30 minutes each
Location: Prelude, Founders Room and Privé
Following are the 2018 Wine Talks. The 2019 Wine Talks will be announced soon!
Pop! Fizz! Clink!: Sonoma County Sparklers - Bursting with bubbly delight, Sonoma County houses a variety of sparkling wines that are sure to impress any and all sparkling lovers. From the Pacific Ocean to the Mayacamas Mountains and every valley in between, discover and taste a range of sparkling gems from across diverse local areas.
Rosé : #BeyondTheHashtag - The reputation of rosé's wines has transitioned from simple to serious. No longer an afterthought, many producers are approaching the style with thoughtful consideration. Sample a variety of refreshing rosé wines that are perfect any time of year.
Terroir: Sonoma County's Phenomenal Phenotypes - Sonoma County is home to a diverse array of growing regions that directly influence a wine's character. From warm summer days to fog covered valleys, discover how Sonoma County's unique soil profiles and topography has made it a paradise for winemakers.
Low Intervention: Timeless Techniques - The choice to utilize native fermentation, minimal oak and additives, and forgo fining and filtering are winemaking techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years. Uncover the timeless process of crafting wines using minimal intervention while sipping premium wines.
Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley: Diverse Zinfandel - Dry Creek Valley is responsible for a powerhouse portfolio of top-tier Zinfandels. Take a tour of this unforgettable region with our panel of Zinfandel experts chosen for their unique ability to coax the boldest, richest flavors out of their Dry Creek Valley Fruit.
Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance: Wind to Wine - Familiarize yourself with Sonoma County’s newest AVA, the Petaluma Gap, by tasting through a lineup of premium wines that showcase its unique climate - a wind gap named after a coastal mountain opening that stretches east from the Pacific through the town of Petaluma and then roars south to San Pablo Bay.
Alexander Valley Winegrowers: Cabernet Academy - Taste a wide variety of Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley’s finest producers while learning about what makes this region home to some of Sonoma County’s most highly sought-after Cabs. - SOLD OUT!
Pinot to the People!: Our Most Popular Varietal - Known to be one of the premier Pinot Noir regions in the world, Sonoma County producers invite you to savor wines from various AVAs for the ultimate Pinot Noir experience.
Syrah: The Cool Kid on the Block - Taste and learn about this celebrated Rhône varietal grown right here in Sonoma County. The unique, cooler climate of several AVAs produces an elegant wine that has made a new home in a variety of Sonoma County regions and won the hearts of vintners and consumers alike.
Merlot: Don't Call It a Comeback - Come rediscover Merlot! Known for a medium-body and velvet mouthfeel, the beauty of this varietal was never lost on Sonoma County wineries who carried a torch for the wine when it unjustly fell on tough times. Enjoy sampling a variety of merlots from Sonoma’s finest vintners.
11 am - 4 pm
Step into the luxurious Club Reserve, where you'll taste some of Sonoma County's most sought-after wines. The winemakers and owners of Sonoma County's iconic wineries will sample their limited production, reserve and award-winning wines—and they'll be on hand for you to ask questions. Featuring food pairings by noted local chefs, like Ari Weiswasser from Glen Ellen Star and others. Club Reserve is open to a limited number of guests during Taste of Sonoma and Club Reserve ticket holders also receive exclusive VIP access to Taste of Sonoma from 11:00am – 12:00pm, before the event opens to the general public. This experience is exclusively for Club Reserve ticket holders only.
at Taste of Sonoma
11 am - 4 pm
If you purchased your Taste of Sonoma tickets with your Visa Signature® or Visa Infinite® card, you’re invited to enjoy access to the Visa Signature Lounge. Offering a relaxed atmosphere to savor special wines from a handful of Sonoma’s most exciting wineries, delicious gourmet bites, live music and a few surprises. the Visa Signature Lounge will be your exclusive oasis. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy a more personalized experience at Taste of Sonoma!