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Support the fight to find the cure for AIDS at the 17th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration August 6-9
Support the fight to find the cure for AIDS at the 17th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration in Napa Valley. Mike and Mickie Krzyzewski, the head coaches of men's basketball at Duke University and for Team USA, are the hosts of the event. The festivities start Thursday with exclusive winery dinners arranged and held at Raymond Vineyards, Silver Oak Cellars, Joseph Phelps and B Cellars followed by a new event addition: dancing in Club Red at the Wine Lounge. The fun continues on Friday evening with theLet's Get It Started party, featuring the All-Stars of Research. Restaurants, vintners and a connoisseur barrel auction will be showcased along with more dancing. The Cancer Research Symposium will have the nation's leading physicians and scientists share the latest developments in treatments with a tasting to follow at the Innovators & Icons Marketplace. The celebrations continue with a Gala Dinner & Live Auction, a private performance by Huey Lewis and the News and an after party. To register for your tickets at the V Foundation Wine Celebration, call 707-963-0611 or visit their event page
September 4-6
Raise your glass for a good cause at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Named one of America's top wine charity fundraisers, this event brings guests up close and personal with more than 200 of the best grape growers, vino crafters, and new and veteran chefs from the area. This year's itinerary includes dining, poolside dancing under the stars, wine tasting and an auction. All proceeds benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in the Sonoma County community. Find more ticket information on the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend official website
September 26
The Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate, in partnership with Ceres Community Project, hosts the 19th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. With more than 150 heirloom tomatoes produced on the grounds for this very event, guests can find the flavors that suit their tastes. Don't miss out on this single-day event featuring garden tours, wine and food pairings, seminars, the popular "Chef's Challenge" and a music performance by Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry. For more information on general admission, club member prices and exclusive premier packages, visit the Kendall-Jackson official website
Sunset over the wine road at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa, CA October 2-4
The Sonoma County Harvest Fair celebrates its 40th year. Attendees will enjoy savoring fine wines, award-winning beers and culinary creations at this complete farm-to-table experience in Santa Rosa. In the three-day, activity-packed event, the Grand Harvest Tasting Pavilion, a returning favorite, features samples of varietals from more than 150 participating Sonoma County wineries and gourmet pairings from winners of the Professional Wine, Food and Restaurant Competitions. Each day will offer a slightly different food pairing, so guests are sure to satisfy their appetite. For those looking to take home souvenirs, artisan goods and wares can be purchased at the Wine Country Marketplace. For more information, visit the Sonoma County Harvest Fair official website

Rubicon Estate has three wine tasting options ranging from $15-50. The $25 and $50 options include a half- hour walking tour. While at the estate, guests can also view Francis Ford Coppola's extensive collection of pre-cinematic devices including Magic Lanterns and Zoetropes. The child-friendly winery provides wooden sailboats for kids to play with in the courtyard fountain. For more information, visit
The Signature Bar at J Vineyards and Winery presents daily wine-only tastings, featuring wines such as Cuvée 20, Russian River Valley Chardonnay; Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, and Russian River Valley Pinotage. Tastings run all day, and cost $20 for five pours of wine. For more information, call 707-431-3646 or visit The Signature Bar, J Vineyards and Winery, 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg, CA 95448, 707-431-3646.

For additional information on wine events, please contact:

Dean & DeLuca
607 South St. Helena Highway
St. Helena, CA 94574

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