SONOMA COUNTY, Calif., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sonoma County's inimitable weekend celebrating the region's grape growers, winemakers, and chefs, will take place over Labor Day Weekend, August 29-31, 2014. Events take place throughout Sonoma County, America's leading wine and food region, where the winemakers, chefs, and food producers ply their respective crafts, resulting in an intimate and direct connection with guests offered at no other wine event. (Tickets range from $85-$500 and go on sale May 14, 2014.) Visa Signature® is the Presenting Sponsor of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.
"Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an unforgettable experience. Not only is it incredibly fun and educational, it's also our best opportunity each year for our wine community to come together and support so many important local charities," said Maureen Cottingham, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Co-Producer. "Our three-day event is a celebration of the vineyards, wines, cuisine, culture and people that make Sonoma County the ultimate wine country destination."
"The access our guests have to the local producers is what makes this event so unique. The chef who prepared the dish is serving it to you, and vintner who made the wine is pouring it for you," said Honore Comfort, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Co-Producer. "For three delicious, decadent days, guests experience, up close and personal, Sonoma's full bounty of flavors right in the region where they're produced."
Produced in partnership by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and the Sonoma County Vintners, the 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend event features Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch,® Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and an assortment of intimate and exclusive winery lunch and dinner parties at multiple locations throughout Sonoma County.
Proceeds from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend support Sonoma County non-profit organizations supporting children, environment, and health in our local communities. To date, a cumulative total of more than $12 million has been donated directly to Sonoma non-profits by the local wine community.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Schedule-at-a-Glance:
Friday, August 29
12:30 p.m. – Winemaker Lunch Series at wineries throughout Sonoma County
6:30 p.m. – Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties
Saturday, August 30
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®
6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties at wineries throughout Sonoma County
Sunday, August 31
12:30 p.m. – Winery barbecues at wineries throughout Sonoma County
12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean
2:30 p.m. – Live auction
Tickets on sale: May 14, 2014 (General Public). For additional details about each event below, please visit: http://www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com
- Winery Barbecues: $85/person
- Winemaker Lunches: $85/person
- Winemaker Dinner Parties: $150/person
Dine with winery owners and winemakers for a true insider's experience at beautiful wineries throughout Sonoma County at these intimate events for up to 30 guests.
- Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery: $125/person or $175/person (Patron Guest)
Enjoy an unforgettable evening of wine, dinner, and music under the stars! Kick off your Sonoma Wine Country Weekend poolside at the iconic Francis Ford Coppola Winery against a backdrop of shimmering stars in the Alexander Valley.
- Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®: $165/person (General), $195/person (Grand Reserve)
Immerse yourself in the food and wine culture of Sonoma County at Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch. Enjoy an afternoon strolling through the historic MacMurray Ranch property while sipping and savoring the very best of Sonoma County's rich wines and delectable cuisine presented by more than 200 wineries and 60 chefs.
- Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean: $500/person
The flagship event of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction is Sonoma County's largest and most fun fundraising event, bringing together the wine community and caring donors to raise essential funds that make our world-class wine region a better place by supporting our kids and our community.
*Special Visa Signature account holder pre-sale April 14, special pricing and benefits available at: www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com
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