The Preiser Key a longtime staple in Napa Valley has expanded its services to Sonoma County. The Preiser Key provides complete and up-to-date information for every winery, restaurant, hotel, inn, and Bed & Breakfast Napa and Sonoma Counties in a magazine, internet, or mobile application format. It allows users to plan their trip in detail with the aid of easy to use maps and articles by local bloggers.
To thank the advertisers that have supported the newer “Sonoma County Key,” The Preiser’s owners, Monty and Sara Preiser treated guests to a gift they purchased at last year’s at Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, an auction lot that was generous donated by three groups: Annadel Estate Winery donated the wine / location, The Girl in the Fig donated the food / service, Transcendence Theatre Company donated the entertainment.
Dean Vincent Bordigioni, Winemaker, Proprietor of Annadel Estate Winery started off the evening with a white wine tasting in the estate barn, sampling both his Sonoma Valley Voignier and Chardonnay. The barn is an eclectic array of leather couches, motorcycles, art work and wine paraphernalia – a great place to relax and browse while tasting. Annadel Estate was a neglected flower farm, wedding venue and vineyard when Dean took it over and converted into a burgeoning winery as well as an elegant wedding and event site and heirloom flower business. This year Annadel Estate Winery has received highest acclaims for both its Big Pink (Zinfandel Rosé) and it Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel.
Dean’s daugther, Anni and wife, Abigail, joined us while John Toulze, Executive Chef of The Girl in the Fig and team treated us to an array of passed hors d’oeuvres. Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze’s restaurant, originally in Glen Ellen, now on a more upscale location in the historic Sonoma Hotel on the Sonoma square have been pleasing diners with a wonderfully fresh, healthy, and flavorful menu of seasonal specialties for almost 17 years.
The party then moved to the Annadel Estate’s outdoor courtyard (used for weddings) for our meal and entertainment by the Transcendence Theatre. The Transcendence Theatre Company is a nonprofit professional regional theatre company based in Sonoma, California that specializes in producing Broadway Concerts and Musicals in the majestic open-air ruins of a historic winery in Jack London State Historic Park. When this Company came to Sonoma County, we were closing parks due to lack of funding and their organization has been instrumental over the last three years in raising more than $72,000 to keep this park open and viable as well as providing first class Broadway Stars to entertain us. Performers this evening included Amy Miller, Eric Jackson, Leah Sprecher, Stephan Stubbins, Libby Servais, Robert Petrarca, and Brooke Tansley – a small portion of the multi-talented team that stages their Broadway Under the Stars, Artist Series shows, and various community events.
Monty Preiser and Abigail Zimmerman entertained us with stories through three fabulous courses of food and wine followed by more songs (including audience requests) from the Transcendence Theatre Company and a dessert that featured roses from the Annadel Estate gardens. Now even the full moon and Friday the 13th combination couldn’t cast a shadow on this fun event.
Annadel Estate Winery is located at 6687 Sonoma Hwy Santa Rosa, CA and is available for wine, weddings / events, and flower sales through their website or by phone 707.537.8007.
The Girl and the Fig is located on the square in Sonoma at 110 West Spain Street, Sonoma, CA. The “FIG FOOD” product line which includes jam, chutney, compote, vinegar, vinaigrette and herb blends is sold nationwide and online at www.thegirlandthefig.com. For Reservations or additional information call 707.938.3634.
The Transcendence Theatre Company event information is available on their website. Be sure to check out Ben Vereen in their Artist Series on August 9th as well as their Broadway under the Stars series which opens June 27 with One Singular Sensation. You can also join the Transcendence Theatre Company for Skits Under the Stars, a community night of art and music in the beauty of nature at a variety of Sonoma County’s best wineries beginning July 1 at Kaz Winery.
The Preiser Key is available in magazine format, online, or via mobile application for Napa and Sonoma counties. For general questions contact Justin Preiser, Director of Operations at 707.738.0386 or for advertising questions contact Sarah Tenthorey, Director of Sales and Marketing at 916.223.2833.
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