Sparkling Sonoma - Sparkling wine lovers unite! Explore the methods and techniques for making sparkling wine and discover several varieties made in Sonoma County. With so many great sparkling wines produced in the area, you have the perfect excuse to drink bubbles any day. Sparkling wine is not just for celebrations anymore!
New Gen, Old Wine - One of the aspects that makes Sonoma County unique are the amazing families that are an integral part of the wine community. Many of the founding families in wine are still producing great wines today with several generations participating in the business. Get to know these experts and their fresh takes on classic techniques. Hear about their golden memories in the process, hear about an old wine from their family’s cellar and fall in love with Sonoma County wine all over again!
It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhoods - Presented by the Press Democrat - Take a virtual tour through Russian River Valley neighborhoods and learn the key variations for each location and the role it plays in fine Pinot Noir. Pull up a chair to soak up the mouth-watering facts from esteemed winemakers on this virtual journey within Sonoma County.
Harvest Beyond the Grape - Many Sonoma County wineries have more than vineyard crops they tend to throughout the year. Hear from these wineries about the importance of biodiversity to them, how they honor nature’s rhythms. Even better, learn what seasonal produce they are pairing with their wines now!
We look forward to sharing one of our Rustic Restaurant Francis’s Favorite Recipes: Fried Zucchini with Fresh Mint. It's perfect for your next al fresco meal. Winemaker, Natalie Dale will be joining a group of panelists to speak on the unique terroir of Russian River Valley AVA, we will be providing food & wine pairings with our Francis Coppola Reserve Tier.
Now more than ever, our Sonoma County community means so much to us as we stand together in these uncertain times. On Wednesday, September 23, Francis Ford Coppola Winery will host a virtual restaurant dining collaboration, featuring all-star Sonoma County Chefs: Tim Bodell from RUSTIC, Dustin Valette from Valette Healdsburg, and Mark Stark from Bravas Bar de Tapas! Each chef will demonstrate one course for a progressive dinner with one common summer ingredient carried throughout each dish. Winemaker, Natalie Dale, will taste and pair each dish from Francis Ford Coppola's Reserve limited production wines that showcase distinctive vineyards from Sonoma’s renowned appellations. Special guest host will be Writer and Culinary Insider, Katie Sweeney! This will surely be an unforgettable Sonoma County dinner feast. Get ready for some serious inspiration.
Wine Estate & Gardens
Kendall-Jackson is one of America’s most beloved family-owned and operated wineries. The winery’s flagship wine, the Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, has been America’s favorite Chardonnay for over 27 years. Kendall-Jackson offers a range of acclaimed wines grown on the family’s estate vineyards along the coastal ridges of California.
On September 2, join Kendall-Jackson Winery for an interactive Farm-to-Table Wine & Cooking Class hosted by Winemaker Randy Ullom, and Executive Chef Justin Wangler. Randy will walk through Sonoma County fan favorites such as Kendall-Jackson’s Fulton Ranch Chardonnay, Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir, and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, while Justin demonstrates a few recipes from their Season cookbook. Vegetables and herbs will be harvested from the Kendall-Jackson Gardens with a special appearance by Tucker Taylor, Master Gardener.
Bricoleur Vineyards is a boutique, family-run winery based in Windsor, Sonoma County, that produces limited-production wines primarily from estate-grown, sustainably-farmed grapes. The breathtaking Russian River Valley estate also serves as a venue for exciting experiences and activities throughout the year where social connections are fostered and communities are built. Founders Mark and Elizabeth Hanson and Sarah Hanson Citron are strongly committed to giving back to their community, and they plan to incorporate Bricoleur Vineyards in their efforts to support non-profits and charities throughout Sonoma County.
Join them on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 5:30pm PST for a live interactive cooking class with Executive Chef, Shane McAnelly! At the time of your cooking class, join Chef Shane on Zoom and then you'll cook together in your kitchen! A half hour and three hors d’oeuvres later... you will get to enjoy an amazing wine pairing meal in the comfort of your own home.
Summer Hors D’Oeuvres Recipes:
Peach + Cucumber Soup paired with 2018 Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
Eggplant Caponata Crostini paired with 2018 Estate Chardonnay
Zucchini Pickles paired with 2019 Kick Ranch Rosé of Grenache
At Benovia Winery, located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, we look forward to Taste of Sonoma each year! With Harvest often underway at the same time, Taste of Sonoma is special, as it gives us a chance to get together with people from all over the country who love Sonoma County wines. As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of our winery, we’re delighted that we can still connect with all of you virtually. Our friendly team is standing by to customize a private virtual tasting experience for you. The name “Benovia” is a blend of our founders’ fathers’ names, and “Benovians” are an extension of our family. Enjoy our critically-acclaimed, sustainably-farmed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the comfort of your own home with your family, as our insightful, engaging team guides you through a tasting.