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This Weekend – Don't Miss The 16th Annual Russian River Valley – Grape to Glass: Tastings, BBQ, & Seminars

Russian River Valley – I have written and waxed poetic about what a magical place this is for me, so much so I moved here two years ago.

This is no small amount of praise from someone who has trekked to many wine regions, domestic and abroad. This weekend is the 16th Annual celebration of this world renowned wine region. The format, improved in my opinion, is more focused and manageable.

I am a proud member of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers, with my new Grenache vineyard, and my new (<300 cases) Rhone wine label,  Two Shepherds, sourced mostly from  - yes Russian River Valley. I am also moderating one of the weekend's panels.

Saturday August 20th – Enjoy Seminars, Tours, Tasting, BBQ and More!

Seminars & Tours

Spend your Saturday in an enjoyable choice of seminars or tours. Pick from these Seminars, only $50 for one, or $80 for two.

Got Other White Wines? – 10 a.m to 12:00 pm

Saralee’s Vineyard, 3575 Slusser Road, Windsor

What about those other white wines from the Russian River Valley? Come meet this collection of who’s who that source fruit from Saralee’s Vineyard for white wine other than Chardonnay.

William Allen of Simple Hedonisms (hey thats me!) will both present his wine (be the very first to try the Viognier of my new Two Shepherds label!) and moderate a panel discussion that includes Argot, Arrowood Winery, Clos du Bois, Coterie, Eric Ross Winery, Halleck Winery, Joseph Swan Vineyards, Montemaggiore and Thumbprint Cellars. Meet Saralee of Saralee’s Vineyard and enjoy some lively discussion as you sample small bites from Park Avenue Catering paired with these fabulous “other whites” including Gewurztraminer, Malvasia Bianca, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and White Riesling.  Purchase Tickets

Wines and Wagons11 am to 1 pm
Leras Vineyard, 3210 Woolsey Road, Windsor
Enjoy an inside glimpse into the life of a winegrower as you taste wines from the Russian River Valley. Hosted by Leras Vineyard owner, Nick Leras, you’ll enjoy a covered wagon tour around the Leras Vineyard and discuss the trials, tribulations, joys and excitement of winegrowing in the Russian River Valley. You’ll see the actual vineyard that produces the grapes in some of the wine you’ll be tasting – from Papapietro Perry, George Wine Estates, Neothomas Wines, Chloe Creek and Russian Hill Estate. In addition, we are happy to announce that our friends from Ancient Oak Cellars and Sandole Wines will also be on sit

e pouring some of their fabulous Russian River Valley wines. This vineyard tour also includes a BBQ lunch you won’t soon forget!  Purchase Tickets

One Vineyard, Two Grapes, Many Winemakers
1 pm to 3 pm
Dutton Ranch, 10717 Graton Road, Sebastopol
Love Pinot? Enjoy a great Chardonnay? Here is your opportunity to try wines made from grapes grown in the Russian River Valley by Dutton Ranch but made by different winemakers!

Meet the winemakers as you taste through the wines learning about the differences. Question some of the best palates about the hows and whys of winemaking – what makes each of the wines so unique knowing that all of the grapes are all sourced from Dutton Ranch. Wineries include Dutton-Goldfield, Dutton Estate, DuMol, Patz & Hall and Coppola will be paired with nibbles prepared by Park Avenue Catering. Purchase Tickets

Hog in The Fog –  Tasting, BBQ, Silent Auction & Live Music: A Pre-Harvest Celebration

Call this the last hurrah before harvest – that frenetic, fast paced time of little sleep and much activity.

There might be some fog and quite definitely there will be hog at the Hog in the Fog Pre-Harvest Party this  Saturda.

The Russian River Valley Winegrowers and I invite you to join our winemakers and growers as we celebrate the fruits of our labor …drinking great wine, feasting off the land and dancing the night away at this unique Pre-Harvest Party.

The party starts with a wine tasting reception and Farmer’s Market at 4 pm showcasing more than 70 wineries, growers and producers of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers.

