Welcome to this week’s events in Sonoma Valley. (Calendar information courtesy of Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers.) Please note this is Sonoma VALLEY, not the entire county. See the bottom of the blog for websites for more events throughout Sonoma and the Wine Road.
KUNDE FAMILY ESTATE: HIKE
Saturday, December 11: 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. $25.00 per person, Price includes wine tasting. A portion of this fee will be donated to the Sonoma Ecology Center. Contact Information: Hospitality Department (707) 833-5501 Ext.. 334. Reservations required. Hikes limited to 50 people per hike.
CHATEAU ST. JEAN: SYLVAN BELL RINGERS
Saturday, December 11: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Chateau St. Jean
Get in the spirit early and visit us before the holiday season for your one stop shopping in beautiful Sonoma Valley. Sip, shop and save! Come see our wonderful selection of distinctive wine country gifts. Gift certificates available. $10.00 per person, $20.00 Reserve Wine Tasting ($10.00 for Club St. Jean Members). www.chateaustjean.com
BIG 3 WINE BAR: MEET THE WINERY: DEBRA PETERSON OF HANZELL VINEYARDS
Saturday, December 11: 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.
MEADOWCROFT WINES: HOLIDAY FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS
Saturday, December 11: 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Join us for a holiday celebration of food and wine at Meadowcroft Wines on Saturday December 11th. Chef Darby Tarantino has created a very special holiday inspired menu to pair beautifully with 4 Meadowcroft wines. Three limited seatings available at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Our previous food and wine pairing events have sold out completely so call our tasting room at 707-934-4090 today to reserve your seats. www.meadowcroftwines.com
LANDMARK VINEYARDS CONCERT SERIES
Saturday, December 11: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Continuing their Complimentary Concert Series, Landmark welcomes guests to enjoy live music and winery activities every Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The winery sparkles with holiday cheer with thousands of twinkling lights, holiday gifts, a twelve foot decorated Christmas tree and more!
Cozy up to the fireplace in Landmark’s Tasting Room on Saturday, December 11 for a special Complimentary Concert featuring Live Music by Sonoma Bach, Holiday Singers from 1 – 4 p.m. Wine will be available by the glass or bottle. If the sun is shining, enjoy the breath-taking view of Sugarloaf State Park from Landmark’s verdant courtyard with a glass of wine. Enjoy a game of bocce and stay for the afternoon. This event is complimentary. Children are welcome. For more event information, contact Nick Benz at email@example.com or (707) 833-0226.
JACUZZI FAMILY VINEYARDS: MUTINEER MAGAZINE HOLIDAY COMEDY FESTIVAL
Saturday, December 11: 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
Join Mutineer Magazine and top Los Angeles stand up comedians for an evening of spectacular holiday-fueled comedy and delicious fine beverages in support of global water relief through A Childs Right.
Tickets $35.00/person. wwwjacuzziwines.com
CLINE CELLARS: OLIVE CURING SEMINAR
Sunday, December 12: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
Don Landis offers his expertise and olive curing techniques to fellow olive enthusiasts in the Cline Cellars Barrel Room. Enjoy the history of the olive in California. Learn about the growing and harvesting of olives and receive Don Landis’ recipe for “No Lye” curing. Olive tasting, wine tasting and wine discounts will be offered to all participants. Explore the historic Cline property including the California Missions Museum. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended. RSVP to Don at (707) 823-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.clinecellars.com
SONOMA VALLEY GINGERBREAD WINERY CONTEST
Wednesday, December 01 – Friday, December 31
Anaba Wines – B. R. Cohn Winery – Chateau St. Jean Winery – Kenwood Vineyards – Larson Family Winery – Mayo Family Winery – Nicholson Ranch – Paradise Ridge Winery – Roessler Cellars – Viansa Winery & Marketplace
Wineries throughout Sonoma Valley are busy creating gingerbread replicas of their beautiful winery buildings. These sweet creations will be displayed in their tasting rooms throughout December. Tasting room guests are invited to vote for their favorite Gingerbread Winery. Ballots are available at each winery and each time you vote you will be entered to win a case of Sonoma Valley wine! It’s a wonderful holiday outing for the whole family. Visit the wineries, sample some of Sonoma Valley’s finest wines, do a little holiday shopping and, of course, vote for your favorite Gingerbread Winery. Visit Sonoma Valley Grapes and Wine on Facebook for more opportunities to vote and win!