How about an upscale day in beautiful Sonoma Valley? If that resonates with you, then you are going to want to sign up now for an exclusive tour at EJ Gallo’s Frei Ranch. This is a very special event–brought to you in part by Brocade–that you won’t want to miss!
Here’s some background on the property, courtesy of EJ Gallo:
Ernest and Julio Gallo’s history with the Frei Ranch vineyard dates back to 1934, when they first purchased wine from the Walter and Louis Frei Winery. That winery was built in 1885 by Charles Dunz and purchased by Andrew Frei in 1890, later to become one of only four wineries in the Dry Creek Valley to survive Prohibition. In 1977, Ernest and Julio purchased the vineyards and winery outright from the Frei family. The Frei Ranch House was built with redwood staves from the original casks of the Frei Winery. Zinfandel vines weave through the outdoor trellis, and beautiful riddling racks form the foundation of our glass dining table.
Do I have your attention yet? Great! Let’s talk about our adventure at this amazing property. (An adventure, by the way, that is only available to Spousetivities participants!) Our day will begin with a private motor coach transporting us from Marriott Marquis to the Frei Ranch property. Along the way, our local guide, Ira, will tell us all about the famous and maybe even best kept secrets of San Francisco. On previous trips, some of the notable spots Ira has shared with Spousetivities participants include the “Mrs. Doubtfire” house, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies. Who knows what Ira has up his sleeve this year?
Once we arrive at Frei Ranch, we will begin our private tour and tasting. The tastings will be held at various points on this breathtaking property. The day is only beginning, though.
Next, we will visit the Gallo of Sonoma’s Barrel Cellar which actually has an Olympic-sized soccer field on its roof! Here we will indulge in the art of wine blending. In this highly interactive activity, guests will learn the techniques and artistic style of blending by creating their own bottle of wine. Each guest will leave with his or her own bottle of blended wine. It is sure to be the experience of a lifetime. But wait, there’s more…
Your Frei Ranch experience would not be complete without a fabulous luncheon. Guests will work side-by-side with local chef extraordinaire, Gia Passalacqua, to build their own wood-fired pizza in Gallo’s very own pizza oven. Lunch will include time with the chef, a hands-on pizza making experience, pasta, salad, pizza, and dessert.
At the conclusion of the luncheon, guests will be returned via private motor coach to the Marriott Marquis. This is an incredible experience that would normally have been over $300 per person! Spousetivities is able to offer this at a far lower cost, thanks to the support of great sponsors like Brocade.
If you want to secure your spot at Frei Ranch, head over to the registration page now to book your ticket!