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Wine on America's Holiday Table 2013

Women for WineSense ~ Napa | Sonoma Chapter (NVC)

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

Wine on America's Holiday Table 2013

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
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!

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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!

FAQs banner image

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?

Communications@WWSNapaSonoma.com -- 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.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

You may switch your registration to another member or guest. You may open your order on Eventbrite from the confirmation emailed to you to edit the name information. (And if this is unavailable, please send us an email of the changes.)

Can I update my registration information?

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

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

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.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Follow the instructions from EventBrite's confirmation email. You can return to edit the name on display for the registration.

Have questions about Wine on America's Holiday Table 2013? Contact Women for WineSense ~ Napa | Sonoma Chapter (NVC)
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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 (NVC)

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.



The Napa | Sonoma WWS chapter provides scholarships annually at U.C. Davis, Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College to students in wine studies degree programs.

Funds are raised at our events via raffle ticket and silent auction sales. Here's a sneak peek at items up for bid at this event. (Check back frequently for updates and additions.)

 Cabo San Lucas Ocean View Getaway

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4-Night Stay in an Ocean View Room at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort with Airfare for 2

Suggested Retail Value:  Up to $7,894

 This Getaway Includes: 

  • 4-night stay  in an ocean-view deluxe standard room at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Daily breakfast for 2
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 2 from the 48 contiguous U.S. to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  • Winspire booking & concierge service 

Download/View Cabo Getaway Flyer


La Costa #1 Resort Spa in Southern California

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3-Night Luxury Stay in a 2,500 sq. ft. 3-Bedroom Villa for up to 8 with $500 La Costa Gift Card

Suggested Retail Value: Up to $5,600

This Luxury Stay Includes: 

  • 3-night stay for up to 8 in a 2,526 sq. ft. 3-bedroom/3.75-bath luxury villa at the exclusive La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA
  • $500 La Costa gift card to use towards golf, spa treatments, dining or retail purchases
  • Discounts on additional golf, spa treatments, dining, retail, and cabana rentals at La Costa Resort
  • Winspire booking & concierge service 

Download/View La Costa Luxury Stay Flyer


 Orlando Theme Park Adventure

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1-Day Tickets to SeaWorld Orlando, 1-Day/1-Park Tickets to Universal Resort Orlando, 4-Night Stay at Choice of Select Hyatt Place Hotels with Airfare for 4

Suggested Retail Value: Up to $10,100

This Orlando Vacation Includes:

  • 4-night stay in one standard guest room at select participating Hyatt Place Hotels in Orlando area
  • 4 1-day tickets to SeaWorld Orlando
  • 4 1-day/1-park tickets to Universal Resort Orlando
  • Round-trip coach class airfare for 4 from within the 48 contiguous U.S. to Orlando, FL

Download/View Orlando Vacation Flyer


Royal Caribbean Cruises

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Ocean View Stateroom (4- or 5-Night) Bermuda, Bahamas or Caribbean Cruise for 2

Suggested Retail Value: Up to $3,532

This Cruise Vacation Includes:

  • Enjoy an Ocean View stateroom for two for a (4- or 5-night) cruise to Bermuda, Bahamas, or the Caribbean, available year-round!  Your ocean view stateroom (up to 190 sq. ft.) includes two twin beds (can convert into queen-size), vanity area, private bathroom and picture window or porthole.
  • Details about each cruise in the downloadable flyer.

