Whether you’re recovering from too much green beer, or you choose to stay home on “amateur night,” or you’re just lookin for a good time…here’s my picks for the most happenin’ food and drink (but mainly drink) related activities this weekend in Sonoma Valley.
Friday, March 18
Vinicultural Society & Winegrowing Dinner at Buena Vista Winery
One of my favorite wineries to visit in Sonoma Valley is Buena Vista, and they are launching a new series of Vinicultural Society dinners – launching with their first one on Friday.
This dinner will take place deep in the heart of the Champagne Caves – deep within the Mayacamas Mountains that between Sonoma and Napa.
Dinner is hosted by Count Agoston Harazthy and Director of Winegrowing Eric Pooler, who will share the details about the 19th century winegrowing methods that the Count brought to America and how they are being used at Buena Vista today.
The multi-course meal is prepared by Jean-Charles Boisset’s personal chef, Chef Michel Cornu. Food will be paired with Buena Vista wine, including a few surprises.
This is right up my alley – a combination of wine geekery and great food. 6PM-9PM | $135 for wine club members, $150 for the rest of us | buy your tickets here | buenavistawinery.com
Saturday, March 19
Happy Anniversary Enkidu Wine!
It’s been one year since Enkidu Wine opened their Sonoma Square tasting room and they’re celebrating with a Spring Fling themed anniversary party.
Owner/winemaker Phil Staehle will be on hand, pouring new releases, including their 2015 Sonoma County Sauv Blanc, their 2011 Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel reserve wine, and their 2013 Odyssey Syrah, which was recently awarded 92 points by Robert Park, Jr.
Light snacks will be served, and guests will receive a 15% discount on wine. Free to attend. 12PM-5PM | 520 Broadway, Sonoma | enkiduwines.com
Sunday, March 20
Savor Sonoma Valley
This weekend is the annual Savor Sonoma Valley. Nineteen wineries throughout Kenwood and Glen Ellen open their doors for guests to enjoy new releases, reserve wines, barrel tastings, and food pairings.
Participating wineries include B Wise Vineyards Cellars, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Deerfield Ranch, Eric Ross Winery, Imagery Estate Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, La Rochelle Wines, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Little Vineyards Family Winery, Loxton Cellars, Madrone Vineyards Estate, Manzanita Creek Winery, Mayo Family Winery, Muscardini Cellars, Orpheus Wines, Paradise Ridge Winery, St. Anne’s Crossing Winery, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Ty Caton Vineyards
It’s a great event, for both locals and visiting wine enthusiasts – however it can get a little hectic. We suggest hiring a driver so you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving and dealing with the traffic! Beau Wine Tours is offering Savor Sonoma Valley attendees 15% off their services ((800) 387-2328).
A weekend pass is $65, designated drivers $20. Sunday only passes are $50 and $10 for designated drivers. Buy your tickets online at heartofsonomavalley.com. Use the promo code 16SSVHOSVA to save $5 off tickets.