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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Friday Winemaker Lunches

12:30 pm – $85 per person

With dozens of wineries hosting exquisite lunches in dazzling settings, you’ll have the opportunity to break bread with the winemakers that create your favorite Sonoma bottlings….

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Sonoma Valley Appellation

Wine lovers flock to Sonoma’s Ravenswood Winery for world-class single vineyard Zinfandels, casual elegance and the revitalizing natural beauty that can only be found at this unique destination. Enjoy a spectacular summer afternoon dining with Ravenswood’s Zen Master of Zin, Joel Peterson. Joel’s wit and wisdom will provide a unique historical perspective on Sonoma wines that you simply won’t find at any other winery. Enjoy award winning BBQ from Wine Country Q, alongside wines that are guaranteed to deliver on Ravenswood’s motto of “No Wimpy Wines”. Wine Country Q duo, JD and Rhana Mcgee, are the winners of the Ravenswood Cork & Pork Championship at the Canadian national championships and winners of numerous awards in other BBQ championships including the prestigious invitational Jack Daniels BBQ Championship. This unforgettable al fresco affair is ideal for the aficionado who seeks an experience at ground zero for Zin, the bon vivant who feels at home among the vines or the raconteur who wants to revel in the remarkable wines of Ravenswood paired with some of the best authentic BBQ on the face of the earth.

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Alexander Valley Appellation 

Join generations of the Robert Young family, who pioneered farming in the Alexander Valley in 1858, for an educational and interactive wine and food Flavor Spectrum luncheon. Festivities begin with a tram ride to the top of the hill overlooking the spectacular 450-acre estate, while sipping classic Robert Young Chardonnay. On the back patio of the family’s iconic estate home, you’ll learn to trust your palate as you sample traditional and non-traditional food and wine combinations. Celebrated Chef Barbara Hom will lead you through four flavor themes: mirror, contrast, outside the envelope and controversial, pairing unique dishes with each of Robert Young’s estate wines. The goal is to demonstrate that food and wine pairing is subjective as individual palates differ. Experimenting with diverse food and wine combinations creates greater potential for a perfect match, elevating both the food and the wine, while offering a most enjoyable way to spend a lazy summer afternoon.

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Dry Creek Valley Appellation

Join Ed and Adam Sbragia at their winery for a fresh, seasonal lunch on the terrace overlooking their Dry Creek Valley vineyards. The winery is a dream come true for Ed Sbragia, whose dad left him the vineyards as a legacy, and where he creates wines of great distinction alongside his family. For a few hours filled with elegant Sonoma cuisine prepared by Alec Graham of Valette Healdsburg, masterful wines and great conversation, look no further than Sbragia Family Vineyards. You’re invited to spend an afternoon with this venerable winemaking family for an experience in one of the world’s top wine destinations where you’ll discover the wines, the food and the views that make the Dry Creek Valley one of Sonoma Wine Country’s brightest stars.

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Sonoma Valley Appellation

Escape to the Sonoma Valley for a classic Wine Country luncheon at Sebastiani! Enjoy the delights of this historic property and indulge in a three-course meal, hand crafted by Estate Chef Annie Hongkham. Lunch will be served in the Sebastiani Barrel Room, home to some of the oldest antique redwood tanks in Sonoma County. Indulge in a family-style Italian luncheon that will be paired with the exquisite wines from Sebastiani’s winemaker David Nakaji. Menu selections include a Compressed Mix Melon Salad with Lara Chenel Goat Cheese with Rocket Greens, Herb Marinated Coulotte de Boeuf, followed by melt in your mouth Gravenstein Apple Fritters.  It’s an event that celebrates the estates fascinating history with an infusion of Italian Wine Country sophistication. Cheers!

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Sonoma Valley Appellation

Join winemaker Kevin Holt and the fifth-generation proprietors for a very special afternoon under the garden oaks at the historic Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen. You’ll indulge in the ranch’s highly acclaimed small production estate wines paired with local oysters, followed by four ranch-to-table courses crafted by Chef Lauren Kershner and featuring the ranch’s organic heirloom produce and olive oil. Take in the breathtaking views, uniquely authentic setting and fascinating stories this multi-generational, family-owned and family-operated ranch and winery. It’s a rare opportunity to relax and refresh at a stunning property that’s not usually open to the general public, while mingling with the family members who have dedicated their lives to preserving this rarified corner of Sonoma County.

