As promised last week, there will be a new weekly post on the week’s events in Sonoma Valley. (Calendar information courtesy of Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers.) Please note this is Sonoma VALLEY, aka downtown Sonoma, not the entire county. I am endeavoring to have a less manual weekly post for North Sonoma and the Wine Road as well to cover their AVA’s. Key events are usually also on the Blog Calendar (which I have contracted a company to re-do.)
The big event of course this weekend in North Sonoma is the Sold out Wine and Food Affair.
WINE EDUCATION AT BIG 3 WINE BAR – PETER SPANN OF SPANN VINEYARDS
Friday, November 05: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Big 3 Wine Bar at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Winemakers discuss the nuances of the Sonoma Valley Wine Region at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn”s Big 3 Wine Bar. The unique tasting room and education center pours only Sonoma Valley designate products. Complimentary.
KUNDE FAMILY ESTATE: HIKE & TASTE IN THE VINEYARDS
Saturday, November 06: 10:00 a.m.
Kunde Family Estate
Join Sonoma Valley Docent Bill Myers on a fun, casual and up-close hike through the 1,850 acre volcanic and vertical Kunde Estate. This is a great opportunity to see sustainable winegrowing practices at work while taking in some of wine country’s most spectacular scenery. Bill’s tours wind through the estate’s distinct eco-systems, each one uniquely contributing to the process of sustainable winegrowing. This moderately strenuous hike lasts approximately four hours.
Please pack a sack lunch and wear hiking boots or appropriate footwear. Also bring sunscreen and water, especially on hot days. The hike will also conclude at the Tasting Room, where invigorated hikers can sample Kunde’s hand crafted estate-grown wines. $25.00 per person. Price includes wine tasting. A portion of this fee will be donated to the Sonoma Ecology Center. Please no pets or children under 5. Contact Information: Hospitality Department (707) 833-5501 Ext. 334. Reservations required. Hikes limited to 50 people per hike.
BIG 3 WINE BAR: MEET THE WINERY NIGHT – WHITNEY LINDSAY OF SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE WINERY
Saturday, November 06: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Big 3 Wine Bar at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
The Big 3 Wine Bar provides both locals and guests an opportunity to sip the best of the Sonoma Valley. In partnership with the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers the unique tasting room and education center will pour only Sonoma Valley designate products. Re-discover the best tastes, flights and full bottles of the Sonoma Valley. The Wine Bar is pleased to offer ongoing wine education programs every Friday and Saturday night. All events are from 5:30-6:30 pm in Wine Bar and are complimentary.
Saturday, November 06: 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Benziger Family Winery
Roll your sleeves up and join us for our annual lobster feed. Ticket prices are $90; $75 for club members. For more information phone. 800-989-8890 or email Buywine@benziger.com
CHATEAU ST. JEAN: PINOT NOIR RESERVE RELEASE WEEKEND
Saturday, November 06 – Sunday, November 07: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chateau St. Jean
We are releasing our premium Pinot Noir styled to showcase the very best of Sonoma County. Be the first in line to sample it and you too will concur that “All roads lead to Burgundy!” Come sip, save and shop with many special Holiday packs and unique wine country gifts available. $10.00 per person, $20.00 Reserve Wine Tasting ($10.00 for Club St. Jean Members) www.chateaustjean.com