Post-harvest Wine Country is a happy time. With many vines and trees still sporting their fall colors and a host of holiday happenings on the calendar, both locals and day trippers will find a variety of festivities worth checking out.
If you’re up for a Christmas market, a Sippin’ Santa cocktail or some world-class wine tasting bedecked with all the trimmings of the season, peruse the highlights below or check this calendar online for more than 100 additional events taking place around Sonoma County this holiday season.
Taste Christmas Reds and Whites
Vintners throughout Sonoma County make a special effort to dress up for the holidays. And Ram’s Gate pulls out all the stops, decking out its tasting rooms.
Known for its dramatic design and setting, the Carneros winery offers a variety of wine tasting experiences paired with foods of the season. Ram’s Gate is also known for its glamorous annual holiday gala, taking place on Dec. 9 and celebrating Old Hollywood.
‘Daycation’ at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma
Though its display is not as extraordinary as its sister property on Nob Hill, the Fairmont in Sonoma provides its guests with a happy holiday: Give yourself the gift of a spa treatment or daycation at a poolside cabana. You deserve it.
The Barlow Tasting Tour in Sebastopol
It’s the perfect time of year to check out Sebastopol’s lively outdoor artisanal market area with 30 restaurants and shops. For the holidays, the Barlow is offering a “behind-the-scenes” tasting tour to highlight seven of its specialty food and wine purveyors, including West County makers of cheese, olive oil, spirits and wine.
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Tropical Winter Wonderland at the Flamingo Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa
You’ll find palms decked out as Christmas trees, holiday tiki cocktails and decor that features a rattan sleigh pulled by flamingos at the Flamingo Resort, Santa Rosa’s famous tropical motor court.