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Robert Mondavi Winery, the Napa Valley Film Festival and Chef Tyler Florence Host Wine Country Wildfire Benefit Dinner and Screening

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Red carpet reception, multi-course wine pairing dinner and private screening of Tyler Florence’s documentary film, Uncrushable, to raise funds for wine country fire relief

NAPA, Calif. (October 3, 2018) – Robert Mondavi Winery and the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) will join forces with acclaimed chef and Food Network star Tyler Florence to host an exclusive fundraiser dinner and screening one year after the destructive 2017 northern California wine country wildfires. The evening will feature an exquisite three-course meal prepared by Chef Tyler Florence and Robert Mondavi Winery Executive Chef Jeff Mosher. Guests will also be treated to a private screening of Florence’s new documentary film, Uncrushable, which highlights the heroism, humanity and resiliency of the affected wine country communities. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation to assist with continued wildfire relief efforts.

The exclusive dinner will take place at the iconic Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville on Friday, November 9. The event coincides with the Napa Valley Film Festival’s five-day run from November 7-11. Guests will walk the red carpet at 5:30pm with a reception and multi-course dinner to follow. A selection of Robert Mondavi Winery wines will accompany each course. The film screening will commence at 8:00pm, with a question and answer session featuring Chef Florence immediately following. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Tyler Florence and the Napa Valley Film Festival to mark the one-year anniversary of the wine country fires in a healing and meaningful way,” explains Kathy Magner, Hospitality Director, Robert Mondavi Winery. “Tyler’s film captures the best of who we are as a community and provides an inspired platform for us to continue to support ongoing fire relief efforts through this fundraising event.”

Adds Brenda Lhormer, NVFF Co-Founder and Director, “It is important that we continue to acknowledge how the 2017 wildfires impacted so many lives, and that we support and celebrate our resilient communities. We are grateful to Robert Mondavi Winery and Tyler Florence for partnering with us to host this very special benefit dinner and screening. We know that Uncrushable will make a lasting impact on dinner guests and festival audiences alike.”

A very limited number of individual tickets for the winery dinner and screening are available at $500 per person. Call the Napa Valley Film Festival at 707.226.7500 to learn more and purchase. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation for ongoing fire relief.

About Robert Mondavi Winery:

Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1966 by winemaking pioneer Robert Mondavi. As the first major winery built in Napa Valley after the repeal of Prohibition, Robert Mondavi Winery created the foundation for the modern-day California wine industry. An ardent believer that wines should reflect their origins and be made to harmonize with food, Mr. Mondavi charted a winemaking course that is now legendary. Today, Robert Mondavi Winery carries on Mr. Mondavi’s legacy through dedication to the land, winemaking excellence, and warm hospitality. At the heart of the winery is the historic To Kalon Vineyard, a 440-acre parcel of exceptional provenance that contributes to the winery’s red wine program, including the iconic Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and also famously includes the five-acre I Block. Planted in 1945, I Block is believed to be the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the New World. For more information, please visit www.robertmondaviwinery.com

 About the Napa Valley Film Festival:

The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up wine country at the most colorful time of year, November 7-11. NVFF will present 100 new independent films and studio sneak previews, including Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book and HBO Films’ Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, in ten beautiful venues throughout Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Attendees will interact with over 300 filmmakers at screenings and special events, as well as enjoy daily culinary demonstrations and wine tastings. Special events include the Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, Festival Gala, Opening and Closing Night parties and much more. This year, the festival will honor luminaries such as Geena Davis and Laurence Fishburne, a handful of young rising star talent, as well as pay tribute to The Groundlings Theatre with esteemed alumni in attendance, such as Taran Killam, Laraine Newman and Julia Sweeney. Visit www.nvff.org for more information or call 707.226.7500

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