It’s impossible to fit all the splendors of Sonoma County’s “wine country” into a single weekend – but here’s an event that’s going to come pretty close to doing just that.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is perhaps the county’s largest charity event, in which the partnering event sponsors, Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, bring together more than 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs, for a Labor Day weekend of food, fun, fundraising and – oh yes – wine.
Or, as the event organizers put it at sonomawinecountryweekend.com, it’s “three delicious, decadent days (to) get up close and personal with Sonoma County’s full bounty of flavors.”
Proceeds from the flavorful weekend go partly toward the ongoing Fund the Future campaign, which has a goal to bring the county’s third-grade literacy rate to 90 percent by 2018. In 2014, Wine Country Weekend set a record with more than $1.7 million in contributions for third-grade literacy programs – including Schools of Hope, Pasitos Playgroups, AVANCE, the Accelerated English Program and the Summer Reading and Writing Academy & Grade Level Proficiency Project.
So mark your calendars, Sonomans. While you’re supporting youth literacy, along with other charitable organizations, here’s what you may be doing:
• Friday, Sept. 4: Dine, drink and dance under the stars poolside at Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 6:30 to 10 p.m. in Geyserville.
• Saturday, Sept. 5: Taste of Sonoma, at the MacMurray Estate Vineyards, features 200 wines plus menu pairings from over 60 Sonoma County chefs – bon appetite, indeed.
• Sunday, Sept. 6: The Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood find guests mingling with longtime Sonomans and bidding in this year’s auction-to-beat-all-auctions.
But that’s not all. There are winemaker dinners, lunches and barbecues throughout the weekend.
Full details of the SWCW can be found at www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.