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Wine on America's Holiday Table 2013

Women for WineSense ~ Napa | Sonoma Chapter

Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

Wine on America's Holiday Table 2013

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Early Bird   more info Ended $75.00 $0.00
Student Member   more info Ended $45.00 $0.00
Buy as many tickets as you'd like! WWS N/S's holiday gift to you is a single price ticket for members and non-members alike. So bring your friends and family to celebrate with everyone.
Ended $95.00 $0.00
Scholarship Fund Donation
Funds are awarded annually to students in wine business degree programs at UC Davis, Sonoma State, Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa JC.

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Wine on America's Holiday Table banner imageMarkham Vineyard's Barrel Room

The pleasure of your company is requested at Markham Vineyards
on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
for a festive evening to celebrate
the holiday season

Champagne Flute with Holiday Ornaments

5:30 - 6:00 pm
Event Check-in


5:30 - 6:00 pm
Raffle and Silent Auction Bidding


6:00 p.m.
Wine on America's Holiday Table

Buffet Dinner by Wine Valley Catering
accompanied by Markham Vineyards' wines
Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls

Tim Hanni, M.W., on "Vinotypes"

Egg Ornament

8:45 - 9:00 pm

Closing Remarks, Raffle and Silent Auction Winners Announced.

We hope you and your significant other can join us for this holiday party!

 About Banner Image

Tim Hanni

Tim Hanni is an internationally renowned ‘flavor maven’ and author of "Why You Like the Wines You Like: Changing the way the world thinks about wine." A professionally-trained chef, he is one of the first two resident Americans to successfully complete the examination and earn the title Master of Wine. He is a Certified Wine Educator accredited by the Society of Wine Educators. Hanni has a unique perspective on food and wine, providing a modern and innovative approach to the subject.

Tim will help us discover our own unique "vinotypes" and teach us about different physiological and psychological factors that contribute to personal wine preferences.

Kimberlee Nicholls

Kimberlee Nicholls is part of a select group of women winemakers in the Napa Valley. Her palate, tasting skills and experience ensure Markham’s consistency and true-to-type varietal expression are evident vintage after vintage.

Kimberlee’s interest in all facets of the industry, from grape growing to wine blending and laboratory work, as well as 15 years of experience in California wineries, led to her appointment as winemaker at Markham Vineyards. Meet Kimberlee and taste her award-winning wines at this event.

Wine Valley Catering

 Markham's wines accompany dinner provided by

Wine Valley Catering

Highlights from the evening's menu include

Mesquite Grilled Petaluma Boneless Chicken Breast
Marinated in Sweet Corn and Basil
Grilled Wild Pacific Salmon with Chive and Dill

See the complete menu in the side bar at right.

wineryMarkham Wine Bottles

Markham Vineyards LogoJoin us for dinner with award-winning wines from Markham Vineyards! The fourth oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley, Markham is known for its Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Learn more about their historic site here in this short video.

This event is generously sponsored in part by Idell Family Vineyards in Sonoma.

Idell Family Vineyards logo

Nestled in the Sonoma Valley region, Idell Family Vineyards is located approximately two and a half miles west of the town of Sonoma, just below the original estate of Sonoma pioneer Nicholas Carriger. This location provides afternoon breezes which helps to slow and even ripening and produce richer-flavored grapes.

Idell Family Vineyards has partnered with viticulturist and vintner Steve Matthiasson of Napa to develop a world class Chardonnay vineyard, the Michael Mara Vineyard®. In addition to producing their own Chardonnay wine, from the Michael Mara Vineyard, grapes from this world class vineyard are currently sold to Arnot-Roberts, Kesner Wines, Scholium Project, Rowland Tebb Wines, Young Inglewood, Broc Cellars and Iconic Wines as well as Matthiasson Family Vineyard, all small premium wineries making hand-crafted wine.

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About our Silent Auction and Raffle

A core mission of the Napa | Sonoma WWS chapter is giving back to the wine community. So every chapter event includes a fundraising component, with proceeds awarded to students enrolled at one of our four local universities in a wine major program, ranging from bachelor to executive M.B.A. degrees.

Funds are raised throughout the year at WWS’ events, with attendees bidding on prizes donated by other members, wine industry suppliers, event hosts and supporters. Prizes are awarded through the event raffles and silent auctions. 100% of proceeds go to students enrolled in these programs and are chosen by the university faculty of thse wine study programs.