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Dry Creek Valley Appellation

Kick off your 2016 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend at one of Dry Creek Valley’s newest hot spots: the outdoor terrace at Comstock Wines. Specializing in wines that highlight the bounty of Sonoma County, Comstock Wines invites you to experience wines that are delicious, memorable and the ideal expression of their individual terroir. Chef Tim of Peloton Culinary & Catering will use the best seasonal ingredients Wine Country has to offer to create dishes that are as stimulating to the eye as they are to the palate—and paired perfectly with the carefully curated wine selection. Join Winemaker Chris Russi on a tour of this state-of-the-art winery followed by an afternoon of good games, grand food and great wines. It’s a day in the Dry Creek Valley that’s sure to delight!

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Alexander Valley Appellation

Indulge in an afternoon that promises to ignite your senses with unparalleled wine and food. Join international Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt for an intimate, exclusive lunch at Baci Café & Wine Bar in Healdsburg. Savor Chef Shari’s exquisite locally-sourced cuisine, seamlessly paired with Nick’s renowned limited-production, estate-grown Cabernets, Merlots, Chardonnays and more. Guests will have the rare opportunity to taste the breadth of the Goldschmidt wines with Nick guiding them through each pairing while he shares winemaking tales from around the globe. It’s an unforgettable feast in a sophisticated setting, and ideal for the wine aficionado who craves up-close-and-personal time with one of the world’s most renowned winemakers.

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Russian River Valley Appellation

Join proprietors John and Terri Balletto for a relaxing meal on the patio of their Russian River Valley home estate. Your lunch will be prepared by Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt of John Ash & Co. and served with wines thoughtfully paired by Winemaker Anthony Beckman. The beautiful patio is surrounded by the vineyards that produce the Balletto varietals you’ll enjoy as you take in the breathtaking views of the Santa Rosa Plain. Your hosts John and Terri Balletto will be on hand to answer questions and share their colorful stories of life in the exciting, rewarding and challenging wine industry. This event promises to be memorable for so many reasons: a gourmet meal, acclaimed wines and charming hosts—all in an exquisite setting.

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Dry Creek Valley Appellation

The Dry Creek Valley, at the very heart of California’s Sonoma Wine Country, is the source of the world’s finest Zinfandels. But it is the award-winning Zinfandels of Wilson Winery that truly epitomize this extraordinary place.

Cross the winery’s century-old threshold and enter a realm utterly unlike any other—steeped in tradition, devoted to quality, and inextricably tied to a family, its land, and its legacy. For more than twenty years, as they nurtured their prized Zinfandel vines, the Wilson family has lovingly restored the historic winery, preserving the best of the past while investing in a fruitful future.

Just minutes from charming Healdsburg, the sweeping vistas from Wilson Winery’s oak-shaded tasting room inspire awe, but it’s the hand-grown, single-vineyard Zinfandels that thrill the senses. Proudly presented by winemaker Diane Wilson and her husband Ken, these sought-after wines capture the very essence of the Dry Creek Valley, a very particular place where the divinely-inspired partnership of nature and winemaker finds fullest expression in every finely crafted bottle.

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Russian River Valley Appellation

Take in the charms of the Russian River Valley when you join Benovia Winery for an intimate summer lunch in the vineyard. Benovia specializes in small-lot, handcrafted wines that reflect the elegance and authenticity of Sonoma County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Your hosts will share the philosophy and methods behind Benovia’s organic and sustainable farming practices as you dine on a three-course luncheon prepared by Chef Daniel Kedan of Forestville’s Backyard. Indulge in Benovia’s single vineyard wines at an unforgettable afternoon where you’ll be swept away by the wines, locally-sourced foodand the vibrant views of Benovia’s beautiful vineyard.

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Knights Valley Appellation

Nestled in the hills of Knights Valley, Linked Vineyards overlooks both Napa and Sonoma counties: a truly unique vantage point from which to indulge in extremely small lot Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Join Vintners Jessica Link and Drew Johnson at their family estate surrounded by acres of vines for a delicious lunch prepared by Chef John Franchetti. Stroll through the vineyards to gain first-hand knowledge of where it all begins, and toast to the one winemaking philosophy upon which we can all agree—great wines start with great vineyards. You’ll also savor award-winning wines and special treats pulled from Jessica and Drew’s personal cellar for this once-in-a-lifetime wine tasting experience. Served in a spectacular setting with unforgettable views and impeccable wines, this is an event for anyone looking to be immersed in Sonoma Wine Country living.

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Los Carneros Appellation

Spend an afternoon in Carneros with Donum Estate Winegrower and Founder Anne Moller-Racke and the Donum Estate team for a private lunch, featuring critically acclaimed Donum Pinot Noirs—all served in a charming open barn tucked among the vines. Wear walking shoes for a short walk through Donum’s vineyards overlooking Carneros and the San Pablo Bay. Take in the views surrounded by some of Donum’s most coveted blocks that provide the fruit for their acclaimed Carneros Estate, West Slope and East Slope Pinot Noirs. The Donum Estate embraces a winegrowing philosophy rooted in the Burgundian grand cru model, and the result is some of the finest estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay possible. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a sunny day of sipping world class wines, learning about these impeccably managed vineyards and savoring the seasonal flavors of Sonoma.

