Chronicle tasting open to public
Up for some top-rate sipping? The finale of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is a public tasting of the best and brightest wines on Feb. 16th. It's at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and it costs $70 in advance, $85 at the door. For tickets and information, www.winejudging.com.
Some local sweepstakes winners include: the Wilson Winery, 2009 Molly's Petite Sirah at $38, Korbel Champagne Cellars California Blanc de Noirs at $11, sparkling sweepstakes; Terlato Family Vineyards, 2010 Russian River Valley pinot noir, Sweepstakes Red; Castello di Amorosa, 2011 Anderson Valley Late Harvest Gewurztraminer at $35; and Mutt Lynch Winery, Label Sweepstakes winner.
Dine around town for Jazz Festival
Jazz on the Menu, a benefit for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, blends the melody of wine, the harmony of food and the rhythm of music on Feb. 7 at a dozen restaurants in the Healdsburg area.
Small jazz ensembles will play while diners order dinner from the menu. The dine-around takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., and everyone is invited to enjoy dessert and two jazz bands at the Costeaux Bakery &amp; Cafe after 7:30 p.m.
Tickets to the after-party are $10 per person, with jazz provided by the Healdsburg High School Jazz Band and the Noel Jewkes Quintet. Early tickets to the after-party can be purchased at www.healdsburgjazz.org, or call 433-4644. Make dinner reservations at one of the 12 participating restaurants.
Participating Healdsburg restaurants include Agave, Baci Cafe &amp; Wine Bar, Barndiva, Bistro Ralph, Campo Fina, Charcuterie, Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg Bar &amp; Grill, Spoonbar and Zin. Geyserville restaurants include Catelli's and Diavola PIzzeria.
All funds from the evening go to support the music education programs of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.
Toast to Scotland's own in poetry, drink
The Camellia Inn will celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns during its annual Robert Burns Dinner on Feb. 10 at the Healdsburg inn.
The traditional supper includes a Scottish soup course, Haggis carried by the cook and led by a bagpiper, Mashed Tatties and Neeps and a dessert, all washed down with a Scotch whisky.
Speeches, toasts, poetry recitation and songs round out the dinner. Lodging package, which includes dinner, is $449 for a king room and $369 for queen room. 211 North St. 433-8182.
Early Mardi Gras at Meadowcroft
Meadowcroft Wines will get a jump on Fat Tuesday when it celebrates Mardi Gras from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the tasting room at Cornerstone Sonoma.
The third annual party will offer music by Petaluma's Rhythmtown Jive band, which will launch the party by leading a second-line parade through the gardens.
On the menu will be authentic Louisiana fare: Crawfish Etouffee from Baton Rouge, Red Beans and Rice with Cajun Sausage from Eunice, Louisiana Sensation Salad, French bread and King Cake from New Orleans.
The party is $60 per person, including food, wine, music, dancing and parade. To reserve, call 934-4090 or go to www.meadowcroftwines.com.
LaSalette Restaurant in Sonoma has launched its Crab Tuesday, celebrating the Dungeness Crab season with a complete crab dinner for $35 on Tuesdays.
The dinner includes Hearts of Romaine Salad, Garlic Buttered Penne Pasta with Topo Cheese, Mom's Amazing Portuguese Spiced Crab Stew, Garlic Bread and your choice of housemade ice cream or sorbet.
North Coast killers on death row
Year arrived: 1997
Crime: Murdered Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Trejo
Richard Allen Davis
Year arrived: 1996
Crime: Murdered 12-year-old Polly Klaas
Year arrived: 1990
Crime: Murdered seven people, including his wife and two daughters
Year arrived: 2000
Crime: Home invasion-murder of 76-year-old Ellen Salling
Year Arrived: 1984
Crime: Convicted of killing two of his wives