PETALUMA: Learn about sudden oak death

Sonoma County’s stands of oak trees continue to be threatened by sudden oak death. Learn the latest research about this deadly pathogen, as well as the symptoms, risk plants and treatments to help stem the damage of SOD during a free workshop Thursday put on by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners. 6 to 8 p.m. Petaluma Seed Bank, 199 N. Petaluma Blvd. For more information, visit


WINDSOR: Composting workshop

Composting is the single best thing you can do for your garden. Master Gardener Lyle Bullock will tell you why and show you how to produce your own compost to have healthier plants during a free workshop March 4 at the Windsor Library, 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100, Windsor.


SONOMA: Rose-pruning workshop

Master Gardener Jim Lang will offer tips on the best tools for pruning as well as demonstrate best pruning techniques during a free rose-trimming workshop today at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


ROHNERT PARK: Learn to prune trees

Master Gardener Fred Revetria will give a free workshop today, Feb. 25, on how to prune your trees for best growth and production for years to come.

The workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rohnert Park/Cotati Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way. For more information, visit


SANTA ROSA: Butterfly workshop

Monarchs are valuable pollinators and they need help from home gardeners. Learn what you can do for them during a free workshop March 4 at the Rincon Valley Library in Santa Rosa. Master Gardener Suzanne Clarke will discuss feeding, anatomy, life cycle, diet and distribution of monarch populations. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 6959 Montecito Blvd.


SEBASTOPOL: Sustainability talk

Why is everyone talking about sustainability, and why is it important for the future?

Master Gardener Kim Pearson will answer those questions, as well as offer tips on how to make your own garden more sustainable without sacrificing beauty during a free talk March 4 at the Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol.

Compiled by Meg McConahey. Direct Home and Garden news to or call 707-521-5204. Please submit items at least three weeks in advance of an event.

Drop dead gorgeous chardonnays


Three Sticks

Three Sticks, 2015 Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 14.5% alcohol, $55. ★★★★1/2

A chardonnay with great complexity — bright stone fruit, hazelnut and creme brulee. Lush, but manages to be balanced. Great minerality. Supple texture, with a lingering finish. Absolutely knockout.


Merry Edwards, 2014 Olivet Lane, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Chardonnay, 14%, $60. ★★★★1/2: This is a striking chardonnay with great depth. Notes of melon, fig and spice. Supple texture. Rich, yet balanced. Nice length. Extremely well crafted. Impressive.

Cuvaison, 2015 Adda Carneros, Napa Valley Chardonnay, 14.2%, $26. ★★★1/2: This is a pretty chardonnay weighted to stone fruit — peach and apricot. A hint of honeysuckle and a splash of lime in the mix. A steal for the price.

Dierberg, 2014 Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay, 13.8%, $32. ★★★★: A blousy chardonnay with rich flavors, but it has a nice underpinning of bright acidity. Notes of ripe apple, melon and toasty oak. Lovely.

Bravium, 2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 14.1%, $25. ★★★★: A chardonnay that over delivers for the price. Layered with notes of pineapple, toast, honey and honeydew. Bright acidity, coupled with good minerality. The pineapple gives this chardonnay a refreshing twist. Delightful.

Peg Melnik’s Tasting Room blog