THREE-NIGHT FOOD & WINE VACATION PACKAGE IN ALEXANDER VALLEY
WINNER ANNOUNCED ON CHRISTMAS DAY 10AM
Three Nights in the Hawkes Family Stone House
The Stone House is an ultra-modern cabin set among the vines and overlooking miles of vineyard and wild land. It features an open floor plan with a full kitchen and folding glass walls across the entire south wall, making it the perfect place to host a rambling dinner party or pass a relaxing night sipping local treasures and taking in the view.
Two Days of Exclusive Wine Tasting Experiences in Alexander Valley
The wineries we’ve selected for this package aren’t names you’ll find at the grocery store back home. They’re artisan grower-producers who make small quantities of wine often available only through the winery itself.
Both Blue Rock and Zialena draw from ranches and farming families that date back more than a hundred years in Alexander Valley, and Robert Young is credited with being the first person to farm Cabernet here. Our Chalk Hill neighbor, Calluna, farms a secluded hilltop in the middle of Sonoma County. Hawkes and Carpenter are the wine offspring a multi-generation Alexander Valley farming family. A visit to to these estates is an intimate, in-depth experience that will leave you with not only a good taste in your mouth, but knowledge of Alexander Valley’s evolution as a source of fine wine.
Your visit to Robert Young Estate Winery will include a catered lunch by our friends at the landmark Jimtown Store.
Daily Transportation Provided
Wine Cube Tours is run by local wine industry old-schooler Raymond Rolander, whose personal relationships with winery proprietors and staff provides a uniquely insider experience of Sonoma County’s wine world.
Dinner Plans Included
Jake Hawkes is the winemaker who’d rather be cooking. He’ll come to the Stone House on an evening of the winner’s choice and bring all sorts of goodies with him, from Hog Island oysters, to dry-aged steak, to foraged mushrooms, to rare bottles of Hawkes Cabernet.
Dinner at Valette, the quintessential Healdsburg eatery. Valette is owned and operated by brothers and Sonoma County natives, Dustin Valette and Aaron Garzini. Their restaurant features a menu and wine list they describe as a canvas for local farmers, winemakers, and artisans to showcase their crafts.
Dinner at SHED, Healdsburg’s newest and hippest farm to table restaurant, featuring an open kitchen, wood-burning oven, and visually stunning modern cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients.
One Case of Hawkes Cabernet from the Hawkes Library
The Hawkes family has been growing Cabernet in Alexander Valley since 1972 and making wine since 2002. As a parting gift, the raffle winner will take home a case of wine selected from the Hawkes Library of old and rare estate Cabernet.
WINE COUNTRY AFFORDABLE HOUSING
As you’re probably aware, we’ve recently lived through some of the most devastating wildfires in the history of the state. Many thousands of homes were lost, including more than three thousand in the city of Santa Rosa, alone. Between five and ten percent of the shelter in a city of 180,000 people disappeared overnight.
Even before this tragedy, Wine Country already suffered from a critical lack of affordable housing. Since the fires, the problem has gotten desperate. It’s not just the people who’ve lost their homes whose lives have been impacted. Prices to rent and purchase, already prohibitively high, have exploded under the pressure of increased demand.
I feel that those of us who love this place – whether we live here, have family here, or come to visit – have a responsibility to do something. To that end, I’m starting a fund called Wine Country Affordable Housing and establishing a fundraising goal of one million dollars.
To kick things off, we’re having a raffle for a Wine Country vacation package that includes an exclusive vineyard stay, one of a kind meals and tasting experiences, and a case of Hawkes wine from our library. Please give all you can.