April 13, 2024

Episode #617 – WineAPawLooza is How Napa Cares for 4-Legged and Feathered Friends!

Whether it’s a tour of the vines on horseback, a litter of kittens entertaining cellar visitors, sheep, ducks and chickens controlling vineyard weeds and pest, or a golden retriever named Buck warmly welcoming you to the tasting room, animals large and small, feathered and four-legged are always eager to lend a helping hand in wine country. So it’s easy to understand why the wine community has such a big heart for animals of all kinds who need our help. That’s why you’re invited to join forces with legendary Napa wine producers at WINEAPAWLOOZA!

Named one of America’s top ten wine auctions by Wine Spectator, this year’s WINEAPAWLOOZA will take place virtually on Saturday, June 18th. The money raised provides the critical funds necessary for Jameson Humane in Napa to improve the state of animal welfare and save the lives of animals large and small from all walks of life, especially in times of a disaster.

Joining David on today’s episode of Grape Encounters is Monica Stevens who. along with her husband David Stevens co-founded both Jameson Humane and WINEAPAWLOOZA. It’s hard to imagine a more delightful and insightful guest. As most listeners know, even though David loves people, his passion for animals is second to none, so listen in and join the fun!

June 18th’s fast-paced, virtual event will feature rare, handcrafted wines from a “who’s who” of Napa Valley glitterati. Bid live on 15 sensational  lots, featuring  wine and sports celebs and hosted by Master of Wine, Vanessa Conlin. World-renowned wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton will do the bidding and Monica and David Stevens will help present once in a lifetime experiences, wines from the most coveted cult brands, including Scarecrow, Screaming Eagle, Opus One,  Silver Oak, and Bevan Cellars, plus weekend wine extravaganzas;  Off the chart dinners cooked by celebrity chefs and socializing with wine and animals loving sports greats like baseball’s Nomar Garciaparra, Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm, New Your Giant, Logan Ryan,  Laker star Kyle Kuzma and more.  By the way, the Stevens’ are the owners of a highly-acclaimed wine bar called 750; named after the number of milliliters in a normal bottle of wine. All proceeds will support the humble 24/7 work of Jameson Humane. For tickets and information visit jamesonhumane.org and click the WINEAPAWLOOZA link.

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