Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Love of the Land Live Auction Items

Auction Items

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

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Lot 1: Russian River Dinner & Harvest for 10


Spend a day among the vines at Russian River Vineyards where you and your guests can soak up the excitement of the harvest season at this landmark Forestville winery and restaurant. Winemaker Giovanni Balistreri will lead a tour of the winery and vineyards where guests will learn about the property’s unique soil and microclimate. Then sit back and relax with a fabulous farm-to-table dinner for 10 prepared by executive chef Todd Davies, named one of the Bay Area’s Top 10 “Up and Coming” chefs by the San Francisco Examiner.

Available on a mutually available date during September or October 2012 harvest. Expires Nov 1, 2013.

Donated by: Russian River Vineyards & Corks Restaurant

Lot 2: The Royal Sport’s Package


You’ll hit a home run on this run! Take a look at this fabulous sporting package.

Lot includes:

  • 4 tickets: San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies - Friday night Aug 10, 2012
  • 4 tickets: Oakland A’s vs. Anaheim Angels on Tuesday night September 4, 2012
  • 4 tickets:  Golden State Warriors 2012-13 season based on mutually available dates
  • 4 tickets:  San Jose Sharks 2012-13 season based on mutually available dates

*2 cases of premium wines: 2007 Kenwood’s Jack London Zinfandel and 2010 Kenwood Reserve Chardonnay

Donated by: American Ag Credit

Lot 3: Petite Syrah’s Chef Josh Silvers Dinner and Class for 10


Josh Silvers, the famed culinary genius behind Petite Syrah and Jackson’s restaurants in Santa Rosa, will dazzle you with a dinner for 10. Silvers will begin the evening with a private Sonoma Chef experience that will guide you through the preparation of the dinner. Chef Silvers’ exquisite food will be matched with fine wines poured by grape grower-vintner Steve Dutton, co-owner of Dutton-Goldfield wines in the Russian River Valley. G & G’s CEO Teejay Lowe will serve as master host and bon vivant, riding herd over the evening’s festivities held in G & G’s Ginger Grill.

Donated by: Josh Silvers, G&G Supermarket and Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Lot 4: Best of Sonoma County

Best of Sonoma Coutny

Enjoy the diversity that Sonoma County has to offer. This package includes:

  • Organic Valley Farms offers $400 in vouchers for Organic Valley Farms dairy products. Choose from over 35 products at over 20 local supermarkets.
  • Lindley Cattle Co. Grass Fed Beef - $100 of local grass fed beef
  • Caz Sonoma Inn – 1 night mid-week stay for 2, plus breakfast valued at $165
  • Sonoma Orchid Inn 1 night accommodations for 2 valued at $229
  • Corks Restaurant dinner for $100 GC (gift certificate)
  • Healdsburg Bar & Grill $50 GC
  • Brasserie Restaurant $80 GC
  • McClellands Organic European Style Butter and dairy adventure (valued at $200)
  • Hectors Honey $50 GC for Sonoma Natural Honey, Natural Cream Honey & Raw Honey
  • Imwalle Gardens $25 GC for locally grown produce and fruits
  • McEvoy Ranch $50 GC for a “Eighty Acres” gift tin of lavender body care products.

Donated by: Sonoma County farmers, ranchers and agritourism partners

Lot 5: Tahoe “Deep Blue” Condo Vacation


Enjoy 4 days and 3 Nights for two guests at the beautiful Lake Tahoe Tavern. Rays of golden light filter down through the towering pines. On the breeze you hear birdsong and breathe in the refreshing scent of cedar and pinewood. Just beyond your front door you will discover all the delights of a short walk through the forest into an unforgettable setting... water’s edge, Lake Tahoe.

Enjoy meandering woodland trails that lead you up and down gentle slopes, through wide-open grassy meadows or along the shoreline. Surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Sierra, at water's edge... the Tavern is on Lake Tahoe's picturesque West Shore.  Just beyond your front door you will discover all the delights of a short walk through the forest into an unforgettable setting... water’s edge, Lake Tahoe.

On-Site Amenities include heated pool (closed in winter), 6 tennis courts with a pro shop, pier with buoys & Pier attendant, sandy beach, and walking trails throughout the property and into town (Tahoe City). Based on mutually available dates. Expires July 1, 2013.

Donated by: Dino and Maria D’Argenzio; The Wineyard and Heritage Public House

Lot 6: Ibleto at Balletto Italian Festa


The Brothers Ibleto, Art and Angelo, bigger-than-life-characters known for their cooking skills, are joining with vintners John and Terry Balletto to offer a night of great food, fine wine, Italian music and lots of fun.