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Sonoma Valley Appellation

Let Three Sticks host you for an afternoon of luscious wines and local cuisine carefully crafted by Armando Navarro of El Dorado Kitchen in the gardens of the Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe. Built 1842, the historic Adobe is the longest occupied residence in Sonoma, and one of the few remaining buildings from California’s Mexican Period. Beautifully restored by Bill and Eva Price, with the dramatic, surprising and elegant interior designed by Ken Fulk, this lunch is the perfect opportunity to indulge your love of design, tempt your palate with the masterful wines of Three Sticks and enjoy a meal unlike any other—all in the unforgettable home of Three Sticks Wines.

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Moon Mountain District Appellation

Spend a sunny day at EDGE, our private dining room in downtown Sonoma, where you’ll discover the abundant beauty that results from true artistry in the vineyard and garden. Known for its unwavering dedication to sustainable farming practices, Stone Edge Farm produces both the outstanding wines and the heirloom vegetables and olive oils that will take center stage at this open air affair. Winemaker Jeffery Baker will personally pair the wines to each delectable course created by Winery Chef John McReynolds for an unparalleled experience of field-to-table dining.

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Alexander Valley Appellation

Join Roth Estate Winery for this special lunch where you’ll feast on fresh food, spectacular wines and let your inner child out for some playtime. Begin your experience with passed hors d’oeuvres including Garden Tomato Tartines and Crispy Mac N’ Cheese, paired with Roth’s newly released 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. Plus, you’ll have the completely unique experience of seeing Roth’s buffalo herd roaming the hillside—a view you simply won’t get at any other Sonoma County destination!

Join your new friends for a game of giant Jenga or Cornhole while enjoying live music by local legends, the Levi Lloyd Band. Now that you have worked up your appetite, sit back and savor a three-course luncheon expertly crafted by Estate Chef Annie Hongkham, paired with rare selections from Roth Estate Winery. Menu selections include a Little Gem Salad with baby beets and pink lady apples, along with Pan Roasted Chicken braised with cranberry beans and summer squash. Top it off with a delicious Vanilla and Cinnamon Spiced Crème Brulée. Cheers!

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Russian River Valley Appellation

Escape to Davis Family Vineyards on the Russian River in Healdsburg, where the wines are crafted to reflect their unique provenance. Founder/ Farmer/ Winemaker Guy Davis and Zazu Kitchen + Farm have partnered to host an exclusive luncheon in the Davis Family Vineyards Organic Garden Lounge. Duskie Estes and John Stuart of Zazu Kitchen + Farm have created a menu using fresh produce from the garden, skillfully paired with Davis Family’s award winning wines. Both Davis Family Vineyards and Zazu Kitchen + Farm are deeply committed to expressing a sense of place in everything they produce—a true expression of the Sonoma County wine and food lifestyle.

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Sonoma Coast Appellation

Prepare to swoon over the summertime scenery of Keller Estate’s vineyards and olive groves at this lunch hosted by Keller Estate and featuring cuisine prepared by Visconte Catering. Petaluma’s Keller Estate is a true estate winery: From vine to bottle, every step of the winemaking process is completed on the property. The result is a lineup of wines that are deeply expressive of their individual terroir. Keller Estate produces limited amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that continue to reach new levels of elegance and finesse. You’ll savor some of these renowned wines paired with an impeccably prepared, seasonally fresh meal served on the patio.

Friday Winemaker Dinners

12:30 pm – $85 per person

With dozens of wineries hosting exquisite lunches in dazzling settings, you’ll have the opportunity to break bread with the winemakers that create your favorite Sonoma bottlings….

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Russian River Valley Appellation

At this casual-yet-elegant dinner hosted by John and Diane Bucher at their private home, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Russian River Valley while indulging in an incomparable lineup of estate wines. The evening starts with a short walk in the vineyard, sipping on Rosé of Pinot Noir perfectly paired with Tomato Essence Gazpacho.John and Diane will share stories of their family’s 60 years of farming on Westside Road, their diversification into grape growing and winemaking and their family winemaking philosophy. Your five course dining experience will be paired with Bucher Wines’Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs. You will feast on Chef Ken Rochioli’s Dungeness Crab, Jicama and Mango Salad, an intermezzo of Mycopia Mushroom Risotto, followed by Black Pig Bacon-wrapped Scallops and Liberty Duck with Bucher Fig and Lavender Sauce. You’ll end the evening revisiting your favorite wines while indulging on Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis. It’s an outdoor affair of wine and food that you’re sure to remember.

