ROHNERT PARK: Wine & Food bash
The North Coast Wine & Food Festival will bring together the gold-medal winning wines of the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Competition with 18 top chefs from the region from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at SOMO Village Event Center.
In addition sips of the award-winning wines, there will be bites from restaurants such as Healdsburg Shed, the Dry Creek Kitchen, Valette, El Dorado Kitchen and The Spinster Sisters. Talks from industry insiders and live music round out the afternoon.
Cost is $50 to $135. northcoastwineandfood.com. 1100 Valley House Drive.
PETALUMA: Ethic Ciders launches
After spending three years refining the craft of cider production, Ethic Ciders of Petaluma has released two inaugural quaffs: Golden Rule, their signature orchard blend,;and Gravitude, their nod to the local Gravenstein apple.
The company, founded by Ned and Michelle Lawton, sources apples from its own heirloom apple orchard on the outskirts of Sebastopol. Their goal is to make ciders that are reminiscent of a dry, sparkling wine.
The ciders are available at Andy’s Produce Market in Sebastopol, Bohemian Market in Occidental, and through the website: ethicciders.com.
OCCIDENTAL: Apple talk, dinners
Slow Food Russian River will bring together apple farms and craft cider makers, including Ethic Ciders, at 5:30 p.m. June 19 at the Union Hotel in Occidental for a reception, panel discussion and dinner.
Local historian Gaye LeBaron will lead a discussion of the past and future of apples in Sonoma County. The dinner will follow at 7 p.m. Admission is $30. To reserve: slowfoodrr.org.
HEALDSBURG: La Crema pretty in pink
La Crema will host an elegant “Pink Party” to celebrate the new vintage of the 2016 Saralee’s Pinot Noir Rosé from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the winery’s Tasting Lounge in downtown Healdsburg.
Wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music round out the summery afternoon. Cost is $40. to reserve, call 707-431-9400. lacrema.com.
PETALUMA: Dinner with Thistle Meats
Thistle Meats and its new butcher/owner, Travis Day, will host a Sunday Supper with owner/chefs Rupert and Carrie Blease of the Michelin-starred Lord Stanley restaurant in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Petaluma butcher shop.
Guests will enjoy welcome snacks, followed by a sit-down, family-style meal with multiple courses, Cost is $85 for food, not including tax or tip. Reservations: 707-772-5442.
NORTH COUNTY: Magical wine tours
A Magical Mystery bus tour of the Alexander Valley will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 17 by WineRoad Northern Sonoma County.
The daylong event includes luxury transportation to four wineries, where guests will taste four wines with bites of food at each location. The Alexander Valley, renowned for its cabernet sauvignons, is the largest and most fully planted wine region in Sonoma County. Tickets are $125. To reserve: magicalmysterytour2017.eventbrite.com.
SONOMA: Market opens for season
The Harvest Market, a Saturday morning market at the Sonoma Garden Park operated by the Sonoma Ecology Center, has opened for the season offering vegetables and fruit along with fresh-cut flowers and homegrown eggs.
The market, running every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon through October, also offers olive oil produced by a local family for $20 a bottle.
THIS WEEK’S BLIND TASTING
Vaughn Duffy, 2015 Sonoma County, Rosé of Pinot Noir, 13.9% alcohol, $20. ★★★★1/2
An edgy rosé with bright notes of raspberry and watermelon. But what makes this a standout is its lift — from its crisp acidity to its bright minerality. Finishes crisp. Knockout.
Mill Creek, 2015 Santa Rosa Dry Rosé Wine, Sonoma County, 14.5%, $24. ★★★★: A tasty rosé with aromas and flavors of green apple, raspberry and mineral. Crisp acidity. Refreshingly dry.
Balletto, 2015 Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir, 13.2%, $18. ★★★★: This is a vibrant rosé that will turn heads because its red fruit is so well balanced with its crisp acidity. Notes of strawberry, cherry, mineral and a hint of lime. Smart.
Tablas Creek Vineyard, 2015 Patelin de Tablas Rosé, 13%, $20. ★★★★: A rosé that’s weighted to grenache, showcasing tangy fruit amid its crisp and clean acidity. Notes of wild strawberry and rose petal in the mix. Lingering finish. Lovely.
Lazy Creek Vineyards, 2015 Anderson Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir, 14.2%, $22. ★★★★: This is a rosé that has incredible range — pink grapefruit, strawberry, peach and lemon zest. Impressive.