Exciting New Reasons the 2018 Sonoma County Barrel Auction is a Must Attend for Wine Trade

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Registration Opens SANTA ROSA, CA (November 15, 2017) ­– After three consecutive years of record-breaking growth, the Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) expect to continue the upward momentum by introducing several exciting changes to the 4th Annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction (#SoCoBA) scheduled for April 20, 2018.  In addition to a new selection of “never before, never again” wines up for bid, the 2018 event will take place at MacMurray Estate Vineyards™, one of Russian River Valley’s most acclaimed Pinot Noir vineyards, and will follow the 10th Annual Sonoma Summit, rounding out what is certain to be an exciting week of education, networking and opportunity for licensed wine sellers. “The Sonoma County Barrel Auction showcases the quality of our wines on the world’s stage, and the 2017 vintage will be no exception,” says Jean Arnold Sessions, Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners.  “Although Sonoma County was impacted by the wildfires in October, ninety percent of Sonoma County fruit was picked prior, so our trade guests can expect to taste the same caliber of unique wine lots at our barrel auction event.  We appreciate the continued support of the licensed wine trade as our community recovers.  We are #winecountrystrong, and we look forward to…

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Sonoma County 2017 Vintage Expected to Showcase Exceptional Quality

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90% of Sonoma County Fruit Harvested Prior to Wildfires SANTA ROSA, CA (October 19, 2017) – As Sonoma County recovers from the recent wildfires, Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) foresees the 2017 vintage to be the same quality wines that consumers and wine lovers have come to expect from Sonoma County. Warm weather in late August and early September combined with heat spikes led to a quickened harvest resulting in 90 percent of the grapes being harvested prior to the fires.  The remaining grapes on the vines are mostly the tough-skinned and late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which vintners believe can withstand smoke in the short-term. “Many of our Sonoma County wineries are open and welcoming guests,” said Jean Arnold Sessions, Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners. “One of the best ways to support our beautiful, diverse and vast region is to visit the open tasting rooms. And an even easier option is to continue drinking Sonoma County wines from wherever you are. Together, our wine community will emerge stronger and more connected.” For a directory of Sonoma County Vintner member wineries and to purchase directly from the wineries, visit sonomawine.com/sonoma-county-wineries. Numerous fundraising campaigns have started to help with wildfire recovery.  Sonoma County…

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Wine Community Rallies to Provide Aid + Resources to Fire Victims

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Wine Industry Organizations Throughout California Form Support Network to Assist Vintners in Three Counties; Leaders Call for National Support SANTA ROSA, Calif. (October 11, 2017) – Wine industry leaders have formed a support network to provide immediate assistance and long-term aid to victims of the fires ravaging Northern California and are calling on the national wine community for additional help. Organized by a group of association leaders representing the Golden State’s major winegrowing regions, support efforts include fundraising and creation of an online resource where vintners can find and offer resources, such as generators, trailers, lodging and manpower. “Our focus right now is on getting on-the-ground support to impacted growers and vintners to help stave off further damage,” says Ann Petersen, Executive Director of Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley. “We need the entire wine community to support this region with immediate and strategic action.” Petersen is working with other local industry leaders to organize resources and direct them to those in need. Short-Term Help Vintners in the affected areas have immediate on-the-ground needs, ranging from equipment to experienced manpower. Priorities include: Water Tanks, as local water resources are scarce and needed by firefighters; those who can provide should immediately email…

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Sonoma County Wine Auction Raises Record-Breaking $5.2 Million for Sonoma County Charities

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Sonoma County non-profit beneficiary partners are focused on literacy, education, health and human services, the environment and arts and culture SANTA ROSA, Calif. (September 16, 2017) – The Sonoma County Vintners and Barbara R. Banke, the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction Chair, are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction raised a record-breaking $5.2 million to support Sonoma County charities focused on literacy, education, health and human services, the environment and arts and culture. Named one of the top charitable wine auctions nationally by Wine Spectator, the Sonoma County Wine Auction was presented this afternoon at La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard by Visa Signature® and sponsored by Jackson Family Wines and TricorBraun WinePak. The festive philanthropic event was hosted by entertaining auctioneer John Curley, who inspired the energetic and generous crowd to bid competitively. The auction tent buzzed with excitement with two lots that tied for the top lots of the day: Lot 11 “Winner’s Circle Escape to the Kentucky Derby” donated by Barbara Banke, Stonestreet Farms, and Jackson Family Wines for $210,000 that also doubled; and Lot 23 “Everything is Better with Bette: A Hello Dolly Adventure to New York” donated by Williams Selyem, Dr. Jeffrey P. Hays, and Mrs….

