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World’s Largest BYO Tradition Comes to Russian River Valley: Russian River Valley Winegrowers to Host Intimate Paulée Dinner Under the Stars


Santa Rosa, CA (June 28, 2018) – The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW)—the community of farmers and winemakers in the Russian River Valley AVA—will host an intimate Paulée Dinner celebration on Friday, August 31 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at Sonoma-Cutrer in Windsor, California.

This elegant evening of wine and food will begin with a welcome reception. Over 30 Russian River Valley AVA wineries will pour tastes of the region’s coveted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. In the spirit of the Paulée tradition—which originated in Burgundy—winemakers, collectors and their guests will also bring a special bottle of wine from their personal cellars to share at this intimate wine country celebration.

“The Russian River Valley Paulée brings together great winemakers with their wines, stories and friends whose love of wine is every bit as rich.” said Rod Berglund, Winemaker of Joseph Swan regarding the RRVW Paulée tradition. “Whether it is wine of legend or only of a special connection, the fact that they are shared with others makes them all special.”

To create a meal worthy of such fine wines, five renowned Russian River Valley chefs were recruited to collaborate on a progressive, multi-course dining experience. The star-studded menu begins with passed appetizers by Estate Chef Kevin Markey of Sonoma-Cutrer, followed by a farm-fresh salad course by Chef Steve Litke of Michelin-starred Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant. Epicurean main courses will be prepared by Chef Tom Schmidt of John Ash and Chef Ben Davies of Russian River Vineyards. The culmination of the meal will be a decadent chocolate dessert by patisserie extraordinaire and local favorite, Costeaux French Bakery.

RRVW Board President Giovanni Balistreri said, “The Russian River Valley Paulée is an evening spent under the stars, bonding over world-class wines while enjoying the cuisine of celebrated local chefs.” He went on to say that, “The connections, camaraderie and friendships at this event are every bit as special as the rare and limited wines we will share.”   

Over 30 Russian River Valley AVA wineries are confirmed to pour at the event to date, including:

  • ACORN Winery
  • Alquimista
  • Balletto Vineyards
  • Benovia Winery
  • Bucher Vineyards
  • Char Vale Winery
  • Christopher Creek
  • Croix Estate
  • Domaine Della
  • Dutton Estate Winery
  • Furthermore Wines
  • Gamba Vineyards and Winery
  • Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery
  • Davis Family Vineyards
  • Hartford Family Winery
  • Jigar Wines
  • Joseph Swan
  • Kanzler Vineyards
  • Korbel
  • Limerick Lane Cellars
  • MacPhail Wines
  • Merriam Vineyards
  • Paradise Ridge
  • Patz and Hall Winery
  • Ramey Wine Cellars
  • Russian River Vineyards
  • Selby Winery
  • Sonoma-Cutrer Winery
  • Tongue Dancer
  • Williams Seylem Winery

The Russian River Valley Paulée Dinner celebration would not be possible without the support of the organizations’ generous sponsors. Special thanks to American Ag Credit, AXIA Architects, and The Engine is Red.

Tickets are $200 with early bird pricing through July 1st. Please visit www.russianrivervalley.org to purchase and for more information.

About the Russian River Valley Winegrowers

The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW) is a community of winemakers and farmers dedicated to producing exceptional wines that showcase nuance and diversity of the Russian River Valley neighborhoods. Our members are committed to preserving natural resources and farming heritage of this premier wine region. For more information on the Russian River Valley, please email info@rrvw.org or visit www.russianrivervalley.org.



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