Auction Sneak Preview

Here are the auction items at the Heritage Turkey 2018 Sunday Supper.

All proceeds from the auction benefit Slow Food Russian River projects, including –

  • 4H Heritage Turkey Project
  • Steele Lane School Garden
  • Gravenstein Apple Presidium & Community Apple Press
  • The Ark of Taste (dedicated to protecting endangered foods)
  • Snail of Approval (recognizes local restaurants, producers and artisans who are making a significant contribution to improving the food system)

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LL#1 Slow Food Aloha Adventure LAWAI BEACH RESORT ~ KAUAI

Relax on the beautiful garden Island of Kauai for a week lodging and Round Trip Airfare for 2. Located across the Pacific Ocean, on the south shore of Kauai , the Lawai Beach Resort is set on 7 acres overlooking one of the best snorkeling and surfing spots, Laui Beach. This spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is one of 4 units in the Lika Lani Building. Relax in one of the three swimming pools and spas or get a work out on the tennis court or rooftop fitness center. Located 2 miles from the famous Poipu Beach park and 1 mile from Spouting Horn Scenic Lookout, the resort is close to shopping and dining choices, and maybe some whale watching from the comfort of your balcony lanai and enjoy sunset from the nearby sea wall.

Your stay includes Round Trip Coach Airfare for 2, subject to availability, courtesy of Food and Wine Trails. Winning bidder, please contact Victoria Fullerton 707-239-3755 or to arrange dates. Airline tickets exclude holidays and must be used by 11/1/19; please contact the Travel Support Department at or 1-414-410-8300 X 8204

Value: $2000

Donors: Victoria Fullerton, accommodations, and Larry Martin, Martin Wine Travels, airline tickets

LL#2 Five Nights at Casa Azul, Todos Santos, “Pueblo Magico” in Baja Sur

This recently built 1700 sq. ft. architecturally designed home is located in the charming Pacific-side village of Todos Santos, a village designated “Pueblo Magico” by the government to protect its historical integrity. It’s an easy one hour drive north of Cabo San Lucas on a new four lane highway. Todos Santos has been receiving world press for its lack of commercialism, its artistic charm, for its bevy of trendy small restaurants and hotels, beautiful isolated beaches and because it’s an oasis, fed by the underground aquifers that come from the nearby 7,000 foot mountain chain.


The house features one bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, a very private 50 foot swimming pool set inside a walled compound, an array of modern and local art, a beautiful garden, a full culinary designed kitchen and a large upstairs bedroom that has a large deck and sitting area with an unobstructed 160 ocean view. The kitchen living room has a very comfortable, fold-down queen size murphy bed. The house can comfortably sleep four. Dates to be mutually agreeable, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are excluded. Must be used by 11/1/19. Arrange your stay with Larry Martin 707-887-2606 or

Value $1200

Donors: Larry and Laura Martin, Martin Wine Travels, and John Mackie and Kate Eckert

LL#3 West County ‘Stay-cation’ Package

Includes a Two Week-Night Stay (Sunday-Thursday) in this sweet Casa Ramona Cottage in Graton, surrounded by beautiful gardens, adjacent to an Open Space bike trail and a stroll away to food, wine and art. Package includes a Tasting and Tour for 4 at nearby Dutton-Goldfield Winery and a bottle of their 2014 Magnum Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel (RRV), gift certificates for: Lowell’s Restaurant, Fork Roadhouse Restaurant, Silk Moon’s (clothing for women and men), Cultivate Home (kitchen and home décor), Copperfield Books, and that’s not all. Add 2 Massages atyour cottage by certified therapist, Barbra Friedman.

Value $1000

Donors: Anna of Casa Ramona Cottage, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Lowell’s Restaurant, Fork Roadhouse, Silk Moon, Cultivate Home, Copperfield’s Books, Inc., Barbra Friedman

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VIP Museum Tour, Tasting & Dinner for four people hosted by Winemaker Randle Johnson at The Hess Collection Winery

Known as a leader in sustainable practices, The Hess Collection adheres to founder Donald Hess’ philosophy: “Nurture the land; return what you take.” The winery is best known for its flagship Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines and single vineyard designates from our estate vineyards in Napa Valley.

Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson will prepare your lunch for 4 utilizing local organically and sustainably-grown products to create fresh seasonal recipes to pair with Hess Collection wines. Chad strives to individually pair the unique flavors and textures in each of our wines with complementary flavor combinations in the dishes he creates.

While you are there, don’t miss The Hess Art Collection. Donald Hess began collecting art in 1966. His collecting style is a personal endeavor driven by passion rather than monetary investment or current trends. He develops a close dialogue with an artist to better understand what drives him or her to create and he carefully limits his focus as a collector to 20 living artists whose work he faithfully supports long term.

Value $1000

Redeemable from November 27, 2018 to September 27, 2019. Must be booked 6 months in advance.


