Make an Impression with Sonoma Wine Country Amenities
It’s always extra thoughtful when an in-room amenity follows a local trend and gives the guest a taste for the region they’re visiting. Sonoma Wine Country has an abundance of local treasures to choose from.
As event planners, we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to in-room amenities. For me, one thing holds true: The good ones never get old.
Here are a few Sonoma County favorites you may consider when planning for your next group outing:
DaVero Farm Finds
Flown in from Tuscany, DaVero’s olive trees have produced (thankfully for us) some of the finest olive oil around. However, the the folks at DaVero realized the land could host more than just an olive orchard.
Today, DaVero runs a full farm including a vineyard, fruit trees, herb garden, produce, and even animals. I suppose what’s truly magical is the way in which they use their bounty to produce an array of products. Here are a few to choose from for your guests:
Sample Size Olive Oil
Feel free to visit DaVero and raid their onsite stash. Any of their olive oils in sample size is the way to go when discussing a group amenity. Contact them ahead of time to create the perfect package for your group and to ensure availability. The 2013 Tuscan Estate Extra Virgin is a must.
Meat and Poultry Herb Rub
Particularly pleasant when paired with lamb, DaVero’s meat and poultry herb rub is a great take home gift for your guests. It includes DaVero’s own herbs, and local organic marjoram, thyme, summer savory, and sage.
Sonoma Lavender Products
When Sonoma County comes up in conversation, it’s rarely because of our lavender, but surprisingly, it’s a major crop in our area. Sonoma Lavender is a Kenwood-based business that uses its five acres of culinary-grade lavender to create luxurious products, perfect for welcoming anyone into this region.Shelli Solmenero, customer service manager at Sonoma Lavender, noted a few of their keynote products:
Infused with essential lavender oil, these soaps have excellent moisturizing benefits — plus, they smell great.
Lavender Sleep Masks
Lavender scented, and gift-wrapped, this gift is perfect for overnights or plane flights. Anything to make a work trip decidedly bearable is a positive investment.
Quick Tip: While in the area, stop by Chateau St. Jean on your way to the lavender fields for a quick tasting in their main garden. You won’t be disappointed.
Vella Cheese Company Delights
Anytime I arrive at my hotel room, there’s that sense of relief (and celebration; no more tiny feet kicking the back of your chair!) followed by an immediate, “Where can I get something to eat?”
At this point, your guests have met Sonoma Wine Country, now they can meet Vella Cheese Company. I had the opportunity to learn of Vella Cheese Company’s rich history in Sonoma County (82 years and counting) and vast variety of perfectly proportioned and delicious options to provide to your guests, including:
Mezzo Secco (partially dry Monterey Jack), which is aged a minimum of four to seven months.
Romanello Dolce, a sweeter Italian type cheese.
Toma, which Vella Cheese Company is believed to be the first US cheese factory to produce domestically.
All three options are paired well with any wine varietal and are available in four ounce blocks by request (a perfect amenity size.) Additionally, Vella will ship UPS Ground to any venue and the above cheeses do great unrefrigerated for a week. For more information or to peruse each cheese’s vast collection of awards, visit their website here.
A Night Cap from Mayo Winery
Ah, yes, the all important (and appreciated), “Night Cap.” Your event is already happening in a wine lovers’ paradise, so chances are (and by chances, I mean, “this better be happening”) you’re incorporating a tasting into your agenda. Rarely have I gone tasting and been offered a dessert wine, which is why to offer an after-hours dessert option is an excellent go-to. Here are two from fabulous Mayo Family Winery:
2011 Zinfandel Port, Mayo Family Winery
“Aromas of dark berry fruit and mixed berry pie combined with inviting hints of hazelnut and caramel notes.”
2011 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, Mayo Family Winery
“Sweet pear flavors mingle with hints of candied lemon and high violet notes.”
Another feature to these two half-bottle selections is the convenience of ordering by the case online, here:
Simply Wine Country’s One-Stop Amenity Shop
This could very well be a planner’s best friend. Local, thoughtfully selected, and beautifully packaged Wine Country treasures are available in bulk, and at varying price points. From miniature B.R. Cohn oil/vinegar sets to local wine-cork place cards or business card holders, planners can pick and pull to meet their group’s needs or elect to order a pre-packaged welcome amenity, such as the Sonoma Welcome Bag complete with biscotti, mixed nuts, cookies, bottled water, emergency kit, and Sonoma County postcard.
Regardless of what you choose from Simply Wine Country, you’re assured that each product derives from our local region.
Any one or combination of the above will provide the appropriate impression of Sonoma Wine Country, your event, and should carry them through their stay and/or perhaps as a pleasant reminder upon their arrival home.
For additional information on how to provide a premium experience (or for free Sonoma Wine Country maps and literature for your guests), never hesitate to contact Sonoma County Tourism. The sooner you reach out, the better. Feel free to contact the sales team at 800-576-6662 or [email protected]. Request for proposals may be sent here.