Outdoor Sonoma Winery Events: Dinners in the Vineyards 2020
Sonoma County wineries are taking outdoor entertaining to new heights with several unforgettable dinners, from meals in the middle of vineyards to private al fresco dinners. Lucky for wine country visitors, these Sonoma winery events are offered throughout the region, from Alexander Valley to Sonoma Valley, allowing guests a diversity of terrains for enjoying the quintessential epicurean experience: dining al fresco overlooking vineyards. The key is to book your dinner tickets early each year because the events sell out quickly. Advance reservations are required, and all Sonoma wineries require masks until you are seated at your table. Seating for all dinners has been modified for safety standards, but we only have photographs from past years’ events.
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Hosted on Jordan Winery’s chateau lawns, this al fresco Bounty of the County wine dinner begins with Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a multicourse dinner served at your own private table. This elegant outdoor dinner features deliciously fresh ingredients sourced from the estate garden, local farms and a few surprises from outside the area. Each course will be prepared with a combination of traditional French and modernist cooking techniques and paired with a specific vintage of Jordan, beginning with Chardonnay before moving into vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Limited to 50 guests. Tickets are $200 per person. Book your private table on their website.
Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens
Each summer and fall, this well-known Sonoma winery holds events under a pergola next to their chef’s garden and vineyard, located just behind their tasting room in Russian River Valley. The dinners feature produce, cheese and meat from local, Bay-area farmers. Tickets for their August 2020 dinner series are $175 per person or $125 for wine club members. For more information, visit their events page.
Beginning each May, Mark and Cathy Trione or their winemaker host food and wine pairing dinners several times throughout the summer, including a season-finale dinner during harvest. Guests enjoy a plated dinner by Peloton Culinary & Catering paired with current and library vintages, all served outside the winery’s charming stone building with a vineyard and bocce court nearby. Tickets are $125 non-members; $85 for club members. Each private table will be placed more than six feet away from each other for optimal social distancing. For more information, visit their website.
Enjoy an outdoor wine pairing dinner this summer at Hawkes’ Healdsburg and Geyserville stunning hilltop vineyards. Limited to 50 guests for optimal social distancing on July 11 and August 15. Menu details coming soon. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.
Although a little off the beaten path in Sonoma Valley’s Glen Ellen, Beltane Ranch presents a regular winery dinner series overlooking their vineyards. Dine under the trees in an intimate setting. Fifth-generation family members and their winemaker host the open-air experience, which is themed each month, featuring wines from their home estate. Their 2020 dinner series schedule is set to release soon. For more information, visit their website.
Dry Creek Vineyard
Join Dry Creek Vineyard’s wine club exclusive late summer dinner. Feast upon a wild boar dinner this September at their Endeavour Vineyard. $150 per person. For more information, visit their website.