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Bradley Ogden Triumphantly Returns As Celebrity Chef To Continue The Winesong Legacy Of Award-Winning Wine (Press Release)


Date: 03/19/13

Spectacular Food And Charitable Giving - Tickets On Sale April 1st

September 6th & 7th, 2013

Visit www.winesong.org for details

FORT BRAGG, CA. (March 18, 2013) – Winesong 2013 (www.winesong.org) continues to be the Crown Jewel of Northern California charitable events. First, the 29th Annual Winesong will offer guests the opportunity to get an insider’s view of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir on Friday, September 6thas Winesong and AVWA (Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association) present “An Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Celebration” hosted by the Little River Inn.On Saturday, September 7th, guests can stroll through the enchanting Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens enjoying a spectacular array of wine and food from 100 highly acclaimed wineries and 50 top-notch Northern California restaurants. The spectacular wine celebration continues on into the Auction Tents for the always-entertaining Live and Silent Charity Auctions.

Last year's event raised $450,000 for the MendocinoCoastHospital nearly matching the amount that a similar event the week before in SonomaCounty raised. “Wine lovers and gift minded folks are helping position MendocinoCounty wines and our event up with the top regions and events in California wine country,” noted Executive Director Jeri Erickson.

Highlights of the 2012 auction included, a fabulous 7-night “Under The Tuscan Sun” vacation to Chianti, Italy that went for a whopping $25,000 and sold to philanthropist and winery owner, Dick Grace. Last year’s “fund a need” lot—helping underinsured and uninsured cancer patients receive treatment—brought in $135,000 in a matter of minutes!

America’s culinary darling, and top chef, Bradley Ogden, will return to Winesong as guest chef to prepare this year’s world-class Live Auction Lunch paired with award-winning MendocinoCounty wines, and to donate a spectacular dinner auction lot for bidding! This prestigious event is sure to sell out as it is a unique opportunity to attend a weekend like no other. A celebration of wine, food, art, and music in a captivating setting!

Winesong 2013 is thrilled to announce Monty and Sara Preiser as this year’s Honorary Chairs. Monty and Sara own Creative Professional Programs, a company devoted to continuing education for professionals in conjunction with fine wine & food instruction. They also co-own Shadowbox Cellars, which produces the premium Shadowbox Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Monty enthused, “Since our first Winesong, we have been impressed and amazed by the level of expertise exhibited by the staff, the level of excellence of the wines and products, and the level of support for the hospital. It is an A+ event - well worth everyone's notice.”

Winesong is also pleased to announce Laura Pope as their 2013 Artist of the Year. Pope has worked as a woodworker, a silversmith, a painter, and used techniques from the three mediums in mixed-media sculpture pieces. She continually delights in exploring and inventing techniques while working with different materials. For 20 years she has participated in the Laguna Sawdust Festival and Laguna Festival of Arts with jewelry and painting. Her work has been in numerous galleries and museums in Southern California and Texas. In Mendocino, her work has been seen in North Coast Artists Gallery, Oddfellows Hall, the MendocinoArtCenter, Highlight Gallery, Mendocino Jewelry Studio, the Miasa - Sister City Show, and other venues.

An AndersonValley Pinot Noir Celebration: Meet the Winemakers

Friday, September 6, 2012 | 1 to 4pm

This exclusive event features Pinot Noir from AndersonValley and tastes of Little River’s finest culinary offerings. The focus of this celebration is to provide an exclusive opportunity to talk wine with the winemakers themselves in an intimate setting. Evaluate new wines and learn how classic Pinot Noir improves with age. Savor these lush and elegant wines while you meet and mingle with the winemakers at a seaside setting overlooking the spectacular PacificCoast.

Wine & Food Tasting in the Gardens

Saturday, September 7, 2012 | 11am to 2pm

Each year, in order to offer a wide array of wines, Winesong invites 100 highly acclaimed world-class wineries to preview their new vintages. With producers coming from such diverse regions as Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, the CentralCoast, Sierra Foothills, Oregon, Washington State, Italy, Chile and South Africa, the tasting is truly world-class and unprecedented in its sheer diversity. A wonderful variety of culinary fare is provided by more than 50 fine restaurants and food purveyors from Northern California. Wine & food enthusiasts can stroll through the botanical garden paths along the bluffs overlooking the majestic MendocinoCoast while sampling this bountiful fare and enjoying performances of musical ensembles throughout the gardens playing a variety of styles including jazz, folk, classical, zydeco and more!

Silent & Live Auctions

Saturday, September 7, 2012 | Silent: 11am to 4pm Live: 2pm-5pm

There will be lively bidding on over 200 lots featuring spectacular wines and rare hard-to-find vintages from the most prestigious wine producers, original art from highly acclaimed artists, extravagant vacation packages, and custom-made international wine getaway packages. Bay Area celebrity Narsai David will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Chef Ogden will be creating the lunch for VIP ticket holders with the assistance of local catering company, Karina’s Catering.

o VIP tickets with reserved seating at auction and Celebrity Chef Lunch, and access to wine and food tasting: $200.00

o General Admission Tickets with festival seating at auction and access to wine and food tasting: $100.00

o General AdmissionTickets for AndersonValley Pinot Noir Celebration: Meet the Winemakers: $50.00

Winesong is produced by Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the MendocinoCoastHospital. Its mission is to help the small rural Hospital provide the best possible medical care to residents as well as the many visitors to the MendocinoCoast. The Hospital Foundation has raised over $4.5 million in Winesong generated funds which has enabled the Hospital to purchase essential medical equipment and improve services.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.winesong.org or

call (707) 961-4688.

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Media contacts: Michael Coats (707) 935-6203 or michael@coatspr.com

Paisly Marechal (707) 935-6203 or paisly@coatspr.com

Winesong Contact: Susan Kelley (707) 961-4994 or susan@winesong.org

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