2016 Ag Award Honorees

Each year the Sonoma County Harvest Fair selects outstanding members of the Sonoma County agricultural community to be honored for their contributions to the preservation and enhancement of farming in Sonoma County. The Ag-Recognition selection committee is comprised of past recipients. 

This year the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Board of Directors is proud to honor the following people for the 2016 Agricultural Recognition Awards:


Russian River Brewing Company - Excellence In Craft Beer Industry

Russian River Brewing CompanyRussian River Brewing Company, owned and operated by husband and wife duo Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo, is this year’s recipient of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Award for Excellence in the Craft Beer Industry. The brewery was originally located at the historic Korbel Winery in Guerneville with Vinnie as the sole brewer. After Korbel closed the brewery in 2003, the Cilurzos acquired the brand name and reopened under new ownership as a brewpub in Downtown Santa Rosa. 

“It’s those words ‘Russian River’ that beer lovers across the country have come to immediately connect with some of their best loved beers,” says brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo.

Cilurzo used hops grown on the Korbel property to craft his first wet hops brew, Hop-Time Harvest Ale. When Korbel purchased Lake Sonoma Winery, Vinnie opened an adjacent brewery where he began experimenting with making beer in wine barrels. In 2003, when Korbel decided to get out of the beer business, Gary Heck graciously agreed to transfer the rights to the brand names, some equipment and all of the recipes to Vinnie.  

“Russian River Brewing would be something completely different now if it weren't for that incredible opportunity,” says Cilurzo.

Pliny the Elder Double IPA is probably Russian River Brewing Company’s most well-known beer, but its Pliny the Younger that’s most storied. People line up for hours in front of the Santa Rosa brewpub, just for a taste of the younger Pliny during its yearly debut in February.

“Russian River Brewing Company pushed the boundaries of experimentation and innovation, putting Sonoma County on the map for excellent craft beer,” says Monica Rodriguez of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. “When people hear ‘Russian River Brewing’ they think interesting, outstanding beer and we are honored to recognize Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo for their contribution to the industry.”

Vinnie and Natalie opened Russian River Brewing Company as a brewpub in downtown Santa Rosa in 2004 and began self-distributing to nearby clients. In 2008, they opened a production brewery about a mile from their brewpub allowing them to triple production, take on more accounts locally, and distribute to four more states. Today, Russian River has nearly 100 employees between both breweries. Their busy Downtown brew pub has become a popular beer tourism destination and a community gathering place for many Sonoma County locals. Earlier this year the Cilurzo’s announced plans to build their dream brewery with a brewpub, gift shop and tasting room on 15 acres in Windsor, CA.


Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm, Excellence in Local Food Production

Singing Frogs FarmFlowers, animals, children and abundant healthy crops thrive at Sebastopol’s Singing Frogs Farm. Productive, profitable and healthy, these are the farm’s hallmarks—where the soil is never tilled yet produces a staggering amount of nutrient rich vegetables, herbs and fruits to feed families. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is honored to present farmers Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm with the third annual award for Excellence in Local Food Production. 

At eight acres, Singing Frogs Farm is a small farm with a big name. The Kaiser’s have gained world-wide recognition by showing that no-till vegetable production is not only possible, but highly productive and profitable. Since beginning in 2007, their farm has quadrupled the organic matter and nearly tripled the total microbial life in its soils; increased bird and native bee populations and diversity; increased native perennial plant diversity and density; and dramatically reduced water usage per crop—all while producing over six times the state average of harvest revenue per acre per year.

“Singing Frogs Farm began as a living ecological experiment, but as we learned more about the science of soil, we realized the eminent importance of a no-till soil management approach to a healthy, resilient and economically prosperous agro-ecological system,” says Elizabeth Kaiser. “So far, we’ve learned three key things: Disturb the soil as little as possible, keep a diversity of living plants in the ground at all times, and keep the soil covered and protected as often as possible. By doing these, we’ve been able to produce more food that’s also more nutrient rich,” she adds.

In addition to being “no till,” Singing Frogs Farm is a dedicated ecological farm, which means no sprays, not even organic sprays. “As a result, our children can run through the fields eating whatever they want, whenever they want,” says Paul Kaiser.

