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Chateau St. Jean celebrates Cinq Cepages

Chateau St. Jean will host a 20th anniversary party for the winery's renowned Cinq Cepages wine, a Bordeaux blend of five grape varieties, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kenwood winery.

The all-day release party will be highlighted by small bites, live music by Solid Air and The Highway Robbers and unlimited tastes of the new 2009 vintage of Cinq Cepages.

The 1996 vintage was named Wine of the Year by the Wine Spectator magazine in its rankings of Top 10 Wines of 1999.

Cost is $45. To reserve, go to www.chateaustjean.com. 877-478-5326.


Get a kick by celebrating Italy's Puglia region at the Festa Italiana on Sunday

Celebrate the Puglia region of Italy -- way down at the heel of the boot -- during the 22nd annual Festa Italiana from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building.

The event, sponsored by the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation, includes food, folk music, dancing, a classic auto show, cooking demonstrations, bocce and more.

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