SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — From a winery building that’s 150 years old to Snoopy’s Home Ice celebrating 50 years, Sonoma County is celebrating milestones throughout the destination. 

Soda Rock celebrates 150 years in 2019 
The building that houses Soda Rock Winery is steeped in history and, if the mossy old stone walls could talk, there would be some colorful stories. The current stewards strive to honor what has transpired here over the past 150 years. Some of the wines pay tribute to Soda Rock’s past, such as the Wentworth Zinfandel for Fred Wentworth, the owner of the Alexander Valley store around 1870. 

Soda Rock is the original site of the Alexander Valley general store and post office, and was once the central hub of activity for the valley. Historic records provide evidence of the first bonded winery on this property in 1880.  

After years of neglect, this local landmark had fallen into serious disrepair. Ken and Diane Wilson, who purchased the property in 2000, recognized the property’s historic value and appreciated the architecture of the stone buildings and water tower.  The long-term restoration plan has culminated in a site that retains its essential historic character while using recycled and green materials whenever possible. 

But, at the end of the day, it’s about the wine. A visit to the tasting bar and lounge isn’t complete without experiencing the delicious current release wines. Try distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Primitivo, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier.  

Snoopy’s Home Ice turns 50 
Also known as the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, Snoopy’s Home Ice turns 50 in 2019. The 50th Anniversary Weekend is Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29, 2019. The schedule of events is found at  

Long before Charles M. Schulz created the famed Peanuts Gang, he spent his childhood in Minnesota playing hockey – even convincing his dad to build a rink in the backyard. Hockey became a staple in the Peanuts strips, with Snoopy and Woodstock competing on the iced-over bird bath. 

Schulz moved to Sonoma County in 1958. He decided to build the Swiss Alpine-themed ice arena when the only local ice rink closed. The arena opened on April 28, 1969, with a gala event starring the 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming and the Vince Guaraldi trio. In 1975, tired of just pick-up games, he started a tournament for older adults who still love the game. The tournament has grown into the world’s largest senior hockey tournament. In 1981, Schulz won the Lester Patrick Award, an honor given by USA Hockey for outstanding service to hockey. He’s inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame, as a “builder and No. 1 fan.” 

Sonoma Raceway announces 50th anniversary celebration for 2019 Season 
Sonoma Raceway will celebrate 50 years of racing during its 2019 race season, as the motorsports facility hosts a full slate of on-track activity while looking back at its incredible history in the Sonoma Valley. 

The raceway kicked off its anniversary celebrations in 2018, marking the 50th anniversary of the facility’s groundbreaking on Aug. 14, 1968. Paving was completed on the road course in November of that year, and the raceway hosted its first non-spectator event, an SCCA Enduro, on Dec. 1, 1968. The raceway went on to host its first full season of racing in 1969, which included NHRA drag racing, AMA motorcycle racing and SCCA road racing. 

Honoring the raceway’s history and memorable moments will be at the heart of the raceway’s efforts in 2019, including celebrations to mark significant milestones in the raceway’s history, signature celebrations at the raceway’s major events featuring drivers and legends, and plenty of throwback images and memorabilia. 

Race fans are invited to get in on the fun by sharing their personal memories, stories and pictures from events at Sonoma Raceway at or on social media using the hashtag #Race50noma. 

On track, the 2019 major event schedule will be highlighted by the 31st return of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 21-23) and the 32nd NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 26-28).  

The 2019 Sonoma Raceway calendar also features a number of new events, including the Sonoma Speed Festival historic car races (May 31-June 2) and the Blancpain GT World Challenge America Series (June 7-9), as well as a number of fan favorites, including the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel (July 17-21), MotoAmerica’s CycleGear Championship of Sonoma (Aug. 10-11) and the CSRG Charity Challenge (Oct. 4-6). Make the Future California Featuring Shell Eco-Marathon Americas (April 3-6) returns for the second consecutive year.

Clover Sonoma’s mascot Clo turns 50 
Clover Sonoma’s punny and endearing mascot, Clo, turns 50 in 2019.  

Launched in 1969 to bring awareness to the thriving dairy, originally Clover Stornetta, Clo has certainly done that and more. She’s the star of billboards throughout Sonoma County and the Bay Area and is quite the punster: “Tip Clo through your two lips,” “My cup runneth Clover,” and “Supreme Quart” are just a few that bring a chuckle to drivers.  

Founder Gene Benedetti and advertising guru Lee Levinger came up with Clo to differentiate the dairy from others. Benedetti insisted that the billboards be funny and engaging, but no selling of a product.  

Clo will be the featured at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum: “Clo at the Mooseum: 50 Years Young.” The exhibit runs through June 9. 

She will also serve as grand marshal for the 38th annual Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade and Celebration on April 27. Other appearances include Andy’s Produce (Sebastopol) 55th anniversary celebration on May 4 and the Salute to American Graffiti on May 18, in Petaluma. 

Media Contact 
Kristel Corson, Marketing Director 
[email protected] 

40th anniversary: New Coppola wine label links to rare videos about ‘Apocalypse Now’ 
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film Apocalypse Now in 2019, Francis Ford Coppola Winery is releasing its collector’s edition 2015 Apocalypse Now Red Blend with innovative technology in the label. 

Scanning the wine label with a mobile device unlocks a series of rare videos about the making of Apocalypse Now. The clips feature commentary by director Coppola, and give unique insight into the grueling process of creating the iconic 1979 film. Each additional scan of the label reveals a total of four videos, including a deleted scene from the movie. 

