The 30th Anniversary Of The Russian River Valley Appellation

The annual summertime soiree showcasing regional wines and chefs in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County will take place on Saturday, August 17 on the grounds of Richard's Grove & Saralee's Vineyard at 3575 Slusser Road in Windsor.  The immensely popular Grape to Glass event kicks off at 4 pm and brings together wine enthusiasts, winemakers, grape growers, chefs, hoteliers and artists for a celebration of all things wine.

This year's event marks the 30th Anniversary of the Russian River Valley as an American Viticultural Area (AVA), with the theme "Back to Our Roots."  Guests will taste boutique wines grown in the Russian River Valley appellation as well as some of the latest releases before they are made available to the public while munching on fabulous food pairings.  Grape to Glass features more than 50 wineries, local restaurants, caterers and vendors.  The night of fun will also include a barbecue feast, a giant apple pie, live and silent auctions, a Farmer's Market and live music.

Tickets range from $85 for an individual ticket to $1,000 for a party of 10, the latter including two bottles of Russian River Valley wine and two VIP parking passes  and can be purchased at or by calling 707-521-2534.

The party starts with a walk-around tasting reception offering small bites that complement the region's world class wines.  While wining and dining on fresh local delicacies, guests can stroll through the beautiful park-like setting of Richard's Grove and Saralee's Vineyard and view the work of local artists as well as the silent auction items of oversized and special bottlings, restaurant dinners, gift baskets and much more.

Click here to find out who will be at the 30th anniversary fete, and what to do while you're in the Russian River Valley. 

John Tilson, Underground Wine Letter