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The proliferation of wineries in the Sonoma Valley making amazing California chardonnays, cabernets, merlots, and other varietals never ceases to amaze us. And the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend over Labor Day went way beyond our grape expectations, as well.

A culinary event unlike any other, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend combines the elegance, sophistication, and style of Sonoma County wines with the flavor, diversity, and creativity of Sonoma County restaurants for three unforgettable days of celebration.

Our weekend kicked off with a Winemaker lunch at Sbragia Vineyards. Breaking bread (and sipping wine) in an intimate setting with the patriarch (father) and winemaker (son) of the family-owned winery, was truly a unique opportunity. Similar winemaker dinners were also available for that evening.

The 29th annual Taste of Sonoma event on Saturday allowed guests to stroll through the Gallo Family’s historic MacMurray Ranch property while sipping and savoring the very best of Sonoma County’s coveted wines and delicious cuisine. Over 100 wineries pouring thousands of wines, more than 60 local chefs whipping up divine pairings, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, and a wine market all made for an enchanting afternoon.

Sunday’s festivity, frivolity and fundraising of the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction makes it all a worthwhile and charitable event.

Pairing the weekends’ activities with winery visits, strolls through the squares of charming towns like Healdsburg and Sonoma, and incredibly creative and innovative meals at several area restaurants, including Willi’s Wine Bar, The Girl and the Fig, and farm-to-table Zazu…..we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the fruits of our labor (and others) on Labor Day.