Singing Frogs Farm feeds between 115 and 120 families each week with Community Supported Agriculture boxes of their farm goods. They also sell their food year-round at various Farmers Markets and to local restaurants. The Kaisers, who are passionate about the importance of healthy soil, also present workshops, consultations, and farm tours for individuals, schools and non-profit groups.

“We welcome the opportunity to share and inspire people and are honored to be recognized by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for our efforts,” says Elizabeth Kaiser.


Karissa Kruse, Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture

Karissa KruseWith deep roots in farming and a diverse background in business and marketing, Karissa Kruse brings passion and perspective to Sonoma County agriculture. From dairy farming to grape growing, Kruse has been working with farmers on improving the visibility and economics of agriculture for years. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is pleased to honor Karissa Kruse with this year’s Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture award.

Kruse shared that her passion for farming originates from spending her summers on her grandparent’s farm in Nebraska. She stated, “Farms are paradise for kids and their active imaginations. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that I was building a deep appreciation for farmers.”

Born in South Dakota, Kruse dreamed of a big job in the city. She studied business and marketing and received a BS and MBA from Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. Championed by supportive parents and mentored by her older brother Anthony, she pursued the career of her dreams. Throughout her career she worked for large corporations such as Marvel Comics, General Mills, and Nike. After years of success in corporate America, Kruse realized that she needed a change. She then moved to Santa Rosa and in 2008 planted her first vineyard.

As a grower for and partner of Argot Winery, Kruse began to understand firsthand the trials, tribulations, and yet, pure joy of being a farmer. When presented with the opportunity to take on the role of Marketing Director for the Sonoma Winegrape Commission in 2012, she knew it would be the perfect fit. Within a year, she was named President.

“Being a farmer is a 24-hour a day job and they do it with passion and a true love of the land. I am proud to work for Sonoma County Winegrowers,” said Kruse.

Kruse is most proud of her work with local farmers to position Sonoma County as a leader in sustainability. In 2015, Kruse was the first in Sonoma County to receive the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Award, where she traveled to Europe for a month to better understand transatlantic relations, sustainable farming, agri-tourism and wine marketing. She was selected in 2014 as a North Bay Business Journal Women in Business Honoree and 40 under Forty Award recipient in 2012.

Kruse is on the Advisory Committee for Wharton’s Initiative on Environmental Leadership and on the boards of the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm Foundation, Ag Trust Committee and Viticulture Advisory Committee and is also a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 29. 

“I am humbled to receive the Friend of Agriculture Award. I work every day to preserve agriculture in Sonoma County and promote our great region, so to be selected by a group of men and women who have been my mentors, motivators and friends is a true honor,” said Kruse.


Robert Young Family, Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Wine Industry
“Methuselah Award”

Robert Young FamilyFor nearly sixty years, the Robert Young Family has been growing grapes in Sonoma County. In fact, Robert Young was the first grower to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley, the very varietal that put the region on the viticulture map. And with six generations of farming under their belt, the scions of Robert Young understand the delicate balance between nurturing and harvesting from the land. In keeping family tradition, the Robert Young Family stays true to their roots by carefully pursuing perfection through experimentation, exploration, and good old-fashioned hard work. This year, the Harvest Fair is proud to honor the Robert Young Family with the Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County’s Wine Industry “Methuselah Award”, for their collaboration and commitment to producing exquisite California wines.

In 1963 Young planted 6,500 vines on 14 acres. Today, Robert’s four children, Fred, Jim, JoAnn, and Susan care for 317 acres of vines that include 12 different varietals. Together, they honor their father’s commitment to preserve the land and remain humble stewards of the family estate. Throughout the years, the Young’s have received numerous accolades worldwide for their production of great fruit to their champion wines. Yet one particular achievement stands out among the many. In the mid-1980s, Jim Young selected and developed the Robert Young Clone 17 Chardonnay, which allowed them to rid old blocks of leaf roll virus. The clone is now used in chardonnays globally, and is the backbone of the Robert Young Estate Winery Chardonnays.

The Young’s attribute their success to their “footprints in the vineyard’, a phrase that describes their profound connection to the land. As farmers, being on the land allows them the ability to closely watch what’s going on and the proximity to make the best choices to improve their growing practices. This combined with the belief that with knowledge comes the responsibility to share and educate. To this day, they remain committed to scientific research and collaboration, a vital role in ensuring the long-term preservation of Sonoma County’s family farms.

