20. Napa Valley Friends of the Foundation


DCWAF friends and partners at The Debate, Lerner Project, and VGS Chateau Potelle welcome three couples to Napa Valley for an immersive experience like no other.  

Proprietors of Lerner Project, Stu and Karen Lerner welcome you to their Diamond Mountain estate, Armstrong Ranch, in Calistoga. Situated high atop Napa Valley, this well-appointed three-bedroom, two-bathroom home awaits. With a lap pool, cozy fire pit, and expansive views of wine country, your home away from home is the perfect place for you to relax and unwind after a full day of tastings.  

Your itinerary while in wine country has been carefully curated by your hosts to include a variety of ultra-exclusive experiences unavailable to the public. Inspire your winemaker within at VGS Chateau Potelle. Begin your day with proprietor and founder, Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, and winemaker, Eric Stauffer, for a barrel tasting followed by an interactive wine blending seminar where you will create four bottles of your very own VGS wine under their expert guidance. Travel next to the VGS Tasting House & Garden in St. Helena for a memorable five-course wine lunch before ending your day being spoiled by Chef Ken Frank of La Toque’s chef tasting dinner paired with wines from all three of your host wineries.  

Spend the next day at The Debate’s historic Spring House, located in downtown St. Helena, for a casual wine country lunch and library wine tasting with winemaker and proprietor, Jean Hoefliger. Engage in discussion, negotiation, and spirited debates on the profound impact of soil on the exceptional wines of Napa Valley. Unwind in the afternoon back at Armstrong Ranch while enjoying a wine tasting with Karen and Stu Lerner on their Sky Deck overlooking their estate vineyards and Saint Helena Mountain.  

End your stay with a special wine dinner at The Charter Oak with all three host vintners while exploring the culinary styling of chef and owner, Christopher Kostow and Executive Chef Phillip Moratin. 

Each couple will also take home a selection of large formats and rare bottlings from each of your hosts to stock your cellar and commemorate your trip. 

This Lot Includes:

Three (3) night stay at the Lerner Project Guest House on Armstrong Ranch for three (3) couples 

Wine blending seminar with VGS proprietor Jean-Noel Fourmeaux and winemaker Eric Stauffer for three (3) couples 

Lunch with wine pairings at the VGS Tasting Room & Garden for three (3) couples 

Tour, tasting, and lunch with The Debate proprietor Jean Hoefliger at Spring House for three (3) couples 

Wine tasting with Lerner Project proprietor’s Karen and Stu Lerner for three (3) couples 

Wine dinner at La Toque with parings from The Debate, Lerner Project, and VGS Chateau Potelle for three (3) couples 

Wine dinner at The Charter Oak with proprietors from The Debate, Lerner Project, and VGS Chateau Potelle for three (3) couples  

Three (3) 1.5L bottles of ** Lerner Project Project 18 – one (1) for each couple  

Three (3) 1.5L bottles of 2019 The Debate The Ultimate Debate (RP 97+, WS92) – one (1) for each couple 

Three (3) 1.5L bottles of 2019 VGS Chateau Potelle Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, signed – one (1) for each couple 


Donated by: Lerner Project, The Debate, and VGS Chateau Potelle 

Restrictions: Please reference your 2024 auction catalog for final details and restrictions.