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There’s always something happening at Gloria Ferrer, so check back often to learn about the latest events, buy tickets and invite your friends.

Winery Events

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Wine Club Saturday Spring Release Tasting

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us as we gear up for summer with a new club release tasting in the cave! We are changing things up bit next month.

After the club exclusive tasting in the cave, head up to the terrace and enjoy the view and your complimentary wine. Pick up your club release and be sure to take advantage of your 30% re-order discount.

Savor & Celebrate: Sample new club release wines & nibbles in the cave!

Donation Tasting Ticket: $5 donation, all proceeds from your event ticket will be donated to Blue Star Moms – swing by their table to write a postcard to the troops!

Pick Up Club Wine: On the main level in the Tasting Room

*One member per ticket. Members may extend this invitation to an additional guest. Purchase online, at the winery or call us in the club: 707-933-1917, option 4.

*Each attendee must purchase an event ticket.

Event check-in on the cave level, via the courtyard, just follow the signs!

Print & bring your order confirmation email, it is your ticket.

Note: event tickets are non-refundable.

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Wine Club Sunday Spring Release Tasting

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us as we gear up for summer with a new club release tasting in the cave! We are changing things up bit next month.

After the club exclusive tasting in the cave, head up to the terrace and enjoy the view and your complimentary wine. Pick up your club release and be sure to take advantage of your 30% re-order discount.

Savor & Celebrate: Sample new club release wines & nibbles in the cave!

Donation Tasting Ticket: $5 donation, all proceeds from your event ticket will be donated to Blue Star Moms – swing by their table to write a postcard to the troops!

Pick Up Club Wine: On the main level in the Tasting Room

*One member per ticket. Members may extend this invitation to an additional guest. Purchase online, at the winery or call us in the club: 707-933-1917, option 4.

*Each attendee must purchase an event ticket.

Event check-in on the cave level, via the courtyard, just follow the signs!

Print & bring your order confirmation email, it is your ticket.

Note: event tickets are non-refundable.

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Mother’s Day Bubbles & BBQ – SOLD OUT

Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

*This Event is SOLD OUT

Bubbles and BBQ!  Treat your mom to delicious slow-cooked BBQ and our award winning sparkling wines.  It’s a no fuss, take all the credit, amazing day with your mom here at Gloria Ferrer.

Our barbecue buffet includes beef brisket, pork spare ribs, BBQ chicken, BBQ-style black beans, potato salad, mixed green salad and dinner rolls.

Listen to some great live blues music by Ragtag Sullivan Duo.

General tickets $65,  Club members $55.

Print & bring your order confirmation email, it is your ticket.

Note: event tickets are non-refundable..

 

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Mother’s Day Bubbles & BBQ – Kids – SOLD OUT

Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This Event is SOLD OUT.

Bring the kiddos!  Mom and dad, bring your kids with you to enjoy delicious slow-cooked BBQ and live music.

Our barbecue buffet includes beef brisket, pork spare ribs, BBQ chicken, BBQ-style black beans, potato salad, mixed green salad and dinner rolls.

Listen to some great live blues music by Ragtag Sullivan Duo.

Kids 12 & under $40.00.

Print & bring your order confirmation email, it is your ticket.

Note: event tickets are non-refundable..

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WillMar Pinot Tasting & Painting Event

Sunday, May 18, 2014 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please join us for a very special Pinot Noir tasting and blue bird box painting event at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. Observe young WillMar artists at work in our Glorious Studio as they paint to create original works of art blue bird boxes.  The Gloria Ferrer’s vineyard team made the boxes this winter in anticipation of the kids’ art classes this year.

The 2011 WillMar Artist Series Pinot Noir is lovingly crafted by Gloria Ferrer’s winemaking team to support the WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center. This vintage is the event’s featured wine for the tasting and we will be offering other  Gloria Ferrer sparkling and estate wines to savor at this one-of-a-kind-open studio event.

Only 100 cases of each wine produced. All proceeds from the sale of this delicious, limited-release Pinot Noir benefit the children, teens and families who participate in WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center. Each vintage of the WillMar Pinot Noir depicts an original artwork label created by a young WillMar artist.

The 2011 WillMar Artist Series Pinot Noir is available for purchase for a minimum purchase donation of $40

The 2012 WillMar Artist Series Pinot Noir will be available for futures ordering at a special price.

Blue Bird Boxes and Posters will also be available for minimum purchase donations of $40 & $20.

Tasting Tickets: $15, all proceeds donated.

