The NorCal Public Media Food & Wine Awards 2022

Honoring Makers and Heroes who give back

The premiere NorCal Public Media Food & Wine Awards will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 6pm - 9pm at The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Grand Lobby. Join us as we celebrate dedicated leaders in our agricultural and winemaker industries, foundations and philanthropists making a difference, biodiverse and regenerative food production, food justice, and workers' rights. The event will be a PBS/NPR Fundraiser to support our stations and the original programming we produce with its emphasis on the bounty of our area.
 

 GET TICKETS 

WATCH THIS SPACE TO SEE THE AWARD WINNERS AS THEY ARE ANNOUNCED!
 
 WINE WORLD GAME CHANGERS:
 
NovaBarrelRoomLeatherNova Cadamatre, MW--Trestle Thirty One wines, Snowshell Vineyards, Fiadh Ruadh wines

A winemaker with a wide and diverse background, Nova Cadamatre is the first female winemaker in the U.S. to achieve the title of Master of Wine.

She has worked at top Napa wineries, focused on Bordeaux and Burgundian varieties from some of the top vineyards in the area including To Kalon, Vine Hill Ranch, MacDonald, Detert, and Hyde Vineyard. She now teaches at Cornell University and is a bicoastal winemaker of her own brands in New York state and California.
  
 
 Julie glass vineyardJulie Lumgair--JL Wine Consulting, J Moss Wines
 
Julie Lumgair is a noted consulting and hands-on luxury tier winemaker. Her ongoing wine trials, experiments and wine judging have been featured in industry press and conferences.
 
Julie also loves her work as an educational speaker for consumers and trade groups, each topped up with a heavy dose of science and Southern hospitality. She serves on several industry boards and leadership teams focused on growing quality, sustainability and community.
 
 
 anita oberholster OutdoorsDr. Anita Oberholster--University of California Davis, Enology & Viticulture

Anita Oberholster completed her Ph.D. in Wine Sciences at the University of Adelaide, in Australia in 2008. At UC Davis, Anita brings research and developments from the Department of Viticulture and Enology to the wine industry and continually interacts with its vineyard and winery professionals on best practices. She has led research efforts on smoke taint and its mitigation in grapes and wine, on winery sanitation, Red Blotch Virus, the use of new technologies and ‘green’ chemicals in the winery, and the re-use of winery wastewater for the irrigation of vines.

 
FARM-TO-COMMUNITY LEADERS:
 
IntheVineyardWithBottleDuskie Estes--Executive Director, Farm to Pantry: Cultivating Community Through Healthy Food

Farm to Pantry rescues food and gets it to those in our community who are hungry. Since 2008, Farm to Pantry has delivered over 5 million servings of nutritious, locally-grown produce that might otherwise have gone to waste. They help struggling small farms, build community gardens, and train volunteers about gleaning, gardening and feeding their community.

Duskie Estes became its Executive Director after two decades of dedication to ethical sourcing and advocacy for small farmers in her farm-to-table restaurant, ZAZU Kitchen+Farm and her meat company, Black Pig Meat Co. A graduate of Brown University, Estes’s career has included critical acclaim as well as television appearances on Food Network and PBS.
 
Deborah BertolucciDeborah Bertolucci--Superintendent Geyserville Schools, Head of the Geyserville Career Technical Education (CTE) program and the Geyserville New Tech Academy

The small Sonoma county town of Geyserville is on its way to a fully-funded program and site for outdoor classrooms, farming, science and technical programs for students with a farm-to-table kitchen, farmer’s market and community center.

As Deborah says when she describes these programs she has guided into life, “After studying conventional agriculture, embracing 21st-century science, skills and methods, and recognizing the importance of working symbiotically with nature, our students will be ready to lead the next generation of California farmers and ranchers.”

  
AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY, REGENERATION
AND WORKER'S RIGHTS:
 
Lynda HopkinsLynda Hopkins--Sonoma County District Supervisor for the Russian River and the Sonoma Coast

Educated at Stanford University in Earth and ocean sciences, mass transit, land use policy and communications, Hopkins lives in Sonoma County and owns Foggy River Farm with her husband Emmett.

As Executive Director of Sonoma County Farm Trails, she worked with dozens of family farmers to help keep small-scale farming viable.

As Board Secretary of Farm to Pantry, she has helped manage an organization that moved over 100 tons of gleaned farm-fresh produce to those in need and shepherded the organization into its current 501(c)3 status.

As a member of the Leadership Circle of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (North Coast chapter), she advocated for sensible streamlined land use policy.

Most recently, she helped bring together the Russian River Confluence, a coalition of 22 organizations dedicated to working together towards a healthy, resilient and regenerative Russian River watershed.

 

   
Bernier FamilyYael, Paul and Zureal Bernier--Bernier Farms

Bernier Farms is a small, certified organic, family-run farm in Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys of Sonoma County, established in 1976 by Paul and Yael Bernier and known for its diversified farming, sustainable/regenerative ag, farm labor best practices, a farm training/student hosting program, and building farm and food education in the local community. They can be found at local Farmer’s Markets where their produce is much in demand as well as supplying restaurants which focus on local farm products and seasonal cooking.

  
 FOUNDATIONS AND PHILANTHROPISTS MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
 
Carol RathmannCarol Rathmann--Forget Me Not Farm

Carol developed and has directed Forget Me Not Farm since its beginnings in 1992. With more than 35 years’ experience in humane education and animal welfare, she holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with studies focused on the benefits of animal assisted and horticultural therapy to child victims of abuse and neglect, as well as certification as a Specialist in Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy.

The Forget Me Not Farm flagship program nurtures relationships between children, animals and gardens. Since its inception in 1992, Forget Me Not Farm has helped thousands of at-risk children and youth break the cycle of abuse.
  

GRAND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP:

 

Food and Wine and Fun

A relaxed, indoor-outdoor floor plan will allow you to meet old friends and make new ones, too. You’ll mingle with our guests of honor and other food and wine lovers. We’ll be serving wines from leading local producers and offering an array of delicious foods.
 

 GET TICKETS 

Sponsorships available
Would you like to Sponsor this event? Click here for more information. 

SPONSORS

Sonoma Open Space
 
Vintner’s Resort
 
Point Reyes
 
Sonoma Land Trust
 
Trestle31 Logo
 
FIADH RUADH LOGO
 
HyattHotel Logo
 
WITH SUPPORT FROM
SONOMA county seal

SPONSORS

Sonoma Open Space
 
Vintner’s Resort
 
Point Reyes
 
Sonoma Land Trust
 
Trestle31 Logo
 
FIADH RUADH LOGO
 
HyattHotel Logo
 
WITH SUPPORT FROM
SONOMA county seal

Northern California
Public Media Newsletter

Get the latest updates on programs and events.