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"Sonoma in the City" Brings the Best of Sonoma County Wine to San Francisco

April 2, 2008 – Santa Rosa, CA. May 22nd Media and Trade Event Includes First-of-Its Kind Sonoma County AVA Panel Discussion

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April 2, 2008 – Santa Rosa, CA: Sonoma in the City, a full-day Sonoma County wine symposium in San Francisco for the media and trade, has been announced for May 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel. This event features the first-ever comprehensive 13-AVA panel discussion and more than 125 Sonoma County wineries offering attendees an in-depth exploration of the county’s wines and wineries.

“Sonoma County is one of the world’s premier wine regions, and this event gives San Francisco media and trade an in-depth opportunity to discover how distinctive and special it is,” commented Honore Comfort, executive director of the Sonoma County Vintners. “Sonoma in the City is an ideal way to bring the quality and diversity of Sonoma County to that audience, through seminars, discussions, and first-hand interaction with winemakers and a spectacular array of wines.”

A highlight of the event is an unprecedented panel discussion for the media audience that features vintner representatives from each of Sonoma County’s 13 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), with each discussing their region and pouring a wine that best exemplifies its distinctiveness. (Vintners are listed below.) The panel will be moderated by Sonoma County’s only Master Sommelier, Geoff Kruth of the Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant. Following the panel, the attendees will enjoy a winemaker lunch hosted by 30 of Sonoma County’s leading winemakers.

The afternoon brings a Grand Tasting featuring more than 125 wineries pouring their latest releases for an invite-only trade audience. Short breakout sessions focused on the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Sonoma Valley will be held throughout the tasting. For a complete list of participating wineries and seminar descriptions, visit www.sonomawine.com/wineries.

The event is an innovative collaboration between the County’s leading wine organizations – the Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers, Alexander Valley Winegrowers, Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, and Russian River Valley Winegrowers. Nick Frey, President of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, said “This partnership is an extension of our year-round efforts to create a consistent and distinctive Sonoma County message while celebrating the diversity of our AVAs. By collaborating on Sonoma in the City, we’re able to create a powerful and compelling event that’s a true representation of Sonoma County.”

AVA Seminar Panelists
Alexander Valley: Ed Killian, Souverain
Bennett Valley: Alex Reble, Matanzas Creek
Carneros: Steve MacRostie, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
Chalk Hill: Steve Leveque, Chalk Hill Estate Winery
Dry Creek Valley: Dave Rafanelli, A. Rafanelli Winery
Green Valley: David Munksgard, Iron Horse Vineyards
Knights Valley: Tim Carl, Knights Bridge Winery
Northern Sonoma: Scott Kozel, Gallo Family Vineyards
Rockpile: Blake Mauritson, Mauritson Family Winery
Russian River Valley: Rod Berglund, Joseph Swan Vineyards
Sonoma Coast: Tom Hinde, Flowers Vineyard & Winery
Sonoma Mountain: Patrick Campbell, Laurel Glen
Sonoma Valley: Richard Arrowood, Amapola Creek Vineyard & Winery

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