Upcoming RDS Events
Rutherford Wine Experience
Friday, May 4th & Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Various Locations, including Rancho Caymus Inn & Rutherford Ranch Winery
Now in its fifth year, the Rutherford Wine Experience offers an exclusive opportunity to explore Rutherford wines, wineries and vineyards with the people who make our appellation so special ~ its growers, winemakers and proprietors! The festivities begin Friday, May 4th with our signature VIP Welcome Reception at Rancho Caymus Inn. On Saturday May 5th, enjoy in-depth wine education seminars hosted onsite at various Rutherford locations followed by the Rutherford Round-Up! from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Rutherford Ranch.
18th Annual DAY IN THE DUST
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
New Location! Culinary Institute of America at Copia
By Invitation Only
Wine Industry Media and Trade
The Original Rutherford Chili Ball
Sunday, August 5th, 2018
Pestoni Family Winery
Back by popular demand, this festive, family-friendly event will include entertainment for all ages, including a Chili Cook-off competition between vintners, growers, firefighters, chefs, and self-proclaimed chili connoisseurs of the Rutherford community. A live vote by attendees will decide who gets the ultimate glory and bragging rights for having the best chili in Rutherford! Wines from RDS members and local beers will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon, and a silent auction will feature generously donated large format bottles and other items from RDS members.
Recent RDS Events
Rutherford Dust Society Annual Meeting & Dinner
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
at the Historic Rutherford Grange Hall
RDS’ convivial annual meeting and dinner event was held in the historic Rutherford Hall (formerly the Rutherford Grange). A warm welcome from Board President Davie Piña (Piña Vineyard Management) kicked off the meeting, followed by updates from the 2017 Board on marketing, financials, events, and strategies for the coming year. Guest speaker Terence Mulligan, CEO and President of the Napa Valley Community Foundation, delivered a timely keynote presentation that touched on the important community issues of disaster relief, immigration policy and infrastructure. Following the meeting, the festive group enjoyed an elegant meal prepared by Oak Avenue Catering.
Premiere Napa Valley Auction Lot Preview Event
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Hosted at the incredible St. Supéry Winery
Premiere Napa Valley is always an exciting time in Rutherford, and this year was no exception. During PNV week, wine trade and media from all over the world travel here to taste the distinctive wines that set our region apart, with hopes of winning at auction.
In anticipation of the live auction, RDS hosted a lot preview event on Thursday, February 22nd from 10am to noon for RDS members to showcase their PNV lots and Rutherford Appellation wines to bidders. Special thank you to St. Supéry for their outstanding hospitality for this exciting preview event, and to the 20 RDS members who participated.
The Napa Valley Film Festival
Friday, November 10th & Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Wine pavilions at Long Meadow Ranch and Copia at CIA
The Napa Valley Film Festival is an event that our community looks forward to all year long. RDS has participated in this fabulous gathering for three consecutive years, and in 2017 we were honored with the opportunity to host two fabulous wine pavilions, at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch and Copia at CIA, respectively.