Turner is coming to Wine Country this spring to talk about the Earth and how to best tend to it. He should be a good source of ideas. He drives a Prius with a bumper sticker that says “Save the Humans.”

Turner will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual “Eat, Drink and Be Green,” an Earth Day Celebration at Iron Horse Vineyards on Sunday, April 17th.

No doubt there will be good wine and good eats. Regarding the eats, because Turner owns 50,000 head of bison across 12 ranches, the main food station is sure to be grilled buffalo. As for vino, the event will showcase the spring releases of the Green Valley, with pours from Iron Horse, DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Hartford Family Winery, Marimar Estate as well as Sequana, and others.

Just exactly what will Turner talk about? 

  1. Air and water quality
  2. Sustainable energy
  3. Educating children to make a positive impact
  4. Reducing nuclear dangers
  5. All of the above.

The answer, naturally, is E – all of the above.

“As you might imagine, it is impossible to tie Ted Turner down to just one concern,” according to Joy Sterling, partner and CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards. “He wants to tackle them all and has chosen as his subject nothing less than ‘The Future.’”

Turner has five active foundations addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues – from improving air and water quality and developing sustainable energy solutions to his Captain Planet Foundation, which educates children on how they can make a positive impact, to the Nuclear Threat Initiative launched in 2001, which works to reduce nuclear dangers.

Turner is best known as the founder of CNN and for his billion dollar gift to the United Nations.

Here’s the skinny on the event: General Admission tickets will be $65. A one hour VIP meet-and-greet with Ted, limited to 100 guests, with Iron Horse Sparkling Wines and sustainably farmed California caviar, is $300. Tax-deductible contributions go to The Green Valley Foundation, a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. Net proceeds will benefit the Captain Planet Foundation. For more information, contact Iron Horse at 707-887-1507.

Who plans to tune into Turner?