Roll out the barrels!
Seventeen wineries from Kenwood to Glen Ellen will host the 2017 Savor Sonoma Valley from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18 and 19 during the annual barrel tasting experience.
Meet winemakers, taste reserve wines, sample barrel wines and tour through caves during this epic sneak peek of the 2016 vintage.
Tickets are $65 for a weekend pass, $75 at the door or $50 per person for a Sunday-only pass. Designated drivers are free. For reservations, go to heartofsonomavalley.com or call 707-431-1137.
Irish lunch with wine
Meadowcroft Wines at Cornerstone will serve a four-course Irish feast at noon Saturday, March 11, that highlights the culinary talents of Darby Tarantino, who studied cooking in Ireland.
The luncheon includes Irish classics such as Irish soda bread and butter, goat cheese from the Ardsallagh dairy and a traditional Irish seafood pie with Duchess potatoes.
Dessert includes Banoffee pie, a dessert that blends the lightness of bananas with the richness of toffee.
Tickets are $78, including wine pairings, and advance reservations required. To reserve, go to meadowcroftwines.com or call 707-934-4090.
St. Pat’s benefit dinner
The Geyserville Oddfellows will host its annual Jiggs and Maggie St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Oddfellows Hall 176.
The benefit dinner, cooked by Diavola chef/owner Dino Bugica, will feature corned beef and cabbage, live music and a silent auction to benefit the Geyserville school district.
A no-host bar will offer local wine, beer and whiskey.
Tickets are $25 adult, $10 kids 13 and under, available at Bosworth and Son, Diavola or brownpapertickets.com. 210027 Geyserville Ave. geyservilleoddfellows.com.
A dinner to support the Sonoma School Garden Project will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Ramekins Culinary School.
The evening starts with a reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner provided by chefs from Sonoma. Tickets are $75. ramekins.com. 450 W. Spain St.
Book event at Jimtown
Jimtown Store will host a book release party for “Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope,” at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the cafe at 6706 Highway 128.
Admission is $20, including a copy of the book, appetizers and rosés from Smith Story Wine Cellars and Robert James Wines, plus postcards and stamps to send messages to representatives.
All of the royalties from the book will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants are also requested to bring small-size toiletries to donate to North Sonoma County Services.
Griffo releases first whiskey
Griffo Distillery will throw a party to celebrate their first whiskey — Stony Point Whiskey made from locally grown ingredients — from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Petaluma distillery.
There will be custom cocktails, whiskey and gin tasting, live music by Royal Jelly Jive and grub from Faron’s Louisiana Style Barbeque. Free. 1320 Scott St., Suite A.