Monday-Friday, September 11-15
Plein Air Artists Paint Around Sonoma and Beyond
Each of our nationally acclaimed Plein Air Artists paint 8-12 paintings during Plein Air Week out and about in Sonoma, Marin and SanFrancisco.
Studio Works for Sale
Studio paintings selected by the artists are on view and available for purchase atAdastra Wine & Art, 5 East Napa Street, on the Sonoma Plaza
Tuesday-Friday, September 12-15, 12-6 pm
Saturday, September 16
Art Show and Sale on Sonoma Plaza
10 am - 4 pm
Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to the art show, watch artists demonstrations, enjoy live music and participate in hands-on art activities for all ages, including children’s art classes directed by Sonoma Plein Air Foundation grant recipient Sonoma Community Center.
Schedule of Artist Demonstrations
11:00 am Mark Farina - Oil Painting
1:30 pm David Savellano - Watercolor
3:00 pm Kim VanDerHoek - Oil Painting
For more information, visit www.sonomapleinair.com
Join the thousands of people who have experienced the transformative thrill of Transcendence Theatre Company’s BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS IN JACK LONDON STATE PARK
This award-winning series of four Broadway-inspired concerts in Sonoma’s Wine Country features incredible talent from the New York and Hollywood stages and screen. More than just a standard musical review, each concert weaves your favorite Broadway and popular songs into a spectacular evening unlike anything you have ever seen before. To top it off, the night begins with picnicking on the great lawn alongside the park’s sprawling vineyards. Here you’ll enjoy local pours from numerous Sonoma wineries, food from local vendors, and pre-show music. With all this magic in one place, how could you possibly leave without what Before It’s News calls “…goosebumps all around?”
For tickets and more information, click here
U.S. News & World Report claims
Sonoma is the best small town
to visit in America
Article source : Sfgate.com
Photo: Jason Henry, Special To The Chronicle
Shown: Buena Vista Winery near Sonoma.
The Bay Area is already well-versed in the food-wine-outdoor activity trifecta that Sonoma has going for it, but the city's attributes are being recognized others: Sonoma has earned a top spot in one of U.S. News & World Report's newly released Best Vacation rankings for 2017-2018.
The news site selected the Northern California city as the "Best Small Town to Visit in the USA," suggesting Sonoma is a better wine destination than Napa. U.S. News & World Report described Sonoma in glowing terms, calling it a county known for "its bucolic charms and array of wineries" but also "Napa's rustic, less-refined and more-relaxed sister."
(Okay, that last part reads like a slight towards Sonoma, but whatever.)
U.S. News & World Report looked at cities with populations of 100,000 people or less that offer a number of restaurants and attractions to make them worthy destinations for the vacation-taking public.
Colorado is the state that had the strongest showing on the list, taking up four of the 15 slots on the list. California followed that with three cities named as the best small town to visit; along with Sonoma, both Lake Tahoe and Monterey earned a mention.
The "best small town to visit" category is a new one for for the news and rankings publication, which annually releases its list of vacation destinations to the public. Another new category among the U.S. News & World Report vacation rankings is the Best National Parks in the USA.
Ten places were selected among the country's 59 national parks, with the site using both park visitor and travel expert opinions to come up with the list. Yosemite National Park managed to snag a spot, although some would argue it should have gotten a higher ranking.
Read the entire article here
It's almost the time of year again when the Sonoma Plaza rolls out the red carpet for the Sonoma International Film Festival! Be sure to check the event calendar here and purchase your tickets in advance. For more information, visit www.sonomafilmfest.org.
Now in its 20th year, the Sonoma International Film Festival (March 29 - April 2, 2017) takes place in the heart of Northern California's Wine Country and will feature more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, and short films. All films are shown at intimate venues within walking distance of Sonoma's historic plaza. The Festival is dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world and inspiring film lovers.
This unique 5-day event offers world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, the beloved Robin Williams and Danny Glover have walked the festival red carpet and enjoyed its intimate ambiance.
Article Text and Source : CiaatCopia.com
500 1st St, Napa, CA 94559
With a vibrant restaurant and countless tasting and hands-on experiences, the CIA at Copia is an awe-inspiring playground for food and wine lovers.
FOOD & WINE
Food, wine, and family fun. The CIA at Copia has it all! With cooking classes, wine and beverage explorations, chef demonstrations, wine tasting classes and more, there is always something new to learn.
The Restaurant at CIA Copia offers an uncommon experience. Chefs—inspired by global flavors and fresh ingredients—bring their creations directly from the kitchen to your table to choose from and share. Come eat, drink, and enjoy time with friends!
Sonoma Sneakaway Travel Ideas
It’s time to book your Sonoma Sneakaway today — fantastic travel deals are blooming in Sonoma Wine Country. You’ll find hot travel deals for lodging, wine tasting, dining and more. Throw in a spa treatment, a ride on a wine trolley, or even a cooking class and you have the makings for an amazing getaway. Sonoma County offers more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific Ocean coastline, towering redwood trees, an abundance of nature parks, and amazing local restaurants.
In addition to the special offers, Sonoma Sneakaway includes a chance to win a trip to Sonoma County. Looking for flights to Sonoma County? Find information on how to get to Sonoma County. Get a free Visitors Guide and Wineries Map here.
