ACCESS CARD Spotlight -- Rutherford Hill Winery

Hello Wine Lovers!

New to the NVJG family, this week’s spotlight winery is making its mark in a big way! As announced last week, Rutherford Hill Winery will host ‘piano2piano’ featuring Brian Culbertson and David Benoit in their acclaimed dueling pianos performance. Although the show is already sold out, you can still visit the winery located 20 minutes by car from The Westin Verasa Napa and downtown Napa to take in the gorgeous views, taste their delicious wines, explore picnic groves and enjoy unique blending experiences.

 Visitors can try the “Blend Your Own Merlot” Experience on Saturdays where “guests get to try their hand at being a Winemaker for the day,” notes Holly Leitner of Rutherford Hill. Their flagship varietal, Merlot accounts for about 75% of their yearly production. There are also opportunities to discover the Merlot and other classic Bordeaux varietals through interactive tastings from Rutherford’s special Reserves Collection. Leitner and the rest of the staff are excited to host NVJG attendees this June:

Rutherford Hill, a Terlato Family Winery, is perched above the Valley floor and offers unparalleled view of the Valley. Take in the views on a beautiful sun-drenched day, sip on award-winning wines and enjoy legendary Jazz from the heights of Rutherford Hill. A must-see stop during your Jazz Getaway.

Site of this year's 'piano2piano' performance.

Site of this year's 'piano2piano' performance.

Rutherford's wine cave.

Rutherford's wine cave.

Brian says…

Rutherford Hill is the perfect venue for ‘piano2piano!’ I can’t wait for everyone to see the views from Rutherford’s picnic groves and try their amazing Merlot.

Rutherford Hill Winery is offering ACCESS CARD holders a 2-for-1 deal on their Bordeaux Meets Napa Tasting as well as the Classics Tasting, which you can enjoy even if you are not attending the sold-out 'piano2piano' event. Only NVJG VIPs, 4-Day Gold Package and 2-Day Silver Package attendees will receive ACCESS CARDS, which cannot be purchased individually. Click HERE for more information and to purchase multi-day packages or single-day tickets.

Rutherford Hill Winery
200 Rutherford Hill Road
Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA 94573
Phone: (707) 963-1871
For tours and tastings, please call ahead.

ACCESS CARD Spotlight -- Paraduxx

Hello Getaway Gang!
This week, we spotlight returning winery partner Paraduxx (as in pair-a-ducks). Part of the Duckhorn family of wineries, Paraduxx produces some of the best blended wines in Napa Valley.
The winery’s beautiful architecture is a modern twist on an old-world farmstead with plenty of room in their indoor or outdoor tasting areas to relax and indulge.

Paraduxx has been part of the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway from inception. Diane de Santis, Marketing Events Manager at Paraduxx, fondly recalls NVJG 2012 when the winery served as a musical venue as well:
In 2012, Paraduxx was pleased to host Kenny Lattimore with the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway. It was such a memorable experience to enjoy outstanding jazz music while sharing our world class wines with NVJG ACCESS CARD holders. Our staff still encounters guests who talk about what a wonderful event this was. We are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity to host 2014 NVJG guests and share these memories with our wine-loving friends.

The Paraduxx fermentation facility.

The Paraduxx fermentation facility.

One of the Paraduxx tasting rooms.

One of the Paraduxx tasting rooms.

The NVJG team is thrilled to have Paraduxx back as an ACCESS CARD winery for 2014. The winery’s focus on blends adds unique diversity to our roster of partners, and we hope that ACCESS CARD members will enjoy that variety in their tasting experiences.

Brian says…
What's interesting about Paraduxx is that they only have blends - red blends and white blends (as opposed to Duckhorn which has the Cab, Merlot, etc.). Typically, I'm not a huge fan of blends but these are fantastic! When you visit, be sure to check out their famous 10-sided, state of the art fermentation room – it’s very cool.

Paraduxx is offering a 2-for-1 deal on any Enhanced Tasting for NVJG ACCESS CARD holders from June 9 – 20, 2014. Only NVJG VIPs, 4-Day Gold Package and 2-Day Silver Package attendees will receive ACCESS CARDS, which cannot be purchased individually. Click HERE for more information and to purchase multi-day packages or single-day tickets.
7257 Silverado Trail
Napa Valley, California 94558
(888) 354-8885
Open Daily 10am – 4pm

ACCESS CARD Partner Spotlight -- Mi Sueño Winery

Hello to my fellow Jazz Getaway fans! 
My name is Steve Gage and I’m sure we’ve met at the NVJG shows over the last few years, but if we haven’t…hello! I’ve been working with Brian since the inception of the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway spending many hours tasting great wines, sampling the fine Napa Valley cuisine and discussing ways to make the Getaway even more amazing. This year, I look forward to introducing you to the wines from my new venture, Mi Sueño Winery

I am the Director of Hospitality for this incredible line of handcrafted wines superbly made by Rolando Herrera, who has worked his way through some of the best cellars in Napa as he perfected his craft. He founded Mi Sueño in 1997 and has since been producing some of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa. I know you’ll really enjoy tasting them! 
You are invited to come and visit me at the winery (we are open by appointment only), but I’ll also be pouring Mi Sueño wines for Gold ACCESS CARD holders at the first Westin Verasa Napa lobby Wine Down on Thursday, June 12 from 3 - 5pm. Make plans to attend the Wine Downs Thursday through Sunday as I’m bringing in some of the best wineries you may have never heard of! I’m delighted to showcase several of the excellent small producers we have here in Napa. No need to leave the hotel since the owners and winemakers will come to you, sharing the secrets of their craft along with their prized vintages. Let’s get to know these marvelous wines together as we get ready for some incredible shows.

