#GayWineWeekend Returning to Sonoma in 2016, Bigger Than Ever

Hot off their win as ManAboutWorld's LGBT Event of the Year for 2015, Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma is poised to become even bigger and better in 2016.  Starting June 17th and going through the weekend ending June 19th, it's a weekend of wine & celebration in California Wine Country, featuring a Twilight T-Dance & Gay Wine Auction benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County's AIDS Network.

Come and enjoy 3 full days of LGBT events in the home of some of the world's most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP Receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.

Enter to Win a Trip for 2 to Gay Wine Weekend
Includes round-trip air on Alaska Airlines, VIP passes and 2 nights hotel

Founded by Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler, longtime friends and food & wine afficionados who joined forces years back to launch Out in the Vineyard, Gay Wine Weekend is part of OutInTheVineyard.com, a company offering LGBTQ-oriented wine country tours, events (and now CRUISES!) in Sonoma and Napa Counties.

(Read more from Sonoma Figbits, updates from the girl & the fig)

Working with LBGT and LGBT-friendly wineries in the Sonoma Valley, Gay Wine Weekend brings folks together with gay winemakers and vintners including Brad Beard of Mercury Wines, Lloyd Davis of Corner 103, Kurt Giusti of Via Giusti, Michael Kobler of Kobler Family Estate Vineyards and many others, including Sebastiani, Buena Vista and this year the iconic Chateau St. Jean in the heart of Sonoma Valley.

(Read more from the Daily Xtra)

Chateau St. Jean donates iconic winery to gay wine event to help end HIV in Sonoma County
Legendary Sonoma Icon hosts Twilight T-Dance at Out In The Vineyard’s Gay Wine Weekend
In Sonoma to benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.

Twilight T-Dance is the signature event of the 3 days long annual AIDS fundraising event, Gay Wine Weekend, in Sonoma Valley, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network. 500-600 LGBT wine lovers from across North America will travel to Chateau St. Jean Winery for a VIP wine reception, dance into the sunset to the hip beats of an internationally famous DJ out in the vineyards of Chateau St. Jean. Gourmet food trucks will also be on hand, where guests can purchase delicious wine country cuisine to pair with Chateau St. Jean’s award winning wines.

“Having Chateau St. Jean open is doors to the LGBT community and donate their legendary winery to help us raise money for support services to those living with HIV/AIDS and to stop HIV in Sonoma County is a testament to how dedicated they are to our community” says Out In The Vineyard co-founder, Mark Vogler. “Growing up in rural Sonoma County as the AIDS epidemic exploded in the late 1980s and early 90s, and witnessing the backlash against the victims of this horrible disease, I could have never imagined this kind of support. It’s incredibly generous.”

Out In The Vineyard has contributed over $130,000 dollars to Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network since the launch of Gay Wine Weekend in June 2011. “This gives us the greatest pleasure of all," says cofounder Gary Saperstein. "After everyone goes home, we get to stop and take stock

Gay Wine Weekend 2016 Events:
  • Friday, June 17th
    • VIP Welcome Reception
      3:00 – 6:00 PM – MacArthur Place Hotel
    • Wine & Dine OUT in Sonoma – Winemaker Dinners - $125 7:30:PM
  • Saturday, June 14th
    • Winery Tours & Lunch - $85 - $125 10:00AM – 3:00PM
      Take a tour of some of the best producers in Sonoma Valley with the girl & the fig CATERS box lunch.
    • Twilight T-Dance – Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network
      VIP Reception & T-Dance $165 – 5:00PM - 10:00PM
      General Admission T-Dance $ 80 - 6:30 – 10:00PM
    • Apres-T After Party - $30 – MacArthur Place Hotel- 11:00PM
  • Sunday, June 19th
    • Gay Wine Auction & Recovery Brunch - $75 MacArthur Place Hotel10:00AM
      100% of the monies raised benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS network
    • Sunday Pool Soiree - $30 MacArthur Place Hotel 12:30PM – 4:00PM

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