If you’re feeling a bit star struck by this lot, we wouldn’t blame you. After all, it’s not every day – or evening – that two couples are dazzled by such an experience as this one, a trip where all the celestial bodies align, and you are transported to none other than OVID. Napa Valley. Whether you’re an armchair astronomer or a serious stargazer, this lot is certain to launch you into orbit.
Named for the Roman poet who lived from 43 BC to 17 AD, OVID. is famed for its rugged terrain, intensely red rocky soils and panoramic vistas, all located high atop Pritchard Hill. Some of the most intense and exciting wines in Napa Valley come from this land, and now it’s your turn to discover what makes this place so special. Together, you and your friends will fly Premium Class to San Francisco. Then, it’s onward to the Duncan Family’s private Calistoga Ranch residence, where you’ll spend three nights.
The Duncan Family has a special relationship with Napa Valley. In 1972, Ray Duncan co-founded Silver Oak with Justin Meyer, focusing exclusively on Cabernet Sauvignon made in American Oak barrels. Silver Oak is still owned and operated by Ray’s sons, David and Tim. The Duncan Family also founded Twomey Cellars in 1999, and through a close relationship with OVID. founders Mark Nelson and Dana Johnson, acquired OVID. in 2017.
One evening, you’ll make your way to the summit of the legendary Pritchard Hill, where you’ll be met by a professional astronomer, who will be your guide to the night sky for a private stargazing experience. You’ll dine under a canopy of stars, enjoying a feast of bison direct from the Duncan Family’s Diamond Tail Ranch in Colorado and expertly paired with a selection of “vinous stars” from the OVID. wine library. The culinary sparkle doesn’t end there, however. On the other evenings of your stay, you’ll also savor dinner at the Three-starred Michelin restaurants The Restaurant at Meadowood and The French Laundry.
During the day, while the stars slumber, you’ll investigate the environs of OVID. Together with David R. Duncan, you’ll embark upon a one-on-one ride-along tour of the Duncan Family’s most compelling vineyards – their “star” vineyards, if you will. Capping it all off is a behind-the-scenes tour of OVID. and its organic farming operations with managing partner Jack Bittner and a vertical tasting of OVID. the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon-focused proprietary blend.
To remember this celestial dream – or, as the poet Ovid himself would say, this Somnium Caelestis – you will not only take home OVID. Double Magnums of the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages, but also a Celestron telescope for stargazing in your own backyard!
This is not the time to get stars in your eyes! Bid high – it’s all for the kids!
Visit to California to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates prior to September 1, 2019 and with a minimum of 61 days advanced notice. Ground transportation in California is not included. The astronomer for the stargazing dinner at OVID. will bring telescopes for the guests to use.
Kary & David R. Duncan, Jack Bittner of OVID. Napa Valley and The Restaurant at Meadowood
Airfare donated by Jeannelle & Brian Brady