Saturday June 5th is Russian River ‘Singles Night’ and It’s for Married People too!

The Russian River Valley in North Sonoma, is a special place for me as it played a big role in my early discovery of wine, especially my beloved Pinot Noir. I am proud to be a Associate Member of the RRV Winegrowers, (a non profit organization) and do what I can to help promote this wonderful region.

I am excited about a new event that is coming up – Single Night: Single Vineyards. Before you go, ‘well I have a significant other, oh well’ ‘single’ means the wines poured are Single Vineyard Designates. Single Vineyard wines are produced from varietals (grapes) that come exclusively from a single vineyard (sometimes even just a single block, or area of a vineyard.) This is a special treat as it provides the ultimate expression of ‘terroir’ of the vineyard. In a more subtle, delicate varietal like Pinot Noir, one of the primary wine varietal grown in RRV, its a wonderful experience to compare wines this way.

Single also refers to single bites of food, so grab your singularly wonderful significant other and come for a night of great wine, food, music, and fun.

The event is being hosted at C. Donatiello Winery cellar, accented by Pete Avdoulos’ Liquid Metal Fine Art Paintings.

It’s an impressive list of  participating wineries, some not open to public, including : Acorn Winery, Ancient Oak Cellars, Balletto Vineyards, Benovia Winery, D&L Carinalli, Dutton-Goldfield, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, Foppiano Vineyards, Foppoli Wines, Graton Ridge Cellars, Healdsburg Ranches, Hop Kiln Winery, J. Lynne Wines, John Tyler Wines, Joseph Swan, Ketcham Estate, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Landy Family Vineyards, Longboard Vineyards, Lynmar Estate, Martinelli Winery, Merry Edwards Wines, Papapietro Perry Winery, Patz & Hall, Siduri Wines, Twomey Cellars, Williams Selyem, Windsor Oaks, Y. Rousseau Wines.

The festivities kick off at 6:30 with a Single Vineyard tasting of Russian River Valley wines, paired with single bites of local artisan food.  While you enjoy these simple hedonisms, be entertained by  next generation vintner and grower “Cellar Teams”  antics to promote their Group Bid Adventure Auction Lots that will raise funds for educational programs. You can preview these lots via videos on the Facebook Fan Page.

At 8 p.m.,  the event moves to the crush pad for the Adventure Auction. A no-host bar featuring wines under $25 (offered by the taste and glass) and wallet-friendly grilled goods will continue to fuel the night. The adventures lots, personally hosted by vintners and growers, are designed for 6 to 10 people so bring your friends to bid as a group!

Auction items include:

• Plane rides over the Russian River Valley
• A kayaking and clam bake on the Russian River
• Classic Jeep vineyard treks
• Hot air ballooning
• And a winery cave tasting with more than just frills

At the conclusion of the auction, the party livens up with music from DJ’s Franco Finn and Samantha Vegas’ and the winery crush pad into a dance floor  – get your wine country groove on!

Tickets are limited, so join Simple Hedonisms at this fun event, try some amazing wines, and have a perfect evening in the Russian River Valley.

To purchase tickets (only $45 in advance, $55 at door), click here.


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