Sonoma Private Wineries
A Ritz-Carlton Rewards Member Exclusive Event


In partnership with Destination Cellars, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards hosted an unforgettable experience in America’s famed wine country. Members enjoyed tours and tastings at private wineries, sumptuous dining in one-of-a-kind settings and the opportunity to meet some of the industry’s most illustrious winemakers. This event was open exclusively to Ritz-Carlton Rewards members - enroll now to be eligible to attend future events.

This exclusive experience took place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 (with arrivals on Friday, November 1). Guests enjoyed roundtrip luxury coach transportation from San Francisco to Sonoma, lunch and wine tastings at Kosta Browne Winery, an afternoon excursion, dinner and wine tastings at Flanagan Vineyards and two nights accommodation at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. Both winery experiences included the opportunity to meet the owners and winemakers, together with expert commentary from sommelier Sean Meyer.

Named by Wine Spectator magazine as #1 wine in the world in 2011, Kosta Browne began life as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. Working at John Ash restaurant in Santa Rosa, California, they saved tip money and eventually had enough to buy a half ton of Pinot Noir, a used barrel and an old hand-crank stemmer-crusher. Kosta Browne’s dedication to quality, stewardship and commitment to customer relationships has propelled the brand to industry leader, producing some of the most sought after new world Pinot Noirs. To critical and public acclaim, the waiting list for this wine now exceeds 3 years.

In 1999, Eric Flanagan and his wife fell in love with unplanted land in Bennett Valley, Sonoma. A combination of volcanic soils, steep slopes, south aspect, and abundant maritime influence makes this site a perfect choice for growing world class grapes. Following some advice from a friend, they built their dream winery producing four incredible wines – Pinot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their total wine production is less than 1,500 cases per year.

For the last fifteen years Sean Q. Meyer has devoted himself to studying and appreciating the finer points of wine. As sommelier and wine director for some of the world's greatest culinary geniuses, including Chefs Thomas Keller (Bouchon/French Laundry), Frank Stitt and Tim McKee, Sean developed a keen palate and expert knowledge.

The Sonoma Private Wineries experience included:

  • Roundtrip luxury coach transportation from San Francisco to Sonoma
  • Two nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
  • Five-course lunch for two, paired with library wines, barrel tasting and private tour at Kosta Browne Winery
  • Afternoon excursion in wine country
  • Three-course dinner for two, wine tastings and private tour at Flanagan Vineyards
  • Commentary from winery owners, winemakers and sommelier Sean Meyer

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