Join in this private Ibleto – Balletto night n Aug. 24, 2012 at Balletto Vineyards and Winery in Sebastopol. Art, the Pasta King, will prepare his signature pasta and polenta dishes. Angelo, a sausage master and celebrated grill king, will barbecue a whole hog for the Italian feast. Don’t miss out on this night of fun with Sonoma County’s most beloved Italians who live by the adage, “Eat, drink and be merry.” Raise your bidding card and join the party for $300 a couple. Only 16 spots are available on a first come basis. Anyone can bid! Buon Gusto!

Donated by: Art Ibleto, Angelo Ibleto and John & Terry Balletto

Lot 7: The Mazzocco Guest House for 6 Plus Winemaker Tour


Do you long for a getaway to a hidden wine country paradise? Dream of waking up surrounded by vineyards, enjoying the pastoral serenity of the Dry Creek Valley? Then head to Mazzocco Winery, nestled between the acclaimed Dry Creek and Alexander Valley’s, and settle in for 2 nights at the enchanting 3 bedroom, 2 bath guesthouse overlooking the vineyards. Relax with a game of bocce or just soak in the beautiful views.

Day two begins right out your front door at amazing Mazzocco Winery! Known for his vineyard designate Zinfandels, internationally renowned winemaker Antoine Favero will take you on his private barrel tasting and winery cellar tour.

This lot for 6 guests includes:

  • Two night’s accommodation at Mazzocco Winery 3 bedroom/2 bath guesthouse
  • Private Barrel Tasting with Winemaker Antoine Favero
  • A “Zinfandel Trio” of Kenneth Carle, Antoine Philippe and Juan Rodriguez world class Zin’s!
  • Sunday brunch at Soda Rock Winery
  • Wine & cheese pairing at Wilson Winery

To be arranged in advance, at a mutually agreeable time by December 31, 2012. Holidays excluded.

Donated by: Mazzocco Winery, Soda Rock Winery and Wilson Winery

Lot 8: Historic Crane Melon Barn Lamb Dinner for 20


Step back in Sonoma County history for a special Pozzi Lamb dinner at the rustic Crane Melon Barn, a  Sonoma County landmark since 1868. The Cranes arrived in Sonoma County in 1849, settling in Santa Rosa where they have farmed ever since, producing hay, sheep and, of course, the famed Crane melons. 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 dinner will be held on a mutually agreeable date in spring 2013. Expires July 1, 2013.

Donated by: Crane family, Pozzi Lamb and Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Lot 9: Martina McBride Concert


In a career that’s already taken her to breathtaking heights (four CMA Female Vocalist of the Year trophies, three ACM Female Vocalist awards, a GRAMMY win, numerous national magazine covers and features, and appearances on such shows as VH1’s “Divas,” “TODAY Show,” “20/20,” “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars”), Martina is ready to take it up a notch with the help of her new label. Martina McBride, has been called the "Céline Dion of Country Music" for her big-voiced ballads and soprano range.

Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the country star. The package includes 6 front row seats for Martina’s performance on Aug. 7 in the Chris Beck Arena, plus VIP parking on the fairgrounds. This magical night begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the VIP Patio at the fairgrounds. This is an once-in-a-lifetime chance to shine with a rising star of the Country Music scene.

Donated by: Sonoma County Fair

Lot 10: Ghosts & Goblin’s Halloween Dinner Party for 16


This is a private Halloween dinner and party for 16! The evening of fun and food will be held under a full moon like evening of the summer solstice on October 28, 2012 at the Muelrath Pumpkin Farm in Santa Rosa. Guests will take a hay ride in the moonlight, sit around a bonfire and visit the haunted dungeon where chills and thrills abound. A home-cooked autumnal dinner and lots of fine Sonoma County wine will be served amid the pumpkins and gourds at this working ranch. Come in costume and be prepared for a devilish good time.

Donated by: Muelrath Ranches Pumpkin Farm

Lot 11: Harvest Fair Gold


One of the world’s most prestigious wine experiences is yours to enjoy and remember.  This package includes 8 tickets (including VIP preferred parking) to the 2012 Harvest Fair Grand Tasting on Oct. 5 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. It’s a chance to savor Gold Medal wines and food. Additionally, you will receive one case of Harvest Fair Gold Medal wines from the 2012 competition (12 different varietals or classes).

Before the tasting you and your guests will have a private session with wine expert Michael Traverso, hospitality manager at acclaimed Williams-Selyem Winery in Healdsburg, on the VIP Patio at the fairgrounds. Traverso, former president of the Harvest Fair, will offer tasting tips that will enhance the  Grand Tasting experience. You’ll also receive your own reserved spot in the Harvest Fair Grape Stomp competition in case you want to press the flesh against the robust juicy berries. A complete package for this year’s Harvest Fair, Oct. 5-7.

