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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 – 7:30pm

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.

Participating restaurants and winermakers announced soon! Check back often or join our mail list and be the first to know when tickets go on sale.

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

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 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, Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys. 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)

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.


Saturday, June 18th

TWILIGHT T-DANCE at Chateau St. Jean

This year Sonoma's legenday winery hosts our benefit for Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network

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

Imagine dancing into Twilight in the vineyards at Sonoma's iconic Chateau St. Jean Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma Valley!

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

 

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!

SAVE $100 per person with our VIP BLIND TASTING PASSES when you purchase your weekend passes now!

 

This year we're releasing a LIMTED 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 standars VIP Party Pass and save $100 by booking Gay Wine Weekend 2016 in advance!

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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    VIP BLIND TASTING PASS - $395 (Reg VIP Party Pass $495)

    (winemaker dinners & winery tours sold separately)

    This is a very exclusive and limited VIP offer.

    Tickets on sale soon.

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    Get your Advance Purchase VIP BLIND TASTING PASS NOW & SAVE $100 per person!

     


    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.

    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 2016 in advance.

     

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


     

    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 $129 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!

     

    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

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

    Sponsors

    Chateau St. Jean

     

    Joe Freund - State Farm Agency

     

    La Crema

     

    MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

     

    Mangiantini Construction      Design - Build - Remodel

     

    Media & In-Kind Sponsors

    COLT Studio Group

     


    Brooks Rumph - Pinnacle Capital Mortgage

     


    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.
    • 2 VIP event passes (additional passes provided on request, when available)

    $500 for 3 days.