SOURCE: Hospices of Sonoma Pinot Noir Barrel Auction

February 23, 2007 14:56 ET

America's Largest Pinot Noir Barrel Auction Gets a Fourth Anniversary Makeover

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 23, 2007 -- Hospices of Sonoma, the nation's largest Pinot Noir barrel auction, will celebrate its fourth year with a new event format, a change of venue, and the largest-ever field of participating Pinot Noir producers (37).

This year's salute to Pinot Noir -- perhaps the most sensuous and mercurial of all grape varieties -- will be held April 20 and 21. A new addition to the event will be limited-seating Winery Dinners on Friday evening (April 20). The gala Barrel Tasting, Dinner and Auction, formerly spread over two days, has been reorganized into a single-day event on Saturday (April 21), and has been moved to the new Warren G. Dutton Jr. Agricultural Pavilion on the Shone Farm campus of Santa Rosa Junior College in Forestville.

"The growing popularity of the event, both in size and stature, afforded us the opportunity to make some changes -- we believe for the better," said Ted Elliott of TR Elliott, a participating Pinot Noir producer and one of the founders of the auction.

The celebratory weekend will kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday with Winery Dinners hosted by 17 premium Pinot Noir producers. The dinners will be held in various locations and seating is strictly limited, so early reservations are advised, Elliott said. Winery hosts include Chasseur, De Loach, Dutton Estate, Emeritus Vineyards (formerly goldridgepinot), Freeman & Kosta Browne (co-hosts), Gloria Ferrer, Halleck Vineyard, Hartford Family Wines, J Vineyards & Winery, Lynmar, Olivet Lane, Russian Hill Estate, Paul Hobbs Wines, Schug Carneros Estate & The Donum Estate (co-hosts) and TR Elliott. Cost is $125 per person.

Saturday's gala begins at 3:30 p.m. with a barrel tasting of handcrafted 2006 vintage Pinot Noir wines produced exclusively for the Hospices of Sonoma by 37 of the top Pinot Noir producers from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Green Valley and Carneros (Sonoma only) appellations. The tasting will be followed by the dinner gala, barrel auction and a celebrity musical performance. Ticket price for Saturday only is $325 per person. A weekend combo ticket package for both Friday and Saturday is available for $400 per person.

Elliott said this year's Pinot Noir producers are "the best of the best. All were handpicked to participate by a jury of their peers," he explained. "It's quite an honor to be invited." Participating producers are Chasseur, Davis Family Vineyards, De Loach Vineyards, The Donum Estate, DuNah Vineyard & Winery, Dutton Estate Winery, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Failla Wines, Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Foppiano Vineyards, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, Gloria Ferrer, Emeritus Vineyards, Halleck Vineyard, Hartford Family Winery, Inman Family Wines, Iron Horse Vineyards, J Vineyards & Winery, Kosta Browne Winery, Landmark Vineyards, Lynmar Winery, MacMurray Ranch, MacPhail, Marimar Estate, Martinelli Vineyards & Winery, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Patz & Hall Wine Company, Paul Hobbs Wines, Radio-Coteau, Russian Hill Estate Winery, Schug Carneros Estate Winery, Siduri Winery, Sonoma Coast Vineyards, Tandem Winery, TR Elliott and Wild Hog Vineyard.

Beneficiaries for the 2007 event are The Children's Village of Sonoma County, the Okizu Foundation, Barry Zito's "Strikeouts for Troops" Foundation and the WCC Charitable Foundation, which administers the Hospices of Sonoma. Last year's Hospices of Sonoma raised $350,000 for charity, making it the largest barrel auction devoted exclusively to Pinot Noir in the country.

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