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Wedding Preparation Can Be as Simple as Mouse Clicks

Pity the unprepared wedding couple. What should be a glorious day exchanging vows can sometimes be marred by stress, given all the planning, managing the guests, and then, the extra demands of coordinating a honeymoon.

Yet what if you could visit just one website, and with a few clicks of the mouse, have it all come together? And without the even more challenging requirement of finding that perfect wedding planner?

Experience Harvest at Sonoma County Wineries

Harvest is one of the best times to visit Sonoma County wineries, to witness the hustle and bustle of sorting, stemming, crushing and the beginning of fermentation. Some wineries even offer hands-on experiences so in-depth you might feel that you’re part of the winemaking team.

The idea is so popular that a Sonoma County Grape Camp sells out each year for an immersion into everything from picking grapes to creating your own bottled wine blends (the September event just passed, but plan now for the 2018 camp at sonomagrapecamp.com).

A Look Into Bistro 29 in Santa Rosa

Not much has changed at Bistro 29 since chef-owner Brian Anderson opened the tiny, 40-seat restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa in 2008. Which is a good thing. Because as its loyal customers (and Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand inspectors) know, this is one of Sonoma County’s best restaurants.

Specializing in Breton cuisine of France, the food focuses on regional signatures from where Anderson met his wife, Françoise, an area called Finistère department 29 in the extreme west of Brittany.

New Gravenstein Grill in Sebastopol

The name Gravenstein Grill salutes the signature Gravenstein apples of its surrounding Sebastopol neighborhood. And the Bartlett Bar, attached to the restaurant, celebrates that other famous fruit of Sonoma.

So it stands to reason that chef Bob Simontacchi focuses on local ingredients, many grown or produced right in West Sonoma County. Here, he has partnered with general manager Brandon Parkhurst and bar manager Owen Barrett for Northern California cuisine, local wines, handcrafted cocktails and Sonoma County’s famous micro-brews.

Wine Crush and Harvest Festivals 2017

The grapes are hanging heavy on vines all across Sonoma County, as the luscious fruit ripens for its destiny: to be made into wine. Harvest is one of the best times to visit our wineries, to witness the hustle and bustle of sorting, stemming, crushing and the beginning of fermentation. Some wineries even offer hands-on experiences so in-depth you might feel that you’re part of the winemaking team. But fair warning – harvest tours a very popular adventure, so it’s best to plan now for your autumn Sonoma Sneakaway. Here are some great events to keep you in that wine frame of mind:

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at Lambert Bridge Winery, August 5, 2017

How far does a Sonoma County restaurant lover have to travel for a multi-course wine-paired dinner prepared by James Beard caliber celebrity chefs? If you’re in Wine Country on Saturday, Aug. 5, that answer is: Healdsburg.

That evening, the James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour comes to Lambert Bridge winery on Dry Creek Road, bringing a rare peek inside a James Beard House New York City dinner as it travels to more than 20 cities across the country.

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