MacMurray Ranch to Host 30th Annual Showcase: Taste of Sonoma, Saturday, September 5, 2009

    Sonoma’s Largest Wine and Food Event
    – Part of the 2nd Annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Presented by Visa Signature –
    Features Tastings, Demonstrations, Tours and Seminars Showcasing More than 200
    Artisan Wineries, Growers, Chefs and Food Purveyors
    Sonoma, Calif. (July 15, 2009) — Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Executive Producer Maureen
    Cottingham has released event details for the 30th Annual Showcase: Taste of Sonoma, taking place
    Saturday, September 5th from 11am – 4pm at Sonoma’s famed MacMurray Ranch vineyards in
    Healdsburg. Showcase: Taste of Sonoma is part of the three-day Sonoma Wine Country Weekend that
    culminates Sunday September 6th with the 17th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction,
    presented by Trilogy Glass & Packaging at Cline Cellars in Sonoma. One of the country’s premier food
    and wine events, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend celebrates Sonoma’s artisan food and wine
    community while raising much needed funds for local charities. To see the full list of Sonoma Wine
    Country Weekend events go to www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.
    “Showcase: Taste of Sonoma is an epicurean event unlike any other,” said Cottingham, “offering
    boundless opportunities for wine lovers and foodies alike to sip and savor the diversity of our rich farmto-
    table heritage alongside the growers, winemakers and chefs who’ve made Sonoma one of the
    world’s great food and wine destinations.”
    Named one of the “Ten Best Wine and Food Events in the United States” by Celebrated Living
    magazine, Showcase: Taste of Sonoma is a coveted ticket. General Admission is $150 per person. Visa
    Signature cardholders receive a special price of $95 per person, as well as other event perks when they
    use their card to purchase tickets. Grand Reserve tickets are $195 per person. Visit
    www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com to buy tickets.
    Showcase: Taste of Sonoma Highlights:
    • NEW THIS YEAR! – Grand Reserve Showcase: Grand Reserve ticket holders receive
    additional privileges throughout the event and access to exclusive venues featuring rare wines,
    gracious hospitality and special behind-the-scenes benefits, including:
    Club Reserve, a luxury “taste-around” where winemakers and owners of Sonoma’s iconic
    wineries – including Pride Mountain Vineyards, Tandem Winery, Lambert Bridge Winery,
    Lancaster Estate, Kamen Estate Wines, Skipstone, Amapola Creek Vineyards & Winery,
    Stonestreet Winery, Paul Hobbs Winery, Rodney Strong Vineyards and Vérité Winery – will
    sample their limited production, reserve and private wines from large format bottles.
    MacMurray Lounge, Kate MacMurray, together with members of the Gallo family, will host
    Grand Reserve ticket holders in the private and beautifully appointed estate garden located
    behind late actor Fred MacMurray’s historic home. Guests are invited to unwind and recharge
    with special reserve wines, seasonal wine country cuisine and lively conversation.
    • SOLD OUT! – Wine TALKS in the Wine Barn: A series of informative wine seminars,
    discussions and focused tastings with renowned Sonoma County winemakers. Featured topics
    include: Out of the Ordinary Wines with Gwendolyn Wilson, Wine educator, Wine
    Spectator; Rosé with Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Host Sommelier and wine educator
    Christopher Sawyer; Terroir of Regal Pinot Noirs; Extreme Wine Growing; Sonoma’s
    Legendary Old Vine Zinfandel; and the History of MacMurray Ranch with Kate MacMurray,
    daughter of famed late actor Fred MacMurray.
    • Sonoma County Appellation Grand Food and Wine Tasting: An immersion experience,
    with more than 150 wineries pouring thousands of wines, and over 60 local chefs whipping up
    divine pairings. This is a rare opportunity to go one on one with artisan producers representing
    the four distinct appellations of one of the most diverse and bountiful growing regions in the
    world.
    • Sonoma’s Sommelier Stars Wine and Food Tasting Tours: Sonoma’s own celebrity
    sommelier Christopher Sawyer has assembled an all-star team of nationally acclaimed
    sommeliers who will be on-hand to provide 30 minute guided tours through the Grand Tasting
    Tents. With their knowledgeable guidance, guests will discover hidden gems, try new varieties,
    and enjoy expert insights on expanding their wine appreciation and knowledge. Registration
    taken the day of the event.
    • The Gloria Ferrer Bubble Lounge: Located at the entrance to Showcase: Taste of Sonoma,
    the Gloria Ferrer Bubble Lounge offers visitors a chance to toast the day with a bit of bubbly
    paired with small bites, presented by Cindy Friedman, Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards
    Certified Wine Educator.
    • The Crushpad: A unique “grape to glass” tasting and demonstration presented by local grape
