Attend the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2012 with plenty of Wine Maker lunches, Dinner Parties and BBQ’s!
Sonoma vineyard (Photo credit: Nelson Minar)
WHEN: August 31-September 2, 2012
WHERE: Sonoma County, California
Here’s the Event Schedule from the Official Website:
FRIDAY, August 31, 2012
With dozens of wineries hosting exquisite lunches in dazzling settings, you’ll have the opportunity to break bread with the winemakers that create your favorite Sonoma bottlings. Local chefs (or the winery’s own) create impeccable pairings from Sonoma County’s abundant seasonal offerings. A lovely noontime treat, steeped in the tradition of Sonoma County casual elegance.
$85 per person
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, August 31 and September 1, 2012
Winemaker Dinner Parties
Sonoma County evenings are made for sharing a bottle of wine, lingering over a plate of fresh local cuisine and creating lasting friendships. At these intimate winemaker dinners, you’ll share the evening with the winemakers whose creations have earned international acclaim. Paired with the stellar culinary creations of a local chef (perhaps the winery’s own), any dinner you select promises to be a classic wine country evening to remember.
$160 per person
SUNDAY, September 2, 2012
Get fired up! Sonoma’s top wineries invite you to their Sunday barbecues for a more casual way to celebrate Labor Day. Each winery destination will put their own special spin on Sonoma’s top grilled foods while pairing them with the remarkable red wines for which Sonoma County is known. Whether its ribs slathered in sauce, sizzling sausages or killer kebabs you crave – or just a great glass of wine – you’re sure to find barbecue bliss right here in our backyard.
$85 per person
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012 NEW! Sonoma Starlight Supper Club at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
6:00 pm Patron Guest Early Access
7:00 pm General Admission
10:00 pm Event Ends
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville, Sonoma County
An evening of wine, dinner and music under the starsKick off your Sonoma Wine Country Weekend poolside at the iconic Francis Ford Coppola Winery for a an unforgettable evening of world-class wines, delicious cuisine, live music and dancing to Bay Area favorites Pride & Joy — all set against a backdrop of shimmering stars in the Alexander Valley.
$175 per Patron Guest
$95 per General Admission Guest
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 33rd Annual Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Immerse yourself in the food and wine culture of Sonoma County at the 33rd annual Taste of Sonoma. Sonoma’s own Gallo family invites you to enjoy an afternoon of strolling through their historic MacMurray Ranch property while sipping and savoring the very best of Sonoma County’s rich wines and delectable cuisine. With more than 170 wineries pouring their finest offerings, and over 60 local chefs whipping up divine pairings, Taste of Sonoma delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for wine lovers and foodies alike. Informative and entertaining wine seminars, lively cooking demonstrations, a chef competition, and much more make this one event you won’t want to miss.
$150- $195 per person
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 Honorary Chair Dinner Party
A Country Courtship: An Evening with the Robert Young Family and Chateau St. Jean.
For 38 years the Robert Young Family and Chateau St. Jean have exemplified a solid vineyard and vintner partnership. Through thick and thin, from highly acclaimed wines to challenging vintages, they have remained committed. You are invited to a special evening celebrating Chateau St. Jean and Robert Young Vineyards at the Young family home overlooking beautiful Alexander Valley where you will have a unique opportunity to taste and celebrate the results of this amazing and historic Sonoma County courtship.
$175 per person
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2012
20th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Immerse yourself in the intrigue of India at our 20th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak. It’s a fantastic feast for the senses filled with world-class wines, culinary marvels and showstopping spectacles – a wondrous combination of Wine Country elegance and Asian decadence that promises to be an unforgettable experience.
Upon your arrival at Chateau St. Jean on Sunday, September 2, you’ll discover a bustling Auction bazaar bursting with a kaleidoscope of brilliant color, seductive smells and sensual delights. Luxuriate in our silk-swathed Spice Lounge before the curtain goes up on the Live Auction, where local winemakers bring their Bollywood-best performances to dazzle you into raising your paddle for their personalized lots.
Each dining table will be presided over by a renowned Winemaker or Grower who will regale you with epic tales behind their Sonoma wines. Meanwhile, Sonoma’s most revered chefs will enrapture you with a repast designed to express the most thrilling flavors found in Sonoma’s freshest seasonal offerings. The 20th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak, promises a blissful getaway to the sumptuous, sun-washed subcontinent… And, like India, it’s a destination unlike any other. Book your journey today!
$500 per person
Previously known as the Sonoma County Showcase Weekend of Wine & Food, this fifth annual gala event features three days of fantastic wine and food presented by world-renowned winemakers and Sonoma’s top chefs. Taste of Sonoma at the MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg and the Sonoma ValleyHarvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. John in Kenwood are the highlights of the Labor Day weekend event. The festivities kick off on Friday at noon with a Winemaker Lunch Series. Proceeds from the event support Sonoma County non-profits. Tickets, which go on sale on June 1, range from $85 to $500 per person.
Official seal of County of Sonoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For more information visit: www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com
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