Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2014
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, August 29-31 is Sonoma County’s signature, and largest, charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs. Jointly produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, all proceeds benefit local charities. Since its inception, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has raised over $12 million for charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in Sonoma County communities.
As Sonoma Wine Country Weekend’s flagship event, Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyards delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for oenophiles and foodies alike. The event takes place on Saturday, August 30 and features informative and entertaining wine seminars, lively cooking demonstrations, inspiring competitions and much more. Guests enjoy an enchanting afternoon packed with the best of Sonoma County living. There are dozens of notable wineries, chefs and local artisan producers participating.
A series of captivating wine and food events will take place throughout the afternoon, like Wine Talks in the Barn, private wine tasting tours led by the country’s hottest sommeliers, blind tasting challenges, and Crushpad demonstrations that allow guests to experience harvest firsthand. Visitors may opt to stay cool at the Gloria Ferrer Bubble Lounge, where select sparkling wines will complement a series of delectable bites or stroll through the Sonoma County Marketplace and get a glimpse of the high-quality, artisanal ingredients local chefs use every day.
The famed Sonoma Steel Chef competition returns again this year, emceed by Today Show regular and Host of PBS’s Check, Please!, Leslie Sbrocco,along with Food & Wine’s Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle. This is an extraordinary opportunity to watch Sonoma County’s best chefs face off in a fast-paced, fun and educational competition. This year, Jack Mitchell (Jack & Tony’s), David Bush (OSO), Peter Brown (Jimtown Store), and Jake Ameral (Zazu Kitchen and Farm) will compete for the coveted title of Sonoma County’s Steel Chef. Guests may also sneak away from the main stage excitement to taste dishes from local chefs at grill stations adjacent to the vines.
Friday, 8/29 – Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery: $125/person (General) or $150/person (Reserve Seating)
- Enjoy an unforgettable evening of wine, dinner and music under the stars! Kick off your Sonoma Wine Country Weekend poolside at the iconic Francis Ford Coppola Winery against a backdrop of shimmering stars in the Alexander Valley. https://www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com
Saturday, 8/30 – Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyard $165/person (General), $195/person (Grand Reserve)
- Immerse yourself in the food and wine culture of Sonoma County at Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch. Enjoy an afternoon strolling through the historic MacMurray Estate property while sipping and savoring the very best of Sonoma County’s rich wines and delectable cuisine presented by more than 200 wineries and 70 chefs. http://www.macmurrayranch.com/
Sunday, 8/31 – Sonoma Harvest Wine Auctionat Chateau St. Jean: $500/person
● The flagship event of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction is Sonoma County’s largest and most fun fundraising event, bringing together the wine community and caring donors to raise essential funds that make our world-class wine region a better place by supporting our kids and our community. http://www.chateaustjean.com/index.cfm
About MacMurray Estate Vineyards
With estate vineyards in some of the world’s most sought-after Pinot Noir regions, MacMurray Estate Vineyards crafts an award-winning collection of Pinot Noir and cool-climate white wines from Sonoma County and the Central Coast. The winery’s namesake Russian River Valley vineyard, MacMurray Ranch, was once owned by actor Fred MacMurray, who purchased the land in 1941. Today, the winemakers at MacMurray Estate Vineyards are dedicated to Pinot Noir, overseeing everything from rootstock selection to barrel aging, to craft the winery’s signature varietal. The result is a portfolio of wines that illuminates the unique, nuanced flavors of each estate vineyard.
About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners
The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit trade organization serving more than 500 members who share a mission to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation (SVVGF) is a non-profit 501c.3 organization that has raised more than $8 million for local Sonoma Valley charities. For more information on the SVVGA and SVVGF, please visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com. Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 250 wineries and affiliated businesses throughout the county. Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.