Formerly known as the Croquet Invitational, Wishes in Wine Country will combine elements of the previous incarnation of this event with some exciting changes to the format. “After twelve terrific years hosting successful events at Sonoma-Cutrer, we wanted to offer our guests and supporters a whole new way to appreciate wine country and the lovely setting that the winery offers,” said Make-A-Wish Executive Director, Patricia Wilson. “We know our guests are delighted by the wine, love the food, and enjoy getting dressed in ‘croquet whites.’ We thought that 2013 was the year to really focus on the tasting aspects of the event, and to offer guests a chance to try a little croquet themselves.”
Wishes in Wine Country will be held on Saturday, May 18th 2013 at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards and features over 40 restaurants and wineries at the Grand Tasting on the Lawn. From 2:30 to 5:30pm, guests will sample wines from Cakebread, Coppola, MacPhail, Hop Kiln and more on the lawns surrounding Sonoma-Cutrer’s world class croquet courts. Tasting guests can also sample signature hors d’oeuvres from celebrated local restaurants including John Ash & Co., Santé and more. In a new twist to the event, guests will also have the opportunity to play a 15 minute game of croquet guided by professional players. As in previous years, guests will find a variety of unique getaways, wines and experiences at the silent auction.
The evening continues from 5:30-9:00pm with the Sunset Dinner, where guests will enjoy a three-course dinner on the Sonoma-Cutrer Terrace. Dinner will be prepared by local culinary talent and will be paired with exceptional wines from the area. While enjoying the view overlooking the vineyards and croquet courts, guests will enjoy a short live auction that has been curated to feature the most hard-to-come-by items and experiences. Tickets are now on sale for the Grand Tasting ($150 per person) and the Sunset Dinner ($300 per person and up).