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On Tuesday, June 30, Mazzocco Sonoma’s 2014 Sauvignon Blanc was poured at a luncheon in honor of the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, hosted by Vice President Joseph Biden. Ken and Diane Wilson were also in attendance and we’re honored to be a part of this Diplomatic Culinary Partnership.

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On September 3, 2014, Mazzocco's 2013 Sauvignon Blanc was poured at the groundbreaking of the United States Diplomacy Center! Thanks to executive chef & event manager of the US Department of State Jason Larkin for providing us with these awesome pictures.

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Hillary "Showcasing favorite cuisines, ceremonies and values is an often overlooked and powerful tool of diplomacy.  The meal that I share with my counterparts at home and abroad cultivate a stronger cultural under- standing between countries and offer a unique setting to enhance the formal diplomacy we conduct every day." 

- The Honorable
Hillary Rodham Clinton,
Secretary of State


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This project will give the United States a chance to showcase the very best of what the American culinary community has to offer.  A network of chefs dedicated to sharing our diverse culinary tradition will advise the State Department and participate in cooking demonstrations here in America and abroad.

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Mazzocco Sonoma is pleased and excited to be the only winery to represent Californian still wines at this prestigious event.

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Mazzocco Winemaker Antoine Favero & Iron Horse Winery CEO Joy Sterling (far right) share their passion for wine & diplomacy. 

The Diplomatic Culinary Partnerships initiative builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” diplomacy, cultivating cultural understanding and strengthening bilateral relationships through the shared experience of food.

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Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol, announces the members of the American Chef Corps.

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Left: Winemaker Antoine Favero along with State Department Chef Jason Larkin in the wine room preparing Mazzocco Wines for the event.  Right: Winemaker Antoine Favero congratulating White House Chef Cristela Comerford (first female White House Chef) on her induction into the American Chef Corps.

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Winemaker Antoine Favero with White House Chefs Sam Kass (left), President Obama's Personal Chef, and Walter Scheib (right), White House Chef for 10 years under the Clinton and Bush administrations. 

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In many ways, the Department of State is the home of American diplomacy and our Presidents, Vice Presidents and Secretaries of States have used its famous Diplomatic Reception Rooms to host and entertain foreign leaders for decades.

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Sales Manager & Wine Club Coordinator Karen Clarke helps to welcome Mazzocco to our Capitol with style.

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Left: Sales Manager & Wine Club Coordinator Karen Clarke with Chef Walter Scheib.  Right: American Chef Corps inductee Chef Rick Bayless

Being a part of this emerging diplomatic and cultural initiative has been a great honor for us.  Food, wine, and hospitality is a universal language that we hope can cultivate increased cultural understandings, and strengthen important national relationships.   We are pleased and excited to share Mazzocco wines with our country and the world. 

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