Wine-ing Down Summer at Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

We ate, we drank, we danced - Sonoma Harvest Music Festival takes over B.R. Cohn Winery in the heart of Sonoma Valley for two weekends of wine, food, and music in the vineyards.

Life’s been an adventure with a 10-month-old baby and my husband, Ian, and I love hanging out with Leo so much, I can literally count on one hand the number of dates we’ve been on alone since he was born. Ironically enough, Ian’s not the biggest wine person, but he does love music, so when I heard about Sonoma Harvest Music Festival right here in our own backyard of Sonoma County, I knew we had to go. Here’s the lowdown on why this is the festival not to miss in wine country:

The Venue:

When I was younger, I was willing to suffer through concerts in grungy theaters with gum on the floor or empty fields lacking an ounce of ambience, only to leave pissed off when I’d get thrown into a mosh pit or something else equally not my scene. Sonoma Harvest Music Festival is thankfully the total opposite of those shows I attended in my teenage years and actual proof the #glowup is real.

Dancing away less than twenty feet from the stage, alongside B.R. Cohn’s stunning vineyards, was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. No shoving, no gum on your shoe, no mosh pits. Just happy, nice people having a good time in a beautiful place.

The Music:

Ian and I attended the festival on Saturday, September 21st with a killer lineup of Chvrches, Walk the Moon, Misterwives, Atlas Genius, and The Score. Musical acts on other days included world famous musicians, like Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Iration, CeeLo Green, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Death Cab for Cutie, Silversun Pickups, and Cold War Kids.

The crowd was absolutely captivated by Chvrches that afternoon and I was so blown away by Walk the Moon’s entire set, I’m pretty sure I played only their music for a week after the festival. #sorrynotsorry

The Wine:

The towering trees provided a bit of shade, but otherwise it was blindingly sunny and a sweaty 93 degrees, so I was stoked on the variety of chilled wine offerings. Clos Pegase Sauvignon Blanc was perfect to cool down with, followed by Grounded Wine Co. Space Age Rosé!

Even decanters of wine were available for sale, which provided a clutch solution for those times you have an amazing spot by the stage and didn’t want to give it up to get more wine. I saw a guy walking by with one in hand and couldn't believe my eyes, only in Sonoma!

The Food:

After dancing in the sun all afternoon, Ian and I were starving! Local vendors like The Farmer’s Wife and Zazu Kitchen + Farm made it tough to narrow down what to eat, but we decided on margherita pizza and sea salt chocolate chip cookies from the girl and the fig. Zero regrets on carb loading!

Ian and I had such a fantastic time at Sonoma Harvest Music Festival - This festival is a hidden gem that's sure to blow up in popularity and I'm lightweight hoping no one else discovers this amazing festival, so I can keep all the fun to myself. Consider it added to my 2020 calendar now ✔️

Thanks to Sonoma Harvest Music Festival and B.R. Cohn for having us! Stay tuned for news about the 2020 festival here.

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