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Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21, 2015

GAY WINE WEEKEND 2015

Come Out In The Vineyard at GAY WINE WEEKEND 2015, a weekend of wine & celebration in California Wine Country - Featuring TWILIGHT T Dance & Gay Wine Auction benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.

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Enjoy 3 Full Days of LGBT events in Northern California's magnificent Sonoma Valley - home to some of the world's most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP Receptions, wine tasting excursions, passport wine tasting, champagne brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.

Located only 45 minutes north of San Francisco it is truly an amazingly breathtaking place to gather and show your Pride, Out In The Vineyard.

Friday, June 19th

La Crema VIP Welcome Reception @ MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa - 3:00 - 6:00pm

Exclusive to Gay Wine Weekend guests staying at the luxurious MacArthur Place Hotel & VIP Party Pass holders, La Crema Wines hosts this year's VIP Reception at Gay Wine Weekend's Official Host Hotel as quests check into this luxury 64 room luxury hotel in Historic Sonoma.

 

Wine & Dine OUT in Sonoma – 7:00pm

We are proud to present exclusive winemaker dinners for Gay Wine Weekend with some of wine country's most talented winemakers. Last year's winemaker dinners sold out quickly so we recommend you book early for your intimate winemaker dinners at restaurants in the heart of Sonoma Valley & around the historic Sonoma Plaza!

Enjoy an intimate evening, dining with the winemakers themselves, who pair their wines with the culinary delights from five of Sonoma's top restaurants. Seating is extremely limited to these intimate evenings.

Sonoma's renowned "the girl & the fig" will pair with La Crema Wines for a true "country french with a passion" dining experience!  $85 (our cost $50- can accommodate 12 guests)

ESTATE restaurant is one of Sonoma's newest italian dining establishments located in the historic home of General Vallejo's daughter . Enjoy a family style menu paired with the exceptional wines of B.Wise Vineyards. Winemaker Massimo Monticelli will guide you through his array of wines for an unforgettable dining experience!  $65 (our cost $40- can accommodate 12 guests)

El Dorado Kitchen, located inside our host hotel, The El Dorado will partner with Penfolds & (Penfolds)Red to pair with Chef Armando's delicious California inspired cuisine.  Perhaps a bottle of Grange is going to show up for all to enjoy!   $125 (our cost $79- can accommodate 25 guests)

Featuring:

Elizabeth Grant-Douglas, La Crema Wines at The Girl & The Fig

Massimo Monticelli, B.Wise Vineyards at Estate Restaurant

Australian Wine Ambassador, Matt Lane, Penfolds at El Dorado Kitchen

Winemaker dinner reservations open soon!

 

Envolve Winery and Glen Ellen Star

The next generation of Sonoma Valley comes together to create a very special wine and food pairing event. Envolve Winery's Millennial Vintners, Danny Fay & Kate Benziger - team up with Glen Ellen Star restaurant of Chef Ari Weiswasser, and his wife, Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser to present a truly organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wine and food experience. Dine with Young Sonoma - the new rock stars of the wine and food scene in Sonoma Valley.

 

All Ladies Dinner with Gary Farrell Winery and The Girl & The Fig

We are proud to present our first All Ladies Dinner with acclaimed lesbian winemaker, Theresa Heredia, who brings her cool climate chardonnay and pinot noir wines to Sonoma's reknown restaurant, The Girl & The Fig, for a true "country french with a passion" dining experience!

A 30-year pioneer in the Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Winery crafts small-lot artisan wines that capture the balance and stylistic elegance of some of the finest vineyards in the region, including Rochioli, Allen, Bacigalupi, Hallberg, Ritchie, Durrell, Gap’s Crown and Bien Nacido.  Our legacy, producing Burgundian-styled, varietally expressive, site-specific Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is being expertly tended by winemaker Theresa Heredia, who works closely with our growers to showcase the exceptional fruit from their vineyards.  A specialist in cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Theresa came to Gary Farrell from Freestone Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, where she achieved significant critical acclaim, including “Winemaker to Watch” honors from the San Francisco Chronicle

La Crema and The General's Daughter

Sonoma's luxury, private restaurant, The General's Daughter, located in the 1864 historic Victorian home of General Vallejo's daughter, and La Crema Wine Ambassador, Marita Esteva come togehter to create a truly authentic Sonoma Wine Country experience.

