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Friday, June 13 - Sunday, June 15, 2014

GAY WINE WEEKEND 2014

Come Out In The Vineyard at GAY WINE WEEKEND 2014, 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 13th

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.

Sonoma Plaza Vine Alley Wine Tasting Passport 5:00 - 8:00pm - $45

Arrive into the Heart of Wine Country and kick off Gay Wine Weekend with our passport to the winery tasting rooms of Sonoma Plaza's VINE ALLEY! Spend a beautiful summer evening sampling some of Sonoma's best botique wines, followed by an exceptional winemaker dinner at Wine & Dine OUT.

Passport cost INCLUDES tasting fees at these fabulous tasting rooms:

Wine & Dine OUT in Sonoma – 8:00pm On Sale!

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

La Crema and The Girl & The Fig - $125 SOLD OUT

Sonoma's renowned restaurant and La Crema winemaker, Elizabeth Grant-Douglas, return to team up once again for a true "country french with a passion" dining experience!

Sebastiani Vineyards and Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place Hotel - $125 SOLD OUT

Sebastiani Vineyard's chief winemaker, Mark Lyon 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.

Muscardini Cellars and The General's Daughter - $125

Five time Gay Wine Weekend veteran, winemaker Michael Muscardini, shares his zest for life and profound appreciation for the fruit of the vine with his Muscardini Cellars artisan wines. Paired with the culinary delights of Sonoma's luxury, private restaurant, The General's Daughter, the 1864 historic Victorian home of General Vallejo's daughter, surrounded by lush gardens and fruit trees, promises to be a truly authentic Sonoma Wine Country experience.

Envolve Winery and Glen Ellen Star - $125 SOLD OUT!

The next generation of Sonoma Valley comes together to create a very special wine and food pairing event. The 3 boys of Envolve Winery - "Bachelor Ben" Flajnik, Mike Benziger and Danny Fay - 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.

 

Lasseter Family Winery and Kenwood Inn - $125

Listed on Conde Nast Traveler Magazine's GOLD LIST & Forbes.com "Where to Stay in Sonoma", the ultra lux, Kenwood Inn & Spa, has partnered with Lasseter Family Winery to offer a very rare opportunity for Gay Wine Weekend guests to dine in their private, award winning restaurant. Chef Roberto Bonefont creates a luscious, menu paired with John and Nancy Lasseter's Old World-sytle, Bordeaux and Rhone varietal wines from Master winemaker Julia Lantosca, to take you on an epicurean sojourn through the lush bounty of Sonoma's best farmers, ranchers, cheese makers and produce grown in their own gardens. This is an incredibly rare opportunity to dine in 5 star luxury not open to the public.

 

Saturday, June 14th

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

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 six exclusive itineraries:

Heart of The Valley Tour - $85

Journey into the heart of Sonoma Valley and visit the tasting rooms of some of the valley's best producers - Arrowood Vineyards, Lasseter Family Winery & Landmark Vineyards.

The New Kids Tour - $99 - SOLD OUT!

2014 being the inagural season for these brand new wiery estates in Sonoma Valley. Exclusive and very limited to visitors Stone Edge Winery @ Silvercloud is located at the top of the Mayacamas Mountains, with intimate settings and views to die for. Hamel Family Winery is a masterpiece of design, located on the valley floor at the base of the Mayacamas. Be the first to enjoy these luxury wines at these new winery showpieces.

Up Valley Tour - $85

Go all they way to the north end of Sonoma Valley - or "Up Valley" as we locals say - to the hamlet of Kenwood and get Out In The Vineyard to walk amongst the vines and meet the growers and vintners of Annadel Estate Winery, Envolve Wines and the venture into the new, crowdfunded tasting room gallery of independent winemakers at Naked Wines tasting room.

 

Bubbles Tour - $99

Who doesn't love bubbles? This year we're floating through the Sonoma Valley, bathed in bubbles with three of wine country's foremost sparkling wine producers -Domain Carners, Gloria Ferrer and Breathless.

All bubbles. All Day!

Northern Sonoma County Tour - $85

Venture into the world famous Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys and sample some of the best wine in Northern Sonoma County at Deloach Winery and La Crema at their new tasting room in Healdsburg, designed by the internationally reknown designer, Mark Blackwell.

