not logged in, login or register

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

<a target=Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is here! This is the local wine and food event of the year. Or at least that's the buzz around it. And, I have to say, it does sound promising. The weekend, which is new this year, is a combination of the former Sonoma County Showcase of Wine and Food and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, both of which had been very popular events throughout the years. So, I figure if you put them together into one big weekend, it's bound to be good.

Celebrity chefs, superstar winemakers and top sommeliers (hey, this is Wine Country--the best food and wine professionals are our rock stars) will be rubbing elbows with the public in this 3-day celebration. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend kicks off tomorrow (Friday) with winemaker lunches and winemaker dinners which take place at scenic locations all over Sonoma County. Most are sold out, but you might be able to find a few tickets left at these special events. Click on the links above to check for availability.

On Saturday in Healdsburg, at the famed MacMurray Ranch (owned by the Gallo family) is the Taste of Sonoma, which was named one of the "10 Best Wine and Food Events" by Celebrated Living magazine. How can you miss with over 100 of the best Sonoma County wineries pouring and over 60 critically acclaimed chefs creating pairings designed to wow visitors. There are still a few tickets left.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction at Cline Cellars on the outskirts of Sonoma Valley. The fun-loving folks of Sonoma Valley really know how to throw a party! This year's theme is "1 Day of Peace and Wine." Since the price of entry is $750, one would think this would be a black tie affair, as most typical (meaning stuffy) auctions and fundraisers are. But, that's not the case with this spirited wine country event. Here, many local winery owners, winemakers and attendees get dressed up in costumes that fit the year's theme. I have never attended, but I've heard a lot about past auctions. And judging from friends' stories and pictures, it sure looks like a blast. I think the description on their website says it all, "You're not hallucinating, you're in Sonoma Valley!" Go here for more information and tickets.