Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Reveals Renowned Chefs for Taste of Sonoma

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 wine country is a chef’s absolute dream,” said Schmidt.  “Being centered within a tight-knit agricultural community provides daily inspiration and allows us to create truly memorable dishes that pair perfectly with the unique grape varietals of the region.  I’m thrilled to share a taste of this special place with guests at this year’s Taste of Sonoma.”

Held at the picturesque Donald & Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, Taste of Sonoma will feature local wineries from throughout the Sonoma County area sharing highly-sought after wines from their acclaimed collections, complemented by mouth-watering dishes served by top local chefs including Chef Timothy Bodell of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Chef Ariel Nadelberg of The Drawing Board, Chef Alec Graham of The County Bench, and Chef Travis Day of Thistle Meats.

From showcasing cookie and wine pairings to tastings of fire-roasted poblano chili tomatillo soup and smoked sausage and pimento cheese crostinis, additional gourmet gurus presenting at Taste of Sonoma include: COOKIE…Take a bite!, Werowocomoco at Virginia Dare Winery, Sauced BBQ & Spirits, Sazon Peruvian Cuisine, A La Heart Catering, Mommy’s Yammys, LaMarie French Macarons, Sonoma Crust, Gerard’s Paella, The Oyster Girls, Gallo, and Pascaline Fine Catering.

Together with an all-day Grand Tasting event, guests will have the opportunity to join guided Sommelier Tours, sponsored by Rodney Strong Vineyards, with nationally acclaimed sommeliers, intimate Wine Talk Seminars hosted by celebrated local winemakers, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens wine and food pairing sessions, and a blind tasting challenge to test participants’ knowledge of Sonoma County wines.

Taste of Sonoma tickets are available at  Tickets range in price from $150 to $255 per person.  Club Reserve, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak, provides guests with special access to the people behind Sonoma County’s iconic brands who will share their most sought after, limited release wines.
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About Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is the signature celebration of Sonoma County’s wines, winegrowers, chefs and the independent, generous spirit of this world-class wine country destination.  Produced by Sonoma County Vintners, the events have raised more than $24 million to date to invest in Sonoma County’s future.  For more information about Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, visit

About 2017 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Presenting Sponsor Visa Signature®
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is presented by Visa Signature. Visa Signature offers account holders a range of benefits that provide special access and can save time and money. In addition to points, miles, cash back and other premium rewards offered by Visa Signature issuers, account holders enjoy perks such as 24/7 complimentary concierge services, the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection and exclusive offers for fine wine and food, travel and sports. For more information on Visa and other Visa offerings, please visit

Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) is an education and research institute of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU).  SSU is the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. to offer seminars, certificates, and degree programs focused on the business of wine.  It is the first school of business in the world to offer an executive-level wine business degree.  In 2017, WBI will open the Wine Spectator Learning Center, a 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art education complex dedicated to training the next generation of leaders for a dynamic global wine industry.  With its unique location, expert faculty, and deep relationships in the world of wine, WBI attracts current and future professionals from California and around the world to experience the wealth of connections among students, alumni, and industry leaders.

Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center
Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Northern California’s esteemed wine country, the Green Music Center (GMC) is a focal point for arts in the region, with its spectacular 1400-seat Weill Hall, an acoustically exceptional venue with a modular rear wall that opens to terraced lawn seating, providing picturesque views of the surrounding countryside, and the 240-seat Schroeder Hall, a cathedral-like recital hall designed specifically to accentuate instruments, organ and voice in a small, intimate setting.  A program of Sonoma State University, the GMC presents year-round programming of top classical, contemporary, jazz and world music artists, and is home to the Santa Rosa Symphony.

About Sonoma County Vintners
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 businesses throughout the county. To learn more about Sonoma County Vintners, visit:


Media contact:  Hilary Burns, Casey Shaughnessy, Sonia Sparks, Zoe Watson, and Elizabeth Chow at Glodow Nead Communications, 415.394.6500 or

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