Love of the Land Live Auction Items 2015

Love of the Land Live Auction Items 2015

Auction Items

These items and many more will be auctioned off at Love of the Land a benefit dinner to protect farmlands and clean water.

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Lot #1 Saralee’s Hats and Wine Magnums Too!


Sonoma County icon Saralee McClelland Kunde was known for her exuberance, can-do spirit and the big, floppy garden hats that became her signature style. Sadly, Saralee left us in 2014 but her many contributions to Sonoma County agriculture keep her in our hearts. Saralee’s husband Richard has donated some of the last remaining hats from the Saralee Hat Collection for this auction, with the proceeds going to Saralee and Richard’s Barn and Agriculture Education Center at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The hats were all worn by Saralee as she busily went about raising money for the fair, farm youth and agriculture during her remarkable life. Each of the hats will be paired with a magnum of vintage wine from the Richard Kunde Wine Cellar. Bid high and ask, “What Would Saralee Do?”.

Donated by: Richard Kunde

LOT #2 An Uplifting Day in Carneros For 2


Your day will start at the Schellville Airport on Hwy 121, where you and your guest will board a “Texan” Warbird and fly (upside down, if you wish) over the Wine Country, South to the Golden Gate Bridge or West to the Coast. It’s your choice. Upon safe return to earth, you will visit a local restaurant to dine with the Sasaki’s on seasonal dishes prepared with the finest local produce. Next, you will visit the world-famous Freixenet’s Gloria Ferrer Caves. In the Spanish style building overlooking vineyards, you will relax with glasses of sparkling wines produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in nearby vineyards. The tour, to be held on a mutually agreed upon date, will be guided by Tito and Janet Sasaki, owners of Sasaki Vineyards and members of Sonoma County Farm Bureau. Passage must be booked before July 1, 2016.

Donated by: Janet & Tito Sasaki of Sasaki Vineyards, Vintage Aircraft Co. and Gloria Ferrer

LOT #3 Super Bowl 50 Experience for Two at Levi’s® Stadium


Wow, this lot is truly the chance of a lifetime! Super Bowl 50 is anticipated to be the biggest Super Bowl the NFL has ever celebrated and one that will be unique to the food and wine culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. This Super Bowl 50 Host Committee package gives you incredible access to pre-game hospitality as well as the Big Game. Package includes two tickets to Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s® Stadium and two invitations to the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s Pre-Game Party on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Donated by: the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

LOT #4 Crab Feed For 20 People

Best of Sonoma Coutny

Sit back and host your own Crab Feed for 20 people. Sonoma Coast crabbers will catch and deliver mounds of tasty Dungeness Crab – fresh off the boat - to your home or designated event center anywhere in Sonoma County. The fishermen will bring the French bread, salad and side dishes too. Oh yea, the crab will be accompanied by a case of prize-winning D&L Carinalli wine. All you have to do is put on your bib, start cracking and enjoy this crustacean feast with family and friends. This evening of Dungeness Crab from Bodega Bay will be held on a mutually agreeable date between January and March of 2016.

Donated by: Mike & Chikako Strunk and D&L Carinalli Wine

LOT #5 Abalone Dive for 3 and Dinner for 10


Join the Young Farmers and Ranchers of Sonoma and Marin Counties for an abalone dive and dinner. You and two guests will go abalone diving with experts Buck Serres and Matt Stornetta. These young men will take you to a private beach at Richardson Ranch on the Sonoma Coast. After you have your limit of abalone, members of YF&R will cook it up for you and
9 guests at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma Valley or at the home of the buyer. The abalone diving is dependent on seasonal opening and will be held on a mutually agreeable date before July 1, 2016. The divers must have their own fishing licenses and diving gear. Proceeds from this auction lot will benefit the agriculture education programs of Young Farmers & Ranchers and Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

Donated by: Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers

LOT #6 Private Dinner at the Kunde 202 Lounge


This private dinner for 10 will be at the Kunde 202 Lounge, a beautiful outdoor patio area at Kunde Family Estate winery and vineyards in the Valley of the Moon. The intimate dinner will be prepared by culinary artist Amber Balshaw of Preferred Sonoma Caterers, one of the most sought after chefs in wine country. Amber’s special creations will be paired with an array of fabulous Kunde Estate wines, providing a sensory experience that will be worthy of the scenic setting. This evening of wine country wining, dining and magnificent views will be held on a mutually agreeable date before July 1, 2016.

