It’s one of those gorgeous autumn days in Napa Valley when the grapes seem to perspire in the sun and the air is heavy with their sweetness. High above Gargiulo Vineyards’ 575 OVX vineyard, on a patio with cascading views, April Gargiulo wanders in front of the dressed table, adjusting a plate here, straightening a tablecloth there, tweaking the wildflowers. The smell of chef Nash Cognetti’s roasting vegetables wafts through the air. Soon Gargiulo’s friends—women who own businesses in fashion, beauty and wine—begin arriving in billowy dresses, sunglasses and big hats.
Photography: Angie Silvy