Annual Napa at Newport Wine Event November 6 CureDuchenne Benefits


Napa at Newport 2020

The annual Newport Napa Wine Auction, based in Newport Beach, CureDuchenne, barely beat Covid closures last year when the fundraiser brought in $ 1 million at the 2020 event which was held on February 29.

The pandemic has postponed this year’s Napa to Newport, but it returns next month, bigger and better than ever.

CureDuchenne and Vintner President Bryant Estate are hosting the seventh annual Napa Wine Auction in Newport and Dinner on Saturday, November 6 at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

This acclaimed event brings together renowned Napa Valley winemakers, wine collectors and prominent philanthropists from the Orange County area to raise funds for CureDuchenne, a global non-profit organization aimed at saving the lives of 300 000 children and young adults living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a fatal genetic disease. It is the most common and serious form of muscular dystrophy. Patients are usually diagnosed as toddlers, lose the ability to walk in their early teens, and often succumb to the disease in their mid-twenties.

Napa at Newport 2020

For this year’s Napa n Newport, over 45 of Napa’s top wineries will collectively offer a grand tasting of coveted rare wines. Guests are treated to dining tables hosted by winemakers, an exquisite dinner menu designed by Chef Chris Shepherd, named one of America’s Top 10 New Chefs by Food & Wine in 2013 and a recipient of the James Award Best Chef Beard 2014: Southwest.

A lively auction will feature vintage wines, exotic getaways and unique experiences.

Renowned sommelier Michael Jordan is the curator of Napa wines in Newport. He knows wine incredibly well, and for good reason: Jordan holds a Master Sommelier degree from the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as a Certified Wine Educator degree from the Society of Wine Educators. He is one of 15 people in the world to hold both degrees.

He has helped put together an impressive list of winemakers, including Alpha Omega, Darioush, Hundred Acre, Opus One, OVID and many more.

A participating winemaker has local ties: Riverain co-founder Steve Nordhoff is the founding lawyer of Nordhoff Bengfort, a Newport Beach-based law firm, while his partner Dean Gray and his wife Laurie live in Newport Beach (Laurie takes many photos for the Riverain Etiquettes).

Napa at Newport 2020

To date, Napa guests and donors in Newport have helped raise over $ 6 million for CureDuchenne. Founded in Newport Beach by the parents of a son living with Duchenne, CureDuchenne uses an innovative model of venture capital philanthropy to fund groundbreaking research for treatment and support programs for people living with the disease, while advocating for early diagnosis and better access to treatment.

Individual tickets are still available. For more information on tickets, sponsorships and participating wineries, visit

About CureDuchenne: CureDuchenne is recognized as a global leader in research, patient care and innovation to improve and extend the lives of people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As the main genetic killer of young boys, Duchenne affects more than 300,000 people living today.

CureDuchenne is dedicated to finding and funding a cure for Duchenne by breaking the traditional charitable mold through an innovative model of venture philanthropy that funds groundbreaking research, early diagnosis and community education.

For more information on how to help raise awareness and fund research, please visit

Napa at Newport 2020

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