    growers and winemakers. Guests will sample freshly picked grapes, juice from a basket press
    demonstrating and finally a taste of the finished bottled wine from the highlighted vineyard.
    Presented by the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission.
    • The Gourmet Kitchen: Steel Chef Competition and Cooking Demonstrations: Sonoma
    County’s most celebrated chefs face off in a fast paced, fun and educational competition for the
    coveted title of Sonoma County’s Chef of Steel. The audience will learn to flip, dip, chop and
    whip like the pros in the demonstration kitchen, where throughout the day Sonoma’s top chefs
    will share the tricks of the trade, including new recipes, techniques and innovative ways to
    flavor food.
    • Sonoma County Marketplace: Explore the bounty of one of the world’s most fertile food
    sheds brought to market by small, local family farms. Guests can browse, sample and purchase
    high-quality, artisanal ingredients used by local chefs and explore the new sustainable and
    organic area, to learn how to incorporate “green” foods and products into the home pantry.
    • Silent Auction: Benefitting the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the Showcase: Taste of Sonoma
    Silent Auction and Big Bottle Bid offers bidders a chance to take home prized bottlings from
    local winery cellars, one-of-a-kind etched bottles, and other terrific trips and packages.
    • A Self-Guided Walk-Around Retrospective: “Legacy of the Land: 150 Years on a Russian
    River Valley Ranch”: Experience the living history of MacMurray Ranch through a neverbefore-
    seen exhibition from the MacMurray family archives detailing ranch life from the late
    19th Century to today. The exhibit is displayed in the oldest structure on the ranch, called the
    Prune Shed in reference to the principal Russian River Valley cash crop of the early 1900s.
    From subsistence farming to elite Pinot Noir, the history of MacMurray Ranch tells a story of
    Sonoma County agriculture from the 1850s to the 21st Century. Join us in experiencing this
    exhibition while enjoying MacMurray Ranch Wines.
    About 2009 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sponsors and Beneficiaries
    A partnership between Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers and Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma
    Wine Country Weekend is the area’s largest wine and food fundraiser, having donated more than a
    combined $8 million to local charities that support students, children, farm workers and people in
    need.
    The 2009 Sonoma Wine County Weekend is presented by Visa Signature, whose cardholders will
    receive exclusive perks and savings throughout the event. From benefits that save time to benefits that
    help to safeguard purchases, Visa Signature helps cardholders get the most out of life. In addition to a
    choice of numerous airline, hotel and other premium reward partners, cardholders enjoy access to
    around-the-clock complimentary concierge services; epicurean events and reservations at the hottest
    restaurants; premium merchant offers; and access to exclusive events such as the Olympics, Super Bowl
    and the Tony Awards, as well as preferred access and seating at local sporting events, concerts and
    movie screenings. For more information about Visa Signature, visit www.visa.com/signature.
    Other partners include Executive Sponsors: Trilogy Glass & Packaging and MacMurray Ranch; Major
    Sponsors: American AgCredit and Sonoma County Winegrape Commission; Winery Sponsors: Cline
    Cellars, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Rodney Strong Vineyards, and Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards;
    Supporting Sponsor: Caliber WinePak and Stölzle USA; Media Sponsors: Wine Spectator, Gourmet
    Magazine and San Francisco Magazine. For a complete list of beneficiaries and sponsors of the 2009
    Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, please visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.
    About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Foundation
    The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit trade organization serving
    over 500 vintners, growers and associates 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
    $6,000,000 for local Sonoma Valley charities through the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction. For
    more information on the SVVGA and SVVGF, please call 707-935-0803 or visit
    www.SonomaValleyWine.com.
    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 175 wineries of all sizes throughout the county. www.SonomaWine.com.
    About MacMurray Ranch
    MacMurray Ranch, located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, is dedicated to crafting awardwinning
    Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines for the Pinot enthusiast. MacMurray Ranch wines are
    available nationwide wherever top quality wines are sold. www.MacMurrayRanch.com.

