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Sonoma gearing up for busy six months

Posted by Paul Kandarian  December 27, 2013 09:33 AM

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Sonoma County, one of the top wine destinations in the world, is gearing up for a variety of events through June, including a restaurant week, barrel tastings and festivals.
The 22nd AnnualWinter WINEland runs Jan. 18 and 19, with more than 100 wineries throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys participating. Tickets start at $35 and for more information visit www.wineroad.com
The 36th Annual Barrel Tasting, an event dedicated solely to wine (attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, there will be no food), runs Feb. 28-March 2, and March 7-9. The event offers consumers barrel tastings, and then have them back when the wine is bottled, typically 12 to 18 months later. Many are made in limited quantity, so buying futures is the only way to buy them. For info, visit www.wineroad.com/events/barrel_tasting/8
There will be food, and plenty of it, at the Fifth Annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week March 10-16, a celebration of farm-fresh food that fuels area restaurants. Rates start at $19 per person for a three-course dinner. Check it out at www.sonomacountyrestaurantweek.org
There will be 24 wineries at the “Savor Sonoma Valley” event March 15 and 16, which showcases 2013 vintage wines straight from the barrels, as well as new release samples and wines paired with food from local chefs. Tickets start at $10, and for more information visit www.heartofsonomavalley.com/products/2014-savor-sonoma-valley
From March 21-23, the Californian’s Artisan Cheese Festival runs, with cheese tastings, chef demos, and educational sessions, all taking place in Petaluma. For info, visit www.artisancheesefestival.com
If you like wine with your movies, check out the Sonoma International Film Festival April 2-6, where more than 90 films will air paired with food and wine. All are screened in venues near Sonoma’s historic plaza, with tickets starting at $130 in advance for the Cinema Pass, giving access to all screenings and panel discussions. Visit www.sonomafilmfest.org
Out in the Vineyards hosts the Fourth Annual Gay Wine Weekend June 13-15, with wine-tasting excursions, music, dancing, VIP receptions, passport wine tasting, champagne brunches, wine auctions and a twilight dance that benefits Face to Face, Sonoma County’s AIDS network. MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa is host hotel and offers special rates starting at $249. For information, visit www.outinthevineyard.com
Broadway Under the Stars runs June 27 and 29, and July 2-5, with a performance of “One Singular Sensation,” with Broadway production numbers and more. Tickets start at $42, and pre-show picnicking begins at 5:30 and the show at 7. For info, visit www.transcendencetheatre.org
For all information about Sonoma County, including where to stay, visit www.sonomacounty.com

 

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