ZD Wines Unveils Restaurant Partners & Marketplace Details for the Upcoming Crush Challenge- a Food, Wine & Cycling Experience Taking Place May 12 in Yountville

Inviting food and wine awaits guests at the Crush Challenge Marketplace, which will donate proceeds to the deLeuze Family Endowed Professorship for a Non-Toxic Cure for Lymphoma, the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

ZD Wines unveiled the leading Napa Valley restaurants and wineries participating in the upcoming Crush Challenge Food & Wine Marketplace taking place Mother’s Day Weekend on Saturday, May 12, from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Picnic Grounds of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. This year’s Crush Challenge restaurant partners include Angèle, Celadon, Cook St. Helena, Eight Noodle Shop, Kollar Chocolates, Heritage Eats, Il Posto Trattoria, Trade Brewing, and Woodhouse BBQ. Winery partners include Baldacci Family Vineyards, Clos du Val, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey, St. Supéry, Truchard, Vineyard 29, and ZD Wines. The charity event is the ultimate tasting experience of sumptuous samples from restaurants as well as face-to-face tastings with winemakers. 

“The Crush Challenge really is all about bringing awareness and funding to charity organizations that support cancer research, provide tools and inspiration to people living with Parkinson’s, and support programs for our local youth,” said ZD Wines President, Brett deLeuze. “This can all be done while enjoying a day of incredible food and wine experiences that cannot be found anywhere else. We invite everyone to join us for a beautiful day in the Napa Valley.”

100% of the net proceeds from Crush Challenge go to charities including the deLeuze Family Endowed Professorship for a Non-Toxic Cure for Lymphoma, The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley. The event was originally planned for October 2017 but was rescheduled due to fires in the area. The next annual event will go back to the original October date. 

The complete ZD Wines Crush Challenge event offerings include:

− The Ride // 9AM-12PM – Experience the beauty of Napa Valley during the springtime on a private cycling excursion (27- or 38-mile routes). Pass through vineyard-lined avenues, sharing the road with cycling pros and friends of the Crush Challenge. Former professional cyclists and members of the venerated Team 7-Eleven that first brought the USA to the Tour de France will be joining the private ride, where they will be riding in support of their teammate Davis Phinney and his foundation for Parkinson’s. Cost: $175 per person, with commemorative jersey, $125 per person without jersey, or $25 per person with fundraising efforts. Cost includes access to Food & Wine Marketplace.

− Private Barrel Tasting // 10AM-12PM – ZD Wines’ barrel tasting is hosted by ZD Winemaster, Robert deLeuze, and Hell’s Kitchen Winner, Celebrity Chef Rock Harper, at ZD’s Rutherford Estate. A wide selection of ZD’s award-winning wines will be available to taste, including library and large format bottles, along with artisanal cheese, charcuterie, and light food pairings hand selected and prepared by Chef Rock. The wine tasting includes access to the Food & Wine Marketplace as well, for a complete day of the finest food and wine the Napa Valley has to offer. Cost: $195 per person.

− Food & Wine Marketplace // 12PM-3PM – Local vintners and favorite restaurants bring their tasting rooms and kitchens to you to create a marketplace unlike anywhere else. Walk around the marketplace and sample local wines and favorite culinary dishes while enjoying live music from The Bee Rays with Amy Hogan, as well as a silent auction and raffle. Cost: $95 per person for Marketplace access only. 

− Exclusive Wine Dinner (SOLD OUT) // 6PM-10PM – A sold-out dinner with celebrity chefs Chris Cosentino, Justin Cogley, Chris DiMinno, Rock Harper, and Chris Kollar at Napa Valley’s newest gem, Las Alcobas, for a dinner experience that is unrivaled. Cost: $295 per person. 

− The Auction – The silent and live auction includes rare wines, private vineyard dinners, wine-inspired art, exotic vehicle experiences, a South African safari vacation, Napa Valley private home stays and more. Bidders can register here: www.handbid.com/auctions/crush-challenge-2018/