2017 Sonoma County Barrel Auction
On April 21, 2017, over 250 of the nation’s top wine trade and media will gather for the third annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, CA, to compete over one-of-a-kind Sonoma County wines. Presented by Sonoma County Vintners, the live auction will offer “never before, and never again” wines evaluated in a blind tasting by a panel of Master Sommeliers, each crafted by Sonoma County growers and vintners in lots of five, 10 or 20 cases. The wines will not be found in the market, except by the wine seller who secures the unique lot bearing the official Sonoma County Barrel Auction label.
The two-day festivities begin Thursday, April 20 with preview events hosted by Sonoma County AVA Associations and an invitation-only VIP trade and media event. The live auction will take place on Friday, April 21. Attendees are licensed wine sellers, including retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers, invited personally by participating wineries. For more information or to request a ticket, visit sonomawine.com/barrelauction or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To commemorate our shared history, Dry Creek Vineyard and Rochioli Vineyards and Winery have partnered to create a quintessential Sauvignon Blanc from two historic plantings. Sourced from two of the most iconic vineyards in Sonoma County, this incredible blend of Rochioli Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc and Dry Creek Vineyard DCV3 Sauvignon Blanc celebrates 45 years of family winemaking for Dry Creek Vineyard, and honors the longstanding relationship between the Rochioli and Stare Wallace families.
Joe Rochioli, Sr. and his son Joe Jr. first planted Sauvignon Blanc in 1959 in the Russian River Valley, which at the time was a strange new white varietal that was used mainly for blends. Today, these same vines are still in production and considered some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in California. Further north, newcomer David S. Stare was the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley in 1972, in a vineyard subsequently named “DCV3”. While Stare waited for his young vineyard to develop, he sought out Sauvignon Blanc from the Rochioli family for the inaugural 1972 vintage of Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc – the first Sauvignon Blanc to be labeled as such from Sonoma County.
This lot represents an integral piece of history for Sonoma County grape-growing and winemaking, combining the original Rochioli Vineyard Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc with Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Musqué clones from the pivotal DCV3 parcel of Dry Creek Vineyard. This exclusive offering was created especially for this occasion to honor Dry Creek Vineyard’s 45 years of winemaking, and is only available in this one-time auction lot.
We hope to see you there!