Escape House Visitors this Fri/Sat at Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House. AND TWO Drawings!

It’s Holiday Time in Sonoma County!

When you are lucky enough to live in a place where it seems every 4th person is a chef, winemaker cheesemaker, or some other artisan; it’s an extra special pleasure this time of year when everyone is busy preparing things to enjoy the Holiday festivities.

This Friday and Saturday is the 27th Annual Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House.  For those not familiar with the ‘Heart of Sonoma Valley’ its an organization that represents 24 Wineries of Sonoma Valley, located in Glen Ellen and Kenwood, generally on, or close to, Highway 12.

Each Winery will offer special pourings, nibbles, wine sales, artisan wares for sale and more. You can peruse here for a complete list. New to the 2010 Holiday Open House are street food vendors. They will be located throughout the valley including Harvey’s Donuts, A Brewed Awakening, Street Eatz, Fork, Taste of Gyro, Chicago Style Hot Dogs, and Buon Gusto offering a variety of affordable eats!

Participating Wineries include: Audelssa Estate Winery, Benziger Family Winery, Chateau St. Jean, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Enkidu Wines, Eric Ross Winery, Family Wineries, Imagery Estate Winery, Kaz Vineyards & Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, Kunde Family Estate, Landmark Vineyards, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Little Vineyards, Loxton Cellars, Mayo Family Winery, Muscardini Cellars/Ty Caton Vineyards, Paradise Ridge Winery, St. Francis Winery, VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Valley of the Moon Winery, Wellington Vineyards.

Tickets are $40 in advance, and available here.

TWO Contests this Week

Free Tickets Trivia Drawing

Tomorrow night (Tuesday Nov 23rd) we will draw from the successful entries to the 3 Trivia questions below, for a pair of tickets to the event. Simply post your answers on the blog site, with contact info. Entries won’t be published, so that answers can’t be copied. Entries close at 7 p.m. tomorrow night!

All Answers can be found on the Open House Program.

  1. What Winery (Page 1) is at the Intersection of Hwy 12 and Adobe Canyon Road?
  2. Where can you taste Harvey’s Gourmet Donuts? (highly recommended, fyi.)
  3. What Winery is having the Owner/Winemaker sign bottles? (hint begins with an ‘E’.) (Great gift idea!)

Wine Country Package

First, has teamed up with Heart of Sonoma Valley with a special incentive: Purchase tickets by Wednesday November 24th and be automatically entered to win a Wine Country Getaway Package! Includes; a one-night stay at the Landmark Vineyards Cottage, an Estate Tasting at VJB Vineyards & Cellars, a magnum signed by a winemaker from Family Wineries, a Wine Blending session at Kaz Vineyards and the two bottles of wine you blended, a Heart of Sonoma Valley 6-bottle wine tote, and two tickets to the 2011 Holiday Open House.

Don’t forget the Simple Hedonisms 4 Suggestions for Wine Events:

Plan. – take a few minutes to peruse the page of offerings. Visit old faves, work in some new ones.

  • Buy. Support these artisans with your purchases. Many will have special sales. If you are have flown in, this is an especially great time to stock up and ship these gems you may not be able to find at home. For visitors, this is also a good time to consider the Wine Club, to keep a regular supply of your favorite winery releases coming.
  • Taste Responsibly. Don’t hesitate to dump wine you don’t want, use a spit cup, and consume plenty of food and water.
  • Have Fun! Remember if it gets busy; A ‘bad’ day in Wine Country (I think this actually doesn’t exist) is always better than a good day at work.

Simple Hedonisms will be out and about on Black Friday (YOU can have the shopping thanks!) so follow on Twitter and Facebook for live event broadcasts and photos.

Here is wishing you the very best of ‘Simple Hedonism’s’, family, friends, food, and wine, over this holiday week.


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2 Responses to “Escape House Visitors this Fri/Sat at Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House. AND TWO Drawings!”

  • Gary:

    Thanks William, your clues were great:
    1 = Landmark (page 1)
    2 = Benzinger (page 1)
    3 = Eric Ross (page 2)
    Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  • Another good tasting opportunity this weekend is Sonoma Valley Portworks–on Second Street in Petaluma! Think Dessert! (And think, complimentary tastings and pairings!)

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