Sonoma Showcase of Fine Wine, Art, Food and Music at Vistancia

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By • Sep 24th, 2010 • Category: Wine and Liquors

Boutique, handcrafted wines, culinary tastings, a selection of fine art and smooth jazz will highlight the Sonoma Showcase of Fine Wine, Art, Food and Music at Vistancia from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20-21 in Peoria.

The event is sponsored by Kenneth Schilling Fine Wine and Art Productions of Hopland, Calif.
Vistancia is located north of Happy Valley Road and west of Lake Pleasant Parkway. Activities will be centered around Vistancia’s Mountain Vista Club and event lawns and at Trilogy at Vistancia.

“It’s a new and exciting addition to the events already held in the northwest Valley,” said Vistancia Marketing Director Sandy Esmay. “The public can mingle with a dozen boutique winemakers from Sonoma County, Calif., taste some fabulous varietals and sample signature foods from some of our best local chefs as well as Sonoma County chefs.”
More than 100 wines, produced by boutique Sonoma-area wineries, will be available for tasting and purchase by the glass, bottle or case. A special “12 Wines of Christmas” offering will include a bottle of wine from each participating winery. Wineries that will be on-site include Kenneth Schilling Fine Wine, Milano Family Winery, Godwin Family Vineyards, Pena Ridge Wines, Kelley & Young Wines, Palmeri Winery, TR Elliott Winery, J. Keverson, Hart’s Desire, Simoneau Vineyards, Merriam Vineyards and V-Twin Vineyards and Winery.

Legendary winemaker Kerry Damskey will give presentations throughout the two-day event. With more than 30 years of winemaking experience, Damskey has an international reputation for his acuity and focus in creating brilliant wines. Through Terroirs, Inc., his winemaking consulting practice, Damskey oversees custom wine growing, winemaking and vineyard acquisition. He consults for wineries not only in California and Washington but also in Bulgaria, China and India.
Also giving presentations is Ziggy “The Wine Gal” Eschliman, a nationally-known wine and spirits expert from Sonoma County.
Local chefs Scott Tompkins of Skye restaurant in Peoria, and Eddie Matney of Eddie’s House in Old Town Scottsdale, will prepare some of their signature dishes during demonstrations and seminars.

Duskie Estes, owner/chef of award-winning Zazu Restaurant and Farm in Santa Rosa, Calif., and competitor on season three of “The Next Iron Chef” on Food Network which debuts Oct. 3, will also appear at the event.
Event-goers can also stop and shop at an upscale marketplace featuring gourmet foods, kitchen cutlery and accessories, clothing, jewelry, photography, sculpture, metalwork, designer glass and fine art. Local restaurant booths will offer a variety of samples from their menus for purchase.

Throughout the two days, music will be provided by respected jazz artists including:

Nov. 20
11 a.m. – Musician/composer Scott Cussu
1:15 p.m. – Contemporary jazz/jazz fusion guitarist Marc Antoine
3:15 p.m. – Jazz saxophonist Euge Groove
All Day – Electric harpist VeeRonna and her band, Dulce Vas in the VIP Room
Nov. 21
11 a.m. – Acoustic pop/neo soul band Sillan and Young
1:15 p.m. – Blues singer Johnny Rawls
3:15 p.m. – Saxophonist Eric Darius
All Day – Dulce Vas and Nicole Pesce in the wine tasting area

General admission tickets are $27.50 per day or $49.50 for both days. General admission and wine tasting is $49.50 each day or $88 for the weekend. Price for the wine tasting includes a logo event glass and carrying lanyard.
A VIP pass is $130 each day and includes private all day wine tasting venues, logo glass and carrying lanyard, and all-day food prepared by Chef Tompkins. A two-day pass for $230 is also available.

In conjunction with the Sonoma Showcase, Trilogy at Vistancia will host several special events beginning Nov. 19 with a VIP dinner at the Kiva Club and another on Nov. 20 at The Verde Grill.

The Cigar BQ, where cigar lovers can sample and purchase cigars rolled on-site by manufacturers from around the world, as well as taste boutique, handcrafted wines, is scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 20-21 at the Kiva Club. Tickets are $75 per person and include a private wine tasting with logo glass and carrying lanyard, three cigars and music by contemporary jazz group Sans Moi and others. A two-day pass can be purchased for $140. For an additional $25, guests can shuttle between the event and the Sonoma Showcase.

A VIP pass for $500 includes admission for two to the Cigar BQ and Sonoma Showcase, dinner for two with the winemakers and performers at one VIP dinner Nov. 19
or 20, and a round of golf on the Trilogy at Vistancia golf course.

For information on ticket prices to the Sonoma Showcase, the Cigar B Q, VIP dinners as well as special event packages, visit

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