Donated by: Kunde Estate Winery and Preferred Sonoma Caterers

LOT #7 Two-night stay at Wilson Artisan Wineries’ Pezzi King Estate for 6


Do you long to spend time soaking up the sights, sounds and heady air of Wine Country? Dream of waking up surrounded by vineyards and enjoying the pastoral serenity of the Dry Creek Valley? Then head for a weekend getaway at a fabulous wine estate owned by Wilson Artisan Wineries. Six lucky people will enjoy a stay for two nights at the four-bedroom, four-bath Pezzi King Estate which features a gourmet, eat-in kitchen and spacious deck with glorious views of Dry Creek Valley. Your stay also includes a wine educator-led VIP tour of up to three Wilson Artisan wineries. Your day will include a stop at DeLorimier Winery in Alexander Valley for a sit-down four-course food and wine pairing extravaganza along with two other stops of your choice at Wilson, Matrix, Soda Rock, Mazzocco Sonoma, Pezzi King, St. Anne’s Crossing or Jaxon Keys wineries. To be arranged in advance at a mutually agreeable time. Some black-out dates apply. Excludes holiday weekends. Expires: January 16, 2016 .

Donated by: Wilson Artisan Wineries

LOT #8 Historic Crane Melon Barn Lamb Dinner for 20


Bask in Sonoma County history during this special Pozzi Lamb dinner at the rustic Crane Melon Barn, a Sonoma County landmark since 1868. Some foodies have proclaimed Joe Pozzi’s lamb the best in the world so be prepared for a tasty treat. The old barn, built entirely out of redwood, was originally used for storing hay, horses and livestock. Today, it’s the place to get Crane melons in the fall. The Crane Melon Barn is currently owned and operated by Rick and Cindy Crane and their daughter Jennifer Crane, fifth and sixth generation Sonoma County farmers. The fantastic lamb dinner will be held on a mutually agreeable date in spring or early summer 2016. Expires July 1, 2016.

Donated by: Crane Family and Pozzi Lamb

LOT #9 Montgomery Gentry & Thompson Square, Front Row for 6!


Montgomery Gentry has become one of the most identifiable duos in the history of country music, drawing door-busting crowds to hear hits like “Hillbilly Shoes” and “Headlights.” Montgomery Gentry, along with international country music stars, Thompson Square, will perform on Aug. 4 in the Chris Beck Arena at the Sonoma County Fair. Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the country singing sensations. This fantastic package includes six front row seats, plus a Meet & Greet and photo op with the performers (if available). Before the show, the six lucky concert goers can relax with cocktails and appetizers on the fairgrounds’ VIP Patio. And of course, VIP parking.

Donated by: Sonoma County Fair

LOT #10 Sunday Dinner Under the Oaks for 25


Journey back to simpler times when families and friends gathered for a Sunday afternoon dinner to eat, drink and socialize in a relaxed outdoor setting. This experience is awaiting you and 24 family members and friends at this country barbecue hosted by ranchers Domenic and Lynda Carinalli at their vineyards along the Laguna de Santa Rosa in the Russian River Valley. Domenic, known for his masterful cooking skills, will grill pork spare ribs, which will be served with salad, baked beans and garlic bread. Homemade Italian sausages will be grilled for appetizers and there will be ice cream for dessert. The feast will be accompanied by award winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from the D&L Carinalli Vineyards. The dinner under the oaks will be held on a mutually agreeable Sunday afternoon. Expires July 1, 2016.

Donated by: Domenic and Lynda Carinalli and D&L Carinalli Vineyards

LOT #11 Giants Baseball Super Package


Okay, Giants fans here’s your chance to get choice seats at two upcoming Giants’ games this year, plus a whole lot of Giants memorabilia. This awesome packages includes:
4 Club Level seats for the “Giants vs. Rockies” game on
October 3, 2015, the final weekend of the Giants Season.
2 Club Level seats for the “Giants vs. Washington Nationals” game on August 16, 2015. Black and Orange OGO Duffle Bag with American AgCredit logo Black fleece blanket with Orange American AgCredit logo
Giants Team Merchandise that includes 2014 World Champs Snow globe, 2014 Replica World Championship ring, 2014 World Champions Tee shirt, 2014 World Champions Tervis Tumblers, plus game snacks including bags of Giants brand peanuts, sunflower seeds and crackerjacks. This extraordinary Giants package also includes a case each of Kenwood Jack London Zinfandel and Simi Alexander Valley Chardonnay.

