The sun was setting, shops began to close down, and local residents were heading home to call it a day. The evening however, was just getting started for around 300 Coldwell Banker independent sales associates and guests hailing from the Sacramento and Lake Tahoe regions.

On Friday, March 3 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, Coldwell Banker agents came together for the annual Awards Gala recognizing the company’s top producers for 2016 at Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, a well-known Wine Country resort retreat. In addition to being surrounded by Sonoma and Napa’s world-class wine growing region, the hotel has luxurious suites, a spa, golf course, signature restaurant and much more.

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The smell of aged wine permeated the venue while lively spirits made up the event’s atmosphere. The celebration kicked off with fun red carpet and Facebook Live feed. And of course, what would a wine country affair be without delicious wine tasting? Agents sipped on some of Sonoma and Napa’s fines wines as they mingled with new and familiar faces.

Later on, Coldwell Banker Sacramento/Tahoe President Mike James and Vice President Terri Briggs asked attendees to join them in the Pavilion for the official awards ceremony. Before taking a seat, attendees stopped for a photo op to remember the special night. Then, before further ado, the ceremony began. Agents who achieved notable success last year were recognized for their hard work.

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The cocktail reception was where the real fun took place! Held in the Sonoma Valley Room and Patio, agents and guests enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres and sipped on the evening’s signature martini- “The Closer,” premium beers, wine, cocktails, and soft drinks by candlelit. Agents then headed to the ballroom to dance the night away and partake in the photo booth.

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Click here to view the event’s photos.

An evening filled with wine tasting, award recognitions and special memories. That’s the way Coldwell Banker Sacramento/Tahoe likes to thank agents for their incredible work.