JEAN SESSIONS - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS AND MARK MALPIEDE FROM WILLIAMS SELYEM - RECAP OF 2017 SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION
Sonoma County Vintners celebrated a successful third annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction on April 21, after 90 one-of-a-kind Sonoma County wine lots raised a record-setting $794,500. With over 250 members of the wine trade and media in attendance for the live auction at Santa Rosa’s Vintners Inn, and additional bids placed via proxy, this year’s totals were up more than $100,000 from 2016.
The auction’s “never before, never again” wine lots were crafted by top vintners from Sonoma County’s 17 distinct AVA appellations, and offered in quantities of five, 10 or 20 cases. All of the wines featured were made exclusively for the auction, and will be available in the market only by resale to the winning bidder’s customers.
For the second consecutive year Kosta Browne had the top earning lot with “The Shire of Freestone,” a 20-case Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir lot that set a new record at $60,000.
All money raised supports the marketing initiatives of Sonoma County Vintners and its AVA partners.
Next year’s Sonoma County Barrel Auction will be held April 20, 2018. Future Barrel Auctions will be held on the third Friday of April. Attendees are licensed wine sellers, including retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers. For more information or to request a ticket, visit sonomawine.com/barrelauction.
NINE-TIME HOT DOG EATING CHAMPION JOEY CHESTNUT - CELEBRATING HOT DOG HISTORY & BASEBALL
A Fun look at the Traditions that make Nathan’s Famous the Perfect Choice for the Official Hot Dog of America’s Pastime!
In 1893, sausages became standard fare at baseball parks. This tradition is believed to have been started by a St. Louis bar Owner, Chris Von de Ahe, a German Immigrant who also owned the St. Louis Browns major league baseball team. Fast forward a few years, and it was 101 years ago that Nathan’s Famous sold their first hot dogs on the boardwalk in Coney Island. That’s a lot of history.
On April 28th, just as the baseball season is warming up, we have one of the champions of another great sport to talk baseball, hot dogs and the traditions that make them both special.
There are few champions in any sport who can claim nine championships, with eight of them in consecutive years. Last July 4th, this hot dog eating superstar smashed his previous record by eating 70 hot dogs and buns in an amazing display of gastronomical greatness! We’re proud to have Joey “JAWS” Chestnut live from St. Louis to discuss the challenges of setting of new Guinness World Record, and he’ll talk a little hot dog and baseball history. You’ll learn how Nathan’s Famous is now the official hot dog of America’s Pastime, and what this ‘FAMOUS’ brand is doing to celebrate.
STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY
GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.