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Sonoma County's Inaugural Trade Barrel Auction Raises Over $460,000

Santa Rosa, CA (May 2, 2015) — In just two short hours yesterday, a rousing display of energetic bidding on a range of unique Sonoma County wines resulted in a $461,700 fundraising total for the Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) at the inaugural Sonoma County Barrel Auction. The tasting and auction event was attended by more than 250 top trade and media guests and featured rare small lot wines, mostly futures, representing 14 of Sonoma County’s 17 appellations.

“We are grateful for the generosity of our friends in the trade and thrilled to have Sonoma County recognized as a world-class growing region,” exclaimed Carolyn Stark, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Vintners. “The results of this first ever trade auction demonstrate the value of our beautiful wines and we look forward to welcoming our trade guests at next year’s event scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016.”

The 71 lots of wine created for and sold exclusively at the inaugural barrel auction are some of Sonoma County’s rarest; produced in quantities as small as five cases. Each never before, never again wine was crafted to showcase the region’s highest quality and to uniquely express the story of Sonoma County’s diverse grape growing and winemaking styles. Selections included unique single vineyard bottlings, specific clonal selections, blends, wines aged using special barrel regimes and joint lot wines produced by collaborating wineries. 

Two lots tied for the highest bid, each selling for $24,000. The first was purchased by Glen Knight of The Wine House (Los Angeles, CA) and is a barrel collaboration between Joseph Swan Vineyards, Kosta Browne Winery, and Williams Selyem Winery of Russian River Valley Swan Selection Pinot Noir named “The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost.”  The second lot, Williams Selyem Reverence, incorporated seven different heritage clones from 10 of the most prestigious vineyards in the Russian River Valley and was purchased by Drew Goodgame of Porthos Wine Ventures (Sausalito, CA).

Other top earning lots at the auction included Kinsella Estates; Martinelli Winery; a collaboration between West Sonoma Coast Vintners, including Ceritas, Failla, Freeman, Joseph Phelps, Littorai, Peay and Red Car; Patz & Hall; Balletto Vineyards; Paul Hobbs Winery; Pride Mountain Vineyards; Seghesio Family Vineyards; and Francis Ford Coppola Winery.  The highest bid for a white wine at the auction was received by Ramey Wine Cellars.

Highest bidding trade accounts at the event include Robert Merrifield Polo Grill (Tulsa, OK); The Wine House (Los Angeles, CA); Wine Spectrum (Santa Rosa, CA); Wine.com (San Francisco, CA); and Hi-Time Wine Cellars (Costa Mesa, CA).

This year’s successful bidders, all members of the licensed wine trade such as retailers, restaurateurs, importers and distributors, will make these highly-collectible wines available to their customers under the Sonoma County Barrel Auction wine label, which is in the final design stages.

About Sonoma County Vintners
Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness and building understanding of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 250 wineries and affiliates of all sizes throughout the county. Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Triples Local Contributions and Delivers Over Three Million Dollars to Charities from 2014 Event

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Wine Community and Recipients Gather at Vintner’s Inn for Check Presentation April 2

Sonoma County, CA, April 3, 2015 – A record-breaking total of $3,385,400 in contributions to 84 Sonoma County non-profit organizations was distributed yesterday afternoon from the hugely successful 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Over 150 guests representing Sonoma County’s wine industry leadership, non-profit organizations, local dignitaries, and top donors celebrated the momentous donation at a reception hosted by American AgCredit at Vintner’s Inn.

The record-breaking figure includes over $1,700,000 from the Fund the Future initiative to support children’s literacy programs, which was raised during the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction last August. Beginning in 2013, the Fund the Future literacy initiative supports successful Sonoma County organizations focused upon childhood literacy and preparing kids to read. These funds will be divided between Fund the Future beneficiaries Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: Summer Reading Academy and the Grade Level Proficiency Program, Healdsburg Education Foundation: Accelerated English Program, Community Action Partnership: Pasitos Playgroups and AVANCE, and United Way: Schools of Hope.

