Out In The Vineyard Partners with Chateau St. Jean to Donate Iconic Winery to Gay Wine Event to Help End HIV in Sonoma County

Legendary Sonoma Iconic Winery to Host Twilight T-Dance at Out In The Vineyard’s Gay Wine Weekend In Sonoma to Benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.cheers_women_01

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Out in the Vineyard is pleased to announce Sonoma’s Iconic winery, Chateau St. Jean, will open it’s doors to the LGBT community and host the 2016 Twilight T-Dance AIDS fundraiser event, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (Out In The Vineyard is an experiential Wine Country Event and Travel company promoting positive LGBT lifestyles and offering exclusive, luxury events in Sonoma & Napa Valleys and tours to international wine regions for the discerning gay traveler and their friends.)Valley_Of_The_Moon_Crop

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The Twilight T-Dance is the signature event of the 3 days long annual AIDS fundraising event, Gay Wine Weekend, in Sonoma Valley, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network. The annual Gay Wine Weekend is held in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma Valley, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries, featuring world class wine and culinary delights. 500-600 LGBT wine lovers from across North America will travel to Chateau St. Jean Winery for a VIP wine reception and dance into the sunset to the hip beats of an internationally famous DJ out in the vineyards of Chateau St. Jean. Gourmet food trucks will also be on hand, where guests can purchase delicious wine country cuisine to pair with Chateau St. Jean’s award winning wines.GWW_intimate_Crop

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Founded in 1973 in the Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery. Chateau St. Jean produces an extensive portfolio of Sonoma County wines as well as vineyard designated wines, limited production Reserve wines, and the flagship Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren, who was named “Winemaker of the Year” for 2008 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, has been with Chateau St. Jean for over 30 years. Chateau St. Jean is the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious “Wine of the Year” award from Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages, a Bordeaux style blend of “five varieties” and has long been recognized as a leader in vineyard designated wines.Gay-Wine-Weekend-17-19-June-2015-750x317

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Since its inception in 1983, Face to Face has worked with the challenges that Sonoma County faces as a result of the HIV/Aids epidemic. Their mission is to “provide compassionate care to people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones, and prevention education to the entire community.” Through their educational programs, prevention clinics and compassionate counseling, Face to Face has committed themselves to supporting and working with individuals with HIV/Aids to help the entire Sonoma County community.billboard_mustard

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Out In The Vineyard has contributed over $130,000 dollars to Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network since the launch of Gay Wine Weekend in June 2011. “This gives us the greatest pleasure of all,” says co-founder Gary Saperstein. “After everyone goes home, we get to stop and take stock that with so many people’s help, we are able to raise the much needed funds for this great organization.Fall_Vineyard

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Having Chateau St. Jean open is doors to the LGBT community and donate their legendary winery to help us raise money for support services to those living with HIV/AIDS and to stop HIV in Sonoma County is a testament to how dedicated they are to our community” says Out In The Vineyard co-founder, Mark Vogle .“Growing up in rural Sonoma County as the AIDS epidemic exploded in the late 1980s and early 90s, and witnessing the backlash against the victims of this horrible disease, I could have never imagined this kind of support. It’s incredibly generous.hot_tub_guys

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Friday, June 17th

VIP Welcome Reception

3:00 – 6:00 PM – MacArthur Place Hotel

Exclusive to Gay Wine Weekend guests staying at the luxurious host hotel & VIP Pass holders have exclusive access to this year’s VIP Reception & wine tasting at Gay Wine Weekend’s Official Host Hotel. (MacArthur Place is offering special Gay Wine Weekend Rates, starting at just $299 per room. Standard rates start at $425. THAT’S A $129 SAVINGS PER NIGHT! 2 night minimum required on all rooms.)

Wine & Dine OUT in Sonoma – Winemaker Dinners – $125 7:30:PM

Enjoy an intimate evening, dining with the winemakers themselves, who pair their wines with the culinary delights from five of Sonoma’s top restaurants, exclusive winemaker dinners for Gay Wine Weekend guests. Last year’s winemaker dinners sold out quickly so it is recommended you book early. Seating is extremely limited to these intimate evenings.

The Midnight Sun Pop-Up Video Bar on Sonoma Square – 9:30pm – No Cover

From The Heart of The Castro to the Heart of Wine Country, San Francisco’s iconic video bar, Midnight Sun, rises on the historic Sonoma Plaze for opening night of Gay Wine Weekend. Opened February 12, 1971, Midnight Sun is the nation’s premiere video bar located and THE place to be on a Friday night in San Francisco’s legendary Castro Neighborhood – and, for one night only, on Sonoma’s legendary square.

Saturday, June 14th

Winery Tours & Lunch – $85 – $125 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Take a tour of some of the best producers in Sonoma Valley with the girl & the fig CATERS box lunch.

Twilight T-Dance – Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network

VIP Reception & T-Dance $165 – 5:00PM – 10:00PM

Come early for the VIP Reception in the beautiful, lush rose garden on the grounds of Sonoma’s iconicChateau St. Jean Winery! Sip on their award winning wines and enjoy delicious, mouth watering, culinairy delights, created by Classic Culinaire and the hands of the hansome, Chef Chad Carlsted.

Executive Chef & Personal Chef, Chad Carlstedt, has maintained an unparalleled passion for cooking and fine food since he was a child. Having grown up in California’s wine country, the famed hot bed for culinary masterpieces. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he gained valuable hands on experience in a wide variety of environments. Founded in 2007, Classic Culinaire consistently delivers an unmatched standard of culinary and service excellence. A world-class chef, dedicated to providing you with an experience they will remember forever.

General Admission T-Dance $ 80 – 6:30 – 10:00PM

Nestled in the heart of the stunning Sonoma Valley, the Chateau St. Jean estate offers wine lovers an idyllic getaway to soak in the Sonoma wine lifestyle. With incredible vineyard views, a dramatic mountain backdrop, lush gardens and the elegant 1920s chateau, join us for a private, one of a kind experience at the beautiful Chateau St. Jean and sip their award winning wine with 500 of your closest friends, while enjoying the breathtaking ambiance of the estate and dance into the magnificant sunset of Sonoma.

Apres-T After Party – $30 – MacArthur Place Hotel- 11:00PM

Sunday, June 19th

Gay Wine Auction & Recovery Brunch – $75 MacArthur Place Hotel10:00AM

100% of the monies raised benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network

Start your perfect Sunday in Wine Country as you enjoy a scrumptious buffet brunch & then get ready to bid as we raise much needed funds for Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network with some amazing wines, winery tours and visits up for auction. This promises to be quite a good time as a bidding war amongst could get pretty ugly. It’s too much fun to miss!

Sunday Pool Soiree – $30 MacArthur Place Hotel 12:30PM – 4:00PM

Spend Sunday Sonoma Style, with a chill afternoon poolside and enjoy the final afternoon of Gay Wine Weekend, lounging and soaking in the warm Sonoma Sun until departure – or extend your stay and keep Gay Wine Weekend going!

Save $100 with Advance Purchase VIP Passes on Sale Now at http://www.GayWineWeekend.com For more information, please feel free to reach out with questions, or visit: http://www.GayWineWeekend.com