West of West Wine Festival
West Sonoma Coast Vintners, an association of wineries on Sonoma’s coastline, will host the fifth annual West of West Wine Festival July 31st through August 2nd. The event will be held in Sebastopol at The Barlow and will feature some of the most acclaimed Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Syrahs on the market today.
The Festival begins with an Opening Ceremony Whole Hog Celebration on Friday. This casual and relaxed evening will include live music and of course, plenty of great West Sonoma Coast wines and delicious food. Saturday morning offers seminars and lunch followed by the first of two Grand Tastings on Saturday afternoon and the Grand Dinner in the evening. Finally, return to the Grand Tasting tent on Sunday afternoon for a second opportunity to taste through the wines.
The West of West Wine Festival is your best opportunity to experience the extraordinary wine, food and culture of the West Sonoma Coast.
2015 WEST OF WEST WINE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Friday July 31, 2015
Opening Ceremony: A West County Whole Hog Celebration 6pm-10pm
The WOW weekend kicks-off with a warm welcome as part of its inaugural Opening Ceremony followed by a West County whole hog celebration held at a historic Martinelli property. This casual and relaxed evening will include live music and of course, plenty of great West Sonoma Coast wines. Mix and mingle with the vintners, growers and an all-star list of sommeliers from the finest restaurants in the nation to learn what makes West Sonoma Coast so special. $150
Saturday August 1, 2015
Seminar and Lunch 10am-2:30pm
Ode to Chardonnay
Award winning wine journalist and author Elin McCoy will moderate this blind tasting exploring benchmark Chardonnay regions from around the globe extending from Burgundy to the cool climate of the West Sonoma Coast.
A catered lunch prepared by Rocker Oysterfeller’s and Firefly Fine Catering immediately follows the first seminar on the picturesque grounds of The Barlow.
A Study of Terroir: The Wines of Freestone and Occidental.
Gain a better understanding of the coastal influences, extreme conditions and unique terroir of the West Sonoma Coast through a guided blind tasting of 2013 Pinot Noir hailing from various vineyards throughout its Freestone and Occidental sub-regions.
WOW Grand Tasting 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Spend the afternoon under the Grand Tasting tent exploring wines from roughly forty different winemakers and growers located throughout the extreme West Sonoma Coast. This unique tasting gives guests an opportunity to sample rare and hard to find wines that grace some of America’s top wine lists. Complementing the wines will be a selection of artisan foods from top local purveyors. $125
Grand Dinner 6:30pm - 10:00pm
The special seated dinner has literally moved under the stars this year. It will feature an outstanding local culinary bounty prepared by Sonoma County’s award-winning Stark & Co. The evening will start with a band and a local oyster bar followed by porchetta carved tableside, halibut cheeks, Dungeness crab, fennel sofrito and many more specialties from our region. The Grand Dinner will be paired with a selection of fabulous library and reserve wines brought by our distinguished vintner guests. Feel free to bring special wines from your cellar to further spread joy as you are seated with new and old friends as well as winemakers from throughout the West Sonoma Coast.
Sunday August 2, 2015
Viticulture on the Edge of the Continent: A Stroll Down Taylor Lane 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Take a late morning drive through towering Redwoods and coastal views ending at the West Sonoma Coast’s renowned Taylor Lane. After tasting some of the wines from these famed vineyards during Saturday’s second seminar, you will have a chance to visit the host vineyards, speak to the people who farm them, and understand the terroir of this special region like never before as you walk down a ridge top overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Vineyard tour - You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the vineyard. Directions will be provided.
WOW Grand Tasting 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Finish your weekend with a return to the Grand Tasting tent where you can continue to explore the wines from more than forty West Sonoma Coast producers and growers. $100
All Access Pass (Fri-Sun) - $595
Opening Ceremony - $150
Sat Grand Tasting - $125
Sun Grand Tasting - $100
Purchase tickets here.