This Weekend Events in Wine Country

Wine Country events are starting to ramp up again, to the point where I need to clone myself to be able to attend all the ones I want.

The Simple Hedonisms Calendar is a great source for events I scour from multiple sources.

Events can be downloaded right to your calendar for Google, Outlook, or other .ics based calendar, and synced to your Smartphone. In the next week or so, will be launchinhg an improved version, custom written by Healdsburg local Kenny Lowe.

This Weekend’s Highlights:

April in Carneros 2010

April 17 and 18, 10am until 4pm—is an exciting winery open house event featuring more than 20 wineries in Carneros.  Each will open its doors and invite visitors to join in on a variety of activities.  Wineries may offer food and wine pairings, live music, art or craft shows, special tastings (barrel, reserve, library, new release), discounts or special pricing, and more.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the day of event and are valid both days of the event.  Tickets also include $5 in “Carneros Cash” per ticket which can be applied to any purchase at all participating wineries.

With your ticket, you’ll receive an April in Carneros logo glass and access to all the fun!  (Some activities at some wineries may have additional fees, but all participating wineries have generous offerings for April in Carneros participants at no cost above the price of admission.)  Proceeds from Holiday in Carneros fund scholarships at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College.

Some of the wineries participating are Adastra Wines, Anaba, Bonneau Wines, Bouchaine Vineyards, Ceja Vineyards, Enkidu Wines, Etude Wines, Homewood Winery, Kamen Estate Wines, Larson Family Winery, Larson Family @ Cornerstone, Mantra @ Grange Sonoma, McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery, Tin Barn Vineyards, and Ty Caton Vineyards.

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French PIG- the Butcher & the Cook, Kelley Young Wines

This Special Edition of French PIG is a full day hands-on workshop in the wine country home of Kathleen Kelley & Jim Young. In addition to the convivial and relaxed setting, the day-long workshop including lunch, concludes with PINK: a pork & rose’ tasting dinner featuring Kathleen’s Rose, a Bordeaux-style rose true to our Southwest roots.


Pope Valley Vintners Tasting

Come Visit Napa’s Last Frontier!

The Pope Valley Winery will be hosting a collection of the finest wineries, vineyards and labels of the Pope Valley region. Along with these amazing wines, there will be olive oil tastings, cheese and fruit platters, a bocce ball tournament, and live music from vocal guitarist Johnny Smith. And all event profits will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. It will be a day of great wine and music for a great cause! $20/person

Spring Passport Day – Wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association invites you to take part in our Spring Passport Program.  Over fifty Santa Cruz Mountains wineries – from Ahlgren to Zayante – will open their doors to Passport Program participants on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 between 11 am and 5 pm.  Passports, which cost just $40 per person, provide entry into participating wineries, including many that are not normally open to the public at any other time.  Passport holders will be invited to tour the facilities, meet the winemakers, and sample the fruits of their labors – including special wines poured only for participants in the Passport Program! Passports are valid until all wineries have been visited. The passport never expires!
The Passport Program will be repeated on the 3rd Saturday of January, April, July & November each year. This allows guests to visit the vineyards at every season in the growing cycle.  This Spring, on April 17th, begin a new adventure to experience the greatness of the wines produced in this appellation, spend a wonderful day at the wineries in the company of winemakers’ and bring home some great wine to treasure and share with friends for any special occasion!

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37th Annual Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? The Festival began as a celebration of the opening of the Salmon fishing season. Boats are decorated and parade out of the harbor on Sunday morning, gathering outside the jetties to receive blessings of the fleet by a local clergyman. A flower wreath is cast on the waters to honor those who have lost their lives in this dangerous occupation.
The festival is packed with music, food and entertainment.
Join great wineries like  Stryker Sonoma to be pouring some fantastic wines in the wine tent, and having a whale of a good time!

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Celebrate Earth Day With Green Valley

Sunday, April 18, 2010
12pm to 4pm

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Where better to celebrate than Green Valley … at a wine tasting … at beautiful Iron Horse? The eight participating wineries are DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Hartford Family Winery, Iron Horse Vineyards, Marimar Estate, Orogeny and Sequana Vineyards.
Serving California Osetra Caviar (sustainably farmed, of course) at the VIP Sparkling reception. At the main event, Hog Island oysters, shucked by founder and avid surfer John Finger, grilled fish prepared by surfer-chef Kory Stewart from Americano at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, a fish taco truck manned by Iron Horse alum Christopher Greenwald of Bay Laurel Catering, the delicious breads from surfer-baker Jed Wallach of Wildflour Bread in Freestone and local, seasonal vegetables and salads (it is Earth Day, after all) prepared by Iron Horse Winery fisher-chef Ruben Gomez.

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Slow Food Russian River Mixer

The Spring Mixer is a regional event for all Slow Food members and friends in and around Sonoma County.  Rosso Pizzeria will provide the pizza and salad, and you provide the wine or other beverages and desserts.

This is an opportunity to eat and drink with friends and welcome the change of seasons.
To help us keep this a low-cost and low-impact event, please bring the following items:
*  Wine and/or a dessert for yourself or to share
*  Your own plate, utensils, glass and linens

Parking is very limited, so carpooling is mandatory.    Valhalla Gardens, 245 Ferguson Rd. Sebastopol, CA 95472

707-696-2952 or

Have a great weekend, and if you see me at one of these, come say hi!


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