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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Spring 2012 (March, April, May) events in Sonoma County

Springtime in the Wine Country!


Following is a listing of the bigger events for Spring 2012.

March

2-4  Barrel Tasting along the wine roads of northern Sonoma County. A very popular event. Look for some of the smaller wineries that may be new to you. And try to avoid the crowds of Dry Creek and Westside Roads on Saturday afternoon.  Info

9-11 Barrel Tasting second weekend. It's so popular they gave it two weekends.  Info

17-18  Savor Sonoma Valley. Their own version of a Barrel Tasting weekend. It's more expensive,but there's food and wine pairing and it's not quite so crazy as the Barrel Tasting on the previous weekends.  Info

23-24  Pigs and Pinot. Put on by Charlie Palmer's restaurant in Healdsburg so there will be lots of great food to go with great Pinot Noir. Winemaker dinners and seminars. Guy Fieri will be there this year--I bet you can't wait!  Info

25 Symphony of Food, Wine and Art. A benefit for the Santa Rosa Symphony. Info

April

8  Easter. Some wineries are closed, some open. 

14  Taste of Olivet. Open house for Olivet Road wineries in Russian River Valley. Info

14  Pick of the Vine. An annual benefit tasting in Santa Rosa. This is an evening event so you can go to the Taste of Olivet during the day then this one later!  Info

21-22  April in Carneros. Annual open house for wineries at the south end of Napa and Sonoma. These folks specialize in sparkling wines, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.  Info

28-29  Passport to Dry Creek Valley. Open house weekend with wine, food, music. Expensive, but a very nice event.  Info

May

18-20  Taste Alexander Valley. Wine, food, entertainment. Similar to the Dry Creek Passport weekend, but less well known and less expensive.  Info


Some non-wine events
Since you can't drink wine all the time, can you?

March 9-11 Santa Rosa Custom Auto Show. Info

March 23-25 Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma. There will be some local beers and wines to go with the cheese dishes. Info

March 31 Battle of the Brews beer tasting. Info

April 26-29 Ferrari Challenge at Infineon Raceway. Lots of red cars with music coming from their exhaust pipes. Info

May 13 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race begins in Santa Rosa. Info There are several local events leading up to the race. Note: Several roads in the county will be closed during the race.  Info

May 19  Luther Burbank Rose Parade. This parade started in the late 19th century and is still held annually in downtown Santa Rosa. Especially popular with with kids.  Info
1908 Rose Queen
Image from mpm.edu
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts hosts several concerts during March, April and May including Foreigner, Lily Tomlin, Lisa Lampanelli, Howie Mandel, and Kenny Rogers.