Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

The highly anticipated Wine Country Weekend is right around the corner on one of the busiest weekends of the year: Labor Day. People are scrambling to find a room for a night or two because the weekends festivities are not to be missed! I have always been a fan of AirBnb and highly recommend signing up if you have not yet. Night one of #SWCW is the Sonoma Starlight at Coppolla Winery. Enjoy an evening of food and wine, meet the winery personnel, learn about the area, and enjoy the setting by the pool. This event is definitely a time to bust out that dress or heels because the event takes place outdoors and on concrete surfaces. People tend to go a bit more high-end for this portion. Just down the road in Geyserville is a funky, tranquil place call Isis Oasis. They have a very exotic atmosphere and it’s not for the closed minded or shy person, but if you’d like to venture out of your comfort zone and keep some green in your wallet then check this place out. Here is one of my top picks for Isis, great for a single person or a couple. It’s just about 3 miles from the popular Coppola Winery. Beings that it is so close to the event, many of the inn’s and B & B’s are already booked but Hope-Merril House has some space available too. Find yourself a safe and close place to rest your head and get ready for a fun, eventful weekend of amazing food and incredible wines coupled with the best views in the county!

Courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Next up on the list for #SWCW is the Taste of Sonoma event at Mac Murray Ranch. Over 200 wineries pour and 60 + Sonoma County chefs serve locally inspired dishes throughout the day. For a price of $165, guests are invited to relish in the bounty of Sonoma County all day long on the beautiful property of Mac Murray Ranch. Parking is available in several locations and generally there is a bit of walking involved, get there early to park closer. Pick up the program, decide where you want to taste, and check out the map. The event is very organized but it’s spread out so the things you really want to do, keep in mind most everyone else will probably really want to hit too {The Gloria Ferrer Bubble Lounge with Oysters is one, and they run out of oysters so get there early on!} Another item that tends to go quickly if the pairing is popular is the “Perfect Pairings”. I always participate in those each year with Peloton Catering and Trione, we don’t run out of food ever but have in the past ran out of that wine. Make note of the ones you’d like to go for and put them at the top of your list.

Some of my winery recommendations

Alexander Valley Tent:

Trione Vineyards & Winery {of course}
Kelley & Young {Rose and Sauvignon Blanc are off the charts}
Robert Young
Rodney Strong 
Stryker Sonoma 

Russian River Valley Tent: 




Other must visits:

Thralls Wine

MacPhail Family Wines

Ramey Wines 



Its an outside event so dress accordingly and bring sunblock. This is a wine country casual dress type of event: men wear shorts and Tommy Bahama-esk shirts, ladies wear summer dresses, skirt and top, wrap when cool so it’s easy to throw in a bag when it warms up.  Everything is on the lawn and some parts are dirt so ladies, wear flats for comfort or if you must wear high heels then go for wedges because we try to poke as few holes in the Mac Murray lawn as possible! There are plenty of porto-potties all around the property and they have hand washing stations as well but I always bring hand sanitizer. There are dump buckets on all of the wine tables, please use them, we try to keep the lawn free of excess wine when possible. This is a food and wine tasting event so cigarette smoke does interfere with others experience so please, if you must, go into a designated smoking section away from tasters and sniffers.

For you digital and social folks the hashtag is #SWCW you can also add in #SonomaChat when posting to twitter and Instagram. Be sure to ask the wineries and chefs about their call-tags and hashtags online too! Service can be rather spotty out there {it is the country} so your battery juice can tend to go fast, I recommend bringing an extra battery charger. Below are the kinds of bites and dishes you can expect to see!
Photo courtesy of Tim Vallery, Peloton Catering
Photo courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Photo courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Photo courtesy of Tim Vallery, Peloton Catering

Taste of Sonoma event is far away from town {Healdsburg or Santa Rosa} so plan to have a designated driver, bring water, and hydrate!

The Harvest Wine Auction is one of the most fun events. It’s where all of the wineries have their own act that they put on for the crowd, and everyone bids. The proceeds all go to helping children throughout Sonoma County. At the auction, you select which winery host you’d like to sit with and you along with 6-8 others are with that winery for the afternoon during lunch. It’s a nice setting creating a very personal experience. Being able to dine with vintners and winemakers is for some, a once in a lifetime experience.

I will be out and about throughout the weekend pouring for Trione Vineyards & Winery at Sonoma Starlight and then at Taste of Sonoma I’ll have a perfect pairing with Trione and Peloton Culinary & Catering, so come on by and say hello. Find me, follow me, and tweet to me online: Moxie_Lady on Twitter and Instagram!

Enjoy the weekend, be safe, take photos and post them, and bid on the auction lots!!


Follow Trione and Peloton online for fun with food and wine all year long and tag them in your posts! 

@PelotonCatering on Instragram and Twitter

@TrioneWinery on Instagram and Twitter, use the hashtag #DrinkTrione in your posts on all social channels!











1 thought on “Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *