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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 winery outdoor winery dinner with salmon entree

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.

Jordan Vineyard & Winery, 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-5250, jordanwinery.com
Dinner table in Kendall-Jackson gardens; courtesy of Sonoma Sun

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.

Kendall Jackson Winery, 5007 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 800-769-3649 kj.com
Trione’s stone winery and terrace

Trione Winery

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.

Trione Winery, 19550 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville, CA, 707-814-8100, trionewinery.com

Hawkes Wine

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.

Hawkes Wine, 6734 Highway 128 Healdsburg, CA, 707 433-4295, hawkeswine.com

Beltane Ranch

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.

Beltane Ranch Estate Wines, 11775 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, CA, 707-833-4233, beltaneranch.com
guests toasting with wine glasses at Dry Creek Vineyard harvest dinner
Guests toast during dinner at Dry Creek Vineyard in 2017. Photo courtesy of Dry Creek Vineyard.

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.

Dry Creek Vineyard, 3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg, CA, 707-433-1000, drycreekvineyard.com

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About the Author

Born and raised in rural Kansas, Lisa Mattson fell in love with wine during college in South Florida and worked for a wine magazine before moving to Northern California. Her days are spent being a writer, photographer and videographer for Jordan Winery and nights cooking Thai food or microgreen salads. When she’s not eating and sipping her way through Sonoma County, she travels the world with her husband in search of the best restaurants, snorkeling spots and tiki bars.

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