(Sebastopol, CA) – The West Sonoma Coast Vintners, an association formed in 2011 to highlight the distinguished wines crafted from grapes grown on the coastline of West Sonoma County, has released its complete schedule for the 2013 West of West (WOW) Wine Festival this August 2-4, 2013. Tickets are now available for this special weekend offering both wine lovers and the wine trade an insider taste of some of the most acclaimed cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah wines produced today.
New this year, the event will be held at The Barlow in Sebastopol, a stunning new facility that is the epicenter for wine, food, art and the culture of West Sonoma. This beautiful new facility is just a short one hour drive from San Francisco.
The weekend will kick-off on Friday, Aug. 2 with a series of intimate Winemaker Welcome Dinners hosted by select vintners at an assortment of stunning locations. Each dinner will feature the winery portfolio thoughtfully paired with cuisine from West Sonoma.
Saturday’s full schedule at The Barlow begins with two morning seminars led by esteemed writers and vintners including Lee Martinelli, Martinelli Winery; Jon Bonne, San Francisco Chronicle; Jordan MacKay, San Francisco Magazine and Andrea Immer Robinson, MS best-selling author, winner of Best Sommelier in U.S. and three James Beard awards. Attendees will have a break to enjoy foods from a special Mexican/Southwest inspired menu, using ingredients from Rocker Oysterfellers and West Sonoma Coast’s famed duck purveyor Liberty Duck.
On Saturday afternoon, the Grand Tasting will commence at 3 p.m. with more than 40 producers and growers from the extreme West Sonoma Coast, giving guests an opportunity to sample rare and hard to find wines that grace some of America’s top wine lists. Complementing the wines will be foods from top local purveyors such as Hog Island Oysters, Boccalone Salami, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., Liberty Duck, Olio Olive oil, Rocker Oysterfellers, Trois Cochon Pates, Village Bakery and Taylor Made Coffee.
A pre-dinner reception on Saturday will feature white and rose wines from the West Sonoma Coast and local oysters from Hog Island Oyster Company. Guests will relish in a “Low Country” seafood dinner prepared by James Beard finalist Steven Satterfield of the famed Miller Union Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Special bottlings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will be supplied by members of the West Sonoma Coast Vintners and guests are welcome to bring a choice from their cellar to share.
On Sunday, guests are welcome to attend vineyard tours held at select wineries around the West Sonoma Coast. Learn about the extreme growing conditions, clonal selection or just take in a typical morning in this beautiful region. The weekend closes with a Grand Tasting at The Barlow from 1 – 4 p.m.
Thirteen sommeliers will be on hand throughout the event, joining WOW from esteemed restaurants across the country such as 11 Madison Park & Grammery Tavern, NYC; Sepia, Chicago; Michael Mina & Bellagio, Las Vegas; Blue Duck Tavern & Charlie Palmer Steak, Washington DC, McCrady’s, Charleston and many more.
Tickets are available by visiting www.westsonomacoast.com/west-of-west-festival/ and range in price from $450 for an “all weekend pass” to $125 for the Saturday Grand Tasting.
West Sonoma Coast Vintners (WSCV) Members:
32 Winds Wine, Baker Lane Vineyards, Banshee Wines, Benovia, Boheme Wines, Ceritas Wines, Charles Heintz Vineyard & Winery, Cobb Wines, Failla, Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Gros Ventre Cellars, Halleck Vineyard, Hartford Family Winery, Hirsch Vineyards, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, LaRue Wines, LIOCO Wines, Littorai, MacPhail Family Wines, Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery, Martinelli Winery, Pahlmeyer, Patz & Hall Wine Co., Paul Hobbs Winery, Peay Vineyards, Ramey Wine Cellars, Red Car Vineyards, Siduri, Small Vines Wines, Sojourn Cellars, Sonoma Coast Vineyards
About the West Sonoma Coast Vintners
The West Sonoma Coast Vintners (WSCV) is a three-year-old association of wineries and growers who are passionate about farming wine grapes on the coastline of Sonoma County. The West Sonoma Coast has distinguished itself as one of the world’s leading regions for top quality Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay. It contains many distinctive growing areas including Annapolis, Fort Ross/Seaview, Occidental, Freestone, Green Valley and the Sebastopol Hills. The association is dedicated to preserving and protecting the history, landscape and culture of the West Sonoma Coast, and to promoting its wines to the media, trade and public. Visit www.westsonomacoast.com for more information.