West of West (WOW) Wine Festival 2012 Tickets Available Now
GRATON, Calif., May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The West Sonoma Coast Vintners have released the complete schedule for their 2012 West of West (WOW) Wine Festival taking place August 3-5, 2012, and are already selling tickets. The weekend will kick-off with Winemaker Welcome Dinners from ten member wineries on Friday evening. An action packed Saturday schedule at the Occidental Center for the Arts begins with seminars led by wine industry luminaries Ted Lemon, Jordan Mackay, Eric Asimov, David Ramey, Kerrin Laz, Geoff Kruth, Alder Yarrow, Regina Martinelli and Jon Bonne, followed by an afternoon Grand Tasting of over 40 producers and growers. Lastly, guests will stroll to the Union Hotel for a La Paulee style Whole Hog Feast created by acclaimed Chef Ashley Christensen, followed by live music provided by Sean Hayes. New this year is the addition of a second Grand Tasting on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to accommodate additional attendees and provide weekend pass holders a second opportunity to taste their favorite wines.
A complete West of West (WOW) Wine Fest 2012 schedule:
Friday, August 3, 2012, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Winemaker Welcome Dinners
Be an honored guest of a member vintner as you taste wines in the terroir where they were grown and enjoy Sonoma’s renowned local cuisine. Participating wineries:
- Failla Winery
- Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery
- Freeman Winery & Vineyard and Joseph Phelps Vineyards (a joint winery dinner)
- Flowers Vineyard & Winery
- Hirsch Vineyards, LIOCO Winery and Red Car Vineyards (a joint winery dinner)
- Littorai Winery
- Peay Vineyards
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Three-Seminar Series, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wines Tell the Story; One Winemaker’s Journey, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Jordan Mackay of San Francisco Magazine interviews Ted Lemon of Littoral about the early 1990s on the West Sonoma Coast and why he thought it offered an amazing opportunity for terroir-based wines. Taste Littorai wines from along the journey.
Exile on Main Street, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
A tasting of young and mature Chardonnay moderated by Eric Asimov of the New York Times with David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars and Kerrin Laz of Dean & Deluca.
Flying Blind, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Compare and contrast Pinot Noirs from the same sub regions from within the West Sonoma Coast. Panelists include Alder Yarrow of Vinography.com, Geoff Kruth, Court of Master Sommeliers and Farmhouse Inn, Jon Bonne of the San Francisco Chronicle and Regina Martinelli of Martinelli Winery.
WOW Festival Grand Tasting, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
An unparalleled opportunity to taste the wines of more than 40 producers and growers, many hard-to-find gems, in an intimate setting just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Whole Hog Feast & Live Music, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The festivities continue with a La Paulee style celebration prepared by Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner fame, and featuring locally-raised heritage pigs slow-cooked to perfection all paired with food-loving West Sonoma Coast wines! Live music featuring Sean Hayes to follow.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
WOW Festival Grand Tasting, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A second opportunity to taste the wines of more than 40 producers and growers, many hard-to-find gems, in an intimate setting just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Tickets available by visiting www.westofwestwine.com:
$450 – All-Access Weekend Pass (excludes Friday night welcome dinners)
$150 – Welcome Dinners (Friday Evening)
$200 – Three-Seminar Series (Saturday)
$125 – WOW Grand Tasting, Saturday-Only
$150 – Whole Hog Feast & Live Music (Saturday Evening)
$125 – WOW Grand Tasting, Sunday-Only
West Sonoma Coast Vintners (WSCV) Members:
32 Winds, Anthill Farms, Baker Lane, Benovia, Boheme, Ceritas, Charles Heintz, Coastlands, Cobb, Doc’s Ranch, Evening Land, Failla, Flowers, Fort Ross, Freeman, Gros Ventre, Hartford, Hirsch, Joseph Phelps, Larue, Lioco, Littorai, MacPhail, Marimar, Martinelli, Papapietro Perry, Patz & Hall, Paul Hobbs, Peay, Quality Shoots, Ramey, Red Car, Small Vines, Siduri, Sojourn, Soliste, Walala and Wine Gap.
The West Sonoma Coast Vintners association formed just one year ago to highlight the distinguished wines crafted from grapes grown on the coastline of Sonoma County. Their sold-out inaugural West of West (WOW) Wine Festival in August 2011 offered both wine lovers and the wine trade an insider taste of some of the most acclaimed cool-climate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Syrahs being created today.
The 2012 WOW Festival weekend will be August 3-5, 2012 in the hamlet of Occidental, CA. Please visit www.westofwestwine.com for further details and to purchase tickets.
About the West Sonoma Coast Vintners: The West Sonoma Coast Vintners (WSCV) is a one-year-old association of wineries and growers who are passionate about farming wine grapes on the coastline of Sonoma County. The West Sonoma Coast has distinguished itself as one of the world’s leading regions for top quality Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay. It contains many distinctive growing areas including Annapolis, Fort Ross/Seaview, Occidental, Freestone, Green Valley and the Sebastopol Hills. The association is dedicated to preserving and protecting the history, landscape and culture of the West Sonoma Coast, and to promoting its wines to the media, trade and public. Please visit www.westsonomacoast.com for more information.
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Media Contact: Mitzi Inglis, West Sonoma Coast Vintners, 707-967-3746, email@example.com
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