Earth Day Celebration Set at Iron Horse Vineyards

    Iron Horse Vineyards in the Sonoma County community of Sebastopol will be the setting for Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley on Sunday, April 20.

     The theme is, “Eat, drink and be green.”

     Gil Grosvenor, Chairman of the National Geographic Society, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

     This is a fun, grassroots, eco-event, featuring a walk-around tasting of spring releases from the aptly named Green Valley, represented by DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield, Freeman Family Winery, Hartford Court, Iron Horse Vineyards, Marimar Estate, Patz & Hall and Orogeny.

     Green Valley is the coolest, foggiest part of the Russian River area, delineated by the small towns of Sebastopol, Forestville and Occidental.

     Iron Horse Chef Christopher Greenwald will present his interpretation of “world street food” – the kinds of flavors you can imagine getting from a pushcart in Bangkok, but made with the finest, freshest, local produce. Everything will be either grown on the Iron Horse estate or come from farms within a 100-mile radius, in keeping with the winery’s “locavore” commitment.

     Other features of the Earth Day celebration:

     * A “Green Market” showcasing select green products (such as a biodegradable skateboard and a bicycle made from bamboo) available for sale.

     * A live, solar-powered reggae band, performing on the back of an Iron Horse flatbed farm truck.

     * A raffle for one year of free energy, up to $4,000 in value.

     The highlight of this celebration is the great mix of wine lovers, environmentalists, foodies, anthropologists, travelers, adventurers and educators attracted by National Geographic, and design enthusiasts drawn in by Dwell Magazine.

     Where better to celebrate Earth Day than in an area where the vineyards are an undulating sea of bright green, the famous Gravenstein apples are in bloom, and the local wineries are releasing their new spring wines?

     Ticket prices are $50 for general admission, and $250 for the All-Access Pass, which includes a private reception at the Victorian home of Iron Horse founders Audrey and Barry Sterling, a V.I.P. gift bag and five “Good Energy Points,” which enters the holder five times in the drawing for the year of free energy.

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