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Acclaimed Zina Lounge Chef Yoshiharu Sogi Takes Two Awards in the 3rd Annual Harvest Fair Restaurant Competition

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Celebrate the 2015 Harvest and the exclusive release of the 2012 Sonoma Valley Reserve Merlot Saturday, October 3rd at The Ledson Castle

Zina Hyde LoungeSonoma, CA. – September 23, 2015 – Fifth-generation Sonoma County winemaker Steve Ledson is thrilled to announce that Chef Yoshiharu Sogi of the Zina Lounge at the Ledson Hotel has won two awards in the 3rd Annual Harvest Fair Restaurant Competition. The winning courses, from internationally renowned Chef Yoshiharu Sogi – a world class wine expert and chef extraordinaire – included:

Salad: The Zina Lounge, House Cured Ahi Tuna & Local Baby Lettuces

Dessert: The Zina Lounge, Sonoma Locally Grown Fresh Stone Fruit Gratin

Chef Yoshi creates intricate pairings – using locally grown farm to table products – designed to excite the palate, while elevating the nuances of each wine. Chef Yoshi was the only multiple dish winner in the Restaurant Competition.

“When we brought Chef Yoshi to Sonoma we knew his fusion dishes would be a hit with wine country, and these prestigious awards confirm that move”, enthused Steve Ledson.

On Saturday, October 3rd from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at The Ledson Castle, Ledson Winery & Vineyards will celebrate the 2015 Harvest with the release of the 2012 Sonoma Valley Reserve Merlot. This is the first Reserve Merlot since 2008 from the Estate Vineyards. This extremely limited production wine will only be available for tasting and purchase during this event. The social hour will include oysters, caviar and other delicacies, followed by an extraordinary five-course menu all prepared by Chef Yoshi. Live music will be provided by Jack Pollard, who has shared the stage with B.B. King, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations. Cost is $150 for wine club members, $175 for Non Club members. RSVP by calling (707) 537-3823 or email [email protected]

The Zina Lounge is now offering a 3-course lunch menu option, as well as a 5-course dinner menu option, in addition to the full 6-course dinner menu that was offered upon opening.  All three menus have different price points and should appeal to a wide array of individuals looking for an incredible wine and food pairing experience. The lounge is home to Zina Hyde Cunningham, Ledson and Mountain Terraces wines.

During a recent visit, acclaimed Sonoma county food writer Carey Sweet opined in 7 X 7 magazine, “Dishes are exquisite, service is precise, and the wine pairings are hyper local from the Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery tasting room on site”.

The menus showcase the very finest ingredients by local purveyors in small plates. The exclusive Zina Lounge Wine & Food Experience is presented with seating’s at 1:00pm and 6:30pm Thursday through Monday. Seated chef pairings and Zina Hyde Cunningham wine tastings are offered by appointment only. In addition to these scheduled seating times, The Lounge offers fully customized menus and private event offerings guaranteed to fulfill every guest’s dreams.

For information and required reservations please visit www.ledson.com or call (707) 538-3823 or www.zinawinery.com.

The Zina Lounge Wine & Food Experience is distinguished by its emphasis on elevating the wine experience through pairings designed to illuminate the subtle nuances of Ledson’s artisan bottling’s. An example of this is Chef Sogi’s pairing of the 2014 Zina Hyde Cunningham Anderson Valley Estate Pinot Noir Rosé paired with an Egg Roll of ‘Rosie’ Organic Chicken and Laura Chenel Chévre, Heirloom Tomato, Honeydew Melon and Golden Raisin Vinaigrette. (Sample Menu attached)

About Chef Yoshiharu Sogi: Chef Yoshiharu Sogi is an accomplished sommelier who trained at Japan’s prestigious Tsuji Culinary School, with advanced studies at École Technique Hôtelière TSUJI, Liergues-en-Beujolais, France. He began his career at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Quatre Saisons in Lyon, and has been chef at Restaurant Hiramatsu, Tokyo, Silverado Resort, Napa and Mauna Kae Beach Hotel, Prince Resort, Hawaii. In addition to his extraordinary talents in the kitchen, Chef Yoshi has served as board member and Wine Advisor to the Japan Sommeliers Association since 2001, and as Wine Specialist for the Society of Wine Educators of America, since 2002.

About Ledson Hotel: The crown jewel of Sonoma’s historic downtown plaza, Ledson Hotel invites guests to step back in time to a grander era. Meticulously designed and built by owner Steve Ledson, the hotel is surrounded by world class shopping, spas, restaurants and rich California history. The hotel is a number one TripAdvisor destination in Sonoma, and a Conde Nast Traveler Top Hotel in the World. In 2015 the Ledson Hotel opened the Zina Lounge, a wine and food tasting emporium that showcases the Ledson family’s line of artisan wines. Recent upgrades include an upbeat and jazzy new interior look and feel, blending the new into the old. Exterior changes include new wrought iron and information boards designed to introduce and welcome guests.

The Ledson Hotel (www.ledsonhotel.com) located at 480 1st St East on Sonoma’s historic plaza. For more information about the Ledson Hotel call (707) 996-9779.  For more information about Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery call (707) 895-9462 or visit www.zinawinery.com.

About Ledson Winery & Vineyards: Ledson wines are available at the winery in Kenwood, the Ledson Hotel and in the online stores, www.ledson.com. Steve’s father Noble Ledson used to tell him “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” In other words you need impeccable grapes to make impeccable wines. 90% of Ledson wines are made from vineyards they own and farm, and 10% from a chosen few growers the Ledson family has been close to for centuries.  These wines include award-winning and critically acclaimed vineyard designate wines, unique blends and stand-out favorites like reserve chardonnays, merlots and cabs.

Steve Ledson founded Ledson Winery & Vineyards in 1993, and his family has been farming grapes and making wine in Sonoma County for 150 years. Ledson Winery is located at 7335 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information, call the winery at (707) 833-2330 or visit the website: www.ledson.com.

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