Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16, 2017
GAY WINE WEEKEND
Enjoy 3 Full Days of LGBT events in Northern California's magnificent Sonoma Valley - home to some of the world's most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP Receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.
Friday, July 14th
VIP Welcome Reception 3:00 - 6:00pm & Wine Tasting
Exclusive to Gay Wine Weekend guests staying at the luxurious host hotel & VIP Pass holders have exclusive access to this year's VIP Reception & wine tasting at Gay Wine Weekend.
Located only 45 minutes north of San Francisco it is truly an amazingly breathtaking place to gather and show your Pride, Out In The Vineyard.
Wine & Dine OUT in Sonoma - 7:30/8:00pm depending on location.
We are proud to present exclusive winemaker dinners for Gay Wine Weekend with some of wine country's most talented winemakers. Last year's winemaker dinners sold out quickly so we recommend you book early for your intimate winemaker dinners at restaurants in the heart of Sonoma Valley & around the historic Sonoma Plaza!
Enjoy an intimate evening, dining with the winemakers themselves, who pair their wines with the culinary delights from Sonoma's top restaurants.
Eco Terreno Vineyards & Glen Ellen Star 8:00pm - $125
Award winning, winemaking legend, Mark Lyon, brings his nearly 4 decades of winemaking experience & his new biodynamic wines, Eco Terreno Vineyards to Glen Ellen Star, where Food & Wine's best new chef, Ari Weiswasser and his wife, Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser, create a truly organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wine and food experience.
MacRostie Winery & 5th Street Farm 7:30pm - $125
A literal Farm to Table dinner at a private estate in Sonoma, Fifth St. Farm, where the produce is picked farm fresh for your evening wine paired, culinary adventure with MacRostie Winery & Vineyards. Vintner Steve MacRostie brings his bright, balanced and age-worthy style of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from one of the Sonoma Coast’s defining wineries.
Jasper Sisco Wines & the girl & the fig 8:00pm - $125
We are proud to present our first Oregon winemaker dinner, featuring LGBT vintner and winemaker Justin Paul Russell, who brings his small lot Jasper Sisco Wines cool climate varietals to Sonoma's internationally reknown restaurant, The Girl & The Fig, for a true "country french with a passion" dining experience!
Cooper Mountain Vineyards & Aventine Glen Ellen 8:00pm - $125
Cooper Mountain Vineyards wine educator (and hottie), Michael Hughes, brings their North Willamette Valley Estate Wines to Aventine, Glen Ellen, a classic Italian Osteria, featuring local-sourced ingredients to reflect the vibrancy of Glen Ellen and Sonoma Valley. You are guaranteed an unforgettable wine paired culinary experience.
Kanzler Family Vineyards @ Private Russian River Valley Estate 7:30pm - $125
This year we're presenting a very special winemaker dinner at a private estate in Russian River Valley, for an intimate evening with the handsome vintner and LGBT Ally, Danny Fay and millennial all-star winemaker, Alex Kanzler with Kanzler Family Vineyards limited production wines, paired with the delicious, mouth watering, culinary delights created by Classic Culinaire and the hands of the handsome, Chef Chad Carlsted.
(Note: Very limited seating. Address to estate will be provided privately, before the event.)
Corner 103 & Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar Winemaker Dinner - 8:00pm
Vintner Lloyd Davis, brings his award winning Corner 103 wines to Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar for perfectly paired, modern farm-to-table cuisine, created with ingredients from the surrounding Wine Country.
Idle Hour Winery & Saddles Steakhouse @ MacArthur Place 8:00pm - $125
We're excited to feature wines from the Sierra Foothills with Idle Hour Winery! LGBT winemaker Anna Marie dos Remedios brings her subtle & fresh, small lot, single-vineyard, Bordeaux varietals to Saddles Steakhouse @ MacArthur Place, named "Best Beef Restaurant in California" by the California Beef Council and winner of The Wine Sepctator's "Best of Award of Excellence", for a evening of luscious food and wine.
The Midnight Sun Pop-Up Video Bar on Sonoma Square - 9:30 - No Cover
From The Heart of The Castro to the Heart of Wine Country, San Francisco's iconic video bar, Midnight Sun, rises on the historic Sonoma Plaza for opening night of Gay Wine Weekend!
ALL are welcome to join us at B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille for our kick off celebration!
Opened February 12, 1971, Midnight Sun is the nation’s premiere video bar located and THE place to be on a Friday night in San Francisco's legendary Castro Neighborhood - and, for one night only, on Sonoma's legendary square!
