Welcome to our first ever Wine Sisterhood Gathering, Sunday-Tuesday, February 26-28, 2012 in the gorgeous Napa Valley. Here are the deets, ladies:
Home Base: Avia Hotel. This is a super-stylish boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Napa. It will be where we stay and where the morning wine education and social media seminars will be held.
The Avia Hotel has given us a preferred room rate ranging from $154-$174 per night, depending on the amenities you might desire. These rooms start at $400 in high season so this is a screaming deal.
You can call the hotel directly after December 31, 2011 to book your room. 1-888-591-1234. Ask for the Wine Sisterhood Group rate. You will be responsible for room, tax and incidentals.
The cost of the gathering including all activities, meals, wine tastings, workshop and seminars is $595.00. We are limiting the group to forty sisters only to make the experience truly special.
Note about travel: Fly into either San Francisco, Oakland or Sacramento Airports, and you will need to secure your own transportation to the Avia Hotel in Napa.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)
Sunday Evening: Welcome reception and Oscar Party. Get right into the wine and social media swim. Get a hands-on Foursquare and Twitter experience.
Monday morning: After an optional private group fitness session and breakfast, the gathering begins with a welcome by Wine Sisterhood Founder, Terry Wheatley. Then we break out into smaller groups for our seminars and workshops.
We are very excited with our superstar presenters, including wine expert, author and head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco; our own Wine Sisterhood Personal Sommelier (and wine director at Acme Fine Wines) Erin Sullivan; Web pioneer and digital diva; Aliza Sherman; Bottlenotes founder Alyssa Rapp; Christine Trice, creater of OMG I So Need a Glass of Wine or I'm Gonna to sell My Kids; blogger and media personality Danielle Smith from ExtraordinaryMommy.com, Bliss TV and more.
Session 1 - Beyond Facebook & Twitter. Digital Divas Aliza Sherman and Danielle Smith present a session about social mobile apps like Instagram, Foodspotting, Corkbin, Pinterest and beyond to provide women with tools to document their experiences business & beyond. From the basics to the hottest new apps and trends.
Session 2 - Food and Wine Pairing Seminar. Wine personality, Emmy winner, author and Head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco breaks down the principles of wine and food pairing as only she can do.
Whether you're a wine or social media expert or novice, you'll be sure to come away from these sessions with a new appreciation of both and how the worlds of wine and social media are intersecting in a very exciting way.
Monday Lunch: One group will head to the fabulous Bottega Restaurante in Yountville (celebrity chef Michael Chiarello); and the other goes to Kitchen Door (recently written up in Food & Wine Magazine) located in the charming Oxbow Public Market in Napa. We'll enjoy lovely family-style lunches, and of course, some delicious wine.
Monday Afternoon: The Kitchen Door crew will head over to Conn Creek Vineyards for an amazing Napa Valley Appellation and Wine Blending Seminar. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to put your own wine blend together--this is your chance. The Bottega babes will be whisked to Swanson Vineyards, where they'll enjoy a private, guided tasting of the wines and the beautiful ambience of one of Napa's most elegant tasting salons.
Monday Dinner: Lobster Feed at Black Stallion Winery where a wine educator will introduce us to their wonderful wines. Immediately following--Lobsters in the Barrel Room. Chef John Sorenson flies across the country putting on his Napa Valley Lobster Feeds at high-profile events such as the Masters Golf Tournament. He will be cooking for us that evening. Plenty of wine and bibs for all!
Tuesday Day: After an optional finess session and breakfast, we roll into day two of seminars and sessions.
Session 1 - Taking Social to the Next Level. Former Television Anchor, Host and Creator of Extraordinarymommy.com Danielle Smith will introduce you to the social media power of VIDEO. Learn how easy it is to document places and events, interview people, promote your business and yourself!
Session 2 - The Wisdom of Women: Telling Our Stories. Moderated by Aliza and Danielle, find out how to tell YOUR story for pitches, presentations, social media, important personal opportunities and life passages. Hear how dynamic female wine entrepreneurs have used social media to bring their stories to life and move their businesses forward. Featuring Alyssa Rapp of Bottlenotes; Jen Amis of Spit Bucket; Christine Trice of OMG I So Need A Glass of Wine Or I’m Gonna Sell My Kids; and Erin Sullivan of Acme Fine Wines.
Closing Remarks - Aliza Sherman. A wrap-up on what we’ve learned and how to apply it to our professional and personal lives. Each participant will receive an ebook on social media best practices written eexclusively for the Wine Sisterhood Gathering.
Tuesday Lunch: The two groups will play switcheroo, visiting the restaurant they didn't visit the day before. So everybody has a chance at a Michael Chiarello sighting!
Tuesday Afternoon: Same deal--those who blended at Conn Creek head to Swanson and vice-versa.
Tuesday Late Afternoon: The groups will join up together at the Round Pond Estate for a private wine and olive oil tasting.
Tuesday Farewell Dinner: We all head up to St. Helena to Farmstead Restaurant where Chef Steven Barber will prepare a southern-inspired, Napa Valley-style, farm-to-table meal just for us. After a final toast, we go back to the Avia to pack our bags for a departure the next morning. If you'd like to stay and spend a little more time, we will help you plan additional tastings if you wish.
We would be thrilled if you could join us!
Due to the many requests, we've opened up a few more slots! Registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
If you need ANY help, feel free to contact our own Mary Ann Vangrin at 707-738-0338 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wine Sisterhood is an online community where women can join the conversation about wine, food, travel, style and entertaining. We know that sisterhood is powerful, and our mission is to entertain, educate, inform, and inspire. The idea for the Wine Sisterhood was sparked through actual conversations with our friends and colleagues. We set out to create a fun, friendly space online where women -- like you -- could talk, learn and share their wisdom.