NAPA, Calif., June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sterling Vineyards(R), the landmark Napa Valley winery, announced the fifth annual outdoor summer screen series to benefit the Stars & Vines Fund with the Community Foundation of the Napa Valley. Through the generosity of co-sponsor NBC Universal and with help from noted San Francisco Chronicle Film Critic Mick LaSalle, the 2007 Sterling Silver Screen Series will feature classic titles in a variety of genres from the Universal archives.
LaSalle will help kick off the popular outdoor screenings on July 14 with a personal introduction to the film Design for Living; a 1933 comedy/romance in which Miriam Hopkins finds herself in love with both Gary Cooper and Fredric March. Sterling Silver Screenings will continue with The Sting on August 4, The Palm Beach Story on August 25 and conclude with Rear Window on September 8.
Each screening offers wine tasting, a variety of concessions and festival seating on the Sterling Vineyard Meadow at Sterling Vineyards, 1111 Dunaweal Lane in Calistoga. The grounds open at 7:00 pm and guests are encouraged to arrive early, dress in warm layers and bring blankets or low backed beach chairs to sit on. A pre-show of classic cartoons, followed by the feature presentation, begins at dusk. Ticket sales are $10 for adults and $5 for children (16 and under). BBQ dinners will also be available for $10, along with other movie snacks. More information is available at www.sterlingvineyards.com, or by calling (877)-737-3788.
"Sterling enjoys a long-time affinity for the cinematic arts as a sponsor of the National Film Preservation Foundation as well as various film festivals throughout the country," said Sterling Vice President of Winemaking Mike Westrick. "Our summer film series provides a little Universal star gazing right in our own vineyards. Join us for some great classic pairings of wine and film, and support Napa County charities through our Stars & Vines fund."
All proceeds from ticket sales and a percentage of concession sales benefit the non-profit Stars & Vines Fund. Founded by Sterling Vineyards with the Community Foundation of Napa Valley (CFNV), the Stars & Vines Fund was established to help support various needs of the local community. Past proceeds from Sterling Silver Screenings have assisted the Calistoga Family Center, the St. Helena Family Center, the Family Economic Success Program and the Calistoga Farmworker Camp.
The Community Foundation of the Napa Valley is a non-profit organization that benefits many local charitable causes in need of funds. Through the Foundation, individuals, families and corporations can donate funds in trust to support the well being of all Napa County residents now and in the future. For more information on the Community Foundation of the Napa Valley, please visit www.cfnv.org.
Universal Studios is part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric and 20%-owned by Vivendi.
Founded in 1964, Sterling Vineyards crowns a 400-foot knoll, one mile south of the historic Napa town of Calistoga. The winery is accessible by aerial tram and offers stunning views of the surrounding wine country. This year, for the fourth consecutive year, Sterling was the featured wine of the 79th Annual Academy Awards(R) Governors Ball. Sterling Vineyards wines are produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, which is part of Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business.
About Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines
Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E) is part of Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O); the world's leading premium drinks business. DC&E produces and markets premium wines from around the globe including Napa Valley, Sonoma, the California Central Coast, Washington, France, New Zealand and Australia. Brands include: Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling Vineyards, Sterling Vintner's Collection, Chalone Vineyard, Acacia Vineyard, Edna Valley Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards as well as the French wines of Barton & Guestier and F.E. Trimbach. DC&E is also a leading importer of classified Bordeaux and Burgundy estate-bottled wines.
Diageo's broader business includes an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer including Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan and Crown Royal. Diageo is a global company, listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com.
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Source: Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines