If you wish to find out how you may help those in need, here are two links we found to be helpful from the Press Democrat and Napa Valley Register:
Sonoma - http://www.petaluma360.com/news/7509500-181/how-to-help-sonoma-county
Napa - http://www.napavalleycf.org/fire-donation-page/
Again, prayers and thoughts.
The Food & Wine Trails Team
OUR MISSION at Food & Wine Trails is to offer guests authenticity and the highest-quality value in the culinary and viticulture travel world.
Founder Larry Martin is Awarded
Condé Nast Traveler's Top Wine Travel Specialist
Top Wine Travel Specialist has been once again bestowed upon Food & Wine Trails' Founder Larry Martin by the editors of Condé Nast Traveler - an unprecedented sixth time!
Of their 150 top travel specialists, the 2017 award comes with great pride as Condé Nast editors evaluate hundreds of new applicants for the list. More than 10,000 travel agents and tour operators have tried to make this list since its inception, but only 150 make the grade. These travel specialists offer the best blend, of specialized knowledge (based on firsthand travel experience), local connections, and good value for your dollar.
After a being recommended, a rigorous screening process begins with a 47-question application, interviews, client references, and road-testing by CNT staff. The final awards handed out are based on the incredible experiences the specialists can deliver.
As Larry says "I'm lucky. Food, wine and travel is both my avocation and my vocation".
Food & Wine Trails Receives LUX International Hospitality Award
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Food & Wine Trails, which specializes in exclusive culinary travel experiences through partnerships with wineries, winemakers, chefs and leading luxury cruise and tour companies worldwide, has been named Best International Wine Travel Specialist by LUX Magazine as part of their prestigious 2016 Hospitality Awards.
"Throughout the hospitality industry there are establishments, companies and individuals who are working tirelessly to ensure that they meet guests' needs and provide them with an experience they will never forget," said Steve Simpson, LUX Magazine's Awards Executive. "I am genuinely honored to be able to recognize the hard work undertaken within this innovative and dedicated industry."
"We are extremely pleased to receive this award," said Greg Nacco, Vice President of Business Development for Food & Wine Trails. "Our industry is becoming increasingly competitive as new players enter the market. What makes Food & Wine Trails unique is the quality. Our clients are very discerning, and they look forward to unique, exclusive, personal experiences with the winemakers and winery owners. We personally visit our destinations and employ sommeliers, winemakers and guides who are experts in their fields and provide special, one-of-a-kind experiences that align perfectly with the guests' expectations."
LUX is an international magazine that informs on all aspects of high end lifestyle including the finest food, drink, hotels and resorts around the world. The LUX Hospitality Awards recognize companies that achieve industry leading success, client satisfaction and market growth. LUX Magazine uses strict criteria in the selection process, and the Hospitality Awards are based entirely on merit. Nominations are thoroughly vetted by their in-house research team and finalists are presented to a panel of judges who choose the winners.