Jim Young, Robert Young Winery CEO, responds, “Thank you for this great honor. We are proud of our long history of family farming in Sonoma County and grateful to be recognized by our peers and the Board of the Harvest Fair. We feel honored to be a part of the local wine industry, as well as the larger agricultural community here in Sonoma County. The wine industry has and will continue to be a major driver of our local economy and is essential in protecting our rural areas and farms”.


Buck Sangiacomo, Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture

Buck SangiacomoEvery morning Buck Sangiacomo meets with his family over breakfast to discuss the daily operations for stewarding their 1,600 acres of vineyards in Sonoma County. Buck’s dedication to his family, the land, and to the greater agricultural community have shaped how grapes are grown today. Through sharing knowledge, honoring tradition, and embracing new technology, Buck continues to mentor the next generation of farmers. It is because of Buck’s commitment to the preservation of land and community that the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is honored to present him with the 2016 Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture award.

A true farmer at heart, Buck understands the importance of sustainability. Along with his siblings, he has carefully cultivated the Sangiacomo land and vines to produce top-tier grapes year after year. Decades of planting cover crops have demonstrated how the natural nutrient levels in soil can be built up to provide rich land for years to come. Seasonal methods of reducing pests, using natural composts, and implementing innovative harvesting techniques have lured farmers from all over Sonoma County to learn from the Sangiacomo family. And as they have done from generation to generation, the Sangiacomos share their knowledge of soil, climate, and technology with local growers to help the region flourish.

As a second-generation farmer, Buck learned to work the land from his father, the late Vittorio Sangiacomo. He worked after school and during the summers alongside his brothers Angelo and Bob and his sister Lorraine. Today Buck continues to mentor the next generation --- Mike and Steve Sangiacomo and Mia Sangiacomo Pucci --- who run the day-to-day operation of the family business. The Sangiacomo family bond is strong and carries a legacy of perseverance withstanding even the Great Depression. It is with this strength and collaboration that the family works together today to preserve their farm and to provide opportunity for the next of kin. Moreover their diverse experience and collective knowledge have earned the Sangiacomos respect and loyalty from top wine producers in Sonoma County and beyond.

“You don’t want to be patted on the back all your life but it sure feels good to be honored like this,” exclaimed Buck.  “It’s real nice.”


Shannon Donnell, Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness

Shannon DonnellBorn and raised in Sonoma County, Shannon Donnell is a wife, mother, scientist, MBA, viticulturist, vintner, and women’s advocate. Currently the Grower Relations and Vineyard Operations Manager for Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Donnell oversees the internal management of over 1,100 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir across six vineyards. It is through her dedication, discovery of genetic research, commitment to family and community, and contribution to the future preservation of grape growing that Donnell has earned the respect and admiration of her peers. This year, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is proud to recognize Shannon Donnell as 2016 Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness.

Originally pursuing a degree in Genetics at UC Davis, Shannon was vaguely aware of the growing wine industry back home. It wasn’t until her final year in her undergraduate program that she discovered the deeply rooted connected between science, viticulture, and winemaking. After signing up for an introduction to winemaking class, Shannon landed a job working with professor and geneticist of the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology department, Dr. Andrew Walker. It was there that she began researching the resistance of grapevines to Pierce’s Disease and working on various grapevine genetic research projects.

Thirsty for knowledge, Shannon wanted to learn more about winemaking. She made the short track to Napa and spent a harvest season working for Cakebread Cellars. From there she spent the next few years working as a Pest Control Advisor for both Napa and Sonoma Counties and later moved on as Viticulturist for Duckhorn Winery in St. Helena. Shannon had already begun to ensure that the growers she worked with achieved the highest possible grape quality.

In 2013, happily married and with a third child on the way, Shannon was one of the first to complete the newly developed Executive MBA program in Wine Business at Sonoma State University. Shannon shares that she is most proud of obtaining her MBA while raising her family and starting her own wine label with her husband in just 18 months. This is only a small window into the many successes she has realized during her lifetime. From 2012 – 2014 Donnell was a board member for the Russian River Valley Winegrowers, Past Co-Chair of GROW at Sonoma-Cutrer (an internal employee resource group that is focused on the development and growth of women in the workplace), and member of the Sonoma State University Mentor Program.