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Russian River Valley Appellation

Now open in the heart of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, the La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard is the new home of La Crema, the much-loved producer of elegant wines from cool-climate, coastal appellations. Situated atop a grassy knoll overlooking the storied Saralee’s Vineyard, this new destination is a center for wine education, community and family, featuring unique guest experiences and an engaging environment where guests can be a part of all that is La Crema. You’re invited to the first winemaker dinner at the new estate, where each of the vineyard-designated Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Gewürtztraminers and Rosés La Crema produces, along with other unreleased wines, will be paired with farm-fresh Sonoma County cuisine by Chef Tracey Shepos Cenami. Be the first! This evening promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience at this iconic Sonoma County property.

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Dry Creek Valley Appellation

Tucked into the forest on a tranquil bench above their Grey Palm vineyard in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley, Cast Wines grows and crafts limited quantities of wines that highlight the best grape sources of Sonoma County. You’re invited to experience the property’s spellbinding views of the Western Hills and Bradford Mountain from the Cast Wines terrace, where you’ll savor a five-course farm-to-table meal prepared by Peloton Culinary & Catering and paired perfectly with Cast Wines. Cast Winemaker Mike Gulyash has spent the majority of his career making wine in Sonoma County, and he’s a master at coaxing out the essence of a vineyard, creating a balanced style that reflects the vineyard. This unique event is your opportunity to enjoy expressive wines in the heart of their provenance while relaxing in a sublime corner of Sonoma County.

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Russian River Valley Appellation

You’re invited to spend a wine country evening of fun, food and world class wines on the terrace at Viszlay Vineyards in Healdsburg. Soak up the wonderful hillside views of the Mayacama Mountains while sipping on Viszlay’s small lot single vineyard estate wines.You’ll start with Viszlay’s exclusive Prosecco, grown on the property, and delight in appetizers of grilled prawns and smoked salmon. There will be wonderful tasty local cheeses and fruits to complement the wines. Chef Mama Tina will prepare a mouthwatering main course of filet mignon and homemade mushroom ravioli. The wines will be selected from the top line of Reserves and Library treasures including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Viszlay’s proprietary Bordeaux style blend and Petite Sirah. Dessert with cherries jubilee and port, of course, will seal the evening. Owner and winemaker John Viszlay will share stories of his early days here  at the winery, and will provide fascinating insight into the winemaking process at this oh-so-Sonoma property.

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Russian River Valley Appellation

With the Mayacamas Mountains serving as a backdrop, the hilltop patio at Fog Crest Vineyard, in the Russian River Valley, has become a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. In addition to the stunning view, guests are treated to unparalleled hospitality, whether just visiting for a casual tasting or enjoying a lavish dinner event. Continuing the tradition of hospitality at its pinnacle, Fog Crest Vineyard owners James and Rosalind Manoogian and winemaker Jerome Chery will be hosting a “Dinner in White”. Come dressed totally in white, according to a French tradition begun in 1988, to elegantly celebrate a unique meal in a unique place. The casually elegant white on white décor will serve as the perfect palette to present the multi-course gourmet French repast created by Chef Heidi West, meticulously paired with Fog Crest Vineyard Rosé, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Chef Heidi has been catering in Sonoma County, Napa Valley and the North Bay for over 20 years, and is highly regarded for her support of local growers and producers of organic and sustainable agricultural products. She takes great pride in using only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. You will feast on Camembert & Fig Tartine – Salad of Summer Melon, Jambon di Bayonne, Chevre , Frisee, Baby Arugula and Shallot Vinaigrette – Seared Maple Leaf Duck Breast, Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes, Black Truffle Aioli, Haricot Vert – Chocolate Pot de Crème with Montmorency Cherry Pinot Noir Sauce and Whipped Cream. (Vegetarian main dish option available upon request). Enjoy food and wine pairing at its best along with the beauty that is Sonoma County.

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Russian River Valley Appellation

Join the Founder of DuMOL Winery, Kerry Murphy, for this first-time-ever dining experience at the Barn at Flax Estate Vineyard near Healdsburg. Resting on a sylvan, rolling hillside off Westside Road, the estate encompasses 52 prime acres with planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards and access to a Russian River beach. The promise of wine country living stretches out before you in picture-perfect panorama—rows upon rows of vines, twisted oaks and wide-open space, and you’re invited to relax and unwind during an afternoon of world class wines and exquisite cuisine. Since DuMOL’s first harvest in 1996 they have thoughtfully assembled an unparalleled collection of vineyard sites that they individually farm to capture their full beauty. Kerry will select his favorite DuMOL wines, known for their signature of intrinsic structure, balance and complexity, to be paired with locally sourced ingredients for each palate-pleasing course.

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