Experience a Whole New Taste of Sonoma Sept. 1, 2018

Sip through some 100 wineries at Taste of Sonoma on September 1st.

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Experience a Whole New Taste of Sonoma Sept. 1, 2018

Sonoma County's Taste of Sonoma has become a world-class event, gathering guests from across the nation for a brilliant experience with hundreds of chefs, wineries, and artisan food purveyors. Taking over the lawns, courtyard, gardens and workshop rooms at Sonoma State University's prestigious Green Music Center on Saturday, Sept. 1, it's a full day celebrating the Sonoma County lifestyle.

In years past, Taste of Sonoma was part of a three-day Sonoma Wine Country Weekend event, along with numerous opening parties, winemaker lunches, dinners, and barbecues, and the Sonoma County Wine Auction. But last year, organizers split things up, to combat – let's face it – the possibility of exhaustion for guests and wineries. Now, the love is spread out, with the auction taking place Sept. 22, 2018.

Taste of Sonoma, Sonoma State University, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, California

That makes Taste of Sonoma on Labor Day weekend a great kickoff to nearly a month of grand food and wine enjoyment. Start with some sparkling wine and oysters, and then move into bigger bites from some three dozen restaurants including top names like Glen Ellen Star, J, John Ash & Co., Ramen Gaijin, Seaside Metal, and The Drawing Board.

All along the way, sip through some 100 wineries at the Grand Tasting. These are high class wines from all Sonoma County American Viticultural areas, including the new Petaluma Gap AVA. Boutique names include Three Sticks Wines, Medlock Ames, Patz & Hall, Gordian Knot Winery, Aperture Cellars, and many others.

Taste of Sonoma, Sonoma State University, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park, California

Educational seminars are another big draw. Wine Talks cover all kinds of topics, from wine pairing with food, to making wine, to being able to talk comfortably about the many facets of wine (hey, really, just say 'I like it,' or 'I don't like it.').

For a bit of a deeper dive, you can get VIP access to the Visa Signature Lounge and Club Reserve for sampling collector worthy wines not offered in the Grand Tasting.

And though the auction is now later in the month, you can still partake of excellent winemaker dinners on the Taste of Sonoma weekend, hosted directly at beautiful wineries like Russian River Vineyards in Forestville, and Seghesio Family Vineyards in Healdsburg. Get more details here.

Details: Taste of Sonoma tickets are $150-$255, on sale at tasteofsonoma.com. Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Carey Sweet
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