Napa/Sonoma, CA Wine Tastings & Events
The 8th annual California's Artisan Cheese Festival will excite cheese lovers, who will have the opportunity to sample cheeses, tour local farms, enjoy wine and cheese pairings, attend seminars, watch culinary demonstrations and experience hands-on cheese-making classes throughout the three-day celebration. The event is hosted by the Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma. Tickets, ranging from $20 to $135 depending on the event, are available at artisancheesefestival.com
Charlie Palmer's 9th Annual Pigs & Pinot weekend will cull more than 60 international wineries and 20 chefs for a two-day pork- and wine-filled celebration at Sonoma's Hotel Healdsburg in March, 2014. Scheduled events include a Gala Dinner, less formal Taste of Pigs & Pinot event, Swine and Wine Dinner at Spoonbar, food and wine seminars and cooking demos, competitions and more. Participants this year include chefs Amanda Freitag, Bryan Voltaggio, Frank Crispo and Philippe Rispoli, and winemakers Michael Browne of CIRQ, Pierre Emmanuel of Domaine Pierre Gelin, Jesse Katz and Bill Foley of Roth and Te Kairanga, Tom Rochioli of Rochioli Vineyards and Mike Weersing of Pyramid Valley. Choose from several packages that let guests pick and choose events or accommodations. Proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength and local charities and scholarships. For tickets, packages and a complete schedule visit www.pigsandpinot.com. Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg, CA 95448, 707-431-2800, 800-889-7188.
The James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour will stop in Sonoma at the Gloria Ferrer Winery. Participating chefs will include Stephanie Izard, Andrew Wilson, Carlo Cavallo, Mark Richardson, Moaya Scheiman & Andrea Koweek, and Katherine Humphus. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and costs $160 per person, inclusive. For more information, visit celebritycheftour.com/calendar.html. Gloria Ferrer Winery, 23555 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, CA 95476, 707-933-1931.
2014 marks the 25th anniversary of one of California's pioneering and longest-running wine events - Passport to Dry Creek Valley (April 26-27). Established in 1990, the very first Passport to Dry Creek Valley saw just a few hundred attendees and just a handful of wineries participating; this year 5,000 guests will attend and 50 wineries will open their doors. Each of the wineries adopt a unique theme that transports guests to another place or time; gourmet food, barrel samples and rare vintages are served alongside live entertainment all set against the idyllic backdrop of Dry Creek Valley. For more information, visit www.wdcv.com/events/passport-to-dry-creek-valley.php
Where better to celebrate Earth Day
than Green Valley? On Sunday April 27, from noon to 3 p.m. at Iron Horse Vineyards
, join in a toast to Mother Nature with keynote speaker Sandra Day O'Connor. Tickets are $300 for a one hour VIP reception with Justice O'Connor, bubbles and California Caviar at the home of Iron Horse founders Andrey and Barry Sterling - limited to 100 guests, who will then join the Main Event in progress. Tickets are $65 for the Main Event - an outdoor ”eat, drink and be green” festival featuring Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from De Loach Vineyards, Dutton Goldfield Winery, Freeman Winery, Hartford Family Winery, Lynmar, Marinara Estate, MacPhail Family Wines, Ron Rubin Winery and Iron Horse Vineyards. Enjoy a locators's feast by Bravo Top Chef Master Douglas Keane, an all-female Mariachi band, large scale environmental sculptures, a robot demonstration and a short, informal talk by Sandra Day O'Connor. For tickets, visit www.cellarpass.com/tickets_select.aspx?eid=207
Participate in a very special and limited tasting featuring wines produced exclusively from Bacigalupi Vineyards at the 3nd Annual Bacigalupi Vineyard Designate Tasting on June 21, 2013 from 1 p.m. to p.m. The goal of the tasting is to show the cohesiveness of wines made from a specific vineyard. Each winery the family selected excels in maintaining the presence of the vineyard but expresses individual winemaking styles. Enjoy a varietal food pairing and live music. Complimentary logo glass included. All proceeds to benefit The Guardsmen. Tickets cost $90 per person / $75 for Wine Club members. For tickets, visit http://johntylerwines.com/bacigalupi-vineyard-designate-tasting
Rubicon Estate has three wine tasting options ranging from $15-50. The $25 and $50 options include a half- hour walking tour. While at the estate, guests can also view Francis Ford Coppola's extensive collection of pre-cinematic devices including Magic Lanterns and Zoetropes. The child-friendly winery provides wooden sailboats for kids to play with in the courtyard fountain. For more information, visit www.rubiconestate.com.
Wine country visitors can benefit from a collaboration among 152 vintners and 50 lodgings in Sonoma County, together known as the Wine Road. For $25 for a day's exploration, or $50 for three days in the area, Sonoma travelers can obtain the new Ticket to the Wine Road, allowing for discounts, complimentary tastings, private tours, and other amenities at all participating locales. Benefits vary. For a list of wineries and lodging, or to purchase tickets, visit www.wineroad.com.
The Signature Bar at J Vineyards and Winery presents daily wine-only tastings, featuring wines such as Cuvée 20, Russian River Valley Chardonnay; Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, and Russian River Valley Pinotage. Tastings run all day, and cost $20 for five pours of wine. For more information, call 707-431-3646 or visit www.jwine.com. The Signature Bar, J Vineyards and Winery, 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg, CA 95448, 707-431-3646.
For additional information
on wine events, please contact:
607 South St. Helena Highway
St. Helena, CA 94574