Download/View Cruise Vacation Flyer


 Sip & Soar Through Napa Valley

 Balloon RideDel Dotto EstateVineyard

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Winery Tours & Tastings, Chauffeur, Meritage Resort and Spa 3-Night Stay for 2

Suggested Retail Value: Priceless

This Napa Vacation Includes:

  • Hot Air Balloon ride for 2 over Napa Valley, including Champagne breakfast
  • Private tour and wine tasting for 2 at Fontanella Family Winery in Napa
  • Cave tour and barrel tasting for 2 at Del Dotto Estate Winery and Caves in St. Helena
  • 6 consecutive hours of chauffeured luxury sedan service
  • 3-night stay in a standard guest room at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley
  • Winspire booking & concierge service 

Download/View Napa Luxury Stay Flyer


 Wine Enthusiast Stemware

 Wine Enthusiast Amber Stemware

 Italian Provenzale Amber Short Stem Glasses (Set of 6) 

Suggested Retail value: $130


Wine Enthusiast Tumblers

 Wine Enthusiast Tumblers

Italian Provenzale Amber Tumblers (Set of 6) 

Suggested Retail value: $80


Winetherapy Gift Basket

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Winetherapy is a new line of premium handcrafted cosmetics made with anti-oxidant-rich grapes, all sourced from a family vineyard in Italy. Our winelover gift set includes Winetherapy Olive Oil Body Cream, Rose Wine Shampoo, White Wine Massage Oil, Grape Firming Gel, Honey Bubble Bath, Grapevine Face Mask and a set of Winetherapy soaps in wine, honey and olive oil. 

Suggested Retail value: $221


Epicurean Excursions' NV Premier Food Tour for 2

  Epicurean Excursions

Taste your way up and down the beautiful Napa Valley with Epicurean Excursions. You will meet the people behind some of the best locally produced artisan food items of the area. We will cover the local history, landmarks, weather and geography that makes this area so special. The tour travels by van to visit the towns of Napa, Yountville, Oakville and St. Helena.

Suggested Retail value: $390


Passaggio Wines 4-Pack

 Passaggio Wines 

Passaggio artisan wines are hand crafted to bring you a new generation of fruit forward, terroir driven, food friendly wines. "Passaggio" means "passage way" in Italian. Owner and Winemaker Cindy Cosco followed her passion to continue her family's winemaking tradition.

 4-Pack includes: 

  • 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay
  • 2011 Pinot Noir
  • 2013 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2012 Sangiovese

Suggested Retail value: $170


Rancho Gordo Gift Box

 Rancho Gordo Gift Box 

What a fine gift for anyone interested in good food and an excellent introduction to Heirloom Beans! Each Rancho Gordo gift box is bursting with swell treats! 

 It includes: 

  • 1 autographed copy of Supper at Rancho Gordo by Steve Sando
  • 1 logo cloth totebag
  • 5 one-pound bags of assorted Rancho Gordo heirloom beans, freshly harvested and ready for cooking. (Note: actual beans may vary from those shown in photo.)
  • A postcard with cooking instructions for quick reference
  • The box is white with red Rancho Gordo ribbon.

Suggested Retail value: $57


Chevalier Gift Box

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With more attention to aesthetics, the new Chevalier wine glass exceeds the expectations of even the most detail oriented wine enthusiast. Featuring a thin wall, stretched stem and refined foot, we have broken barriers in borosilicate glass design to bring this spectacular piece to your table.

Box includes: 

  • 2 Sommelier Aerating Wine Glasses

Suggested Retail value: $60



Cortizza Granada Cork Purse

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The laser cut floral design is beautiful and unique in this Cortizza bag. Picture yourself at your favorite resort (or wishing you were there!) with this bag...Perfect! Combination of natural and dark brown cork. There are double snap closures at the top with a full length large zippered center pocket. The interior also has a phone pocket and another zippered pocket. The back side of the bag also has another zippered pocket. Measures 13.5" x 9.5" x 5".

Suggested Retail value: $235



Onesta Wines - 2 Magnums of 2013 Cinsault

Onesta Cinsault Bottle

Cinsault explodes strawberry and spiced rhubarb pie in the glass. With the delicate weight of a Pinot and the wild berry fruit forward attitude of a Zinfandel, this wine will quickly become your ‘go to’ wine in your cellar for all occasions.

 Suggested Retail value: $65 bottle

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Wine on America's Holiday Table 2013
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