Gingerbread competition goes to the movies
Paradise Ridge goes for the sweet tooth
Sonoma Valley’s Vintners and Growers Alliance (SVVGA) has announced the contestants in the seventh annual Sonoma Valley Winery Gingerbread Competition, in which wineries create edible replicas of their wineries. New this year is a themed competition where wineries will base their gingerbread creations on their favorite Christmas movies.
Throughout December, visitors can pick up a map and a ballot at any of the participating wineries and vote for their favorite gingerbread creation. Each time voters cast a ballot either at the wineries or on the Sonoma Valley Grapes & Wine Facebook page they’ll be entered for a chance to win a case of Sonoma Valley wines.
The 13 participating wineries throughout Sonoma Valley and some of the holiday movies they plan to replicate in gingerbread are:
• Annadel Estate Winery, a winery closed to the public, will be displaying its gingerbread house at the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau at Cornerstone Center.
• Crisp Bake Shop of Sonoma and B.R. Cohn Winery are teaming on their interpretation of “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”
• The Grinch wasn’t able to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville in a Seussuian creation at Buena Vista Winery.
• “The Polar Express,” a creation by Kenwood local, Kelly Cleaver, will be featured at Chateau St. Jean.
• “Three Wise Single Men” will be the theme at Envolve Winery, where the wise bachelors will offer holiday gifts of wine, chocolates and other merchandise.
• Vito and Guido Vino of Two Amigos Wines and their lady friends at GlenLyon Vineyards and Winery will be partnering to bring you “Elf.”
• The winemaking team at Highway 12 Vineyards and Winery will compile a trio – “Miracle on 34th Street” meets “A Christmas Story” meets “Elf” – into “The Miracle on 1st Street.”
• Imagery Estate Winery staff will create its own rendition of “A Christmas Story.”
• The Culinary apprentices at Worth Our Weight will create Kenwood Vineyards version of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
• Lasseter Family Winery will be only by appointment only this holiday season (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Their gingerbread house designer, Veronica Eicken, will be creating a structure after the movie “Elf” featuring many different Pixar characters.
• Mayo Family Winery chef is doing its own variation on a theme with “A Mayo Christmas Story.”
• Spann Vineyards team and winemaker Betsy Spann are creating their big representation of Sonoma Valley’s smallest winery.
• Viansa Winery and Marketplace will depict the famous “Miracle on 34th Street” made by students of Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary School.
This friendly competition kicks off the SVVGA’s Holidays in Sonoma Valley, a calendar of Sonoma Valley winery events that includes open houses, winemaker dinners, visits from Santa, toy drives, and musical events. For a listing of events visit the Events Calendar at SonomaValleyWine.com.