Limited tickets available for purchase.

Print & bring your order confirmation email, it is your ticket.

Note: event tickets are non-refundable.

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22nd Annual Catalan Festival

Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20, 2014 Noon - 4 pm

A Spanish Heritage Festival of Wine, Music and Food

Don’t miss the Gloria event of the year!

Join us for a day of traditional Spanish folklore as you stroll and enjoy passionate music, flamenco dancing, savory tapas and paella samples and sip our acclaimed Carneros sparkling and estate wines. We invite you to share these multi-faceted experiences that tantalize the senses with cooking demonstrations, educational seminars and a festive grape stomp.

This year’s festival benefits the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.

Check out the Festival Schedule

Buy your tickets now for best pricing, Click the Buy Tickets button for pricing details.

Bubble Lounge Pass: 4 reserve wine tickets, reserved lounge & stage seating, complimentary food samples, GF logo flute,  all entertainment & more!

General Admission Ticket: 2 wine tickets, complimentary food samples, GF logo flute & all entertainment.

General Admission U-21 Ticket:  2 N/A drink tickets, complimentary food samples & all entertainment.

Grape Stomp: Teams of two stomp & scoop for bragging rights & sparkling prizes. Limited to 8 teams a per day.

*Bubble Lounge Pass, General Admission U-21 & Grape Stomp team tickets are sold separately. Grape stomp teams must purchase a same-day festival ticket to compete.

Special Performances by Sol Flamenco & Makrú

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Holiday Crab Feed

Saturday December 13, 2014, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Kick off the crab season right at Gloria Ferrer’s Holiday Crab Feed. Similar to our popular Wine Club Lobster Feed, dive into some fresh crab with your neighbor while sipping on some award-winning wines in our main wine cave.

Our holiday feast includes Dungeness crab, mussels, clams, shrimp, corn, artichokes, and potatoes.

General tickets $128,  Club members $112.

Print & bring your order confirmation email, it is your ticket.

Note: event tickets are non-refundable.

Regional Events

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Pinot Days – Chicago, IL

April 26, 2014

Pinot Days Chicago is an intimate event, with a big heart! 65 wineries head to the Windy City and paint the town Pinot with winemaker dinners, tastings at boutique stores and a Grand Festival at the beautiful Navy Pier. Join us for a whirlwind of exquisite wine, incredible food and great people!

Trade Tasting: Noon – 2 pm
Public Tasting: 2 – 5 pm
Price: $75 – Grand Festival, $125 VIP Tasting and Seminar

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Wine Spectator Grand Tour – New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas

April 29, May 1 and 3, 2014

More than two hundred of the world’s finest wineries will pour one of their best wines at each stop.

All wines are WINE SPECTATOR’s top-scoring selections

Meet and mingle with many winery owners and/or winemakers

Taste wines are that hard to find—discover new favorites

Enjoy a light buffet to complement your evening

A souvenir Riedel® tasting glass is included.

A portion of net proceeds from the Grand Tour benefits the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, which supports scholarships and grants to students pursuing careers in the wine industry.

Must be 21 or older to attend. Seminar sponsor reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

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Winemaker Dinner – Il Fornaio, Corte Madera

April 30, 2014 | 7pm

Come enjoy Gloria Ferrer’s most celebrated sparkling and still wines paired with Chef CJ Snyder’s 5-course authentic Italian feast.  Bob Iantosca, our Executive Winemaker, will discuss be there to discuss the award winning wines being served at the dinner.

The menu will feature a Belgian endive, radicchio and watercress salad paired with Blanc de Noirs; roasted Australian lamb chops paired with 2010 Pinot Noir; and sponge cake layered with Meyer lemon pastry cream paired with Va de Vi.

COST: $70 per person

Call 415-927-4400 to reserve your spot!

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UnCorked Wine Festival – Ghiradelli Square

May 17, 2014 | 1-6pm

Come taste Gloria Ferrer wines at the 9th Annual UnCorked Festival at Ghiradelli Square on Saturday, May 17th from 1-6pm.

Uncorked! is a unique event, focused on giving back to the community by bringing the best wines from all over the Bay Area and wine country to one central location – San Francisco’s favorite historic landmark. We pair outstanding wines with live entertainment, San Francisco chefs, and food from some of the best food trucks throughout the Bay Area for a truly one-of-a-kind event. In the spirit of giving back, Uncorked! has once again partnered with local non-profit Save The Bay to support the organization’s efforts to protect, restore, and celebrate the San Francisco Bay. Last year, Uncorked! raised over $45,000 from tickets sales for the local non-profit.

