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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Tickets Now Available for the Sonoma County Wine Auction

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September 15 – 16, 2017 at La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard The Sonoma County Wine Auction has Raised $24 Million for Charitable Partners SANTA ROSA, Calif. (June 21, 2017) – Tickets are now available for the two-day Sonoma County Wine Auction, presented by Visa Signature® and sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak. Savvy collectors will have the opportunity to acquire Sonoma’s elite wines and bid on once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences during Sonoma County’s largest charitable giving event Saturday, September 16, 2017 from Noon to 7 p.m. at La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard, a new hub of wine education and culinary exploration located in the heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Jackson Family Wines Chairman & Proprietor Barbara R. Banke will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2017 Auction. The Honorary Chair is recognized as an individual who demonstrates community leadership, dedication to innovation and commitment to helping others. The two-day event begins September 15th, with preview parties and vintners dinners, and culminates in the Sonoma County Wine Auction on September 16th.  The celebration brings together Sonoma County’s top winemakers and growers, along with some of the area’s best chefs, and has been named as one of the nation’s top five charitable…

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Exclusive Discount Benefit Now Available to Visa Signature® and Visa Infinite® Cardholders for Taste of Sonoma

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One of the Country’s Top Wine and Food Festivals, September 2, 2017 Ticket Sales Now Open to the General Public SANTA ROSA, Calif. (May 11, 2017) – Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, presented by Visa Signature®, is pleased to announce exclusive Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholder ticket savings for Taste of Sonoma, one of the country’s top wine and food festivals held at the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.  Tickets are available on the Taste of Sonoma website. Taste of Sonoma – a spectacular Labor Day Weekend event set on Saturday, September 2 – offers an extraordinary immersive opportunity for wine and culinary enthusiasts to taste incomparable wines and locally-grown, gourmet dishes; meet passionate vintners and growers; and experience the welcoming community spirit of the Sonoma County wine region. Taste of Sonoma will bring the historic Sonoma County wine region to life with access to rare and highly sought-after wines, gourmet foods and locally grown produce from top Sonoma County chefs, intimate conversations with wine luminaries and winemakers, and focused seminars covering a range of topics — from Sonoma County terroir to expert advice from chefs. Held at the beautiful Donald & Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma…

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Sonoma County Barrel Auction Continues to Break Records as Third Annual Event Raises $794,500

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(April 21, 2017; Santa Rosa, CA) Sonoma County Vintners celebrated a successful third annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction on April 21, after 90 one-of-a-kind Sonoma County wine lots raised a record-setting $794,500. With over 250 members of the wine trade and media in attendance for the live auction at Santa Rosa’s Vintners Inn, and additional bids placed via proxy, this year’s totals were up more than $100,000 from 2016. “We started the Sonoma County Barrel Auction three years ago to showcase the quality of Sonoma County wines on the world’s stage, and we are pleased that it’s become a must-attend event for national and international wine buyers,” says Jean Arnold Sessions, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Vintners, “The success of the 2017 auction is a testament to the climate, culture and talent found in Sonoma County. No other region matches our combination of quality and diversity.” The auction’s “never before, never again” wine lots were crafted by top vintners from Sonoma County’s 17 distinct AVA appellations, and offered in quantities of five, 10 or 20 cases. All of the wines featured were made exclusively for the auction, and will be available in the market only by resale to the…

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Icons of Wine to be Honored at Sonoma County Barrel Auction

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AVA Preview Events Highlighted Fourth Annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction to be held April 20, 2018  (April 5, 2017; Santa Rosa, CA) Sonoma County Vintners will honor three of the region’s winemaking Icons this year at the 3rd Annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction. Nominated by peers for their contributions and lifetime body of work, Jim Bundschu of Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Jim Pedroncelli of Pedroncelli Winery, and Angelo Sangiacomo of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards will be recognized at a private reception on April 20 at Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery as well as at the Barrel Auction on April 21 at the Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, CA. “The Sonoma County wine landscape has been shaped by a long line of trailblazing visionaries and it is important that the region honor these three modern icons,” says Jean Arnold Sessions, Sonoma County Vintners Executive Director. “Each of the Icons has provided new ways of thinking while also enriching our region’s heritage and traditions. We are proud to recognize their invaluable contributions at the Sonoma County Barrel Auction.” About the Icons Jim Bundschu, Gundlach Bundschu Winery Jim Bundschu is the quintessential down-to-earth farmer, completely devoted to the Sonoma County vineyard land cultivated by four…

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