(Sonoma County, CALIF.) —Wine lovers who don’t already have tickets to Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch® set for Saturday, August 31, 2013, should get online and order, and soon. Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg, California, now one of the wine world’s most popular consumer events, is held annually as part of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend which is presented by Visa Signature®.
“Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch has evolved into an expansive day-long experience that provides attendees with a taste of the wine and food culture of Sonoma County,” said Maureen Cottingham, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Co- Director, “The opportunity to taste more than 200 Sonoma County wines from fifteen different appellations while also enjoying offerings from Sonoma chefs and food purveyors is something that simply doesn’t happen anywhere else, ever.”
Kate MacMurray is the honorary host of Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch which takes place on the historic property and vineyard site that her father, the late actor Fred MacMurray, purchased decades ago. In addition to the thousands of Sonoma County wines and foods available for tasting that day, attendees also receive an added perk. Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch is the only time every year that members of the public are invited to experience the private estate. This is an especially fitting treat this year as the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Honorary Winery Co-Chairs are Sonoma County vintner leaders The Gallo Family, which now own the MacMurray Ranch property.
Interested in attending? Don’t wait. According to organizers, tickets to the event have become some of the hottest tickets in wine country, selling faster this year than at any time in the past. “Sonoma Wine Country Weekend continues to bring the best of Sonoma into the spotlight,” said Honore Comfort, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Co- Director, “Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch offers the best of Sonoma County wine and food along with an array of additional events and activities that take place throughout the day including seminars, the Sonoma Steel Chef Competition, a harvest Crush Pad and personalized Sommelier Stars Tours, as well as a few new surprises.” Guests who purchase a Grand Reserve ticket can also enjoy access to an exclusive tasting of limited-release wines, preferred event seating, and other benefits.
A quartet of Sonoma County wine and culinary leaders, selected for their professional success and outstanding community service, have been named as Honorary Chairs. The 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Honorary Co-Chairs are Sonoma County vintner leaders The Gallo Family as the Winery Co-Chairs and grower Phil Coturri, Enterprise Vineyards, as the Grower Co-Chair. Culinary community leader Sondra Bernstein, proprietor of the girl & the fig, is the Culinary Chair and Bruce Riezenman of Park Avenue Catering returns as the Culinary Director. These leaders are personally lending their support to fund the future. To date, more than $11 million has been invested in Sonoma County’s future, with additional economic impact through increased tourism and sales.
Produced in partnership by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers
Alliance and the Sonoma County
Vintners, the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend event features Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®, Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola
Winery, and an assortment of intimate and exclusive winery lunch and dinner
parties at multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Sonoma
Wine Country Weekend has become the region’s largest and most fun charity
event, celebrating the vintner, grower, and food communities while raising
needed funds to improve children’s lives and literacy for a better future.
2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Schedule At-A-Glance
Friday, August 30
12:30 p.m. – Winemaker Lunch Series at Wineries throughout Sonoma County
6:30 p.m. – Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties
Saturday, August 31
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®
6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties at Wineries throughout Sonoma County
Sunday, September 1
12:30 p.m. – Winery Barbecues at Wineries throughout Sonoma County
12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean
All Tickets On Sale Now
Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery: $95/person or $175/person Patron
Winery Barbecues: $85/person
Winemaker Lunches: $85/person; Winemaker Dinner Parties: $150/person
Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®: $165/person (General), $195/person (Grand Reserve)
Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction: $500/person
* Special Visa Signature account holder pricing and benefits available at www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com
For more information visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com, call (855) 939-7666, like it on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/winecountryweekend and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SonomaWCW.
About 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sponsors and Beneficiaries
A partnership between Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is California’s premier wine, food and social event, taking place on Labor Day weekend each year. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend’s wine community supports the Sonoma County economy, regional wine marketing efforts, and invests in the future of the region by supporting worthy charities that improve quality of life at the present and for generations to come. The events comprising Sonoma Wine Country Weekend have raised over $11 million in support to local charities that support youth and children to ensure their success, preserve the environment for future generations, and improve the health and welfare of local communities. The 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is presented by Visa Signature®. For a complete list of beneficiaries and sponsors, please visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com
About 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Presenting Sponsor Visa Signature
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is presented by Visa Signature. Visa Signature, Visa’s premium credit offering, provides account holders with benefits and perks that offer special access and provide everyday value to enhance account holder experiences. In addition to points, miles, cash back or other premium rewards offered by Visa Signature partners, 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 and entertainment events. For more information on Visa Signature visit www.visasignature.com.
About MacMurray Ranch
Nestled in the heart of the Russian River Valley, the historic MacMurray Ranch is home to award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. MacMurray Ranch Winemaker Chris Munsell crafts a collection of elegant, expressive wines from cool-climate vineyards in California and Oregon, reflecting a passion for the special places that create extraordinary grapes. Kate MacMurray, daughter of Hollywood legend Fred MacMurray, remains deeply connected to MacMurray Ranch, carrying on the legacy of this iconic Sonoma landmark. Learn more at www.macmurrayranch.com.
About Francis Ford
Francis puts it best, saying the winery is, “A wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.” Francis Ford Coppola Winery is located at 300 Via Archimedes in Geyserville, California, accessed from US HWY 101 and the INDEPENDENCE LANE exit. Among the many unique attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features wine tasting, two restaurants, a swimming pool, a movie gallery, a performing arts Pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts. Francis Ford Coppola Winery opens at 11 a.m. daily. For more information, call (707) 857-1400, toll free (877) 590-3329 or visit www.FrancisCoppolaWinery.com.
About Chateau St. Jean
Founded in 1973 in the Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery. Chateau St. Jean produces an extensive portfolio of Sonoma County wines as well as vineyard designated wines, limited production Reserve wines, and the flagship Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren, who was named “Winemaker of the Year” for 2008 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, has been with Chateau St. Jean for over 30 years. Chateau St. Jean is the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious “Wine of the Year” award from Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages, a Bordeaux style blend of “five varieties” and has long been recognized as a leader in vineyard designated wines. For more visit www.chateaustjean.com.
About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners
The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit trade organization serving over 500 members who share a mission to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine, and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation (SVVGF) is a non-profit 501c.3 organization that has raised over $8,000,000 for local Sonoma Valley charities. For more information on the SVVGA and SVVGF, please visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com.
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. Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.
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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is the premier wine and epicurean event that showcases with sophisticated elegance Sonoma, the vast and varied birthplace of California wine. The weekend includes Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch, Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, and intimate winery lunches, dinner parties and barbecues. This signature, three-day festival celebrates the grapes, wines, foods, people and culture that make Sonoma County the quintessential wine country destination. Visa Signature is the Presenting Sponsor of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.