Talk about turning Wine into Water! This September, Vineyards to Villages will host the 2nd Annual V2V Wine Safari, giving people the opportunity to drink boutique Sonoma County wines while bringing clean water to children in Kenya.
The “safari” tours will have complimentary tastings at 11 wineries in northern Sonoma County from September 3-11. Intimate tastings of exceptional high-end wines, often hosted by the owners themselves, will allow for a truly unique wine country experience. Visit any or all of the wineries at your own pace any time throughout the week. Participating wineries donate 1/3 of the sales price of these wines to V2V throughout the event.
The particpating wineries include: Christopher Creek Winery, Deux Amis Winery, Fritz Underground Winery, Merriam Vineyards, Pedroncelli Winery, Portalupi Wine, Thumbprint Cellars, Trione Winery, Williamson Wines, the Windsor Tasting Lounge, and Viszlay Vineyards.
Tickets available HERE! $50 each (a $130 value), and all ticket sales go directly to V2V.
Also, with the purchase of every ticket, you will be entered to win wine raffle prizes! If you visit every “animal” (winery) on the safari and show your complete safari pass on the Facebook page, you’ll get an additional 10 raffle tickets: Plus an extra raffle ticket with every purchase of V2V wine!
Start getting ready for Labor Day Weekend! There will be 15 wine professionals, including myself, at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend this year: We will all amplify the experience for you, while we serve as guest all-star wine guides at key events throughout the three-day, charitable event.
Benjamin Appleby, Abe & Louis Steak House, Boston, MA
Cassandra Brown, Hakkasan Restaurants, Las Vegas, NV
Mark Canak, The Metropolitan Club, Chicago, IL
Joy Cushing, Nick & Stefs, Los Angeles, CA
Seamus Dooley, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Chuck Herrold, Dolce Pane e Vino, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Leslie LaMont, Leña Brava, Chicago, IL
Steven McDonald, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston, TX
Patrick Olds, Louie’s Wine Dive, Clayton, MO / St. Louis, MO
Nadia Pavlevska, Darrens, Manhattan Beach, CA
Chris Reid, 101 Steak, Atlanta, GA
Christopher Sawyer, SawyerSomm.com Consulting, Petaluma, CA
If you are interested in a whole animal fire roasting experience then set your sites for this event! 2016 Heritage Fire Napa, by Cochon555, will feature heritage and heirloom foods including dry-aged beef, whole pigs, lamb, goat, squab, rabbit, duck, fish, chicken, artisan cheeses, oysters, and heirloom vegetables. So set your sights on Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena next Sunday August 21st, and plan to please your palate!
I am getting excited for my first time at the Wine Bloggers Conference, this year in Lodi, CA from August 11-14. Hopefully much of it will be indoors as the Central Valley can get pretty toasty in the summer!
If you happen to attending as well, then make time on Friday evening for a Charles Communications event with me spinning vinyl on the Klinker Brick patio! RSVP to Greer Shull at rsvp(at)charlescomm.com or 415-701-WINE to save your space.
We’ve all seen the billboard driving north on Hwy 101, right? Well Virginia Dare has returned thanks to the direction of Francis Ford Coppola Winery. You can read my brief article about it in Napa Sonoma Magazine, published February of this year.
Here is a great opportunity to taste amazing wines from 25 Mt. Veeder wineries! There will also be food pairings from Hess Executive Chef, Chad Hendrickson and live high-energy blues from The Hummingbirdz. More fun to be had when you peruse the Silent Auction and participate in the Raffle. Best of all, take home limited production Mt. Veeder gems from participating wineries!
Mt. Veeder Appelation Wine Tasting
Saturday, August 6
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Hess Collection Winery 4411 Redwood Road, Napa
Purchase $75 tickets at MtVeederWines.com or call 707-266-1296 ($100 Tickets at the Door)
Anthem Winery & Vineyards
VGS Chateau Potelle
Fontanella Family Winery
The Hess Collection Winery
Howell at the Moon Winery
Mount Veeder Winery
O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery
Robert Craig Winery
Y. Rousseau Wines
Yates Family Vineyard
The 7th Annual “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival at St. Francis Winery finishes off the season with an evening at “Jurassic Park”! Perhaps not the scariest film of the season following last week’s political fare but definitely a freak fest for the whole family. I will be there as your festival sommelier to pair St Francis’ world class wines with world class films. Starts at 7pm.
Jurassic Park Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern & Jeff Goldblum (1993) Pre-show concert by: Band Camp
Thursday, July 28, 2016
$10 per glass (Includes a keepsake St. Francis logoed glass) | $8 Refill 2014 Chardonnay, Wild Oak Vineyard, Sonoma Valley 2014 “Old Vines” Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Admission & Popcorn are Free! Wines and El Coyote Mexican Food will be available for purchase.