Guided by her parent’s values of hard work and continual improvement, Shannon remains humble and grounded despite her success. When notified of this award nomination, a shocked and almost speechless Shannon replied, “I am absolutely honored and so incredibly humbled for this recognition and to be among the others that have received this award.”


Marissa Ledbetter-Foster, Outstanding Young Farmer

Marissa Ledbetter-FosterMarissa Ledbetter-Foster loves agriculture and numbers. After graduating from Cal State San Luis Obispo in 2004 with a B.S. in Agricultural Business and a minor in Wine & Viticulture, she wanted to determine her best career fit. She considered Ag Finance, and she also felt the passion for farming that is in her blood. Marissa worked for several wineries over the next few years, gaining a wealth of experience and skills. Her quest to find the perfect niche, however, continued.

Then, one day, a conversation with father Jim Ledbetter set things in motion. “I started talking to my dad,” Marissa says. “I had left a job with another family winery, and when I told him I was going to start looking for work again, he offered me a job.” Marissa didn’t jump at the chance, but not due to a lack of interest. “I grew up watching my dad and my uncle grow their business,” she says. “In high school, my senior project was based on our company. In college, I saw how close my Ag major friends were with their families, and I realized, we really do have something special and unique. But when my dad offered me the job, I didn’t know if I was ready.”

The farming operation was started in the 1970’s by Marissa’s grandfather, Keith Ledbetter. Marissa proceeded to have further conversations with her father, her uncle, John Ledbetter, and her cousin, Kim Ledbetter-Bronson, all of whom worked in the business. The outcome was that Marissa, along with cousin Craig Ledbetter, joined Vino Farms in May of 2006.

Over the years, Vino Farms has earned a solid reputation within the industry, and Marissa has been a major contributor to this achievement. Among other things, Vino Farms is recognized for its dedication to employees, sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices and community involvement. As Vice President of Operations for the North Coast, Marissa travels between Napa and Sonoma Counties overseeing operations of both managed and owned vineyards. Her responsibilities include: new vineyard development and redevelopment; joint oversight of the Human Resources and Safety Departments; harvest scheduling; winery relations; and a multitude of other tasks that arise throughout the year.

“It’s all about family,” she states. “It’s about striving to be the best and provide the best for our employees and for our own families. I love working with my family and making my grandpa proud.”

Marissa is clearly doing just that. She seems to have found her niche, a niche where quality agriculture and impressive numbers abound. Vino Farms has approximately 100 vineyards in their North Coast region and sells to over 100 regional wineries, and 2016 marks Marissa’s 11th harvest.

In addition to deftly handling all that her job entails, Marissa has a history of active participation in local, state and federal organizations related to her industry. Currently, she sits on boards for the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), the California Wine Grape Growers Foundation (CWGGF) and the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (SCW).

Of being named 2016 Outstanding Young Farmer, Marissa says, “When I got the phone call, I was shocked…and honored. I was surprised to win the award because there are so many young, wonderful farmers in our community. I’m really honored.”

Marissa lives with husband Brian Foster, stepdaughter Kendra, 14 and son James, 2. The couple is also expecting a baby girl in January.


Redwood Empire Vineyard Management, Sustainable Farmer Award (sponsored by the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission)

Though far from new to the agricultural business, Sonoma County’s Redwood Empire Vineyard Management (REVM) employs farming practices as fresh and forward-thinking as they come. The company, founded in 1983, is today a leader in the movement toward sustainable farming. As the very first certified sustainable vineyard management company in California, REVM is setting a model of excellence for vineyard managers and growers countywide and statewide to follow. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is pleased to recognize Redwood Empire Vineyard Management’s exceptional leadership and proud to present owners Kevin and Linda Barr and Tyler Klick with Sonoma County Harvest Fair’s first-ever Outstanding Sustainable Farmer Award.

“The word ‘sustainability’ can mean different things to different people,” says Kevin Barr. “But to me, it’s pretty simple. It means just doing the right thing for the land and for future generations. It means that every piece of land that REVM puts its hands on is environmentally better after we’re finished. It means being dedicated farmers committed to protecting the land that grows beautiful fruit.”

REVM became California’s first certified sustainable vineyard management company in 2012. The company’s leadership in achieving and modeling a high standard for sustainable farming became especially significant in 2014, when the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association committed to being the first 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

“Our philosophy has always been about sustainability,” says Linda Barr. “But now more than ever we’re incorporating sustainable practices throughout everything we do. Whether it’s creek restoration or pioneering fish-friendly farming operations or just always staying current with what’s best for the land, we feel it’s the right thing to do and are proud to be on the cutting edge of this transformation.” she adds.

