THE FOLEY FAMILY, FOLEY FAMILY WINES
Established by Bill Foley in 1996, Foley Family Wines is a portfolio of highly-acclaimed wines from some of the world’s greatest vineyards. Foley Family Wines Sonoma County properties include: Banshee, Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery, Ferrari-Carano, Foley Sonoma, Lancaster Estate, Roth Estate Winery, Sebastiani and Chateau St. Jean. Chalk Hill celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022. The property was acquired by Foley Family Wines in 2010, and under Proprietor Bill Foley’s leadership, Chalk Hill continues to promote the Chalk Hill AVA as one of the top winegrowing regions in California.
“We look forward to commemorating Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery’s 50th anniversary and sharing our wines during the Sonoma County Wine Auction while making a difference in our local community,” said Courtney Foley, Second Generation Vintner at Foley Family Wines. She is the youngest daughter of Foley Family Wines’ Proprietors Bill and Carol Foley, who purchased the iconic Chalk Hill property in Sonoma County in 2010. Courtney has been instrumental in instilling sustainability at the forefront of Foley Family Wines’ values, including focusing on the social sustainability of the people who farm and work to craft the wines in their growing portfolio. “As stewards of these distinctive properties and especially our family home at Chalk Hill, we take our legacy very seriously. We endeavor not only to take special care of the people who work at these sites, but also of the land, and the site-specific wines that we are so fortunate to be able to make,” said Courtney.
2022 VINTNER HONOREE
JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET, BOISSET COLLECTION
Jean-Charles Boisset was born into the world of wine in the village of Vougeot (Burgundy), France—the heart and birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. His passion for historic California estates endowed with heritage and a pioneering spirit led him to Sonoma County in 2003, where he purchased DeLoach Vineyards, an early producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley. The purchase of Buena Vista Winery, California’s first premium winery, followed in 2011, and the Oakville Grocery (Healdsburg) was added in 2019. His boundless energy and drive for innovation support his leadership of a number of wineries, tasting rooms and lifestyle destinations across Sonoma County, Napa Valley and San Francisco united under the Boisset Collection portfolio. He has a deep commitment to local philanthropy and was an Honorary Event Co-Chair for the 2015 Sonoma County Wine Auction. In addition to SCVF initiatives, Boisset has supported many other charitable organizations in the community.
“We are honored to support the Sonoma County Wine Auction for another year of essential fundraising that directly impacts an amazing range of important causes throughout Sonoma County,” remarked Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of Boisset Collection. “It is our great responsibility to sustain these organizations…they help strengthen our local communities so they can thrive!”
2022 CHEF HONOREE
DUSTIN VALETTE, THE MATHESON & VALETTE
A Sonoma County native, chef and winemaker Dustin Valette, owner of the acclaimed Valette and The Matheson, began his restaurant career as a dishwasher for Catelli’s in his hometown of Geyserville. He honed his craft in some of the most celebrated restaurants all over the United States before returning to Healdsburg as executive chef at Dry Creek Kitchen. While there, he garnered acclaim for cultivating strong relationships with local farmers and purveyors in search of Sonoma County’s best. Chef Valette strongly believes that supporting community is essential to success. He has been extremely active in many charitable programs throughout the local community, including SCWA where he served as Culinary Chair in 2017 and 2018. From feeding first responders alongside numerous other chefs and business owners during wildfires to raising money for those in need, Dustin and his family embody the wonderful philanthropic spirit of our community.
“We strive for prosperity in the soil, sophistication in the glass, and community at the table,” said Dustin Valette. “My family feels lucky to have deep roots in Sonoma County, surrounded by world-class wine and food growers, and we’re honored to be able to give back to the people who make this place so special.”
SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS FOUNDATION
The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation cultivates a vibrant and diverse Sonoma County by elevating lives through charitable events and philanthropic giving. Our fundraising efforts have a direct impact in the areas of education & literacy, health & human services, the environment and arts & culture. Through our Community Grants program and our Emergency Relief Fund, we have the ability to impact all needs, ranging from the immediate to the long term.
BIG HEARTS AND MINDS
Contributions may also be made payable and mailed to: Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, 400 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 500, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.