They had me at Harlan. Though Orange County does not want for upscale fundraisers, the fourth annual Napa in Newport benefit on March 3 is a California wine-lovers’ dream. The event is curated and hosted by Amanda Harlan and Scott Gould of famed Bond and Harlan Estates as a fundraiser for CureDuchenne. CureDuchenne is a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching a cure for children and young adults afflicted with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Just seeing the name “Harlan” on the event ups the ante for me. Harlan Estates and Bond, led by the legendary Bill Harlan, are elite, cult Napa Valley wineries. Both have garnered multiple, perfect 100-point scores from Robert Parker. I suspect the co-chairs are pretty darn connected in Napa Valley and do their best to nudge their finest wine friends to pour and donate for this special fundraising night.
This lavish evening of tastings, dinner, and live auction will be at the elegant Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Tickets are $650 per person or $10,000 per table, and available by emailing Ancia@cureduchenne.org or phoning 949-872-2552. Here’s a glimpse into this wine lover’s dream experience.
4:30 p.m. VIP entry into the Grand Tasting. (The cost of VIP status isn’t noted.)
5:30 p.m. Grand Tasting. Expect elite Napa wines, including pours from Bond, Arrow&Branch owned by Laguna Beach’s Steve and Seanne Contursi, as well as Blackbird Vineyards, Dalla Valle, Hundred Acre, Quintessa, and Tuck Beckstoffer.
7 p.m. Dinner and Live Auction. The Chef is the highly respected Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose and Disneyland’s Signature Restaurants. Sutton knows his wines, and his pairings. Napa Rose was awarded a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence in 2017, and the restaurant has its own inventory of 13,600 bottles. Imagine the meal and pairings to be experienced this night.
The Live Auction features once-in-a-lifetime vacations, unique large-format wines, incredible cellar-worthy wines, VIP dinners, concert tickets, and more. This is bound to be quite lively after enjoying two-plus hours of Napa’s finest wines!
You often read how much of the proceeds from events such as this don’t ultimately benefit the charity, mostly due to the extraordinary production costs. But at this event, 91 percent of the proceeds goes to CureDuchenne’s research. A quality event through and through.