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Napa/Sonoma, CA Wine Tastings & Events

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March 4
The James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour will stop in Napa at The Pear Southern Bistro. Participating chefs will include host chef Rodney Worth (The Worth Group, San Francisco, CA), Craig DiFonzo (Lungomare and Chop Bar, Oakland, CA), Bruce Kalman (Union, Pasadena, CA), Mark Peel (Campanile, Los Angeles, CA), Mark Quiñones (Luminaria, Santa Fe, NM) and pastry chef Dana Farkas (The Peasant & The Pear, Danville, CA). The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and costs $195 per person. For more information, visit www.jamesbeard.org
 
March 20-21
Charlie Palmer's 10th annual Pigs & Pinot event will take place at the Hotel Healdsburg in Sonoma County. Hosted by actor/comic and foodie Mario Cantone, the event will celebrate Pinots from California and beyond, and feature Iron Chef style pork cooking face-offs between chefs. Simultaneous dinners on Saturday evening will include a gala event at Dry Creek Kitchen, and "Swine and Wine" at Spoonbar in the h2hotel with Spoonbar chef Louis Maldonado. For more information, visit www.pigsandpinot.com
 

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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