced by vocalist Laure de Marcellus Lampe’s velvety timbre. The origin of the wines will be revealed at the end of the spectacular meal, whereupon you may uncover that you have an intuitive preference for Californian or French wine, or an appreciation of both.
Lot #22: Celebrate Your Natural Beauty
Facial Night for 8 Guests at Essentique
Celebrate and rejuvenate your body inside and out with a relaxing night alongside seven of your closest friends! The team at Essentique, a health and beauty boutique in Palo Alto, will pamper you in artisanal products made onsite and will guide you into discovering your natural beauty. Wind down, connect, and uncover the spirit and beauty inside you. Reimagine Girls’ Night Out for your next celebration.
Lot #23: Single-Vineyard Tour & Tasting at Ridge
Private Tour & Tasting for 8 + 3L Signed Monte Bello
Adding to a highly coveted double magnum Monte Bello signed by now-retired chief winemaker Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards invites you and seven friends to its winery estate for a private tour and tasting. Ridge has pioneered single-vineyard winemaking since 1962. You will have the opportunity to experience the wines known throughout the world for their excellence and distinctive sense of place.
Lot #27: Thomas Fogarty Winery Meets Zola
Insider Wine Tasting & Tour + Seasonal French Cuisine
Award-winning winemaker Tommy Fogarty Jr. offers you and three guests the ultimate day of indulgence: an intimate glimpse into Thomas Fogarty Winery and a multi-course dinner at seasonal French restaurant, Zola, by chef extraordinaire Guillaume Bienaimé.
Lot #29: Week-Long Parisian Getaway
7 Nights in a Paris Apartment
Whisk your family off to Paris with a one week getaway into the heart of the fashionable 16th arrondissement, a chic and stately residential neighborhood west of The City of Lights. Wander the many streets teeming with beautiful architecture and stylish homes. Stop in at a café for a pastry and noisette. Discover a plethora of museums, shops, restaurants, parks, and landmarks for every type of traveler all within walking distance.
Lot #32: Where East Meets West
Multi-Course Wine-Paired Dinner at BIRD DOG
Situated in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, BIRD DOG serves the food of the modern day Peninsula. The menu is influenced by the rich cultures of Northern California, Japan and several other regions Chef/Owner Robbie Wilson has travelled to eat. You and a guest will enjoy an exquisite multi-course dinner prepared and presented by Chef Wilson himself with wine pairings hand-selected by BIRD DOG’s sommelier.
Your Support Counts
Soirée du Vin aims to maintain the status of Silicon Valley’s premier wine auction. To accomplish this, we need partners within the community who not only appreciate gourmet food, fine wines and luxury living, but also seek to support the mission of an organization like the International School of the Peninsula.
By supporting Soirée du Vin, you are helping to ensure that the International School of the Peninsula is able to continue with its mission indefinitely. Raise a glass at Soirée du Vin and support the children of the International School of the Peninsula!