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Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16, 2017


GAY WINE WEEKEND

We've moved to JULY! Now you can celebrate PRIDE & join us Out In The Vineyard!

Join us Out In The Vineyard in Sonoma July 14-16, 2017 for a weekend of Wine & Celebration with new winemaker dinners, winery tours and events, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network

We've moved to JULY so you can celebrate PRIDE & join us Out In The Vineyard!


Join us Out In The Vineyard in Sonoma July 14-16, 2017 for a weekend of Wine & Celebration with new winemaker dinners, winery tours and events, 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, champagne brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.

Friday, July 14th

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.

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.

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 Sonoma's top restaurants.

Sonoma's renowned "tgirl & twill 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

Eco Terreno Vineyards & Glen Ellen Star 8:00pm - $125

Award winning, winemaking legend, Mark Lyon, brings his nearly 4 decades of winemaking experience & his new biodynamic wines, Eco Terreno Vineyards to Glen Ellen Star, where Food & Wine's best new chef, Ari Weiswasser and his wife, Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser, create a truly organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wine and food experience.

 

MacRostie Winery & 5th Street Farm 7:30pm - $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.

A literal Farm to Table dinner at a private estate in Sonoma, Fifth St. Farm, where the produce is picked farm fresh for your evening wine paired, culinary adventure with MacRostie Winery & Vineyards. Vintner Steve MacRostie brings his bright, balanced and age-worthy style of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from one of the Sonoma Coast’s defining wineries.

 

Jasper Sisco Wines & the girl & the fig 8:00pm - $125

We are proud to present our first Oregon winemaker dinner, featuring LGBT vintner and winemaker Justin Paul Russell, who brings his small lot Jasper Sisco Wines cool climate varietals to Sonoma's internationally reknown restaurant, The Girl & The Fig, for a true "country french with a passion" dining experience!

 

Cooper Mountain Vineyards & Aventine Glen Ellen 8:00pm - $125

Cooper Mountain Vineyards wine educator (and hottie), Michael Hughes, brings their North Willamette Valley Estate Wines to 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.

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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.


Kanzler Family Vineyards @ Private Russian River Valley Estate 7:30pm - $125

This year we're presenting a very special winemaker dinner at a private estate in Russian River Valley, for an intimate evening with the handsome vintner and LGBT Ally, Danny Fay and millennial all-star winemaker, Alex Kanzler with Kanzler Family Vineyards limited production wines, paired with the delicious, mouth watering, culinary delights created by Classic Culinaire and the hands of the handsome, Chef Chad Carlsted.

(Note: Very limited seating. Address to estate will be provided privately, before the event.)

 

Corner 103 & Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar Winemaker Dinner - 8:00pm

Vintner Lloyd Davis, brings his award winning Corner 103 wines to Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar for perfectly paired, modern farm-to-table cuisine, created with ingredients from the surrounding Wine Country.

 

 

Idle Hour Winery & Saddles Steakhouse @ MacArthur Place 8:00pm - $125

We're excited to feature wines from the Sierra Foothills with Idle Hour Winery! LGBT winemaker Anna Marie dos Remedios brings her subtle & fresh, small lot, single-vineyard, Bordeaux varietals to Saddles Steakhouse @ 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.

 

All Winemaker Dinners On Sale Now.

 

Saturday, July 15th

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, Sonoma Valley Inn you'll venture to amazing wineries for intimate wine tasting and a box lunch Out In The Vineyard!

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)

Get On Your Bikes & RIDE! 10:00am - $95

Hop on our winery bike tour to Sonoma's most historic wineries where you'll start your guided bike tour with Sonoma Adventures from host hotel Sonoma Valley Inn 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 through the historic, organically-farmed estate at Bartholomew Park Winery.

Russian River Estate Tour 9:30am - $95

We're going out to West Sonoma County's world famous wine region to sample the wines of the Russian River Valley! You'll start your wine tasting experience at the elegant Kendall-Jackson Estate, at the very threshold of this world glass wine region and enjoy a custom created lunch at the estate. Then you'll sojourn deeper into the Russian River Valley and find yourself nestled within the storied Saralee’s Vineyard, in the heart of the Russian River Valley in a historic barn dating back to the 1900s, at the new La Crema Estate.

 

Southern Sonoma Tour 10:00am - $95

Hop on board our tour through the gently rolling hills of the Carneros Region of Southern Sonoma! Kick off your wine sojourn through the rolling, vine covered hills of world famous land of the pinot, the Carneros AVA to the boutique Shug Winery, followed by lunch at the beautiful Viansa Winery. You'll finish your tour sipping on bubbles at Gloria Ferrer taking in the stunning view across Carneros AVA to San Pablo Bay, the north end of California's beautiful San Francisco Bay.

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Heart Of The Valley Tour 10:00am - $95

Journey into the heart of Sonoma Valley and visit the tasting rooms of some of the valley's best producers - visit St. Francis Winery in the charming hamlet of Kenwood, then head to the historic Annadel Estate Winery, at the very north end of the valley, for lunch. You'll end your day sipping on the wines of BR Cohn, located in the very heeart of Sonoma's Valley Of The Moon.