 

Ravenswood and Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place Hotel

Affectionately known as the "Godfather of Zin", Ravenswood founder, Joel Peterson, brings his award winning wines to Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place, named "Best Beef Restaurant in California" by the California Beef Council and winner of The Wine Sepctator's "Best of Award of Excellence", for a evening of luscious food and wine.

 

 

Saturday, June 20th

Out In The Vineyard Wine Tours & Lunch - 10am - 3pm

Join one of our exclusive wine tasting tours to some of the best producers in Sonoma, Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys. Departing from host hotel, MacArthur Place, you'll venture to amazing winerys for intimate wine tasting and a box lunch Out In The Vineyard, courtesy of The Girl & The Fig Caters!

Gloria Ferrer

Nicholson Ranch  (eat lunch here)

Up Valley!   $75

Deerfield Ranch

Enkidu/Muscardini

Loxton – (eat lunch here)

Off the Beaten Path!  $85

Audelssa

B. Wise (eat lunch here)

Choose from one of our exclusive wine tasting excursions - wineries to be announced soon.

 

TWILIGHT T-DANCE!

Proceeds benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network

Our not-to-be missed Signature Event of Gay Wine Weekend! Imagine dancing into Twilight at the birthplace of Wine Country, California's first and oldest winery, the luxurious Buena Vista Winery, located just minutes from Sonoma's historic plaza!

 

General Admission T-Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm

VIP Reception & Twilight T-Dance  5:00pm - 10:00pm

Details and Ticket prices announced soon!


Sunday, June, 21st

GAY WINE AUCTION & RECOVERY BRUNCH - 10:00AM

Host Hotel MacArthur Place Inn & Spa

100% of the monies raised benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network

Start your perfect Sunday in Wine Country as you enjoy a scrumptious buffet brunch & then get ready to bid as we raise much needed funds for Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network with some amazing wines, winery tours and visits up for auction.  This promises to be quite a good time as a bidding war amongst us gays could get pretty ugly…..too much fun to miss!

Sunday Pool Soiree - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Host Hotel MacArthur Place Inn & Spa

Spend Sunday Sonoma Style, with a chill afternoon poolside and enjoy the final afternoon of Gay Wine Weekend, lounging and soaking in the warm Sonoma Sun until departure - or extend your stay and keep Gay Wine Weekend going!

Save with our Advance Purchase VIP Blind Tasting Pass! - $350 (Reg. $450)

Each year we release a liminted number of VIP BLIND TASTING PASSES as we finalize our schedule with the best wineries, winemakers, restaurants and tours wine country has to offer. You get the same access as our standard VIP Party Pass and save $100 by booking Gay Wine Weekend 2015 in advance.

Includes:

  • *VIP Welcome Reception
  • *VIP Reception Twilight T-Dance
  • *Twilight T-Dance
  • *Apres T After Party
  • *Big Gay Wine Auction & Recover Brunch
  • *Sunday Pool Soiree

$350 (winemaker dinners & winery tours sold separately)

This is a very exclusive and limited VIP offer. Get yours now!

 

Tickets on sale soon.

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This year we are releasing a LIMITED number of Advance Purchase VIP BLIND TASTING PASSES as we finalize our schedule with the best wineries, winemakers, restaurants and tours wine country has to offer. You get the same access as our standard VIP Party Pass and save $100 by booking Gay Wine Weekend 2015 in advance.

Official Host Hotel

MacArthur Place Inn & Spa

 

Sonoma's fabulous MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa returns as our host hotel for 2015 and we're taking over the entire luxury wine country resort!

