BlogFebruary 2023A Taste of Napa at Cinnamon Shore

A Taste of Napa at Cinnamon Shore


Respected vineyard Dakota Shy of Napa Valley highlights charity event at Cinnamon Shore

Join us Sat., March 25!

At our first annual Charity Wine Auction , 35 couples will experience sophisticated pairings of highly rated Dakota Shy wines from celebrity vintner Todd Newman and coastal cuisine from Chef Spencer Cox at Lisabella's Bistro & Bar--with all proceeds from ticket sales and the auction going to three worthy charities serving Port Aransas and The Coastal Bend. If you can't join us, you can support the charities with a donation to the Cinnamon Shore Giving Fund.


Dakota Shy, Napa Valley | Photo Courtesy Dakota Shy

Bringing a taste of Napa Valley to the Texas Coast, Dakota Shy winery sources grapes from across the famed wine region to produce its collection of thoughtfully made wines. 

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Hosted at Lisabella's With Limited Seating

An intimate evening for only 35 couples, with tickets going for $1,000 per couple, promises live music and lots of fun--along with the exclusive menu paired with some of Napa's best! Guests can also bid on exclusive, VIP trips and experiences, including trips to Califonia's Carmel and Napa, Seaside, and Savannah, Georgia.

Other auction items include artwork and a wine collection from Dakota Shy, with winery proprietor and founder Todd Newman joining us to talk about the wines during the event!

Check back here for more details as auction items are finalized!

Founder Todd Newman

Todd will join us at Cinnamon Shore the night of the auction. He founded Dakota Shy with an eye toward high-quality, small-batch production. The Minot, North Dakota, native has lived in Napa since 2002, where he had a strong interest in restaurants, food, and wine.

Upon realizing the local vineyard culture mirrored the farm community lifestyle and values he grew up with in North Dakota, he dedicated himself to pursuing operating his own label with passion. Working with winemaker, business partner, and friend Tom Garrett, Todd leads a team of experts growing Cabernet grapes and producing fine wines. 

todd newman dakota shy


Highly Rated Wines

Accolades from national magazines and high ratings define the carefully cultivated bottles that emerge from Dakota Shy's collection of vineyards.

• Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley appeared on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2022, coming in at No. 79 in 2022, and No. 98 in 2016.
• JEB Dunnuck rated 2019 bottles highly, including giving Dakota Shy Cabernet Franc Oakville Vineyard a 98 rating and Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon Social Currenty a 97.
• After a month-long trip to Napa in 2017, Antonio Galloni of Vinous called Dakota Shy wines "among the most impressive I tasted."
Town & Country highlighted Dakota Shy as an "intimate small lot producer" in a 2019 article on Best Places to Travel.
• J.P. Morgan's "NextList" included Dakota Shy cabernet and sauvignon blanc on its roster of "new and undiscovered in 2019."
Food & Wine named Dakota Shy on its list of "next-level tasting rooms."

Benefiting Three Local Nonprofit Group

The first annual Cinnamon Shore Wine Auction Dinner will donate all proceeds to three, highly deserving charity groups:

  • Helping Hands Pantry: Benefiting Port Aransas families with emergency food and local school children with food assistance
  • New Life Refuge: Providing specialized, long-term, therapeutic care in a caring home setting to victims of childhood sex trafficking in South Texas
  • The Purple Door: Offering free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in a 12-county area of South Texas


This signature event will grow every year, supporting the valuable work done by worthy nonprofit groups. We can’t wait to celebrate the volunteer spirit on the island with the couples who reserve their spots at this special evening!

Buy a Ticket: $500 per Person | Make a Donation

With limited seating, only 35 couples can experience this special night! Tell your friends and plan to sit together for a luxe evening on the Texas Coast!


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Published by Jennifer Smith
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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