Donated by: Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Lot 12: Dutton Ranch BBQ for 25

Dutton Ranch

Looking for the perfect way to entertain a group, a company picnic, a family reunion or just looking for a reason to get together? Enjoy the relaxing, country atmosphere at Dutton Ranch with an amazing outdoor BBQ dinner for 25.  The Dutton’s, now in the fifth generation, have been farming in Sonoma County for more than 100 years and are leaders in the agricultural industry. The barbecued meat and all the other fixins’ for the dinner will be prepared by the Dutton Ranch and Wibur Ellis Co. Crew. 

All of the wonderful food will be paired with fine wines from Dutton-Goldfield and Dutton Estate wineries. Guests will enjoy a ranch tour and a chance to meet the Dutton family and the winemakers. Must be booked on a mutually agreed upon date. Not available during harvest season August 20 thru November 1. Expires July 1, 2013.

Donated by: Dutton Ranch and Wilbur Ellis Co.

Lot 13: Magnum Force 10X


This lot is 10 magnums of premium Sonoma County wines for the ultimate wine lover.

  • 2005 Sheldon Winery Ripken Vineyard Petite Sirah
  • 2007 Davis Family Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • 2007 Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon *Signed
  • 2007 Mauritson Rockpile Madrone Spring Vineyard Petite Sirah *Signed
  • 2008 Landmark Overlook Chardonnay *Signed
  • 2009 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir *Signed
  • 2009 Kokomo Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel *Signed
  • 2009 La Crema Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • 2009 Pech Merle Alexander Valley Merlot *Signed
  • 2009 Sausal Winery Alexander Valley Harvest Selection Zinfandel *Signed

Donated by: Sonoma County Wineries

Lot 14: Kunde Winery “Mountain Top” Dinner for 10


You and your guests will be whisked to a mountain top perch on the historic Kunde Estate Winery to enjoy great food and wine in the Valley of the Moon. During the early evening, enjoy spectacular views that span the Sonoma Valley and stretch from Mt. Diablo and San Francisco to Mt. St. Helena and the Pacific Ocean.

A harvest 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 creations will be paired with an array of fabulous Kunde Estate wines. Jeff Kunde, chairman of Kunde Estate, will be the evening’s genial host, sharing his wines along with some secrets of the cellar. This evening of Wine Country wining, dining and magnificent views will be held on October 18, 2012.

Donated by: Kunde Estate Winery and Preferred Sonoma Caterers

Lot 15: Casa Obelisco in San Pancho, Mexico


A romantic getaway for two - enjoy 7 Days & 6 Nights at Casa Obelisco in San Franciso (San Pancho), Mexico, the most romantic Bed and Breakfast, Boutique Hotel and exotic getaway you've ever dreamed about. In 2010 Casa Obelisco was voted the ‘Most Romantic B&B worldwide” by Lanier’s and in 2009 one of the 10 most Romantic International B&B’s by Forbes Traveler!

Casa Obelisco is an exquisite Mediterranean style B & B overlooking deserted white sand, half-moon beach with tropical palms and the sparkling sea. Magic is in the air and in the palm jungle which surrounds Casa Obelisco.  This private villa is just one half mile from the pueblo of San Francisco (known to everyone as San Pancho).

Just 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta this area of Mexico is known as Riviera Nayarit and is the perfect vacation getaway. The San Pancho pueblo, or village, is a colorful, lively fishing village with appealing restaurants both rustic and modern, quaint shops, a nine hole golf course and a Polo field. All locations are an easy walk on the beach or by road from Casa Obelisco. Shuttle services are available to many locations in the area.

Due to limited reservation availability, this vacation must be booked for either the week of Dec 9 or 16, 2012, no exceptions. The perfect holiday getaway. A valid passport is required.

Donated by: Casa Obelisco and the Levens family

Lot 16: Korbel Champagne Garden Dinner for 20


Twenty guests will enjoy a fabulous dining experience, poolside at the private Korbel VIP gardens in Guerneville. Set along the Russian River, Korbel is one of the most stunningly beautiful wineries in Sonoma County and boasts a rich and colorful history dating back to the late 1800’s. The dinner will feature special culinary creations by executive chef Phil McGauley, who has been cooking for more than 30 years. Guests will enjoy a range of Korbel champagne and wines during the reception and dinner by the pool.

Dinner will be held based on a mutually available date. Expires July 1, 2013.

Donated by: Korbel Champagne Cellars

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