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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.

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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.

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.

Sonoma's renowned "tgirl & 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

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

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.

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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.

 

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!

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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 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 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)

Southern Sonoma Tour - $95

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.

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Heart of The Valley Tour - $95

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

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.

Saturday, June 18th

Twilight T-Dance @ 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.

 

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

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

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
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    $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

     

    OFFICIAL AIRLINE OF GAY WINE WEEKEND

     

    Alaska Airlines is pleased to provide discounted travel to Gay Wine Weekend. Fly Alaska Airlines to Sonoma County, Oakland, or San Francisco, California and save 10% on flights from any Alaska Airlines city(excluding Costa Rica and Prudhoe Bay)! Simply click here and travel between June 15, 2016 and June 21, 2016. Book by June 21, 2016.  The discount is automatically applied. Restrictions apply, see site for details.

     

    Official Host Hotel

    MacArthur Place Inn & Spa

     

    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!

    or call (707) 938-2929 and ask for the special GAY WINE WEEKEND RATE!

     


    Get your VIP PARTY PASS NOW!

    Keep it simple and get accss to all the parties at Gay Wine Weekend. (Winemakers & tours sold separately)


     

    Sponsors

    Chateau St. Jean

     

    Corner 103

     

    Joe Freund - State Farm Agency

     

    La Crema

     

    MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

     

     

    Sotheby's International Realty

    Sotheby's Presents Sonoma

    Classic Culinaire, Official Caterer of Gay Wine Weekend

    Media & In-Kind Sponsors

    COLT Studio Group

     


    Brooks Rumph - Pinnacle Capital Mortgage

     


    Gay Entertainment Directory

     


    Man About World

     

     

    Passport Magazine

     

     

    Romeo Chocolates

     

     

    Sonoma Market

     


    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 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.

    $500 for 3 days.