Mushroom Foraging Trip for up to Six with Fungi Afficiando, Paul Sequeira

Plus Two Bottles from Award-Winning Acorn Winery Russian River Valley Sangiovese

Our Sonoma Coast is one of the best places on earth to hunt for wild mushrooms! Join Paul Sequeira, an experienced local mushroom forager, on a personalized foray into the hills of the Sonoma Coast to gather porcinis, chanterelles, matsutakes, hedgehogs, candy caps and other wild edible mushrooms. Learn how to find, identify, cook and store local wild mushroom varieties. What mushrooms you find will vary based on when and where you search, but you are sure to return home with a bountiful harvest of delicious mushrooms and an enriched understanding of the diversity and interdependency of our amazing Sonoma Coast. Scheduling will be dependent on rain and availability. All equipment and logistics will be provided.

Acorn Winery was picked as the one of the 101 best wineries in America for 2017 by The Daily Meal for the 3rd year in a row and is a labor of love for owners Betsy and Bill Nachbaur. They’ve been farming their property, Alegría Vineyards, sustainably since 1990. On their 32 acres in Russian River Valley, they grow 60 grape varieties. Their 2014 “Alegria Vineyards” Sangiovese is balanced with vivid acidity and creamy oak notes, this wine offers classic Chianti flavors. Will pair beautifully with Mushroom Lasagna!

Value $400


Two nights at the Vineyard Guest House, Terra Savia Winery, Hopland

A nice alternative to a hotel, this 2 bed, 2 bath guest house is a secluded and peaceful vineyard hideaway. The spacious master bedroom has a Cal King bed and bathroom which includes a large spa tub. There is a smaller bedroom with a queen size bed along with a separate reading/quiet room. The kitchen is spacious and fully equipped. The living room has a fully stocked wood-burning stove to keep you warm and cozy in winter. Nestled at the base of Duncan Peak overlooking our 35 acre Sanel Valley organic vineyard and surrounding mountains, and home to a diverse selection of wineries, all of which are within a very short drive from each other. This is the perfect place for those looking to explore one of California’s most beautiful and less-traveled wine regions.

Value $600


2 Magnums of Martinelli 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and a Private Tasting for 4 (21 & older)

The converted hop barn along River Road is an icon, as is the family’s legendary Jackass Hill vineyard, with a 60-degree slope that makes it the steepest non-terraced hillside vineyard in Sonoma County. The Martinellis have been farming this area for more than 100 years.

One of the most celebrated producers in the Russian River Valley, Martinelli brings decades of impressive scores and a reputation for excellence. Consulting winemaker Erin Green worked alongside Helen Turley in the early ’90’s on some of her projects, including Bryant Family & Martinelli.

The “Baler Bar” tasting for 4 includes a cheese plate and tour.

Winery Notes: “The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has aromas of forest floor, cedar, raspberry, rose petal, and cola. The palate is extracted with juicy black cherry, rhubarb and spice.”

Value $360


Wine-paired Dinner for Two at the Farmhouse Inn, Forestville. The Farmhouse ranks as one of the highest rated hotels in the world and their having one of the few Michelin rated restaurants in the North Bay adds to their allure. Their talented chef Steve Litke has been with them since the beginning, and when this is combined with two fifth generation Sonoma farmers, a world-class maitre d’ and a team of sommeliers – magic happens. This auction lot is for a three-course, wine paired dinner for two.     Value $350


A true collector’s item; A magnum of Rochioli 2015 Estate Pinot Noir. Rochioli’s wines are so much in demand, that there’s literally a five year waiting list. Finding a magnum is even rarer. “This Estate is a blend of our many different vineyard sites, twenty four percent Little Hill, eighteen percent Sweetwater, eighteen percent West Block, fourteen percent Big Hill, fourteen percent East Block and twelve percent River Block. This full bodied wine possesses the typical Rochioli character and the Classic Russian River Valley charm. Aged in French oak for 15 months, the wine displays a full body and silky texture finish, with a balanced structure. Elegant and beautifully balanced, the aromas of ripe cherry, hints of vanilla and savory herbs, while the palate is juicy and refined with a hint of dusty cherry. The wine has a big rich mouth-feel, silky tannins and a long finish”.

Value $150


A 3-Litre Magnum-Vertical from Joel Peterson. Ravenswood Sangiacomo Merlot – vintages 2000, 2001 and 2002. Joel Peterson is one of California’s most storied winemakers – and one of the few in the California Winemaker Hall of Fame. His knowledge of wine making is boundless, and that talent is shown when it’s combined with Sonoma’s famous Sangiacomo vineyard. This lot translates to a case of older wines that have a value of $525.


Magnum Churchill Cellars 2010 Bella Luna Vineyards Pinot Noir and Hand-Woven Scarf. Already silky smooth, this wine is ready to drink or lay down for a few years. It has bright fruit flavors that are rich in red raspberry and cherry flavors. We said the 2009 was the best ever, but now we feel this one rates just a little higher. Beautiful hand-woven scarf from fabric artist, Abby Bard, combined bright colors with various weaving techniques to create this one-of-a-kind collectible.

