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A Fete for Summer's End 

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It's Labor Day weekend, so say goodbye to summer and get yourself ready for a rollicking El Niño season.

You'll need sustenance and a bracingly fun end-of-summer event to prepare you for those early-darkening skies and the cold whip of winter, which is where Saturday's Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyards comes into the picture, as part of the three-day Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.

What can you expect after dropping $135 or $175 to attend? An afternoon of total wine and food hedonism in Healdsburg, that's what. An anticipated 200-plus wineries will be in the hizzie, and over 60 chefs will be on hand to churn out choice pairings to go with the various vinos on offer.

For starters, how about some oysters on the half shell paired with sparkling wine from the Ferrer house of fine fizz? Yes, please. Now wander the MacMurray grounds and you'll encounter chef pop-ups posted throughout: Baja shrimp and smoked scallop cocktail over here; smoked pork chops glazed in a habanero-peach concoction over there. And it's all for a cause. The many satisfied revelers who make this fundraising event a top annual draw have raised over $16 million for the underprivileged of Sonoma County. Last year, funds supported eight new literacy programs.

Taste of Sonoma, Saturday, Sept. 5, at MacMurray Estate Vineyards, 9015 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 11:30am–4pm; $135–$175. Shuttle service is available throughout Sonoma and Marin counties; call 855.939.7666 for info.

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