Taste of Sonoma is coming Sept. 1, 2018, and we’re set to nibble, nosh and sip our way through more than 200 wineries, 60 local chefs, along with a smattering of beer, special tastings and musical interludes from noon to 4p.m. on Saturday.
Yes, it’s that time of year again, when Sonoma winemakers and chefs team up to celebrate the harvest and give us all a taste of our county. Yay! And certainly better than the aroma.
Last year was its first at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, and the intense 105-degree heat was a bit of a buzz-kill. Thankfully, they’ve added a cooling station in the music hall lobby, along with crisp rosé tasting from Rodney Strong throughout the day. Temps are slated to be in the luxuriously cool 70s this year.
Taste of Sonoma’s chef lineup features a few heavy hitters including Sebastopol’s Handline, John Ash & Co, Pullman Kitchen, Tisza Bistro, Drawing Board, Ramen Gaijin and the new Stockhome restaurant, but has veered toward more casual eats from Biteclub-approved spots like Jam’s Joy Bungalow, Cookie Take a Bite, Criminal Baking and Gerard’s Paella along with a number of other pastry chefs, caterers and winery chefs.
Want to go? Details online at tasteofsonoma.com. Tickets range from $225 for club reserve to $180 for general admission ($150 if you use a Visa Signature card). Shuttles available from Healdsburg, Sonoma, Santa Rosa and even Rohnert Park (to avoid parking delays).