Napa/Sonoma, CA Wine Tastings & Events
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
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
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
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/
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.
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.
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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607 South St. Helena Highway
St. Helena, CA 94574