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BEST of wine country 2018

Presented by San francisco magazine

Tastings, tours, views, & more...who represents the best? 

The Best of Wine Country Awards recognize the wine country community for its excellence in all things — the creative, innovative, philanthropic, eco-friendly and unique components of wineries we know and love. We invite you to check out the award categories and submit your entries. 

All nominees have to be located in Northern California from Monterey to Mendocino. The Best of Wine Country Awards Steering Committee will vote on the final nominees and winners based on the nominations received online.

The winners will be featured in the November issue of San Francisco Magazine as well as celebrated at the Best of Wine Country Awards on November 14th, 2018.

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Best of Wine Country 2018 awards gala to take place on November 14th, 2018.

The 2018 Steering Committee

 Maureen L. Cottingham  Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance

Maureen L. Cottingham

Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance

 Tom Fuller  Owner of Fuller & Sander Communications, Inc

Tom Fuller

Owner of Fuller & Sander Communications, Inc

 Clay Gregory  President & CEO of Visit Napa Valley

Clay Gregory

President & CEO of Visit Napa Valley

 Rick Walker  President & CEO of Festival Napa Valley

Rick Walker

President & CEO of Festival Napa Valley

 Jeff Nead  Partner at Glodow Nead Communications

Jeff Nead

Partner at Glodow Nead Communications

 Kim Stemler  Executive Director Monterey County Vintners

Kim Stemler

Executive Director Monterey County Vintners

 Alf Nucifora  Chairman for The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco

Alf Nucifora

Chairman for The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco

 Colby Smith  Executive & Founder of Concierge Alliance of Napa and Sonoma

Colby Smith

Executive & Founder of Concierge Alliance of Napa and Sonoma

 Ian White  Wine Director at San Francisco Magazine

Ian White

Wine Director at San Francisco Magazine

 Michael Polenske  Creative Director, Chairman & Founder of Bespoke Collection

Michael Polenske

Creative Director, Chairman & Founder of Bespoke Collection

 Dr. Liz Thach, MW  Distinguished Professor of Wine at Sonoma State University

Dr. Liz Thach, MW

Distinguished Professor of Wine at Sonoma State University

 Chelsea Boss  General Manager of Senses Wines & Co-founder of Rebuild Wine Country

Chelsea Boss

General Manager of Senses Wines & Co-founder of Rebuild Wine Country

 Paul Reulbach  Publisher of San Francisco

Paul Reulbach

Publisher of San Francisco

 Richard Von Saal  Principal Artist and Proprietor of Vonsaal Design Build

Richard Von Saal

Principal Artist and Proprietor of Vonsaal Design Build

 Tim Zahner  Executive Director at Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Tim Zahner

Executive Director at Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Frequently Asked Questions

NOMINATIONS & VOTING

Who is eligible for nomination? All wineries, festivals, transportation companies and wine educators located in Northern California from Monterey to Mendocino.

How do I submit my nomination? Fill out the nomination form! 

What is the submission deadline? Nomination closed on August 31st!

Can a candidate be submitted to more than one category? Yes, as long as a candidate is eligible in each category.

When will the final award winners  be announced? At the gala on November 14, 2018

Who votes for the final winners? The Steering Committee is responsible for deciding the final winners from the nominations received online.

AWARDS GALA

Who will attend the Awards Gala? The Awards Gala will comprise of a specially curated group of individuals who are wine connoisseurs, industry professionals, and VIPs of the Steering Committee and San Francisco magazine. All final award nominees will receive invitations for themselves and a guest. We also have an exclusive amount of tickets available to the general public. To purchase a ticket to attend click HERE

How will the winners be announced? Halfway through the event all nominees will be asked to gather on the first floor of The Pearl. On stage our Publisher Paul J. Reulbach and Wine Director Ian White will announce the winner of each category. The winner will have a moment on stage to accept his or her award, take a photo opp. and be presented with a special gift. 

What's the dress code? Cocktail attire.

Where will the Awards Gala be held? The Pearl 

What is the timing of the Gala: 7-10pm


 

2018 Beneficiary: Rebuild Wine Country

Founded by the team behind Senses Wines, Rebuild Wine Country is a group of volunteer wine industry professionals working with local Habitat for Humanity chapters to raise $5 million to rebuild owned and rented homes lost in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino and Lake county wildfires.

It took 23 days to contain the fires.

Over 210,000 acres and nearly 9,000 structures burned, displacing tens of thousands of people. An estimated $3.3 billion of damages have been reported for insured losses

Many families have nowhere to return. 

That is where we come in. With your support, we will rebuildand revitalize the cornerstone of wine country communities: homes.

For more information visit: https://www.rebuildwinecountry.org/