Executive Sponsor TricorBraun WinePak
FRIDAY, August 30, 2013
Winemaker Lunches are held at wineries throughout Sonoma County.
$85 per person
Tickets are non-refundable. 21 and older only. No children or pets allowed.
Balverne Winery at Windsor Oaks
Enjoy an unforgettable and authentic Wine Country experience featuring the wines of Balverne Winery in the spectacular setting of Windsor Oaks Vineyards. Windsor Oaks, one of Sonoma County's most beautiful estates, is nestled on 700 unspoiled acres spanning both the Russian River and Chalk Hill AVAs. You'll be treated to the highly acclaimed cuisine of Joe Reuter, Sonoma County's own GreenGrocer, and you'll be one of the first to try new releases under the re-introduced, historic Balverne label. Join Winemaker Margaret Davenport, famed for her wines at Clos du Bois, as you sit amid the Cabernet Sauvignon vines high atop Block 23 overlooking the Russian River Valley. Plus, prepare to be delighted, as lots of other surprises are in store for this signature event!
Davis Family Vineyards
Discover why Davis Family Vineyards believes that wine is an essential part of a rich and passionate life! This elegant, three course farm-to-table lunch will be skillfully prepared by their partner Duskie Estes of Zazu Restaurant + Farm, and perfectly paired with Davis Family Vineyards' current releases. Winemaker Guy Davis will join you for an illuminating discussion of how he uses tradition, technology and science to advance the art of winemaking. It's a one-of-a-kind afternoon filled with local, organic fare, brilliant wine pairings, interesting discussions and unmatched views of the Russian River Valley.
Geyser Peak Winery
Namaste! Enjoy a special selection of Geyser Peak wines paired to the flavor influences of the East. Taste a selection of limited-release Alexander Valley Cabernets and aromatic whites expertly matched to dishes layered with the subtle flavors and spices of India and Asia. All prepared with fresh, local ingredients Sonoma County-style with live music to complete your culinary journey. Since 1880 visitors have admired the stunning views of Alexander Valley from the beautiful winery garden terraces, so spend an afternoon at Geyser Peak Winery for a passport to adventure. World-class wines await!
With over a century of Sonoma County heritage, Hop Kiln Winery is a not only a favorite stop on Healdsburg wine tours, but a fascinating and scenic place to share a meal with friends. Chef Steven Snook from the Restaurant at Kenwood Inn and Spa brings his authentic Italian cuisine to Hop Kiln for an afternoon of unforgettable wine and food served in Hop Kiln's gorgeous garden. Snook creates dishes that emphasize the complexity and flair of Hop Kiln’s boutique estate Russian River Valley wines, each perfectly paired with the meal by Winemaker Chuck Mansfield. For joyous experience steeped in Sonoma County's rich history, unparalleled wines and fresh fare, come to Hop Kiln for an afternoon you'll never forget.
Idell Family Vineyards
Join Richard Idell and Susan Kornblatt Idell for an epicurean afternoon in Sonoma Valley celebrating the one winemaking philosophy upon which we can all agree – great wines start with great vineyards! Idell Family Vineyards was founded in 2005 and is known for producing some of Sonoma County's finest, most sought-after fruit. The Idells welcome you to their beloved Oscar Vineyard (named for Susan's father – a true Renaissance man) for a fresh, seasonal meal prepared by Sheana Davis of The Epicurean Connection and paired with the wines they meticulously craft from their unique vineyards.
Lynmar Estate, producer of limited-quantity Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, is a mosaic of serene beauty, unique vineyard terroir and purposeful stewardship. This magnificent gathering is set amidst the vineyards, where dappled sunlight from the trees of the Redwood Grove provides the perfect spot for lunch highlighting the marriage of Lynmar wines and farm-to-table cuisine. Lynmar Estate Chef David Frakes offers a menu paired with current releases that will elicit both the complexity and the intricacy of the food and wine’s flavors, an experience further enhanced by the scenic natural splendor of Lynmar Estate.
Wine lovers flock to Ravenswood Winery for world-class single vineyard Zinfandels, casual elegance and the revitalizing natural beauty that can only be found in Sonoma County. Enjoy a spectacular summer afternoon dining with Ravenswood's Zen Master of Zin, Joel Peterson. Joel's wit and wisdom will provide a unique historical perspective on Sonoma wines that you simply won't find at any other winery destination. Each fresh, local course will be picked and paired by Joel and Ravenswood Winery Chef Chris Stillwell – and each one is guaranteed to delight the senses. This unforgettable al fresco affair is ideal for the aficionado who seeks an experience at ground zero for Zin, the bon vivant who feels at home among the vines or the raconteur who wants to revel in the remarkable wines of Ravenswood.
Sbragia Family Vineyards
Join the family Sbragia at their winery for a fresh, seasonal lunch on the terrace overlooking their Dry Creek Valley vineyards. The winery is a dream come true for Ed Sbragia, whose dad left him the vineyards as a legacy, and where he creates wines of great distinction alongside his family. For a few hours filled with elegant Sonoma cuisine, masterful wines and great conversation, look no further than Sbragia Family Vineyards. You're invited to spend an afternoon with this venerable winemaking family for an experience in one of the world's top wine destinations where you'll discover the wines, the food and the views that make the Dry Creek Valley one of Sonoma Wine Country's brightest stars.
White Oak Vineyards & Winery
Join White Oak Vineyards & Winery Proprietor Bill Myers and Winemaker Bill Parker for an Alexander Valley afternoon steeped in Sonoma County splendor. This elegant estate winery takes its design cue from marvelous Mediterranean destinations, complete with lush palm trees and bubbling fountains surrounded by a rolling landscape blanketed with vineyards. You'll indulge in a traditional French Le Grand Aioli prepared by Patrick Martin of Healdsburg's Charcuterie while tasting an array of White Oak current releases, reserve and library wines. Indulge in Sonoma County's fresh local fare while discovering award-winning wines – all served in a dazzling summertime setting.
