SOURCE: Hospices of Sonoma Pinot Noir Barrel Auction

February 07, 2007 13:48 ET

Nation's Largest Pinot Noir Barrel Auction Designates Four Beneficiaries for 2007 Event

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 7, 2007 -- Hospices of Sonoma, the nation's largest Pinot Noir barrel auction, today announced that three children's organizations and a charity that supports wounded military personnel will share the proceeds from this year's event, to be held Saturday, April 21, at the Warren G. Dutton Jr. Agricultural Pavilion at Shone Farm in Forestville.

The beneficiaries include Children's Village of Sonoma County, the Okizu Foundation and Barry Zito's "Strikeouts for Troops," each of which will receive 30% of the proceeds, and the WCC Charitable Foundation (WCCCF), which will receive the remaining 10%.

Now in its fourth year, Hospices of Sonoma has become the nation's premiere Pinot Noir barrel auction, last year raising $350,000. The event features donations of half barrels of one-of-a-kind Pinot Noirs crafted specifically for the auction by 35 to 40 of the top Pinot Noir producers in the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Green Valley and Carneros (Sonoma only) appellations. Each barrel is auctioned off in two lots, each consisting of five cases of wine.

Hospices of Sonoma is administered by the WCCCF. Its first three Pinot Noir barrel auctions raised funds to build a permanent home to provide temporary housing for families of seriously ill children hospitalized in Santa Rosa. "Those funds have been raised and we currently are working with the local medical community to determine where best to build the home," explained Jane Hodges Young, WCCCF Executive Director. "As a result, we now have the opportunity to help other deserving organizations."

Money donated to the Children's Village of Sonoma County will be used to build a second "grandparents" triplex on the Village's campus in southeast Santa Rosa. The mission of Children's Village is to provide, nurturing, stable family homes in a multi-generational, enriched environment for children and their siblings in foster care. The village features senior housing for volunteer "grandparents" who take active roles in the children's lives. The second "grandparents" triplex will provide housing for additional volunteers, bringing the total number of village grandparents to six. Habitat for Humanity is also donating to the construction of the triplex, and the official groundbreaking is scheduled for this summer.

The Okizu Foundation, based in Novato, provides services and support to families with children battling cancer. Hospices of Sonoma funds will be earmarked for Camp Okizu, a summer camping experience for children between the ages of six and 16. In its 25 years of existence, Camp Okizu has hosted more than 20,000 children with cancer.

"Strikeouts for Troops" is a charity founded by Barry Zito, the Cy Young Award-winning pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. The organization supports injured military service members and their families. More than 40 Major League Baseball pitchers and position players have signed on to donate money whenever they hit a home run, RBI or "strikeout" a batter.

Funds donated to the WCCCF will be used to provide direct grants to children at risk in Sonoma County.

The Hospices of Sonoma weekend will begin with limited-seating dinners at selected wineries on Friday evening, April 20. The Saturday event begins with a pre-auction barrel tasting at 3:30 p.m., followed by a dinner, the auction and a performance by singer Eddie Money and his band. Ticket prices are $125 per person for winery dinners and $325 per person for the auction and gala. A weekend combo package for both Friday and Saturday is available for $400. Tickets are now available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 707-823-9463 or go online at

Participating Pinot Noir producers as of February 5th are:

Chasseur, Davis Family Vineyards, De Loach Vineyards, The Donum Estate, DuNah Vineyard & Winery, Dutton Estate Winery, Dutton-Goldfield, Failla Wines, Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Foppiano Vineyards, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, Gloria Ferrer, goldridgepinot, Halleck Vineyard, Hartford Family Winery, Inman Family Wines, Iron Horse Vineyards, J Vineyards & Winery, Kosta Browne Winery, Landmark Vineyards, Lynmar Winery, MacMurray Ranch, Marimar Estate, Martinelli, Olivet Lane Vineyard, Patz & Hall Wine Company, Paul Hobbs Wines, Radio-Coteau, Russian Hill Estate Winery, Schug Carneros Estate, Siduri Winery, Tandem Winery, TR Elliott and Wild Hog Vineyard.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Jane Hodges Young
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