Simple Hedonisms Contest – Win Tickets (3 pairs!) to this Saturday Eighth St. Wineries Open House

Simple Hedonisms loves to share the best of Wine Country and its Simple Pleasures,  with its readers. This week, we’re passing the torch to you!

Enter To Win Tickets – 3 Pairs Total

Post your favorite  Simple Hedonisms (simple pleasures) (up to three)  in Sonoma County wine country (PG rated, naturally).  Places to eat, taste, view, picnic, spa, kiss, be creative!

We will pick our top three favorites based on creativity and appeal, then publish the ‘hotlist’.

Winners will each get a pair of tickets to the Eighth Street Wineries Open House on February 26th, where true wine, food, and good people – the essence of Simple Hedonisms – will be in abundance.

Post by 7 pm Thursday to enter and then watch for your name for tickets!

Eighth Street Wineries

Never been to Eighth Street Wineries? Think wine country is comprised entirely of sprawling estates and elaborate palace like buildings?  The essence of winemaking lies in a place far less glamorous and much more engaging—the cellar. This Saturday, the winemakers of Eighth Street Wineries in Sonoma invite the public directly into their warehouse workspace to taste artisan wares, only a stone’s throw away from Downtown Sonoma.

Open Warehouses at 8th Street Wineries

On February 26th, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the group will host their semiannual Open House. New releases, library wines, barrel tastings, and rare bargains will be offered alongside gourmet food pairings.

Wine and food extravaganzas occur often in wine country, but rarely thrown by such a committed group of winemakers, and never for such a bargain. The ticket price of $30 per person ($20 for wine club members) includes tastings, pairings, and a souvenir wine glass. Guests park once and just walk from winery to winery. Brilliant.

Some of these wineries have no public tasting rooms and limited distribution – this is a prime day to taste small artisans you can’t always have access to.
For a birds eye view  – check out this video!

Eighth Street Wineries members:

  • Anaba Wines
  • Enkidu Wines
  • Kamen Estate Wines
  • MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
  • Parmelee-Hill Wines and Vineyards
  • Stone Edge Farms
  • Talisman Wines
  • Three Sticks Winery
  • Tin Barn Vineyards
  • Ty Caton Vineyards

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9 Responses to “Simple Hedonisms Contest – Win Tickets (3 pairs!) to this Saturday Eighth St. Wineries Open House”

  • A night at Kenwood Inn and Spa, with a Magnum of J champagne, and a massage for two.

  • Tim:

    My Simple Hedonism lately has been visiting wine country each weekend to plan my wedding with the love of my life. With wine map in hand, we plot a course that lets us seek out the quaintest, the best grounds, the most scenic views…and of course we check out even the most extravagant ones even though they are too pricey for us, just for the fun of it!

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  • Tom:

    My first simple hedonism in Sonoma is flying through the trees on a trapeze at Skyfarm. There are less than a handful of outdoor trapeze rigs in the country, and we have one right in Sonoma wine country. The feeling of flying out in the open, amongst the trees makes one feel like a bird.

    My next simple hedonism is discovering that perfect Sonoma Pinot which resonates with you. Like last weekend in a quiet moment at Woodenhead tasting their delicious Buena Tierra Pinot. Basking in the wondrous balance and elegance this wine displays, a delightful ballet of rich dark fruit, delicate subtle acidity, and just a hint of smoke. A simple moment which reminds you how blessed you are to have a day to indulge your palate.

    One last hedonistic indulgence… Ducking out of the rain into Franco’s Ristorante and drizzling an already incredible lobster soup onto an equally incredible truffle mac’n’cheese and discovering it’s even better than could be imagined. Yet another reminder that great dining awaits around just about any corner in The Sonoma Valley.

  • Jody T:

    Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg -mmmm breakfast anytime, especially during harvest after a looooong drive up from dusty, hot Central Valley.

  • William Allen:

    Rebecca Germolus – shares (via Facebook)
    Coleman Valley Road from Occidental to the coast is one of the most amazing views/roads in the county.
    Love to eat at La Gare French Restaurant — the food is such a treat, staff is excellent, nice wine list and elegant but not fussy.
    The number of amazing wineries in Sonoma County is overwhelming. Picking just one is impossible, so instead I’ll pick a great place to buy wine after the wineries are closed. Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa has a fabulous selection, terrific prices and spot-on, well-trained staff.
    Want to taste the county in another way, check out Kozlowski Farms outside of Forestville.
    Gotta love Sonoma County!

  • Karen:

    Sonoma Wine Country Hedonisms:

    # 1 If I had a choice of any restaurant in Sonoma in any price category, I would choose Della Santina. I love the ambiance, the service and the food. The back deck on a nice day is perfect and the owners always make everyone feel special. The desserts have lots of cream with light cake soaked in liquor!

    # 2 A massage of course! I prefer A private massage in a quiet atmosphere with ocean wave music and the smell of lavender. The Lodge at Sonoma has a nice group of massage therapists and the hot tub arrangement is peaceful and leisurely.

    # 3 PORT: We have so many wonderful wines in Sonoma. The description of wonderful wines shall go on for lifetimes. . . what I always enjoy is a really nice Port to top off an evening. I have a bottle of Homewood Winery 2005 Merlot Port from Sonoma Valley that is so precious to me. I am still looking at this Port savoring the thought of the taste; the most Hedonistic thing to do would be to get out a cork screw, open it and drink it right NOW!

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