Sonoma County Grape Camp
From September 24th – 26th, 2007, the Sonoma County Winegrape Association will put on the Sonoma County Grape Camp. This unique event will give participants the opportunity to be involved with harvesting grapes and blending wine. But it won’t be all work and no play; there will also be plenty of wine tasting, dinners prepared by well-known chefs, and croquet lessons.
On September 24th, the Sonoma County Grape Camp will begin with a welcome dinner prepared by Chef Mark Stark at Hoot Owl Vineyard in the Alexander Valley wine region. Chef Stark is the owner of Willi’s Wine Bar in the town of Santa Rosa.
The following morning, participants will get a feel for harvesting grapes before a tasting and lunch with Winemaker Terry Adams of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. Croquet lessons on the winery’s lawn will follow, and then a wine and food workshop will be held by Chef John Ash at the Vintners Inn. The day will end with a paella dinner and wine tasting on the banks of the Russian River.
The final day will commence with a bit more grape harvesting in the morning, followed by a blending seminar led by Winemaker Aaron Piotter of Ferrari Carano. Then it’s time for a lesson in cheese making and pairing courtesy of Jennifer Lynn Bice, owner of Redwood Hill Farm, and Ziggy The Wine Gal, host of the radio program, “Wine Wednesday.” The Sonoma County Grape Camp will conclude with a dinner prepared by Chef Jeffrey Madura.