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
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