Immerse yourself in the incomparable wines, acclaimed vineyards, and welcoming communities of the lush Sonoma Valley at Signature Sonoma Valley, April 6 and 7, 2018.
Hosted by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, the Signature Sonoma Valley weekend is like no other wine event, offering an intimate and exclusive deep dive into the wines, terroir, and people of Sonoma Valley’s historic wine region.
Nestled between two mountain ranges along Sonoma County’s eastern border, the 17-mile-long Sonoma Valley offers a delightful mix of beautiful vistas, wine tasting, farm-fresh cuisine, California history, art, small town delights, and outdoor adventures. Known as the birthplace of California’s wine industry, the Sonoma Valley includes five distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVAs or wine regions).
The Signature weekend is centered around THE HUB, a gathering place and a home-away-from-home for Signature Sonoma Valley guests in the heart of Sonoma’s historic central plaza. Here you can sample an ever-changing lineup of wine and nibbles in the wine lounge, catch a shuttle to your next Signature event, attend an informative wine seminar, or book a private winery excursion.
Friday and Saturday both feature an immersion experience, taking you behind-the-vines at Sonoma Valley’s most iconic vineyards. These are remote sites that few people have the opportunity to visit, let alone enjoy a proprietor-guided exploration. Taste wines from those vineyards as part of a sommelier-moderated discussion by the winemakers who crafted them.
The Signature weekend also includes Wine + Design lunches, offering exquisite wine-paired cuisine in one-of-a-kind locations with unique design or architectural elements. Held at spectacular and exclusive Sonoma Valley estates and private homes, each luncheon showcases highly curated selection of wines fitting the impressive surroundings. Prominent vintners host each intimate gathering, creating a contemporary spin on the traditional winemaker lunch.
Friday evening, enjoy a curated walk-around tasting with up-close-and-personal access to a veritable who’s who of Sonoma Valley’s vintner and grower community. For this event, a wine panel works to discover the newest, most interesting, and most challenging wines and vineyards to showcase the best of Sonoma Valley, paired with local cuisine and music.
Saturday evening features Legends, a wine dinner with the who’s who of Sonoma Valley’s wine community, hosted in the private residence of Don and Nancy Sebastiani, one of the valley’s most iconic wine families. A local vintner hosts each table, serving a memorable wine from his or her private collection.
The weekend wraps up with Sunday’s Bubbles + Brunch at the THE HUB. This wine country brunch is paried with a curated range of sparkling offerings, most of which are only available locally.
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Lynn Henley.