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Spring in Sonoma: The Return of Wines and Sunsets

Wine and Sunsets at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa

Few moments in Sonoma herald the return of spring and the coming of summer with more bravado than the annual kickoff of the popular Wines & Sunsets in Paradise series at Santa Rosa’s Paradise Ridge Winery.

Now in its 22nd year, the mid-week happening combines wine, live music, and street food courtesy of a bevy of local gourmet food trucks. It launches on May 10 and continues through Oct. 25.

Not only does each weekly edition of Wines & Sunsets in Paradise promise rollicking good fun, they also dare to provide an opportune moment for romance ... for those so inclined to l’amour, of course.

Think about it. There’s wine. There’s music. There’s the dramatic landscape of Sonoma as a backdrop. And, of course, there are jaw-dropping views of those amazing Russian River Valley sunsets that have not only become one of the hallmarks of Paradise Ridge Winery but also been hailed as the most beautiful in Sonoma County. What, I ask you, could set a better mood for love? It’s like date night for dummies it’s so guaranteed to impress.

As far as the details of Wines & Sunsets go, the event takes place every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. beginning on May 10. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

And, it goes without saying that, during each edition of the event, a selection of the award-winning wines from Paradise Ridge will be on offer to guests.

One final note. If you really want to make an afternoon of it, arrive early at Paradise Ridge and have a wander around the property, which only serves to heighten the experience of the wine.

From the massive LOVE sculpture in Paradise Meadow to Marijke’s Grove — an annually changing outdoor sculpture exhibit ensconced among a grove of ancient gnarled oaks spread out over four acres — there is a whimsical quality to the property that sets it apart from other wineries and the traditional winetasting experience.

Marry the art with the stellar wine and the spectacular sunsets and I think that sounds like a pretty picture perfect afternoon and evening in Sonoma County, wouldn’t you agree?

To find out more about Paradise Ridge or to purchase tickets to Wines & Sunsets (and do purchase in advance as this event has become very popular over the last two decades), visit their website here.

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