The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Official Judges Dinner host is Wilson Artisan Wineries, which are located in Sonoma country’s Alexander, Dry Creek, Russian River Valleys, Mendocino County and the Valley of the Moon in California.
Owned and operated by Ken and Diane Wilson, these boutique wineries offer exceptional wines, beautiful scenery and friendly, informative Tasting Room staff. When the couple Diane and Ken Wilson first visited Sonoma County they fell in love with the patchwork of oaks, vineyards and expansive vistas. Diane and Ken are devoted to things they value most—family and friends—and are committed to the stewardship and sustainable farming of the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys.
Diane was honored as Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2008 and won unprecedented back-to-back Sonoma County Harvest Fair Sweepstakes awards in 2005 and 2006. These highly-regarded awards, coupled with dozens of 90+ scores and close to 100 Gold Medals, demonstrate Diane’s strong track record as an outstanding winemaker. She is a native Californian, who cherishes her high-energy lifestyle that includes raising three children, making wine at Wilson Winery and taking an active role in the community.
Ken, born and raised in Ontario, Canada, is passionate about his vineyards and wineries. It was Ken’s wisdom and vision that created the diversity of vineyard sources over the years. Today, these vineyards provide the premium quality fruit that has brought notable recognition to the Wilson Family Wine Estates wineries.