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.
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 – 7:30pm
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.
Legendary Sonoma: Chateau St. Jean & Williams-Sonoma - $150
Sonoma legendary icons, Williams-Sonoma and Chateau St. Jean Winery come together for Gay Wine Weekend’s “Legendary Sonoma" Winemaker Dinner - a five course culinary adventure, hosted by Chateau St. Jean’s award winning winemaker, Margo Van Staaveren at the site of Williams-Sonoma newly reopened heritage store, at their original location, which opened in 1956, just steps off the historic Sonoma Plaza.
Corner 103 and Aventine Glen Ellen - $125
Sonoma's newest wine producer, Corner 103, utilizes the bounty of Wine Country to create educational, one-of-a-kind wine and food tasting experiences. Teaming up with Sonoma Valley's newest foodie destination, Aventine, Glen Ellen, a classic Italian Osteria, featuring local-sourced ingredients to reflect the vibrancy of Glen Ellen and Sonoma Valley, you are guaranteed an unforgettable wine paired culinary experience.
Envolve Winery and Glen Ellen Star - $125
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 - $125
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!
La Crema and The General's Daughter - $125 - SOLD OUT
For the first time we are offering a Hands-On/Demonstration Dinner with Ramekins Culinary School & La Crema Wines! Share in the process of preparing a delicious dinner while La Crema’s Wine Ambassador, Marita Esteva, who will pair La Crema wines with the culinary masterpiece that you help prepare, served at Sonoma's luxury, private restaurant, The General's Daughter, located in the 1864 historic Victorian home of General Vallejo's daughter for a truly authentic Sonoma Wine Country experience.
Ravenswood and Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place Hotel - $125 - SOLD OUT!
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!
Choose from one of our exclusive wine tasting excursions:
Heart of The Valley Tour - $95 - SOLD OUT!
Journey into the heart of Sonoma Valley and visit the tasting rooms of some of the valley's best producers -Annadel Estate Winery, Chateau St. Jean & St. Anne's Crossing
Plaza Wine Walk - $85
Spend a beautiful summer day strolling the historic Plaza and sampling Sonoma's newest best botique wines of luscious Three Sticks Winery & luxe Corner 103, followed by a sashay to world famous La Crema, Pop-Up Wine Room at Studio 35 for guests of Gay Wine Weekend!
Old World & New - $95
Your first stop is at California's oldest winery, Buena Vista Winery located just minutes from the historic Sonoma Plaza. Then head to another historic wine producer, Gundlach-Bundschu, for wine tasting and lunch overlooking their beautiufl estate vineyard, before venturing over to Patz & Hall Winery, one of California’s most highly regarded wineries, with a celebrated portfolio of single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.
Our intimate winery excursions are limited to maximum of 20 persons. Advance booking required. Winery destinations may be changed without notice.
TWILIGHT T-DANCE! VIP 5:00 - 10pm/Gen 6:30 - 10pm
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 - $80
VIP Reception & Twilight T-Dance 5:00pm - 10:00pm - $165
Sunday, June 21st
GAY WINE AUCTION & RECOVERY BRUNCH - 10:00AM $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!
Sponsored by St. Anne's Crossing
Sparkling Wine courtesy of Corner 103
Sunday Pool Soiree - 1:00pm - 4:00pm - $30
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.
- *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!
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.
Fans of Gay Wine Weekend
Media & In-Kind Sponsors
COLT Studio Group
Become A Sponsor!
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
Download our sponsorship 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.