Tickets go on sale today for the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.

The theme is Sonoma Somba so expect plenty of  Carmen-Miranda look-a-likes.

( See details below regarding tickets and the full weekend roll out Aug. 30 to Sept. 1st.)

Photographer Ron Zak recently captured the hijinks in the shoot for the iconic poster at Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen. About 30 costumed vintners and growers took the stage set to convey, as one organizer put it: “Classic Brazilian Somba goes Sonoma Somba.”

There were colorful street venders, people in lounge chairs and others dancing. Dan Kosta, for one, was clad beach whites, busy talking on his banana phone.

With a bullhorn in hand, Zak said. “Let’s get this thing rocking and rolling …we want you sparkling, we want your best exuberence. Be sure you have a glass of wine.” Later he belted “more energy, more energy!”

The award for the most zany costume has to go to Squire Fridell, co-vintner of Glenlyon winery in Glen Ellen. The 6 foot-plus Fridell made for one quirky Carmen Miranda.

For those who savor off beat, here’s the weekend roll out:

Friday, August 30

12:30 p.m. – Winemaker Lunch Series at wineries throughout Sonoma County

6:30 p.m. – Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties

Saturday, August 31

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®

6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties at Wineries throughout Sonoma County

Sunday, September 1

12:30 p.m. – Winery barbecues at wineries throughout Sonoma County

1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean



Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery: $95/person or $175/person Patron

Winery barbecues: $85/person

Winemaker Lunches: $85/person; Winemaker Dinner Parties: $150/person

Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®: $165/person (General), $195/person (Grand Reserve)

Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction: $500/person

* Special Visa Signature account holder pricing and benefits available at www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com

For more information visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com, call (855) 939-7666, like it on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/winecountryweekend and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SonomaWCW.

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