The Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wines have been chosen and Wine Road Members have really shined this year. With the three top wines all from Wine Road Members, we would like to say a special Congratulations!

Top honors went to Selby Wines for the sweepstakes white (2013 Sauvignon Blanc), Balletto for the red sweepstakes (2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir), and Windsor Vineyards for the sweepstakes specialty wine (Sonoma County Blanc de Blanc).  If wine awards wasn’t enough, the restaurant John Ash & Co. of our lodging member, Vintner’s Inn, won a gold medal for its Sticky Fig and Date Pudding in the Restaurant Competition.

Pictured above, Susie Selby is seen smiling and raising a glass of her Chardonnay during the MArdis Gras parade as the Grand Marshal.  A high honor, but fitting for such a talented winemaker of this year’s sweepstakes white.  The Balletto farming legacy started in 1981, but the first vintage of Pinot Noir came in 2001. Since then, the Balletto legacy has grown widely known from their sustainable farming practices to the delicious wines produced, justifying this year’s red sweepstakes award.  Windsor Vineyards, a pioneer winery in affordable and accessible wines, has produced quality wines since Rodney Strong found it in 1951.  Winning the sweepstakes specialty wine is a no-brainer when you taste the delicious Cuvee Blanc de Blanc.

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The Harvest Fair decision was held at the Wells Fargo Center, filled with friends, family, and supporters of a lot of the contestants. As the Harvest Fair’s 40th anniversary, emotions were high, celebrating a monumental birthday for the fair and remembering Saralee McClelland Kunde. Many people brought up fond memories of her and felt as if she was celebrating with them.

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During the auction, items were sold with enthusiasm in support of the Harvest Fair, but one item, Kunde’s Derby-style hat, was auctioned off with nostalgia and in her honor for all of her recognizable hard work. Her brother, George McClelland, was the highest bidder at $2,600.

This was a heart-warming event with an exciting outcome for Wine Road Members. Congratulations again!

Posted by Anne Loupy

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