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BEST of wine country 2017

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 that make wine country so great — the creative, innovative, philanthropic, eco-friendly and unique components of wineries we know and love. Earlier this year, we invite you to check out the award categories and submit your entries. All nominees had to be located in Northern California from Lake County to Carmel. On June 15th, 2017 The Best of Wine Country Awards Steering Committee voted on the final nominees and winners based on the nominations received online.

List below are the four nominees from each category. One winner will be selected from each of the 14 categories and announced on August 23, 2017 at our Awards Gala.

The winners will be featured in the September issue of San Francisco magazine and will be announced at the awards gala on August 23, 2017. Funds raised from a raffle at the event will benefit Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, who provide seniors what they need to live independent and dignified lives.

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WHAT:

BEST OF WINE COUNTRY AWARDS GALA

WHO:

Only an exclusive amount of tickets will be available to the general public. To purchase tickets visit HERE  The majority of this event is an invite only, specially curated list of individuals including the nominees and our Steering Committee. 

WHEN:

AUGUST 23 2017 | 6 - 10PM

WHERE:

THE PEARL

601 19th Street, San Francisco 

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

Megan Metz Executive Director of Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association

Megan Metz

Executive Director of Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association

Jeff Nead  Partner at Glodow Nead Communications 

Jeff Nead 

Partner at Glodow Nead Communications 

Kini Sanborn  Director of Sales & Marketing at Vintage Inn ~ Villagio Inn & Spa

Kini Sanborn 

Director of Sales & Marketing at Vintage Inn ~ Villagio Inn & Spa

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

Rick Walker President & CEO of Festival Napa Valley

Rick Walker

President & CEO of Festival Napa Valley

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 

Jonny Westom Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Jonny Westom

Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

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

Ian White  Wine Director at San Francisco Magazine

Ian White 

Wine Director at San Francisco Magazine

Frequently Asked Questions

NOMINATIONS & VOTING

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

How do I submit my nomination? Fill out the nomination form here.

What is the submission deadline? All nominations must be received by May 15, 2017

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? The Best of Wine Country winners will be featured in September issue of San Francisco magazine and will be announced at the awards party on August 23, 2017.

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


Best of Wine Country Awards Gala

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 - 601 19th Street. San Francisco, CA.

What is the timing of the Gala: 6 - 10pm 

 


Beneficiary: Meals on Wheels of San Francisco

Meals on Wheels San Francisco and its volunteers provide seniors what they need to live independent and dignified lives — nutritious meals, professional social work and a friendly visitor. Our network of drivers, social workers, nutritionists, community partners, volunteers, donors, and advocates are a formidable force against senior neglect and malnutrition. Meals on Wheels San Francisco believes in delivering more than a meal – we are nourishing the whole person.

Founded in 1970, MOWSF is a local, independent non-profit organization. MOWSF exists to alleviate the food insecurity and loneliness experienced by seniors who want to stay in their own homes but cannot shop or prepare meals for themselves. Our services are geared towards those with the greatest physical, social and economic need. The seniors we serve are frail, have limited ability to purchase or prepare meals, and have little or no support from family or caregivers. All of our clients are physically challenged due to a variety of conditions such as heart disease, cancer, vision loss, arthritis, and diabetes. They are also confronted with the anxiety that the cost of living in San Francisco could outweigh their limited income.

For more information visit: http://www.mowsf.org/ 

 


Vote For Best Winery

The nominees in this category were chosen by our Steering Committee. And you, our readers, have from August 1 - August 22, 2017 the chance to cast your vote to choose your favorite Best Winery to receive the winning “Readers Choice” award at our Gala. Please choose from the list below of nominees.