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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Announces 2015 Honorary Chairs

Selection of the Event Chairs recognizes leadership and commitment to the Sonoma County wine industry and community.
July 02, 2015

Press Release

Sonoma County, CA, July 1, 2015 -- Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, presented by Visa Signature®, is delighted to announce the appointment of this year’s Honorary Event Chairs: Jean-Charles Boisset of Buena Vista Winery/DeLoach Vineyards, together with Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane of Benovia Winery, plus Culinary Chairs Mark & Terri Stark of Stark Reality Restaurants. Selection of the Event Chairs recognizes leadership and commitment to the Sonoma County wine industry and community.

Honorary Event Co-chair Jean-Charles Boisset unites heritage and tradition with a decidedly 21st century entrepreneurial flair. Burgundy-born Boisset’s first foray into Sonoma County began in 2003, with the acquisition of DeLoach Vineyards. In 2011, Boisset acquired the historic Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma Valley. Founded in 1857, Buena Vista is California’s first premium winery. For Boisset his purchase represents the realization of a long-held dream to champion California wine history.

“When I first visited California in 1981, I instantly fell in love with Sonoma’s pioneering spirit, deep and storied history, and diverse terroir. At that moment, at the age of eleven, I dreamt that our family would one day return to Sonoma to make fine wines and be a part of this community. From the celebrated terroir reminiscent of our native Burgundy in the Russian River Valley, the home of DeLoach Vineyards, to the historic Sonoma Valley where California’s wine world began more than 150 years ago at our beloved Buena Vista Winery, we are passionately committed to enhancing the unrivaled legacy of the Sonoma wine world. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is the embodiment of community spirit, where giving back to our friends and neighbors is as essential to the success of the wine world as growing grapes.” — Jean-Charles Boisset

Joe Anderson and his wife Mary Dewane, founders of and partners in Benovia Winery, were introduced to Sonoma wine country over 20 years ago. The seeds were sown for a deep-rooted passion for the Sonoma County area that has only grown over time. In 2003 the couple bought their first vineyard, followed by a second, along with the establishment of Benovia Winery in 2005. For Joe and Mary, it’s all about people: whether investing in their team at Benovia, or in the community at large.

“As honorary co-chairs, my wife Mary and I -- and the Benovia Winery team -- are excited to play a role in the 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. This annual event combines the best of Sonoma wines with culinary creations prepared by outstanding local chefs. We vintners and growers travel the country in support of charity wine auctions. It's nice for us to now have the chance to ask those who love our wines to come to Sonoma for an event that will delight their palates and support our charities. This year marks our 13th harvest and Benovia's 10th vintage. Our role in this event is our way to recognize the warm reception we have received and spend time with the many friends we have made.” — Joe Anderson

Now synonymous with the local dining scene, Culinary Chairs Mark and Terri Stark are the proprietors of five restaurants in Sonoma County and are poised to open their sixth at the end of the summer. Early in their marriage, Terri introduced East Coast-born Mark to Sonoma County, where her family has roots going back four generations. It was love at first sight for Mark who found the region “as close to living in Europe as a chef can get living in the United States.”

"There’s nothing that Terri and I love better than a good party with friends—whether at our own restaurants or at outstanding events that also benefit the community like Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. We’ve worked in big cities, where there can be a huge disconnect. You often don't know who you're cooking for or where your ingredients come from. Here in Sonoma County, within weeks of opening Willi’s Wine Bar in 2002 we were not only hooked into some of the best foods and wines on the planet, but the people who produced them were dining with us at Willi’s. We’ve had a lot of help along the way, and we’re proud to be a part of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend—an event that really makes a difference to others on their way up in our community." — Mark Stark

For more about this year’s Honorary Chairs, visit

Tickets are now available for purchase to the 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, taking place over Labor Day Weekend. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is the signature three-day celebration of Sonoma County’s wines, farmers, chefs and the independent, generous spirit of this world-class wine country destination. To purchase tickets and plan your Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, visit

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About 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sponsors and Beneficiaries
A partnership between Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is California’s premier wine, food and social event, held each year over Labor Day weekend. Sonoma Wine Country Weekends have raised more than $16 million for local charities supporting children, the environment and health. The 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is presented by Visa Signature. For a full list of beneficiaries and sponsors, visit

About 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Presenting Sponsor Visa Signature
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is presented by Visa Signature. Visa Signature offers account holders a range of benefits that provide special access and can save time and money. In addition to points, miles, cash back and other premium rewards offered by Visa Signature partners, account holders enjoy perks such as 24/7 complimentary concierge services, the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection and exclusive offers for fine wine and food, travel and sports and entertainment events. For more information on Visa and issuers offering Visa Signature, visit

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend – The Hosts!

Francis Ford Coppola Winery: Francis puts it best, saying the winery is “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life: food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.” Among the many unique attractions at the property, Francis Ford Coppola Winery features a wine tasting bar, two restaurants, swimming pools, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park area with game tables and bocce courts. For more information, call (707) 857-1400 or visit

MacMurray Estate Vineyards crafts an award-winning collection of Pinot Noir and cool-climate whites from Sonoma County and the Central Coast. Enjoy “Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyards.”For more information, call (888) 668-7729 or visit

Chateau St. Jean, founded in 1973 and located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, produces an extensive portfolio of Sonoma County wines as well as vineyard designated wines, limited production Reserve wines, and the flagship Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her more than 30 years of vineyard and winemaking expertise at Chateau St. Jean to highlight the best of Sonoma County. Experience this quintessential Sonoma estate at the “Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean.” For more information, call (877) 478-5326 or visit

About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Sonoma County Vintners: The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit organization serving over 500 members who share a mission to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. Sonoma Valley comprises five of the seventeen American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) of Sonoma County: Bennett Valley, Los Carneros, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Mountain and Sonoma Valley. For more information, visit

About Sonoma County Vintners (SCV): The leading voice of Sonoma County wine, is dedicated to raising awareness for one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents over 250 wineries and affiliated businesses throughout the county. Learn more about SCV at

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