 

Into Napa Valley Tour 9:30am - $95

Journey into the heart of the world famous Napa Valley, where you'll start your wine tasting at "The Whole Farm" of Robert Sinksey Vineyards, to experience the "rhythms of nature to embrace biodiversity and encourage natural processes in growing healthy grapes that help craft expressive, vibrant and living wines.". Then you'll enjoy an intimate tasting at the luxe boutique producer, Silver Trident Winery, located in Napa's hottest destination, Yountville.

 

All Winery Tours On Sale Now.

 

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

 


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.

A world-class chef, dedicated to providing you, your family and your guests with an experience they will remember forever.

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, it was no surprise that Chad would choose the culinary arts as his career path. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he gained valuable hands on experience in a wide variety of environments. It was clear early on that his passion extended beyond just cooking, but to delivering world-class service to his customers as well. This is how Classic Culinaire was born. Founded in 2007, Classic Culinaire consistently delivers an unmatched standard of culinary and service excellence.

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!

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

The party continues with little bites and no host bar - till closing.

 


Sunday, July 16th

PRESENTS

GAY WINE AUCTION & RECOVERY BRUNCH - 10:00AM

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!

Equality Wines is the world’s first cause wine portfolio dedicated to equality for all people. It’s a perfect pairing for label co-founders Matt Grove and Jim Obergefell, a coupling of their shared passions for excellent wine and equal rights. Along with consultant and equality pioneer Jim Obergefell, they present a limited release collection of high quality wines to benefit the Human Rights Campaign and the nonprofit organization One Glass for Equality.


Sunday Pool Soiree - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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!

Includes:

  • VIP Welcome Reception - EXCLUSIVE to VIP Pass Holders & Host Hotel Guests
  • LGBT Business Expo & Wine Tasting
  • Twilight T-Dance VIP Reception
  • Twilight T-Dance
  • Apres T After Party
  • Big Gay Wine Auction & Recover Brunch
  • Sunday Pool Soiree
  • $395 with Advance Purchase (Regularly $495)

    (winemaker dinners & winery tours sold separately)

    This is a very exclusive and limited VIP offer.

    Tickets on sale soon.

    Join oumailing list to receive advance purchase info and deta

    Winemaker Dinners, Winery Tours and VIP Passes On Sale Now.

    Official Host Hotel

    Sonoma Valley Inn - Now Taking Reservations!

     

    Just steps from the historic Sonoma Plaza, BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonoma Valley Inn provides comfort and convenience to wine country visitors seeking hotel accommodations close to Sonoma, Carneros and Napa area wineries, shopping and fine dining.

    Guest rooms at our Sonoma hotel feature private patio or balcony and fireplaces. Our room amenities include: refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers and in-room safes. We also provide free wireless high speed Internet, cable television, and pay-per view movies. A complimentary breakfast is provided each morning.

    Hotel amenities include heated pool, jacuzzi, steam room, fitness center, business center and free parking. Our state-of-the-art Krug Event Center provides outstanding group, meeting, and wedding facilities.

    Only 20 minutes from Napa Valley, and less than an hour from San Francisco or the Pacific coast, BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonoma Valley Inn's location makes it the perfect place for a memorable wine country adventure.

    Just steps from the historic Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma Valley Inn is offering special rates starting at $249/night for Out In The Vineyard guests at Gay Wine Weekend! Unheard of!


    Standard rates start at $419 - THAT'S A $170.00 SAVINGS PER NIGHT! (2 night minimum required on all rooms.)

     

     

    Rooms feature private patio or balcony and fireplacesoom, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers and in-room safes, free wireless high speed Internet, cable television, and pay-per view movies. A complimentary breakfast is provided each morning.

    Hotel amenities include heated pool, jacuzzi, steam room, fitness center, business center and free parking.

     

    For reservations call Sonoma Valley Inn's

    Gay Wine Weekend Hotel Concierge,

    Lacy Swan,

    Sunday – Thursday 10am-4pm

    707-938- 9200 ext. 454

    Ask for the Gay Wine Weeknd rate!


     

    We're releasing a LIMITED number of VIP Advance Purchase 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 VIP Party Pass and

    Save $100 by booking Gay Wine Weekend 2017 in advance.

    Advance Purchase VIP Blind Tasting Pass $395 - (Reg $495)

    You get the same access as our VIP Party Pass andSave $100 by booking Gay Wine Weekend 2017 in advance.


    Advance Purchase VIP Blind Tasting Pass $395 - (Reg $495)

     

     

    Presenting Sponsor

    Chateau St. Jean

     

    Friends of Gay Wine Weekend

    Classic Culinaire, Official Caterer of Gay Wine Weekend

    Equality Wines

     

    Sotheby's International Realty

    Sotheby's Presents Sonoma

    Gay Wine Weekend Fans

    Corner 103

     

    Mangiantini Construction Design Build

    Outings & Adventures

     

     

    Joe Freund - State Farm Agency

     

    Media & In-Kind Sponsors

    Gay Travel

     


    Gay Entertainment Directory

     


    Man About World

     

     

    Passport Magazine

     

     

    Sonoma Valley Inn

     


    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 - 700 participants, 90% male, 10% 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 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.

    $500