No host bar. No cover. 9:30pm to close.
Saturday, July 15th
Out In The Vineyard Wine Tours & Lunch - 10am - 3pm
Join one of our exclusive wine tasting tours to some of the best producers in Sonoma. Departing from host hotel, Sonoma Valley Inn you'll venture to amazing wineries for intimate wine tasting and a box lunch Out In The Vineyard!
Get On Your Bikes & RIDE! 10:00am - $95
Hop on our winery bike tour to Sonoma's most historic wineries where you'll start your guided bike tour with Sonoma Adventures from host hotel Sonoma Valley Inn and ride the beautiful country roads along the vineyards of Sonoma Valley to Gundlach Bundschu Winery, where you'll taste wine and learn the history of this six generation family winery, followed by a box lunch overlooking their historic vineyards. After, you'll hop back on for a ride through the historic, organically-farmed estate at Bartholomew Park Winery.
Russian River Estate Tour 9:30am - $95
We're going out to West Sonoma County's world famous wine region to sample the wines of the Russian River Valley! You'll start your wine tasting experience at the elegant Kendall-Jackson Estate, at the very threshold of this world glass wine region and enjoy a custom created lunch at the estate. Then you'll sojourn deeper into the Russian River Valley and find yourself nestled within the storied Saralee’s Vineyard, in the heart of the Russian River Valley in a historic barn dating back to the 1900s, at the new La Crema Estate.
Southern Sonoma Tour 10:00am - $95
Hop on board our tour through the gently rolling hills of the Carneros Region of Southern Sonoma! Kick off your wine sojourn through the rolling, vine covered hills of world famous land of the pinot, the Carneros AVA to the boutique Shug Winery, followed by lunch at the beautiful Viansa Winery. You'll finish your tour sipping on bubbles at Gloria Ferrer taking in the stunning view across Carneros AVA to San Pablo Bay, the north end of California's beautiful San Francisco Bay.
Heart Of The Valley Tour 10:00am - $95
Journey into the heart of Sonoma Valley and visit the tasting rooms of some of the valley's best producers - visit St. Francis Winery in the charming hamlet of Kenwood, then head to the historic Annadel Estate Winery, at the very north end of the valley, for lunch. You'll end your day sipping on the wines of BR Cohn, located in the very heeart of Sonoma's Valley Of The Moon.
Into Napa Valley Tour 9:30am - $95
Journey into the heart of the world famous Napa Valley, where you'll start your wine tasting at "The Whole Farm" of Robert Sinksey Vineyards, to experience the "rhythms of nature to embrace biodiversity and encourage natural processes in growing healthy grapes that help craft expressive, vibrant and living wines.". Then you'll enjoy an intimate tasting at the luxe boutique producer, Silver Trident Winery, located in Napa's hottest destination, Yountville.
Twilight T-Dance at Chateau St. Jean Winery!
VIP Reception 5:00pm - 7:00pm/T Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Join us on Saturday Night in the Heart of Sonoma Valley for our not-to-be missed Signautre Event of Gay Wine Weekend!
This year Sonoma's legenday Chateau St. Jean Winery hosts our benefit for Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network
VIP Reception 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Come early for the VIP Reception in the beautiful, lush rose garden on the grounds of Sonoma's iconic Chateau St. Jean Winery! Sip on their award winning wines and enjoy delicious, mouth watering, culinairy delights created by Classic Culinaire and the hands of the hansome, Chef Chad Carlsted.
Executive Chef & Personal Chef, Chad Carlstedt, has maintained an unparalleled passion for cooking and fine food since he was a child. Having grown up in California's wine country, the famed hot bed for culinary masterpieces. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he gained valuable hands on experience in a wide variety of environments. Founded in 2007, Classic Culinaire consistently delivers an unmatched standard of culinary and service excellence. A world-class chef, dedicated to providing you with an experience they will remember forever.
Twilight T-Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Sip award winning wines and dance into Twilight in the vineyards at Chateau St. Jean Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma Valley!
Nestled in the heart of the stunning Sonoma Valley, the Chateau St. Jean estate offers wine lovers an idyllic getaway to soak in the Sonoma wine lifestyle. With incredible vineyard views, a dramatic mountain backdrop, lush gardens and the elegant 1920s chateau, join us for a private, one of a kind experience at the beautiful Chateau St. Jean and sip their award winning wine with 500 of your closest friends, while enjoying the breathtaking ambiance of the estate and dance into the magnificant sunset of Sonoma.
