Three days. Two Hundred Wineries and Chefs. One unforgettable Sonoma Experience.
Join us where wine, food and friends meet.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.
Labor Day Weekend, August 30 - September 1, 2013
Established in 2008, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend combined the previously separate Sonoma County Showcase of Wine & Food with the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction into one weekend and joined the forces of their two sponsoring organizations, Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance to create a full weekend of additional events.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s largest charity event and premier wine and food event, celebrating the region’s incredible bounty of food, wine, and fun while raising much needed funds for Sonoma's local charities.
Participants experience first-hand the diversity and world-class quality of the region’s artisanal wine and food and distinctive epicurean experiences. Three main events, Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch, and the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean, are the signature attractions, supplemented by intimate Winery Luncheons, Dinner Parties, and Barbecues taking place throughout the weekend.
Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery kicks off Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Friday night with local chefs and wineries gathering at one of Sonoma County’s iconic wineries for a special evening under the stars, complete with live music and dancing.
More than 200 wineries and 60 chefs offer their wines and food for sampling at Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch, which also includes wine seminars, sommelier-led tours, food and wine pairings, demonstrations, and a steel chef competition.
The Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean is the heart of the weekend’s charitable efforts, bringing the local wine and grower community together with guests to support vital charities throughout Sonoma County. Sonoma County’s largest fundraising event features fine wine and lifestyle lots and loads of bidding excitement under the big tent! The Grand Lawn of Chateau St. Jean is transformed each year as the theme dictates, and guests enjoy Sonoma County’s finest wine and chef creations as they raise needed dollars for Sonoma County charities.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is jointly produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, and proceeds benefit local charities. Beneficiaries for the events are local charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need. In 2012, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend gave just under $500,000 to local charities and supported the local economy and regional marketing efforts with gross revenues of over $1.7 million.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Staff
Executive Directors: Honore Comfort and Maureen L. Cottingham
Director of Communications: Sara Cummings
Directors of Marketing: Bryan Carr and Tracey Woodward
Event Producer - Taste of Sonoma and the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction: Heather Tietsort
Event Producer - Sonoma Starlight: Ann Marie Curran
Director of Member Relations: Dana Macaulay and Taylor Serres
Visa Signature Director: Kelley Perez
Sponsor Coordinator: Nicole Daly
Office Manager: Abby Ham
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About Sonoma County Vintners
Sonoma County Vintners is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the wines and wineries of Sonoma County. Since 1946, the association has focused on building awareness of its diverse appellations and the resulting distinctive wines.
With more than 200 winery and affiliate members ranging in size from small, boutique wineries to large family-owned operations, Sonoma County Vintners comes together to educate, invite and entertain the public with our industry, our region and our lifestyle. Through member collaboration, we develop strategic partnerships and create promotional programs to enhance the image of Sonoma County and its wines worldwide.
For more information on the Sonoma County Vintners, visit www.sonomawine.com.
About Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers
The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a trade organization, formed in 1992, that comprises hundreds of member wineries and grape growers as well as associate members who work together to promote awareness of the Sonoma Valley and its extraordinary wines and grapes, its incomparable climate, and its richly diverse terrain and terroir. As a result of the collaboration of vintners and growers, it is a unique organization that shares a mission to promote Sonoma Valley wines and grapes, support cooperation and collaboration among Valley vintners and growers, and develop community awareness of the industry and its contributions to the unique lifestyle in Sonoma Valley.
For more information on the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com.