Steve Ledson Dwight Clark Team Up For Third Ledson Winery Harmony Collection Release
Sonoma | CA
September 12, 2006 - Sonoma, CA. - Sonoma vintner Steve Ledson is pleased to announce that Ledson Winery together with former San Francisco 49er great Dwight Clark will be releasing a 2005 Ledson Harmony Collection Russian River Pinot Noir to commemorate and celebrate the 25th anniversary of "The Catch". The Dwight Clark touchdown catch may be the biggest moment in modern football history as it won the 1981 Championship game and propelled the 49ers into the Super Bowl, their first of five winning Super Bowl appearances. The wine will be available, with some bottles autographed at www.ledson.com or the winery tasting room in Kenwood, CA. The prices for this collectable bottle are $75 for an unsigned bottle and $95 for an autographed bottle. Proceeds benefit the Ledson family's Harmony Foundation for Children which focus on the needs of children.
"Over the years, people have commented about the perfect harmony of that catch," mused Clark. "So when we thought about a unique item to help us celebrate the anniversary and raise money for kids, the Ledson Harmony Collection made perfect sense. To join Michael McDonald and Jeff Bridges in this collection is another high point in my career."
"Harmony can be found in many places and within many things" added Steve Ledson. "I still get goose bumps watching the replays of that great football moment. I'm absolutely thrilled to have Dwight join the Collection and working with Dwight and Rob Hemphill of National Sports Distributors on special events pertaining to the release of the wine." Ledson added, "We would like to thank Dwight for joining the Harmony Collection and with the proceeds we can continue helping the future of America, our children."
The public can meet Dwight Clark on Saturday, October 21 from 11-4 pm at the Ledson Winery in Kenwood. Clark will personally autograph purchased bottles. Autographs on bottles only, please. Call for details or visit www.ledson.com .
Clark built a reputation as a big-game player during his nine-year NFL career. His "Catch" against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game (1/10/82) propelled the 49ers into Super Bowl XVI. Trailing the Cowboys, 27-21, in the final minute, Clark made a leaping, fingertip grab of a Joe Montana pass in the back of the end zone to give the 49ers a 28-27 victory, and advance to Super Bowl XVI.
He was a member of all five of the 49ers' Super Bowl winning teams, helping the club to victory in Super Bowls XVI and XIX as a player and Super Bowls XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX as a member of the front office. He was voted to two Pro Bowl appearances (1981 and 1982) by his peers and was also named to the 1982 first team All Pro Teams by Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, Football Weekly, Football Digest and Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated also honored Dwight Clark as the NFL Player of the Year in 1982.
The second Harmony Collection wine, a 2000 Meritage featured the cover of academy award winning actor Jeff Bridges latest cd. The wine, still available at www.ledson.com received a 91 score from the Wine Spectator. Former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald was featured on Ledson's first Harmony Collection release a 1999 Old Vine Zinfandel. That wine has sold-out.
Fifth generation Sonoma County farmer and winemaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Steve Ledson founded Ledson Winery and Vineyards in 1993. Ledson Winery is known for its critically acclaimed and award-winning wines. They specialize in small lots of handcrafted wines and offer a diversity of vineyard designated varietals. The winery is located at 7335 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call the winery at (707) 833-2330 or visit our website: www.ledson.com.