Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Love of the Land Live Auction Items

These items and many more will be auctioned off at Love of the Land.

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LOT #1 Private Dinner for 10 at the Kunde 202 Lounge


This private dinner for 10 will be hosted at the new 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, 2015.

Donated by: Kunde Estate Winery and Preferred Sonoma Caterers.

LOT #2 Caribbean Cruise for up to 4 people


Sail the Caribbean with Wine Country chef John Ash, top winemakers and talented musicians during the rollicking second annual Wine Dine and Music Cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. This five day cruise is Oct. 25-30, 2014 in an ocean view stateroom that sleeps 2 to 4 people. Enjoy top-flight Kendall Jackson wines each night while listening to sounds of World Class Rockers, a musical group known for keeping things hoppin with their repertoire of original hits from Santana, Steppenwolf and Journey. The Rockers will be joined poolside by the legendary 70’s rock band America, performing their Grammy winning hits, “A Horse With No Name” and “Ventura Highway.” Plus, the cruise offers nightly shows in the theater, special cooking demonstrations, wine and food pairings and a mixology seminar. The Cruise departs from Miami. Airfare and ground transportation not included.

Donated by: American AgCredit and Flying Dutchman Travel.

LOT #3 Billy Currington Concert, Front Row for 6!


Construction worker turned country star Billy Currington will bring fans to their feet with his charm and up-beat music at this year’s Sonoma County Fair, July 24-Aug. 10. Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the country star when he performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 in the Chris Beck Arena. This fantastic package includes 6 front row center seats for Currington’s performance plus a Meet & Greet and photo op with the star after the show. Your group can expect to hear Currington’s most popular songs, including music from his new album, “Enjoy Yourself,” which happens to be the personal motto of the happy-go-lucky Georgia native. Currington’s list of No. 1 hits includes “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” and “Good Directions.” Before the show, the six lucky concert goers can relax with cocktails and hors d’ouevres on the VIP Patio. And, of course, VIP parking.

Donated by: Sonoma County Fair.

LOT #4 Russian River Seasonal Dinner for 14


Enjoy the bounty of Sonoma County during this Hibachi style dining experience with Corks Restaurant’s executive chef Ruben Gomez, who will prepare seasonal vegetables from the gardens at Russian River Vineyards. For meat lovers, choose from Cloverdale Rabbit, Nimen Ranch New York Strip or the catch of the day from Bodega Bay. This food and wine experience will start with a tasting of new release wines presented by winemaker Giovanni Balistreri who will then lead a tour of the vineyards that produced the wine. An array of Russian River Vineyards wines will be paired with this searing dinner served on the Sunset Patio. The dinner for 14 will be held on a mutually agreeable date between August and October 2014.

Donated by: Russian River Vineyards & Corks Restaurant.

LOT #5 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. That 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 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, 2015.

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

LOT #6 Trace Adkins Signed Pants and Country Concert Tickets for 4


Trace Adkins Concert tickets for four at Sonoma State’s Green Music Center on Friday, September 26, 7:30 P.M. Weill Hall and Lawn. Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. As a dedicated supporter of the troops, Adkins has performed seven USO Tours.

In addition, the high bidder will take home a one of a kind signed pair of Levi Strauss and Co. pants framed with a photo of the artist.

Donated By: Sonoma State’s Green Music Center, Brent Farris and Friends of Farm Bureau.

LOT #7 Ibleto at Balletto Italian Festa Dinner


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 75 lucky people on Aug. 22 at Balletto Vineyards and Winery. 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. Only 30 seats remain available for this fantastic event.

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.

LOT #8 Abalone Dive and Dinner for 10


Join the Young Farmers and Ranchers of Sonoma and Marin Counties (YF&R) for an abalone dive and dinner. You and a guest will go abalone diving with experts John Serres Jr., Buck Serres and Matt Stornetta. These young men will take you to the best diving areas on the Sonoma Coast. After you have your limit of abalone, members of the YF&R will cook it up for you and 9 guests at the Dutton Ranch in Graton or at the home of the buyer.

