Harvest is upon us (for some early varietals) and with it heats up Wine Country Events; we’d need 3 separate articles to cover all of Sonoma + Napa; (hmm more guest writers?) so focusing on events closest to home this weekend, and look for a list of other resources at the end.
Some of my personal favorites coming up:
Launch Party for the new Windsor Vineyards & International Wine Accessories Catalog!
$5 at the door. Includes: Tastings of Select Wines, Gourmet Snacks, Entry into Raffle/Door Prize for items from IWA (cool stuff!) and Vintage Wine Estates wineries. Meet the Catalog Models. A good time on a Thursday Night!
Thursday and Friday, Sept 9-10
Black Cat Cabaret
As written about a few weeks ago, the 2nd Annual Black Cat Cabaret features renowned performers from Las Vegas in an all-original show to benefit Pets Lifeline of Sonoma. Experience a magical evening with performances by international cirque aerialists, acrobats and musicians. This one-of-a-kind event takes place in an intimate venue that transports the audience into a truly dazzling and exotic environment. (! A few tickets are still left as of this morning!)
Filled with spectacular theatrical exploits, the Black Cat Cabaret includes exciting pre-show entertainment, fabulous wines, local cuisine, a live auction of extremely distinctive items and special behind-the-scenes VIP receptions. All proceeds go to support the programs and services offered by Pets Lifeline, Sonoma Valley’s only animal shelter.
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. VIP Reception; 7:30 – General Admission check-in; 8:00 -10:00 p.m. Performance with Live Auction
Location: “Field of Dreams” (Fazio Field), 151 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476
Simple Hedonisms will be there Thursday night!
Saturday Sept 11th
A GREAT event I attended last year, the 14th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 11am-4pm. All proceeds from this festival go to the School Garden Network of Sonoma County. Held on the lawn in the walnut grove behind the beautiful Kendall-Jackson Wine Center in Fulton, CA.
Guests will taste 175 varieties of heirloom tomatoes grown in our sustainable culinary gardens. Amy Goldman, author of The Heirloom Tomato will be demonstrating her tomato expertise at one of the many wine and garden seminars. In addition, Bravo’s Season 5 Top Chef winner, Hosea Rosenberg will go head to head with other Top Chef contestants in the Ultimate Chef Challenge. Other activities include tomato inspired small bites prepared by over 50 Bay Area chefs, additional food and wine education seminars, tours of our vegetable and wine sensory gardens, live entertainment and more.
Tickets are $65 per person. Please order early as the festival sells out in advance each year. For more information or to purchase tickets visit online or call 1-800-769-3649. Tickets will be sold online until 9:00 am on Saturday, September 11th unless sold out prior to that time. All tickets ordered from 9/4/10 will be available at our will call area at check in the day of the festival.
11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, CA
See you there Saturday morning!
This is one of those events I almost want to keep to myself, was great fun last year. Over 25 breweries pour, Live Music by The Remedies, Food, Beer, Silent Auction, Raffle.
Admission is $20 and includes souvenir glass and three drink tickets. Additional drink tickets $1 each. Children under 8 free, 8 to 20 year, $10
Downtown Plaza, Healdsburg, 3 to 7 pm, Alcohol service stops at 6:30. For more information call 707‐975‐7011 or go to www.sihealdsburg.org
Tickets available at Bear Republic in Healdsburg or at the gate. 100% of the proceeds go to Healdsburg Area Community Service Projects.
Nothing like Microbrew after Wine Tasting and spitting – See you on the Square!
Sunday September 12th
2010 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION & INSTANT WINE CELLAR, Healdsburg Museum
The Instant Wine Cellar (IWC) is one of the Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society’s most popular annual events. Hundreds of bottles of wine are donated from generous wineries around the area and raffled off during three drawings. The three primary winners each receive an “Instant Wine Cellar,” collectively representing hundreds of bottles of wine valued at thousands of dollars from some of Sonoma County’s finest wineries. Additional raffle tickets are drawn for a dozen more prizes, and a Silent Auction provides still further opportunities to take home premium wine.
In 2010, in recognition of our landmark building’s 100th Anniversary (the former Carnegie Library), HM&HS is holding a once-in-a lifetime CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AND INSTANT WINE CELLAR. Fitch Street will be closed and the Museum will be open! Come join the festivities and partake of WINE, food, jazz bands, exhibitions, and MORE!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 from 2 – 6 pm, EVENT TICKETS available for $45. PURCHASE: Online - at Saturday Farmers Market - or call the Museum.
This year’s raffle winners will walk away with hundreds of bottles of superior wines valued at thousands of dollars – all donated by many of Sonoma County’s outstanding wineries. There will be three Instant Wine Cellars given away: a Grand Prize, Second Prize and Event Only Limited Drawing Prize (only 250 tickets will be available for purchase at the Event), with a dozen smaller prizes drawn before the day is done.
DONATIONS FROM LOCAL WINERIES:
- GRAND PRIZE – 143 bottles from 76 wineries valued at $5,600
- SECOND PRIZE – 115 bottles from 62 wineries valued at $4,000
- EVENT-ONLY LIMITED PRIZE – 122 bottles from 72 wineries valued at $4,600, (only 250 tickets to be sold)
- 12 ADDITIONAL PRIZES TOTALING $1,800
- The EXEMPLARY WINE that makes Sonoma County one of the premier outlets for fine libations donated by generous area wineries paired with delicious CATERED FOOD.
- A SILENT AUCTION filled with fantastic items for those clever enough to time their bidding right (such as a week on a wonderful Vermont farm).
- A JAZZ STAGE featuring local jazz bands.
Just because the 600+ bottles in my cellars isn’t enough, I’ll be there trying to win!
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 11-12th
Two events now combined into one a few years ago, a great line-up of music, and the cool weather, while not good for grapes, is great for outdoor concerts. The schedule of artists is here. Big name act for Sunday is the Doobie Brothers. Sad to not be attending this year, so many events, so little time!
Sat. September 11: JAZZ FEST
JEFFREY OSBORNE, DAVID SANBORN featuring JOEY DeFRANCESCO, FOURPLAY – Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason, BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION, SPENCER DAY
Sun. September 12: ROCK & BLUES
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS – 40th Anniversary Tour, JIMMIE VAUGHAN and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band with LOU ANN BARTON,
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, SHANE DWIGHT, MITCH WOODS and his ROCKET 88s, THE BLUES DEFENDERS
Johnson’s Beach, Guerneville
Other Links for Events:
Inside Sonoma Events
Napa Vintners Events