Friends Events


The Friends put on several events each year:

Friends Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting usually takes place in the fall at a winery or events center. The Annual Meeting combines a report to members on what the Friends and the Wine Library have done over the year with a seminar usually focused on a particular varietal or wine topic and a tasting to illustrate that varietal or topic, paired with appropriate foods. Previous years have featured Terroir, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Sparklers, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Meritage, and the list goes on. for the topic, dates and ticket prices, contact the library.

Appellation Tours — Occasional Appellation Tours take members on a bus tour to a particular Appellation's vineyards, wineries and sometimes vintners' homes—places that usually do not admit the public. The tours usually include lunch, tastings and a chance to meet the wine makers and the grape growers of a particular Sonoma County Appellation. Past Appellation Tours have included Dry Creek, Green Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros, Russian River, etc.

Fireside Chats — the Friends often host events highlighting a wine author, celebrity, or topic of interest built around wine. We have had Joel Peterson of Ravenswood talk about his passion for Zinfandel, hosting it with a tasting at Ravenswood; Thomas Pinney, author of The History of Wine in America, give a slide lecture on the history of wine in Southern California, at Buena Vista; Gerald Asher, Wine Editor for Gourmet Magazine on "Wine and Literature"; Charles Sullivan, author of A Companion to California Wine, on California Wine history; Bob Thompson, Author of The Wine Atlas of California, on "Collecting Wine and Building a Wine Cellar"; and the list goes on. These evening events feature a talk, wine and food; the ticket price varies, with members receiving a discount.

Special Events — Sometimes the organization puts on special events for wine, food, auctions, dancing, music and fun!