Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 19, 2016
GAY WINE WEEKEND
Gay Wine Weekend has been awarded LGBT "Event Of The Year 2015" Editor's Choice Award for Best In Travel by #1 LGBT Digital Travel Magazine, ManAboutWorld!
Get Out In The Vineyard at GAY WINE WEEKEND 2016, June 17 - 19 for 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, 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 17th
VIP Welcome Reception 3:00 - 6:00pm & Wine Tasting
Exclusive to Gay Wine Weekend guests staying at the luxurious host hotel & VIP Pass holders have exclusive access to this year's VIP Reception & wine tasting at Gay Wine Weekend's Official Host Hotel.
Wine & Dine OUT in Sonoma - 7:30/8:00pm depending on location.
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.
Kanzler Family Vineyards & Harvest Moon Cafe 8:00pm - $125
The next generation of Sonoma comes together to create a very special wine and food pairing event. The handsome vintner and LGBT Ally, Danny Fay returns to Gay Wine Weekend with millennial all-star winemaker, Alex Kanzler and Kanzler Family Vineyards limited production wines normally ONLY available to wineclub members! This new generatioon of winemaker rock stars, teams up with Harvest Moon Cafe, one of Sonoma Valley's hottest restaurants with an outstanding and highly personal menu offering a rustic sense of Sonoma Wine Country.
MacRostie Winery & The Girl & The Fig 8:00pm - $125
Over the past three decades, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards has established itself as one of the Sonoma Coast’s defining wineries. Winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen brings her a bright, balanced and age-worthy style of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to Sonoma's reknown restaurant, The Girl & The Fig, for a true "country french with a passion" dining experience!
Nice Wines & Williams-Sonoma 8:00pm - $150 SOLD OUT
The vintner duo of Texas's Nice Wines, couple Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld, are sommeliers, winemakers, wine educators, and Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs who've teamed up with Sonoma legendary icon, Williams-Sonoma oHeritage Store & Kitchen, at their original 1956 location steps off Sonoma Plaza, to present a texas style, wine paired evening. Sourcing thier grapes from the best wine regions around the world, these winemaker chefs have created both sides of this culinary adventure - the menu AND the wine - for a perfectly paired adventure straight outta' the Lone Star State.
Muscardini & Aventine Glen Ellen 8:00pm - $125
With us since the beginning, LGBT Ally, winemaker Michael Muscardini, returns to Gay Wine Weekend for a 6th straight year, brining his zest for life and profound appreciation for the fruit of the vine with his Muscardini Cellars artisan wines. Muscardini, utilizes the bounty of Wine Country to create educational, one-of-a-kind wine and food tasting experiences. Teaming up with Sonoma Valley's 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.
Kobler Estate Wines & Fifth St. Farms 7:30pm - $125
A literal Farm to Table dinner Fifth St. Farms is a private estate in Sonoma, where the produce is picked farm fresh for your eveing wine paired, culinary adventure with Mike Kobler and his award winning Kobler Estate Winery a family-owned and operated California winery, located in beautiful Sonoma County, specializing in in Rhône and Burgundy varietals, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier.
Corner 103 & Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place Hotel - 7:30pm $125
Vintner Lloyd Davis, brings his award winning Corner 103 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 - 9:30 - 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!
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 18th
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. Departing from host hotel, MacArthur Place, you'll venture to amazing wineries for intimate wine tasting and a box lunch Out In The Vineyard, courtesy of Sonoma Market!
Get On Your Bikes & RIDE! - $95
Hop on our inaugural winery bike tour to Sonoma's most historic wineries! You'll start your guided bike tour with Sonoma Adventures from host hotel MacArthur Place and ride the beautiful country roads along the vineyards of Sonoma Valley to Gundlach Bundschu Winery, where you'll taste wine and learn the history of this six generation family winery, followed by a box lunch overlooking their historic vineyards. After, you'll hop back on for a ride to California's first and oldest winery, the luxe Buena Vista Winery for an Estate Tour and Tasting.
Over The Rainbow - $95 (departs at 9:30am)
We're going Over The Rainbow to The Banana Belt of Sonoma in Green Valley AVA, where you'll find incredibly fabulous out winemakers and vintners! The morning begins with BUBBLES at LGBT Ally, Iron Horse Vineyards and their delicious, super limited production Rainbow Cuveé and a fabulous flight of their sparkling delights! Then we'll venture over to sexy, out vintner Kurt Giusti and his 150 year old family ranch, Via Giusti, where you'll get Out In The Vineyard and taste his with award winning Vermentio and Pinot Noirs. Then we'll ease on down the road to Kobler Estate Winery for boxed lunch and wine with our handsome host, Mikey Kobler, and a taste of his pinot!
Southern Sonoma Tour - $95 SOLD OUT
Hop on board our 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 then sojourn into the rolling, vine covered hllls of world famouns land of the pinot, the Carneros AVA for lunch at the beautiful Larson Family Winery then off to Donum Estate Winery for wine and stunning view across Carneros AVA to San Pablo Bay, the north end of California's beautiful San Francisco Bay.
