The Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County
The Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County are the support group of the Sonoma County Wine Library. Over the years The Associates have raised and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in helping the wine library. And they have a blast doing it.
The Associates put on several events each year:
The Annual Meeting - The Annual Meeting usually takes place in February at a winery or events center. The Annual Meeting combines a report to members on what the Associates and the Wine Library have done over the year with a seminar usually focused on a particular varietal or wine topic and a tasting to illustrate that varietal or topic, paired with appropriate foods. Previous years have featured Terroir, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Sparklers, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Meritage, and the list goes on. for the topic, dates and ticket prices, contact the library.
Appellation Tours - Open only to Associates members, the Appellation Tours take the first 35 Associate members to respond to the invitaion on an afternoon bus tour to a particular Appellation's vineyards, wineries and sometimes vintners' homes, places that usually do not admit the public. For $35 you get lunch, tastings and a chance to meet the wine makers and the grape growers of a particular Sonoma County Appellation. Past Appellation Tours have included Dry Creek, Green Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros, Russian River, and the list goes on. There is usually one Appellation Tour in the Spring and one in the Fall.
Fireside Chats - Often a wine author or celebrity, or topic of interest built around wine. We have had Joel Peterson of Ravenswood talk about his passion for Zinfandel, hosting it with a tasting at Ravenswood; Thomas Pinney, author of The History of Wine in America, give a slide lecture on the history of wine in Southern California, at Buena Vista; Gerald Asher, Wine Editor for Gourmet Magazine on "Wine and Literature"; Charles Sullivan, author of A Companion to California Wine, on California Wine history; Bob Thompson, Author of The Wine Atlas of California, on "Collecting Wine and Building a Wine Cellar"; and the list goes on. These evening events feature a talk, wine and food, and ticket price varies, with members getting a substantial discount.
Sonoma Odyssey - A great gathering at Saralee's Vineyard/Richard's Grove for wine, food, auctions, dancing, music and fun. Both a chance to have a great time, visit an exclusive estate not open to the public, and support the wine library. Past years have featured Cajun music and jazz. There is always great food and wine and music.
Interested in Joining the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County?