Taste Russian River Valley wines, sample fresh and local delicacies from local restaurants and caterers and shop for fresh produce and products from local artisan food producers. Wine, dine and shop while you stroll through the park-like setting at Richard’s

Grove & Saralee’s Vineyard viewing the work of local artists; and bidding on the silent auction of oversized and special bottlings, restaurant dinners and gift baskets.

Here comes the hog…following the reception will be a feast like no other…a savory barbecue dinner of pulled pork, steak, chicken and all the fixins. And, of course we will have homemade Gravenstein apple pie fresh warmed in the wood brick oven for dessert and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Don't miss the spectacular live auction filled with excursions and overnight stays to land you back in the Russian River Valley for more wine and excitement. The night wraps up with music by Urban Oasis playing an upbeat and entertaining mixture of rock, blues, latin and jazz.

Check here for ticket availability (some are as of now.)

Hope to see many of you in my seminar and the BBQ – cheers!

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This Weekend: The Russian River Rocks with Grape to Glass: Event Highlights

The Russian River Valley (RRV) has emerged over the last decade as a world renowned region of wine growing. It’s especially recognized for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but many great varietals from Rhones like roussanne and cool climate syrah, to cool climate zinfandel are produced here.

This weekend, August 20-22 is the showcase event for RRV, the 15th Annual Grape to Glass.

Friday August 20th

There are several great events to choose from Friday:


Your very own VIP CellarPass to tour our many participating wineries and discover what makes each sensational. Hosted by CellarPass, an online reservation tool for planning and booking wine country events, wineries will open exclusive bottles and surprise you with their own special attraction. Visit at least four participating wineries and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a return trip back to the Russian River Valley in 2011.  11 a.m. – 430 p.m. $45


Taste an amazing array of the best of Russian River food and wine, hosted at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa.

The Evening’s Schedule:
6:00pm – 8:00pm Russian River Valley Varietal Hosted Garden Tasting
8:15pm – 9:45pm Concert with Nick Palance – No Host Bar, No Host Small Plates
10:00pm – 10:45pm Nick Palance Reception & Signing, No Host Bar

Tickets start at $85

Saturday August 21st

Saturday features a wide array of activities and seminars: everything from Kayaking the Russian River, to Seminars on Green Farming, or touring Pinot Noir Neighborhoods. No matter what your interest in food and wine, there is something for everyone; for the complete list click here. Events have limited space so don’t wait too long!

The amazing day wraps up with the spectacular HOG IN THE FOG ~ Festival of Plenty, hosted at the fabulous Richards Grove in Saralee’s Vineyard, in Windsor, a venue open only a few times a year for events.

The Russian River Valley Winegrowers annual Hog in the Fog ~ Festival of Plenty BBQ is a perennial favorite with its TasteFest and auction. This year add’s live music, art by our vintner artists, and a surprise guest chef known for firing up great BBQ recipes.

The event features more than fifty Russian River Valley wineries, small-bites produced from our region’s fabulous food products, silent auction items, and arts created by our versatile and talented vintners. Grape growers will be prepare the evening’s plentiful BBQ feast.

Dinner will be paired (of course) with Russian River Valley wines.  Vintners and growers will roll up their sleeves and make the rounds with great bottles.  The evening commences with a live auction featuring rare library wines and lifestyle packages.  $115/person.

Sunday August 20th

What better way to spend a Sunday, with Bubbles and gorgeous views at the BUBBLES & PIXELS ~ A Sparkling Pink Finish at Iron Horse Vineyards, a personal favorite. 

Set on the Sterling family’s stunning 350-acre estate, Bubbles & Pixels will feature the Sparkling & Pink wines of the Russian River Valley.  Wines are served with a family-style brunch, created by a top wine country chef and featuring local produce and artisan food products.
A panel of judges will announce the winners of the TasteLive Photo Contest. 10:30 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.  $80

Have a GREAT Weekend, the Weather looks to

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