Belden Barns Fire Relief Raffle
Because we love California wine country with all of our hearts….
Because we feel beyond lucky that Belden Barns is still standing….
Because we want to pour our energy into helping those who were far less lucky than we were….
Because we want to be part of the goodwill, generosity and positive energy that the fires have amplified both within our community and around the entire country….
Because so many of you have reached out to us from near and far over the past few weeks asking what you can do to help Sonoma recover…
Because we were so inspired and encouraged by our wonderful friends at Reeve Wines whose fire relief fundraiser raised over $200,000….
Because we know that right now, in terms of recovery efforts, money is the best thing that any of us can give….
For all of these reasons and many more, we’ve decided to put together a fundraiser of our own. Our hope is that thanks to the fabulous prizes that we’ve secured and a generous sponsor who’s agreed to match EVERY DOLLAR you donate with a dollar of their own, we will be able to raise a significant amount of money to make a difference and help those who need it most right now.
Here are the most important details about the Belden Barns Fire Relief Fundraiser:
By donating money, you will have a chance to win one of six incredible prize packages.
We have donors who will match DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR all the money we raise here, which means that THE IMPACT OF YOUR GIFT WILL BE DOUBLED.
100% of all money raised will go to help fire victims, with a focus on giving to those who need our help the most and those who were uninsured.
We are channeling all funds from this effort to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund (RCUCF). We have chosen to donate to RCUCF because:
It is a fully vetted organization
100% of the funds contributed go to fire victims
RCUCF has made it seamless for us to track the amount of donations made through this effort so our matching sponsor has full transparency of funds raised.
We have established a unique Belden Barns webpage link with RCUCF for this purpose.
To make a donation click HERE.
For every donation you make, you will receive a specific number of raffle tickets giving you a chance to win any of the prizes below during our February prize drawing. The more you donate, the more tickets you get, and more chances you have to win.
$25 = 1 ticket
$100 = 5 tickets
$200 = 15 tickets
$500 = 50 tickets
Over $500 = 1 ticket for every ten dollars donated.
To enter the raffle and have an opportunity to win one of the amazing prizes below, you need to forward the email receipt of your RCUCF donation to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will select winners starting February 14th, 2018. First winner selected gets to choose their preferred package, and so on until we've exhausted all available packages.
With that, we’d like to thank an entire portfolio of amazing individuals and entities that so generously partnered with our effort and donated to this cause. As you will see below, these are serious experiences and goods on offer – so get ready to donate generously and increase your odds of winning some bucket list items!
SIX DIFFERENT VACATION PACKAGES = SIX DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES TO WIN
VACATION PACKAGE 1: Sonoma Mountain Magic
This package includes:
- 2-night stay for 8 at the fabulous Sophie James Vineyard www.sophiejameswine.com
Spend a weekend with friends and family on a mountaintop at Sophie James Vineyard Estate. This one-of-a-kind property on the very top of Sonoma Mountain is surrounded by thousands of areas of protected land, rolling hills, ancient trees, and panoramic views in all directions. On a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Tamalpais, San Francisco, the Bay, Mt. Diablo, Sonoma Valley, Mt. St. Helena and even the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s. The property includes vineyards, a pond, and a contemporary home with a relaxing pool area. Stay includes a vineyard tour and private tasting of Sophie James wines lead by proprietors Sophie and James Gray in one of the most unique settings you can find in Sonoma wine country. Since this mountaintop estate is not open to the public this truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
- Private party at Belden Barns for the winner and up to 40 friends www.BeldenBarns.com
Perched at 1,000 feet on the Northwest shoulder of Sonoma Mountain, Belden Barns is a true California gem. Our unique location allows us to take advantage of ideal grape growing conditions. When morning fog, afternoon sun, pacific breezes and ancient volcanic soils meet passionate vintners, it’s hard not to produce exceptional - dare we say - magical wines. Our family believes in life’s magical possibilities, and we proudly invite you to join us for wish-worthy experiences in our storybook setting.
We will host a private tasting and tour at the vineyard, complete with free-flowing wine, delicious munchies, a private photographer to capture the magic of the event, and of course, a trip to the famous Wishing Tree, known for its powers to make even the most far-fetched wishes come true.
- Adam Decker Photography www.adamdeckerphoto.com
The supremely talented photographer Adam Decker will be on hand at your Belden Barns gathering, ready to capture beautiful images of you and your friends so that memories from the wonderful weekend will be with you forever.