General Admission: $55, VIP: $85

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Tiburon Wine Festival

May 17, 2014

Located in one of the most picturesque waterfront communities in the world, the Tiburon Wine Festival is considered one of the Bay Area’s premiere wine events! Breathtaking views, world-class wines (vintages from over 60 premium wineries), with many of the wines being tasted by the public for the first time. Complementary cuisine from over 20 restaurants and chefs, a fabulous silent auction, and in 2013, live entertainment from James Henry and Hands on Fire.

$75 TICKET INCLUDES: Tasting premium wines from over 60 wineries
Sample from over 20 Restaurant & Food Booths Souvenir Logo Wine Glass
Wine Tasting Party Tray Admission to silent auction
Sun & Salt Air on the Bay!

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California Winemasters at Warner Bros. Studio

May 17, 2014

The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 17, 2014 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.

“Winemasters” has raised almost $26 million in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s vital research and care programs. The CF Foundation is proud of the fact that almost 90 cents of each dollar raised goes directly into our critical research and care programs.

Make your reservations NOW for this wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuves dinner!

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Sunset Celebration Weekend

May 31-June 1, 2014

Come taste award winning Gloria Ferrer wines at Sunset Magazine’s annual Celebration Weekend hosted at their beautiful Headquarters and Gardens located in Menlo Park, California.

Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, 2014 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunset Magazine Headquarters and Gardens
80 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

“From cooking to and gardening to wine and microbrews – come take a peek what’s happening in our backyard!
- Sunset Magazine 

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Mediterranean Cruise

June 11 - 18, 2014

CALIFORNIA & ITALIAN WINES ON A MEDITERRANEAN WINE CRUISE!

Sail from Venice to Rome on the luxurious Oceania Riviera June 11-18, 2014

Cruise with Three International Wine Experts:

David Brown, wine educator and brand developer, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Sonoma

Jeffrey Stambor, Head of Winemaking, at the famed Beaulieu Vineyard, Napa

Paul Wagner, Wine Educator, Marketer, Wine Judge and Italian Wine Expert

We will visit fantastic ports of call: Venice, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Corfu, Greece, Taormina, Sicily, Amalfi, Italy, Olbia, Sardinia and finish at Civitavecchia, the port of Rome.  Enjoy the romance of Venice, the city of love, and the majesty of Rome, the city of Caesar.  Your cruise sets sail on Oceania’s newest ship, the Riviera.  Enjoy a country club casual atmosphere (no tuxedos here!), plus the finest dining at sea (inspired by Jacques Pépin). You’ll find with this new mid-size liner (1,250 passengers) the service is superior and pampering.  Plus, airfare from 20 gateway cities (economy fare) is included in your fare.  If you want to bookend your cruise with nights in Venice or Rome, Expedia CruiseShipCenters can arrange that, too.

SPACE IS FILLING UP, SO BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW:

Welcome Aboard Wine Party (meet our wine personalities!)

Enjoy wine with dinner each evening

Two wine-paired 5-course winemaker dinners

Three additional special wine dinners

Five Special Wine Tasting Events

Special Library tasting of BV Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Take a Tour of Italy by Glass with  Paul Wagner

Wine Seminars by David Brown & Jeffrey Stambor

PRICING STARTS AT $3,398 (Includes Free Round trip Economy Airfare from specific gateway cities & $100 On-board Credit for Wine Club Members Only) This needs to be specified and confirmed when booking.

BOOKING PERKS

Book your cruise today and enjoy these fantastic perks:

  • Free Airfare
  • Free Pre-Paid Gratuities
  • $200 Shipboard Credit
  • Free Unlimited Internet Package

Call the Wine Cruise Experts, 800-258-8880 or e-mail WineClub@CruiseShipCenters.com

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Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

June 20-22nd, 2014

Come taste Gloria Ferrer wines at The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen!

An epicurean brand’s signature event, bringing together the world’s foremost authorities on wine and food at over 80 cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. In addition, over 300 wines and luxury lifestyle brands gather together in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, the epicenter of the event, to feature and sample their newest products. Simultaneously, American Express will host its 25th annual Restaurant Trade Program, a unique educational and networking event developed for the professionals who shape the world of hospitality. With planning a year in advance, FOOD & WINE identifies the hottest culinary talent and trends and uses its industry connections to bring an all-star line-up and program to the FOOD & WINE Classic every year.