Sonoma Valley Events: February 2018

February is packed full of events in Sonoma Valley this year! From winery new release parties to winemakers dinners to cheese making classes, there is truly something for everyone. Make sure to check out our full calendar of events, but in the mean time, here are a few of our favorites from the upcoming month!


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FeBREWary Beer Passport

Celebrate FeBREWary all month long with the Santa Rosa Beer Passport! Pick up a passport at participating breweries, Wilibees, Brew, and the California Welcome Center. Get a stamp at each of the participating breweries. Receive at least nine brewery stamps and take your completed passport to the California Welcome Center in Santa Rosa to choose a prize!


Pliny the Younger Release

Russian River Brewing Company's phenomenally popular Pliny the Younger is released the first Friday of February and is available for just two weeks, Feb. 2-15, 2018. This Triple IPA has triple the amount of hops as a regular IPA, making it difficult and expensive to make - hence it's short release time frame and limited availability! This award-winning brew is not bottled, so more people can try it right from the source in Santa Rosa or at select draft accounts. You won't want to miss it!

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29th Annual Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest

The 29th Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest is the premier Crab and Wine event of the North Bay Area! Join over 1,400 leaders from the agriculture and business communities in support of scholarships, education programs and youth activities! This fun and exciting evening has received rave reviews and is perhaps the largest crab feed in Sonoma County. Combined with an impressive silent and live auction, it makes for one of the year’s best events. The event features Medal Winning Wines, Fabulous Local Cuisine and Impressive Live and Silent Auctions.


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Hands On Cheese Making Class

Award winning cheesemaker Sheana Davis breaks down the barriers to cheesemaking, making it accessible, easy and fun with energetic, hands-on classes that teach participants how to craft a fresh, warm ricotta cheese that is ready to serve and enjoy within 90 minutes.


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Fruit Tree Pruning and Grafting Workshop and Cider Tasting

Want to grow delicious fruit trees but not sure how to care for them? Join Daily Acts and Ethic Ciders to learn how to properly prune and graft! In this hands-on workshop Orchard Manager Ryan Johnston will delve into goals and techniques for winter pruning deciduous fruit trees. You’ll also learn how to graft so that you can get creative with propagating your own low-cost, delicious, diverse, and site-appropriate fruit tree varieties.


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Sonoma Underground

Sonoma Underground, a new event dedicated to the small, independent producers of Sonoma County, will be hosting its inaugural tasting on February 24 at Longboard Vineyards in Healdsburg.For those wine lovers who visit Sonoma and wonder: "Where can I find the fantastic, unknown wines from the small guys? How can I find the off the beaten track wineries?" This is the event to bring the “Sonoma Underground” above ground.


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Local Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

As we head into Thanksgiving and the greater holiday season this year, we want to bring you inspiration from local stores here in Sonoma. Picking an outfit for Thanksgiving can be tricky- you want to look stylish and put together, and at the same time you want to make sure the outfit will still be flattering after a few servings of turkey and mashed potatoes. We took it upon ourselves to pick out a few options from the boutiques around the plaza, in case you waited until the last minute to do your shopping- you can find all of these items locally! If you are not from Sonoma, all of these boutiques will ship purchased items to you across the states. 

Wildeflower Boutique 

This is one of the newer stores just off the Sonoma Plaza, that is bringing bohemian style fashion to down town. This is a store you can get lost in for a long while- every table, shelf, and hanger holds something unique and exciting. From trinkets to house wares to clothing and accessories, this shop is full of fun items just waiting to be discovered. 

The style we chose was a wine country twist on the boho vibe of the store. A crisp blue denim button down, paired with the relaxed cream sweater are the perfect happy medium between wine country preppy and Los Angeles Boho. Top off the outfit with the camel hat featuring chevron accents, and you are sure to be the coolest gal at any Thanksgiving celebration.

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Perle 

Perle is one of our go-to boutiques for any and all occasions here in Sonoma. Their clothes are stylish and trendy, but classy and appropriate for all ages of women. We immediately fell in love with these rust colored pants and knew we needed to plan a thanksgiving outfit around them. The subtle braided details on the sleeves of the white long sleeve and luxe texture of the shearling vest were the perfect compliment to these statement pants. Pair with a some knee high boots or booties, to keep this look cozy and stylish. 

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Half Pint

You did't think we could forget the kiddos did you? Half Pint has something for all the "littles" in your life- whether they are your own, or just ones you love like they are yours. You'll most likely walk out with something that you wish came in your own size, but alas, seeing your mini-me in it will have to be satisfaction enough.

The outfits we selected for the members of the kid's table this Thanksgiving are great pieces that can be worn again throughout the holiday season. Each item can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion, and of course they are all kid friendly. 

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This Thanksgiving and holiday season, we hope to inspire you to shop locally for all occasions. These are just a few of the wonderful shops around the Sonoma Plaza, and there are many more to choose from across the valley! We hope you all have a wonderful, and stylish, Thanksgiving celebration. Cheers!

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Sonoma Valley Events: November 2017

As Wine Country returns to normalcy after the fires, Sonoma Valley Events are plentiful this November. From benefit concerts to wreath making workshops, the month is packed with activities of every kind. Check out our full events calendar for more! Here are a few of our favorites. 


D Stress Pop Up at Suite D 10/17

It is time to de-stress, or D Stress, as they say at Suite D! Join them for a night of comfort food and good company at a table full of your friends and neighbors. Menu includes a heirloom apple salad, cassoulet, and almond brown butter cake. Click the photo to buy tickets!


Wreath Making Workshop 10/18

The Bice Family at Redwood Hill Farm has a long standing tradition of making wreaths. Now, with their wreath making workshop, you and your family can start a tradition of your own! They will provide all supplies needed to make a beautiful holiday wreath. Click the photo to buy tickets!


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Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza 10/18

Kick off the holiday season with the 5th Annual lighting of the historic Sonoma Plaza! Transcendence Theater company will be back for the 4th consecutive year to perform holiday music starting at 5:00. Cookies, hot chocolate, and cider are complimentary, but guests are encouraged to bring their own wine and food!


Tesoro Flowers Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop 10/19

Join Tesoro Flowers for its continuing floral workshop series on November 19 from 2:00-3:30 to make a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Whether to grace your own table or bring to a hosts home, this Fall-laden textural showpiece will wow! The workshop will focus on making a ‘long and low’ and you will learn how to use floral foam and floral tools.

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Alexander Valley Black Friday Open House

Wineries in the renowned Alexander Valley open their doors for a day of wine tasting, food pairings and Black Friday sales on your favorite wines and unique wine country gifts!

Participating Wineries: Alexander Valley Vineyards, deLormier, HANNA Winery & Vineyards, Medlock Ames, Soda Rock & White Oak Vineyards & Winery


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