Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Russian River Valley Appellation and honor the founding members of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers
The annual summertime soiree showcasing regional wines and chefs in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County will take place on Saturday, August 17 on the grounds of Richard’s Grove & Saralee’s Vineyard at 3575 Slusser Road in Windsor. The immensely popular Grape to Glass event kicks off at 4 pm and brings together wine enthusiasts, winemakers, grape growers, chefs, hoteliers and artists for a celebration of all things wine.
This year’s event marks the 30th Anniversary of the Russian River Valley as an American Viticultural Area (AVA), with the theme “Back to Our Roots.” Guests will taste boutique wines grown in the Russian River Valley appellation as well as some of the latest releases before they are made available to the public while munching on fabulous food pairings. Grape to Glass features more than 50 wineries, local restaurants, caterers and vendors. The night of fun will also include a barbecue feast, a giant apple pie, live and silent auctions, a Farmer’s Market and live music.
Tickets range from $85 for an individual ticket to $1,000 for a party of 10, the latter including two bottles of Russian River Valley wine and two VIP parking passes and can be purchased at http://rrvw.org/event-grape-to-glass/ or by calling 707-521-2534.
The party starts with a walk-around tasting reception offering small bites that complement the region’s world class wines. While wining and dining on fresh local delicacies, guests can stroll through the beautiful park-like setting of Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard and view the work of local artists as well as the silent auction items of oversized and special bottlings, restaurant dinners, gift baskets and much more.
Following the reception will be a fabulous feast — a savory barbecue with all of the fixings featuring Willie Bird Turkey and Dinner prepared by Casual Catering. Homemade Gravenstein apple pie will top off the meal. This year, the Vineyard Culinary Arts Department at Windsor High School will make one of the largest apple pies ever. It will be baked at Costeaux French Bakery in Healdsburg and delivered hot by the local fire department.
After dinner, there will be a spectacular live auction filled with excursions and overnight stays in the Russian River Valley. The perfect evening will wrap up with great local entertainment by Urban Oasis.
The Grape to Glass Pre-Harvest Party is one of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers most popular events of the year. It’s a great opportunity for guests to celebrate the region for all its wonderful wines and enjoy the summer before the labor of harvest season begins.
Participants this year include Balletto Vineyards & Winery, Benovia Winery, Davis Family, Dutton Estate Winery, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Hook & Ladder Winery, Interiors By Lynn, John Ash & Co., Kozlowski Farms, La Crema Winery, La Tortilla Factory, Martinelli Farms, Napkins by Sue, Russian Hill Winery, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Wine Barrel Creations and many more to be announced.
Russian River Valley Winegrowers works to support wineries and winegrowers in the Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma County. Consisting of approximately 275 members, the organization was founded in 1994 and also consists of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers Foundation, Inc., a 501©3 charitable foundation that supports agriculture education and activities in the region.
If You Go
If you go the Grape to Glass event, make it a weekend trip. Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, the Russian River Valley is a delightful destination offering beautiful scenery and lots of things to do. The Wings Over Wine Country Air Show, sponsored by the Pacific Coast Air Museum, is taking place in Santa Rosa at the Sonoma County Airport, Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18. Climb aboard some of the planes and check out the vintage airplanes. You can go ballooning, cycling, golfing, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and picknicking. Visit the local wineries and enjoy more wine tasting, stop at a local goat farm and taste world-renowned cheese, visit a gourmet mushroom farm, check out the charming shops in the quaint towns and villages.
Dining options range from roadside taverns and cafes to gourmet restaurants. Lodging options range from cozy bed and breakfasts, inns, and cottages to 5-star luxury hotels.