Tyler Klick believes sustainability is important to agriculture. “The certification allows us to evaluate our practices, identify deficiencies, and improve them. We are always looking to improve the land’s ecology, maintain profitability, be socially aware of our community and do what is right for our employees. Labor is our most valuable resource. Becoming the first sustainable vineyard manager is important to our industry, as many farms are farmed by third party operators who are not the landowners. Prior to 2012, there was not a program to certify non-owner farming operations. We worked closely with Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) to create the path for non-landowner operators such as vineyard managers to become certified.”

Redwood Empire Vineyard Management is a full service vineyard management, vineyard development, vineyard leasing, and estate development company. Its staff of 250 people farms and maintains vineyards in Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino and Lake counties year round.


Jackson Family Wines, Sustainable Processor/Maker Award (sponsored by the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission)

Jackson Family WinesBuilding on the legacy of their father Jess Jackson, and with the continued passion and commitment of Barbara Banke, the entire Jackson family takes the long view when helping to manage their family business, always seeking to maintain the vitality of the land for the next generation. Jackson Family Wines, a collection of premium wines, including Kendall-Jackson, La Crema, and Stonestreet, stands out clearly as the leader in Sonoma County’s new effort toward 100% sustainable winemaking by 2019. With Katie Jackson in charge of sustainability and external affairs, Jackson Family Wines is putting Sonoma County at the worldwide forefront of winemaking innovation yet again. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair is honored to present the Jackson family with the Harvest Fair’s first-ever Outstanding Sustainable Processor/Maker Award.

“My father started the company in 1982 and from the beginning he taught his family the value of being a good land steward,” says Jackson. “Ours is a multi-generational approach to farming with the goal of insuring that the land remains healthy and productive for the next hundred years and beyond,” she adds.

Jackson says being a family-owned business gives Jackson Family Wines the ability to make decisions focused on the long-term, rather than on quarterly stock market results. “Managing our business from the vineyards to shipping our bottled wines, enables us to integrate sustainable practices into every stage of the art and science of winemaking,” she says.

And, with a vision for zero waste, meager greenhouse gases and sustainable agriculture, Jackson Family Wines is leading the way in Sonoma County—having received early certification as a sustainable winegrower, recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and recently the Green Medal Leader Award given by an assortment of industry organizations including the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma County Winegrowers and The Vineyard Team (Sustainable in Practice).

“When the Sonoma County Winegrowers committed to being the nation's first 100 percent sustainable winegrowing region, Jackson Family Wines jumped right in,” says Karissa Kruse, President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers.  "The Jacksons committed to paying more to growers for sustainably farmed grapes, providing the financial incentive needed to gain support from other growers, especially small growers where margins are especially tight. They have been great partners in our bold goal,” adds Kruse.

Jackson Family Wines uses innovative practices to set a high sustainability standard, such as closed loop water recycling; sensors and drones to precisely gauge water and fertilizer needs; state-of-the art drip irrigation systems that prevent evaporation; the wine industry’s largest onsite solar generation with some of the energy stored in Tesla batteries; the recycling of 98 percent of its materials used in bottling; reservoirs to capture water runoff, rain and processed water; and windmills to break up winter air masses that threaten to freeze grapes, saving water and energy.


Previous Award Winners

 

Excellence in the Craft Beer Industry:

 PAST RECIPIENTS

 2015     Moonlight Brewing Company

 2014     Bear Republic Brewing Company

Excellence in Food Production:

PAST RECIPIENTS

2015     Kozlowski Farms

2014     Bloomfield Organics

Outstanding Young Farmer:

