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A la carte: Weekend of food and wine

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SONOMA COUNTY: Wine Country Weekend
This weekend’s Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is goodwill sipping at its best. It is Sonoma County’s most successful food and wine charity endeavor. The string of events feature Sonoma Starlight, a dinner and dance at Geyserville’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery Friday night, the Taste of Sonoma at Healdsburg’s MacMurray Estate Vineyards Saturday, and the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Kenwood’s Chateau St. Jean winery Sunday. To purchase event packages, which vary in price, visit www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com. For more information, call 855-939-7666.

SANTA ROSA: New venue debuts at Paradise Ridge
The open-air amphitheater at Paradise Ridge Winery will have its debut performance Thursday. The Transcendence Artist Series will showcase “Oh, What a Beautiful Mashup.” Stephan Stubbins and Leah Sprecher are well known to Broadway Under The Stars audiences for their medleys. They are both founding members of the Transcendence Theatre Company and the Broadway Under The Stars concerts. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Prices range from $29 to $75. For more information, visit www.transcendencetheatre.org/tas.html#Stephan or call 877-424-1414. The Santa Rosa winery is at 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive.

SONOMA VALLEY: Tickets for harvest fun
Tickets are available for the three-day Sonoma Valley crush event Sept. 26-28. Fifteen wineries throughout the Sonoma Valley will be offering a variety of harvest activities each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They include crush pad tours, as well as grape sampling in the vineyards and tasting fresh pressed juice. To purchase a $35 ticket, visit www.heartsofsonomavalley.com or call 707-431-1137.

GLEN ELLEN: The Creak at B.R. Cohn Winery
Bluegrass fans will want to pen this in. The Creak is playing at Glen Ellen’s B.R .Cohn Winery Sept. 6. from 6 to 8 p.m., The Creak is rooted in bluegrass and folk, with aspects of blues and punk in the mix. You can picnic in the olive grove and buy wine and other items from the nearby gourmet shop. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.brcohn.com or by calling 938-4064. The winery is at 15000 Sonoma Hwy.

YOUNTVILLE: Sneak peek of Napa Valley film fest
You can catch a sneak preview of the Napa Valley Film Festival Thursday at Bardessono Hotel & Spa in Yountille. The Dive Bar will be showing these shorts: “Sure Thing,” “Slomo,” “My New Apartment, “Teenage Wine Snobs” and “The Gunfighter.” The first showing is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the second is 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is movie-going at its most relaxing. You can watch while lounging poolside, grazing on bites and sipping specialty cocktails. The shorts will prepare you for the The Napa Valley Film Festival Nov. 12-16. The Bardessono is at 6526 Yount St. For more information, visit www.bardessono.com or call 204-6000.

ST. HELENA: New Clif family food truck
A new food truck, the Clif Family Bruschetteria, has rolled into Napa Valley. It will be parked at 709 Main St. in St. Helena. It’s just off the back patio of Velo Vino tasting room in St. Helena, and it serves Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The truck will offer a seasonal menu of bruschetta, spiedini, salads, rotisserie chicken and sweet treats, with many ingredients sourced from the Clif Family Farm. The chef manning the compact kitchen is John McConnell, who has worked with the Michelin-starred Terra Restaurant in St. Helena. For more information, visit www.cliffamily.com or call 707-968-0625.


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