- Private dinner party for 8 at Sophie James Vineyard prepared by celebrity chef Bryan-David Scott and paired with Sophie James and Belden Barns wines. www.Bryandavidscott.com
With a passion for American cuisine and luxury coffee as a secret ingredient, Chef Bryan-David Scott has achieved celebrity status for his uniquely crafted fusion dishes. Every experience planned for guests is guided by the mind of the Chef. No two experiences are identical, and this is by design. The winner and guest at Sophie James vineyard will be treated to an unforgettably unique feast, complete with wine pairings from both Sophie James and Belden Barns.
- Private Food & Wine Pairing for 8 at Three Sticks Winery's historic Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe in downtown Sonoma. www.threestickswines.com
Chefs Moaya Scheiman and Andrea Koweek of Crisp craft Three Stick's devotees favorite experience: the food and wine pairing. They spent decades creating special dishes for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir throughout the US. With their focus on organic, locally sourced ingredients, this culinary experience will dazzle your palate.
Three Sticks Wines is a boutique, family-owned winery led by veteran Director of Winemaking, Bob Cabral. Cabral's commitment to crafting small-lot, artisanal wines from exceptional Sonoma Coast vineyards, including Durell Vineyard, Gap's Crown Vineyard, and Walala Vineyard, drives the winery's focus of creating site specific wines. Founded in 2002, the winery is named for owner William S. Price III's surfing nickname, "Billy Three Sticks," given to him in his youth as reference to the roman numeral that follows his name. Three Sticks has a down to earth approach to growing and winemaking, believing in table fellowship as the power of wine to bring people together.
VACATION PACKAGE 2: Healdsburg Heaven on Earth
This package includes:
- 2-night stay for 6 at 235 Luxury Suites www.twothirty-five.com
The perfect spot to enjoy a wonderful wine country weekend, Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites is an independent boutique hotel offering the most spacious and comfortable suites for groups visiting downtown Healdsburg. Just half a block from the historic downtown plaza, Two Thirty-Five is owned and operated by the Deas family, multi-generational Healdsburg residents, who were inspired by their travels as a family to create a hotel that was more than just a collection of bedrooms. All suites feature three bedrooms with California King beds and flat-screen HDTVs, three bathrooms, a spacious living room, dining area, a full-size gourmet kitchen, as well as a washer and dryer. Furnishings reflect our wine country location – modern sophistication accented with rustic details. Original artwork by local artists is displayed in each suite.
- Savor Healdsburg Food Tours for 6: Enjoy the bites, sites and sips of Healdsburg www.savorhealdsburgfoodtours.com
Enjoy the best of Healdsburg's celebrated food and wine scene on a culinary walking tour. It's the ultimate way to taste the flavors of wine country in a 3-hour "progressive dining" journey through fabulous restaurants and boutique wineries. Meet the chefs and winemakers who have helped make Healdsburg a top foodie destination! It's a fabulous way to spend an afternoon with friends.
- Mauritson Winery tour, tasting and picnic lunch at the top of the historic Rockpile Ridge Vineyard for 6 people. Plus 3 Magnums of Rockpile Vineyard’s world-renowned reds. www.mauritsonwines.com
Since 1868, the Mauritson family has been growing grapes in the Dry Creek Valley. Six generations and nearly 150 years later, Mauritson has earned a reputation for outstanding winemaking. "This is Zinfandel at its best.... There is no questionthat these Zinfandels should be included with some of the top producers of Sonoma." - Robert Parker
Meet your personal winery host at Mouritson's tasting room in the heart of Dry Creek Valley. The vineyard adventure begins on the winding and scenic drive from the winery to the top of the historic Rockpile Ridge Vineyard. Either hike or ride along to enjoy the breathtaking views from the heart of the vineyard. Conclude the experience by enjoying wines produced from these unique vineyard sites along with a relaxing picnic filled with local favorites including artisan cheeses and charcuterie. Magnums include:
2015 Rockpile Zinfandel, Rockpile Ridge Vineyard
2014 Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockpile Ridge Vineyard
2014 Rockpile “Buck Pasture” Red Wine
- Cooking class and meal provided by Mateo Granados at Mateo's Cocina Latina Healdsburg with wine pairing by Belden Barns for up to 10 participants www.mateoscocinalatina.com
Chef Mateo Granados knows everything about the delicious food he serves at Mateo’s Cocina Latina in Healdsburg, California. He forms close relationships with the Sonoma farmers that supply his ingredients. When they ask him what vegetables he needs, he tells them to grow what their soil best produces – he’ll plan his dishes around that. He knows the lineage of the meat he buys, what they’re fed, and how they live. When the time comes, he sometimes slaughters the animal himself and he always butchers it personally. Now’s your chance to gather 10 friends and let him teach you some of his best cooking secrets.
