Fun Earth Day + Wine Events in Sonoma County

Wine comes from the earth. More and more of today’s wine growers are conscientious  shepherds and stewards of the Land. What better way than to combine the two.

Here are a selection of Events coming up in celebration of Earth Day, feel free to add others in comments!

Sunday April 17th – Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley at Iron Horse

This is a really great event I attended last year, and bought tickets to again this Cialis 100 mg year. Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley serves up food, wine and Ted Turner at this fifth annual “Eat, Drink & Be Green” festival held at Iron Horse Vineyards.This delicious eco- event features a walk around food and wine tasting, showcasing the spring releases from the aptly named Green Valley, represented by DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Hartford Family Winery, Iron Horse, Marimar Estate and Sequana.

In deference to Ted Turner, who owns 50,000 head of bison across 12 ranches, the main food station will be 6-oz. grilled bison filets along with Sonoma’s finest, fresh, “sous-vides” eggs on crostini, local, seasonal produce, cheeses, brick oven breads and an array of heavenly chocolates.

The star attraction and speaker is Ted Turner, Planet Green’s second favorite billionaire, one of GQ’s 25 “Coolest Athletes of All Time, and winner of Mikhail Gorbachev’s “Man Who Changed the World Award”. The focus of the day is The Future. There will be a one-day exhibit in a 1920s redwood barn turned temporary art gallery, curated on the theme “Vintage Future: What the Future Used to Look Like” (Think The Jetsons, the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Future Shock.). Other highlights include a time capsule with bottles of vintage Iron Horse 2010 Sparkling that will be “buried” in the cellar for 15 years to be ready for Iron Horse’s 50th anniversary, vineyard tours, which in Green Valley is where the real future lies.

Thursday April 21st 630 pm – Quivira Winemaker Dinner at Spoonbar

In celebration of Earth Day, Spoonbar has prepared a special spring farm dinner featuring Quivira‘s own certified Biodynamically grown produce and stellar wines.

Winemaker Hugh Chapelle will be on hand to share Quivira’s equally inspiring wines including the gorgeous newly bottled Rose, fantastic Zinfandel and unique varietals including Mourvedre and Grenache. Chef Rudy Mihal has crafted a delicious menu based on Quivira’s harvest paired to compliment each wine. A true expression of our local land.

The Evening:

  • Welcome 2010 Sauvignon Blanc ~ Gewurztraminer, Dry Creek Valley
  • 1st Course 2010 Rose, North Coast. Little gem leaves with fava beans, young pecorino and toasted walnuts
  • 2nd Course 2009 Grenache, Wine Creek Ranch. Grilled California swordfish with spring garlic and white gaeta olives
  • 3rd Course 2008 Mourvedre, Wine Creek Ranch & 2008 Flight, Dry Creek Valley. Braised beef short ribs with rainbow carrots and zinfandel cuisson
  • Dessert 2009 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Wine Creek Ranch. Buckwheat crepe, honey chevre, macerated peppered strawberries

$65 per person Tax and Gratuity not included.  For reservations, please call Spoonbar at 707-433-7222


Fri. 22 April & Sat. 23 – Special Vineyard Tours and Tastings at Inman Family Winery

Kathleen Inman, a neighbor, friend, and favorite vintner, is well known in the Bay area not just for her Pinot Noir, but for her incredible focus on sustainability, including water reclamation & composting, and has been recognized with numerous awards for her contributions.

To celebrate Earth Day, Fri. 22 April & Sat. 23 April, Kathleen will be leading tours at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. of the new winery and vineyard. Inman will be doing mechanical weeding, spreading of compost, brewing of compost teas throughout the day. The tour is followed by a sit down tasting of 2006-2008 OGV pinot noir, and tastings of the current releases. Only 20 people each of the four slots. Tickets are $20, very limited and can be purchased here.

April 23 Kunde Family Estate – Earth Day Hike & Taste in the Vineyards

April 23, 10:00 a.m. $30 per person (includes wine tasting)

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. MAKE A RESERVATION. Please no pets or children under 10.

Whatever you do to celebrate Earth Day – give something back, and then celebrate with a glass or bottle from a local grower/winemaker. Cheers and thanks for reading Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog !

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