Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16, 2017
GAY WINE WEEKEND
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 five of Sonoma's top restaurants.
We're working on fabulous pairiings of Sonoma's top wineries and restaurants. Check back often for updates or join our mailing list to be the first to know!
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 downtown Sonoma you'll venture to amazing wineries for intimate wine tasting and a box lunch Out In The Vineyard!
Winery excursions announced soon. Check back often for details or join our mail list and be the first to know when tickets go on sale.
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.
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
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!
$395 with Advance Purchase (Regularly $495)
(winemaker dinners & winery tours sold separately)
This is a very exclusive and limited VIP offer.
Get your VIP Advance Purchase Blind-Tasting Pass & Save $100!
Media & In-Kind Sponsors
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.