Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Rules Labor Day 2012

Two signature events will make this year's three-day festival unforgettable

By ; published Sunday, August 5th, 2012
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The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, one of the biggest Californian Labor Day festivals, just got bigger with the inclusion of two events: Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch on Saturday, September 1, and Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction on Sunday, September 2. 

Sonoma Wine Festival
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Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch

MacMurray Ranch
Photo Credit: MacMurray Ranch

You'd be hard-pressed to find a place that says Sonoma County more than the legendary MacMurray Ranch. Founded as a homestead in the 1850's, then purchased by actor Fred MacMurray for a cattle ranch in 1941, MacMurray Ranch became a world-class winery through the efforts of MacMurray's daughter, Kate. And within this gorgeous setting during the Taste of Sonoma, you'll find the best, most delectable pairings for the most superb Sonoma wines.

MacMurray Ranch is just one of dozens of fantastic wineries taking part in the festival, including Buena Vista Winery, Dunstan Wines, Hartford Family Winery and Benziger Family Winery.

Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction

Sonoma Wine Country
Photo Credit: Tom Molanphy

The Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction is the best time you can have while parting ways with your money. Held at the lovely Chateau St. John winery, this one-of-a-kind "themed" auction will sweep you off your feet and into a rollicking world of Bollywood and Indian spices as soon as you arrive. And, once the spirited auction is over, guests are invited to relax at either the Cigar Lounge or Diwali Hall, depending on whether you feel like a smoke or a cocktail.

With a Labor Day weekend that offers the best wine, food and entertainment you can imagine, it's time to stop putting off that trip to Sonoma County.


  About Tom Molanphy:

Tom Molanphy has lived and worked in San Francisco since 2000. When he needs a break from the fog, he heads to sunny Sonoma.

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