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June 13, July 11, August 8 & September 12
On the second Friday of every month from June through September, the new Sonoma House at Patz & Hall is hosting a family-friendly Backyard Summer Series from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For the enjoyment of guests, the Backyard Summer Series will feature a new musician each month. There will also be lawn games for the kids (and the adults!), blankets on hand for picnicking, and delicious southern food truck cuisine from Drums & Crumbs so that guests may purchase snacks or dinner. Patz & Hall will also be offering a wonderful selection of wines for purchase by the glass or bottle, including its sought-after single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. There is no admission fee for this special evening event, and reservations are not required, however wine and food are extra. Children are welcome, and feel free to bring lawn chairs (though Patz & Hall kindly asks that pets remain at home).
 
September 6
Treat yourself to this rare opportunity to taste the wines from 30 Mt. Veeder wineries ALL IN ONE PLACE at the 15th Annual Mt. Veeder Appellation Tasting, Saturday, September 6 at The Hess Collection Winery, 4411 Redwood Road, Napa, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. ...celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Mt. Veeder AVA! Advance Tickets are VERY limited at $75/person, so buy your tickets NOW before they sell out at www.MtVeederWines.com or call 707-266-1296. Tickets at the door will be $100/person. Tickets include the wines from our Mt. Veeder wineries and food pairings from The Hess Collection, Executive Chef, Chad Hendrickson, live high-energy blues from The Hummingbirdz. There will also be raffle drawings and a Silent Auction where you can win limited production gems from Mt. Veeder wineries! So, don't miss out...the wines are amazing and it's one of the very few times of the year you can taste Mt. Veeder wines all in one place, many of which are very hard to find.
 
September 25-28
The 2014 Sunset Savor the Central Coast will feature over 200 wines and 30 local chefs. Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani will prepare a duck dish at the main event on Saturday at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, and Chef Tanya Holland will lead an Italian flavors seminar on Sunday. Other activities include a chance for participants to meet with winemakers, brew masters and artisans, and to tour the Central Coast Pavilion. Tickets for the main event range from $85 to $150, with tickets to additional events starting at $25.  For more information visit www.savorcentralcoast.com
 
September 27
With more than 175 heritage varieties of tomatoes, Kendall-Jackson’s culinary gardens offers something for everyone’s palate. Spend the afternoon touring the gardens, learning about wine and food pairings, listening to wine and garden seminars, and enjoying live music by the Carlos Herrera Band at the annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival. The event will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, call 800-769-3649 or visit www.kj.com
 
Sunset over the wine road at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa, CA October 3-5
For over 39 years, wine and culinary enthusiasts alike have attended the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and it has become a favorite tradition for both locals and out-of-town guests. This three-day event will feature over 150 wineries, award-winning wine and food tastings, chef demonstrations and workshops, and the World Championship Grape Stomp. Admission is free for children 12 and under and $5 for all other attendees unless four food items are brought for the Redwood Food Bank. Tasting Pavilion tickets are $55 each or two for $100 with a presale discount. For more information and a list of participating wineries, visit www.harvestfair.org
 
November 1-2
Join the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys in their 16th annual wine and food pairing weekend, A Wine & Food Affair. This Wine Road event will have guests hopping from winery to winery sampling vineyard favorites. Ticket holders will receive a Wine Road Calendar and a tasting glass. Ticket prices are $70 for the weekend, $50 for Sunday and $30 for designated drivers. Tickets, which often sell out, must be purchased in advance and will go on sale September 1. For more information visit www.wineroad.com/events/wine_and_food_affair/
 

Ongoing
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 www.rubiconestate.com.
 
Ongoing
Wine country visitors can benefit from a collaboration among 152 vintners and 50 lodgings in Sonoma County, together known as the Wine Road. For $25 for a day's exploration, or $50 for three days in the area, Sonoma travelers can obtain the new Ticket to the Wine Road, allowing for discounts, complimentary tastings, private tours, and other amenities at all participating locales. Benefits vary. For a list of wineries and lodging, or to purchase tickets, visit www.wineroad.com.
 
Ongoing
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 www.jwine.com. The Signature Bar, J Vineyards and Winery, 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg, CA 95448, 707-431-3646.
 


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For additional information on wine events, please contact:

Dean & DeLuca
607 South St. Helena Highway
St. Helena, CA 94574
707-967-9980



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