If you are a wine lover anywhere on the continent, it is imperative that you make a point to attend the 2014 edition of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. For three days on August 29-31, you will experience the absolute best wine and food that Sonoma has to offer. More than 200 of Sonoma’s finest winemakers and a gathering of the area’s best chefs are getting together to provide attendees with a weekend their palate won’t soon forget. Not only will the weekend be a delicious delight, but Sonoma Wine Country Weekend doubles as the largest fundraising event in the area. Since the event first began, more than $12 million has been raised to help benefit the future of Sonoma County. So why does the event typically sell out and why do people come in droves? Here is the weekend schedule that will give you a better idea.
Friday, August 29
Sonoma Starlight – 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Francis Ford Coppola Winery (Geyserville)
Hang out poolside at the winery and enjoy wine, dinner, and music under the stars. The cuisine will be provided by Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze, while 20 local wineries will be in attendance. Tickets begin at $125 per person.
Winemaker Lunches – 12:30 p.m. – Various wineries
Pick your ideal location, as dozens of wineries will be hosting guests for lunch. Tickets are $85 per person.
Winemaker Dinners – 6 p.m. – Various wineries
For $150 per person you will be able to break bread with winemakers and enjoy their creations paired with the perfect cuisine. Friday night options include Meadowcroft Wines, Muscardini Cellars, and Ram’s Gate Winery.
Saturday, August 30
Taste of Sonoma – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – MacMurray Ranch (Healdsburg)
Kate MacMurray will be welcoming you to MacMurray Ranch for wine, food, and an amazing stroll through the historic property. This large event will feature upwards of 200 wineries and 60 local chefs. This particular event is one of the most popular of the weekend, as it has been named one of the “10 Best Wine and Food Events in the United States” by Celebrated Living magazine. Admission begins at $165 per person.
Winemaker Dinners – 6 p.m. – Amapola Creek Vineyards & Winery (Glen Ellen)
This dinner is also $150 per person and will overlook Amapola Creek Winery and the Sonoma Valley.
Sunday, August 31
Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction – 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Chateau St. Jean (Kenwood)
This is the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend signature event. Titled From Sonoma to Serengeti, the Grand Lawn of Chateau St. Jean will transform into the plains of Africa. The auction is the biggest fundraising event of the weekend. Various items and experiences will be auctioned off, allowing bidders to walk away with something special while also supporting Sonoma County. Tickets are $500 per person.
Winemaker Barbecues – 12:30 p.m. – Various wineries
Enjoy wines paired with ribs and other barbecue treats for $85 per person. Participating locations include Eric Ross Winery, Fog Crest Vineyard, Little Vineyards Family Winery, and Taft Street Winery.
Since you will be spending a few days in the area for the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, finding a place to call home during that time is a priority. Luckily, there are eight Select Registry properties that are close and that will exceed your expectations of hospitality. All Select Registry inns have undergone thorough quality assurance, making sure each guest is given a first-class experience. Here are the eight inns that the area boasts.
- Inn at Occidental of Sonoma Wine Country – Occidental
- Applewood Inn, Restaurant and Spa – Guerneville
- The Honor Mansion, A Wine Country Resort – Healdsburg
- The Wine Country Inn – St. Helena
- Inn on Randolph – Napa
- Milliken Creek Inn & Spa – Napa
- Churchill Manor – Napa
- Inn on First – Napa
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