2011 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

A Winelover's Paradise



If you’re going to be in Sonoma from September 2-4 for Labor Day Weekend, you have to read this. If your plans don’t bring you to Sonoma over that weekend, change them to include the 2011 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend!

Seriously, this is going to be a great weekend. The weather should be perfect, this year’s harvest should be gearing up and the series of events that are planned are sure to fill the most passionate wine lover’s day with discover and delights.

There are lunches planned at wineries throughout Sonoma County for Friday September 2 and winemaker dinner parties on both Friday and Saturday nights. While that in and of itself would make for a great weekend, there are two events that truly make this a must on your list.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, and proceeds benefit local charities. Beneficiaries for the 2010 event are local charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need.

For more details, to order tickets, or to see the ticket discounts and special perks Visa Signature card holders are being offered for this great event please read the full article.
Visa Signature, a presenting Sponsor of the 2011 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, offers ticket discounts and special perks to cardholders that include:

•    Discounts on Taste of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction tickets
•    Preferred seating at seminars and demos
•    Access to the Visa Signature Lounge at Taste of Sonoma
•    Complimentary shipping on Auction purchases

Winemaker Lunches on Friday, September 2

12:30 p.m. at wineries throughout Sonoma County
Dozens of wineries throughout Sonoma County will be hosting exquisite lunches in dazzling settings; you’ll have the opportunity to break bread with the winemakers that create your favorite Sonoma bottles. 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.

Winemaker Dinner Parties on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3
6:00 p.m. at wineries throughout Sonoma County

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.

Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch on Saturday, September 3
11am – 4pm at MacMurrary Ranch, Healdsburg, CA

An annual gathering of more than 200 acclaimed wineries and chefs. Wine lovers and foodies alike can immerse themselves in Sonoma’s world class food and wine culture at the 31st Annual Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch Vineyards in Healdsburg. More than 200 award winning wineries and chefs will be on hand to showcase their talents in a gala tasting set among the vines at the historic ranch owned by actor Fred MacMurray. In addition to the boundless opportunities to sip and savor the diversity of Sonoma’s rich farm-to-table heritage, visitors can deepen their Sonoma experience through a series of informative and entertaining wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and vineyard tours. 

Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction at Cline Cellars, Sunday, September 4
1pm – 6pm at Cline Cellars, Sonoma, CA
The weekend’s grand finale and the year’s biggest party. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend culminates with the 19th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, taking place Sunday, September 5 on the grounds of Cline Cellars in Sonoma. Having raised more than $10 million dollars for local charities since its inception, the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction is famous for its irreverent skits, lavish auction lots, and record breaking charitable donations.

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