SOURCE: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

September 16, 2013 15:40 ET

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco Whisks Members Away to Sonoma for an Exclusive Wine Event With Destination Cellars

Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Program Are Invited to Take an Unforgettable Day Trip to California's Wine Country on November 2nd

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2013) -  The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco and Destination Cellars have joined forces to create Sonoma Private Wineries, an exclusive weekend experience for members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Program on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The excursion features round-trip luxury coach transportation from The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco to Sonoma, lunch and wine tastings at Kosta Browne Winery, an afternoon excursion, dinner and wine tastings at Flanagan Vineyards and a two-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Both winery experiences will include the opportunity to meet the owners and winemakers, together with expert commentary throughout the day from Sean Q. Meyer who has worked as sommelier and wine director for some of the world's greatest culinary talent, including Chefs Thomas Keller, Frank Stitt and Tim McKee.

Named by Wine Spectator as the number one wine in the world in 2011, Kosta Browne began life as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. Working at John Ash restaurant in Santa Rosa, Calif., they saved tip money and eventually had enough to buy a half-ton of Pinot Noir, a used barrel and an old hand-crank stemmer-crusher. Kosta Browne's dedication to quality, stewardship and commitment to customer relationships has propelled the brand to industry leader, producing some of the most sought after new world Pinot Noirs. To critical and public acclaim, the waiting list for this wine now exceeds three years.

In 1999, Flanagan Vineyards founder Eric Flanagan and his wife fell in love with unplanted land in Bennett Valley, Sonoma. A combination of volcanic soils, steep slopes, south aspect, and abundant maritime influence makes this site an ideal choice for growing world-class grapes. They built their dream winery producing four critically acclaimed wines: Pinot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their total wine production is less than 1,500 cases per year.

For the last 15 years Sean Q. Meyer has devoted himself to studying and appreciating the finer points of wine. As sommelier and wine director for some of the world's greatest culinary talent, including Chefs Thomas Keller, Frank Stitt and Tim McKee, Meyer developed a keen palate and expert knowledge. For the duration of this Sonoma Private Wineries experience, guests will have the opportunity to learn from and taste wines with Meyer as he guides them through Wine Country.

The Sonoma Private Wineries experience begins with guests arriving on Friday, November 1, at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, where they will check into their Deluxe Room for a two-night getaway. On the morning of Saturday, November 2, guests will board a luxury bus and embark on their exclusive wine expedition at 9:30 a.m. and can expect to return later in the evening.

The Sonoma Private Wineries vacation package is $3,300 per couple and includes:

  • Round-trip luxury coach transportation from San Francisco to Sonoma
  • Two nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
  • Five-course lunch for two paired with library wines, barrel tasting and private tour at Kosta Browne Winery
  • Afternoon excursion in wine country
  • Three-course dinner, wine tastings and private tour at Flanagan Vineyards
  • Commentary from winery owners, winemakers and sommelier Sean Q. Meyer
  • Valet parking

A day-trip only (excluding accommodation) is available for $2,450 per couple.

Space is limited and open only to members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program, which is complimentary and easy to join. To become a Ritz-Carlton Rewards Member, visit To book the Sonoma Private Wineries experience, please contact The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco at 415-364-3428 or email For additional information, please visit

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco is located at 600 Stockton Street, between California and Pine Streets, San Francisco, CA 94108.

Terms and Conditions:

Package is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations are required; rates do not apply to groups. Rates listed are per room, for two nights, double occupancy, and exclusive of taxes and other charges unless otherwise noted. Guaranteed reservations will be accompanied by a one night room rate, or winery-only rate, deposited 24 hours after booking. Cancellations must occur seven days prior to arrival in order to receive the deposit refund.

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®

Now everything you have come to appreciate about The Ritz-Carlton will be raised to new heights of increasingly remarkable experiences through The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. As a member, you can accrue either points or airline miles for stays at any of our participating locations worldwide, redeem points for extraordinary opportunities and offers, and enjoy award-winning service. Members of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program can also take advantage of similar benefits at the Marriott® family of participating hotels worldwide through our partnership with Marriott Rewards.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 80 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).

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