Upcoming food and wine events


<strong>Jordan Estate's first ever tour and tasting:</strong> Just in time to celebrate the grape harvest, Jordan Estate is launching its first ever Estate Tour and Tasting Experience, a farm-to-table visitor experience that includes wine, food and olive oil paired with views of the Alexander Valley estate. During the tour, guests will journey to remote corners of the 1,200-acre estate for an excursion showcasing foods grown on the property. The estate comprises more than 1,000 acres of land, including 110 acres of grapevines, 18 acres of olive trees, plus a wide range of natural habitats, from lakes and pastures to rolling hills. Under the direction of second-generation vintner John Jordan, it has evolved into a working ranch with chickens for eggs, cattle for beef, bees for honey and a cutting garden for flowers. Each guided tour hosts up to 12 guests for three hours of exploration. Guests will be transported in a luxury vehicle. Foods paired with Jordan Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served at three locations during the tour. The tours are offered by appointment Thursdays through Mondays, through mid-November. Cost is $120 per person. To reserve, go to <a href="http://www.jordanwinery.com" target="_blank">www.jordanwinery.com</a>. The winery is located at 1474 Alexander Valley Road.


<strong>'Oil and Honey' author to speak:</strong> Best-selling author, environmentalist and activist Bill McKibben, author of "Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist," will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept 15 at Burlingame Hall. McKibben co-founded <a href="http://350.org" target="_blank">350.org</a>, a global climate change campaign, with Sonoma native May Boeve. At the event, Readers' Books will sell copies of "Oil and Honey," a memoir that recounts McKibben's journey from Harvard student to environmental activist and Methodist Sunday-school teacher. The hall is located at 252 West Spain St. The talk is free.


<strong> Craft beer festival along the river</strong>: The Petaluma Craft Beer Festival will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept 14 along the downtown Petaluma riverfront, with sips and bites from 15 breweries and six restaurants. Live entertainment by bands such as the Friday Night Jam Band round out the delicious event. Advance tickets are $30, or $40 at the door, including souvenir beer glass and 10 tasting tickets. Designated drivers are $15. <a href="http://www.petalumrivercraftbeerfest.org" target="_blank">www.petalumrivercraftbeerfest.org</a>.

<strong>SAN FRANCISCO</strong>

<strong> Ghiradelli's annual chocolate festival:</strong> Ghirardelli Chocolate Company will throw its 18th annual Chocolate Festival Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 at San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square. This two-day celebration will feature samples from pastry chefs, chef demonstrations and an ice-cream sundae eating contest. Tim Nugent, executive pastry chef at Scala's Bistro and a contestant on "Top Chef: Just Desserts," will serve as the festival's culinary host. Tasting tickets are $20 for 15 tastes, or $25 at the door, with several general events available at no charge. <a href="http://www.ghirardelli.com/chocolatefestival" target="_blank">www.ghirardelli.com/chocolatefestival</a>.


<strong> Dinners paired with famed pinots</strong>: Josh Silvers of Jackson's Bar and Oven will cook up a winemaker dinner with Kosta Browne at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma. The dinner, paired with a few of the famous pinot noirs from Kosta Browne, includes Salmon Gravlax with Fennel and Apple Salad; Crispy Pork Belly with Burnt Honey, Orange Gastrique and Polenta; Mushroom Fettucini with Mixed Mushrooms, Walnuts and Creme Fraiche; and Duck Breast with Black Beluga Lentils and a Cherry and Pinot Reduction. The dinner, which includes a cooking demonstration, costs $175. <a href="http://www.ramekins.com" target="_blank">www.ramekins.com</a>. 450 Spain St.

<strong>GLEN ELLEN</strong>

<strong> Fall music festival and celebrity golf</strong>: B.R. Cohn's Charity Fall Music Festival & Celebrity Golf Tournament is Aug. 21st and 22nd. The event, now in its 27th year, has quite a lineup — the Doobie Brothers, Heart, Bad Company with Paul Rodgers, Pablo Cruise and the Gin Blossoms. For information and prices, visit www.brcohn.com. The winery is at 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

<em>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.</em>