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18th Annual Grape To Glass "Back To Our Roots"

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Russian River Valley appellation, the theme of this year’s Grape to Glass is “Back to our Roots” and will be taking place at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor, Calif.

In honor of this landmark occasion, several of the original members of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers will be in attendance and honored. Every year Grape to Glass brings together an exclusive mix of wines from the Russian River Valley for a night of fun that includes a BBQ, live and silent auction, a farmer’s market, live music and, of course, wine tasting from the best producers in the region.

Grape to Glass features more than 75 wineries, restaurants, artists and vendors.  Adding to the previously announced list of participants, the soirée will also include Acorn Winery/Alegria Vineyards, Arista Winery, Balletto Vineyards & Winery, D&L Carinalli Vineyards, Davis Bynum Winery, Davis Family Vineyards, Dutton Estate Winery, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Forchini Vineyards & Winery, Graton Ridge Cellars, Hanna Winery & Vineyards, Hartford Family Winery, Harvest Moon Estate Winery, HKG Estates – Hop Kiln Vineyards, Hook & Ladder Winery, J Vineyards and Winery, John Tyler Wines/Bacigalupi Vineyards, Joseph Swan Vineyards, Korbel Champagne Cellars, La Crema, Lauterbach Cellars, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Lost Canyon Winery, MacPhail Family Wines, Martin Ray Winery, Martinelli Winery, Migration, Moshin Vineyards, Nunes Vineyards/Saint Rose Winery, Robert Rue Vineyard & Winery, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Russian Hill Estate Winery, Sandole Wines, Siduri Wines & Novy Family Winery, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Thomas George Estates, Trione Vineyards and Winery, Two Shepherds, VML Winery and Williams Selyem Winery.

New live auction packages on offer for the event include a variety of exclusive experiences, getaways and tasting opportunities, including:

•          Paella and Pinot on the Patio dinner for 24 people on the Balletto Vineyards patio with delicious paella prepared by Rand Dericco and Syar Vineyards paired with handcrafted Balletto wines.

•          Healdsburg Harvest with Two Shepherds – a two-night stay at H2Hotel for four people plus wine tasting and private tour of Two Shepherds with wine to take home. Guests will also enjoy dinner for four with the Two Shepherds winemaker at Spoon Bar on one of the nights.

•          Summer Fun at Francis Ford Coppola – a day of summer fun for eight people at Francis Ford Coppola including pool passes, unlimited bocce ball games and use of two "cabines" with private changing rooms and showers. Afterwards guests will enjoy a complementary tour of the property, wine tasting and dinner at Rustic.

•          Russian River Vineyards Sunset Harvest Dinner – a sunset dinner for eight overlooking Russian River Vineyards with a tour and wine tasting. Guests will pick their own vegetables during the tour and the winery chef from Corks Restaurant will create a three-course meal paired with wine.

•          An Enchanted Evening at Dutton Ranch with Wilbur-Ellis – on Saturday, May 3, 2014, the 20 winning couples of this lot will arrive at Dutton Ranch in the heart of the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley for a four-course dinner featuring local food, artisan wine and a twilight walking tour of the historic Dutton Ranch vineyards. Good only on May 3, 2014. Will go to first 20 couples to bid.

•          Escape to the Russian River Valley with Arista Winery – three-night getaway for two in the estate guest house begins with a glass of sparkling wine and a tour of the winery’s stunning Japanese water gardens with owner Mark McWilliams. Over the course of three days, guests will be treated to dinner at Zuzu with the McWilliams’, a tour of the vineyards, winery and gardens and a customizable wine country itinerary.

•          La Crema Winemaker Dinner – an intimate dinner for six with La Crema’s winemaker Elizabeth Grant-Douglas in their recently renovated Nine Barrel tasting room with a memorable meal prepared by the estate chef.

•          Winemaker Dinner – dinner for six prepared by the chefs of Backyard with winemaker Rod Berglund of Joseph Swan. From his own cellar, Rod will pull over three cases of wine representing all of Saralee’s properties and spanning a decade to pair with dinner. Winning bidder will take remaining wine home.

•          Step into Paradise at Thomas George Estates – a romantic two-night stay at Thomas George Estates in the Pinot Noir House - a three-bedroom, three-bath home available to members-only. The magnificent property, built in 1920, includes a hot tub, private pool and a beautiful view of wine country. In addition to a two-night stay, guests will enjoy the splendor of the 8,000 square foot wine cave with a private tasting and access to the tasting bar, private tasting lounge and wine library.

Additional live auction packages include an overnight stay at Hotel Les Mars; a wine country getaway for six at Arrowood; dinner at John Ash & Co. with a stay at the Hilton for four; case of wine from Saralee’s Vineyard properties;  wild game dinner for six with the Martinellis; lunch and croquet for 16 at Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards; dinner for two couples at the Farmhouse Inn with a special gift from Williams Selyem and many more.

Grape to Glass takes place on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 4-9 p.m. at Richard’s Grove & Saralee’s Vineyard, 3575 Slusser Rd., Windsor.

Tickets range from $85 for an individual ticket to $1000 for a Grapevine Table for 10, the latter including two bottles of Russian River Valley wine and two VIP parking passes, and may be purchased online or over the phone at 707-521-2534.

 

ABOUT RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY WINEGROWERS

Russian River Valley Winegrowers works to support wineries and winegrowers in the Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma County, Calif.  Consisting of approximately 275 members, the organization was founded in 1994 and also consists of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable foundation that supports agriculture education and activities in the region.  For more information, please visit www.rrvw.org.