Women Rock Stars of Wine and Cheese

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Cheesemakers share the love at the 2010 event; photo courtesy of Ziggy the Wine Gal.

By 707 correspondent, Deirdre Bourdet.

Friday May 20th The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is hosting the ~FOURTH ANNUAL WOMEN, WINE & CHEESE~ extravaganza from 11am-2:30pm. This event celebrates girl power in the wine and cheese arenas, and in the process also raises funds for the Sonoma County chapter of the YWCA.

Doyennes of cheese (like Sheana Davis of the Epicurean Connection and Patty Beverly of Redwood Hill Farm) will be dishing out samples of their handiwork to guests during the preprandial Iron Horse bubbly reception. Once everyone sits down for lunch, each table will include a wine maven and her wines to inspire and delight the other guests at the table. Think winemakers Sally Johnson of Pride Mountain Vineyards, Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock, Elizabeth Grant-Douglas of La Crema, and executives like Kim Stare Wallace of Dry Creek Vineyards, and Kate MacMurray of MacMurray Ranch, among many others.

The live auction lots are plenty inspiring themselves, as well—from the Maserati-powered San Francisco weekend, to the pig roast for 12 by newly crowned “Princess of Pork” Duskie Estes, to the Eat, Pray, Love series of packages that have you feasting around the world. Tickets for the event are $150 per person.

Marcia’s wine country cohort and fellow lover of Champagne Ziggy the Wine Gal is the event chair, and as part of her duties she’s hosting an after party in her Fairmont suite from 3pm-5pm, featuring Crystal Head vodka, le vrai Champagne, and caviar…. Oh, to have the coin to join her. Tickets to this delectable decadence are $300 per person.

Reserve event and after party tickets by emailing kpadley@ywcasc.org, or by calling 707-303-8413.