On Sonoma: Part I of III
by L.M. Archer, FWS
Recently, binNotes received an invite to the Sonoma Wine Road Show at Hyatt at Olive 8 in downtown Seattle.
Hosted by Wine Road Northern Sonoma County, the event showcased the wines of Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley – including many fine Pinot Noirs, old vine Zinfandels, and chewy Cabernets – as well as a live jazz ensemble, gourmet eats and sweets, and a silent auction to benefit Northwest Harvest.
Founded in 1976, Wine Road Northern Sonoma County now boasts over 190 wineries and 56 lodging members. The organization has one mission: increase awareness of Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley through education, outreach, and three annual events:
- 15th Annual A Food and Wine Affair -November 2 & 3, 2013: A Weekend of wine and food pairing.
- 22nd Annual Winter WINEland – January 18 – 19, 2014:Meet 100+ winemakers pouring new releases, limited productions & library wines.
- 36th Annual Barrel Tasting -Feb 28 – Mar 9, 2014: Sample still-barreled wines & buy ‘futures.’ A portion of funds collected from the annual Barrel Tasting benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank, a Sonoma food bank providing meals to children, elderly and families in need.
The jam-packed Seattle event only scratched the surface of great Sonoma wines and wineries. Luckily, two days after attending Sonoma Wine Road Show Seattle, binNotes boarded a plane to explore Sonoma first-hand. Stay tuned for Part 2 of 3.
Many thanks to Marla McLaughlin of Wagstaff Worldwide, plus Tracy Logan, Lynn Thomas and the crew of Wine Road Northern Sonoma County for their assistance with this Sonoma Series.
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