The Blending Tour - $99

Be a winemaker for the day at not one, but TWO of Sonoma's historic wineries - California's oldest winery, Buena Vista Winery and the Sonoma Valley's famous Ravenswood Winery. You'll be guided through the art of wine blending to create your own luscious wine that's perfect for your palate! Then you'll design your own label, bottle, cork, foil your masterpiece and leave with a bottle of your wine creation tailored to your masterful palate from each estate.

Our intimate winery excursions are extremely limited. Advance booking required. Winery destinations may be changed without notice.


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 among the vines in the heart of Napa Valley with New York's DJ Corey Craig spinning the hottest dance tracks right Out In The Vineyard. Featuring some of wine country's most renown wineries!

General Admission T-Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm - $80

VIP Reception & Twilight T-Dance  5:00pm - 10:00pm - $165

 

Enjoy our "Gourmet Food Truck Up", where you can purchase a selection of items to enjoy with your favorite wines

"Apres-T" After Party! 11:00pm - $30

The party continues at host hotel, MacArthur Place Hotel with little bites and no host bar - till closing.

Sunday, June, 15th

GAY WINE AUCTION & RECOVERY BRUNCH - 11:00AM - $75

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 - 2:30pm - 6:00pm - $30

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!

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR:

VIP Party Pass Advance Purchase - $350 - $50 savings!

Includes:

*La Crema VIP Welcome Reception
*Sonoma Plaza Wine Walk Passport
*Twilight T-Dance VIP Reception
*Twilight T-Dance
*Apres T After Party
*Big Gay Wine Auction & Recovery Brunch
*Sunday Pool Soiree

Total Value: $400  (Winemaker dinners and winery tours sold seperately)

GENERAL Party Pass Advance Purchase - $150 - $45 savings!

Includes:

*Sonoma Plaza Wine Walk Passport 
*Twilight T-Dance 
*Apres T After Party 
*Sunday Pool Soiree

Total Value: $195  (Winemaker dinners and winery tours sold seperately)

Advance Purchase discounts through April 30th. Limited number of passes available.

Ala Carte Event Tickets - On Sale Now!

Wine & Dine OUT Winemaker Dinners Friday, June 13th - $125

Wine Tours & Lunch - Saturday, June 14th - $85 - $99

Sonoma Plaza Vine Alley Passport  - $45

Twilight T-Dance VIP - $165

Twilight T-Dance General - $80

Apres-T AFter Party - $30

Gay Wine Auction & Recovery Brunch - $75

Sunday Pool Soiree - $30

 

 

Save with Advance Purchase Party Passes thru April 30th.

On Sale NOW!

Official Host Hotel

MacArthur Place Inn & Spa

 

We are proud to welcome MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa as our host hotel for 2014 and we're taking over the entire luxury wine country resort!

 

MacArthur Place is offering special Gay Wine Weekend Rates, starting at just $249 per room, per night for guestrooms (reg. $399) and $349 per room, per night for suites (reg. $525 per room, per night). 2 night minimum required.

 

 

Come early or extend your stay for the same great rates!

 

Limited number of room types availalbe.

 

Make reservations online now and use special promo code "0613GWW1" or the hotel will show sold out. You can also call (800) 722-1866 and be sure ask for the Gay WIne Weekend Special rate.

 

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

Raymond Vineyards


Friends of Gay Wine Weekend

La Crema

 

Lasseter Family Winery

 

Media & In-Kind Sponsors

Alaska Airlines

Official Airline of Gay Wine Weekend 2014

 

Attend Gay Wine Weekend 2014 in Sonoma and save 5% off the best fare at the time of booking.

 

Use code EDMB132 for travel to Santa Rosa or Oakland between June 6, 2014 and June 20, 2014.

 

Visit www.alaskaair.com/gaytravel

 


COLT Studio Group

 


Gay Cities

 


Dot429

 


Man About World

 


Press Democrat

 


Pure Luxury Transportation

 


Something About Sonoma

 


Sonoma Index-Tribune

 


Queerty

 


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.

Participating Wineries

Arrowood Vineyards

 

Beaulieu Vineyard

 

Buena Vista Winery

 

Deloach Vineyards

 

Domaine Carneros

 

Envolve Winery

 

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

 

 

Hamel Family Wines

 

Muscardini Cellars

 

Ravenswood Winery

 

Rosenblum Cellars

 

Stone Edge Farm