The Second Annual Artisano Celebration of Local Wine, Food and Art Announces Discount “Early Bird” Ticket Sales

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Artisano brings together the best of Sonoma County's food and cheese makers, restaurateurs, wine country artists and small-production premium wines on October 9, 2010 from noon to 5:00 PM. Through September 9, 2010, guests take $20 off the regular $75 ticket price when purchasing online.

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The second annual Artisano celebration of wine, food and art is set for Saturday, October 9, 2010, noon to 5:00 pm, at the lovely Geyserville Inn in the northern Sonoma County wine country, just north of Healdsburg, California. The cost for the event is $75 but, for a limited time, the ticket price is $55 if purchased online at http://www.artisano.org using the promotion code "earlybird". After September 9, ticket prices return to $75.

As with last year, Artisano brings together the best of Sonoma County's food and cheese makers, restaurateurs, wine country artists and small-production premium wines in an intimate and beautiful vineyard setting in the Alexander Valley.

Artisano received rave reviews at its inaugural wine/food/art/music event. In a review of last year’s event, the North Bay Bohemian said, “Artisano is destined to be hugely popular—and why wouldn’t it be? Small-production cult wines rarely enjoyed by the public married well with gorgeous food from local purveyors in a hidden setting on a stellar fall day.”

Small, local wine producers participating this year number 25 and include Arnot-Roberts, Skipstone, Montemaggiore, Respite Wines, and Garden Creek. More than 20 local restaurants and food purveyors are also participating and include Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, Diavola, Catelli’s, Zin Restaurant, Syrah Bistro, Bellwether Farms, Redwood Hill Farm, Cowgirl Creamery, Jimtown Store, Dry Creek Peach and Produce, among numerous others.

Local artists will be displaying and selling original paintings, sculpture, fused glass and ceramics, weaving, photography, and other unique objet d’art. Live music by the Susan Comstock Swingtet will compliment the relaxed atmosphere. Sonoma County North’s Slow Food Chapter is organizing an auction and raffle featuring rare and hard-to-find wines and unique travel packages.

Community partners of Artisano include Oliver’s Market, Relish Culinary Adventures, Dry Creek Rancheria, Geyserville Inn, American Ag Credit, Wine Country Party & Events, KRSH-FM Radio, KRCB-FM, and Wine Industry Network.

Artisano benefits Sonoma County North’s Slow Food Chapter, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes local, sustainable food and advocates for good, clean and fair food for all people. Current projects include a local School Gardens Project, Pachay-Sonoma Food Culture Exchange, Slow Harvest gleaning project, and Sonoma County Grow-Out.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online at http://www.artisano.org.

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