Hamel Family Wines is hosting a dinner April 25 that will feature the caloric magic of five James Beard Award-winning chefs. If you’re wondering how to get a ticket to this decadent, six-course dinner at this sleek Sonoma winery, forget it. It was an auction lot and, I might add, one of the most popular offerings at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction in August.
The single lot, which raised a record-breaking $260,000 that afternoon, was snapped up because of its clever palate intrigue. Couples paid $10,000 for a spot at the table.
The chefs include:
Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko
Nancy Oakes, Boulevard, Prospect
Craig Stoll, Delfina
Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Graze, Sujeo
Patrick O’Connell, The Inn at Little Washington
Emily Luchetti, Marlowe, Park Tavern, Cavalier
The good deed auction lot will benefit 43 charities across Sonoma County with an emphasis on children’s literacy.
While most of us will have to pass on this highbrow event, there’s still a way to get a peek at this upscale winery. You can opt for a tasting and/or a tour — by appointment. They range in price from $40 to $100. (hamelfamilywines.com)
For now here’s a virtual peek for the curious:
The ultramodern winery is a seamless part of the landscape in tones of tan and beige. Its colossal, 18-foot windows reveal a stunning view of Sonoma Mountain in the Sonoma Valley. The 5,700-square-foot hospitality area has an indoor tasting room and bar that extend to an outdoor deck. An outside fountain looks like a miniature infinity pool and sounds like a waterfall. It gives the outdoor space a piece of serenity that’s both refreshing and tranquil.