January Events in Wine Country

The local events scene in 2018 hits the ground running with a variety of venues sure to be a hit with the entire family.  From music festivals to acrobats, winemaker dinners to art exhibits, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of January in Wine Country.

New Year’s Day Celebration (January 1)
Ring in 2018 at Breathless Wines!  Celebrate in style on New Year’s Day with tasty bubbly paired with appetizers, Tarot Card reading to see into your fabulous 2018, and treats and water for that special pooch in your life! This event is free and includes a glass of sparkling wine, appetizers and a tarot reading (the Tarot readings will take place between 1-3pm – please call ahead to reserve a spot). There will also be terrific wine specials: 40% off select wines.  More information can be found here.

Stand Up Sonoma (January 4)
This once in a lifetime night of comedy relief will feature Joel McHale, Nick Kroll, Nikki Glaser, Kyle Kinane, Chris Porter, and Chris D’Elia performing onstage! Pat Jordan will host. All proceeds will go to the Sonoma Pride Fundraiser at The King Ridge Foundation to directly help those in Sonoma County affected by the October wildfires.  More information can be found here.

Year of the Dog (January 5)
Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents the exhibit The Year of the Dog from January 5 through February 11. From Coolidge to Keith Haring, from hunting scenes to Picasso’s “le chien”, the four-legged friend has always taken a special place in the arts. As 2018 is the Chinese year of the dog, Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents artists’ distinctly spirited look at the subject.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member*  First Friday Pour Friday, (January 5) from 5:30- 6:30 pm
Leading the industry in sustainability, Kendall-Jackson will be sharing single vineyard wines normally only found in their tasting rooms. From day one, Kendall-Jackson has been family owned and operated. This fact surprises many wine lovers, who assume that a winery of this stature must have been acquired by a major corporation by now. But Kendall-Jackson remains family run: a fact that is crucial to all aspects of the business. For one thing, with future generations of Jacksons to consider, the winery puts its long-term interests before short-term financial gains. There’s also the integrity of the family name, which appears on every bottle of wine it produces, to uphold. wine starts with respect for the land, the community, and the future generations. Member Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Symphony Pops: What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong (January 6)
A powerhouse trumpeter, gifted with a soulful voice and a charismatic onstage swagger, Byron Stripling joins the Santa Rosa Symphony for a tribute to Louis Armstrong that is both electrifying and heartfelt.  More information can be found here.

*Maycama Member* NCAA Championship Viewing Party, Monday, (January 8 ) from 5 – 9 pm
College Football! Watch the NCAA Championships at Mayacama with food, drinks and your fellow Mayacama Members. Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Le Crema Winemaker Dinner (January 12)
The 33rd Annual Winemaker Series continues in 2018! On January 12, the new series opens with Winemaker Craig McAllister of La Crema Winery serving Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Member* Winemaker Dinner: Stonestreet, Friday, (January 20) from 6 – 9 pm
Stonestreet Estate Vineyards stands as one of the most extensive mountain estates in the world and is a testament to the quality of high-elevation winegrowing in California. Here one finds a collection of distinctive single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc — wines carved from an extreme landscape. Winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs uses artisanal winemaking practices — fruit is harvested by hand, Chardonnays undergo native yeast fermentation and Cabernets are fermented in upright French oak tanks to tame tannins — that ensure the best expression of mountain terroir. The resulting wine is dynamic and intensely flavorful with bold structural integrity and the distinctive flavor profile of the Mayacamas Mountain Range’s Black Mountain. Seating is limited to the first 40 members and their guests. Price: $125++ Per Person, Member Registration: 707.569.2900 or Online

Golden Dragon Acrobats  (January 21)
Recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today, Golden Dragon Acrobats combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty representing the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. More information can be found here.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (January 26)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is known the world over for melodies filled with the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Over creating an electric musical and spiritual force that has garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people on every continent. More information can be found here.

Sixth Annual Sebastopol Guitar Festival (January 27)
The last Saturday in January is Sebastopol’s annual Guitarfest. The day is filled with fabulous concerts, workshops, and exhibits. Take some time to check out the exhibits of hand-crafted guitars, and join these talented guitar makers as they speak about their craft in afternoon presentations. Enjoy mini-concerts throughout the day; a perfect Saturday outing for those who enjoy acoustic music.  More information can be found here.

Dirty Cello (January 27)
Exciting cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman and her band return to CPAC for their third consecutive year. From China to Italy and across the U.S., Dirty Cello commands audience attention with their high-octane, cello-driven tunes. Blues, bluegrass, rock n’ roll, and even an occasional foray into classical fare— Rebecca Roudman and Dirty Cello always deliver a musical good time!  More information can be found here.

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