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.
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.
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 SOLD OUT!
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 -SOLD OUT!
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!
Choose from one of our five exclusive itineraries:
Heart of The Valley Tour - $85 - SOLD OUT!
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 - SOLD OUT!
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 - SOLD OUT!
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!
The Blending Tour - $99 - SOLD OUT!
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.
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 at Raymond Vineyards with New York's DJ Corey Craig spinning the hottest dance tracks right Out In The Vineyard.
Raymond Vineyards is located at 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574
DJ Corey Craig
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, featuring Drums & Crumbs and Ultra Crepes!
Serving up authentic Southern Cuisine in the heart of California Wine Country.
Crepes Will Travel
RuPaul's Drag Race Honey Mahogany Live! - $50
An Intimage Cabaret Performance throughout the event in the Twilight T-Dance Speak Easy at Raymond Vineyards. Doors Open at 6:30pm.
In what promises to be a very special and intimate evening, Honey Mahogany will perform a selection of jazz standards and classics throughout the evening at Gay Wine Weekend's Speak Easy in the Red Room at Raymond Vineyards.
Gaining world wide fame as a cast member on Season 5 of the reality television cult phenomena RuPaul's Drag Race, Honey Mahogany comes to Napa Valley for a Rare Cabaret Performance at Raymond Vineyards.
Includes One Night VIP membership to the private & glamorous Speak Easy, delectable hors d'ouevers and access to Boisset Family Estates luxury tier wines not available elsewhere. This intimate performance is only open Twilight T-Dance VIP & General Admission Guests only. Separate admission.
Sunday, June, 15th
GAY WINE AUCTION & RECOVERY BRUNCH - 11:00AM - $75
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!
Wine Sponsored by Wente Vineyards
Sunday Pool Soiree - 1:00pm - 4:00pm - $30 SOLD OUT!
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!
Official Host Hotel - Only 3 rooms left!
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.
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Gay Wine Weekend is becoming an annual event destination for wine lovers in the LGBT community.
- 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
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