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What is New in 2016

Wine Tool Museum at Buena Vista Winery

Sonoma County offers a myriad of options for offsite programs.  We invite you to read about Sonoma County’s exciting new group offerings and visit our press kit online for a full listing of options for your programs.  Our staff is happy to assist, answer questions, and offer suggestions at sales@sonomacounty.com.

Graton Resort & Casino Expansion

The leadership of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria broke ground in September on a $175 million expansion of the Graton Resort & Casino, the Bay Area’s largest gaming and entertainment destination. The expansion includes a 200-guest room resort that also features a spa, meeting and convention space and pool area. The hotel will feature a variety of guest rooms and suites from a typical guest room of more than 500 square feet to suites of up to 2,600 square feet. It will also feature an opulent lobby and bar, a luxurious spa and 20,000 square feet of flexible event and convention space that includes seven separate rooms as well as pre-function areas and smaller breakout meeting rooms. The resort is anticipated to open in the Fall of 2016. For more information, please go to: www.gratonresortcasino.com

Petroni Vineyards

Petroni Vineyards is an idyllic mountaintop winery located minutes from downtown Sonoma. With deep Italian roots, guests will feel as though they’ve been transported to the romance of Tuscany while sipping Sangiovese and Grappa. With the ability to host groups of up to 200 guests, Petroni boasts sweeping vineyard hills and dramatic wine caves for dining and entertaining.  www.petronivineyards.com

Buena Vista Winery - Historic Wine Tool Museum tour and tasting

High atop the Buena Vista Champagne Cellars is a unique, first-of-its-kind museum showcasing a collection of historic viticulture tools from France. Requiring a special permit from the French government to bring this collection to America, the tools are theatrically displayed in beautiful, artistic patterns and set against the ancient stone walls, carved from the Mayacamas Mountains, dating back to 1864.  Join us for a unique experience where you will be guided through a twenty minute light, sound and visual show, presenting the history of winemaking through its tools and the life of the vivacious and eccentric founder, the self-proclaimed “Count of Buena Vista.”  While enjoying this historic tour, you will be invited to taste exclusive current release wines and explore the recently renovated property and Champagne Cellars.

Museum Tours are available daily by-appointment at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM (walk-up visitors will be accommodated as availability allows; groups of eight or more require advance reservation).  In addition to the $25 tour and tasting, families will also be offered a choice of a museum-only experience for $10 per person, and children with paying adult are free.  See more at: www.buenavistawinery.com

Prohibition Spirits Distillery Group Tours

Prohibition Spirits Distillery offers tours, new whiskey release Explore the "spirited side" of Wine Country at Prohibition Spirits Distillery Indigenous Spirits Lab, a boutique micro-brewery in Sonoma Valley. Prohibition Spirits recently began offering tours, and announced its first new whiskey in two years. Gain insight and understanding of the distilling and aging process, and what goes into every dram of handcrafted fine spirits on an up-close-and-personal tour-and-tasting with the distiller. Tours are by appointment, and can be educational or hands-on experiences. Prohibition Spirits produces award-winning, small-batch, hand-crafted artisanal spirits – Sugar Daddy rums, Solano vodka, and Hooker's House whiskeys. The whiskeys are named for General Joseph Hooker, a Civil War veteran, Sonoma Valley resident, and whiskey aficionado. The company recently released Hooker's House Sour Mash Whiskey, which was aged for more than seven years in charred white American oak barrels before being finished in used French oak barrels that once held Carneros Pinot Noir wine. See more.

Go behind the scenes at Zazu Kitchen, the Barlow
Get an insider's look at four locations in the Barlow, Sebastopol's 220,000-square-foot business center that connects consumers not only with products and the people who make them, but also with the production process itself.  The center now offers Behind the Scenes @ the Barlow, the chance to tour and taste at four Barlow locations, including lunch at Zazu kitchen + farm.  Take a roastery tour at Taylor Maid Farms, and get a complimentary can of organic coffee. At Spirit Works Distillery, learn about their "grain to glass" philosophy, and sample a flight tasting. Enjoy a three-course lunch and Spirit Works cocktail at Zazu kitchen + farm, followed by a private tasting of unique Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at La Follette. Tours are available Thursdays and Fridays, at $98 per person. Zazu Kitchen + Farm, 6770 McKinley Ave., Suite 150, Forestville, Calif. 95472, www.zazukitchen.com

For a full listing of “what’s new” and other ideas, please visit our online press kit.

Interested in planning a meeting or retreat in Sonoma County? We're here for you! The Sonoma County Tourism sales staff is ready to help you with any questions about planning your meeting to California’s Sonoma Wine Country: Contact us.

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