This coming September 2 – 4, 2011, another beautiful weekend festival will be set among the vines and redwoods, drawing thousands of people. The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend features over 200 wineries and chefs, and is a popular way to spend the last days of summer in wine country.
It’s always hosted at the MacMurray Ranch in Russian River Valley. If the name MacMurray seems familiar, associate it with the actor Fred MacMurray. Fred starred in over 100 films between the 1930s to the 1970s, and played the father in the TV series My Three Sons. Here, Fred and his family would come to Russian River Valley to relax, enjoy horses, and thrive on a simple family lifestyle away from Hollywood’s glitz and glamor. Today, Fred’s daughter Kate MacMurray is the ranch’s ambassador, under the auspices of the Gallo Wine Company. It’s also here that the annual gathering of those who love wine country with a rustic twist gather to enjoy wine and food from all of Sonoma County’s regions.
Sonoma County has a refrain among the natives who quietly chant, “The Bounty of the County.” Sonoma County is so prolific, encompassing the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Mayacamas Mountains as the eastern Sonoma-Napa divide, Marin County to the south, and Mendocino County to the north… Sonoma is the one region known not only for its wines, but also for its fruits, nuts, vegetables, and cheeses, along with its lamb and Angus offerings. All of this combines to define that Bounty of the County for which it is known.
At the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, guests are able to take it all in, in one convenient and fun location. Along with tasting great food and wine, and watching cooking demonstrations, guests are also able to expand upon their enjoyment with winemaker dinners, grand reserve tastings, sommelier led seminars, the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, hotel shuttle transportation to the Taste of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction events, and tour the MacMurray Ranch itself, as it was in the days that Fred MacMurray and his family lived under the redwoods of Sonoma County.
The following video is all about the MacMurray Ranch, which was enjoyed as part of a VIP package.
Originally published on Custom Wine Concierge.