- Woody's Wine Tours - six hours of wine country transportation for up to 6 people www.woodyswinetours.com
With over a decade of experience, and a contagious enthusiasm for what they do, Woody’s Wine Tours is one of the best ways to get a taste of all the magic wine country has to offer. Before your tour even begins, Woody will take his time getting to know you in order to build a customized tour guaranteed to delight your group.
VACATION PACKAGE 3: Feed Your Soul at Solage Napa / Feed Your Palatte at Long Meadow and Larkmead
This package includes:
- 2-night stay for 2 at the luxurious Solage Hotel Napa / California king with fireplace and bathtub. www.solage.aubergeresorts.com
Awarded #2 Top Resort in Northern California and Most Romantic Napa Getaway by Conde Nast, the Solage experience is one you won’t want to miss. Framed by the soft ridges of the nearby mountains, Solage accommodations are modern, thoughtfully-appointed and private – providing a resort experience that is unforgettable and unique to Napa. Whether you’re experiencing one of Spa Solage’s award-winning treatments, unwinding over Solbar’s Michelin-rated cuisine, or immersing yourself in the blue waters of a 130-foot landmark pool, every stay at our Napa Valley luxury resort is destined to be a story.
- An Amazing Day with Long Meadow Ranch www.longmeadowranch.com
Mayacamas Estate Experience for four
Experience the responsibly farmed and family-owned vineyards that allow us to bring extraordinary flavor and integrity to your table with a visit to our winery. Explore exquisite mountain vineyards and wine caves at our Mayacamas Estate nestled high above Napa Valley. In addition to touring our estate, you will be guided through a tasting of our exclusive estate wines and library offerings. www.longmeadowranch.com/things-to-do/wine-food-excursions
Chef's Table for four - An Elevated Wine and Culinary Experience
An incredible, intimate dining experience with wine pairings ranging from current release Estate wines to our library offerings. longmeadowranch.com/eat-drink/chefs-table
- Larkmead private tour and tastings for up to 6.* During the tasting, the guests will be presented with three magnums signed by Larkmead winemaker Dan Petroski. www.larkmead.com
Larkmead is one of the oldest, family-owned grape-growing estates in the Napa Valley. Originally established in 1895, the estate is now under the stewardship of proprietors Cam Baker and Kate Solari Baker. Situated just north of St. Helena, the historic estate spans the narrowest portion of Napa Valley and encompasses nearly 150 acres, seven grape varietals and seven distinct soil types. We celebrate this diversity by allowing guests to taste the breadth of our production, focusing on vineyard-driven, single-parcel Cabernet.
2014 Cabernet 1.5L
2013 Cabernet 1.5L
2012 Cabernet 1.5L
VACATION PACKAGE 4: Foodie Wine Country Weekend
This package includes:
- The Astro 2-night stay for 2 at the newly renovated Astro Motel Santa Rosa www.theastro.com
The Astro was originally built in 1963 but born again in 2017, when members of the team behind the nearby restaurant The Spinster Sisters acquired it, giving it a complete refresh, complete with hand-milled wood closets, local Sonoma tiles, and beautiful concrete sinks. For visitors to Sonoma County, The Astro is a refreshing change, offering a fun, urban, adventurously designed headquarters with 34 rooms and suites.
- Dinner and drinks for 2 at Spinster Sisters Restaurant Santa Rosa www.thespinstersisters.com
Hands-down our favorite restaurant in Santa Rosa, Spinster Sister never fails to delight. “Spinster Sister Chef Liza Hinman, an artist in her own culinary right, creates an evolving menu of original dishes, breakfast through dinner.” Under Liza’s leadership, the restaurant has earned a substantial following amongst locals, tourists, chefs and food writers. In the summer of 2017, the James Beard Foundation selected Liza from over 100 chef/owners nationwide for their Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. Get ready for a fabulous feast, complete with a beautiful Belden Barns wine pairing.
- Donelan Family Wines Private Tasting and Lunch for 4 www.donelanwines.com
Accused by Robert Parker as having an “exceptionally elegant portfolio” of Syrah (among others) that “flirts with perfection,” Donelan Family Wines is a small, boutique Sonoma winery that prizes quality over all other factors. A delicious lunch paired with the many varietals they produce (including Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier) will be one you’re not likely to forget.
