Bottoms Up! Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma is Coming Soon 🍷🏳️‍🌈

16 05 2019
Gay wine weekend Sonomoa 2019 and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Called “One of the best events of the summer season,” Gay Wine Weekend takes over Sonoma Valley from July 18-21 for a 3+ day celebration of food and wine in Northern California’s Sonoma Valley!

Tell me more about Gay Wine Weekend!

Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine Gay wine weekend Sonomoa 2019 and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineexcursions, a drag queen brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous wine destinations in the world.

VIP All Access Passes Available and/or individual event passes.

The hosts of this super fun event look forward to meeting you Out In The Vineyard of “our” Wine Country!

Gay Wine: 5 Things Not To Miss In Sonoma

30 06 2015

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Discover white, red, rosé …. and rainbow-tinged wine of gay-popular Sonoma County. From San Francisco drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and an hour through beautiful rolling hills to a darling little town called Healdsburg, a former farming village and the most charming of many lovely towns in the County.

As recently as 15 years ago, there wasn’t much to speak of around these parts but then the Hotel Healdsburg opened in 2001 and world-famous chef Charlie Palmer came to town; soon two Michelin stars followed, transforming this one-horse town into a two-Tesla vacation haven with fantastic wineries.

It’s but one hamlet in a county of charming inns, farm fresh food, boutique shops, plenty of wineries and a surprising number of LGBT residents, winemakers, chefs and business owners, without the tourist crowds of neighboring Napa.

If you plan a trip, here are five things not to miss, especially the number-one time for gay people to visit next year.

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 2.41.12 PM1. Hotel Les Mars: Healdsburg is centered around a main town square, while all around it you’ll find restaurants, bookstores, artisan crafts makers, boutique shops, and hotels. The Hotel Les Mars is the best hotel around, a Relais & Chateaux French maison-style hotel with ornate rooms full of dark wood armoires, antiques, 17th-century art, and shelves of tattered books along with a new restaurant, Chalkboard, a hip, rustic chic dining room that was once the Michelin-starred Cyprus.

2. SHED: In this progressive, sun-drenched, farm-to-table lunch spot next to Hotel Les Mars, market, and green space, the owners are lifelong farmers who’ve blended their philosophies on fresh produce with the simplistic virtues of California cooking. SHED has its own garden and also sources fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market across the street. It’s among the most innovative and artful lunch counters in the state with nice options.

3. Hamel Family Wines: South of Healdsburg you’ll find another Sonoma Country gem. Hamel Family Wines is an elegant, modern vineyard offering winetasting of their mostly Bordeaux varietals paired with locally sourced foods. It’s only been open for a few years but it’s already known for high-quality wine production, passionate winemaking and a decidedly warm welcome to LGBT visitors. Read the rest of this entry »

Our May Issue Is Available For Download! Happy Travels

30 05 2015
Sonoma as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Photo of ManAboutWorld’s May 2015 cover video

The May 2015 issue is now available for download on more platforms than ever before, including iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and now Android phones. Our cover (a screen grab of the video cover), nimbly combines two of this month’s stories: a wine country road trip to Sonoma and Napa; and gay Pride.

In this issue we also cover:

  • Riga, Latvia for EuroPride;
  • An unexpectedly gay-friendly music festival in Nashville, Tennessee;
  • A dangerous and touching first-date story from our Kenya correspondent (involving man-eating crocodiles);
  • The perfect honeymoon hotel in gay-popular Tel Aviv, Israel;
  • Killer images of cemeteries by Jeffrey James Keyes (that’s Toto interred atHollywood Forever Cemetery below); and much more!

Download the May issue now. If you’re not a subscriber, take advantage of ourthree-month FREE trial subscription and start planning your next gay holiday  now.

Toto, Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Our Wine Country Road Trip Begins …

10 03 2015
The famous lone cypress tree in Carmel, California

The famous lone cypress tree in Carmel, California

Our road trip through wine country kicked off today with a coastal ride through stunning Carmel, California, an exquisite small town of just under 4,000 people. From here we will drive up to Healdsburg in Sonoma, through gay-friendly Guerneville and southeast to St. Helena and Yountville. Check back for more photos and recommendations.

What’s So Gay About Wine? Find Out Here!

23 03 2012

Disco balls as grapes. Nice!

The wines aren’t gay, silly. It’s all about celebrating Pride with Out in the Vineyard, the first Wine Country events and travel company dedicated to the LGBT community.

Out in the Vineyard presents Gay Wine Weekend, taking place Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17, 2012 in California Wine Country (Sonoma).

Here’s a line up of events:

Friday, June 15th

  • V.I.P. Host Hotel Guests’ Reception – 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM – El Dorado Hotel on The Plaza
  • Winemakers’ Dinners – Experience the food and wines of Wine Country – 6:30 PM – ESTATE, the girl & the fig and El Dorado Kitchen
  • Come to the Cabaret – An evening of song featuring Katya Smirnoff Skyy – 9:30pm – Sebastiani Winery – $20 Admission

Saturday, June 16th

  • Winery Tours – Wine tasting and lunch at some Sonoma Valley’s Finest Wineries.
  • Twilight T-Dance – Atwood Ranch, Glen Ellen, CA
  • VIP Reception 5:00pm – 7:00pm/T-Dance 7:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Twilight T-Dance VIP – $150 – Twilight T-Dance General – $75
  • After-Twilight Party – El Dorado Kitchen – 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM – $20 Admission

Sunday, June 17th

  • Wine Auction & The Big Gay Brunch sponsored by Benziger Family and Imagery Wineries of Sonoma Valley – Ramekins – 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM  $50 Admission
All monies raised at The Big Gay Wine Auction will benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.
Full Details:

Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma

3 05 2011

Cd6b59d7ea If you love wine and you’re looking for a different way to celebrate Pride this year, check out the Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma, brought to you by Out in the Vineyard.

Click here for more information, but a few of the highlights of this three-day event (June 17-19, 2011) include:

  • VIP wine receptions
  • Wine tastings some of the California’s most prestigeous wineries
  • Wine and dDancing in the vineyard of a private 150-acre estate
  • Wine and food pairing events
  • The First Annual Gay Wine Auction, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.

Tour of the Week: Take the Gay Train

13 02 2011

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Out In The Vineyard has organized the world’s very first all gay winemaker dinner aboard the world famous Napa Valley Wine train Saturday, March 12, 2011 – 5:30 – 9:30pm.

Climb aboard The big gay Train for a truly unique culinary and wine adventure with 5 of Wine Country’s most exciting gay winemakers and winery owners! A portion of the proceeds to penefit The Queen Of The Valley Hospital CARE Network’s HIV/AIDS Services.

Cost: Tickets: $125 Gourmet Express Car / $150 VIP Vista Dome Car

Click here for more details.

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