The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association will hold its 30th annual Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 26 wineries along Sonoma Highway.
The holiday celebration includes wine tastings, holiday nibbles, gift packages and caroling, among other festive treats.
Tickets are $55 for both days, including a wine tasting glass and access to all participating wineries. Designated-driver tickets are $10.
Advance purchase is recommended. Info: <a href="http://heartofsonomavalley.com" target="_blank">heartofsonomavalley.com</a> or 866-794-9463.
<strong>Seasonal fun downtown:</strong> During Healdsburg's Downtown Holiday Party on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., downtown merchants will serve up tasty treats as Santa's sled lands in the Plaza.
At Barndiva's garden, you can enjoy roasted chestnuts that were grown at owner Jil Hales' farm in Philo.
Meanwhile, inside the gallery, there will be Meyer lemon vodka-infused cocktails made with heirloom apple juice from the farm. The "Why Bears Do It" cocktail also features garden thyme and house-made American oak bitters.
Barndiva is located at 231 Center St. Info: <a href="http://barndiva.com" target="_blank">barndiva.com</a>.
<strong> New pairings from Meadowcroft:</strong> Meadowcroft Wines has introduced two new wine and food pairings at its tasting room in the Cornerstone community.
The first pairing consists of five distinct flavors paired with five wines: dried apricot, sweet and spicy pecan, maple bacon popcorn, chocolate-covered blueberry and Vella cheese.
The Wine &amp; Chocolate Decadence pairing features six wines paired with six confections from Le Bilge Belgian Chocolates, which are handcrafted in Napa.
Meadowcroft Wines will feature wine by the fire pits and Christmas carols by Stephen O'Malley from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22.
The tasting room is located at 23574 Arnold Drive (Highway 121). Info: <a href="http://meadowcroftwines.com" target="_blank">meadowcroftwines.com</a>.
<strong> Open house at Healdsburg Shed:</strong> To celebrate the start of the holidays, Healdsburg Shed will host an open house from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday featuring free, hand-pressed apple cider and roasted chestnuts.
Healdsburg Shed has launched an online store featuring a collection of 20 handcrafted tools for the kitchen, farm and garden, including a classic, British Mortar and Pestle ($58), and Shed Jam with spreader from Forestville jam maker Elissa Rubin-Mahon.
In the Shed Cafe, table service has been added to breakfast, lunch and the afternoon bar service. Dinner and reservations coming soon.
Shed is located at 25 North St. and is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Tuesdays.
<strong> Workshop on de-bittering olives:</strong> Don Landis will give a class on How to De-Bitter Olives from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.
Landis will demonstrate the three methods — Greek-style brine, water and dry salt — followed by a tasting of olives with cheese and crackers.
The workshop at 24724 Arnold Drive is free, but RSVP is required at 931-7575.
<strong> Local woman places high in dessert contest:</strong> Laurie Figone of Petaluma won fourth place for desserts in the 2013 World Food Championships held in Las Vegas earlier this month.
After the first round, where she made Bugsy Carrot Cake Ravioli and Golden Nugget Strawberry Daiquiri Parfaits, she placed ninth.
When the top 10 cooked again in the second round, her Gluten-Free Pineapple Ginger Spice Cake with Toasted Ginger Meringue boosted her up to fourth place and earned her $2,000.