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Bubbles & Blooms

Learn how to spruce up your home during the 2nd annual Bubbles & Blooms Festival from noon to 4 pm. April 22 at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards.

The festival, sponsored by Flower Magazine, includes workshops on sustainable gardening, floral arranging and nature photography accompanied by food and wine.

General admission is $65; VIP tickets are $90, including VIP parking, gift bag, additional wine token, front row seating and a DIY workshop of your choice. A portion of the ticket proceeds benefit the nonprofit Garden for the Environment.

For more information and reservations, go to gloriaferrer.com. 23555 Arnold Drive.


Earth Day at Iron Horse Vineyards

Iron Horse Vineyards will celebrate Earth Day from noon to 3 p.m. April 23 with food and photography, a keynote speaker and live music at the Sebastopol winery.

Keynote speaker will be Karen Ross, the California secretary of agriculture, who will address the “Future of Food.” Live music will be performed by the Ronstadt Generations, and National Geographic will exhibit food photography from around the world.

Tickets are $65 general, including lunch, wine, music and speaker; $250 VIP tickets include a VIP reception, to benefit Sustainable Conservation. To reserve, go to ironhorsevineyards.com. 9786 Ross Station Road.


Earth Day at Korbel

Korbel Champagne Cellars will celebrate the Flavors of Spring from 10;30 a.m. to 3 pm. April 22 with sparkling wine, tram tours and springtime nibbles.

The Earth Day celebration marks the opening day of the winery’s historic garden tours. Garden hats are encouraged. Cost $25. To reserve: 707-824-7316. 13250 River Road.


McEvoy olive oil

McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma has released its 2017 Traditional Blend Olive Oil, featuring lightly floral notes plus nuances of fresh, green olive fruit and a slightly peppery finish.

The ranch has also debuted a new, limited production of 2017 Certified Organic Lemon Olive Oil, made by crushing the olives and whole lemons together in the Tuscan manner. The oil has bright notes of lemon zest and a hint of pepper.

The Traditional oil retails for $27 for a 375 ml bottle, available in shops and markets across Sonoma County. The Organic Lemon Olive Oil retails for $30 for a 375 ml bottle and is available only at the ranch’s shop at the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace. mcevoyranch.com.


Kringle & Nordic runes

The Freya Lodge will hold a tasty Scandinavian brunch at noon on April 22 at the Norway Hall with a special speaker,

The brunch features farmers omelets, kringle (Skandinavian pastry) and fruit, plus mimosas for purchase. Singer and storyteller Kari Taurning will do a presentation on Nordic runes and the volva stav, the staff carrier of indigenous European spiritual practice.

Cost is $22, with tickets available at freyalodge.org. 617 West Ninth St.


Meet a vegan ultra-marathoner

Activist, author and Farm Sanctuary President Gene Baur will appear from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 21 at the Stanford Inn on the Mendocino Coast.

Baur, one of only two all-vegan ultra-marathoners in North America, will be running the Mendocino Coast 50K ultra-marathon on April 22. His best-selling book, “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life,” is about the growing popularity of the vegan lifestyle for health, environmental and animal welfare reasons.

The Stanford Inn is located at 44850 Comptche Ukiah Road at the corner of Highway 1. stanfordinn.com.


Pigs & Pinot benefit

The 12th annual Pigs & Pinot celebration held last month at the Hotel Healdsburg and Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen pushed the popular fund-raiser over the $1 million mark.

The event, which benefits Share our Strength, featured world-class pinot noir producers selected by the organization’s Wine Chairman Daryl Groom.

The sold-out benefit kicked off Friday night with the Taste of Pigs & Pinot and the announcement of the Pinot Cup winner: TR Elliott, 2014 Bootlegger’s Hill, Russian River Valley. Runner-up went to Kosta Browne, 2014 Gap’s Crown, Sonoma Coast.

In the Ultimate Sommelier Smackdown Seminar on Saturday, the audience named Michael Jordan the Smackdown King for selecting both the winning and runner-up wines: Kosta Browne, 2014, Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highliands; and Penner-Ash, 2014, Zena Crown Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon.

The complete list of participating wineries and chefs/restaurants can be found at pigsandpinot.com

Staff writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @dianepete56.

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