Your 2016 Guide to Sonoma County Harvest Parties


It's the best time of the year in the Wine Country, the Fall Harvest season is finally here. This article from shares some of the area's best events happening this month. 

Harvest time in Sonoma County, known to the locals as “5th Season,” is perhaps the most celebrated time of year in wine country. Wineries bring out new wines, throw parties, and host delightful farm-to-table feasts prepared by celebrated chefs in idyllic, autumnal locations. We’ve compiled a group of events custom tailored to the Sonoma wine enthusiast. 

Harvest Celebration at Matanzas Creek

Matanzas Creek Winery
September 10, 2016
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
6097 Bennett Valley Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 528-6464 

Tucked away in the outskirts of Santa Rosa on a Bennett Valley hillside, Matanzas Creek Winery is one of Sonoma County’s hidden gems, offering world class Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc made from grapes grown nearby. Matanzas Creek hosts its annual Harvest Celebration on September 10th, featuring appetizers, live music, and of course, fabulous wine. Entry is $25. 

Insider tip: Enjoy the celebration, then head over the hill and treat yourself to a delicious meal at the Fig Café in nearby Glen Ellen. The Pan-Seared Flounder pairs well with the Tangent Viognier. 

2016 Sonoma Valley Crush

Various Locations
September 16 – 18, 2016
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. , $10-$35
Kenwood & Glen Ellen, CA 

Head over to the Sonoma Valley for a weekend of immersion in enology and viticulture. Wine lovers will get the opportunity learn all about how wine is made, can sample fermenting wine, and get hands-on experience with wine making equipment. Wine makers will be onsite to answer questions, and each ticket garners a souvenir wine glass. Tickets run from $10 to $35 

Insider tip: Let someone else drive. With so much fabulous wine to taste over three days, we recommend putting up the extra $10 for a designated driver. 

Kendall-Jackson 20th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival

Kendall-Jackson Winery
September 24, 2016
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
5007 Fulton Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 571-8100 

Come celebrate the “other” favorite fruit at Kendall-Jackson’s 20th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival. Celebrity chefs will prepare tomato-based edibles and compete for the Critic’s Choice, with guests acting as the benefactors of the contest. Other highlights include fantastic food and wine pairings, seminars, and live music. General admission is $95; premier access can be had for $175; and dinner costs $225. 

Insider tip: Show up a day early and get tickets to the Friday evening farm-To-table dinner prepared by “Top Chef Masters” winners and served in the Kendall-Jackson Estate Gardens. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the “No Kid Hungry” foundation. 

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