The dinner will be a pared with a mixed case of Paul Hobbs wines. The abalone diving is dependent on seasonal opening and will be held on a mutually agreeable date before July 1, 2015. The divers must have their own fishing licenses and diving gear. All proceeds from this auction lot will go the Young Farmers & Ranchers Scholarship fund.

Donated by: Sonoma-Marin Young Farmers & Ranchers and Paul Hobbs Winery.

LOT #9 Signed and framed Montana and Young Jerseys


Attention Sports Fans: here’s a chance to own signed Jerseys from San Francisco 49ers football legends Joe Montana and Steve Young. High bidder gets their choice of Joe Montana’s personally signed 49er #16 Jersey or Steve Young’s signed #8 Jersey. Or the buyer can buy both by doubling the high bid. Both Jerseys come with a certificate of authenticity and an official hologram.

Donated by: Friends of Farm Bureau.

LOT #10 Oysters and Champagne at Drake’s Bay for 14


Dine with the Lunny family during a very special private tour at their Drakes Bay Oyster Farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The coastal dining experience for 14 people will include Drakes Bay oysters on the half shell, barbecued oysters and grilled beef from the Lunny Ranch, which produces certified organic grass-fed beef. This may be one of the last times to visit Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, which the federal government wants to close despite widespread support to preserve this important source of local food. Sparkling wines from Gloria Ferrer Caves in Sonoma and local wines will be paired with the oysters and beef. Expires November 1, 2014

Donated by: The Lunny Family, Drakes Bay Oyster Farm and Gloria Ferrer Champagne.

LOT #11 Magnum Force


A wise person once said, “People who drink wine from magnums are just plain happier people than the rest of us.” That’s why Farm Bureau created a package to give you the opportunity to enjoy premium Sonoma County magnums every day for 10 days!

• 2012 Rochioli, Estate Pinot Nior, Russian River Valley
• 2012 Bucher Vineyards, Pinot Nior, Russian River Vineyards
• 2011 Dutton-Goldfield, Pinot Noir, Emerald Ridge
• 2011 Davis Family, Pinot Noir, Soul Patch, Russian River Valley
• 2011 James Family Cellars, Pinot Noir, Stony Point Vineyard
• 2008 Rodney Strong, Reserve Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
• 2011 Ferrari-Carano, Tre Terre Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
• 2011 Martinelli Winery, Bella Vigna Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
• 2011 Martin Ray, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
• 2004 Turley Wine Cellars, Zinfandel, Grist Vineyard Dry Creek Valley

Donated by: Sonoma County Wineries.

LOT #12 Ghosts and Goblins Harvest Dinner for 20


This is a private Halloween theme dinner and party for 20! The evening of fun and food will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12 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 #13 Saralee’s Hats


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 earlier this year after a courageous battle against ovarian cancer. Saralee’s husband Richard has donated two hats from the Saralee Hat Collection for this auction, knowing that his beloved wife was all about raising money for agricultural causes and farm youth. The coral hat is what Saralee wore to the Love of the Land event last year when she received the Farm Bureau Hall of Fame Award. The deep chocolate brown and tan brimmed hat was a favorite for Kentucky Derby Days and other social events. Bid high and ask, “What Would Saralee Do”?

Donated by: Richard Kunde.

LOT #14 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 dinner will be held on a mutually agreeable date in spring or early summer 2015.
Expires July 1, 2015.

Donated by: Crane Family and Joe Pozzi of Pozzi Ranch.

LOT #15 Wine Country Villa for 8 Private Dinner and Much More...


Here’s your chance to really experience Wine Country and all it has to offer. This package includes a two-night stay for up to eight people at the fabulous Cline Villa, located on the Cline family’s vineyard estate property in the Sonoma Valley. During the first night’s stay, you and your guests will be treated to a catered dinner, accompanied by wines from Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, in the dining room of the Villa. On the second day there will be VIP Tastings at Cline Cellars, Jacuzzi and the Olive Press, all owned by the Cline family. The tastings will be followed by a private lunch at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Get ready for VIP treatment and the chance of a lifetime to savor Wine Country’s best. The stay will be booked on mutually agreeable dates before July 1, 2015.

Donated by: Fred and Nancy Cline, Cline Cellars, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and the Olive Press.

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