2013 SOLD OUT Winemaker Lunches
B Wise Vineyards
Spend a few hours at B Wise and you'll discover first hand why this unique location captured the imagination of Founder Brion Wise. Gentle slopes, lush green spaces, oak-studded meadows and phenomenal conditions for vine cultivation continually inspire the team at B Wise to make the finest wines possible. You'll have the opportunity to savor B Wise Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah paired perfectly with the fresh seasonal fare of Chef Darren Whitcher -- all served in the cool elegance of the wine caves. It's a gorgeous getaway you'll never forget, and a benchmark example of fine Wine Country celebrations.
Balletto Vineyards & Winery
Join proprietors John and Terri Balletto and Winemaker Anthony Beckman on the terrace of the Balletto family home for the quintessential Sonoma Wine Country experience. Renowned chef Thomas Schmidt of John Ash & Company will cater a delicious meal that has been especially created to pair with Balletto varietals – wines created from the vineyards that will surround you. The Balletto winemaking philosophy results in wines that are designed to complement your meal, as well as evolve in the glass for a pairing experience that continually delights. Join Balletto for an amazing afternoon that promises a divine culinary experience.
Take in the charms of the Russian River Valley when you join co-owner and award winning winemaker Mike Sullivan of Benovia Winery for an intimate summer lunch in the vineyard. Benovia specializes in small-lot wines that are handcrafted to reflect the elegance and authenticity of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Sonoma County. Mike and staff will share the philosophy and methods behind Benovia’s organic and sustainable farming practices as you dine on a three-course luncheon prepared by one of Sonoma County's top chefs. Indulge in Benovia’s single vineyard wines at an unforgettable afternoon where you'll be swept away by the wines, the food and the vibrant views of Benovia's beautiful vineyard.
Join Russian River Valley wine pioneer Davis Bynum and Winemaker Greg Morthole for a scrumptious Davis Bynum Wine Country lunch at the picturesque River West Vineyard located in the heart of the Russian River Valley. As the man who produced and released Russian River Valley's first single vineyard Pinot Noir, Davis will share wonderfully rich stories about how it all began. Enjoy the afternoon overlooking the valley while sipping some of the world's finest Pinot Noir and taking a delightful journey through the compelling history of Davis Bynum's wonderful wines, dating all the way back to 1973.
Deerfield Ranch Winery
Linger longer under the majestic oaks on the Deerfield Ranch ridge top overlooking Sonoma Mountain and the Valley of the Moon while you indulge in several renowned Deerfield Ranch wines. The Deerfield Ranch Winery Chef will prepare a fresh, seasonally inspired meal perfectly paired with Deerfield Ranch wines. Stunning scenery is also on the menu, and you'll feast your eyes on the Kenwood Marsh – one of only two places on earth where the endangered Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom plant exists – as well as the gorgeous architecture of Deerfield Ranch's 23,000 square foot cave. Come away with a new understanding and appreciation for wine, and memories of a wonderful experience at one of the most spectacular settings in Sonoma Wine Country.
Named by the New York Times as "one of the most influential producers in California's winemaking history," Hanzell Vineyards offers a rare glimpse into Sonoma's heritage of world-class winemaking. Join President Jean Arnold-Sessions, Winemaker Michael McNeill and Chef Doug MacFarland for an afternoon that melds history, fine dining and benchmark wines for an event that celebrates the very finest Sonoma wine country has to offer!
Robert Hunter Winery
A visit to Robert Hunter Winery in the Sonoma Valley is an opportunity to experience artisanship at every level. The Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sparkling wines from this famed producer are known for being some of the best in the world. Add to that the experience of dining in Ann's Garden, an inspiring place to rest and renew created by famed landscape architect Thomas Church. One of Sonoma County's star chefs will serve a multi-course meal perfectly paired to the world class wines and rarified atmosphere at this truly remarkable food and wine experience.
Stone Edge Farm
Spend a sunny day at Stone Edge Farm's Silver Cloud Vineyard – at 1800 feet in the Mayacamas Mountains – where you'll discover the abundant beauty that results from true artistry in the vineyard and garden. Known for its unwavering dedication to sustainable farming practices, Stone Edge Farm produces both the outstanding wines and the heirloom vegetables and olive oils that will take center stage at this remarkable open air affair. Winemaker Jeffery Baker will personally pair the wines to each delectable course created by Winery Chef John McReynolds for an unparalleled experience of field-to-table dining. When your feast is complete, enjoy a friendly round or two of bocce ball – it's a day where everyone's a winner.
The Donum Estate
Spend an afternoon with Donum Estate Winegrower and Founder Anne Moller-Racke and the Donum Estate team for a private Pinot and Pig Roast, featuring critically acclaimed Donum Pinot Noirs – all served in a charming open barn tucked among the vines. Wear walking shoes for a short uphill hike to Donum's vineyard deck overlooking Carneros and the San Pablo Bay. Take in the views from the deck: it's surrounded by some of Donum's most coveted blocks that provide the fruit for their acclaimed Carneros Estate, West Slope and East Slope Pinot Noirs. The Donum Estate embraces a winegrowing philosophy rooted in the Burgundian grand cru model, and the result is some of the finest estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay possible. Don't miss this opportunity to experience a sunny day of sipping world class wines, learning about these impeccably managed vineyards and savoring the seasonal flavors of Sonoma.