- Medlock Ames Winery/Ranch Tour and Lunch for 4 made from farmstead goods grown on site. www.medlockames.com
Medlock Ames was born from a commitment to quality through mindful and organic farming. With Ames at the helm as winemaker, the vineyards are farmed organically with no insecticides, chemical fertilizers or herbicides. Solar power provides the energy we need to run. Only 55 of our 338 acres are farmed, with the majority of land in a natural state - reserving the majority of acreage for oaks and wildflowers, not vines. The lucky winners of this prize will have the opportunity to tour the vineyards and witness and traditional methods are used to farm this boutique vineyard where vegetables, olives and wildlife also flourish. The portfolio includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Bordeaux Blends, estate bottled olive oil, verjus and preserves.
- Dinner for 2 at the girl & the fig or the fig café www.thefigcafe.com / www.thegirlandthefig.com
Just like a plump ripe fig, the girl & the fig food is fresh, healthy, and bursting with flavor. With a seasonal menu featuring garden vegetables, herbs, and an abundance of creativity, the rustic Provencal-inspired cuisine allows earth’s true and natural flavors to shine. Owner Sondra Bernstein quietly opened the girl & the fig in 1997 originally in Glen Ellen, California. Over the past twenty years, the girl & the fig has made its mark in Wine Country and its way into many magazines and national television shows. The reasonably priced wine list, a Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast award winner, concentrates on wines made with Rhône varietals from California and abroad. A healthy balance of elegance and offbeat personality, unparalleled cuisine and attentive staff, result in a refreshingly unique and wholly pleasurable dining experience that will linger long after the meal itself.
VACATION PACKAGE 5: Up, Up and Away!
This package includes:
- h2Hotel Healdsburg 2 night stay for 2** www.h2hotel.com
Centrally located in Healdsburg, h2Hotel is in prime location for enjoying Sonoma's highly-acclaimed foodie destination, and is a central launching pad to many of Sonoma’s best wineries. h2Hotel's trendy, yet earth-conscious, accommodations incorporate bamboo floors, salvaged lumber and a plant-covered roof create an eco-chic style. As a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified hotel, h2 Hotel incorporates sustainable features across the board from its architecture, to its food and beverage, to the work of local artists on the walls.
- Up and Away Ballooning hot air balloon ride plus brunch for 2 www.up-away.com
Up & Away Ballooning has delighted in sharing Sonoma's spectacular wine country views for over two decades. As Sonoma's premier ballooning experience, Up and Away prides itself on an impeccable safety record and in being Sonoma County's safest balloon company option. With safety and customer service as its core value, Up and Away creates an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime!
- Copain Winery Farm Table Tasting for up to 4 www.copainwines.com
Copain Wines invites you to their gorgeous hilltop winery overlooking the bucolic Russian River Valley, affording breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and vineyards. Just minutes from downtown Healdsburg, get ready to be warmly welcomed with their cool climate Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay wines crafted by their visionary founder and winemaker, Wells Guthrie. Named multiple times by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the "Best California Wineries to Visit."
- Spoonbar Restaruant Healdsburg Dinner for 2** www.spoonbar.com
Swimming in a small town of highly concentrated Michelin Stars, it can be hard to stand out. Offering fresh and composed dishes from local (mostly vegetable) ingredients, Spoonbar's husband and wife chef team of Patrick and Casey Van Voorhis have found a way to do it. As a nice change of pace, one of Spoonbar's strengths is providing those that have had a full day of wine tasting some of the bay area's best cocktails.
VACATION PACKAGE 6: Big City Wine, Dine, and More in San Francisco www.sirfrancisdrake.com
This package includes:
- 2 night stay for 2 at The Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square (or any other Kimpton Hotel for that matter)
From the moment the red-suited Beefeater doorman whisks you into the ornate lobby, it’s clear: you’ve arrived at a San Francisco icon. The grand staircases, gilded ceilings, sleek marble walls, and crystal chandeliers evoke an old-world charm you won’t find many other places. Best of all, at this pet-friendly boutique hotel, the city is literally at your doorstep— shopping, entertainment, and of course, all those foodie experiences we’ve set up for you....
- Pre-meal starter with bubbles tasting for two at The Riddler, San Francisco www.theriddlersf.com
This chic, Parisian styled champagne bar is undoubtedly the best spot for bubbles in San Francisco. Also offering a slim wine and beer menu, complimentary popcorn and New American snacks that range from high-end caviar to hip tater tot waffles. Outfitted with rustic wood, sleek marble, floor-to-ceiling windows and splashes of gold, the sophisticated space skews upscale but maintains a playful neighborhood vibe. It also happens to carry some scrumptious bubbles from a special spot on Sonoma Mountain....
