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Dip into Sonoma Passion Projects: CIRQ, CHEV, & Lombardi
Escape to the heart of California wine country and experience the finest wine and hospitality Sonoma has to offer. Bid high for this 2-night stay for 2 couples at the Browne Family Estate home, where you'll enjoy the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Savor the flavors of Sonoma and make unforgettable memories!
Some of you may be familiar with CIRQ and CHEV. They made their Pairings debut last year, but this year they’ve returned to up the ante. They’re joining forces with Pairings darling, Tony Lombardi, to offer an experience in Sonoma that’s to die for!
California legend Michael Browne embarked on some very special passion projects: CIRQ and CHEV in the Russian River Valley. Everything grows well there: trees, flowers, fish, bees, butterflies, jackrabbits — and people. Mother nature simply brings a bounty of life so unique to this region. Blame it on the rare microclimate and the Pacific Coastal moderate temperatures — it’s perfect Chardonnay and Pinot Noir growing conditions.
Sparked by Browne’s love of old school workmanship, from classic cars to vintage clocks, CHEV pays homage to bygone days when the raw was hand-wrought to expert precision. Just like their grapes — exquisitely grown by master farmers, curated from renowned sites, and refined to delicious detail in the family shop. At CIRQ, their goal persists: to craft the finest Pinot Noir possible from exceptional vineyards from our backyard- the ultimate expression of this magical region.
While working in 2013 as the Director of Brand Management & Public Relations at Kosta Browne Winery, Tony Lombardi launched his own eponymous label producing small lots of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Sonoma County vineyards. Christine and Tony Lombardi began a passion project that honors a rich family history of wine, food, and tradition. Together, with Winemaker Cabell Coursey, they craft some of the best wines from some of the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast.
Now this lot offers two couples a VIP tasting of Lombardi wines at Coursey Graves winery high above the Bennett Valley. Following the exclusive tasting (Lombardi is not usually open to the public and does not offer tastings), your group will proceed to Chef Dustin Valette’s critically acclaimed Valette Restaurant in Healdsburg, CA for a wine pairing dinner that will knock your socks off. Chef/Proprietor, Dustin Valette will prepare a five-course VIP tasting menu. And, to sweeten the deal, your hosts for the evening will be both Sarah Browne and Tony Lombardi. Each couple will receive a parting gift, a magnum from each producer. Talk about a great night!
Oh, and did we mention Sarah and Michael Browne have invited you to stay at their stunning, perfectly appointed and brand new Browne Family Estate home for a two-night stay with spectacular panoramic views of the Russian River Valley? Trust us, it’s that incredible. Sarah and Michael Browne will also lead you through a private estate tour and barrel tasting at CIRQ & CHEV Wines while you’re there. To seal the deal, you’ll get priority access to CIRQ’s multi-year waiting list PLUS first in line access to CHEV wines upon release.
Your next trip to Sonoma just got SO much cooler. Now, who’s ready to bid??
This trip lot includes:
Plus the following wines (to be shipped after auction):
Restrictions: To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date. Trip does not include airfare or rental car. Trip restrictions apply, see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog.
Donated by Sarah & Micheal Brown, CIRQ, CHEV, Tony Lombardi, Lombardi Wines