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 unfolds from noon to 4 p.m. Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. The setting is the world-class Donald & Maureen Green Music Center on the beautifully landscaped Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park, in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country.
Experience the Sonoma County lifestyle as you stroll from booth to booth, sample vintages from the county’s 18 diverse wine regions, talk with winemakers and winegrowers, and nibble locally sourced and exquisitely prepared foods. Increase your wine IQ by attending informative wine seminars, lively panel discussions, and focused tastings with renowned local winemakers.
Each year the food is delicious and varied. Past offerings 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 of the possibilities.
All of this is savored with and enhanced by the flavors of crisp Chardonnays, luscious Zinfandels, and more — varietals and blends both undiscovered and well-known and representing the best that Sonoma Wine Country has to offer. And if you are so inclined, you can also taste some of Sonoma County's hand crafted beers.
Opt for the luxurious Club Reserve tickets, and get exclusive VIP access to Taste of Sonoma (from 11 a.m. to noon, before the event opens to the general public) as well other benefits.
And if you buy your 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.
Admission to Taste of Sonoma is $180 general or $255 for Club Reserve. Tickets purchased with Visa Signature or Visa Infinite cards (order here) are on sale now; tickets from all other sources go on sale May 14, 2018 (order here).
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. For 2018 the auction will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard.
Details: Taste of Sonoma, noon to 4 p.m. (or starting at 11 a.m. for Club Reserve ticketholders), Saturday, Sept. 1, Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.
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