Donated by: American AgCredit

LOT #12 Magnum Force

Dutton Ranch

People who drink wine from magnums are just plain happier people than the rest of us. That’s why Sonoma County Vintners created a package to give your collection a boost in happieness with these 12 signed magnums.

  • Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Sonoma Brut, Sparkling, Sonoma County
  • Dry Creek Vineyard, 2008, The Mariner, Meritage, Dry Creek Valley
  • Kendall-Jackson, 2012, Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawkeye Mountain, Alexander Valley
  • MacMurray Estate Vineyards, 2013, Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards, 2011, Symmetry Meritage, Alexander Valley
  • Dutton-Goldfield Winery, 2012, Pinot Noir, Emerald Ridge Vineyard, RRV
  • Laurel Glen Vineyard, 2011, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Mountain
  • Martinelli Winery, 2011, Bella Vigna Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
  • Kosta Browne, 2013, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
  • Ravenswood Winery, 2006, Native California Field Blend, Red Blend
  • Francis Ford Coppola winery, 2012, Director’s Cut, Zinfandel, Dry Creek
  • Buena Vista, 2012, The Sheriff of Buena Vista, Red Blend, Sonoma County

Donated by: Sonoma County Vintners

LOT #13 San Francisco Giants’ Signed First Base


Batter up! Here’s a piece of San Francisco Giants history that will pass from one generation to the next: it’s a first-base signed by team members of the San Francisco Giants. You will own first base signatures of legendary players like Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford. Not to mention Matt Cain, Tim Hudson, Sergio Romo, Brandon Belt and Joe Panik. The value of this signed base will only skyrocket if the Giants score their fourth World Series Title this fall. The base is framed in a glass case that protects the signatures from fading. This is a unique Giants collectible that will become a treasured family heirloom as this Dynasty by the Bay continues their amazing run!

Donated by: Friends of Farm Bureau

LOT #14 Dinner for 12 at the Historic the Washoe House


Larry Peter, the agricultural visionary who rescued the Petaluma Creamery from the wrecking ball, has added the historic Washoe House to his growing empire of legacy businesses. Larry, who is the consummate host, invites 12 people to a fabulous steak and lobster dinner in the private, upstairs dining area of the Washoe House, which oozes with history. According to local lore, President Ulysses S. Grant made a speech from the balcony of the landmark roadhouse built in 1859 on a stretch of Stony Point Road, between Santa Rosa and Petaluma. More recently, the Washoe House was the setting for the Clint Eastwood movie, “True Crime.” Larry’s divine meal will be accompanied by Sonoma County wines and Country Western entertainment for a night of old-fashioned, Sonoma County-style fun.

Donated by: Larry Peter

LOT #15 Laguna Royal Italian Festa


The Brothers Ibleto, Art and Angelo, bigger-than-life-characters known for their family’s heritage recipes and Italian cooking skills are teaming with vintners John and Terri Balletto to offer a night of great food, fine wine, Italian music and lots of fun. The royal Italian feast will be for 100 lucky people on Aug. 21, 2015 at Balletto Vineyards and Winery along the Laguna in the Russian River Valley. Art, the Pasta King, will prepare his signature pasta and polenta dishes. Angelo, a sausage master and celebrated grill king, will smoke a whole hog for the al fresco Italian feast. Italian Gelato inspired flavors of Cold Stone Ice Cream will be served for dessert.

Don’t miss out on this night of fun with three of Sonoma County’s most beloved Italians who live by the adage, “Eat, drink and be merry”. As an added bonus, Art Ibleto and other local talent will sing some of their favorite selections from Italian operas.

Raise your bidding card and join the party for $150 per person or $250 a couple. Buon Gusto!

Donated by: John & Terri Balletto, Balletto Vineyards and Winery; Angelo Ibleto, Angelo’s Meats; Art Ibleto “the Pasta King” and Cold Stone Ice Creamery

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