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Sonoma in the City

“Sonoma in the City” pours into Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver
Sonoma County Vintners touring top three Canadian wine markets

Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver will play host to the vintners of Sonoma County during a special Canadian market visit during the week of September 21st. Through exclusive tasting events, dozens of vintners will be demonstrating why Sonoma County has garnered attention as one of world’s premier wine regions and earned a leadership position on the international wine scene.

The tour kicks off in downtown Toronto on Monday, September 21st when the Sonoma County spotlight shines at The Arcadian Court at special afternoon and evening tasting events. Located on the eighth floor of the Simpson Tower at the corner of Bay and Queen Street, it is the place to be when 30 Sonoma wineries will be pouring over 80 premium wines, ranging from established classics to brand new winery premieres. This special tasting will also feature delicious Sonoma tapas created by Sonoma wine country chef Bruce Riezenman.

“Canadians have come to expect and appreciate the excellence and uniqueness of our products. We compete – and win – against the best in the world,” said Honore Comfort, Executive Director, Sonoma County Vintners (SCV). “The cities of Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver are sophisticated markets. Both trade and consumer audiences understand quality foods and wines. That said, we look forward to enhancing the knowledge of the Canadian market during our coming visit by sharing wines that underscore the distinctive personalities and viticultural diversity of Sonoma.”

Home to over 250 award-winning wineries, Sonoma County is one of the few chosen places on earth blessed with perfect soils and micro-climates that allow wine-grape growers to produce exciting wines full of passion, tradition and innovation. The county is home to 13 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), each with its own unique characteristics and planted to a wide range of varietals. From cool-climate Chardonnay to rich hilliside Cabernet Sauvignon and everything in between, Sonoma County consistently produces memorable wines with true varietal character. For more information visit: http://www.sonomawine.com/

Seminar & Trade Tasting

The Toronto events will kick off with an hour-long educational seminar exploring the coolest of Sonoma County’s AVAs in an exciting comparative tasting of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from Carneros, Russian River and the Sonoma Coast. The seminar begins at 1:15 p.m. in the Arcadian Court and is held in an interactive format. A panel of vintners and educators will discuss the influence of Sonoma County’s geography, topography and climate on these wines and explore the winemaking styles represented. Seminar seating is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a seat in advance, please call (905) 336-8932 or 1-(800) 558-2675 (CORK) or email us at calwine@sympatico.ca.

Following the seminar, Sonoma County takes centre stage again by hosting a special, invitation-only trade and press tasting and silent auction from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for invited guests representing the news media, retail and hospitality industries.

For more information about the tasting, or to register for the seminar, please contact Leanne Feener @ (905) 336-8932 or 1-800-558-2675 or calwine@sympatico.ca or Paula Oreskovich at (905) 949-8255 ext. 223 or paula@praxispr.ca .

Consumer Tasting

Lovers of fine wines will be treated to a variety of Sonoma products during the consumer tasting to be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Arcadian Court located on the eighth floor of the Simpson Tower at the corner of Bay and Queen Street. Tickets for the evening event are $60 per person and available for purchase by calling the California Wine Institute at (905) 336-8932 or 1-800-558-2675 or by visiting www.calwine.ca

The Sonoma County Vintners Tour is proudly supported by The Consulate General of the United States and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

About Sonoma County Vintners

Sonoma County Vintners is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the wines and wineries of Sonoma County. Since 1946, the association has focused on building awareness of its diverse appellations and the resulting distinctive wines.

With more than 170 members ranging in size from small, family-owned wineries to large-volume corporations, Sonoma County Vintners comes together to educate, invite and entertain the public with our industry, our region and our lifestyle. Through member collaboration, we develop strategic partnerships and create promotional programs to enhance the image of Sonoma County and its wines worldwide.

Sonoma In the City Contact Numbers:
For information regarding the day’s activities, please visit www.calwine.ca or call (905) 336-8932/1-800-558-2675 (CORK) or via email at calwine@sympatico.ca

Meet owners and winemakers on September 21st from the following Sonoma County wineries:
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Blackstone Winery
Buena Vista Carneros
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery
Chateau St. Jean
Davis Bynum
Deerfield Ranch Winery
DeLoach Vineyards
Dutton Goldfield Winery
E & J Gallo Winery
Ferrari Carano Vineyards & Winery
Flowers Vineyards & Winery
Foppiano Vineyards
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winer
Geyser Peak Winery
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
La Crema Winery
Landmark Vineyards
Pedroncelli Winery
Pezzi King
Ravenswood Winery
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Sbragia Family Vineyards
Schug Carneros Estate
Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery
Sonoma Vineyards
Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate
Thomas George Winery

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