Ever have one of those weeks you wanted to clone yourself to get more done? As a lover of Wine Country Events, its a weekend like that, starting tomorrow. Just North Sonoma alone is a hotbed of activity. Featured below are some of the highlights.
The folks in Alexander Valley, a wine region in North Sonoma, have outdone themselves with a stunning array of food and wine pairings, and entertainment to boot at many. 35 wineries, some open only for this event, are pouring great wines, pairing savory wine country food. Check out previous articles for details. Tickets are no longer available online here, are $75 at door. That’s a bargain for ten hours of Sonoma entertainment.
The event kicked off last night with the Opening Night Gala at Rodney Strong’s rarely open Crown Vineyard. It’s sold out, sorry, I did say to buy early!
Plan your day using Tips & Suggestions for June 5&6 Taste Alexander Valley.
Russian River Single Night (Single Wines, not people) – Saturday 630-10pm
C. Donatiello Winery
4035 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
The Russian River Wine Growers are hosting a new event, this Saturday night, Singles Night. No, its not a meat market, its for everyone, the ‘Single’ being single varietal (grape ) wines. This fun filled, unique is at C. Donietello Winery. Get there on time for the special tasting in the cellar room that starts at 630. Bring friends to bid on the very cool auction lots, specially designed to win/share with friends. Details here and here. The list of Single Night participating Wineries is pretty spetacular. As of now, some tickets are still available, but have been selling briskly.
8 at the Gate – Sunday, June 6th 11am to 4pm.
8 at The Gate is a special treat if you are a club member of one of these 8 wineries: Balletto Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Dutton Estate Winery, Hanna Winery, Iron Horse Vineyards, Marimar Estate and Taft Street Winery. I am a little miffed about short notice for this event, (I am a member) and overlap to the Taste Alexander Valley event. I know overlap is sometimes inevitable, but it would be nice to see the North Sonoma Wine Road appellations try and co-ordinate; I’d have liked to attend, and spend money at both events.
The event is a traveling farmer’s market with each winery pouring their best wines, offering irresistible wine club discounts and showcasing a local food purveyor and fresh produce from their own winery gardens. For this one special day, you can visit the 8 neighboring wineries, and receive all the privileges of being a member for the day. The wineries are within three miles of each other at the gateway to the Russian River Valley, so it’s a perfect fit for a one-day excursion. Each membership 4 accompanying guests to share in the fun.
Windsor Oaks Vineyards, 10810 Hillview Road, Windsor, CA
Another great venue, only open 18 days a year. Chill Out by the Pinot Pond at Windsor Oaks Vineyards and Winery on Friday June 4th, Saturday June 5th and Sunday June 6th from 11 to 4! If you have a passion for Pinot, you will love tasting and comparing several their artisan Pinot Noir’s. Other award winning wines will also be poured. Order a gourmet box lunch to enjoy pond-side or bring goodies from home. $10 tasting fee waived with purchase.
Kendall Jackson Farm Stand – Saturday 10-2
The Kendall Jackson Wine Center culinary gardens are home to hundreds of fruit, vegetable and herb varietals from around the globe. It’s the source of fresh produce for our own culinary team and many exclusive restaurants in the Bay Area, and now sharing their bounty at the Kendall-Jackson Farm Stand!
- Purchase Heirloom Vegetables from the Gardens
- Chef’s Cooking Demonstrations
- Garden Seminars with Master Gardeners
- Wine Tasting and Education
The first Saturday of each month May through October, starting on Saturday, May 1.
Kickoff of 20th Annual Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong Vineyards – Kenny Loggins, Saturday 4 pm
This year’s Rodney Strong Concert Series includes returning greats and winery first-timers that make a stellar lineup for the winery’s 20th annual concert series.
The season will kick off on June 5th with Kenny Loggins. As a solo artist Kenny went on to stardom with such top hits as “Whenever I Call You Friend”, “I’m Alright”, “Footloose” and “Danger Zone.” I ran into the head of PR last night at the TAV Gala Event, and was told a few tickets ere still left.
Season passes and individual concert tickets are available here or by calling (707) 869-1595 ext. 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Rodney Strong Vineyards Tasting Room. Doors: 4 p.m./Show: 5 p.m. Tickets VIP: $110/GA: $75. For more information click here.
Have a GREAT Weekend enjoying the Simple Hedonisms of Wine Country, cheers!