Eighth Street Wineries Anticipates Lively Open House

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In an unlikely warehouse district in Sonoma, a close knit community of artisan winemakers is becoming known for dynamic tasting events.

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Think wine country is comprised entirely of sprawling estates and elaborate châteaux? Think again. The heart of winemaking lies in a place far less glamorous and much more engaging—the cellar. This summer, the winemakers of Eighth Street Wineries in Sonoma invite the public directly into their warehouse workspace to taste fine artisan wares.

On August 6th, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the nine neighboring wineries will unite to for a semiannual Open House. New releases, library wines, barrel tastings, and bargains will be offered alongside gourmet food pairings.

Wine and food extravaganzas occur often in wine country, but are rarely hosted by such a committed group of winemakers--and never for such a bargain. The advance ticket price of $30 per person ($20 for wine club members, $35 at the door) includes tastings, pairings, and a souvenir wine glass. Guests park once and simply walk from winery to winery.

Eighth Street Wineries is an informal collective comprised of [winery/winemaker]:

  • Anaba Wines /Jennifer Marion
  • Enkidu Wines / Phil Staehle
  • MacRostie Winery and Vineyards / Steve MacRostie
  • Parmelee-Hill Wines and Vineyards** / Steve Hill
  • Stone Edge Farms** / Jeff Baker
  • Talisman Wines** / Scott Rich
  • Three Sticks Winery** / DonVan Staaveren
  • Tin Barn Vineyards / Michael Lancaster
  • Ty Caton Vineyards / Ty Caton

**No public tasting room typically in operation.

Clearly, the buzz surrounding this innovative group is catching: the Eighth Street Wineries Open House event in February 2011 drew over 700 guests. To provide an optimal experience for guests, Eighth Street Wineries has limited this summer's ticket sales. Therefore, event goers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at http://eighthstreetwineries0806.eventbrite.com/.

More information is available at http://www.eighthstreetwineries.com.

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