banner_logoTickets Selling Briskly for Sonoma County’s Premier Wine and Food Event

(Sonoma County, CALIF.) —Wine lovers who don’t already have tickets to Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch® set for Saturday, August 31, 2013, should get online and order, and soon. Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg, California, now one of the wine world’s most popular consumer events, is held annually as part of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend which is presented by Visa Signature®.

“Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch has evolved into an expansive day-long experience that provides attendees with a taste of the wine and food culture of Sonoma County,” said Maureen Cottingham, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Co- Director, “The opportunity to taste more than 200 Sonoma County wines from fifteen different appellations while also enjoying offerings from Sonoma chefs and food purveyors is something that simply doesn’t happen anywhere else, ever.”

Kate MacMurray is the honorary host of Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch which takes place on the historic property and vineyard site that her father, the late actor Fred MacMurray, purchased decades ago. In addition to the thousands of Sonoma County wines and foods available for tasting that day, attendees also receive an added perk. Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch is the only time every year that members of the public are invited to experience the private estate. This is an especially fitting treat this year as the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Honorary Winery Co-Chairs are Sonoma County vintner leaders The Gallo Family, which now own the MacMurray Ranch property.

Interested in attending? Don’t wait. According to organizers, tickets to the event have become some of the hottest tickets in wine country, selling faster this year than at any time in the past. “Sonoma Wine Country Weekend continues to bring the best of Sonoma into the spotlight,” said Honore Comfort, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Co-Director, “Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch offers the best of Sonoma County wine and food along with an array of additional events and activities that take place throughout the day including seminars, the Sonoma Steel Chef Competition, a harvest Crush Pad and personalized Sommelier Stars Tours, as well as a few new surprises.” Guests who purchase a Grand Reserve ticket can also enjoy access to an exclusive tasting of limited-release wines, preferred event seating, and other benefits.

A quartet of Sonoma County wine and culinary leaders, selected for their professional success and outstanding community service, have been named as Honorary Chairs. The 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Honorary Co-Chairs are Sonoma County vintner leaders The Gallo Family as the Winery Co-Chairs and grower Phil Coturri, Enterprise Vineyards, as the Grower Co-Chair. Culinary community leader Sondra Bernstein, proprietor of the girl & the fig, is the Culinary Chair and Bruce Riezenman of Park Avenue Catering returns as the Culinary Director. These leaders are personally lending their support to fund the future. To date, more than $11 million has been invested in Sonoma County’s future, with additional economic impact through increased tourism and sales.

Produced in partnership by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and the Sonoma County Vintners, the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend event features Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®, Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and an assortment of intimate and exclusive winery lunch and dinner parties at multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has become the region’s largest and most fun charity event, celebrating the vintner, grower, and food communities while raising needed funds to improve children’s lives and literacy for a better future.

2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Schedule At-A-Glance Friday, August 30

  • 12:30 p.m. – Winemaker Lunch Series at Wineries throughout Sonoma County 6:30 p.m. – Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • 6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties
  • Saturday, August 31
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®
  • 6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties at Wineries throughout Sonoma County
  • Sunday, September 1
  • 12:30 p.m. – Winery Barbecues at Wineries throughout Sonoma County 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean

Tickets*
All Tickets On Sale Now

Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery: $95/person or $175/person Patron
Winery Barbecues: $85/person
Winemaker Lunches: $85/person; Winemaker Dinner Parties: $150/person
Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®: $165/person (General), $195/person (Grand Reserve) Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction: $500/person

* Special Visa Signature account holder pricing and benefits available at www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com For more information visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com, call (855) 939-7666, like it on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/winecountryweekend and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SonomaWCW.

About 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sponsors and Beneficiaries
A partnership between Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is California’s premier wine, food and social event, taking place on Labor Day weekend each year. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend’s wine community supports the Sonoma County economy, regional wine marketing efforts, and invests in the future of the region by supporting worthy charities that improve quality of life at the present and for generations to come. The events comprising Sonoma Wine Country Weekend have raised over $11 million in support to local charities that support youth and children to ensure their success, preserve the environment for future generations, and improve the health and welfare of local communities. The 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is presented by Visa Signature®. For a complete list of beneficiaries and sponsors, please visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com

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