Things To Do

CabFest Napa Valley

Devoted Exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon
Oscar-Winning Actor, Singer, Songwriter Jeff Bridges to
Headline Kickoff Concert February 28
Festival Features Wine Authority Karen MacNeil, Chef Cindy Pawlcyn,
Culinary Institute of America and more than 100 of Napa Valley’s Top Wineries
at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater March 1 & 2

Jeff Bridges, famed Oscar-winning actor, singer and songwriter, is set to headline the CabFestNV Festival Kickoff Concert on Friday, February 28 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville , California. CabFestNV, set for Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, is the first festival devoted exclusively to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This spectacular three-day wine weekend will be filled with great Cabernet, keynote presentations by Karen MacNeil, bestselling author of “The Wine Bible,” educational seminars by the Culinary Institute of America, informative panels, exceptional food by noted Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, special perks and surprises, a VIP-exclusive “Cigars & Guitars” post-concert party, and world-class entertainment.

The entertainment begins with Jeff Bridges & The Abiders performing a lively mix of country-rock music at the Festival Kickoff Concert on Friday, February 28. Jeff Bridges’ talented daughter Jessie Bridges will open the concert, as well as perform a solo set at the exclusive “Cigars & Guitars” after-party. The VIP after-party, only open to All-Access Ticket holders, will also feature a rare guitar exhibit co-sponsored by the Napa Valley Museum, Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s cigar-sampling tent, great fortified wines and library Cabernets, and a “meet and greet” with Jeff Bridges. The entertainment continues throughout the weekend, including the Saturday night Wine Industry Insiders “Meet-Up & Concert” starring The Silverado Pickups, a very popular “winemaker / musician” band. This special concert is open to the public for just $10.

CabFestNV will feature more than 100 of Napa Valley ’s exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon producers, representing both the enduring tastemakers and the hottest boutiques. A sneak peek at participating vintners reveals that highly sought Cabernet producers such as Silver Oak Cellars, CADE Estate Winery, Gargiulo Vineyards, Crocker & Starr, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Antica Napa Valley,Rocca Family Vineyards, Merryvale Vineyards, Freemark Abbey Winery, Girard Winery and Peju Province Winery are set to participate.

A highlight of the fully-integrated weekend of current and library wine tastings, seminars and panels will be international wine expert and “The Wine Bible” author Karen MacNeil’s interesting and entertaining keynote presentations “What Makes Great Cabernet Sauvignon Great” and “Cab on the Couch” (relaxed and spontaneous conversations with the people behind Napa Valley’s legendary Cabernet).

All CabFest ticketholders are invited to complimentary wine tasting receptions during the day on Friday at ten participating wineries by driving the “CabFestNV Kickoff Tasting Circuit,” allowing attendees to sample Napa Valley ’s great Cabernet wines at their source.

Ticket prices and packages (available online at or by calling 707.944.9900):

  • CabFestNV VIP All-Access Ticket (Limited to 100 attendees, includes Friday night VIP “Cigars & Guitars” Party, preferred seating for both concerts, Grand Tastings, Private Tastings, VIP Lounge): $500
  • Grand Tastings Only: Two-Day Pass $225 & Single-Day Pass $125
  • Kickoff Concert (Jeff Bridges & the Abiders): $100, $75*, $65*, $55* (*discounts available with purchase of a Grand Tasting Pass, 20% off with a two-day pass and 10% off with a one-day pass)
  • Wine Industry Insiders “Meet-Up & Concert” (The Silverado Pickups): $10 (open to the public)