Food & wine news, upcoming events around Sonoma


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 & 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 & Wine Bar, Barndiva, Bistro Ralph, Campo Fina, Charcuterie, Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg Bar & Grill, Spoonbar and Zin. Geyserville restaurants include Catelli's and Diavola PIzzeria.

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