Value $200


Chateau Montelena Vertical 2011, 2012, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Montelena Estate, Napa Valley 

“In 1976 Chateau Montelena helped put California at the forefront of the wine world. At the famed Judgment of Paris tasting, four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines. The results proved that Chateau Montelena could produce some of the world’s finest wines, and that California’s wine industry had come of age.”

Donated by Peg Champion and Brad Whitworth

Value $280


3 Bottles Dehlinger 2015 Pinot Noir Goldridge

“U.C. Davis grad, Tom Dehlinger, launched his namesake brand in 1975. He was one of the pioneers of California Pinot Noir.  At the time he bonded his winery, there were a mere three dozen wineries registered in Sonoma County. Starting out with a few hundred cases of Chardonnay, Cabernet and Zinfandel, he grew the brand into a producer of highly sought after, cult-status Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They also produce small amounts of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. However, Dehlinger is renowned for Pinots that have proven to be exceptionally age-worthy. Despite maintaining a low profile, Dehlinger is well known and revered among the cognoscenti.”

Value $225


Dinner for 2 with Wine at Chez Panisse Café, Berkeley. “Alice Waters is still doing it right at this Berkeley high temple of sustainable methods, where the inspirational, seasonal Cal-Med set menus feature superior, locally sourced ingredients prepared to perfection and served up by a classy staff in a beautifully appointed Craftsman-style setting; the lively upstairs cafe is a more affordable delight with a daily à la carte menu, rounding out a truly exceptional destination that’s high on every foodie’s bucket list.”

Value $180


Magnum 2015 Scherrer Winery “Old and Mature” Zinfandel, Alexander Valley Our old vine Zinfandel represents the labor of three generations of the Scherrer family – many of the vines that produced this wine were planted in 1912. It was bottled without fining filtration to capture the beauty and personality of the Scherrer Vineyard. Although enjoyable in its youth, it should age and develop gracefully for 5 to 10 years after the vintage.

Value $80


6 Bottles from Acorn Winery’s Russian River Valley “Alegria Vineyards” + a Tour and Tasting for 4

2014 Dolcetto

2014 Heritage Vines Zinfandel

2014 Medley

2014 Cabernet Franc

2014 Axiom Syrah

2014 Sangiovese


ACORN was picked as the one of the 101 best wineries in America for 2017 by The Daily Meal for the 3rd year in a row and is a labor of love for owners Betsy and Bill Nachbaur. They’ve been farming their property, Alegría Vineyards, sustainably since 1990. On their 32 acres in Russian River Valley, they grow 60 grape varieties. From that they bottle approximately 3,000 cases of wine each year; every one of them field blends.

Value $328


14” x 25” VinoPlank Wood Carving Board from Sonoma Millworks. This beautiful laminated oak cutting board features a drip groove on one side for carving and, on the other, a smooth surface that can be used for pastry or as a bountiful cheese and bread board. VinoPlank is created from wine-infused toasted oak that has been “upcycled” into this fine, durable carving board.

Value $220


A Special Tasting for 4 in Wine Cave at Freeman Winery, plus 2 Bottles Pinot Noir. Freeman Winery in Sebastopol is regarded as one of the leading producers of handcrafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. Known as pioneers of cool-climate Pinot Noir of a more restrained and elegant style. Enjoy an in-depth private tasting in their beautiful cave and take home a bottle each of their 2013 & 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs.

Value $200


Sonoma Love Box Farm Trails Holiday Edition and Gravenstein Apple Fair 2019 Package The featured products in this gift box include: McEvoy Ranch Organically Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Kozlowski Farms Raspberry & Roasted Chipotle Grilling & Dipping Sauce, Tierra Vegetables Aji Panca Hot Sauce, LALA’s Jam Bar & Winter Strawberry Jam, Beekind Sebastopol Blackberry or Coastal Eucalyptus Honey, Beekind Honeycomb Beeswax Votive Candle, The Goat Farm Merry Mint Farmstead Milk Soap, Monte-Bellaria di California Lavender Beeswax Lip Balm, Firefly Bean to Bar Chocolate Pure Dark Chocolate Bar, Rainbow’s End Farm Herbal Tea Blend. Also includes: Gravenstein Apple Fair admission tickets for 4, entrance to VIP Tasting Lounge for 4, parking pass and souvenirs.

Value $500


Dinner for Two and One Night Stay at River’s End Restaurant and Inn, Jenner-by-the-Sea This delightful hideaway has earned Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”. The epicenter of Sonoma Coast dining…the River’s End is located in the quaint village of Jenner-by-the-Sea about 20 minutes north of Bodega Bay. Cozy rooms have either river or ocean views, private decks, and queen size beds with down comforters. Our kitchen staff and service staff have one important main thing in common … passion! Travel guides and reviewers describe the menu as eclectic … they’re right! The food is unique and internationally influenced, yet utilizes local purveyors. Most importantly, the Chef designs menus to delight hearts and lift spirits.

Value $350