Expanded Gay Wine Weekend kicks off July 14-16 in Sonoma and Napa counties

Wine tastings, wine festivals and winery tours are commonplace in Sonoma County. Here in Wine Country, you almost don’t need a calendar. You can count on finding wine-related fun almost anytime.

But six years ago, the founders of Out in the Vineyard, an event and travel company catering to gay tourists, saw a need for a different kind of a Wine Country event.

In 2011, Mark Vogler and Gary Saperstein created the Gay Wine Weekend, which has grown in attendance steadily ever since, with the weekend’s biggest event, the Twilight T-Dance at Sonoma’s Chateau St. Jean Winery, drawing nearly 700 people last year.


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