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SONOMA COUNTY: Dry Creek Olive Co. tops at Harvest Fair

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair has announced the winners of its olive oil competition, with the Dry Creek Olive Company of Healdsburg winning Best of Show for its Mediterranean Blend.

The oil won over the judges with its blend of Italy's Coratina and Tuscan olives, Greece's Kalamata olive and Spain's Sevillano olive. Dry Creek Olive Company took home a total of 10 awards, including four double gold medals.

Here are the other winners of double golds in the Professional Food & Wine Competition:

Sonoma County grown olive oil, medium class: Deergnaw Olive Oil of Healdsburg, for its blend; Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery of Healdsburg for its Vintners Estate; Gloria-Ferrer Winery of Sonoma for its Estate Olive Oil; SRJC Shone Farm of Forestville for its blend.

Sonoma County grown olive oil, robust class: Dry Creek Olive Company for its Mediterranean Blend; Benziger Family Winery of Glen Ellen for its blend.

California grown olive oil, light class: Capay Gold Olive Oil of Santa Rosa for its 100 percent Arbequina; Dry Creek Olive Company for its Three Orchards Blend.

California grown olive oil, medium class: The Olive Press of Sonoma for its Picual.

California grown olive oil, robust class: Dry Creek Olive Company for its Frutteto.

California grown flavored olive oil, citrus: B.R. Cohn Olive Oil Company of Glen Ellen for its Blood Orange Oo-Mission and its Meyer Lemon Oo; Dry Creek Olive Company for its Mojito Lime.

California grown flavored olive oil, herb: The Olive Press of Sonoma for Jalape?.

California grown flavored olive oil, other: The Smoked Olive of Santa Rosa for Santa Fe Smoked Olive Oil.

The award-winning oils can be sampled at the Harvest Fair Oct. 4-6. For a complete list of winning olive oils, go to harvestfair.org.

SANTA ROSA: Boudin baking up delights all day long

Boudin Bakery has opened Boudin SF, its 15th Northern California restaurant, at the corner of Farmers Lane and Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa's Montgomery Village.

Boudin SF is a family-friendly restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring the bakery's signature sourdough.

The bakery's Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread has been baked with the same starter, or "mother dough," since 1849.

In addition to the famous sourdough, Boudin has added flavored breads to the line, including asiago cheese bread, olive hearth bread and jalape? cheddar rounds. Master Baker Fernando Padilla also created the bakery's classic sourdough bread bowls for its clam chowder.

Other signature dishes include a sourdough baguette burger, a goat cheese and apple salad and a turkey and avocado sandwich.

Boudin SF is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at 2345 Midway Drive. To place phone orders, call 303-4100.

SEBASTOPOL: Take a tasty ride along Route 116

Taste Route 116, a group of wineries located along Highway 116 in Sebastopol, will hold a "Grill 116" event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at seven participating wineries.

The progressive barbecue includes grilled food bites, wines and a display of classic cars at each stop.

Tickets are $45, $10 for designated drivers, and can be purchased at Balletto Vineyards & Winery, Dutton Estate Winery, Graton Ridge Cellars, Hanna Winery, Martin Ray Winery, Russian River Vineyards and Taft Street Winery.

Details: tasteroute116.com.

FULTON: Wine Women & Shoes set at K-J

The Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County will hold its inaugural Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser from 1p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road in Fulton.

Guests will enjoy boutique shopping, wine and food, music, silent and live auctions and a fashion show.

Official "Shoe Guys," sponsored by Hotel Healdsburg, will circulate with various goodies, including shoes, jewelry, auction items, wine and food.

The Kight Family of Quivira Vineyards and Winery is sponsoring the event. Tickets are $75. To reserve, go to healthcarefoundation.net or call 473-0583.

PENNGROVE: Hot rods, BBQ and fun in town park

The Penngrove Social Firemen will heat things up at the third annual Hot Rods and BBQ from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Penngrove Community Park.

Bring your hot rod, circa 1974 or older, to the car show, dance to live music by Charley Baker and enjoy a chicken barbecue. Games, beverages and door prizes round out the fun.

Tickets are $15, or $5 for kids ages 12 and under, available at Penngrove's JavAmore Cafe, 10101 Main St., or call 981-7765.

Proceeds support Penngrove Community Park, 11800 Main St. penngrovesocialfiremen.org.

SONOMA: SMI's wine-themed lounge now open

After an extensive renovation, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn has opened 38 Degrees North, a new lounge that draws its inspiration from the latitude of the 38th parallel, which marks some of the most iconic wine regions in the world, including Alicante in Spain, Calabria in Italy and the Sonoma Valley.

The lounge will pour more than 50 wines by the glass from both local and international wineries and offer a menu of small plates.

Sant?Chef de Cuisine Andrew Cain will head up the kitchen, offering signature dishes such as Grown-Up Mac & Cheese with Lobster and Black Truffles, Grass-Fed Beef Sliders and "Faux Foie Gras" (Sonoma Duck Liver Mousse).

The lounge is open nightly from 5 p.m. to midnight. DJ Erin Prunchak, aka Rubberband Girl, will spin every Friday and Saturday evening from 8 to 11 during the summer. 100 Boyes Blvd. 938-9000.

WINE COUNTRY: Oakville Grocery opens online shop

Oakville Grocery has launched an e-commerce website where consumers can purchase a selection of snacks, condiments and housewares.

At shop.oakvillegrocery.com, the store is offering a line of its own chips, crackers, chocolates, herbs, rubs, mustards, oils, vinegars, tapenades and spreads.

Originally opened in 1881 as a farmers' store, Oakville Grocery is the oldest continually operating food market in California.

This summer, the stores in Oakville and Healdsburg have introduced a new sandwich menu designed for picnics. Choices include the Oakville Muffaletta, a Cuban Sandwich, a Quinoa Falafel, an open-faced Tartine (changes daily) and a Ham & Swiss Waffle.

NAPA: Bar stars shake it up at cocktail contest

Fourteen contestants competed in the fourth annual Wine Country Cocktail Competition.

First place went to Daniel Ojinaga of Society Culture House in Santa Rosa for his Zest Tea Fizz cocktail, made with Charbay Green Tea Vodka and Perfect Puree's Coconut Puree.

Gabby Saul of Goose & Gander in St. Helena won second place for her Caribbean Express, combining Perfect Puree's Passion Colada blend and Passion Fruit Concentrate.

Branford Manning of Jack & Tony's in Santa Rosa took third place for The Rickshaw, a blend of Charbay Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka and Perfect Puree's Lychee Puree and Thai Basil & Black Pepper blend.

The contest held June 24 at Andaz Napa was judged by mixologist Scott Beattie and chef/owner Ken Frank of La Toque, among others. The People's Choice Award went to Hunter DeoVampo of Andaz for his Salvia Sling, featuring Charbay Red Raspberry Vodka and Mango Puree from The Perfect Puree.

Contest sponsors Charbay Distillery and The Perfect Puree are both based in Napa. charbay.com and perfectpuree.com.

Compiled by Staff Writer Diane Peterson, who can be reached at 521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com, and Peg Melnik, who can be reached at 521-5310 or peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com.

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