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The V Foundation Readies For Its Annual Three-Day Napa Event: August 1 - 4

Jul 24, 2019 09:10AM ● By Fran Miller

Since 1999, the V Foundation Wine Celebration has raised more than $108 million, benefitting the V Foundation for Cancer Research. This year's event promises three days of wine, food, and fun - all in the name of cancer research awareness. Join the party August 1-4 in the heart of the Napa Valley.

“We are happy to be celebrating our first 20 years and are looking forward to what we can accomplish in the next 20 years and beyond,” says Julie Maples, co-founder of the V Wine Celebration. “Not only did we surpass the $100 million milestone in 2018, but we are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of our presenting sponsors, Bentley Motors.”

The 2019 V Foundation Wine Celebration includes three days of events including wine tastings, receptions, lunches and dinners at exclusive valley estates, and walk around tastings featuring the valley’s world-renown vintners, chefs, and restaurateurs. Evening parties also include music from headlining artists, including The Struts and Con Brio, sponsored by John and Michele Truchard, proprietors of JaM Cellars. The weekend culminates with the annual Auction Gala at Nickel & Nickel Winery in Oakville, hosted by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, and featuring legendary Chef Emeril Lagasse and other surprise celebrity guests and dignitaries.

For 2019, the Auction Gala’s fund-a-need will raise funds for the V Foundation’s Canine Comparative Oncology program. This innovative grant-making program accelerates research by working with cancer centers and veterinary colleges nationwide to grant studies for canine comparative oncology. The V Foundation helps both pet dogs and humans living with cancer by finding cures more quickly and with less cost, as well as better informed clinical trial designs for both. The study and comparative analyses of care for our beloved canine pets with cancers during their compacted life cycle translates to better treatments, care and progress for human patients.

The Schedule: 

Thursday, August 1

Club 21 Reception and Concert, 7:00pm – 12:00am, Domaine Chandon

Enjoy an evening of fine estate wines, sweet and savory temptations by Chef Victor Scargle, gaming, and a private concert by The Struts.

Friday, August 2 

Rock the V Party, 6:30pm-11:00pm, The Estate Yountville

Food enthusiasts and well-seasoned cooks alike can indulge their gourmand interests interacting with the region’s top chefs and culinary professionals. Enjoy handcrafted wines, prized varietals and new releases from world-renowned winemakers then dance the night away to American soul & rock band, Con Brio, and experience the after hours in our underground Silent Disco.

Saturday, August 3

Answer for Cancer Research Symposium, 9:30am-11:30am, The Social at The Estate Yountville

The V Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of some of the nation’s leading physicians and research scientists from prominent universities and cancer centers, discuss current advances and discoveries into clinical applications, new diagnostics and alternative treatments for cancer. By focusing on brilliant young investigators, the Scientific Advisory Committee works toward accomplishing the goal of the foundation: eradicating cancer.

Marketplace, 11:30am-2:00pm, The Social at The Estate Yountville

Guests savor boutique and legendary wines with a fusion of edibles, while bidding on unique wine, sports, art and travel packages.

To register, please visit and click on the register link. The Answer for Cancer Research Symposium and Marketplace on Saturday, August 3rd from 9:30 to 11:30am, is free and open to the public on a first come basis.

Photos by Bob McClenahan