A Wine & Food Affair on the Wine Road is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4th. The weekend of wine and food pairing is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys in Northern Sonoma County. All the wineries participating will prepare a favorite winery recipe to sample, along with their wine. The recipes are included in a "Tasting along the Wine Road" cookbook that ticket holders will receive, along with a glass and wristband, upon check-in. Designated drivers will be given a different color wristband and they will not be served wine. The fee is $70 for the weekend, $50 for Sunday only and $30 for designated drivers. No tickets available at the door. Pre-sales only at www.wineroad.com.
Here's a night for pinot noir fanatics - a single-vineyard pinot noir soiree at Sebastopol's Dutton-Goldfield Winery on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. The winery will release its 2010 vintage. Tasters can compare the wines, the nuances of the vineyards and the intricacies of the appellations. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 827-3600. The winery is at 3100 Gravenstein Hwy North.
<MC>The Social Club Restaurant and Bar has opened in Petaluma in the former Pazzo space at 132 Keller St.
Chef de Cuisine Bob Simontacchi and sous chef Joseph Zobel serve up an array of California Mediterranean fare, from Penn Cove Mussels and Marinated Red Beets to Yukon Gold Gnocchi and Petaluma Fried Chicken.
The dining room has 65 seats, with another 40 in its private dining space. There is also an outdoor patio with a wood-fired grill and fire pits.
The bar serves cocktails, wine by the glass, and a wide assortment of interesting beers on tap and in the bottle.
The restaurant is open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and for brunch at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Dinner is served Wednesday through Monday. The restaurant is closed Tuesdays. 238-0158. socialclubrestaurant.com.
<MC2>Mendocino County kicks off its Beer, Wine and Mushroom Festival this Friday through Nov. 11 with dinners, tours and a signature tasting event.
The flagship event is the Camp Mendocino Beer, Wine and Mushroom Train ride this Saturday on the historic Skunk Train. Trains leave from Fort Bragg and Willits at 10 a.m., with passengers disembarking at Camp Mendocino for wine tastings, food and a mushroom cook-off competition.
At Camp Mendocino, guests can also enjoy a talk by local mushroom expert Eric Schramm, a mushroom hike and live music, plus dessert, port and chocolate truffles on the ride home.
Trains arrive back in Fort Bragg and Willits at 5 p.m. Tickets are $95, to benefit the San Francisco Boys & Girls Club Camp Mendocino. skunktrain.com.
For a complete schedule of events, go to visitmendocino.com and search for "mushroom."
<MC2>After its much ballyhooed 2011 debut, Flavor! Napa Valley returns on Nov. 14-18 with a top-notch line-up of celebrity chefs, vintners and artisan food producers.
Participating Napa Valley chefs include Michael Chiarello of Bottega, who originated the concept, along with Thomas Keller of the French Laundry, Christopher Kostow of Meadowood, Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustard's Grill and Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto Napa.