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Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 21, 2015

GAY WINE WEEKEND 2015 - ALL EVENTS SOLD OUT

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.

Saturday, June 20th

TWILIGHT T-DANCE at Buena Vista Winery

A benefit for Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network

VIP Reception 5:00pm - 7:00pm/T Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Can't make it for all of Gay Wine Weekend? Then join us Saturday Night for Twilight T-Dance at the historic Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma! Our not-to-be missed Signature Event of Gay Wine Weekend!

Featuring Legendary SF DJ Producer Jamie J Sanchez!

As one of San Francisco's most popular t-dance DJs, Jamie J Sanchez has been spinning his uplifting dance anthems since the City's clubbing heyday of the late 90's.  As resident DJ at legendary SF hotspot Club Universe, Jamie brought the emerging international club sounds to an audience of thousands every weekend.

With regular guest DJs spots at Pleasuredome, then Fresh at Ruby Skye, Jamie became known for his ability to craft uplifting, energetic t-dance sets, easily transitioning to late-night, peak time circuit sounds. As his name began to grow, Jamie started playing regularly around the world, with headlining gigs in Ibiza, London, Amsterdam, South Africa, Taipei, New York City, Mexico

For the first time Out In The Vineyard is proud to have DJ Jamie spin at the Signature Event of Gay Wine Weekend -  Twilight T-Dance

As one of San Francisco's most popular t-dance DJs, Jamie J Sanchez has been spinning his uplifting dance anthems since the City's clubbing heyday of the late 90's.  As resident DJ at legendary SF hotspot Club Universe, Jamie brought the emerging international club sounds to an audience of thousands every weekend.

With regular guest DJs spots at Pleasuredome, then Fresh at Ruby Skye, Jamie became known for his ability to craft uplifting, energetic t-dance sets, easily transitioning to late-night, peak time circuit sounds. As his name began to grow, Jamie started playing regularly around the world, with headlining gigs in Ibiza, London, Amsterdam, South Africa, Taipei, New York City, Mexico.

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!

Featuring COLT Men 
Seth Fornea & Brian Maier

Don't miss this incredible night Out In The Vineyard.

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

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

 

 

Check out all the events at Gay Wine Weekend!

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.

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 Kitche

Legendary Sonoma: Chateau St. Jean & Williams-Sonoma 7:30pm - $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 8:00pm - $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.

utilizes the bounty of Wine Country to create

educational, one-of-a-kind wine and food tasting experiences.

Proudly occupying the Grist Mill, one of the oldest and most historic sites of Sonoma Valley, Aventine Glen Ellen draws upon the history and tradition of the Italian Osteria, with classic cuisine updated to incorporate local-sourced ingredients and reflect the vibrancy of Glen Ellen and Sonoma Valleutilizes the bounty of Wine Country to create educational, one-of-a-kind wine and food tasting expeences.

 

Envolve Winery and Glen Ellen Star 8:00pm - $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 8:00pm - $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!

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 7:30pm - $125

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 will pair her wines with the dinner that you will help prepare and get to enjoy in the beautiful General’s Daughter setting.

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

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.

 

The Midnight Sun Pop-Up Video Bar on Sonoma Square - 9:30pm - No Cover

From The Heart of The Castro to the Heart of Wine Country, San Francisco's iconic video bar, Midnight Sun, rises on the historic Sonoma Plaze for opening night of Gay Wine Weekend!

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Located in the heart of the Castro, Midnight Sun has been the premier video bar for generations of bar patrons.

Opened February 12, 1971, Midnight Sun is the nation’s premiere video bar located in the heart of the Castro. The all new Midnight Sun, recently remodeled and upgraded with a street facing lounge and massive open windows, is the place to be when in the historic Castro district.

ALL are welcome to join us at B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille for our kick off celebration!

Opened February 12, 1971, Midnight Sun is the nation’s premiere video bar located and THE place to be on a Friday night in San Francisco's legendary Castro Neighborhood - and, for one night only, on Sonoma's legendary square!

No host bar. No cover. 9:30pm to close.

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:


JUST ADDED! > Southern Sonoma Tour - $95

Hop on board our newest tour through the gently rolling hills of the Carneros Region of Southern Sonoma! Kick off your wine sojourn with, what else? BUBBLES! Start the morning at the Catalan sparkling wine producer, Gloria Ferrer followed by excursions to our two new participants at Gay Wine Weekend, boutique wine producers Anaba Wines & Peter Cellars.

 

Heart of The Valley Tour - $95

Journey into the heart of Sonoma Valley and visit the tasting rooms of some of the valley's best producers -Annadel Estate WineryChateau 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 at Buena Vista Winery

A benefit for Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network

VIP Reception 5:00pm - 7:00pm/T Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Can't make it for all of Gay Wine Weekend? Then join us Saturday Night for Twilight T-Dance at the historic Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma! 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!

Don't miss this incredible night Out In The Vineyard.

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

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

 

Or choose our exclusive

TWILIGHT T-DANCE & SF Party Bus from Tank 18 - $110

Saturday, June 20th 5:00pm

Leave the driving to us and join Out In The Vineyard & Pure Luxury Transportation on the SF Party Bus to THE LGBT Wine Event of the year - Gay Wine Weekend's Twilight T-Dance, at the historic Buena Vista Winery, located minutes from Sonoma's historic plaza!

SF Party Bus Package $110

Includes:

General Admission Twilight T-Dance ($80 ticket)
RT shuttle from San Francisco's Tank 18 Winery ($30 fare)


1345 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA

Shuttle departs at 5:00pm and returns at 11:30pm


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!

 

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

 

St. Anne's Crossing Winery

 

Fans of Gay Wine Weekend

Maurice Tegelaar Wine Country Properties

Media & In-Kind Sponsors

COLT Studio Group

 


Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa

 


Gaycation Magazine

 


GayCities

 


Joy Squad

 

Pure Luxury Transportation

 

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

 


SD Pix

 


Sonoma Valley Inn

 


Tesoro Flowers

 

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

Annadel Estate Winery

 

Boisett Family Estates

 

Deloach Vineyards

 

Enkidu Wines

 

Envolve Winery

 

Franciscan Estate

Kobler Estate Winery

 

Robert Mondavi Winery

 

Ravenswood Winery

 

Patz & Hall

 

Three Sticks Wines

 

Participating Businesses

Brooks Rumph - Financing The Valley Of The Moon