It’s Taste of Sonoma Time, Aug. 31, 2019

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For many Sonoma County residents and visitors, Labor Day weekend means Taste of Sonoma, when hundreds of wineries, brewers, chefs, and artisan food purveyors gather for a full day of culinary celebration and wine education. The flagship festival is considered one of the most dynamic examples of how, here in Sonoma County, life truly opens up.

If you haven’t already bought tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 31, event, you’ll want to right away. Up to 2,500 guests attend each year, and Taste always sells out.

tasty peppers from Taste of Sonoma in Sonoma County

Each year as it has for the past several decades, the event welcomes with new attractions (last year, for example, the party rocked with silent disco, and a new ice cream area). For this year’s party at the world-class Donald & Maureen Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park, more than more than 130 wineries and 40 of Sonoma County’s top chefs will ply guests with food, drink, and a rich array of informative and entertaining events staged all day long.

Multiple tents are spread on the lawns and patios, each celebrating the cuisines and wines of different Sonoma County AVAs ranging from Dry Creek to the Russian River. It’s like a mini taste of the marvels of the County’s million-plus acres in one beautiful setting. Local artisan beers and ciders are new favorites, too.

taste of sonoma food and wine in Sonoma County

Here’s a chance to sample award winning wines from boutique producers like Chenoweth, Davis Bynum, Three Sticks , Enriquez, and Preston. And you can savor bites from acclaimed eateries such as Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven, El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen, Gerard’s Paella, Stockhome Restaurant, MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, and The Spinster Sisters. Lines are sure to form quickly for delicacies from Tsar Nicoulai Caviar and Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers, too.

You’ll get your delicious fill with the general admission, but if you want to elevate your ticket to VIP, you can taste even more of Sonoma County’s most sought-after wines, in a private lounge Club Reserve setting. VIP guests also enjoy early access, starting at 11 a.m., while general admission guests enter at noon.

guests at taste of Sonoma in Sonoma County

Be sure to sign up for seminars, as well, hosted by top winemakers and other industry professionals. This year’s line-up includes focuses on Sonoma County’s largest AVAs, with guided tastings through each region.

Details: Taste of Sonoma, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. (VIP) or noon to 4 p.m. at Green Music  Center, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, 866-955-6040, Tickets are $180 per person for General Admission, or $225 per person for VIP tickets.

Carey Sweet