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Rutherford Appellation Wineries – Intimate Wine Experience

– Rutherford Appellation Wineries, the consumer arm of the Rutherford Dust Society, has announced an exciting new direction for its annual weekend event, shifting from a Passport format to a more intimate, in-depth Rutherford Wine Experience hosted by Rutherford wineries and highlighting the historically award-winning wines of this premier appellation.

The new format will be launched with a mini-Rutherford Wine Experience on December 5th and 6th, 2014. The weekend will begin on Friday, December 5th with an evening Welcome Reception hosted by Round Pond Estate, followed on Saturday, December 6th by a “menu” of special receptions, wine tasting seminars, and dining at two Rutherford Restaurants: a 3-course Winemaker Luncheon at Michelin One-Star Auberge du Soleil (Enthusiast Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants of 2014) and a 4-course Winemaker Dinner at Alex Restaurant (Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Award of Excellence in 2013 and “Best of” Award of Excellence 2014).

Guests will have the ability to personalize their Rutherford Experience with the option to purchase a la carte tickets to the Friday Welcome Reception ($50 per person, 7pm-9pm), the Saturday tastings/seminars and luncheon ($145 per person, 10am-5pm, four options per morning and afternoon time blocks), and the Saturday evening Winemaker Dinner ($125 per person, 6:30pm-9pm), or an all-inclusive Rutherford Enthusiast pass that will give them access to all of the events ($295 per person). All ticket options are available for purchase now on the association’s website, http://www.rutherford-appellation-wineries.com. Tickets will not be available on the weekend of the event.

The Grand Launch of the Rutherford Wine Experience weekend will be held in the Spring of 2015 on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd with a Friday evening Welcome Reception, two full days of special events, tastings and seminars on Saturday and Sunday with multiple options for each time block, and two winemaker dinners on Saturday evening.
Rutherford Appellation Wineries is an association of wineries residing in this historical appellation of the Napa Valley and includes producers of acclaimed Rutherford and Napa Valley wines. Proceeds from the association’s events benefit local charities like the Rutherford Volunteer Fire Department, Rutherford 4-H, the restoration of the historic Rutherford Grange and others.

For information about the upcoming December Rutherford Wine Experience, as well as the May 2015 event, please visit http://www.rutherford-appellation-wineries.com or the Rutherford Appellation Wineries Facebook page, or email info@rutherford-appellation-wineries.com.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary as an official appellation, the Rutherford Appellation is located in the heart of the Napa Valley. It is known world-wide for its signature “Rutherford Dust”, a term used to reflect its terroir, its deep connection to the soil in the vineyards, the wine and the wineries of Rutherford. For more information about the Rutherford Appellation go online to the Rutherford Dust Society’s website at http://www.rutherforddust.org.

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