Holiday Festivals at Sonoma Wineries
One of the best gifts any time of year is spending time with friends and families.
That’s even easier to do over holiday season in Sonoma County, when local wineries light up, bright up, and go all out with winter festivals for us all to attend.
Wine tasting is a given, but there are plenty of fun things for designated drivers and kids of all ages, too.
With shopping, singing, storytelling and more, here are a few ways to celebrate. You'll find more current festivals and events on our Sonoma County Calendar of Events.
Heart of Sonoma Valley Wine Open House – Nov. 29, 2013
Forget the shopping mall, and toast the holiday season by visiting your choice of 24 Sonoma Valley wineries for tastings, to meet winemakers, stock up on your favorite wines for parties and gift giving, and browse among other niceties like home accessories and wine related souvenirs. Each winery offers different selections of award-winning wines, wine discounts, gift packages, holiday entertainment and holiday cheer. All you need to do is put a bow on it! Tickets are $45 per person for both days, which includes a souvenir wine glass and tastings. Designated driver tickets are $10 each. (No one-day tickets available.)
Korbel Holiday Shopping Spree Weekend, Guerneville - Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013
Korbel Champagne Cellars is known for its elaborate gift shop, gourmet deli and gardens, and gift packs like the popular combo of 3 bottles of Korbel Champagne, 2 Champagne flutes, and a box of Champagne truffles. Through the three-day spree, the winery will offer special sales, Christmas carolers from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and an appearance by Santa Claus from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Trentadue Winery's Festival of Lights, Geyserville - Nov. 30, 2013
Families look forward to the annual event, which, for the past decade, has brought a beautiful light display around the Alexander Valley winery, plus appearances by Santa, and this year, a food/fundraiser for the Healdsburg Food Pantry. The festive day has something for everyone from 2 to 7 p.m., including wine tasting, treats, children’s holiday movies, holiday story time and festive holiday music, plus the showstopper: the lighting of the beautiful handmade holiday light display. There will be locally made holiday wreaths for sale, and guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, children’s sneakers, children’s coat or children’s picture book to donate in care baskets are given to over 400 local families in need. Cost is $15 in advance/$20 at the door/$5 for designated drivers and free for kids, with admission including a souvenir wine glass, three tastings of wines, and a treat.
Chef Cooking Series at J Winery, Healdsburg – Dec. 14, 2013
Holidays plus wine equals food, and J's executive chef Erik Johnson brings it all together from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with this cooking class focusing on New Year's Eve fare. An intimate group of 16 students gather in the elegant Bubble Room, and learn how to create three delicious dishes plus how to pair them with wines. The “final test” may be the best part, as the $110 class includes a three-course meal served with J wines, plus recipes, a J apron, and entertaining tips.