PAST RECIPIENTS

1976     Tom Crane

1989     Jim Young

2002     Mike Strunk

2015     Dan Rotlisberger

1977     Warren Dutton

1990     Craig Jacobsen

2003     John Bucher

1978     Lee Martinelli, Sr.

1991     Bill Kunde

2004     Lee Martinelli, Jr.

1979     Mel Sanchietti

1992     Bob Cannard

2005     Ned Hill

1980     Richard Dilworth

1993     Jim Murphy

2006     Tom Rued

1981     Dane Petersen

1994     Dennis Murphy

2007     Mike Sangiacomo

1982     Phil Marcuacci

1995     Steve & Dave Gatti

2008     George Martinelli

1983     Thom Mauritson

1996     Leonard Diggs

2009     Steve Sangiacomo

1984     Tom Dehlinger

1997     Keith Kunde

2010     Brett Munselle

1985     Marvin & Rita Cardoza

1998     Pat Stornetta/ Joe Leveroni

2011     Ryan Petersen

1986     Bev Wasson

1999     Steve Dutton

2012     Mark Sanchietti

1987     Norm Yenni

2000     Joe Dutton

2013      Tyler Klick

1988     John Balletto

2001     Kelly Parsons

2014      Cameron Mauritson

Outstanding Young Person in Agribusiness:

PAST RECIPIENTS

 

 

 

1980     Alex  Vyborny

1991     Doug Snyde

2003     Rex & Kerry Williams 

2014 Lise Asimont

1981     Paul Mononi

1992     Jim Pratt

2004     Armon Azevedo

2015 Marcus Benedetti

 

1982     Marc Dahlgren

1993     Peter Opatz

2005     Chris & Dawn Lindelof

 

1983     Mike Lee

1994     Joe Votek

2006     Chris Bowland

 

1984     Dave Rafanelli

1995     Katie Wetzel Murphy

2007     Dana Grande

 

1985     Steve Hill

1996     David Drucker

2008     Jeff Carlton

 

1986     Brian Gebhart

1997     Kirk Lokka

2009     Ulises Valdez

 

1987     Steve & Candy Sommer

1998     Lorri Emmerich

2010     John Azevedo

 

1988     Dan Benedetti

1999     Jeff Lyon

2011     Brent Young

 

1989     Kevin  Barr

2000        Lee Ann Cameron-Reuter

2012     Clay Mauritson

 

1990     Perry Kozlowski

2001     John Bidia

2013      Tom Gore, Jr.

 

Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture:

PAST RECIPIENTS

 

 

 

1987     Tim Tesconi

1996     Mike Runyan

2005     Capt. Cliff Stewart

2014     Carlos Chavez

1988     Bill & Patsy Stratton

1997     Dan Desmond

2006     Nick Frey

2015     Stephanie Larson

 

1989     Steve Olson

1998     Gaye LeBaron

2007     Gail Davis

 

1990     Larry Bertolini

1999     Terry Lindley

2008     Rhonda Smith

 

1991     Rich & Saralee Kunde

2000     Bob Anderson

2009     Bo Simons

 

1992     Millie Howie

2001     Glenn Klein

2010     Paul Kelly

 

1993     Richard Thomas

2002     Michele Anna Jordan

2011     Oliver’s Markets

 

1994     John & Phebe Sorensen

2003     Ken Silveira

2012     Chef John Ash

 

1995     Paul Vossen

2004     Bill Traverso

2013      Lucia Varela

 

Lifetime Contribution to Sonoma County Agriculture:

PAST RECIPIENTS

 

 

 

1984     Mike Rossi

1994     Newton Petersen

2004     Ron & Ruth Waltenspeil

2014 Al Cadd

1985     Elmer Brown

1995     Darrel Hurst

2005     Cecilia Mello

2015 Bob & Shirley Dempel

1986     Sam Nisson

1996     Louis J. Foppiano

2006     Jim King

 

1987     J. Wesley Jamison

1997     Carmen Kozlowski

2007     Mitch Mulas

 

1988     Paul Mancini

1998     Joe Vercelli

2008     Lee Walker, Sr.

 

1989     Louis Ricci

1999     Dr. Fred Groverman

2009     Joe Rochioli, Sr.

 

1990     Gene Benedetti

2000     Louis Giacometti

2010     Rich Kunde

 

1991     Gus Sanchietti

2001     George Menini

2011     Dominic Carinalli

 

1992     Robert Young

2002     Warren & Gail Dutton

2012     Art Ibleto

 

1993     Joe DiGrazia

2003     Angelo Sangiacomo

2013      Bill King

 

Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry "Methuselah Award"

PAST RECIPIENTS

2011     Jess Jackson

2011     Joe Martin

2012     Louis M. Foppiano – Foppiano Vineyards

2013      Sangiacomo Family

2014     David Stare

2015     Trione Family