NEWS

For Immediate Release
August 31, 2009

Contact:  Robert Cherwink
       Summers-McCann Public Relations
       707.938.1133
       robert@summers-mccann.com



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PARTNER’S CRUSH CELEBRATES DEERFIELD RANCH WINERY’S
TASTING ROOM OPENING AND BENEFITS KENWOOD MARSH RESTORATION

Kenwood, California:  Deerfield Ranch Winery will host a Partner’s Crush to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Deerfield Ranch Winery tasting room and to benefit the Kenwood Marsh Restoration Project on Saturday, September 12, 2009, 6 pm. at 10200 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood.

Deerfield Ranch Winery Tasting Room
Deerfield Ranch Winery Tasting Room

Deerfield Ranch Winery is committed to biodynamic farming, and is one of the few certified organic wineries in Sonoma County.

The winery's tasting room is located in the heart of it’s 23,000 square foot cave. Construction of the cave started in 2002. The recent completion of a left hand turn lane, a multi-year two million dollar project, now allows for safe public access to Deerfield Ranch Winery and improves public safety on Hwy 12 in Kenwood.

The Partner’s Crush gala includes a special pouring of Deerfield Ranch wines with hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and dinner accompanied by the jazz stylings of Elaine Lucia. The delectable dinner menu features Spring Trout with Citrus Artichokes or Sonoma Roasted Beef Ribeye Steak.

Gala only tickets are available at $95 per person; or tickets, which include your choice of two additional special events on September 12 and 13, are available at $125 per person. Choose from A Trip to Peter Haywood’s Los Chamizal Vineyard for a true harvest experience; The Nuances of Grape Varietals with PJ Rex; A Morning with Winemaker Robert Rex; and An Old Fashioned Grape Stomp.

Kenwood Marsh

Kenwood March Checkerbloom
Sidalcea oregana ssp. valida
Federal Endangered Species

 

A variety of sponsorship levels ranging from $400 for two, to $2,500 for ten, which include the gala and additional events, are also available.

The gala event will include an overview of the Kenwood Marsh Restoration Project. PJ Rex, founding partner of Deerfield Ranch Winery, with her husband and the winery’s winemaker, Robert Rex, established the Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom Society to protect the endangered Checkerbloom plant and to assist with fundraising for marsh restoration and maintenance. The US Fish & Wildlife Service presented the Rex family and Deerfield Ranch Winery with a certificate of appreciation for outstanding contributions to the nation’s fish and wildlife resources at a Checkerbloom Society fundraising event in August 2008.

The Kenwood Marsh encompasses 14 acres of the 47 acres PJ and Robert Rex purchased in 2000 on Highway 12 in Kenwood, to expand their winery and vineyards. Once covering a much larger area, the marsh is one of only two places on earth – Kenwood and Knights Valley, both in Sonoma County - where the endangered Checkerbloom plant exists. “We’ve spent eight years restoring the wetlands,” states PJ. “After 30 years of cattle grazing, along with the rampant spread of non-native Himalayan blackberry vines, there were only a handful of Checkerblooms when we started.”

Working closely with California Department of Fish and Game’s rare species botanist, Gene Cooley, Deerfield Ranch Winery and the USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) teamed up to develop a program to protect and expand the population of the endangered Checkerbloom.

Kenwood Marsh
Kenwood Marsh by Fred R. Parker

The NRCS found Deerfield’s marsh restoration program attractive due to the small number of remaining fresh water marshes in Sonoma County, along with the rare plant, according to Martin Rex, General Manager of the winery and the restoration project. NRCS wetland specialists are providing expert advice, and financial assistance is being provided through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Conservation Partnerships Program. The lead biologist from the USFWS, Kate Symonds, visits the marsh habitat regularly to assess the Checkerbloom’s progress and help adjust the conservation program. To permanently protect the Kenwood Marsh, the Deerfield Ranch Winery granted a conservation easement to Sonoma County.

In addition to occasional Checkerbloom Society fundraising events, Deerfield Ranch Winery is bottling a special wine with a Checkerbloom label. Profits from the sale of this wine will be donated to the restoration effort. “Although our Checkerbloom get-togethers are a serious effort, they also provide an opportunity to taste great food and wine, and to share this magical marsh,” emphasizes PJ.

To make reservations for the Partner’s Crush register at the winery website, deerfieldranch.com, or call Sharon Clark at 707-833-5215.

Deerfield Ranch Winery is located at 10200 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, California, between the Kenwood Inn and the Kenwood Restaurant in the heart of the Sonoma Valley.

For more information visit deerfieldranch.com.

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Deerfield Ranch Winery
Location:  10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452
Mailing address:  1310 Warm Spring Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Telephone:  707.833.5215

Prepared by Summers-McCann, Inc. Public Relations
Sonoma, CA 95476    summers-mccann.com
Contact: robert@summers-mccann.com
707.938.1133