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7 Top Events in Wine Country

From martini madness to the Napa Truffle Festival, there’s A lot to do in wine country.



Thanksgiving on the Sonoma Serengeti // Courtesy of Safari West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Santa Train, Napa

11/19–12/29 Hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train as it transforms into an interactive, Polar Express–like journey to Santa’s Workshop. It’s an experience that’s sure to delight kids—and grown-ups, too. $55–$75, 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, (800) 427-4124, winetrain.com.

 

2. Thanksgiving on the Sonoma Serengeti, Santa Rosa

11/24 Celebrate Thanksgiving this year at Safari West, a 400-acre wildlife preserve. Feast on a buffet-style meal surrounded by loping giraffes, curious guinea fowl, and swift cheetahs. You’re sure to have a wild time. $25–$65, 3115 Porter Creek Rd., Santa Rosa, (707) 566-3667, safariwest.com/thanksgiving.

 

The 28th Annual Festival of Lights // by Jason Tinacci

3. The 28th Annual Festival of Lights, Yountville

11/25 Watch as the charming town of Yountville transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights. Other festive activities abound, including carriage rides, pictures with Santa, and food and wine tastings. $5–$55, 6516 Washington St., Yountville, (707) 944-0904, yountville.com.

 

4. 2016 Holiday Open House, Sonoma

11/25–11/26 Meet winemakers, visit caves and cellars, and taste wine from 17 top wineries at this weekend-long event. $45–$55, (707) 431-1137, heartofsonomavalley.com.

 

5. 16th Annual Martini Madness, Sonoma

1/13/2017 Enjoy cocktails and appetizers while local mixologists compete for best cocktail at Martini Madness. $49–$99, 29 East MacArthur St., Sonoma, (707) 938-2929, sonomavalley.com.

 

Napa Truffle Festival // by Art & Clarity

6. Napa Truffle Festival, Napa

1/13–1/16/2017 Learn about all things truffle at this celebration of one of the world’s most prized foods. With educational seminars, cooking demos, and tastings, this event is as fun as it is serious. Free–$1,375, (888) 753-9378, napatrufflefestival.com.

 

7. Jacuzzi Family Vineyards: Olive Odyssey, Sonoma

2/11–2/12/2017 Meet renowned olive-curing expert Don Landis, view olive-inspired art, tour The Olive Press to sample award-winning oils, and learn how to grow your own olives at this special event that celebrates the famed green fruit. Free, 24724 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, (707) 931-7551, jacuzziwines.com.

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Wine Country Itineraries: Getting to know the towns of Napa and Sonoma counties

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