"GingerImage", featured above is an image of a painting commissioned for the exhibits by local artist Ginger Irwin. This beautiful painting will be auctioned off at the Petaluma Winegrowers Gala.
The Petaluma Museum Association
and the Petaluma Gap Winegrower Alliance present:
Petaluma Pairings, Fall 2014
Petaluma's Viticulture History & Heritage:
A Celebration of Wine & Community
Members of The Petaluma Museum Association were delighted when Jim McCormick, owner of the California Wine Museum, agreed to loan artifacts and co-curate a special viticulture exhibit, the central attraction of the Museum's upcoming Petaluma Pairings Fall 2014 Celebration.
Working with Paula Freund, art historian and former PMA board member, Jim's exhibit will chronologically document the history of grape growing and wine production in Petaluma from its beginnings in the second half of the nineteenth century through Prohibition and up to the present day resurgence of our local wine industry under the influence of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance.
Jim and Paula began their research organizing interviews of Petalumans whose property holds historic viticulture significance: Angelo and Buck Sangiacomo of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards; Ana Keller of Keller Estate Winery; Al Marcucci, owner of the property formerly occupied by the Raffaelli Brothers Winery and Gigi Hendricks of Rockin' H Ranch Vineyard. The interviews were conducted by Mayor Glass and his videographer, Kaye Chandler and will be a vital part of the exhibit.
Most of the exhibit's artifacts will be from the California Wine Museum, but treasures have also been donated by the wine scholar, Gail Unzelman; historian, Frank Sternad and rancher, Al Marcucci. The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum will be contributing its own collection of vintage cooperage tools which were recently conserved by Robert Long’s Antique Refinishing and expertly repaired by master woodworker, Michael Cullen.
The Petaluma Museum Association has scheduled three exceptional educational events and two celebrations to complement the exhibit:
Sat. Sept, 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Petaluma Winegrowers Gala ~ A Celebration of the Wines & Cuisine of Petaluma
Savor the five course pairings of exceptional Petaluma Gap Wines with local delicacies prepared by Amber Balshaw at the breathtaking Keller Estate Winery. Learn the nuances of pairings from "Master of Wine,” Liz Thach. Join us in honoring the Sangiacomo Family for their leadership in the resurgence of our local wine industry. Participate in the Live Auction, Champagne Diamond Prize and “Instant Wine Cellar”* while enjoying the magnificent views of the Keller Vineyards and the Petaluma River. For tickets visit: www.petalumamuseum.com. Benefiting the Petaluma Museum Association. Cocktail Attire. $150 per person. Complimentary motor coach service will leave the Petaluma Arts Center parking lot (230 Lakeville Street) at 4 pm.
*Instant Wine Cellar: Here is an opportunity you’re not likely to see again! A 100 bottle collection of ultra-premium Petaluma Gap wines delivered to YOUR wine cellar. All of these wines are donated by wineries that source grapes from well-known vineyards located in the acclaimed Petaluma Gap growing region. These wines are in limited production; many are allocated and available only via winery mailing lists. This extraordinary Instant Cellar includes refined pinot noirs, lively chardonnays, and intense cool-climate syrahs—Petaluma Gap wines described by one wine writer as “elegant with a touch of the wild.” Valued in excess of $5,000. Raffle tickets are $50 each.
Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 6 pm
Community Crush Celebration
Petaluma Viticulture History: A Celebration of Wine & Community
Imbibe a choice selection of Cline Winery varietals ~ Relish farm-fresh delicacies prepared by Preferred Sonoma Caterers ~ Revel to the big band sound of the Ted Langford Band ~ Enjoy free admission to the “Petaluma Viticulture History & Heritage” exhibit. $45 in advance/$50 at door. For more information and tickets, visit: www.PetalumaMuseum.com. Held at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth Street, Downtown Petaluma.
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6 pm
Home Crafted Wine Competition
Compare your own palate with that of Chris Sawyer, “Sommelier to the Stars,” while he judges the best of Petaluma’s home crafted wines. Held at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth Street, Downtown Petaluma. $20 per person, for tickets visit www.petalumamuseum.com
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10 am
French Master Cooper, Yann Guigen, will demonstrate the art of traditional barrel building. Yann advised the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum on the value of its extensive, vintage cooperage tool collection and will be using some of the tools in his demonstration. Thanks to Barrel Builders, this event is free and includes admission to the viticulture exhibit.
Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Home Crafted Wine Awards Dinner & Celebration
Petaluma's Independent Order of Odd Fellows invites you to celebrate The 1st Professionally Judged Home Crafted Wine Competition & Dinner. Held at the Historic Odd Fellows Building, located at 101 Petaluma Blvd North, in Petaluma. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.petalumamuseum.com.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm
Documentary: “America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition”
Screening at the Mystic Theater, followed by wine & cheese reception at the Museum
Carla De Luca Worfolk, an Emmy award-winning television and documentary producer, was commissioned by The Bancroft Library to produce “America’s Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition.” Carla will introduce the Petaluma Screening and be available after for discussion and questions.
For event tickets visit www.petalumamuseum.com.
The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum is located at 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma, CA. Please call the museum at 707-778-4398 for more information.