Monday, September 23, 2013

9/23-Michael Horn & Nicole Nielsen talk with Morgen McLaughlin & Pamela Skidmore

Morgen McLaughlin is the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association a nonprofit membership organization representing over one hundred wineries in Santa Barbara County, California.  Previously she was the president and CEO of Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, a regional tourism marketing association in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and owned and managed a small vineyard and winery in Connecticut.  Morgen has undergraduate degrees in English and Secondary Education from Boston College and is completing her Wine Business Management Certificate from Sonoma State University.  In her free time Morgen enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, wine and spending time with her husband and three sons.
California Wine Month in September celebrates one of our signature industries and all that vintners and growers bring to the economy, culture and lifestyle of the Golden State.Wineries and regions throughout the state mark the month with special tastings, events and offers.

Attention Wine and Food Enthusiasts! The date is set and preparations are already underway for the First Annual Healdsburg Wine Auction benefitting Healdsburg schools and community. A Farm To Fork event featuring collector wines, gourmet food and unique live auction items. Don’t you dare plan anything else for October 5, 2013, and we can’t wait to see you at the Auction at Soda Rock Winery.

A wine auction that solely benefits the Healdsburg community is long overdue. This year’s event on October 5, 2013, will be the start of a wonderful Healdsburg tradition. Graciously hosted by Soda Rock Winery with Diane Wilson as our Honorary Chair, this first annual event will be a tribute to the bounty of our county and our future community leaders. This year’s Farm to Fork experience is a locally driven collaboration of collector wine, gourmet food and unique live auction items. Contributions from talented students enrolled in Healdsburg High’s Culinary, Agriculture and Digital Arts programs will be showcased through-out the evening. The event will be fun, festive and memorable. A great way to celebrate Harvest in the beautiful Sonoma Valley. Some of the proceeds from the First Annual Healdsburg Wine Auction will benefit the Healdsburg Education Foundation. Chartered in 1985, a group of teachers, business leaders and community activists in Healdsburg, California, came together to develop funding solutions for the schools of Healdsburg.

HEF is a non-profit foundation committed to raising funds to sustain vital programs in the Healdsburg public schools. HEF supports K-12 programs which promote healthy lifestyle choices including school gardens, nutrition, agriculture, and culinary programs-all which are connected to our regional food and wine heritage. Their goal is to provide students with the education they need to reach their highest potential upon graduation.

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