Created from a blend composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec, the 2015 Apocalypse Now Red Blend offers intriguing wine with notes of pepper and toasted wood. Iconic artist Laurent Durieux designed the label. Located in Geyserville, in Sonoma County, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery is part of The Family Coppola company. 

Francis Ford Coppola Winery 
300 Via Archimedes 
Geyserville, CA 95441 

Media Contact 
Kristin Thwaites, Communications Director 
[email protected] 

Passport to Dry Creek Valley turning 30 years old 
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Passport to Dry Creek Valley on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2019, at themed parties hosted by more than 40 wineries, featuring local chefs, live music, Dry Creek Valley wines, and pop-up parties.  

One of northern Sonoma County’s premier food and wine festivals, the two-day Passport to Dry Creek Valley highlights this premium winegrowing region. To learn more about Dry Creek Valley wines firsthand, spend the Friday afternoon before the festival attending vineyard tours at select wineries or lunches hosted by the wineries and growers.  

On Friday night, wine country meets vintage gala at The Vintage Soiree, a pre-passport 30th-anniversary celebration, with Michelin-rated chefs, award-winning wines, and Dry Creek Valley winemakers.  

Passport to Dry Creek Valley is hosted by Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, a nonprofit trade association of more than 60 wineries and 150 winegrape growers. For more details, go to

25th anniversary of Art at the Source Open Studios 
This June marks the 25th anniversary for Art at the Source Open Studios, an annual free self-guided tour to artist studios in western Sonoma County. The event is sponsored by Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Art at the Source 

The event will begin with a preview night reception on May 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. An art piece by each participating artist will be on display and remain until June 9. The public is invited to attend this evening reception and meet the artists. Visit the gallery during the special extended hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the tour weekends. 

Open Studios, on June 1-2 and June 8-9, is a free tour of artists’ studios in western Sonoma County. It’s a chance to tour the beautiful backroads of West Sonoma County seeking out a variety of fine art and to learn about the artists’ methods and inspirations. Follow the yellow signs to experience more than 160 professional and emerging artists, in 102 studios. Maps and artist information are available at 

Catalogs with artist studio locations and maps will be on hand at the Center located at 282 South High Street, Sebastopol. Celebrate 25 years of Sonoma County artists opening their studios and sharing their creative talents with the public. 

20th anniversary of Emeritus Vineyards 
In 2019, Sonoma County’s acclaimed Emeritus Vineyards will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its founding.  

Emeritus marks an exciting new chapter in the story of wine industry legend Brice Cutrer Jones, who founded the iconic Sonoma–Cutrer Vineyards in 1972, and helped to make Sonoma County Chardonnay famous around the globe. In 1999, after selling Sonoma–Cutrer, Brice established Emeritus Vineyards, with the goal of making some of the New World’s greatest Pinot Noirs.  

To achieve this goal, Brice and his longtime friend, and renowned vineyard manager, Kirk Lokka purchased the historic Hallberg Ranch and planted a Pinot Noir vineyard. In the years since Emeritus has planted another vineyard, Pinot Hill, in the Sebastopol Hills.  

These dry-farmed vineyards have emerged as two of California’s most revered winegrowing sites, and the sources for some of California’s most sophisticated and celebrated Pinot Noirs.  

Today, Emeritus also benefits from the skill and knowledge of winemaker Dave Lattin (a veteran of such wineries as Merus, Kuleto Estate, Acacia and Troplong-Mondot), and Brice’s talented daughter Mari, who brings a forward-looking enthusiasm and energy to Emeritus as the family-run winery’s COO.  

Working together, the team has established Emeritus as one of the new benchmarks for California Pinot Noir, earning a spot on Wine Spectator’s annual list of “Top 100 Wines,” being honored as one of the world’s “Top 100 Wineries” by Wine & Spirits, and taking the #1 spot for Pinot Noir in Wine & Spirits’ 2015 “Restaurant Poll.” Guided by Mari, Emeritus has also established one of Sonoma County’s most admired hospitality programs, which culminated with USA Today naming Emeritus the “#1 Winery Tour in the USA” in 2017.  

While dates and details for events are still to be determined, Emeritus will be celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout 2019.  

“When we founded Emeritus, we didn’t even have vines in the ground, so we are all very excited to be celebrating this anniversary,” said Mari. “From the beginning, we’ve strived to create experiences and build relationships that are personal and meaningful. More than just sharing our wines, we want to share who we are, what we do, and why we love doing it. These ideas will be at the heart of our twentieth anniversary celebrations.” 

Sonoma County Winegrowers goal: 100 percent sustainable by end of 2019 
Sonoma County Winegrowers continues to make strides toward its goal of 100 percent sustainability by the end of 2019. As of December 2017, 72 percent of the total vineyard acres are certified sustainable; 92 percent of the total acres have been assessed.  

More information on this initiative and the latest milestones can be found in the 2017 sustainability report,  

2020 Milestones 

20th anniversary of Windsor Certified Farmers Market 
The Windsor Certified Farmers Market will be celebrating its 20th season in 2020. The market will be open in 2020 from Sunday, April 5 to Sunday, Dec. 13. 

There will be a celebration at the market on May 31, complete with cake and special entertainment. 

Windsor Farmers’ Market Sunday 
Windsor Town Green 
Windsor, CA 95492 
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., April to mid-December