West of the West Wine Festival

Friday August 5th, 2011
Saturday August 6th, 2011
Sunday August 7th, 2011

West Sonoma Coast Vintners, an association of wineries on Sonoma’s coastline, will launch a new wine festival in 2011 from August 5th to 7th called the “West of West Wine Festival”. The event will be held one hour north of San Francisco in the coastal hamlet of Occidental, California, and will feature some of the most acclaimed Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Syrahs on the market today.

Welcome dinners hosted by member wineries on Friday night, August 5th will highlight Sonoma’s renowned cuisine with local culinary talent. Saturday will begin with morning seminars and interviews, followed by a Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon and culminating that evening with a Whole Hog Feast at the 130 year-old Union Hotel. Sunday will feature barrel tastings and open houses at all participating wineries (maps to be provided).

The West of West Wine Festival is your best opportunity to experience the extraordinary wine, food and culture of the West Sonoma Coast.

AUGUST 5, 2011

  • Welcome Dinners – Buy Tickets
    7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Be an honored guest at the home or winery of one of our founding vintners as you taste wine in the terroir where they were grown and enjoy Sonoma’s renowned local cuisine prepared by talented chefs. Participating hosts include Failla, Freeman Winery, Freestone Vineyards, Littorai, Peay Vineyards and Red Car.

    AUGUST 6, 2011

  • Winemakers Studio – Buy Tickets
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Ted Lemon interviews Burt Williams about the early history of West Sonoma Coast vineyards and winemaking. Attendees will enjoy a few of Burt and Ted’s early efforts during the discussion.

  • Taste the West Sonoma Coast – Buy Tickets
    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Five winery owners share 2-3 of their wines and discuss the common qualities found in West Sonoma Coast wines while also revealing the subtle differences within the region. Participants will include: Jasmine Hirsch from Hirsch Vineyards, Ken Freeman from Freeman Vineyards Theresa Hereida from Freestone, Ted Lemon from Littorai, Andy Peay from Peay Vineyards and Carroll Kemp from Red Car.

  • Terroir – Buy Tickets
    1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. A Blind Tasting of West Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Oregon Pinot Noirs. We will taste 9-12 wines with the goal of experientially learning how each region has a unique style all its own. Rajat Parr from The Mina Group and RN74 and Ehren Jordan from Failla Winery will moderate.

  • WOW Grand Tasting – Buy Tickets
    3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. An unparalleled opportunity to taste the wines of more than 30 producers and growers-many of them hard-to-find gems, all of them pure expressions of the West Sonoma Coast.

  • Whole Hog Feast & Live Music – Buy Tickets
    6:30 PM to 10:00 PM. The festivities continue at the 130-year-old Union Hotel with a celebration featuring locally-raised heritage pigs slow-cooked to perfection and paired with food-loving West Sonoma Coast wines! Live music follows.

    AUGUST 7, 2011

  • Barrel Tasting and Open House – Buy Tickets
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Barrel Tasting and Open House at all participating wineries.
    Free with WOW Grand Tasting ticket. Map will be provided.