3 – 3 Liter 2015 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, etched
36 – 750ml bottles of your personal Staglin Family Vineyard blend
Five (5) night escape to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, plus a three (3) night intimate wine experience in Napa Valley for three (3) couples
Roundtrip, Private Air via FlexJet on a Phenom 300 from Naples, Florida to Tennessee for three (3) couples
Three (3) nights’ accommodations in Singing Brook Cottage Suites at Blackberry Farm for three (3) couples
Two (2) nights’ accommodations in Stone Cottages at Blackberry Mountain for three (3) couples
Dinner in the wine cellar of The Barn at Blackberry Farm prepared by executive chef Cassidee Dabney, paired with wines from the Blackberry collection
Private dinner hosted by Shannon Staglin and Artie Johnson beneath the stars at Blackberry Farm’s Yallarhammer Pavilion, paired with wines from the Staglin Family Vineyard’s collection
Two (2) activities at Blackberry Farm per person based on their personal choice (one activity per day)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on property while at Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain
Three (3) nights’ accommodations at the One Oak Farmhouse, operated by Amizetta Winery in Yountville, California for three (3) couples
Dinner for three (3) couples at the Staglin family home with Napa insider friends and vintners, served with wines selected from the Staglin’s private collection
Once-in-a-lifetime blending session of the Staglin estate component wines led by winemaker Fredrik Johansson
Tasting of six top international wines with Master Sommelier, Sur Lucero and Master of Wine, Vanessa Conlin of Wine Access
Wine tasting at Amizetta Estate Winery
Cooking class with Estate chef Sarah Heller at Staglin Vineyard historic Steckter House
What happens when you combine a luxurious stay at America’s premier farm-to-table destination with an immersion into one of California’s most famous wine estates? The lucky bidders will receive an unforgettable time at Blackberry Farm, Blackberry Mountain and Staglin Family Vineyard for three couples. You’ll return home having experienced some of the country’s most memorable cooking, and you’ll be a wine industry pro!
Your adventure begins as you fly Private from Naples to Tennessee on a Phenom 300, arriving at Blackberry Farm, which borders the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Owned and operated by the Beall family, this 62-room Relais & Châteaux property has received every possible accolade: It has been rated as the “Number One Hotel in the US” by Travel + Leisure, the recipient of the Wine Spectator “Grand Award” and has won James Beard Awards for “Outstanding Wine Program” and “Outstanding Service.”
Your party of six will spend your first three nights in the Singing Brook Cottage Suites, nestled on a wooded hillside near the Farmstead. Each suite includes a fully stocked pantry, a quiet porch with chaise furniture and a private golf cart. This secluded sanctuary will serve as a base for exploring the paradise of Blackberry Farm. Activities range from hiking, horseback riding, paddle sports and fly fishing to more leisurely pursuits such as carriage rides and spa treatments.
You’ll sample the remarkable range of Blackberry Farm’s culinary offerings, highlighted by dinner in the wine cellar of The Barn, prepared by executive chef Cassidee Dabney, a two-time finalist for the James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast”. Cassidee specializes in what she calls a “thoughtful and delicious” version of the Farm’s signature Foothills Cuisine. Dinner will be accompanied by wines from the Farm’s award-winning cellar.
You’ll dine under the stars at the Yallarhammer Pavilion, warmed by the fireplace and soothed by the sounds of the nearby babbling brook. Your meal will be hosted by Staglin Family Vineyard president Shannon Staglin and her husband Artie Johnson, paired with carefully chosen wines from the Staglin collection. For the final night of your stay at the Blackberry Farm property, you can choose between returning to The Barn or dining at Dogwood, situated in the main house.
After three days at Blackberry Farm, you will journey to their sister property, Blackberry Mountain. A short twenty-minute ride away, your party will spend your next two nights in luxurious Stone Cottages, complete with a private patio, wood-burning fireplace, king-size featherbed, spacious sitting area and a whirlpool tub. You can take a hike, mountain bike, complimentary fitness class or indulge in the full-service spa. Whether you are taking in nature or enjoying the ultimate comforts Blackberry Mountain has to offer, you will be sure to feel more relaxed and connected with nature than ever before.
You’ll never forget your time at the Blackberry properties, but you will have your memories to hold you over until you are able to take your future trip to Napa Valley where you will enjoy three days of incomparable insider experiences at the historic Staglin Family Vineyard estate in Rutherford.
The vineyards on the Staglin property have been planted to grapevines since the mid-1860s. The estate was purchased in 1985 by Shari and Garen Staglin, who worked with the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff to restore the vineyards to their original prominence. Since its inception, Staglin Family Vineyard has raised over $1 billion for charity. The vineyard is certified organic, and the winery is sustainably operated to minimize its impact on the environment.
Staglin Family Vineyard is being ushered into the next generation by Shannon and her husband Artie Johnson. Shannon has worked in the family business since 2001, and Artie currently makes his own wines under the Le Artishasic label. This dynamic couple will serve as the hosts for your visit, including a dinner at the Staglin family home with Napa friends and top vintners, accompanied by wines from the family’s private collection.
While in Napa Valley, you will enjoy a three night stay at the beautiful One Oak Farmhouse operated by Amizetta Estate Winery. This spacious home is located in the heart of Napa Valley and is the perfect place to relax and unwind while in California. Accommodations include a bocce court, an outdoor firepit surrounded by ample comfortable seating, fireplaces in each bedroom and an entertainment ready kitchen and formal dining room. Included in your visit, enjoy a seated tasting at the breathtaking Amizetta Estate Winery, with phenomenal views of Lake Hennessey and Pritchard Hill.
You’ll enjoy a once in a lifetime blending experience of Staglin Estate component wines led by winemaker Fredrik Johansson, a veteran of two decades in the Napa Valley. You’ll compose your own personal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, which will be bottled and shipped to your home. In addition, you’ll take home a rare, etched Three Liter bottle of 2015 Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon.
If you’ve never tasted with a Master Sommelier or Master of Wine, now you have the opportunity to do both. Once your palate is honed from your blending session, you’ll sit down with MS Sur Lucero and MW Vanessa Conlin of Wine Access for a tasting of six top international wines. You’ll emerge with new insights into the factors and fine points of distinguishing between a good wine and a truly great one.
You will also take part in a private cooking class with Estate chef, Sarah Heller, at the Staglin Vineyard historic Steckter House. Heller has worked at both Bouchon Bistro and Meadowood before opening her own Radish Leaf Cuisine. Spend time during your class cooking with the ultra-fresh, local ingredients from the wine country’s incredible agricultural bounty.
Memories of your time at Blackberry Farm, Blackberry Mountain and Staglin Family Vineyard will linger as you open each bottle of your unique Cabernet blend in the years to come.
Raise your paddle high for a food and wine experience that cannot be duplicated!
Roundtrip, Private Air from Naples, Florida to Tennessee on a Phenom 300 and roundtrip ground transportation to the Blackberry properties in Tennessee is included. Airfare to California and ground transportation while in California is not included. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and gratuities for your room and stated dinners are included at both Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain. Trip to the Blackberry properties must be redeemed by December 31, 2022. Trip to Tennessee and trip to California are not consecutive and must be planned for mutually agreeable dates, based on availability. While in California, ground transportation and any meals not stated are not included. Cases of your unique Cabernet Sauvignon blend will be shipped to you once bottled.
The Beall Family, Blackberry Farm, Blackberry Mountain, The Clark Family, Staglin Family Vineyard and Shannon Staglin
Private Air donated by Barbie & Paul Hills and Carol & John Walter