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    Sonoma’s Largest Wine and Food Event

    – Part of the 2nd Annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Presented by Visa Signature –

    Features Tastings, Demonstrations, Tours and Seminars Showcasing More than 200

    Artisan Wineries, Growers, Chefs and Food Purveyors

    Sonoma, Calif. (July 15, 2009) — Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Executive Producer Maureen

    Cottingham has released event details for the 30th Annual Showcase: Taste of Sonoma, taking place

    Saturday, September 5th from 11am – 4pm at Sonoma’s famed MacMurray Ranch vineyards in

    Healdsburg. Showcase: Taste of Sonoma is part of the three-day Sonoma Wine Country Weekend that

    culminates Sunday September 6th with the 17th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction,

    presented by Trilogy Glass & Packaging at Cline Cellars in Sonoma. One of the country’s premier food

    and wine events, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend celebrates Sonoma’s artisan food and wine

    community while raising much needed funds for local charities. To see the full list of Sonoma Wine

    Country Weekend events go to www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

    “Showcase: Taste of Sonoma is an epicurean event unlike any other,” said Cottingham, “offering

    boundless opportunities for wine lovers and foodies alike to sip and savor the diversity of our rich farmto-

    table heritage alongside the growers, winemakers and chefs who’ve made Sonoma one of the

    world’s great food and wine destinations.”

    Named one of the “Ten Best Wine and Food Events in the United States” by Celebrated Living

    magazine, Showcase: Taste of Sonoma is a coveted ticket. General Admission is $150 per person. Visa

    Signature cardholders receive a special price of $95 per person, as well as other event perks when they

    use their card to purchase tickets. Grand Reserve tickets are $195 per person. Visit

    www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com to buy tickets.

    Showcase: Taste of Sonoma Highlights:

    • NEW THIS YEAR! – Grand Reserve Showcase: Grand Reserve ticket holders receive

    additional privileges throughout the event and access to exclusive venues featuring rare wines,

    gracious hospitality and special behind-the-scenes benefits, including:

    Club Reserve, a luxury “taste-around” where winemakers and owners of Sonoma’s iconic

    wineries – including Pride Mountain Vineyards, Tandem Winery, Lambert Bridge Winery,

    Lancaster Estate, Kamen Estate Wines, Skipstone, Amapola Creek Vineyards & Winery,

    Stonestreet Winery, Paul Hobbs Winery, Rodney Strong Vineyards and Vérité Winery – will

    sample their limited production, reserve and private wines from large format bottles.

    MacMurray Lounge, Kate MacMurray, together with members of the Gallo family, will host

    Grand Reserve ticket holders in the private and beautifully appointed estate garden located

    behind late actor Fred MacMurray’s historic home. Guests are invited to unwind and recharge

    with special reserve wines, seasonal wine country cuisine and lively conversation.

    • SOLD OUT! – Wine TALKS in the Wine Barn: A series of informative wine seminars,

    discussions and focused tastings with renowned Sonoma County winemakers. Featured topics

    include: Out of the Ordinary Wines with Gwendolyn Wilson, Wine educator, Wine

    Spectator; Rosé with Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Host Sommelier and wine educator

    Christopher Sawyer; Terroir of Regal Pinot Noirs; Extreme Wine Growing; Sonoma’s

    Legendary Old Vine Zinfandel; and the History of MacMurray Ranch with Kate MacMurray,

    daughter of famed late actor Fred MacMurray.

    • Sonoma County Appellation Grand Food and Wine Tasting: An immersion experience,

    with more than 150 wineries pouring thousands of wines, and over 60 local chefs whipping up

    divine pairings. This is a rare opportunity to go one on one with artisan producers representing

    the four distinct appellations of one of the most diverse and bountiful growing regions in the

    world.

    • Sonoma’s Sommelier Stars Wine and Food Tasting Tours: Sonoma’s own celebrity

    sommelier Christopher Sawyer has assembled an all-star team of nationally acclaimed

    sommeliers who will be on-hand to provide 30 minute guided tours through the Grand Tasting

    Tents. With their knowledgeable guidance, guests will discover hidden gems, try new varieties,

    and enjoy expert insights on expanding their wine appreciation and knowledge. Registration

    taken the day of the event.