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Sonoma County to Host 2018 Vinexpo Explorer Program

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Region’s diverse appellations, rich history and world-class wines focus of second annual event SANTA ROSA, Calif. (September 13, 2017) – Vinexpo, one of the leading partners in the wine and spirits industry, today announced it will bring an elite group of buyers and media to Sonoma County for its second Vinexpo Explorer gathering. The program showcases some of the world’s most intriguing emerging wine regions with immersive tastings, tours and panels. “The spirit of the Sonoma County winemaking community, the caliber of wines, and diversity of this region are best understood when experienced in person,” said Caroline Shaw, president of the board of directors, Sonoma County Vintners, and executive vice president, Jackson Family Wines. “We welcome the opportunity to introduce our area to such a prestigious international audience.” The two-day experience, to be held from September 23–25, 2018, will provide an in-depth education on the unique qualities of Sonoma County, from the key varietals, terroirs, wine styles and commitment to sustainable practices. Winemakers, growers and trade from the region will share ideas, best practices and personal experiences with international attendees, while connecting directly in the vineyards of this dynamic area. “Through Vinexpo Explorer, we aim to bring attention and focus to…

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Just Announced: Exciting Auction Lots for the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction

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Unparalleled Behind-the-Scenes Access to The Kentucky Derby, Hamilton, Hello Dolly! with Bette Midler, the ESPYs, And Sonoma’s Most Elusive Wines Are Available to Bidders at the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction Sonoma County’s largest charitable giving event, chaired by Barbara R. Banke of Jackson Family Wines, takes place September 15 – 16, 2017 SANTA ROSA, Calif. (August 23, 2017) – The Sonoma County Vintners and Barbara R. Banke, the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction Chair, are thrilled to announce this year’s much-anticipated auction lots, set to cause a flurry of bidding at the Sonoma County Wine Auction this September. Presented by Visa Signature® and sponsored by Jackson Family Wines and TricorBraun WinePak, guests at the Sonoma County Wine Auction will have the opportunity to bid on an expertly curated collection of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, highly sought-after wines and unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to popular events: • 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction Chair Barbara Banke – Chairman and Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines and one of America’s top thoroughbred owners and breeders – leads the charge with a fabulous package that includes a weekend at the Kentucky Derby. • Knights Bridge Winery, Dr. Jeffrey P. Hays and Mrs. Carole Shorenstein Hays have teamed up…

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Reveals Renowned Chefs for Taste of Sonoma

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Reveals Renowned Chefs Set to Dish Up Locally-Inspired Delights at Taste of Sonoma, September 2 SANTA ROSA, Calif. (August 9, 2017) – Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, presented by Visa Signature®, is thrilled to announce the acclaimed local chefs who will be showcasing the region’s best flavors at the Taste of Sonoma festival on Saturday, September 2 at the Donald & Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. Set to take center stage at Taste of Sonoma will be some of Sonoma County’s most renowned chefs, including Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt of John Ash & Co Restaurant, Executive Chef Carl Shelton and Winemaker Nicole Hitchcock of J Vineyards & Winery, and veteran Kenwood Restaurateur and YouTube Chef Steve Rose of the organic and biodynamic Rose Ranch. Designed for both experienced gourmands and curious beginners, each chef will share their secrets for creating beautifully fresh farm-to-table fare and will provide a glimpse into the food-centric Sonoma County lifestyle. According to this year’s Culinary Host, Chef Thomas Schmidt, of John Ash & Co., the region’s spectacular produce and bounty – from estate-grown vegetables, artisan cheeses, and locally-sourced seafood and meats –  is hugely influential for local chefs. “Sonoma…

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