There are many ways you can contribute to help deserving students meet their wine and viticultural education goals with us:

  • Donate directly to our scholarship fund.
  • Bid on one of the many lot items at the Silent Auction of an event.
  • Purchase Raffle Tickets for a prize at an event.
  • Purchase an Expert Session with one of our industry experts at an
  • event.
  • Donate an item to be featured at an auction, from gift certificates to
  • dinners for two or a massage. Perhaps you'd like to contribute a
  • special bottle of wine or a vineyard tour...

All proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund.

We hope to see you at this festive, holiday event!

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Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Alcohol will be served at this event. No one under 21 will be served.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is available in Markham Vineyard's lot.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? -- If you don't hear from us within a few hours, we're likely consulting to get an answer to your question! Please be patient.

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Yes. Follow the instructions on your confirmation email on the steps to do so.

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It does make things go faster when you do!

What is the refund policy?

Women for WineSense has a no-refund policy. However, we maintain a waitlist for tickets to our events. In the event you cannot attend and there are interested parties on the waitlist who purchase a ticket, we will refund your ticket purchase.

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When & Where

Markham Vineyards
2812 St. Helena Hwy North
St. Helena, CA 94574

Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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Women for WineSense ~ Napa | Sonoma Chapter

Founded in 1990 by some of the top women in the wine industry, Women for WineSense offers wine education and networking opportunities for wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

Our events, held in beautiful wine country locations, provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for men and women to enjoy learning about new wines and food pairings, as well as making new friends and acquaintenances.

Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 as a way to promote women working in the wine industry. WWS is committed to being the premiere wine organization offering outstanding education programs, member benefits, and networking opportunities to industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 325 members of which approximately 70% are professionals in the wine industry. For information about becoming a member, please email our Membership Director, Ellen Reich Luchtel.


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  News and Updates
2013-11-05 20:42:38

Wine Valley Catering Logo


by Wine Valley Catering


Napa Valley Organic Baby Greens with Sun-Dried Cherries, Toasted Almonds, Gorgonzola Cheese and a Balsamic Vinaigrette Decorated with Edible Flowers and Daikon Radish Sprouts


Mesquite Grilled Seasonal Vegetables Smoked Lightly with Provencal Herbs to-include-Japanese Eggplant, Red Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Squash and Red Onions Drizzled with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce


Rigatoni Pasta with Wild Mushrooms, Yellow Sweet Corn, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Zucchini, In a Light Cream Sauce Topped with Freshly Shaved Parmesan Cheese


Caprese Salad of Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese and Basil Drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar



Mesquite Grilled Petaluma Boneless Chicken Breast Marinated in Sweet Corn and Basil


Grilled Wild Pacific Salmon with Chive and Dill OrangeTomato Sauce with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Abundance of Provençal Herbs and Essence of Lime


A Variety of Wine Valley Style Sauces will be provided: Spanish Romesco and a Rich Rosemary Natural Jus



Meyer Lemon Bars
Macaroons Dipped in Chocolate
Russian Tea Cookies

2013-11-08 09:11:57


Buy Tim Hanni's new book, "Why You Like the Wines You Like: Changing the way the world thinks about wine," at the event and get the author to autograph it for you!

Makes a great holiday gift for the wine lover in your family!


2013-11-21 20:23:15


Here are the items up for bid at the Wine on America's Table Event at Markham Vineyards Decmeber 12th. We'll post more auction information as it becomes available over the next week, so check back often! All proceeds go to our scholarship fund.

~ LOT 1 ~

Limited edition signed magnum of
Markham Cabernet Sauvignon.
Signed book by Baron Wolman,
Rolling Stone photographer.
Generously donated by Markham Vineyards.

~ LOT 2 ~

Villa Ragazzi 2010 Faraona
Both volumes of the book,
From Bubbles to Boardrooms
Generously donated by the author,
Michaela Rodeno

~ LOT 3 ~

Magnum gift set in custom wooden box
from Fortunati Vinyards:
1.5L of Chardonnay and 1.5L of Pinot Noir,
signed by the winemaker.
Generously donated by Vintner
Ellen Reich Luchtel



~ LOT 4 ~

Paul Franson's signed book,
"Spinning the Bottle Again,"
with strategies, tactics and case studies
of wine industry public relations.
Generously donated by Paul Franson

~ LOT 5 ~

Paul Franson's signed book,
"The NapaLife Insider's Guide
to Napa Valley,"
paired with a one-year subscription
to his monthly newsletter, NapaLife.
Generously donated by Paul Franson

~ LOT 6 ~

Tour and Tasting for 4 people,
One 1.5L Clos du Val 2010 Chardonnay, and
One 1.5L Clos du Val 2010 Pinot Noir.
Generously donated by Clos du Val Winery.

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