Sonoma events in March offer you the chance to sample a variety of wines from top producers. Top events include their Annual Barrel Tasting and several events right at the wineries.
Other top things to do include their International Film Festival and the California Artisan Cheese Festival in Santa Rosa. I've also included some other fun activities as well as tips on where to find some great hotel deals.
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Dates: 3/27 - 3/31
Known as one top 10 film festivals in the world, the Sonoma International Film Festival returns this March and April. Running for more than 20 years and featuring more than 90 different independent movies the Sonoma International Film Festival is a must attend during your stay. All shows are at venues around downtown Sonoma.
Schedule in advance as tickets often sell out and there are different prices depending on how many movies, and how many events, you want to visit and you don't want to miss out.
Dates: 3/23 & 3/24
This weekend long event offers a variety of activities for cheese lovers. You can head out on one of the Farmer and Producer Tours where you learn more about the cheese making process. Enjoy one of the seminars or pairing demos or spend Saturday night sampling some of the best at Cheese, Bites and Booze.
Sunday is also full of activities including two Bubbles & Brunch events. The most popular part of the festival is the Sunday afternoon Tasting & Marketplace at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
If you plan to spend a night or two in Sonoma, make sure to check out the great hotels deals available. You can find discounts on your room rate, free breakfast and more. Click the links below for details.
Dates: 3/1 - 3/3 & 3/8 - 3/10
One of the biggest Sonoma events in March is the Annual Barrel Tasting Event. It runs over two weekends in March and offers you the chance to sample a variety of wines including those still maturing in the barrels.
This event is all about the wine (not about food pairing). You will get the chance to not only sample the wines, but also to buy futures. It runs from 11am to 4pm all days.
Alexander Valley Vineyard: Cyrus Wine Dinner in the Alexander Valley Vineyard caves (3/16), 3-course meal paired with AVV wines, dinner prepared by John Ash & Co's Chef Tom Schmidt
Family Wineries: St. Patrick's Corned Beef Sliders (50% of the Price will be donated to Redwood Empire Food Bank) (3/17), enjoy tasty corned beer sliders (2 sliders each) and 5 wines for tasting
Lambert Bridge: Chef's Table Series (3/21 & 3/22), intimate experience with local chefs 12pm to 2pm both days
Martinelli Winery: Clonal Selections Tasting (3/23), special tasting by their winemaker with samples from their clones of their single vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, 10am to 11:30am
Medlock Ames: Winemaker Sunday Lunch, Winter (3/10), intimate setting with just 10 guests, 4 course luncheon by Valette Healdsburg paired with Medlock Ames wines, 11am to 1pm
Muscardini Cellars: Rosato Release Party (3/9), stop by to sample the new release, enjoy small bites, and more
Papapietro-Perry: Something BIG is Happening (3/9), they will be opening up a big bottle of their Single Vineyard Pinot Noir to see if bigger is better, food trucks will be on hand for lunch and other wines will be available by the glass or bottle
Passalacqua: Barrel tasting (3/2), sample wines from the barrel and pick up some wine futures, enjoy some of their tasty paella
Red Car: Rose Release Party (3/16), their biggest party of the year, live music, rose tasting and the The Bodega Food Truck, runs from 11am to 4pm
Seghesio Family Vineyards: Bootleggers Bash (3/1), Seghesio is one of only a few wineries to survive prohibition and it's time to celebrate their success over the last century, food, wine, and more, don't forget your secret password to get in the door
Valley of the Moon: Crab Feed (3/9), runs from 5pm to 8pm
You will find a variety of fun events in Santa Rosa this March. These are some of my top picks.
In addition to all of these fun Sonoma events in March, you will also find some great wine tasting deals all around the county. Here are just a few of the top deals currently offers.
*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.