Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 17-18: Taste Alexander Valley

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM


This weekend, more than two dozen Alexander Valley wineries are hosting an array of events, and one ticket gets you access to it all. The 17th annual Taste Alexander Valley weekend includes live entertainment, special private parties, after-hours events and breakfasts with winegrowers to augment two days of casual fun in the lush 22-mile valley. The Taste Alexander Valley festivities happen on Saturday and Sunday, May 17—18, throughout the Healdsburg and Cloverdale region. 11am—4pm. $65—$75 for weekend passes. 1.888.463.0207.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Aug 25: Magnum P.I. Party at Red Car Tasting Room

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Calling all Tom Selleck look-alikes. Or Magnum, P.I. diehards. Or people who like wine and pizza. Red Car Winery is inviting you to its Magnum P.I. Party. Red Car was founded in 2000 with 50 cases of Syrah, and today, the winery has added Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rosé to its repertoire. The tasting room is a nod to a romantic time in L.A. history when electric trolleys were zipping about, but also has a hipster element—in a good way. The place has a record player and an old couch, which are the makings for a good shindig. If you have an especially good mustache, you certainly shouldn’t miss out—the best mustached attendee wins a free Red Car Magnum. Get it? Magnum? Come investigate on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Red Car Tasting Room. 8400 Graton Road, Sebastopol. Free for wine club members, $20 for public. 2pm. 707.829.8500.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 21: Rootstock Festival at Vintners' Square

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Come back to the roots of Sonoma County’s Wine Country at the annual Rootstock Festival this weekend, featuring fine wine, craft brew tastings and gourmet street food, as well as a “Best Bites Competition.” Taking the music stage is Jim Bianco, Holly Conlan, Jesse Thomas, and Javier Dunn. Vintners’ Square is already home to outstanding wineries, and with the opening of Heritage Public House, craft brew makes a splash appearance. Yet another grand gastronomical glug-fest galore goes off on Saturday, July 21, at Vintners’ Square. 1301 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa. $45, a portion of proceeds benefit the SRJC Shone Farm Foundation. 2pm-6pm. 707.495.0831.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 9-10: Novato Festival of Arts, Wine, and Music at Grant Avenue in Novato

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Novato. Land of abandoned airport hangars and ’80s suburban sprawl . . . or so it would seem. Long inhabited by the Coast Miwok, Novato was settled by whites via Mexican land grant issued in 1839—and soon after, with what this writer considers the most photogenic oak-to-grassland ratio in California on surrounding hillsides, the Novato Festival of Arts, Wine and Music attracted a crowd exactly 116 percent larger than the population of the city. Beer. Wine. Food. Music. You know the drill. Get your summer on with headliners Chuck Prophet, Cold Blood and others on Saturday and Sunday, June 9–10, in downtown Novato. Grant Avenue between Redwood Boulevard and Seventh Street. 10am–7pm. $5. 415.897.1164.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

March 3: Krug's 187th Birthday Bash at Charles Krug Winery

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

An adult birthday party can range from a “crazy night = painful morning” situation to a “refusal to acknowledge that the earth actually did complete its orbit, which means I’m older” affair. What happened to the simplicity of the kid’s party, where there’s cake and a performing clown? This weekend at Charles Krug Winery, the owners celebrate the 187th birthday of its founder, Charles Krug, in a very, um, intimate way. After a three-course meal with fine wines, the celebration takes an otherworldly turn as spirit medium Leanne Thomas attempts to contact Krug himself to wish him happy birthday in the afterlife. That’s right—dinner and a medium. Join Charles and other birthday guests on Saturday, March 3, at Charles Krug Winery. 2800 Main St.,St. Helena. 6pm. $100. 707.967.2200.

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