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Friday, November 20, 2015

Winter 2015-16 Events in Sonoma County

Major Wine-Related Events for December-March

This is the quiet time of year in the wine country and a great time to visit.

Late January in Alexander Valley

December 2015

Many wineries have their own holiday open house events on the weekends leading up to Christmas. Check with your favorites and see if they have anything going on. There are numerous holiday events, concerts, dinners, etc.

For Christmas Eve many wineries will close early or all day. Almost all are closed on Christmas Day (bah humbug to anyone open). 

January 2016

Most wineries are closed on New Years Day.

16-17  Winter Wineland. It's an annual open house at over a hundred wineries in northern Sonoma County. There will be wine sales, plus some will offer food, art shows, or tours. This is the big wine event for the winter. Info

30-31 RateBeer Festival. No, it's not wine, but if you're into craft beer you probably know about RateBeer. Their annual awards festival is in Santa Rosa. Info

February 2016

For Valentine's Day many wineries put on chocolate and wine pairings or even host a lunch or dinner. Check with your favorites to see if they have anything going on.

12-15 Cloverdale Citrus Fair Among the many family-focused events there's a wine tasting for the adults. Info

13  Sweet 116. An open house event at about a dozen wineries along and near Highway 116 in the Russian River Valley. Info

26-28 VinOlivo. Celebrating the local olive harvest. The main event is a wine and olive tasting. Info

27  Eighth Street Wineries Open House. Several small producers in a warehouse area of Sonoma open up for visitors. Info

March 2016

4-6 and 11-13  Barrel Tasting.  The first two weekends of March are the Barrel Tasting weekends in northern Sonoma County--an open house at over 100 wineries. The party takes place along Dry Creek Road and in Healdsburg. If you want it slightly more sane then head for Russian River Valley or Alexander Valley.  Info

19-20 Savor Sonoma Valley. Sonoma Valley has it's own version of barrel tasting. A little more expensive than the previous two weekends and not as crazy.  Info

Winter in the Russian River Valley