Heart of The Valley Tour - $95 SOLD OUT
Journey into the heart of Sonoma Valley the the charming hamlet of Kenwood and visit the tasting rooms of some of the valley's best producers - Paradise Ridge Winery, St. Anne's Crossing & Muscardini
Goin' to Glen Ellen - $95 SOLD OUT
You'll start your day in The Valley Of The Moon, home to Jack London, with and intimate wine tasting at one of the newest tasting rooms in Sonoma Valley, the botique, Kivelstadt Cellars. Then head up into the hills for wine tasting and tram tour at Benziger Family Winery, voted the "BEST WINERY & BEST TOUR" BY LOCALS SONOMA PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2015, where you'll enjoy lunch out in their certified sustainable, organic and Biodynamic, vineyards.
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 Chateau St. Jean Winery! - 5:00pm - 10:00pm
This year Sonoma's legenday Chateau St. Jean Winery hosts our benefit for Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network
Featuring UK's International Celebrity DJ/Producer Wayne G!
Wayne made his dj'ing debut at London's infamous Red Heart party in April 1996, performing alongside Grace Jones to a dancefloor of 3,000. However, it was his 9 year residence at London's world's famous Heaven nightclub that made Wayne a household name. Wayne has gone on to play huge festivals all over the world including Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney Harbour Party, Sydney Gay Games, Berlin Love Parade, World Pride, The Adventjah Festival, Folsom St Fair, Fantasia in Bangkok, White Party Palm Springs, Angel in Shanghai, Southern Decadence New Orleans, Provincetown Pier Dance, Winter Party Miami, Gay Days / Wonder World Orlando, Hong Kong Pride, White Party Miami, WinterPride, Provincetown independence, Destination in Beijing, Hell & Heaven Brazil, San Diego Zoo Party, Whistler Ski Week, Trip in Phuket, Connections in Perth, Big Gay Day in Brisbane and the prestigious Fire Island Pines Party & Independence Day Party.
Over the last few years his travels have taken him to clubs globally from Mexico City to New Mexico, from Sydney to Shanghai, from Johannesburg to Juneau and from London to Lima. Wayne is also a resident on the Atlantis cruises.
Wayne G’s production and remixing skills have been much in demand, his credits include remixes of tracks by Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Christina Aguliera, Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys, Deborah Cox, Whitney Houston, Darren Hayes, Jerry Springer The Opera, Kelis, Olive, Holly Johnson, Jimmy Somerville, Andy Bell, Belinda Carlisle, to name a few. His recent productions have included output on a number on the following influential dance labels; Fierce Angel, Hed Kandi, Flawless Recordings, Tommy Boy, Centaur and Almighty Records.
COLT Men Seth Fornea & Jered Bradford
Return to Sonoma for Gay Wine Weekend
VIP Reception 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Come early for the VIP Reception in the beautiful, lush rose garden on the grounds of Sonoma's iconic Chateau St. Jean Winery! Sip on their award winning wines and enjoy delicious, mouth watering, culinairy delights, created by Classic Culinaire and the hands of the hansome, Chef Chad Carlsted.
Executive Chef & Personal Chef, Chad Carlstedt, has maintained an unparalleled passion for cooking and fine food since he was a child. Having grown up in California's wine country, the famed hot bed for culinary masterpieces. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he gained valuable hands on experience in a wide variety of environments. Founded in 2007, Classic Culinaire consistently delivers an unmatched standard of culinary and service excellence. A world-class chef, dedicated to providing you with an experience they will remember forever.
Twilight T Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Sip award winning wines and dance into Twilight in the vineyards at Chateau St. Jean Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma Valley!
Nestled in the heart of the stunning Sonoma Valley, the Chateau St. Jean estate offers wine lovers an idyllic getaway to soak in the Sonoma wine lifestyle. With incredible vineyard views, a dramatic mountain backdrop, lush gardens and the elegant 1920s chateau, join us for a private, one of a kind experience at the beautiful Chateau St. Jean and sip their award winning wine with 500 of your closest friends, while enjoying the breathtaking ambiance of the estate and dance into the magnificant sunset of Sonoma.
Enjoy our "Gourmet Food Truck Up", where you can purchase a selection of items to enjoy with your favorite Chateau St. Jean wines!
Featuring: The Fig Rig, El Coyote & Drumbs & Crumbs!
General Admission T-Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm - $80
VIP Reception & Twilight T-Dance 5:00pm - 10:00pm - $165
Included with all VIP Passes
"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 19th
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!
Keep it simple and get your VIP PARTY PASS!
(winemaker dinners & winery tours sold separately)
This is a very exclusive and limited VIP offer.
Official Host Hotel
MacArthur Place Inn & Spa - SOLD OUT!
Sonoma's fabulous MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa returns as our host hotel for 2016 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! Unheard of! Standard rates start at $425! THAT'S A $126 SAVINGS PER NIGHT! 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!
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Sotheby's Presents Sonoma
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.
$500 for 3 days.