Brian Says…
I’m thrilled that Mi Sueño will be joining us as a winery partner this June and am so excited to have my friend, Steve Gage, with us once again as our ultimate Wine Country insider. Mi Sueño’s wines are phenomenal and I urge you to visit them when you’re up in Napa either at the Thursday Wine Down event or at their winery!
Mi Sueño is offering a 2-for-1 deal on their current tasting flight for NVJG ACCESS CARD holders from June 9 – 20, 2014. Only NVJG VIPs, 4-Day Gold Package and 2-Day Silver Package attendees will receive ACCESS CARDS, which cannot be purchased individually. Click HERE for more information and to purchase multi-day packages or single-day tickets.
Mi Sueño Winery
910 Enterprise Way
Suite M
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 258-6358
Tastings by appointment only.

ACCESS CARD Partner Spotlight -- EDICT Wines

Hello Getaway Gang!
This week’s spotlight is focused on returning winery partner EDICT Wines, which is quickly becoming one of the best and brightest wineries in Napa Valley.
EDICT Wines is located a quick 10-minute drive from The Westin Verasa and downtown Napa. With an intimate tasting room and a friendly staff that is passionate about their small production wines, EDICT is an ideal stop for any Napa Valley visitor.

EDICT bases its winemaking philosophy on three mantras: truth, generosity and love. Owners Barbara and Ira Goldberg have adopted these ideals and built a winery that thrives on its dedication to the craft of winemaking and their purposeful, hand-crafted approach. Jimmy Kawalek, Director of Sales and Marketing at EDICT, knows that this atmosphere carries over to visitors when they enter the EDICT tasting room:

You will be greeted with some great small production wines, an accompanying bite or two, great music (of course) and an amazing view of the working winery itself. Along with great modern art adorning the walls, the floor to ceiling glass wall gives you a bird’s eye view of the working winery in operation. By far, EDICT Wines is one of Napa's best-kept secrets! [We] produce only 1500 cases per year and [our] fan base is growing from coast to coast. [We] produce small batches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Red Blends. 

The EDICT facility.

The EDICT facility.

The NVJG team is happy to welcome EDICT back for a second year as an ACCESS CARD partner. Kawalek insists that “When the team at EDICT Wines first heard about BC doing a jazz festival in Napa, we knew we had to be involved! Having been a huge fan of Brian's for years and then learning that he has the same passion for Napa as we do, the relationship had to come together.”

BC with Jimmy Kawalek of EDICT Wines

BC with Jimmy Kawalek of EDICT Wines

Brian says…
Jimmy Kawalek is a force of nature! He is EDICT’s champion through and through, and his passion for the small winery makes you feel like you’re part of something special whenever you visit their tasting room. Their Cab is great, but try them all!
EDICT Wines is offering a 2-for-1 deal on any of their tasting flights for NVJG ACCESS CARD holders from June 9 – 20, 2014. Only NVJG VIPs, 4-Day Gold Package and 2-Day Silver Package attendees will receive ACCESS CARDS, which cannot be purchased individually. Click HERE for more information and to purchase multi-day packages or single-day tickets.
45 Enterprise Ct.
Napa, California 94558
Phone: 707-254-7700
Tasting Room Hours: By appointment only.

ACCESS CARD Sponsoring Partner Spotlight --

In this week’s spotlight, let’s get back to the music we love. The 2014 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway is proud to partner with, a free internet radio resource for all styles of jazz streaming over dozens of channels. will host our daily Wine Down events at The Westin Verasa Napa featuring free wine tastings for NVJG attendees with a 
GOLD ACCESS CARD. will showcase some of the great stations that listeners stream online and host giveaways. Player Player

Recently we polled our friends on Facebook and Twitter to find out where they listen to smooth jazz and were excited to see well represented. Fans love the accessibility of the platform as well as the variety of stations available. From Mellow Jazz to Paris Café or from Vocal Legends to Bossa Nova, has a station for every jazz lover. Alaina Paradise of had this to say about their site: is an internet radio station committed to making excellent jazz music available to fans around the world.  The company streams over 30 different digital radio channels of various types of jazz music online and also through its mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone. Each channel is hand-programmed by a music curator who is an expert in that particular style, so fans hear exactly the type of music they’re listening for every time they tune in. homepage homepage

“We’re excited to be part of this event because we’ll be connecting with passionate jazz fans in Napa, but we’ll also be able to bring a piece of the event to our fans worldwide who can’t be there,” says Paradise. “Jazz music is hugely popular in many other countries outside the USA. By being part of events like the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway we’re supporting talented artists and also exposing their music to new fans around the globe so they can continue to thrive in a really challenging industry.
Brian says… makes is so easy for fans all over the world to access their favorite jazz genres anywhere, anytime. I’m so excited to have them as part of our Wine Down events this year and know that NVJG attendees are going to love some of the special things they have in store!

Music by Brian and other NVJG artists is played frequently on the Smooth Jazz, Smooth Jazz 24x7, Piano Jazz, and Smooth Lounge channels.