HEALDSBURG: Johnson new chef at J Vineyards
Erik Johnson has been named the new executive chef at J Vineyards & Winery, overseeing all food and wine programs, including the seasonal menu of the J Bubble Room.
A former executive sous chef at the Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, Johnson has been teaching classes at Relish Culinary Adventures and cooking dinners for private clients.
This fall, Johnson is launching a series of three holiday food and wine education classes at the winery. "Get Ready for Thanksgiving," which includes a three-course meal served with J wines and printed recipes, will be held at 6:30p.m. Saturday. Cost is $110.
"The holidays are a joyous time of the year, but can be a little intimidating when it comes to serving the proper wines with food," Johnson said. "I will help walk people through the steps needed to make the holidays an entertaining and culinary success."
To reserve, go to jwine.com/events. J Vineyards & Winery is located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway, south of Healdsburg.
GEYSERVILLE: Pairing wines with the right ... music?
You've had wine with food; now you can try pairing wine with music at Francis Ford Coppola Winery's new sensory experience, Wine Whim & Song.
During the 90-minute tasting, guests will focus on a variety of different styles of music and an assortment of wines. The experience is offered one Saturday per month and includes four to six wines. Upcoming tastings will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 and Dec. 14.
Tastings cost $45 and can be reserved at franciscoppolawinery.com.
To recreate the experience at home, you can take home a package of three wines and a CD of various artists, along with pairing notes.
The winery is located at 300 Via Archimedes. Info: 857-1471.
SONOMA COUNTY: Wine & Food Affair highlights 3 valleys
A Wine & Food Affair will offer sips and bites on Saturday and Sunday in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Each participating winery will prepare a recipe to sample, paired with wine. Ticketholders will receive a cookbook, tasting glass and wristband upon check-in. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. To peruse participating wineries, visit wineroad.com or call 433-4335.
NOVATO: Brewery dinner for HopMonk's 1st birthday
The HopMonk Tavern in Novato will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a beer dinner featuring Ninkasi Brewing Company at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Executive Chef Billy Reid will pair the hoppy brews with an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. The cost is $58, including tax and tip.
Ninkasi Brewing Company, a craft brewery based in Eugene, Ore., is named after the Sumerian goddess of beer. The brewery produces Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red and Oatis Oatmeal Stout, among other quaffs.
The tavern is located in the Vintage Oaks at Novato Shopping Center off Highway 101 and Highway 37. Info: hopmonk.com or 415-892-6200.
GLEN ELLEN: B.R. Cohn hosts holiday shopping events
B.R. Cohn Winery welcomes the holiday season every Saturday in November and December with Sip, Savor and Shop, showcasing "must-have" recipes featuring B.R. Cohn gourmet products and free gift-wrapping.