 

MacArthur Place is offering special Gay Wine Weekend Rates, starting at just $299 per room, per night for guestrooms (reg. $425) and $399 per room, per night for suites (reg. $550 per room, per night) & super luxe garden suites at $599, per night (reg.$750)! 2 night minimum required on all rooms.

 

 

Come early or extend your stay! Reserve and stay 3 nights or more and receive a $100 credit per room at the Garden Spa!

 

Limited number of room types availalbe.

 

 

Gay Wine Weekend host hotel El Dorado Hotel is SOLD OUT!! Thank you everyone who's staying with us! Fun times to be had in wine country!

Still need rooms? We have a couple options:

Sonoma Valley Inn has joined us as a partner hotel and reserved a block of rooms for GWW Guests, matching the host hotel rate of $199/night. Tell them you are in town for Gay Wine Weekend.

www.sonomavalleyinn.com

The Flamingo Resort Hotel in Santa Rosa is also a partner hotel offering GWW guest great rates for your 3 days of gay in wine country!

www.flamingoresort.c

Sponsors

Alaska Airlines

Official Airline of Gay Wine Weekend 2015

Attend Gay Wine Weekend 2015 in Sonoma and save 7% off the best fare at the time of booking.

 

Use code EC7568 for travel to Santa Rosa, Oakland or San Francisco between June 16, 2015 and June 24, 2015.

Buena Vista Winery


Chateau St. Jean

 

Corner 103

 

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery

 

La Crema

 

Mangiantini Construction      Design - Build - Remodel

 

Fans of Gay Wine Weekend

Maurice Tegelaar Wine Country Properties

Media & In-Kind Sponsors

COLT Studio Group

 


Gaycation Magazine

 


Become A Sponsor!

GWine Weekend is becoming a primary destination for LGBT community traveling to N. California

600 participants, 80% male, 20% female, average age 35-55 years old

Highly educated, High Household Income $150k+

Primary target draws from Major Metropolitan SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles & San Diego

Secondary target draws from multiple US & International Metropolitan Areas with 30% of attendees in 2013 from outside California.

Download our sponsor ship information kit to learn how you can connect with the LGBT Market Influencers

Gay Wine Weekend is becoming an annual event destination for wine lovers in the LGBT community.

 

Attendees include:

 

  • Wine collectors and appreciators
  • 600 participants, 80% male, 20% female, average age 35-55 years old
  • Highly educated, High Household Income $150k+
  • Upper managment & executive level business professionals
  • Primary target draws from Major Metropolitan SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles & San Diego
  • Secondary target draws from multiple US & International Metropolitan Areas with 30% of attendees in 2013 from outside California

Download our sponsorship information kit to learn how you can connect with the LGBT Market Influencers.

Expo Hall

GWine Weekend is becoming a primary destination for LGBT community traveling to N. California

600 participants, 80% male, 20% female, average age 35-55 years old

Highly educated, High Household Income $150k+

Primary target draws from Major Metropolitan SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles & San Diego

Secondary target draws from multiple US & International Metropolitan Areas with 30% of attendees in 2013 from outside California.

Download our sponsor ship information kit to learn how you can connect with the LGBT Market Influencers

This year we're offering a limited numer of vendor booths at our host hotel. Showcase your goods and services to members of the $750 million LGBT consumer market.

 

 

Expo Participants Receive:

  • Listed as Gay Wine Weekend Participant online and in collateral material
  • Exclusive table at the vendor hall at host hotel
  • Showcase your product and/or service.
  • Ability to feature banners and distribute marketing material
  • Sign up wine club members for wineries.
  • Collect email address and build a lead list.
  • 2 VIP event passes (additional passes provided on request, when available)

$500 for 3 days.

Participating Wineries

Boisett Family Estates

 

Buena Vista Winery

 

Deloach Vineyards

 

Envolve Winery