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 2017 Winemakers’ Dinners. To book an event see details below.

Thunderbird Winemaker's Dinner

Thunderbird Yacht

Tickets - $250 per person

These elegant, gourmet dinners pair a celebrated California winemaker with one of 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!

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 5 p.m.    SOLD OUT
Liberty Food & Wine Chef Mark Estee and Whitehall Lane Winery’s Tom Leonardini
Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 5 p.m.    SOLD OUT
Thunderbird Lake Tahoe Chef Darren Weston and Arietta Winery’s Fritz Hatton
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 5 p.m.    SOLD OUT
Calafuria Chef Tim Magee and Jarvis Winery’s Will Jarvis
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 5 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton, Tahoe Executive Chef Mark Jeffers and Stuart Bryan of Pride Mountain Winery

Now accepting reservations. Click button below or call 775-832-8750.

For an additional donation, an optional VIP Reserve Winetasting aboard Thunderbird Yacht will precede these four events, subject to lake conditions. See details below.

Tickets - $1000 per person ($750 of which is a charitable contribution)

Join us for a VIP Yacht Cruise on the newly restored Thunderbird prior to any of the four Epicurean Seated Dinner events listed above. In addition to the Winemaker’s Dinner and VIP Tasting Cruise* attendees also receive:

  • Gate pass to “drive on” to the estate at 4 p.m. without taking shuttle bus
  • East shore cruise aboard Thunderbird Yacht
  • Private reserve and library wines paired with culinary treats hosted by select winemakers
  • Special gift bag
  • Access to VIP seating area with our Castle Club and Flagship members
  • Recognition in the winemakers program
  • Arrival back at dock at 5:30 p.m.

*Yacht cruise is contingent on lake level, weather, and conditions. Thunderbird Lake Tahoe reserves the right to reschedule any of the winemaker’s cruises without notice.

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 second Sunday of each month from June through October. 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 the Thunderfaire event is $195 per person. ($125 of each ticket is a charitable contribution and may be deductible to the extent permitted by law.) The price of each Epicurean Seated 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.

Shuttle bus transportation is provided to and from Thunderbird Lodge for all events. 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, and those signed up for the VIP Yacht Cruise. 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).