• Sophia Loren, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Redford
  • Ballet Gala
  • Carlo Ponti conducts
  • Gargiulo Dinner
  • Hall Dinner
  • Joshua Bell
  • Arturo Sandoval at Meadowood
  • Opera Gala
  • Under the Stars at Opus One
  • Yoga in the Vineyards

News


Welcome to the Napa Valley Festival del Sole media room. Please feel free to browse articles, press releases and reviews. For media-related inquiries, please contact Sonia Tolbert (phone 707.346.5052).

Recent Press Coverage

San Francisco Magazine
Friday, August 15, 2014
San Francisco Magazine

The Outtakes section of San Francisco Magazine features a fine selection of images by Drew Altizer taken at the Patron Dinner at Hall Napa Valley, Bella Italia! Tribute to Sofia Loren at Far Niente, the Festival Gala at Meadowood, and Under the Stars at Opus One. [See the PDF.]

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Stepin2
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Step in 2

This health and lifestyle blog offers a summary of the festival's marquee events, topped with a headline saying Festival del Sole "takes it to the next step and becomes a worldwide celebration." 

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Nob Hill Gazette
Friday, August 1, 2014
Nob Hill Gazette

This San Francisco publication presented a nice photo review of Opening Night at Castello di Amorosa. [See the PDF.]

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Haute Living
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Haute Living

In a wrap up piece about the festival's "magical highlights" and the "stunning" Bella Italia! Tribute to Sophia Loren at Far Niente, Haute Living notes that "Lovers of the good life who attended the 9th Annual Festival Del Sole have certainly walked away with fond memories." 

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Festival del Sole Draws Art, Culture, and Celebrities to Napa Valley
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Festival del Sole Draws Art, Culture, and Celebrities to Napa Valley

7x7 offers a roundup of this year's festival, plus a photo gallery, saying "with a week-long calendar packed with everything from al fresco concerts to patron dinners to an elegant gala, the 10-day-long offered something for all wine country tastes.Of the many events, the true standout was an exclusive dinner honoring film legend Sophia Loren."

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Stars Align for Sophia Loren Tribute
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Stars Align for Sophia Loren Tribute

For SFGate.com, Catherine Bigelow offers a touching review of the festival's Bella Italia! Tribute to Sophia Loren at Far Niente. Two days later, the online publication added a photo album of the event.

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Huffington Post
Monday, July 21, 2014
Huffington Post

Of the Bella Italia! Tribute to Sophia Loren at Far Niente, Mary Orlin, the "Wine Fashionista" at the Huffington Post writes, "I've been to my fair share of special nights in wine country, but this evening tops them all... in one of the most beautiful and serene settings in wine country."

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Opera Gala Provides Grand Finale
Monday, July 21, 2014
Opera Gala Provides Grand Finale

James Keolker offers an exhuberant review of the festival's closing night Opera Gala, calling it "glamorous and stellar... [with] charming onstage introductions by Judith Caldwell... Italian film star Sophia Loren radiantly sitting in the audience.... But the stellar attractions were the world famous tenor Matthew Polenzani, and the young and glamorous soprano Nadine Sierra, conducted by the charismatic maestro, Carlo Ponti."

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Variety
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Variety

The leading entertainment publication recaps the festival's Bella Italia! Tribute to Sophia Loren at Far Niente, saying "the theme from Vittorio De Sica’s “La Ciociara” (“Two Women”)... set the tone for the musical program. Its pastoral qualities flowed in perfect harmony with the Arcadian setting and magic-hour lighting – like a Gainsborough landscape come to life. Everything about the lavish affair was molto Italiano..."

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DigiNews
Friday, July 18, 2014
DigiNews

Mid-festival, Diginews offered a summary of the Festival del Sole as "the wine country lifestyle meeting the big city arts scene." After reviewing the many events still to take place, the article summarized by saying, "no matter which course you take at Festival del Sole, all of your senses will be delighted."

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"Splendid" Trouble in Tahiti
Friday, July 18, 2014
"Splendid" Trouble in Tahiti

Jim Koelker of the Napa Valley Register wrote that "the sass, spunk and poignancy of the 1950s came alive again in a fine performance of Leonard Bernstein's wry chamber opera Trouble in Tahiti." Commending the "exceptional" voices of the leading singers, the "irrepressible fun" of the Trio, and the "exceptional bass work" of Xavier Foley, Koelker laments only that the evening did not go on longer. 

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Napa Valley Register
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Napa Valley Register

The valley's leading newspaper interviews composer Daniel Brewbaker on Sinfonietta per Sofia, his new composition in tribute to Sophia Loren, to be debuted by the LA Virtuosi, a new classical ensemble led by Loren's son, Carlo Ponti.

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SF Gate
Thursday, July 17, 2014
SF Gate

Catherine Bigelow offers a round-up of the Festival Gala at Meadowood, held in "an enchanted spot of the rustically elegant property, where forest-fairy performers inspired a midsummer soiree." The article notes that the event raised a record $1.3 million, and includes several photos and quotes from Margrit Mondavi and Aaron Dworkin.

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The Weekly Calistogan
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Weekly Calistogan

George Starke reviews the "glorious" first five days of Festival del Sole, along with its "super gala," the the Sphinx concert at Lincoln Theater led by Alondra de la Parra, "one of the most talented and animated conductors we have ever seen."

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Forbes Travel Guide
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Forbes Travel Guide

Festival del Sole gets a shout out in this excellent round up of tips for doing Napa in a day (though we would recommend a three-day minimum stay).

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San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, July 10, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle

The Chronicle selects Festival del Sole as a "Bay Area weekend pic," where it tops the listing with a photo of Joshua Bell. [See the PDF]

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San Francisco Urban Daddy
Thursday, July 10, 2014
San Francisco Urban Daddy

Festival del Sole is the second featured item in this popular e-newsletter, which uses UrbanDaddy’s signature humor to play up the festival’s array of offerings, including the wine, live music, yoga and the Bella Italia! evening with Sophia Loren and Robert Redford, e.g. "If you’re not planning to hit Festival del Sole, good luck making all this happen. Really. Good luck."
 

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San Francisco Classical Voice
Thursday, July 10, 2014
San Francisco Classical Voice

This Bay Area classical resource offers a roundup of the festival's offerings ("terrific concerts and super star performers"), with special attention to the "noteworthy performances" by the Sphinx Orchestra. 

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USA Today
Monday, July 7, 2014
USA Today

This preview coverage with a 7-photo captioned slideshow appears in USAToday.com’s targeted “Experience Food and Wine” section and offers background on the festival before relaying 2014 highlights, including Opening Night, Bella Italia, A Taste of Napa, Yoga in the Vineyards and the Bouchaine Young Artist concert series. Adjectives to describe the festival include epic, star-studded, and memorable. [See the PDF]

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SFArts.org
Sunday, July 6, 2014
SFArts.org

This go-to online resource for the best of arts and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area included a photo of Polina Semionova on its homepage, mentioning the annual Dance Gala as a festival highlight and a “one-night special engagement that brings the stars of classical dance to Yountville’s Lincoln Theater.” The expanded write-up after the jump includes program highlights and the acclaimed national and international ballet companies that will be represented. [See the PDF]

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