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Award-Winning Bricoleur Vineyards Kicks Off National Cancer Prevention Month with a Variety of Events Throughout the Year to Support Cancer Research

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WINDSOR, California (January 31, 2024) – As National Cancer Prevention Month kicks off on February 1st, Mark Hanson, Co-Founder & CEO of Bricoleur Vineyards, is pleased to announce that the winery is launching a year-long series of events to raise money for cancer research.

“Supporting charitable organizations has been part of Bricoleur Vineyards’ DNA since Day One,” said Hanson. “It’s one of the fundamental reasons we decided to launch Bricoleur Vineyards and our event venue, so it’s core to our culture and focus.”

Much more information about each of these events and a link to hi-res photos can be found below:

  • Sip with Purpose – Ongoing throughout the year
  • Cycle for Survival – February 10th at Equinox Beale Street
  • Cycle for Survival – March 10th at Equinox Bryant Park
  • Yoga & Wellness – March 22nd at Bricoleur Vineyards, a featured event during Sonoma Epicurean

Sip with Purpose

For the past two years Bricoleur Vineyards and the Hanson Family, who founded the winery, have helped raise $500,000 for organizations that support children, education, and healthcare. But their devotion to philanthropy took on a personal focus last year when Sarah Hanson Citron, Bricoleur Vineyards’ Co-Founder & COO was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Sarah inspired the Bricoleur team to launch “Sip with Purpose,” an awareness and fundraising campaign that supports the V Foundation’s critical cancer research. In just a few months “Sip with Purpose” has raised almost $32,000. Bricoleur Vineyards donates $5 to the V Foundation each time someone purchases a bottle of the winery’s critically acclaimed Isla Rose Brut Rosé, which is named after Sarah’s three-year-old daughter, Isla Rose Citron. Additionally, the Hanson Family personally makes matching donations of $60 for each case of Isla Rose Brut Rosé that’s purchased.

Cycle for Survival

An extension of Sip with Purpose, Bricoleur Vineyards and the Hanson Family are also encouraging folks to “Cycle with Purpose,” as they have established Cycle for Survival teams in San Francisco and New York. Since 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised more than $340 million for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Those who are interested in supporting Bricoleur Vineyards’ Cycle for Survival teams in San Francisco on February 10th and in New York on March 10th can click here for more information.

Sonoma Epicurean – Yoga & Wellness Workshop at Bricoleur Vineyards

Bricoleur Vineyards has been an enthusiastic supporter of Sonoma Epicurean since the event began. Coincidentally, Elizabeth and Mark Hanson – Bricoleur Vineyards’ Co-Founders – attended a seminar last year on “I-SPY 2,” a clinical trial designed to provide more precise treatment options for high-risk breast cancer patients. In a stunning twist of fate, their own daughter, Sarah Hanson Citron (Bricoleur Vineyards’ Co-Founder & COO), was diagnosed with breast cancer and became a patient in that very same “I-SPY 2” program just three weeks later. When they received the startling news of Sarah’s diagnosis, Elizabeth and Mark immediately turned to the V Foundation for guidance and they are incredibly grateful for the organization’s support. This year Bricoleur Vineyards is hosting a Yoga & Wellness workshop as part of the Sonoma Epicurean itinerary and much more information can be found here.

About Bricoleur Vineyards

In Sonoma County’s town of Windsor, Bricoleur Vineyards serves Wine Country’s Perfect Pairings. The seasonally driven six-course Rooted pairing, three-course Soaring pairing, and Atelier Bricoleur are all pairings that guests never imagined. They’re crafted by Bricoleur Vineyards’ award-winning chefs, winemakers, and gardeners and they’re constantly evolving to reflect the seasonality of the estate’s internationally acclaimed, sustainably farmed culinary gardens. While guests explore Bricoleur Vineyards’ gorgeous Russian River Valley estate, enjoy the elegant wines at home with a recipe from one of Bricoleur Vineyards’ chefs, or join the Bricoleur team anywhere in the country for a “Bricoleur on the Road” event – Bricoleur’s allure lies in their incredible terroir that grows the best grapes, herbs, edible flowers, and produce imaginable. Guests gather, relax, and celebrate while building connections and communities around Bricoleur’s table.

Bricoleur Vineyards launched its first vintage in 2017 and opened its tasting room in 2020. It is tucked away in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley – just south of Healdsburg. Founded by the Hanson family, Bricoleur Vineyards can be found at the end of a winding road in the charming, bucolic town of Windsor, only an hour north of San Francisco – and very close to the Santa Rosa airport. The distinctive name, “Bricoleur,” is French for one who starts building something with no clear plan, adding bits here and there, cobbling together a whole while flying by the seat of their pants.

Bricoleur Vineyards is known for their Perfect Pairings, created by their lauded chefs: Culinary Advisor, James Beard Award-winning Chef Charlie Palmer; Culinary Director, Chef Thomas Bellec – who’s been distinguished as a Master Chef of France by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and spent 23 years with Four Seasons; Executive Chef Todd Knoll, who was previously with Jordan Winery and The Ritz-Carlton; and Senior Sous Chef Rebeca Robinson.

The winemaking team is equally talented: Bob Cabral was Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Winemaker of the Year in 2011; Cary Gott is a fourth generation winemaker who founded his first winery more than 50 years ago; and Tom Pierson is a rising winemaker who’s studying at UC Davis’ prestigious oenology program. Together, the chefs and winemakers collaborate closely to create Perfect Pairings that express the seasonality of the estate’s sustainably farmed culinary garden, which won Slow Food International’s Snail of Approval for growing good, clean, and fair food.

The Hanson family’s roots run deep in Sonoma County. Mark Hanson was born in Santa Rosa, and Beth Wall Hanson’s great grandfather, Pietro Carlo Rossi, was the original oenologist for Sonoma County’s historic Italian Swiss Colony. Rossi revolutionized California winemaking in the 19th century and under his direction, the Italian Swiss Colony became one of America’s leading wineries. Co-Founder Sarah Hanson Citron is the estate’s energetic, creative, hands-on COO and leads many aspects of Bricoleur Vineyards’ business and the winery’s inventive offerings. Philanthropy is important to the Hanson family, and serving their community goes hand-in-hand with their warm hospitality.

Bricoleur Vineyards has been featured on The TODAY Show, and they have been honored by USA Today as one of the 10Best New Wineries in the country. Bricoleur Vineyards is open Thursday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only and reservations can be made by visiting www.bricoleurvineyards.com or by calling 707-857-5700. Bricoleur Vineyards is close to the Santa Rosa airport, which accommodates both commercial and private planes, and it’s only an hour away from both San Francisco and Sacramento airports. Bricoleur Vineyards is located at 7394 Starr Road in Windsor, California and can be found on Instagram @bricoleurvineyards. One-of-a-kind lodging is also available in Bricoleur Vineyards’ spacious Vineyard Residence.

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