Photos courtesy: Alejandro Quenta

Photos courtesy: Alejandro Quenta

Gay epicureans and oenophiles rejoice: Gay Wine Weekend returns to California’s wine country. With exclusive vineyard tours, winemaker dinners and plenty of parties, the three day event promises to be one must do events in Northern California this year.Out in The Vineyard has announced Gay Wine Weekend 2013 in California Wine Country, a weekend of wine & celebration, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network. Three full days of LGBT events in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma Valley, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries, await the discriminating gay wine connoisseur. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.

Friday, June 14th:

VIP Host Hotel Guests’ Welcome Reception. Exclusive to Gay Wine Weekend guests staying at the luxurious El Dorado Hotel & VIP Party Pass holders. Join Gay Wine Weekend’s Official Host Hotel for a wine reception as guests check into this luxury 27 room boutique hotel on Sonoma’s Historic Plaza. El Dorado Hotel on The Plaza 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Photos courtesy: Alejandro Quenta

Photos courtesy: Alejandro Quenta

Sonoma Plaza Wine Tasting Passport. Arrive into the Heart of Wine Country and kick off Gay Wine Weekend with our passport to 18 winery tasting rooms all located around the Historic Sonoma Plaza. Spend a beautiful summer evening strolling the plaza and sampling some of Sonoma’s best boutique wines, followed by an exceptional winemaker dinner at Wine & Dine OUT. $25, 5:00 pm to 8:00pm

Wine & Dine OUT in Sonoma. Gay Wine Weekend is proud to present exclusive winemaker dinners with some of wine country’s most talented winemakers. Enjoy an intimate evening, dining with the winemakers themselves, who pair their wines with the culinary delights from five of Sonoma’s top restaurants. Seating is extremely limited to these intimate evenings. Diiner include offerings from Lasseter Family Winery and El Dorado Kitchen; La Crema and The Girl & The Fig; Sebastiani Vineyards and Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grille; Peju Province Winery and Saddles Steakhouse and Enkidu Wines and The Epicurean Connection. $95, from 7:30 pm.

Saturday, June 15th:

Winery Tours & Lunch. Gay Wine Weekend has added Napa Valley to the extremely popular Gay Wine Weekend wine tours. Join one of the five exclusive wine tasting tours to some of the best producers in Sonoma & Napa Valleys. Departing from the Sonoma Square, you’ll venture to amazing winery’s for intimate wine tasting and a box lunch Out In The Vineyard, courtesy of The Girl & The Fig Caters! $85, $99,  10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Twilight T Dance. The not-to-be missed Signature Event of Gay Wine Weekend! Imagine dancing into Twilight among the vines in the heart of Sonoma Valley with a DJ spinning the hottest dance tracks right Out In The Vineyard. Featuring some of Sonoma Valleys most renown wineries!CA
VIP Reception and T-­‐Dance $150, 5:00pm to 10:30pm, General Admission to T-­‐Dance $80, 7:00pm to 10:30pm, “Après-­‐T” After Party at the  El Dorado Hotel $20, 11:00pm until late.

Sunday, June 16th:

Gay wine auction and recovery brunch. 100 percent of the monies raised benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network. Start your perfect Sunday in Wine Country as you enjoy a scrumptious buffet brunch and then get ready to bid as much needed funds for Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network are raised, with some amazing wines, winery tours and visits up for auction.  This promises to be quite a good time as a bidding war could get pretty ugly…..too much fun to miss! $50,  11:00AM

Sunday Pool Soirée. Spend Sunday Sonoma Style, with a chill afternoon poolside at host hotel, El Dorado Hotel. Enjoy the final afternoon of Gay Wine Weekend, lounging and soaking in the warm Sonoma Sun until departure – or extend your stay and keep Gay Wine Weekend going. $20, 2:30pm to 6:00pm

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