You are invited to: A Wine Benefit Dinner at Spottswoode Estate
...to a wine benefit dinner to accelerate meaningful climate action.
Join us to experience an intimate evening of spectacular wines paired with dishes that will match with them perfectly, sharing transformative conversations and forming deep connections with climate leaders and changemakers. This inspirational gathering could be, truly, life-changing.
Our small group will be, weather permitting, sitting beneath the palms overlooking the estate vineyard taking in the sunset and the stars. If the weather dictates otherwise, we will dine in the Estate home, the Novak’s private family home.
Chef Aaron LeRoi will prepare a five-course vegetarian dinner paired with vintage and large-format wines, including Cristal Louis Roederer Champagne and a Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon from magnum.
Beth Novak Milliken President & CEO Spottswoode Winery
Spottswoode Estate 1401 Hudson Avenue St Helena, CA 94574
Date & Time
April 6, 2023 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Guests will include Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW, founder and Editor in Chief of JancisRobinson.com, Erica Löfving, Chief Sustainability Officer with Vintage Wine Estates , Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist, including with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tod Mostero, Director of Viticulture & Winemaking at Dominus Estate, and Anna Brittain, Executive Director of Napa Green and co-founder of RISE, AND MORE.
Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW
Beth Novak Milliken
"We only have this decade to make, and also to inspire, meaningful change. We at Spottswoode are a part of driving this, it is a moral responsibility I feel deeply about. The greatest challenge to the continuation of my family business is climate change. It already has and will continue to affect every single agriculturally based business on the planet. As such, we must seize this opportunity to come together to make rapid, aspirational change. Napa Valley must be a leader and leverage its powerful platform to inspire global action."
- Beth Novak Milliken, President & CEO, Spottswoode Estate
Be the Change
Your wine dinner ticket will be your donation (minimum $2500) and will build a pool of matching funds for growers and vintners with the greatest financial need to implement impactful sustainability and climate action projects.
Aspirational climate action is essential. This is our future, the future of our children, the future of our community, of our planet, of our individual and collective health and longevity.
As Dr. Kimberley Nicholas shares in Under the Sky We Make:
It’s warming. It’s us. We’re sure. It’s bad. We can fix it.
Our winegrowing region has weathered three megafires in the past five years. We’ve been in a 500-year drought, meaning drought conditions haven’t been this severe in 500 years. Last year, temperatures in September exceeded 115° in some areas, in some cases deleteriously impacting grapes on the verge of being made into beautiful wines.
Proactive forest thinning and removing invasive species to create healthier forests more resilient to fire; Building healthy soils full of happy microbes that store carbon, water, and nutrients and make vines more resilient to drought and heat extremes; Reducing emissions by shifting to electric tractors and fleets; Generating local renewable energy...it's not just the right thing to do, it's essential.