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Sonoma in the City New York

Week of tastings and dinners scheduled April 13-16 throughout Manhattan
Top Sonoma Chefs and Vintners at James Beard House April 14

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA -- March 18, 2010 – A group of Sonoma County’s finest wineries, winegrowers, and chefs is headed to New York City April 13-16 for a series of wine seminars, dinners and tastings for New York wine trade and consumers.  The “Sonoma in the City: New York” tour is presented by Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley Winegrowers, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance.

“New York is where trends begin and tastemakers reside, and we want to make sure that Sonoma County wines are on their collective radar,” explains SCV Executive Director Honore Comfort. “We have developed a full schedule of events designed to reach a wide range of consumers while educating top members of the wine trade.  We have more than 40 Sonoma County winemakers, winegrowers and winery owners in New York with us in addition to some of the region’s finest chefs. Our events will allow attendees the chance to meet the people that make Sonoma County what it is.”

Here is an overview of the week’s events. Details for participation are included with each listing.

Wednesday, April 14th
Retail tasting at Acker Merrall -- 160 West 72nd Street
Time: 4:30-7:00pm
Information: http://home.ackerstore.com/

Wednesday, April 14th
Retail tasting at Whole Foods Wine Store -- Columbus and 98th St.
Time: 4:30-7:00pm
Information: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/upperwestside/

Wednesday, April 14th
Retail tasting at Union Square Wines -- 140 4th Ave (at 13th St)
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Information:  http://www.unionsquarewines.com/

Wednesday, April 14th
Sonoma in the City Dinner at James Beard House
Time: 7:00-10:30pm
Sonoma County has inspired not only great vintners and grape growers, but talented, innovative chefs.  Five of the region’s best will prepare a menu of terroir-influenced cuisine, paired with wines from Dutton Goldfield, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Jordan, Landmark Vineyards, Paul Hobbs, Pride Mountain Vineyard, and A. Rafanelli Winery.

Featured Sonoma County Chefs:

  • Duskie Estes and John Stewart:  Zazu Restaurant & Farm/ Santa Rosa, CA and Bovolo/ Healdsburg, CA
  • Justin Everett:  El Dorado Kitchen at El Dorado Hotel/ Sonoma, CA
  • Janine Falvo:  Carneros Bistro and Wine Bar at the Lodge at Sonoma/ Sonoma, CA
  • Bruce Riezenman:  Pair It! iPhone App; and Park Avenue Catering/Cotati, CA

Cost: James Beard Members $150; General Public $200
James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street
Information: 212/627-2308

Wednesday, April 14th
Alexander Valley Winegrowers Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Time: 6:30-10:30pm
Alexander Valley wineries will include Alexander Valley Vineyards; Francis Ford Coppola Winery; and Rodney Strong Vineyards in a carefully paired multi-course dinner.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 148 West 51st Street, NYC
Cost: $100 per person
Reservations: Tiffany Melina 212/245-9600 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Information:  http://alexandervalley.org/events or www.ruthschris.com

Thursday, April 15th
Retail tasting at Acker Merrall -- 160 West 72nd Street
Time: 4:30-7:00pm
Information:  http://home.ackerstore.com/

Thursday, April 15th
Retail tasting at Morell & Company -- 1 Rockefeller Plaza (49th St. between 5th and 6th Ave)
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Information:  http://morrellwine.com/

Thursday, April 15th
Retail tasting at 67th Street Wine & Spirits -- 179 Columbus Ave at 68th St
Time: 4:30-7:00pm
Information:  http://www.67wine.com/

Thursday, April 15th
Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Dinner at Aureole
Time: 7:00-10:30pm
Sonoma Valley wines paired with the four-course menu include Arrowood Vineyards & Winery, B.R. Cohn Winery, Chateau St. Jean, Deerfield Ranch Winery, GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Viansa Winery & Marketplace
Aureole New York, One Bryant Park, 135 West 42nd Street, NYC
Price: $165
To purchase tickets call: 707/935-0803
Information: http://www.charliepalmer.com/Properties/Aureole/NY/ ,  www.SonomaValleyWine.com and www.sonomavalleywine.com/pdfs/Aureole_Sonoma_Valley_Dinner.pdf


About Sonoma County Vintners
Sonoma County Vintners 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 artisanal passion, diversity and distinctiveness, and quality. Through innovative, collaborative, and informative marketing programs, SCV increases awareness and improves the quality image of Sonoma County wines and member wineries. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 170 wineries of all sizes throughout the county. For more information about Sonoma County Vintners and its member wineries, visit www.sonomawine.com.

About Sonoma County Winegrape Commission

The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission was established in 2006 as a non-profit marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. SCWC’s goal is to increase awareness and recognition of the quality and diversity of Sonoma County’s grapes and wines through dynamic marketing and educational programs targeted to wine consumers around the world. For more information about SCWC and its programs, visit www.sonomawinegrape.org

About Alexander Valley Winegrowers
An hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge lies the Alexander Valley, located at the northern end of Sonoma County. The Alexander Valley is 22 miles long and varies in width from two to seven miles. There are 76,900 acres of land, of which 15,000 acres are planted to premium wine grapes. World class Cabernet Sauvignon grapes thrive from the valley floor all the way up the rolling hillsides and mountain ridges. The gravelly loam soils straddling the Russian River encourage Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot to flourish. For more information, visit:  www.alexandervalley.org

About Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley’s history of grape growing and winemaking is among the longest in California, with its roots beginning more than 135 years ago. The precise blend of climate, soil and exposure that produces grapes of singular quality and character is the true allure of the region. Dry Creek Valley is approximately 16 miles long and 2 miles wide. It is framed on the western edge by rugged mountain ridges rimmed with redwoods and evergreens. The region has roughly 9,300 acres of vineyards, 150 growers, and more than 60 wineries producing a diverse selection of wines ranging from legendary Zinfandels to Bordeaux and Mediterranean varietals. For more information, visit: www.wdcv.com

About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance
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, terroir and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation (SVVGF) is a non-profit 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.

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