Winemakers' Dinner Events at Thunderbird Lake Tahoe


Winemakers are pouring, chefs are fired up, and the views … doing their part to be astonishing! These fundraising dinners are the highlight of Lake Tahoe’s summer social season. And, they are always a sellout, so please make reservations early to confirm your spot!

Reservations NOW OPEN for the All New 2016 Winemakers’ Dinners. To book an event see details below.

THUNDERFAIRE: GRAPE & GOURMET ON THE LAKE - Lakeside Food and Wine Festival
Thunderbird Lodge Terrace

Thunderbird Yacht
These two events are open to the Public - $250 per person

One dozen wineries and the region’s premier resorts team-up to preserve Lake Tahoe’s art and history. Experience California’s finest wines and Tahoe’s tastiest bites offered throughout the grottoes and secret spaces of Captain George Whittell’s Thunderbird Lodge estate. Raffles, prizes, a silent auction, and entertainment will make our themed festivals reminiscent of Old World elegance.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 5 p.m.    SOLD OUT

Chef de Cuisine Shane Hammett of Hyatt Lone Eagle Grille and Southern Wine & Spirits present the best of Napa Valley. Wine and food intersect to give your palate the full sensory experience in our stunning garden setting. Past wine favorites have included Caymus, Jarvis, Palmaz, Cline, and Jordan.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 5 p.m.    SOLD OUT

Drive through Thunderbird gates in your Duesenberg as Executive Chef Evan Carsman of Crystal Bay Club Steak House and Encore Beverage recreate the lawn party from the Great Gatsby. Past wine favorites have included Ric Forman, Arietta, Cliff Lede, Laird, Miner Family, and more.
Thunderbird Winemaker's Dinner

Thunderbird Yacht
Tickets - $250 per member, spouse, and optional 1-2 invited guests.

These elegant, gourmet dinners are reserved exclusively for current Thunderbird members at the Lakeside, Captain, Commodore, Admiral, and Castle levels and their invited guests. Each dinner pairs a celebrated California winemaker with the finest regional chefs to present a seated, full-course evening in Thunderbird Lodge’s Lighthouse Room. The sunset views of Lake Tahoe are unparalleled!

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 5 p.m.    SOLD OUT

Wolfdale’s celebrated chef, Douglas Dale will pair inimitable cuisine with selections from the Palmaz family’s 18-story subterranean gravity-flow cellar on the rocky flank of Mount George.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 5 p.m.    SOLD OUT

Autumn harvest brings Chef Shane Hammett for a Hyatt Lone Eagle redux together with the unrivalled K.R. Rombauer and selections from his family’s Rombauer Vineyards.

Event Details

As our principal fundraising event to preserve Lake Tahoe’s Castle-in-the-Sky and the world famous Thunderbird yacht, Thunderbird Lake Tahoe hosts Winemaker's Dinner Events on the third Saturday of each month from June through September. Tour this National Historic Site with a glass of wine in hand and share in its legacy while strolling magnificent lawns, gardens, and stone terrace vistas.

Fine wine and food intersect as invited chefs work closely with winemakers to create the ultimate pairings. Certain evenings include a lively auction of exclusive items and events, and an opportunity to purchase selected wines.

The price of each dinner is $250 per person. ($150 of each ticket is a charitable contribution and may be deductible to the extent permitted by law.) Seating is limited and these events always sell out, so please make reservations early.

To reduce the high cost of credit card fees, Thunderbird prefers payment by check. However, all major credit cards are accepted with the option of including credit card fees as part of your charitable contribution.

For Thunderfaire events, shuttle bus transportation is provided to and from Thunderbird Lodge. Shuttles begin departing from Lake Tahoe School (995 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village) at 4:30 p.m. Formal dinners are seated at 6 p.m. Food is served continuously at chef’s stations during Thunderfaire events.

By prior arrangement, limited on-site parking may be available first to the mobility impaired. Otherwise, on-site parking is available only to Thunderbird contributors at the Captain’s, Commodore, Admiral, and Castle levels. Members at Admirals levels or above may arrive by boat and tie up at Thunderbird Cove with prior arrangement. Please phone for special arrival arrangements.

Dinners typically conclude by 9 p.m. Dress is business casual with a coat or wrap recommended as Tahoe evenings can turn chilly. Wear comfortable walking shoes. High heels are not recommended when strolling the uneven stone pathways of Thunderbird Lodge.

All ticket sales are final. No refunds, substitutions, or exchanges.

All events and programs subject to change without notice.

All proceeds support the preservation and educational programs of the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, a Nevada non-profit corporation having IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt status as a public charity (Tax Id 88-0434866).