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Monday, May 21, 2012

Sonoma County Events for Memorial Weekend 2012

Several wineries are having some sort of special event for the Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2012.  Check out your old favorites, or even better, check out somewhere that's not familiar.

Arista - Paella and flamenco dancers on Saturday

Bella - Cajun food and music

Dutton-Goldfield - Artist reception, special Pinot tasting, music on Sunday afternoon

Kenwood Vineyards - Food and art. See the original Artist Series artwork.

Medlock Ames - Music Sunday evening

Mounts - BBQ

Taft Street - music on Sunday afternoon

Truett Hurst - BBQ and music on Saturday

Viansa - Food and music all three days

Wine Country Passport Weekend - A one-fee entrance to four of Treasury Wine Estates wineries in Sonoma and Napa: Beringer, Chateau St Jean, Etude, and St Clement.

Other things to keep in mind if you are visiting over this holiday weekend:

-- Lots of other folks have the same idea. Hotels will book up, restaurants will be impossible to get into for a 7 pm dinner, and the tasting rooms will be packed on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. My advice? Get into Priceline now to find a room, make dinner reservations before you show up, and do your wine tasting before 2 pm if you don't like crowds. Then spend the rest of the afternoon at one of the winery BBQs.

-- In 2011 Sonoma County had 48 DUI arrests for the weekend. If you don't have a designated driver then that person should at least limit their tastings at each winery--maybe share a tasting or only sample one or two wines per stop.

-- Weather is expected to be sunny with temps in the upper 70s, but bring layers, we have lots of micro-climates and the evenings cool off!

Hope your weekend includes something like this ...

But don't forget this ...