Uncorking Iconic Napa Valley with Joseph Phelps and More


In 1974, Joseph Phelps created Insignia, California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend. Each vintage would be a blend of the best grapes from a given year, initially from both grower and estate fruit, and beginning with the 2004 vintage, from entirely estate-grown sources. 

2013 marks the 40th vintage of Insignia, a vintage in which winemaker Ashley Hepworth blended 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc from six estate vineyards in Stags Leap, South Napa, Rutherford, Oak Knoll and St. Helena. The 2013 Insignia label pays homage to the original Insignia logo design with a commemorative fortieth vintage mark.  

Four couples are invited to visit the recently renovated Joseph Phelps Vineyards winery where they will be treated to a multi-course seasonal lunch hosted by Phelps family members. Each course will be perfectly paired with Joseph Phelps wines, including special library selections. Join the Phelps family for an afternoon to remember. Each couple will also receive two magnums of 2013 Insignia to add to their personal cellar. Uncork a bottle of Insignia and celebrate a Napa Valley icon 40 years in the making.

Our friend, Todd Newman invites you to spend three nights in the heart of Napa at Dakota Shy Estate, labeled by Wine Spectator to be the “Rising Star of California Cabernet.” Beautiful redwoods and magnolias dot the estate along with 1.2 acres of Italian and Spanish olives from which Dakota Shy presses their own olive oil. The Dakota Shy Estate guesthouse has four bedrooms complete with en-suite bathrooms.  

Skip over to Saint Helena Winery for a private tour, tasting and picnic of cheese and charcuterie to top off your Napa getaway. Located within the historical St. Helena Appellation, Saint Helena is a small, boutique winery that is open exclusively to invitation-only guests.

Immerse yourself in the diversity of exquisite wines that are synonymous with Napa Valley’s prestigious reputation.  

This lot includes:

  • Three (3) nights at Dakota Shy Estate for four (4) couples
  • Dinner at Dakota Shy Estate for eight (8)
  • Wine paired multi-coursed, seasonal lunch at Joseph Phelps Vineyards winery hosted by Phelps family members for eight (8)
  • Eight (8) 1.5L 2013 Insignia (WS 93, RP 98+)
  • Private tour, tasting and picnic at Saint Helena Winery

Donated by: Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Dakota Shy Wine and St. Helena Winery

Restrictions: Lodging is subject to availability and exclude September and October. All activities to be hosted at a mutually agreed upon date and time. Auction lot expires 4/30/18.