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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2010

Event Update: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, September 3-5

Visa Signature® Cardholders Offered Advanced Access and Special Pricing for
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
During Exclusive Pre–Sale Beginning April 23

Sonoma, CA (April 23, 2010)  As presenting sponsors of the 2010 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (September 3-5), Visa Signature®, in partnership with event organizers, is offering cardholders preferred access and pricing on event tickets during an exclusive presale beginning April 23. To take advantage of special Visa Signature ticketpricing, cardholders must make their purchase using a Visa Signature card at www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend tickets will go on sale to the public beginning June 1, 2010. For a complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

In making the announcement, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Executive Producer Maureen Cottingham said, “We are thrilled to have Visa Signature as our presenting sponsor again this year, and are delighted to partner with them to provide Visa Signature cardholders with exclusive access, pricing and perks for one of the country’s premier wine and food events.”

Three Days. Two Hundred Wineries and Chefs. One Unforgettable Sonoma Experience
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend combines two of Sonoma’s most prestigious wine and food events; the 31st Annual Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch  and 18Th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction Presented by Trilogy Glass & Packaging  with a series of intimate winemaker-hosted lunches and dinners. In all, more than 200 acclaimed vintners, growers and chefs will participate in the three day pre-harvest celebration and fundraiser, which to date has raised more than $10 million for local charities. This year’s festivities, including the California Beach Party-themed auction, will be presided over by Honorary Chair, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. Visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com for event details and participants.

About Visa Signature
The 2010 Sonoma Wine County Weekend is presented by Visa Signature®.  Visa Signature cardholders will receive exclusive savings and perks 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.

Visa Signature offers cardholders a range of benefits and perks, in addition to a number of rewards programs that may be offered by Visa Signature partners, such as airline, hotel and cash back programs.   Visa Signature cardholders enjoy complimentary concierge services, the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, complimentary wine tastings at more than 60 Sonoma County wineries year-round, and premium merchant offers, as well as preferred access and seating at epicurean events, premier concerts, Broadway shows, and sporting events such as the Olympics and FIFA World Cup™.  For more information about Visa Signature, visit www.visa.com/signature.  

Additional Sponsors
In addition to Visa Signature, the 2010 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is being made possible by the following sponsors: Caliber WinePak, MacMurray Ranch Vineyards, Trilogy Glass & Packaging, Wine Spectator, San Francisco Magazine, Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. For a complete list of beneficiaries and sponsors of the 2010 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 $8,000,000 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

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Sonoma in the City Los Angeles
SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS ARE BRINGING "SONOMA IN THE CITY" TO LOS ANGELES
Week of tastings and dinners scheduled May 4-6 throughout Los Angeles

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA – April 6, 2010 – A group of Sonoma County’s finest wineries, winegrowers, and chefs is headed to Los Angeles May 4-6 for a series of wine seminars, dinners and tastings for Los Angeles wine trade and consumers.  The “Sonoma in the City: Los Angeles” tour is presented by Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, Alexander Valley Winegrowers, Russian River Valley Winegrowers, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, and Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley™.

“Los Angeles is one of the most important wine markets in the country, 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 joining us in Los Angeles. Our events will allow attendees the chance to talk to the winemakers, wine growers, and winery owners about their wines and 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.

Tuesday, May 4
Retail Tasting with four Sonoma County wineries
Bottle Rock Downtown -- 1050 Flower Street # 167, Los Angeles
Info: 213/747-1100
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Information: http://www.bottlerock.net/

Retail Tasting with nine Sonoma County wineries
Wine House -- 2311 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles
Info: 310/479-3731
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Information: www.winehouse.com

Wednesday, May 5:
Retail Tasting with four Sonoma County wineries
Cecconi’s Restaurant with Du-Vin Wine & Spirits – 8764 Melrose Ave.,  Los Angeles
Information:  213/507-2404
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Information: www.cecconiswesthollywood.com

Retail Tasting with six Sonoma County wineries
Bottle Rock Culver City -- 3847 Main Street, Culver City
Info: 310/836-WINE (9463)
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Information:  http://www.bottlerock.net/

Alexander Valley Winegrowers Dinner at Melisse
Time: 6:30 pm
Taste Alexander Valley wines with a wine-inspired menu paired with these outstanding wineries:
Skipstone, Souverain, Munselle Wines, and Stryker Sonoma
Melisse Restaurant, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Cost: $150 per person
Reservations: 310/395-0881
Information:  http://alexandervalley.org or www.melisse.com

Thursday, May 6
Retail Tasting with four Sonoma County wineries
Woodland Hills Wine Co. -- 22622 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills
Info: 800/678-9463
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Information:  www.whwc.com

Retail Tasting with seven Sonoma County wineries
Wally's Wine & Spirits -- 2107 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles
Info: 310/475-0606
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Information: www.wallywine.com

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Dinner at Valentino
Enjoy a beautifully paired menu featuring Iron Horse Vineyards, Joseph Swan,
Inman Family, Longboard Vineyards, and Papapietro Perry
Time: 7:30-10:30pm
Valentino, 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
Cost:  $100 per person
Information: www.Valentinorestaurantgroup.com or 310/829-4313


 

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 <http://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 Russian River Valley Winegrowers
Russian River Valley Winegrowers, formed in 1993 is an education and marketing association of over 300 grape growers, wineries and commercial members in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley.  The RRVW is sustaining generations of winemaking – mentoring producers and encouraging enthusiasts. Learn more at www.rrvw.org and become a fan at Facebook.com/russianrivervalleywinegrowers.

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.

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

   

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