The Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers have announced the debut of “Sonoma Wine Country Weekend,” a three-day wine, food and auction extravaganza to be held over Labor Day weekend, August 29-31.
This event combines the best of the Sonoma County Showcase of Wine & Food and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction to offer the definitive Sonoma wine country experience and raise Sonoma County’s national profile as a premier wine and food destination.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend highlights the diversity and quality of the region, featuring the best of artisan wine and food, and distinctive epicurean experiences.
Taste of Sonoma County at MacMurray Ranch on Saturday, August 30, and Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction at Cline Cellars on Sunday, August 31, are the highlights of the weekend, supplemented by always-popular winery lunches and dinners on Friday, August 29, and dinners on Saturday, August 30.
More than 110 wineries and 60 chefs will offer their wines and food for sampling at Taste of Sonoma, which also includes wine seminars, chef demonstrations, vineyard experiences and a top chef competition.
The Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, renowned for its wild themes and winemaker skits, continues that tradition to raise funds for local charities, to which it has donated more than $7 million since its inception.
“Creating this event is the right thing to do for Sonoma County,” commented Honore Comfort, Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners. “By joining forces with the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers, we can offer an unbeatable consumer event and increase awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions. It’s greater exposure for Sonoma County and the members of our two organizations, and even more enjoyable for attendees.”
Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation Executive Director Grant Raeside added, “Our collaboration makes Sonoma Wine Country Weekend bigger than the two individual events combined, and it puts Sonoma County on a bigger stage. Additionally, we’re passionate about giving back to the community, and the higher profile resulting from our partnership means that we’ll be able to do more for our beneficiaries.”
Beneficiaries for the 2008 event are local charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need. It’s presented by Visa Signature, whose cardholders will receive exclusive benefits throughout the event.
For more information about Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, visit sonomawinecountryweekend.com, or call 800-939-7666.