Wine + Design During Signature Sonoma Valley WeekendAuthor:Annette Hanami
From spacious barn-style tasting rooms to sprawling ranches and modern homes with a view, this 3-day immersion event covers the best of Sonoma Valley today.
Signature Sonoma Valley (April 6-8) is a curated exploration of Sonoma Valley wine, terroir and history as presented by the over 90 vintners who live it. The weekend opens with a grand tasting of current releases at the inspiring hilltop location of Ram’s Gate Winery in Carneros. Designed by Howard Backen, the open, light-filled spaces are the perfect gateway to the heart of Sonoma Valley.
To showcase how Sonoma Valley wines age, the weekend will feature a rare Retrospective tasting of several decades of legendary Hanzell Vineyards’ wines, and an exclusive dinner at the home of iconic vintners Don and Nancy Sebastiani paired with rare wines from their collection.
The Wine + Design luncheons will transport guests to the Sonoma Valley lifestyle. At Beltane Ranch, Friday April 6, guests will be hosted by 5th generation vintners at their ranch, gardens and landmark inn which has been freshly updated. The lunch promises great views and unique table settings that will inspire.
On Saturday April 7, guests can experience Art + Architecture at the private estate of vintner Michael Muscardini and Kate Eilertsen. Their modern hillside home designed by wine country architect Jeff Zimmerman maximizes the small footprint with an open floorplan and banks of windows overlooking the valley. The couple will give a tour of the estate as well as their personal art collection, followed by a wine country lunch.
For those that love terroir-driven wines, guests also have the option to deep-dive into the most famous single-vineyards of Sonoma in a sommelier guided Immersion tasting followed by a farm-to-table lunch.
The weekend ends with a Bubbles + Brunch on Sunday April 8 showcasing the delicious sparkling wines produced in the appellation.
To see the full schedule of events, check the Signature Sonoma Valley website. The complete weekend package is $1,750 pp including VIP reception and private transfers to and from all events. Individual events are available a la carte ranging from $175-$500 pp.
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