In addition, over $1,670,000 in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Community Grants ranging from $2,000-$50,000 were awarded to 79 charitable groups located across Sonoma County. Last year’s contributions to Fund the Future and Community Grants from the 2013 event totaled $1,086,350 reflecting a 211% increase in revenues for 2014.

Squire Fridell of GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery and the President of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation announced the donation total to the group. “As Sonoma County’s leading wine fundraising event, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend brings the wine industry and our guests together to support our community by investing in our youth and children for their future success, by preserving our environment and natural resources, and by improving health and welfare of our local communities.” To date, the event has given more than $16 million dollars to help secure Sonoma County’s future through the work of important non-profit organizations.

Dan Goldfield of Dutton-Goldfield Winery and President of the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation stated, “Today is a great day for our vintner and grower community as we award our Sonoma Wine Country Weekend contributions to more than eighty non-profit organizations from across the Sonoma County wine community. Wine is community. No other endeavor is as connected to the place where it is made as wine, and the stronger our community is, the stronger we as vintners and growers can be at what we do. It is an honor to be able to support organizations in every town in our community. Thank you to again to everyone who helped us get here.”

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Community Grant Recipients are 10,000 Degrees, Alliance Medical Center, Arts Guild of Sonoma, Becoming Independent, Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County, Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley, Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation, Ceres Community Project, Chop's Teen Club, Committee on the Shelterless, Community Action Partnership: Pasitos Playgroups and AVANCE, Community Matters, Council on Aging, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Sonoma County, Family Justice, Center Sonoma County, Fence at the Top, Food For Thought, Forget Me Not Children's Services, Friends in Sonoma Helping, Friends of the Sonoma Library, Gianni Cycling Club, Girls on the Run Sonoma County, Global Student Embassy, Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County, Hanna Boys Center, Healdsburg Education Foundation: Accelerated English Program, Hospice by the Bay, InterFaith Shelter Network, Inc., Jewish Community Free Clinic, Jewish Family and Children's Services, Kid Scoop News, La Luz Center, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, Montgomery High School, Nuevos Horizontes, Alexander Valley School ESL, Operation Access, Operation Blanket, Pediatric Initiative of the North Coast, PEP Housing, Petaluma People Services Center, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary Arts, School Garden Network of Sonoma County, Sebastopol Area Senior Center, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma County Fair Foundation, Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma FFA Agriculture Department, Sonoma International Film Festival, Sonoma Overnight Support, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation, Sonoma Theatre Alliance, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: Summer Reading Academy, Grade Level Proficiency Project, Sonoma Valley Historical Society, Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, Sunny Hills Services, SVVGA Scholarship Program, Teen Services Sonoma (Sonoma Valley Teen Services), The Children's Village of Sonoma County, The Living Room, TLC Child and Family Services, Transcendence Theater Company, United Way of the Wine Country: Schools of Hope, Valley of the Moon Aquatics, Verity, Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, West County Health Centers, Willmar Center for Family Grief & Healing/Social Advocates for Youth, Women's Recovery Services, Worth Our Weight.

In addition to supporting over 80 Sonoma County charities each year, over $5.25 million in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend gross proceeds directly support the local economy and marketing and promotion of Sonoma County growers and vintners year-round. Promotion and media coverage of the event generates hundreds of millions of additional media impressions for Sonoma County wines and tourism.

About 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sponsors and Beneficiaries

As Sonoma County’s leading annual wine fundraising event, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend brings the wine industry, chefs, and guests together to invest in our community by supporting youth and children for future success, preserving our environment, and improving health and welfare of our local communities.

A partnership between Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend takes place on Labor Day weekend each year and features Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®, Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and an assortment of intimate and exclusive winery lunch and dinner parties at multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. To date, more than $16 million has been invested in Sonoma County’s future. For more information visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit trade organization serving over 500 members who share a mission to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine, and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation (SVVGF) is a non-profit 501c.3 organization that has raised over $8,000,000 for local Sonoma Valley charities. For more information on the SVVGA and SVVGF, please visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com.

Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 200 wineries and affiliated business throughout the county. Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.

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