- Dinner for 4 at Al’s Place, San Francisco www.alsplacesf.com
Fresh, seasonal vegetables and seafood headline this fantastic Mission District restaurant, where Chef Aaron London has managed to deftly recast proteins in a supporting role. Crazily inventive food with intensity of flavor, Al's menu is one of the most unique and tasty you will find. Recently receiving its first Michelin Star, Al's place began its run as an "impossible to get a reservation" spot after Bon Appetité Magazine named Al's place Best New North American Restaurant 2015.
- Dinner for 2 at Firefly, San Francisco www.fireflysf.com
Perennially a top 100 Bay Area restaurant for almost 25 years, Firefly has become a "good eats" institution in San Francisco. Periodically reinventing their menu, the staff at Firefly bring a caring, homey soul to fine dining. Renowned for their fried chicken, Firefly also sits on the vanguard of seasonal vegetarian and gluten-free fare. A neighborhood gem that accomodates the entire city.
- Cooking Class for 2 at 18 Reasons www.18Reasons.org
Voted Best Cooking School in San Francisco in San Francisco Magazine's Best Of, 18 Reasons is a non-profit organization that works to empower the community with confidence and creativity to buy, cook and eat good food every day. With a beautiful facility and amazing staff, 18 Reasons provides a not-stop calendar of immersive food experiences performed at a level that even the most discerning foodie will enjoy.
This package includes two spots in a Friday night or Sunday night cooking class. Each hands-on class features four to five recipes on topics from Flavors of Italy to Japanese Breakfast and more. The class culminates in a family-style meal served with wine.
- Elegant Olive and Poppy Sonoma Valley Gift Tote full of gifts guaranteed to delight any wine lover www.oliveandpoppy.com
While this San Francisco package may find you staying in the city, it still offers some beautifully-crafted wine country-inspired mementos that you can wear out on the town to celebrate #sonomastrong
Olive and Poppy is a modern collection of accessories inspired by the natural and cultural elements of wine country. The talented designers find inspiration in everything from the reclaimed wood of a red wine barrel to the often-heard salutation “cheers.” Each piece is designed out of an appreciation for this magical place and the many happy moments shared over a glass of wine.
A Sonoma Valley Appellation Canvas Tote, a Red Wine Tassel Keychain, A Pair of Men’s Barrel Cufflinks, a Trio of Barrel Bracelets."
- Bi-Rite Market $150 Gift Certificate
What better way to stock up for your San Francisco adventure than sourcing provisions from the finely curated Bi-Rite Market. A San Francisco institution since 1940, Bi-Rite Markets (located in the Mission on 18th Street and Western Addition on Divisadero Street) are a food lovers’ dream come true. Wander the store to discover new treats from local, small batch producers. Chat with the staff for tips on featuring the freshly harvested seasonal produce on your dinner table or ask the butchers for a custom cut of that delicious meat you’ve always been wanting to prepare. And of course, don’t forget to grab a pint of Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream or Bi-Rite with Recchiuti Confections chocolate bars for dessert.
- 10 Bottles of 94+ Scored Wines featuring fruit sourced, in whole or part, from Belden Barns' Estate
First developed in 1973 by David Steiner, Belden Barns' Sonoma Mountain site has a long history of producing world-class fruit. Beginning with the painstaking redevelopment of the vineyard in 2005, Belden Barns has cultivated an amazing stable of boutique, Sonoma-based labels to sell fruit to under the site's historical "Steiner Vineyard" moniker. This lot includes some of the most critically acclaimed bottles to be produced from the site's fruit post the site's re-planting effort initiated over a decade ago.
- 2 Bottles Argot Wines 2014 Pinot Noir - Bastard Tongue / 96 Points Robert Parker
- 2 Bottles Belden Barns 2013 Pinot Noir - Serendipity Block / 94 Points Wine & Spirits
- 2 Bottles Carlisle 2015 Grüner Veltliner / 94 Points Wine Enthusiast
- 2 Bottles Donelan Family 2013 Syrah - Cuvee Keltie / 97 Points Wine Advocate
- 2 Bottles Morgado 2012 Chardonnay / 95 Points Wine Advocate
* Larkmead date and time of tasting to be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. No substitutions. Not redeemable for cash. Expires 11/10/2018
** h2Hotel and Spoonbar Dinner must be used in one stay. Only valid Sunday through Thursday, and this stay/dinner combination is blacked out for the months of September, October, and holidays.