    • The Gloria Ferrer Bubble Lounge: Located at the entrance to Showcase: Taste of Sonoma,

    the Gloria Ferrer Bubble Lounge offers visitors a chance to toast the day with a bit of bubbly

    paired with small bites, presented by Cindy Friedman, Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards

    Certified Wine Educator.

    • The Crushpad: A unique “grape to glass” tasting and demonstration presented by local grape

    growers and winemakers. Guests will sample freshly picked grapes, juice from a basket press

    demonstrating and finally a taste of the finished bottled wine from the highlighted vineyard.

    Presented by the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission.

    • The Gourmet Kitchen: Steel Chef Competition and Cooking Demonstrations: Sonoma

    County’s most celebrated chefs face off in a fast paced, fun and educational competition for the

    coveted title of Sonoma County’s Chef of Steel. The audience will learn to flip, dip, chop and

    whip like the pros in the demonstration kitchen, where throughout the day Sonoma’s top chefs

    will share the tricks of the trade, including new recipes, techniques and innovative ways to

    flavor food.

    • Sonoma County Marketplace: Explore the bounty of one of the world’s most fertile food

    sheds brought to market by small, local family farms. Guests can browse, sample and purchase

    high-quality, artisanal ingredients used by local chefs and explore the new sustainable and

    organic area, to learn how to incorporate “green” foods and products into the home pantry.

    • Silent Auction: Benefitting the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the Showcase: Taste of Sonoma

    Silent Auction and Big Bottle Bid offers bidders a chance to take home prized bottlings from

    local winery cellars, one-of-a-kind etched bottles, and other terrific trips and packages.

    • A Self-Guided Walk-Around Retrospective: “Legacy of the Land: 150 Years on a Russian

    River Valley Ranch”: Experience the living history of MacMurray Ranch through a neverbefore-

    seen exhibition from the MacMurray family archives detailing ranch life from the late

    19th Century to today. The exhibit is displayed in the oldest structure on the ranch, called the

    Prune Shed in reference to the principal Russian River Valley cash crop of the early 1900s.

    From subsistence farming to elite Pinot Noir, the history of MacMurray Ranch tells a story of

    Sonoma County agriculture from the 1850s to the 21st Century. Join us in experiencing this

    exhibition while enjoying MacMurray Ranch Wines.

    About 2009 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sponsors and Beneficiaries

    A partnership between Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers and Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma

    Wine Country Weekend is the area’s largest wine and food fundraiser, having donated more than a

    combined $8 million to local charities that support students, children, farm workers and people in

    need.

    The 2009 Sonoma Wine County Weekend is presented by Visa Signature, whose cardholders will

    receive exclusive perks and savings throughout the event. From benefits that save time to benefits that

    help to safeguard purchases, Visa Signature helps cardholders get the most out of life. In addition to a

    choice of numerous airline, hotel and other premium reward partners, cardholders enjoy access to

    around-the-clock complimentary concierge services; epicurean events and reservations at the hottest

    restaurants; premium merchant offers; and access to exclusive events such as the Olympics, Super Bowl

    and the Tony Awards, as well as preferred access and seating at local sporting events, concerts and

    movie screenings. For more information about Visa Signature, visit www.visa.com/signature.

    Other partners include Executive Sponsors: Trilogy Glass & Packaging and MacMurray Ranch; Major

    Sponsors: American AgCredit and Sonoma County Winegrape Commission; Winery Sponsors: Cline

    Cellars, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Rodney Strong Vineyards, and Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards;

    Supporting Sponsor: Caliber WinePak and Stölzle USA; Media Sponsors: Wine Spectator, Gourmet

    Magazine and San Francisco Magazine. For a complete list of beneficiaries and sponsors of the 2009

    Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, please visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

    About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Foundation

    The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit trade organization serving

    over 500 vintners, growers and associates 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

    $6,000,000 for local Sonoma Valley charities through the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction. For

    more information on the SVVGA and SVVGF, please call 707-935-0803 or visit

    www.SonomaValleyWine.com.

    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 175 wineries of all sizes throughout the county. www.SonomaWine.com.

    About MacMurray Ranch

    MacMurray Ranch, located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, is dedicated to crafting awardwinning

    Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines for the Pinot enthusiast. MacMurray Ranch wines are

    available nationwide wherever top quality wines are sold. www.MacMurrayRanch.com.

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