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February / March 2016

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{ gatherings } Somms SONOMA COUNTY WINEGROWERS AND SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS INVITE BUYERS FROM AROUND THE U.S. TO EXPERIENCE ALL SONOMA HAS TO OFFER by Andrew Chalk / photos by George Rose Thirty-two somms gathered for this year's Sonoma Summit. THREE DAYS, 17 AVAS, 65 WINERIES, 32 SOMMELIERS. It was the eighth annual Sonoma Summit sponsored by the Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Vintners. The objective, according to organizer and emcee, Evan Goldstein, MS, was "to explore different Sonoma County producing areas and learn about them in depth through their most articulate advocates and experienced leaders." Carolyn Stark, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Vintners, offered that "Sonoma exhibits a far greater variety of wine styles and grapes than you will find in most any other premium region. From the highly-regarded Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, to the dense, flavorful Zinfandels of Dry Creek Valley, to the Petite Sirahs and other robust reds of Rockpile." To the participating sommeliers it promised a unique educational and fun-filled experience. Take Sonoma

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