Roshambo Winery 6th Annual RPS Tournament

Sonoma, CA: Named after West Coast slang for the ancient children’s game “rock, paper,scissors,” the playful and irreverent Roshambo Winery continues its tradition of throwing quirky wine country events with its 6th Annual RPS Tournament. The winery’s signature event will be held on Saturday, June 7th, at their new tasting room at Cornerstone Place in Sonoma – located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco.


Last year’s tournament drew 256 competitors – from as far as Sydney and Tokyo to New York and D.C. – who all threw fists and fingers for their slice of the pie, with the winner taking home $1500.


“Though the sport has been around for centuries, RPS has finally reached a pop-cultural

tipping point,” says Roshambo president and self-proclaimed “Wine Hero,” Naomi

Brilliant. “And I’m excited that our boutique winery has played a role in its growing

popularity.” Roshambo’s RPS tournament has always been a magnet for media attention,

including a six-minute segment on the CBS Sunday Morning Show in June of 2006. But

this year promises a fresh new experience for fans of the winery and its tournament, as

the event will be held at Roshambo’s new tasting room.


Cornerstone Place is a premier wine country destination featuring an innovative and ever-changing  series of conceptual art gardens and an eclectic collection of shops.Last summer Cornerstone  invited a few select tasting rooms into the mix. “What we were really looking for was  somebody who was going to do something unexpected and unusual here,”

says Dave Aquilina, Cornerstone’s manager. And on June 7th, when he

sees the hoards of costumed revelers playing a kid’s game for mortgage-payment kind of

cash, he’ll realize Roshambo has cornered the market on all things unexpected and

unusual. Or as the San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on a visit to Roshambo, “If

it weren’t for the flights being poured on the counter, you might not remember that this is

Wine Country.”


What? Roshambo Winery’s 6th Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship

Where? Cornerstone Place, 23570 Hwy 121, Sonoma, CA

When? Saturday, June 7, 2008 – High noon ‘till 6pm

Tickets? Competitors $20 – Spectators $10 (available @


Roshambo Winery is the brainchild of Naomi Brilliant, a conceptual artist and

granddaughter of renowned Sonoma County grape grower Frank Johnson. It was born of

the simple idea that fine wine was too stuffy and needed to be slapped off its pedestal.

“Fighting for Fun in a Winey World” is their mantra, and with events like their annual

RPS Tournaments, Pirate Proms, art openings, and Roshambus Tours, the winery lives up

to the billing. But Roshambo knows that it’s what’s inside the bottle that really counts,

and they take great pride in producing some of California’s tastiest wines.


Recent Accolades:

93 pts Wine Enthusiast ‘05 Frank Johnson Vineyards Syrah

92 pts Wine Enthusiast ’05 “The Reverend” Zinfandel

90 pts Wine Enthusiast ’04 “Rock” North Coast Red Blend


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