Events worth traveling for

I come across so many wine events – but which ones are really worth traveling for?  Here are my picks:

September 2-4, 2016 – Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature, and largest, charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs. Jointly produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, all proceeds benefit local charities. Since its inception, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has raised over $12 million for charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in Sonoma County communities.  For tickets and more info click here.

November 5-6, 2016 – 18th Annual Wine & Food Affair

Wine and food pairings from the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley.  Click here for more info.

January 14-15, 2017 – Winter WINEland

Two glorious days along Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road.  Click here for more info.

March 3-5 & 10-12, 2017 – 40th Annual Barrel Tasting

This is your chance to sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.  Click here for more info.

April 29-30, 2017 –  Annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley

Enjoy wines from over 50 wineries in the Dry Creek Valley.  This weekend wineries will “dress up” and create unique themed parties with food pairings and live entertainment.  Passport to Dry Creek Valley Tickets

May 26-28, 2017 – BottleRock Napa Valley

This 3-day festival not only gives you access to 70+ bands on four music stages but you’ll also get the very best wine and food from the Napa Valley.  This sells out every year so be in quick.  Click here.

July 14-23, 2017 – Festival Napa Valley

Festival Napa Valley, formerly Festival del Sole, has put Napa Valley on the map as a leading cultural destination. The annual summer festival blends the world’s finest classical, jazz, opera, theater and dance artists with culinary, wine and fitness pursuits, staged in Napa Valley’s most iconic settings. Dedicated to enriching the region’s cultural vitality and to supporting arts education, the festival nurtures young talent through the Bouchaine Young Artist Series, presents free community concerts, and awards grants to local schools and arts organizations. More than 200 wineries, hotels, resorts, theaters, restaurants and vintners take part in the event annually.  For passes and tickets click here.