Generous Heart

Benefiting Emergency Services at Queen of the Valley Medical Center

September 25, 2021
Far Niente Winery
Honoring Beth Nickel

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About Our Honoree

Beth Nickel

Beth Nickel is the Proprietress of Far Niente, Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, Bella Union, EnRoute and Post & Beam wineries.  Born in Wisconsin and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Beth grew up in the nursery business.  It was through her father, a forester and nurseryman, that she met Gil Nickel, a fellow Oklahoman who was operating his family’s nursery business.  The Nickel family still owns Greenleaf Nursery, one of the largest family owned wholesale nurseries in the United States.  Gil, however, harbored a dream to establish a world-class winery, and it was this endeavor that finally brought Gil and Beth together.

Although Far Niente was founded in 1885, the winery’s modern era dates from 1979, when Gil and Beth rescued the long-abandoned stone winery in Oakville and began restoration of the historic estate.  It was their dream to establish a “Napa Valley Wine Estate” that would share the stage with the great wine estates of the world and gain a reputation for excellence that would reach far beyond the borders of the Napa Valley.  Like many highly regarded wineries of the world, Far Niente was created to last for generations.  That dream has given rise to the creation of a wonderful family of wineries and vineyards in Napa Valley and Russian River. 

When she’s not occupied with winery business, Beth serves as a benefactor to many worthwhile charities locally and abroad.  For two decades she has championed fundraising to support cancer research in honor of Gil, who lost a courageous battle with melanoma in the fall of 2003.  

In Support of the Queen's Emergency Department

Winiarski Stroke and Diagnostics Center


A $5.1 million transformative gift from Barbara and Warren Winiarski was announced at the Generous Heart event. The gift will create the Winiarski Stroke and Diagnostics Center adjacent to the Emergency Department. Watch this video to learn more.

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Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors

Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield

Far Niente

Merrill - The Gonzales Group

Fortinet Championship

Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Michael Wolf Vineyards

Bank of America

Trustee Sponsors

  • Ellie Anest

  • Greg Bennett

  • Geni Bennetts

  • John Cordeiro

  • Robert Didier, D.D.S.

  • Carol Dooley

  • Cindi Dwyer

  • Ed Henderson

  • Elaine John

  • Erik Lawrence

  • Lydia Mondavi

  • Michael Mondavi

  • Bruce Phillips

  • Carol Ritter

  • Erin Simms

  • Jeff Streblow

  • Jamie Watson

  • Paul Woolls

For more information about Generous Heart, please contact Rachael Poer