June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011
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Photo from Out In The Vineyard’s Facebook page.

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C CASA’s SICK lamb taco with jalapeño, mint, goat cheese; photo by Deirdre Bourdet.

By 707 correspondent, Deirdre Bourdet.

People don’t generally hit Pride parties because of their fine food and wine … but when the parties are in Napa or Sonoma, quality food kinda comes with the territory. This year both Napa and Sonoma are hosting special events that celebrate the LGBT community with some local flavah.

LGBT travel company Out In The Vineyard has organized an inaugural ~GAY WINE WEEKEND~, with proceeds benefiting Face to Face, the Sonoma County AIDS Network. The Twilight T-Dance, comedy night, and evening receptions will ply guests with lots of locally made libations, and the Big Gay Brunch and Wine Auction at El Dorado Kitchen ensures that you won’t leave wine country without a taste of some of Sonoma County’s finest cuisine. Check the website for tickets and a complete schedule of events. Fri June 17th-Sun June 19th, 2011.

~NAPA VALLEY’S PRIDE CELEBRATIONS~ run more than a week, and include daily opportunities to sample the local delicacies. Some top picks are the breakfast at C CASA benefiting the Trevor Project, evening drinks by the rooftop pool at Bardessono, a dance party at Clos du Val Winery, a recovery brunch at the Marriott’s sexy new VINeleven restaurant, as well as the Guerilla Gay Bar takeovers of Carpe Diem Wine Bar (recently featured in Wine Spectator’s article on the Napan renaissance), and the riverside patio of Tyler Florence’s Rotisserie & Wine.

Even tastier, most of the Napa events have no cover charge—you only pay for what you order. Check the full schedule of events online. Fri June 10th-Sun June 19th, 2011.

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