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Kerrin Laz’s “Winter Wine & Food Fête” Brings Annual Inspire Napa Valley Fundraising Total to $1.9 Million for Alzheimer’s Association


Popular Wine Country Event Raises Critical Funds for Cutting-edge Alzheimer’s Research and Support Services for Families in Northern California Facing Alzheimer’s. Dates announced for 2023 Inspire Napa Valley three-day wine weekend; May 5-7, 2023

YOUNTVILLE, Calif., December 13, 2022 – Wine industry tastemaker Kerrin Laz hosted the fourth annual Winter Wine & Food Fête on December 10, raising more than $300,000 to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Fête brings the grand total of the Inspire Napa Valley series, which features events in the spring and winter, to more than $1.9 million raised in 2022. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Alzheimer’s Association | Photographer: Bob McClenahan

More than 200 guests gathered at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and enjoyed a world-class VIP lunch followed by a walk-around wine tasting. Curated by Laz, founder and proprietor of K. LAZ WINE COLLECTION, the lunch highlighted current and library offerings shared by vintners and winemakers from Abreu Vineyards, Bryant Estate, Dalla Valle Vineyards, LAZ Wine, Round Pond Estate, Rudd Estate, and Screaming Eagle, followed by a walk-around wine tasting from 29 of California’s most exceptional vintners and winemakers.

“I’m beyond thankful for the generosity and support of everyone who was a part of this year’s Winter Wine and Food Fête,” said Inspire Napa Valley founder Kerrin Laz. “It touches my heart to see the Napa Valley community come together for such a worthy cause—a cause that is so important to me, my family and millions of others. Because of events like this, and all those involved, we are able to fund support services and cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research that will one day change the course of this disease for so many.”

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and in California alone, there are more than 690,000 people aged 65 and older living with the disease. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends serve as Alzheimer’s caregivers, including more than 1.1 million Californians providing unpaid care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

During the Winter Wine & Food Fête, Laz announced the 2023 Inspire Napa Valley three-day wine weekend taking place May 5-7, 2023. The Inspire Napa Valley Spring Wine Weekend offers wine enthusiasts, philanthropists and industry leaders a unique opportunity to mingle with Napa Valley’s top vintners and winemakers. Honorary committee members include: Antonio Galloni, Brad Grimes, Ray Isle, Francoise Peschon, and Samantha Rudd. Steering committee members include: Bettina Bryant, Blakesley Chappellet, and Wendi Green. 

Tickets will be available in early 2023 for the Inspire Napa Valley three-day wine weekend. To learn more, visit inspirenapavalley.org.

Founded in 2017, Inspire Napa Valley is a world-class fundraising series that has raised over $4.5 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The winter and spring events bring together wine enthusiasts, industry and community leaders to help advance research to end Alzheimer’s and enhance care and support services for all affected by the disease.

About Inspire Napa Valley

Founded in 2017 by Kerrin Laz, Inspire Napa Valley (INV) is committed to inspiring change in the Napa Valley by bringing wine enthusiasts and industry leaders together to advance research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia and enhance care for those living with the disease. INV raises critical funds to help families in Northern California struggling with Alzheimer’s care, and it will help fund cutting-edge research nationwide. For more information, visit inspirenapavalley.org.

About the Alzheimer’s Association® 

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia®. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.



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