Compared with much of the United States, California has little cold to suffer through come wintertime, but that doesn’t make the spring that follows any less spectacular. As Sonoma County welcomes the warmer months and longer days in April, the region’s wineries offer their own ways to celebrate the season.
Bodega Bay Annual Fisherman’s Festival
April 8th-9th, 2017
2400 Westshore Road
Bodega Bay, California 94923
The 44th Annual Fisherman’s Festival is packed with events for people of all ages – craft booths, live music, good food, entertainment, and more. A favorite attraction is the wine tasting booth featuring more than 25 Sonoma County wines and a beer booth with several local ales. They have something for every palate from barbecued oysters, local fish ‘n chips, clam chowder, and a variety of food trucks. Live music and entertainers perform on the main stage all day Saturday and Sunday. Artisans and vendors from all over California and beyond offer a wide selection of arts and crafts. The Fisherman’s Festival is a great venue for kids with a play area for face painting, games, a touch tank tide pool, bouncy houses and more.
Each year’s theme is chosen by the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Marketing Association. At the Festival site itself you’ll see a wooden boat challenge where participating teams build a vessel and compete in a boat race. Sunday morning will feature the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet when decorated boats parade out of the harbor to receive a blessing from local clergy.
Easter Quiz Walk in the Vineyard
Apr. 15th-16th, 2017
1000 Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Tickets – tasting fee
West Wines makes it easy for children and adults alike to get the most out of their Easter weekend with this family friendly event. Guests young and old take a guided springtime stroll through the vineyards highlighting both the winemaking processes and the unique area wildlife. Afterwards, parents can relax with a leisurely tasting while their children forego the wine in favor of apple juice paired with jelly beans.
Ask about sampling their Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which boasts the distinction of being served during the Nobel Awards banquet in 2010.
Petaluma Gap Food and Wine Pairing
Apr. 22nd, 2017
5875 Lakeville Hwy
Petaluma, CA 94954
Tickets – $65
The Keller Estate opens their doors this one Saturday of the month for an evening where guests can enjoy the extended daylight hours of spring as well as a series of food and wine pairings prepared by local caterers. Tickets include a total of six pairings to accompany the entrees—half of them chardonnay and half Pinot Noir, all of them unique in flavor profile to the Petaluma Gap region of Sonoma.
The winery’s remote location makes it a convenient gateway to the area’s pristine wilderness, including the wetlands and ponds of nearby Tolay Lake Regional Park.
Oysters on the Terrace
Apr. 22nd, 2017
4401 Slusser Rd
Windsor, CA 95492
Tickets – $60 – $75
This April, the Sonoma-Cutrer Winery celebrates the release of its Sauvignon Blanc from 2016, but what’s a wine release without something to munch on between sips? The winery provides a perfectly delicate pairing with a local selection oysters on the half-shell, plus other food options for guests who’d rather enjoy their Sauvignon Blanc with something other than raw seafood.
Set aside some time to enjoy the winery’s picturesque patio by playing croquet on their two immaculately kept fields.
Sonoma Coast Dinner Series
Apr. 28th, 2017
241 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Tickets – $99
The last Friday of every month sees a new selection of locally inspired fare hit the tables at Siduri’s Wine Lounge, courtesy of chefs Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenhire as well as Siduri’s winemaker Adam Lee. The April edition of the four-course dinner highlights the ingredients and flavors native to the rugged Sonoma coast, so it seems safe to expect plenty of seafood and their pinot noirs harvested from grapes grown in the area.
Those interested in enjoying more than wine during their time in Sonoma can try a great selection of microbrews at Bear Republic Brewing Co., only a block away from the Siduri Wine Lounge.
Passport to Dry Creek Valley
Apr. 28th -30th, 2017
Tickets – $138.50
More than 45 wineries that call Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley home open their doors for the 28th Annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley weekend to celebrate the history and future of this idyllic growing region. Each participating winery will have its own unique passport theme, as well as their own winemaker meetings and exclusive food pairings from Sonoma County chefs. For added charges, weekend tickets come with additional events or a designated driver to ensure safe transport.
Plan a winery route ahead of time. Then, when purchasing tickets, you can choose your first-stop winery as the place to pick up your passport for the weekend.