Spend a weekend as a sommelier in the Sonoma Valley


If you’ve always wanted to live the life of a professional sommelier, now you can. The Sonoma Valley Sommelier Experience Package at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is set for April 5-8, 2009. This perfect pairing is in partnership with the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers, and guests will meet the winemakers from Northern California’s world-renowned wineries. The wine-filled weekend includes winery tours, tastings and seminars — accompanied by some of the country’s leading sommeliers.

The Sonoma Valley Sommelier Experience Package includes:

Three nights’ accommodation

Winemaker welcome reception

Ground transportation to/from wineries

Daily breakfast

Eco-hike private tour- Kunde Estate & Vineyards

Winery lunches

Reserve wine tastings – Chateau St. Jean

Sommelier and Winemaker Dinner

Off-site winery dinner

Participating Sonoma wineries and winemakers include: Audelssa Estate Winery, Chateau St. Jean, Enkidu Wines, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Kunde Estate Winery and Vineyard Family Estate, Muscardini Cellars, Nicholson Ranch, Ty Caton, Viansa Winery and Marketplace, VJB Vineyards 7 Caves.

Package rates are $800/single occupancy or $1250/double occupancy. Suite upgrades available from $50/night.

Grapes photograph by Sue Frause

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