While the name Sonoma County conjures up images of wineries and vineyards, the region has more to offer its visitors, especially during the fall months. This November, tour the countryside, drink some wine, channel your inner engineer and maybe even see a giraffe or two.
Wine & Food Affair ~ Tasting Along the Wine Road
November 5-6, 2016
Over 90 Wineries – Alexander, Russian River, Dry Creek Valleys
11am-4pm each day
$27.19 – $87
The Wine Road event is the premier tasting and eating experience, showcasing almost 100 wineries throughout Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander Valleys. All of the wineries participating will have a signature recipe prepared upon which to nibble with their favorite pairing from the winery. All ticket holders will receive a complimentary tasting glass, make sure not to lose it. This is the perfect way to enjoy and discover the best wines in Sonoma County.
Even for veteran wine travelers already well acquainted with California wine country, Wine Road is likely to be uncharted territory, sure to imbue a fresh sense of discovery. Along the way are some of California’s oldest wineries, run by vintners whose commitment to tending the vines and producing world-class wines, true to the appellation, runs back generations. They’re excited to welcome you into their wineries for the annual event.
There’s an app for that! Eventbrite, the company handling the tickets for the event, has an app that will hold your ticket on your phone, with all event information, as well as the winery that you chose to start at. Make sure to download it ahead of time and save a few trees.
Journey Winemaker Dinner
Saturday November 5, 2016
Matanzas Creek Winery
6097 Bennett Valley Road
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Join the winemakers at Matanzas Creek Winery as they host their annual Journey Winemaker Dinner, celebrating the release of the new Journey Sauvignon Blanc, Journey Chardonnay, and Journey Red. This intimate evening is the perfect integration of wine and food, flavors and textures against the lush backdrop of the Bennett Valley. The evening begins with a reception featuring a Journey wine “progression” accompanied by exquisite hors d’oeuvres, followed by a mouthwatering 4-course meal expertly paired with our Journey wines, including a special library vintage. Tickets to this event are limited, so get yours while you can!
Go early to enjoy the famous Matanzas Lavender Fields and Market. While the lavender isn’t blooming, the market stocks incredible items for your bath, body or home.
Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House
November 25-26, 2016
Sonoma Valley Wineries, Highway 12
11:00am to 4:00pm
$45 Advance; $55 Door; Designated Drivers are $10 Advance, $15 Door
The idyllic stretch of valley and hills between the villages of Kenwood and Glen Ellen is known as the Heart of the Sonoma Valley. Beyond the hustle, bustle, and commercialism, the Heart of Sonoma Valley remains as it was a century ago: A pastoral destination wine lover’s look to for quality and comfort.
After the gluttony of Thanksgiving, kick off your holiday in true wine country style with the Sonoma Valley Open House. Meet and mingle with winemakers and oenophiles alike as you spend two days tasting your way through 17 different wineries. Pay $45 for an advance purchase ticket and get your souvenir wine glass and an all access pass to all participating wineries.
Take advantage of the heavy discounts provided by each winery to stock up on wines for your holiday table and wine themed gifts for your friends and family.
Safari West – Thanksgiving on the Sonoma Serengeti
November 24, 2016
Franz Valley Rd Santa Rosa, CA
Two Seatings : 12 noon and 4:00pm
$65 Adults; $25 children (4-12)
Tax and an 18% gratuity is already included in the price!
An African adventure in the heart of California wine country. Guests may explore the Sonoma Serengeti on an African wildlife safari alongside romping herds of exotic wildlife or relax in a luxury safari tent under the gaze of a graceful giraffe.
For a unique and special Thanksgiving experience join owners Nancy and Peter Lang, along with the entire Safari West staff, as you dine on the Sonoma Serengeti. Enjoy a 4-course meal, including of course, turkey and all the fixings, surrounded by giraffes, lemurs and all the wilds of Africa.
Pair your Thanksgiving meal with an adventure through Safari West by booking a 10:00am tour then heading to your 4:00pm Thanksgiving dinner!
Autumn in Sonoma County has a heavy emphasis on family, camaraderie and of course, wine, but just remember, there really is something for everyone here… even if it’s dinner with a lemur.