Guide to Taste of Sonoma
After decades as the highly successful Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, this delicious and decadent wine-and-food exploration has evolved into the popular Taste of Sonoma — the event of the year when hundreds of wines, delicacies by celebrated local chefs, and the Sonoma County way of life are presented for guests' enjoyment.
Taste of Sonoma is usually a live event that invites you to increase your wine IQ and experience the Sonoma County lifestyle, sampling vintages from the county's 18 diverse wine regions, enjoying lively panel discussions with renowned local winemakers and winegrowers, and nibbling locally sourced, exquisitely prepared foods.
In July 2021, the Taste of Sonoma will be held online only, as a series of virtual events. Presented by Visa Signature® in partnership with Wine.com, these free Zoom webinars will be:
July 15: Taste of Sonoma's Chardonnay Any Way , featuring Sonoma County Chardonnays from Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, and Knights Bridge Winery.
July 22: Garden Tour and Culinary Class Hosted by Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Gardens, led by the winery's Executive Chef Justin Wangler and Master Culinary Gardener Tucker Taylor and featuring a food and wine pairing inspired by the four-acre fruit and vegetable garden, plus a guided tasting of wines from Kendall-Jackson.
July 29: Taste of Sonoma's Red Wine Rotation, featuring a guided tasting of red wines from Pedroncelli Winery, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and La Crema, including Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
To register for these free-of-charge Zoom webinars (and purchase the companion wines, should you choose to taste along), visit Virtual Wine Tastings at Home with Wine.com.
In 2022, Taste of Sonoma will return as a live, in-person event, held at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Gardens in Santa Rosa. The one-day event (date TBA) will feature panel discussions with winemakers and winegrowers, as well as local wines, foods, and handcrafted beers, all representing the best that Sonoma Wine Country has to offer.
Designed to pair with unique expressions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and more from throughout the county, this event's food is delicious and varied. Past offerings have included big, meaty barbecued ribs; Cabernet-spiced lamb sliders; handcrafted spicy tuna sushi rolls; fresh peach cake drizzled in buttermilk cream; and local lavender and honey French macaroons, to name just a few possibilities.
If you buy your 2022 Taste of Sonoma tickets with your Visa Signature® or Visa Infinite® card, you can enjoy special benefits that include a more personalized experience in the relaxed atmosphere of the Visa Signature Lounge, which offers live music and a few surprises.
And as in the past, VIP Pass holders for the 2022 event will get access to Taste of Sonoma early (before the event opens to the general public), as well other benefits.
Taste of Sonoma is hosted by Sonoma County Vintners, the leading voice of Sonoma County wines. Founded in 1944, Sonoma County Vintners represents more than 200 wineries and affiliated businesses countywide.
The vintners also host the Sonoma County Wine Auction, the region's leading annual fundraising event. Once part of the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and named one of the nation's top charitable auctions by Wine Spectator, over the years the auction has raised more than $29 million for charitable groups focusing on education, arts and culture, environment, and health and human services. In 2021, the auction and related events will be held September 16-18, with the location TBA.
Learn more at tasteofsonoma.com.