For more Sonoma travel ideas and to read the full article, click here
We invite you to enjoy local barbeque and enjoy our "backyard" at the winery. The Olive Grove will carry you from side to side with bluegrass and lawn games. Reserved seating is guaranteed for the first 50 guests to purchase tickets, additional seating may be available on a first come first served basis. Join us for the whole day or just come and relax while you enjoy some delicious BBQ!
Option 1: Harvest BBQ
Sip on your favorite Rutherford Ranch Wines and enjoy delicious BBQ!
Option 2: Wine Club Day!
Start the day off with an in-depth look at some of Rutherford Ranch Winery’s newest wines. This release tasting will feature 4 wines each paired with 2 culinary bites. After enjoying a release tasting, join in the fun at our Harvest BBQ! Sip on your favorite Rutherford Ranch Wines and enjoy delicious BBQ!
Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Rutherford Ranch Winery - 1680 Silverado Trail South, Saint Helena, CA 94574
For more information, click here
Sonoma, CA October 16, 2016
The Dinner Tour
is a series of private, intimate, must-attend gatherings that place seasonal, local and sustainable American Grown flowers at the center of the table where locally grown food, beer, and wine is served by a farm-to-table chef. Each artisan-style dinner will be held at a unique venue — an American flower farm that encourages guests to experience the age-old art and science of flower farming.
is like none other. You will make a personal connection between flowers and agriculture as part of our country’s farm landscape. Along with lively conversation between dining companions new and old, guests will share platters of delicious, seasonal and local food. They’ll meet others who are passionate about preserving American grown flowers, farmland, and our country’s floriculture roots. While enjoying this seasonal meal, the focus is drawn to the botanical beauty of petals, stems, foliage, vines, buds and berries — artistically arranged to bring sensory pleasure to the experience. The attention is on our flowers, our farmers and their farms, and on the floral designs they inspire.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.americangrownflowers.org/fieldtovase
As we enter the Spring, it's a perfect time to plant window garden boxes. These beautiful additions will increase any home's curb appeal and is a very popular style in the Wine Country.
Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord of ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.
If you are planning to put your house on the market this summer, it goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get your asking price. Set the stage for success with these 21 tips for styling and upgrading your home, and see results — fast. -
Petaluma’s Butter & Eggs Parade and Celebration is in its 35th year and is one of the most beloved traditions in Downtown Petaluma. It celebrates the region’s rich agricultural history as one of the premier dairy regions in the country.
Together with the Petaluma River, eggs and dairy products created an economy that turned Petaluma into one of the most prosperous communities in the state in the early 1900s. The event typically draws over 25,000 attendees.
The community parade showcases the best of Petaluma and Petaluma’s history. The 100-unit parade features over 3,000 participants, more than a hundred volunteers and supports every aspect of community life.
Activities before, during and after the parade include four blocks of exhibit space for arts and crafts exhibitors, food vendors offering a wide variety of festival foods, sponsor booths, community and non-profit booths and a large area to entertain youngsters with inflatables, rides, and hands-on activities. Don’t miss this great opportunity to participate in one of the North Bay’s largest events.
Don't miss this amazing event! Join Nineteen wineries throughout Sonoma Valley this March for a Food & Wine Experience.
Wineries will be showcasing 2015 vintage wines straight from the barrels, sampling new releases, and offering award-winning wines paired perfectly with culinary creations prepared by local chefs and restaurants.
Meet winemakers, mingle with wine lovers behind-the-scenes and peruse art from local artists. Experience the best that Sonoma Valley has to offer.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
The quarterly market report for Sotheby's International Realty Wine Country is now available. We have had yet another positive quarter! It is an excellent time to invest in property in Sonoma and Napa counties.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR MANAGER: Jonathan Soh
According to Bay Area Real Estate Information Services, Average Sales Price for single family homes was up in the Fourth Quarter of 2015 compared to Fourth Quarter of 2014 in most Wine Country markets. By comparison, the Number of Units sold was down in most Wine Country markets, reflecting low inventory yet strong demand. Of particular interest, is the increase in activity of single family homes priced over $1,000,000. Average Sales Price in the Sonoma Valley and the City of Napa experienced 21% and 27% increases (respectively) in this price category between Q4 2014 and Q4 2015. The Petaluma market experienced a 267% increase in the Number of Units sold over $1,000,000 from 3 units in Q4 2014 to 11 units in Q5 2015 and a 272% increase in Total Sales Volume from $3,760,000 in Q4 2014 to $13,978,293 in Q4 2015. The St. Helena market showed a strong comeback from the August 2014 earthquake with an increase of Average Sales Price of 78% from $1,053,544 in Q4 2014 to $1,873,341 in Q4 2015 and an increase of Total Sales Volume of 15% from $35,820,500 in Q4 2014 and $41,213,500 in Q4 2015.
The container from France has arrived! Come visit Chateau Sonoma’s new showroom location as the container is opened. French treasures and antiques await!
Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 from 10am to 5pm each day at Chateau Sonoma
Evoke Magazine celebrates the timeless beauty and patina that all things vintage bring to our modern lives. Let’s toast to their very first issue!
Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 4pm to 6pm at Chateau Sonoma
Holidays in Sonoma Valley are always filled with good wine and a lot of cheer.
Check out this website for more information on special events and activities.
For more information, visit http://www.holidaysinsonoma.com/