Enjoy our "Gourmet Food Truck Up", where you can purchase a selection of items to enjoy with your favorite Chateau St. Jean wines!
Don't miss this incredible night Out In The Vineyard.
VIP Reception & Twilight T-Dance 5:00pm - 10:00pm - $165
General Admission T-Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm - $80
"Apres-T" After Party! 11:00pm - $20
The party continues with little bites and no host bar at the bran new SIGH Lounge - Sonoma's only "bubble room", located across the street from the host hotel, Sonoma Valley Inn, just steps off the historic Sonoma Plaza.
And if you're looking for an Apres-T bite, Tasca Tasca, Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar next door will be open late just for us, celebrating Out In The Vineyard.
Sunday, July 16th
EQUALITY WINES PRESENTS
GAY WINE AUCTION & RECOVERY BRUNCH - 10:00AM - $75
100% of the monies raised benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network
Start your perfect Sunday in Wine Country as you enjoy a scrumptious buffet brunch & then get ready to bid as we raise much needed funds for Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network with some amazing wines, winery tours and visits up for auction. This promises to be quite a good time as a bidding war amongst us gays could get pretty ugly…..too much fun to miss!
Equality Wines is the world’s first cause wine portfolio dedicated to equality for all people. It’s a perfect pairing for label co-founders Matt Grove and Jim Obergefell, a coupling of their shared passions for excellent wine and equal rights. Along with consultant and equality pioneer Jim Obergefell, they present a limited release collection of high quality wines to benefit the Human Rights Campaign and the nonprofit organization One Glass for Equality.
Sunday Pool Soiree - 1:00pm - 4:00pm - $30
This year we're mixing it up and wtih a REAL SONOMA POOL PARTY located just minutes frrom the Plaza at the beautiful home of our good friends & one of Sonoma's most fabulous couples, who have generously opened their home to our guests.
Featuring DJ Jeremy!
Spend Sunday Sonoma Style, with a chill afternoon poolside with LA CREMA WINES and enjoy the final afternoon of Gay Wine Weekend, lounging and soaking in the warm Sonoma Sun until departure - or extend your stay and keep Gay Wine Weekend going!
Keep it simple and get your VIP PARTY PASS!
(winemaker dinners & winery tours sold separately)
Only a handful of VIP Party Passes available!
Official Host Hotel
Sonoma Valley Inn - Now Taking Reservations!
Just steps from the historic Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma Valley Inn is offering special GAY WINE WEEKEND rates for Out In The Vineyard guests!
Rooms feature private patio or balcony and fireplacesoom, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers and in-room safes, free wireless high speed Internet, cable television, and pay-per view movies. A complimentary breakfast is provided each morning.
Hotel amenities include heated pool, jacuzzi, steam room, fitness center, business center and free parking.
For reservations call Sonoma Valley Inn's
Gay Wine Weekend Hotel Concierge,
Sunday – Thursday 10am-4pm
707-938- 9200 ext. 454
Ask for the Gay Wine Weeknd rate!
Keep it simple with our VIP Party Pass!
- VIP Welcome Reception - EXCLUSIVE to Pass Holders and Host Hotel Guests
- LGBT Business Expo & Wine Tasting
- Twilight T-Dance VIP Reception
- Twilight T-Dance
- Apres T After Party
- Big Gay Wine Auction & Recovery Brunch
- Sunday Pool Soiree
(winemaker dinners & winery tours sold separately)
Only a handful of VIP Party Passes available!
Friends of Gay Wine Weekend
Sotheby's Presents Sonoma
Gay Wine Weekend Fans
Media & In-Kind Sponsors
Become A Sponsor!
Gay Wine Weekend is becoming an annual event destination for wine lovers in the LGBT community.
- Wine collectors and appreciators
- 600 - 700 participants, 90% male, 10% female, average age 35-55 years old
- Highly educated, High Household Income $150k+
- Upper managment & executive level business professionals
- Primary target draws from Major Metropolitan SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles & San Diego
- Secondary target draws from multiple US & International Metropolitan Areas with 30% of attendees from outside California
Download our sponsorship information kit to learn how you can connect with the LGBT Market Influencers.
This year we're offering a limited numer of vendor booths at our host hotel. Showcase your goods and services to members of the $750 million LGBT consumer market.
Expo Participants Receive:
- Listed as Gay Wine Weekend Participant online and in collateral material
- Exclusive table at the vendor hall at host hotel
- Showcase your product and/or service.
- Ability to feature banners and distribute marketing material
- Sign up wine club members for wineries.
- Collect email address and build a lead list.