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YWCA Sonoma County’s Annual Event

Categories: News

For Immediate Release

April 19, 2018


Media Contact

Madeleine Keegan O’Connell

(707) 953-6722


YWCA SONOMA COUNTY’s  12th Annual “Women, Wine, Chefs and Cheese” 2018 RAISED $296,000 for Sonoma County families affected by Domestic Violence

Friday, April 13, 2018 from 10:30 – 2 p.m. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn


Santa Rosa, CA – YWCA Sonoma County shares the details of their single largest annual fundraiser, “Women, Wine, Chefs and Cheese” 2018!

We were thrilled to recognize Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker, Chateau St. Jean and Director, Luxury Winemaking, Treasury Wine Estates who graciously accepted our invitation to be the 2018 Honorary Woman in Wine!  Margo first joined Chateau St. Jean in 1980 and has played a pivotal role in establishing Sonoma County as a premier wine region, as well as supporting the advancement of women in the industry.  Her Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon was named the #1 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator, and she has been named the Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine.  Today, in addition to her continuing role as winemaker at CSJ, she oversees luxury winemaking for Treasury Wine Estates in St. Helena. Margo and her winemaker husband Don live in Glen Ellen.

“Over many years living in Sonoma County I’ve been comforted to know that the YWCA is a resource our community can lean on, supporting those in need,” she said.  “I look forward each year to joining with other female winemakers at this celebration, and it is truly humbling to be honored this year.”  -Margo Van Staaveren

NEW THIS YEAR – Following the record breaking success of $350,000 raised at the 2017 event, YWCA had added to the festivities by featuring Chefs along with Women, Wine & Cheese. YWCA is excited to announce that Tracey Shepos Cenami, Chef from Jackson Family Wines was recognized as our Honorary Chef for 2018! A graduate of the California Culinary Academy in SF, Tracey realized her love of cooking and the culinary arts when she was in elementary school. Her distinguished career includes lead positions in restaurants on both coasts as well as creating her own catering company. Closer to home she participated in opening Willi’s Wine Bar in Santa Rosa and after becoming a certified Artisan Cheesemaker she was selected to lead the Wine and Cheese pairing program at Jackson Family Wines.

 “How fortunate are we to have the YWCA in our community, providing support to those in need and offering so many opportunities to young women. I am inspired to receive this honor and humbled, as I am privileged to work amongst such talented women in our County.“ -Tracey Shepos Cenami

New this year – our local area chefs! We were privileged to include Mark & Terri Stark from Stark Reality Restaurants and Josh and Regina Silver of Jackson’s Bar and Oven along with Sheana Davis of Epicurean Connection among our chef supporters. Our event emcee was Lisa Wittke Schaffner Executive Director of The John Jordan Foundation and our Auctioneer was the renowned Senator Mike McGuire.

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn executed on a flawless multi course luncheon served with wines hosted by individual woman winemakers and prominent woman in wine paired to match each entrée. E.R. Sawyer Jewelers donated the “Hearts on Fire” (nearly 2 carat) diamond ring set in 18 karat white gold – an $11,000 value for one lucky raffle winner! LIVE Auction items will include “stay-cations” and the coveted “Ladies Choice” Lot of wines featuring exclusive labels and large formats all donated by our winery table hosts . . . and it comes with professional wine storage courtesy of Oeno Vaults!

Wineries and Table Hosts for the day included:

  1. Kristina Shideler – Arrowood Vineyards & Winery
  2. Jacqueline Balletto – Balletto Vineyards
  3. Robin Jackson – Benovia Winery
  4. Kerith Overstreet – Bruliam Wines
  5. Margo Van Staaveren – Chateau St. Jean
  6. Megan Cline – Cline Cellars
  7. Tami Collins – De La Montanya Winery
  8. Tracy Dutton – Dutton Estate Winery
  9. JK Farrow – Farrow Vineyards
  10. Margaret Leonardi – Fetzer Vineyards
  11. Natalie Dale – Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  12. Lynda Hanson – Hanzell Vineyards
  13. Judy James – James Family Cellars
  14. Debra Charest – La Crema Winery
  15. Kate Nowell-Smith – Lambert Bridge Winery
  16. Kate MacMurray – MacMurray Estate Vineyards
  17. Regina Martinelli – Martinelli Vineyards & Winery
  18. Jennie Shein – MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
  19. Yolanda Papapietro – Papapietro Perry Winery
  20. Sally Johnson – Pride Mountain Vineyards
  21. Haley Duncan – Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars
  22. Lisa Valtenbergs – Stonestreet Estate Winery
  23. Kerry Forbes McPhail – Tongue Dancer Wines
  24. Rickey Trombetta – Trombetta Family Wines
  25. DD Porush – Westwood Estate Wines
  26. Dawn Williamson – Williamson Wines
  27. Diane Wilson – Wilson Artisan Wineries

Since 1975, YWCA Sonoma County has been the County’s answer to the community’s call for refuge, advocacy and support with domestic violence. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lives, that’s more than breast, lung and ovarian cancer combined. YWCA Sonoma County operates the only confidential safe house in Sonoma County for parents and children fleeing domestic abuse. “A Special Place” Therapeutic Preschool offers children living with violence or neglect a safe setting five days a week. Additional services include support groups, counseling, family advocacy, community education and professional development training. Through these programs, the YWCA Sonoma County is able to serve families in our community who are struggling with the difficult issues of domestic violence while assisting them in creating lives free from violence.

In addition to the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter, people deserve respect, dignity and safety to conduct productive lives and care for their children. YWCA is honored to be a leader in the efforts to address needs so many people take for granted,” Madeleine Keegan O’Connell

To schedule an interview, please contact Madeleine Keegan O’Connell (707) 953-6722 moconnell@ywcasc.org

YWCA Sonoma County’s mission is to end domestic violence through awareness, education and empowerment.

 For more information on the YWCA Sonoma County, please visit our website at www.ywcasc.org