Honors for Corks, Catalan Fest

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    PC: Dining room at Corks at Russian River Vineyards in Forestville. February 22, 2012.

FORESTVILLE: Corks honored for outdoor dining

Corks Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards is popping open the champagne. It was among 100 eateries honored with an Open-Table Diners' Choice Award for Top Outdoor Dining Restaurant in the U.S.

The award was based on more than 5 million reviews collected from OpenTable diners during one year, from May 2012 through April 2013. There were 15,000 restaurants in the running.

Corks Restaurant is the only winery-based restaurant in the Russian River Valley and offers dining on the patio outside a historic, 1890s farmhouse.

"We take pride in serving our guests exceptional food among the natural beauty of the Russian River Valley," managing partner Chris O'Neill said. "This acknowledgment from our diners means a great deal to us."

Corks Restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and brunch from 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dinner is served from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and is open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Russian River Vineyards tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 5700 Highway 116 N. corks116.com.

SONOMA: Become a Spaniard at Gloria Ferrer event

Got a passport? At the Catalan Festival at Sonoma's Gloria Ferrer Vineyards on July 20 and 21, you'll taste sparkling and estate wines, Spanish cuisine and watch passionate flamenco dancing. There also will be a grape stomp and traditional folklore surprises at the event from noon to 4 p.m.

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