By: Melanie Warner

What’s more American than baseball, apple pie, fireworks – and wine? Nested in the heart of Sonoma wine country in Northern California, Healdsburg offers a quaint, small town atmosphere, surrounded by some of the best wineries in the country.

We put together a list of activities and events for all ages to help celebrate America’s birthday all week long. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 2

Tuesdays in the Plaza runs every Tuesday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Bring your own food and wine, plus the kids and dogs, to this family-friendly citywide celebration every Tuesday night with live bands, fun and networking. It’s like a giant tailgating party where everyone is rooting for the same team. It’s in the heart of downtown Healdsburg and celebrates food, family and fun.

Thursday, July 4

Benovia Winery will be open July 4th and offering some special pricing on LIBRARY wines for the day.
707.526.4441 – 3339 Hartman Road, Santa Rosa, California

Truett Hurst Winery will have live music in the tasting room. Fun food pairings with wine, incredible case specials.
707.433.9545 – 5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, California

Kachina Vineyards will be open by appointment July 4-7th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will be offering the following:

– 30% off 2010 Russian River Chardonnay
– Complimentary Library Flight tastings of 2004, 2006, and 2007 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet to be included with 
$10 standard tasting fee (incl. 5 current releases).
– Small bite pairing of Zin Port with a dark chocolate truffle made with their Port.
707.332.7917 – 4551 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, California

Dutton Estate Winery will be having a Red, White and Blue Event, from July 3rd-7th. They will be releasing their new Blushing Sisters Rose and passing out cheese plates for customers. On the plate there will be cheeses and snacks that are “red, white, and blue! They will also have their summer Sauvignon Blanc on special during the event.

 – 8757 Green Valley Rd 
Sebastopol, California

Sunce Winery 
Kosher all beef hot dogs
 with your choice of sauerkraut, chilli and cheese, onions, specialty mustards, ketchup, and mayo. 
Wash it all down with the newly-bottled 2012 Dry Riesling. 

FREE hot dog (1 per person) and no charge for tasting

. Plus, a 50% OFF sale on 
2011 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Tempranillo, and Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley.

Friday, July 5

Gary Farrell Winery hosts First Friday Sunsets from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Join them on the terrace to sip elegant Russian River Valley wines while enjoying one of the best views in Sonoma County. Let nature, a great glass of wine, and a beautiful sunset wash away the week’s stress and lead you into a relaxing weekend. $35 gets each person a flight of three single-vineyard wines paired with artisan cheeses, charcuterie, bread and almonds. Additional wines available for purchase by the bottle or by the glass. Seating is limited and reservation are required. 
Contact Andy Barker
Email: for details.

Saturday, July 6

Wilson Winery Your trip through the Valley includes chicken wings, sausages, pulled pork, skirt and tri-tip steaks paired with a variety of award-winning Zinfandeals, other reds, Rosès, and white varietals. Visit all five wineries to stamp your chance to win 1 of 5 Wine Country gift baskets! Join us 11 a.m – 4 p.m. The cost for this event is $35 in advance, $40 at the door and $15 for designated drivers. Contact Dee Ahlin for

Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th week!