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 threewine tastingoptions 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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